It’s time! It’s time! It’s CMLL Live Review time, RIGHT HERE, ON LUCHA CENTRAL! No really; the show is starting exactly one minute from now. We gots to go sports fans! So goodbye intro paragraph, hello Leyenda de Plata cibernetico!
Espanto Jr. & Grako defeated Astral & Eléctrico two falls to one
Much like Tara when Amber Benson was added to the opening credits, this match was doomed the moment Grako’s Sitout Powerbomb on Astral turned into the first accidental Ganso Bomb since…well the first Ganso Bomb! Not good sports fans. After that this match was nothing but a lot of rough moments and Astral somehow not being seriously hurt. In fact, he wound up being the best guy in this match, trying some cool arm drag variations and just giving a good effort. Besides him though nothing else was going on. Eléctrico was all sorts of just kind of there, Espanto Jr. was Espanto Jr. and holy shit, if you take El Coyote away from Grako he suddenly turns into Marty McSorley without Wayne Gretzky. He was all sorts of off here and seemed to have no chemistry whatsoever with Eléctrico. A really discouraging piece of work from him, with his only saving grace being the rest of the match was relatively worthless anyway.
La Guerrera, Lluvia, Marcela defeated Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany two falls to none
Remember when Sanely was supposed to be this match and even promoted it as such in the hype video for this show?
I’ll give CMLL this; they found a way to do a two fall only match in the least annoying way possible. And by that I mean they did in a match no one was going to care for anyway, which just tells you how sad the CMLL luchadoras division is. To their credit I thought Lluvia gave a good effort and La Guerrera looked good when she was allowed. Of course that was for approximately five seconds of this near fifteen minute match, so does it actually count? Don’t worry though; La Guerrera got nothing to do because Marcela and Dalys are going to be feuding on Friday (in addition to Monday), as evident by Dalys choking Marcela out for a DQ at the end of the match. I’d rather watch Buffy argue with the Scooby Gang in “Revelations” over see that match again. So yeah; this was lame and I long for the day the CMLL luchadoras division isn’t Papa John’s of wrestling.
Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Vangellys defeated Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa two falls to one
That’s right sports fans; Vangellys is back. Can you feel the lack of excitement?! I honestly thought the dude has disappeared into the never, which is why I reacted like that dude from the Roland Emmerich Godzilla when the monster appeared from under Madison Square Garden. HE’S BACK! HE’S BACK! VANGELLYS IS STILL ALIVE!
I will say this though; the Vangellys I saw tonight was far better than the one I saw last time he was around. I don’t know if the surgery he got corrected an issue that was holding him back or if it’s been so long that I’ve merely forgotten how bad he is (probably the latter) but he was bearable in this match. Even still there wasn’t much to this contest until the final few minutes when the technicos delivered a great triple dive sequence, capped off by Rey Cometa pulling off the Brillo Cometa. Otherwise this match was a lot of basic stuff with little excitement. Not a bad match in the slightest, but without the final thirty minutes this would’ve been as eventful as Emmerich’s Godzilla. Not a good flick as it turns out.
Leyenda de Plata Cibernetico
Cavernario & King Phoenix defeated Volador Jr., Mistico, Soberano Jr., Templario, Mephisto, Felino, Dragón Rojo Jr., Virus, Titán, Flyer, Audaz, Tritón, Tiger, Kawato San
Sports fans, I want to tell you and I think I speak for everyone when I say HOLY SHIT THIS MATCH! You know how all these recent ciberneticos have been kind of disappointing, save for the Copa Halcón Suriano one where Dragón Rojo and Ángel de Oro made it to the final two? This was far, far better. It wasn’t perfect unfortunately, but when you have a match with this many luchadores trying as much stuff as they did, there’s bound to be a few slip ups. The important thing is the spots came off excellent more times than not, everyone (save Mephisto, who had a rough night, and maybe Felino and Kawato San) was on their A game and the effort was unbelievable. This was a match these sixteen luchadores wanted to be great and it was. Soberano and Fenix in particular were off the charts (they even got to mix it up in the greatest seven seconds of my life) and that was despite Fenix (I mean King Phoenix) having an off night by his lofty standards. Good thing he’ll have a chance to redeem himself next week in a rematch with Cavernario from earlier this year. I would’ve slightly preferred Volador vs. Fenix just for the newness of it all, but that Cav-Fenix match was legit one of the best of 2018 and it should be even better with something on the line. I guess we’ll find out! Regardless, seek this match out. If you love awesome dives and great action, even with a few sloppy moments thrown in, this is for you.
Gran Guerrero, Penta Zero M, Último Guerrero defeated Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente two falls to one
Goodness gracious me, CMLL even got it right with this match! There were moments I didn’t think they would, like when Diamante Azul submitted Pentagon in a moment that would’ve made my head explode if it had been fall three. Pentagon didn’t submit when Jake Strong broke every bone in his ankle, but one Boston Crab from Diamante Azul will do the trick? BLASPHEMY! Luckily everything after that (and for the most part, everything before that) was solid and fun. These six didn’t go all out due to them having no chance to follow the last match, but they gave an honest effort, the Carístico/Pentagon and Valiente/Pentagon sequences were legitimately good and best of all, CMLL dropped the UG/Diamante Azul feud! Actually that was the second best thing; the first was the finish where the UG somehow countered La Mistica and turned it into a roll up victory. Now that’s what I like to see! CMLL doesn’t do nearly enough creative finishes and thus the surprise came off very well just for being different. More of that please. All in all, a fine way to end the show, though you have to hope for Pentagon’s sake he gets something to do besides trios matches like this. It’s like the opposite of Lucha Underground; Fenix gets all the good matches and Pentagon gets the other stuff.
That was tonight’s CMLL sports fans. If you started the show with only thirty seconds left in the third match it was one hell of a time. That dive sequence at the end of that match was sweet, the Leyenda de Plata cibernetico was fantastic and the main event was fun for what it was. This was definitely one of the better shows CMLL has done recently (Blue Panther’s Aniversario and the Dia de Muertos show not withstanding) and hopefully a sign things are on the upswing. They probably aren’t overall, but they at least should be next week for Fenix-Cavernario and Máscara Año 2000’s Aniversario. Honestly, I’m just glad they gave us a good show tonight. As that Slipknot guy would say, it’s felt like forever.
And with that sports fans, I’m off to watch TV! I’ll see you tomorrow for a preview of AAA’s Sunday show. TILL THEN!
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