Last night I missed CMLL Super Viernes show on account of going to a show at McCoy Stadium, where I watched a good Lucha Brothers-Teddy Hart/Juventud Guerrera match until Fenix nearly suffered a devastating injury. That meant today was the day to watch Super Viernes and it was…a fine show. I’d say it was better than most of their recent output, but at the same time nothing on this show topped out at better than “good.” Of course there were no further developments in the UG-Ciber the Main Man feud so that may be enough to push the show to “very good” status, even if I’m no longer convinced CMLL knows what the hell they’re doing. But we can discuss that later. If you too missed this show because you were watching indie wrestling at a baseball field, here’s what happened.
Sonic the Luchador & Super Astro Jr. defeated Espíritu Negro & Hijo del Signo two falls to one after Astro pinned Signo with a Top Rope Diving Headbutt. This was significantly better than I expected, though I’m not sure it was a good match. Hijo del Signo was certainly better than usual but he’s still not that good even at his best, and Espíritu Negro’s basing didn’t always match his effort. Nevertheless both rudos gave more than I expected and the performances of Sonic and Super Astro Jr. were really strong. Not only did the two luchadores get in stage dives, but their energy was infectious, with both guys trying to top each other during their fall three sequences with the rudos. Sonic in particular had a great pop up hurricanrana during that period. Not a great match, but better than expected and a great showcase by the technicos.
Chamuel, El Guapito, Zacarias defeated Atomo, El Gallito, Microman two falls to none after Chamuel pinned Microman after pulling off Microman’s mask while the referee was distracted. A very quick match primarily built around building heat for Microman-Chamuel. The action we got was alright, with Microman and Chamuel having some good sequences yet again while the other guys tried hard, though Guapito struggled with basing for some moves.
Cuatrero, Forastero, Hijo del Villano III Jr. defeated Audaz, Flyer, Titán two falls to one after Cuatrero and Forastero pinned Audaz and Flyer after the Dinamita Monkey Flip attack. Hijo del Villano III replaced Templario. This was a good match but it couldn’t help but feel like it would’ve been better if Templario had been in it. Villano was fine, but he’s still very much in the beginning stages (unlike his rival Atlantis Jr.) and still doesn’t have a ton to offer. Throw in a few iffy spots here and there and the match never quite reached its apex. Even still it had a lot to like, with all three technicos having a good night while Cuatrero and Forastero were as reliable as ever. Not as good as it could’ve been, but still a fun watch.
Volador Jr. defeated Sansón in a Lightning Match at the 7:29 mark after Sansón fouled Volador with a Low Blow. This was pretty much the match I expected; very good but definitely limited by the time. As such Volador stuck to his routine while Sansón largely based for him, which was still good because both guys are really good at that. The foul at the end suggests there is more to come between Volador and the Dinamitas. I’m guessing it’s a trios title match at this point, but then again maybe CMLL will just do a 3 on 1 mask vs. hair match where Volador has to defeat all the Dinamitas. Still way more interesting than UG vs. Ciber the Main Man.
Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Terrible defeated Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja two falls to one after Euforia and Guerrero submitted Oro and Roja with a double submission. Another good, though not great, match. Mistico was the standout, flying around throughout the third fall with some really great offense. Everything else was solid, but the action never really seemed to grab me outside of Mistico’s spots and a few of the Euforia/Guerrero double teams.
Cavernario, Diamante Azul, Último Guerrero defeated Ciber the Main Man, The Chris, Valiente two falls to one after Azul pinned The Chris with a terrible Swing Bottom and Cavernario pinned Valiente with a Cradle Suplex. The bad news is this match, like all the other UG-Ciber encounters, was very lame, featured no heat and nothing good in ring outside of one Cavernario-Valiente sequence and Diamante Azul’s monkey flips. The good news is that the UG-Ciber feud was toned down significantly and no challenges were issued afterwards. In other words, who the hell knows what is going on anymore. If nothing else CMLL won’t be announcing Ciber-UG this week, which can only be a good thing for now.