After some careful consideration, I decided tonight that I would merely do the results of CMLL’s Super Viernes show instead of a full blown review, what with me taking a nap before Wrestle Kingdom 14 and all. For awhile I was beginning to regret that decision as this CMLL show was shaping up to be the first really good one in awhile. Then like Messala at the end of the chariot race this show reached the final third and careened right into the dirt with some curious booking and a main event where no one wanted to be there. New decade, same old CMLL shooting themselves in the foot. If you missed this sleeping in preparation for New Japan, here’s the low down.
El Coyote & Grako defeated Sonic the Luchador & Super Astro Jr. two falls to one after Grako pinned Astro with a Diving Elbow Drop and Coyote pinned Sonic with a beautiful Avalanche Butterfly Suplex. Not quite a good match but a far more respectable effort for a CMLL opener than we usually get, with the effort being even better than the big name opener we got on Wednesday. Sonic and Super Astro Jr., as per usual, were willing to try stuff to make this fun and Grako and Coyote were willing bases. The execution didn’t quite match up the effort and the match did seem to settle down a little too much in the third fall, but it was still overall pretty decent.
Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Marcela defeated Amapola, Dalys, Metálica two falls to one after Marcela pinned Dalys with a Hurricanrana roll up. Avispa Dorada replaced Estrellita, finally fulfilling my request to CMLL to BRING HER BACK! She was a welcome presence here too, looking once again like the best of CMLL’s luchadoras division while hitting a dive. Everyone else wasn’t quite as good; Marcela and Dalys were solid but generally unspectacular, while Jarochita and Amapola were nonfactors and Metálica was below average. And that may be kind; if her timing was any worse I would’ve thought it was Seductora posing as her. I was happy to see Dorada here but the match was still around the same level as most CMLL Luchadora bouts.
Atlantis Jr., Esfinge, Rey Cometa defeated Misterioso Jr., Pólvora, Vangellys two falls to one after Esfinge pinned Vangellys with a Springboard Splash and Atlantis pinned Misterioso with a Hurricanrana roll up. A good match, largely thanks to Rey Cometa. He’s been on fire recently and the streak continued here, with Cometa delivering top notch action from the start of the match all the way to yet another Brillo Cometa. You can always tell he’s humming when he’s using that move and it’s been coming out of the bag more frequently. Everyone else was solid enough; Atlantis Jr. unfortunately faded to the background, but Esfinge did well, Misterioso and Vangellys weren’t offensive and Pólvora had a strong night, especially in the early stages. Nothing out of this world, but an enjoyable, solid undercard match.
Soberano Jr., Titán, Volador Jr. defeated Cavernario, Forastero, Templario two falls to one after Volador pinned Cavernario with a Canadian Destroyer. Very good match that was just a shade below great. All six guys worked hard, the action was smooth and well paced and everyone got a chance to shine, with the rudos even getting a triple dive spot. I personally thought the match worked best (once again) with Cavernario and Titán going at it, and that’s a singles match CMLL would be wise to run back this year given how well each dude is performing. Everyone was fun to watch in this one though. It could’ve used one spectacular dive to put it over the top, but as it stood it was easily one of the more enjoyable CMLL matches of recent memory.
Bandido defeated Cuatrero two falls to none after Cuatrero unmasked Bandido for the DQ. This was a match where Bandido and Cuatrero both did (in my opinion) a hell of a job, while the booking and layout of the match completely failed them. Bandido had several great moments, such as his Crucifix Driver reversal and a smashing tope con hilo over the turnbuckle, while Cuatrero based for Bandido perfectly and had some really nice (if not as flashy as Bandido’s) offense. The problem is the fans never bought into any of the dramatic moments because they all happened in fall two, where fans have been conditioned to not react to near falls (mainly because fall two features none). That helped kill the crowd and coupled with the ending (which was lame even by CMLL standards) the match fell flat. I would still label it as borderline good and again, neither Bandido nor Cuatrero are to blame. But my goodness the booking did them no favors, and this will do little to quell the theories by some that CMLL is looking to sabotage Bandido to some degree.
Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero defeated Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja two falls to one after Gran Guerrero and the UG submitted Oro and Roja with a cool double submission. This match felt like it didn’t even go seven minutes; they were in and they were out with lightning speed quickness and minimal effort. There was maybe one nice moment between Carístico and Euforia in the third fall (which by the way wasn’t Carístico’s dive), the finishing submission and otherwise six dudes who were determined to get this done as quickly as possible. What a dud end to this show.
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