It’s another weekend of CMLL vs. AAA sports fans! Can you feel the excitement? You probably could if CMLL had actually gone with their CMLL vs. The Crash concept they teased for this week’s Super Viernes. As you’ll soon learn that concept actually did not come to pass and now we’re just stuck with a regular old CMLL show and a regular old AAA show. We’ll start with CMLL first, which at least does have a few matches in the middle of the card that could be good. TO THE PREVIEW MOBILE!
Magnus & Oro Jr. vs. Akuma & Grako
What to Expect: Are you ready for the most exciting part of this preview sports fans? You should be for MAGNUS HAS RISEN!
Man it’s always a treat to have Magnus on a show. And for once he may get a chance to be in a good match! He’s teaming with Oro Jr. (also underrated) against a good worker in Akuma and a guy in Grako who, if nothing else, tries hard and hasn’t let down guys like Halcón Suriano Jr. and Sonic the Luchador over the past few weeks. I’m sure the restrictions will keep these guys from doing too much but there’s a shot of it being fun. And the odds will increase if Magnus happens to read this column (as he does once a year) and sees me request right now for him and Oro Jr. to do cool shit. I believe in you guys Magnus; get it done!
Winners: Magnus and Oro Jr. take this in three falls and we all go to party at Tony Salazar’s pad afterwards.
Avispa Dorada, Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita vs. Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
What to Expect: You know…if CMLL wasn’t having Kaho and Amapola feud right now and replaced Reyna Isis with Metálica, you could talk me into this match being good. Amapola and Dalys can be good and you don’t get a much better technica team than one featuring Jarochita (solid), Kaho (good) and Avispa Dorada. Unfortunately CMLL’s been keeping these matches short since starting the Kaho-Amapola feud, and that, coupled with Reyna Isis plateauing at aggressively average, means we’re not getting much here beyond a few cool Kaho spots and an Avispa Dorada dive. So still not too bad. Also, is plateauing actually a word? Microsoft Word’s spell check says no but Dictionary.com appears to say yes…I’m going with yes!
Winners: Kaho wins by DQ again after Amapola does something else ultra violent to get DQ’d…again! CMLL; the serious and the consistently dull.
Soberano Jr. vs. Mephisto
What to Expect: On the one hand sports fans this match features a Mephisto who, while still very good, seems to be slowing down a bit. On the other hand the guy across from him is Soberano Jr., who is on one of his hot streaks right now where we’re all reminded why he’s one of the best in the world. He had two really strong performances this week in matches that were otherwise DOA and just last week was so good he managed to pull off his Garza tornillo over the ropes and Jedi Mind Tricked Máscara Año 2000 into catching his in ring tornillo. There’s nothing he can’t do right now! Thus I say he does a lot of crazy stuff and Mephisto does just enough to make this an entertaining Lightning Match. Avoid the Destroyers though Soberano; you will lose points from certain people watching from the shadows!
Winner: It could go either way but I’ll go with Soberano to win at around 8 minutes after a Fire Driver.
CMLL vs. The Crash
Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs. Adam Brooks & Mecha Wolf 450
What to Expect: During last week’s CMLL telecast announcer Julio Cesar Rivera (JCR) announced that this week’s CMLL Super Viernes would feature CMLL vs. The Crash. Everyone got excited thinking this was going to be a show loaded with cool match ups featuring CMLL guys and Crash guys. NOPE! What JCR was actually referring to was this bout and this bout alone, featuring Oro and Roja going up against full timer Mecha Wolf 450 (known to many as Mr. 450) and Adam Brooks, a guy who has wrestled for The Crash (checks note) once in his career! In other words this show wasn’t CMLL vs. The Crash and this match is more like CMLL vs. one guy from The Crash and that guy who had a boring match with Rey Horus at PWG’s 2019 Battle of Los Angeles.
But enough mockery of CMLL and their silly false advertising; this is what we’ve gotten and this is what we have to break down. And frankly this could still be a good match. We know Ángel de Oro and Niebla Roja are very good workers and will be on their A game. We also know that 450 can go and should have no problem equaling their performance. My questions about this match concern Adam Brooks. In fairness to him my main exposure of his work has been that 2019 BOLA; I haven’t seen a whole lot of his work outside of that realm, most of which has been positively received. Like I said though, his BOLA appearance was most notable for having a boring match with Rey Horus, a guy I wouldn’t characterize as being boring. That doesn’t fill me with confidence regarding this match. But we’ll see. There are definitely three dudes in this match that are capable and if Brooks reputation outside of that BOLA stretch proves correct then this match should be a fun watch, perhaps even the best match on the show.
Winners: You can never say for sure with CMLL but, if it were me and I was trying to build to more CMLL vs. Crash matches in Arena Mexico, I’d give The Crash guys a good start out of the gate. Thus I’m going with 450 and Brooks to take this in three falls.
Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs. Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
What to Expect: What a weird looking match sports fans. The good news is that Sansón is back this week after being left off last week’s show for no reason at all. The bad news is that Máscara Año 2000 is still here, replacing Forastero because I guess he can’t be wrestling his father-in-law? Who the hell knows? Either way it’s a bad trade; Forastero has his flaws but he still provides more than Máscara 2000 at this stage of the latter’s career and also would’ve provided this match with a bit of a jolt. Instead we’ll now have to see if Cuatrero and Sansón can provide that with Euforia and the GG while the UG desperately tries to get something out of Máscara. I think they’ll do an admirable job and like last week this match will be better than expected. Máscara 2000’s presence will put a ceiling on it though and I wouldn’t be expecting this match to be blow away.
Winners: This is a TOO CLOSE TO CALL situation but alas, the Canadian Coin has disappeared on me. I’m just as sad about it as all three readers who remember that bit are. So I’ll just pick at random I guess. The Guerreros take it in three falls.
Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs. Bestia del Ring, Rush, Terrible
What to Expect: Alright; Rush and Terrible are back! It’s so good to see them AAAAAAND Bestia del Ring is with them isn’t he? Yup.
Someday sports fans CMLL will realize that they need to get a third member of Los Ingobernables who can, you know, actually wrestle! It’s not this day I guess and like Máscara Año 2000 in the semi-main, Bestia del Ring is going to do a lot more harm to this match than good. I’d be on the lookout for the usual Los Ingobernables tropes; a sneak attack, long beat down sequences, the technicos changing momentum, a few great spots from Rush and a DQ finish that leads nowhere. Le sigh. At least the rest of this show looks promising prior to this I suppose.
Winners: The technicos win in two falls after Carístico is unmasked by Rush. Maybe they get a match out of it? Maybe Volador finally turns and joins Los Ingobernables? Maybe I need to accept none of that is going to happen. Yeah, let’s do that.
And with that I’m off to preview AAA sports fans! See you shortly.
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