Sometimes sports fans, when there is just way too much to do, something needs to be shortened or sacrificed. This week it’s the CMLL Super Viernes review; with an AAA preview still to come, an AAA review last night keeping me from reviewing the show and a whole slew of other stuff going on, this review will now become a result page with a few thoughts. In a way that’s better though, because now I won’t give too much away about a show that was, quite frankly, better than what AAA gave last night. That’s right; CMLL bested AAA. That doesn’t happen that much these days, but it’s nice to see that CMLL can still do it. For those who missed all the goodness, here’s what happened.
Magnus & Oro Jr. defeated Akuma & Grako two falls to one after Magnus pinned Akuma with a Spanish Fly and Grako was counted out. Decent opener, though not quite as good as the last few weeks. Magnus and Oro Jr. were, as expected, the most active and Oro Jr. had the best moment of the match with a cool hurricanrana from the ring, off the apron and to the floor. There wasn’t a ton beyond those two though, with Akuma and Grako generally taking it easy. It did at least continue the trend of Friday opener’s not sucking so there is that.
Avispa Dorada, Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita defeated Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis two falls to one after Kaho pinned Amapola with a Bridging School Boy roll up. This was likely the best CMLL luchadoras trios match you’ll see all year, featuring some legitimately great action and one really cool Springboard Twisting plancha from Avispa Dorada! She remains CMLL’s best kept secret and had arguably her best performance in the promotion in this match, both because of the dives and because of how well she worked with Reyna Isis. Kaho Kobayashi was also strong, Dalys had a good night and everyone else was passable enough to not hold everything else down. The Kaho-Amapola feud continues on, and CMLL finally managed to come up with a finish different than the usual second fall DQ. Progress!
Soberano Jr. defeated Mephisto in a Lightning Match at the 6:33 mark. The finish came after Soberano pinned Mephisto after a Guillotine Moonsault; first time Soberano has won with that in awhile. This was, in every sense of the word, a one luchador match. That luchador was Soberano, who had an outstanding individual performance both in deliver moves and taking punishment. And this was despite him suffering a cut lip in the middle of the match. Mephisto wasn’t a detriment, but the only things he did in this match were a powerbomb on the floor and a Canadian Destroyer, which was pretty much all Soberano. Still a decent bout and yet another sign of how great Soberano has been recently.
Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja defeated Adam Brooks & Mecha Wolf 450 two falls to one after Oro pinned 450 with a Reverse Hurricanrana. This was not the CMLL vs. Crash match people wanted but boy was it a winner; this was an extremely great match and easily the best bout on this very good show. They took a bit to get going in fall one but from there these four settled into a great pace, got plenty of time to work their magic and delivered a tour de force. Adam Brooks, who I had serious questions about coming into this match, had an incredibly strong performance, a far cry from his work in PWG last year. 450 was even better, coming up with a dive what seemed like every five seconds and basing his ass off for Oro and Roja (Brooks did as well). The Chavez brothers have been one of CMLL’s better teams for the last year and unfortunately don’t get to show it too often due to a lack of good opponents. They got them tonight and had some of the best work of their entire careers, Oro especially. You should definitely go out of your way to see this match and hopefully CMLL sets up another Crash match really soon.
Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón defeated Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero two falls to one after Máscara pinned the UG following a foul. Yet another week of a Máscara Año 2000 match defying expectations and turning out to be pretty good. The other two Dinamitas were on their A game, Euforia and Gran Guerrero were super fun in their technico roles, the UG was the UG and Máscara looked more motivated than he even did last week. That may be because they’re setting up him vs. the UG for a hair match based on the challenges afterwards. I have no idea if that match will work out, but this match was at least a decent sign it has a shot. A better than expected semi-main.
Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. defeated Bestia del Ring, Rush, Terrible two falls to one after Valiente pinned Bestia with a Pop Up Powerbomb and Carístico submitted Terrible with La Mistica. A stunningly good match that exceeded all expectations. The reason; instead of working this like a normal Los Ingobernables match (long beat down, come back, DQ), this was worked more like a regular trios match. The result was a better pace and everyone getting a chance to shine as the crowd ate up the action. Bestia del Ring didn’t mess anything up (a good night for him), Terrible and Valiente looked good, Carístico was terrific and some of the Volador/Rush sequences were exceptional. I doubt we’ll see another Ingobernables match like this soon, but it was nice to at least see what they could do in a situation like this. Very good match.