Well sports fans, the fun of Ultima Lucha and Lucha Capital may be over but the work is never done. It’s now CMLL’s turn to bring something to the table with tomorrow night’s Super Viernes, which will have the tough task of trying to best a strong Dia de Muertos show last week (so I’ve been told) while also trying to stand out from two upcoming Friday shows (next week’s Leyenda de Plata cibernetico and Máscara Año 2000’s Aniversario in two weeks). I’m not sure they’ll be up to the challenge. There are some legitimately promising matches here, including a potential barnburner of a Lightning Match but there’s also several matches that seem destined to disappoint and a couple with one luchador seemingly holding things back. But hey; that’s why they wrestle the matches right? For now though we can only preview what we’ve got, so we might as well do it.
Arkalis & Príncipe Diamante vs. El Coyote & Grako
What to Expect: I still have yet to see the opener from last week’s Dia de Muertos show (come to think of it, I haven’t seen anything from that show still!) but the reviews have been strong for this team of Coyote and Grako. It’s not entirely surprising; both have had moments where they’ve shown they’re capable; they’ve just needed the opportunity. In other words, the story of every lower card CMLL luchador, including their opponents. We’ll see how it plays out tomorrow but if Coyote and Grako keep up their high energy work then they have a chance to have something with a duo in Arkalis and Príncipe Diamante who are both capable of doing cool stuff. If nothing else, it should be better than most CMLL opener’s, thus making it one of the best CMLL will produce this year. My Grodd that is sad.
Winners: Too close to call already! Let’s bring in the Canadian Dollar to decide it. Heads technicos, Moose rudos…and it’s heads! Arkalis and Diamante take it in three falls.
Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs. Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Virus
What to Expect: Remember this match sports fans; you’re going to wish it traded places with the third match in about five minutes. Part of that is because that third match is…well we’ll get to it. The other part is that this match looks promising if you ignore the Esfinge of it all, and even he’s not been bad recently. Regardless, it’s hard to not get excited about any potential Titán/Tritón appearance and they’ve got an above average rudo team in El General (who’s been dynamite recently), Virus and Pólvora to work with. And that’s before you remember Pólvora and Titán have really good chemistry together going back a few years. I’ll be pretty stunned if this isn’t at least somewhat enjoyable, though I do wonder if CMLL will put a ceiling on this match by making it the next “two fall special” they seem to be doing every Friday these days. It was good at first, especially when it worked; now it’s starting to get old and I’m not sure CMLL will allow these guys to do enough to change that if they keep it only two falls again.
Winners: I’m liking the rudos in this one and I’m thinking it will, unfortunately, only go two falls. Look for El General and Pólvora to end it with a Double Stomp and a Pólvora Driver onto Titán and Tritón respectively, all while Esfinge gets a big dive on Virus as I do my best not to light my Nordiques hat on fire in a fit of rage.
Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano vs. Cuatrero, Hechicero, Sansón
What to Expect: What’s the opposite of podracing? I mean personally I think it’s a picture of Hayden Christensen sulking but that could just be me. The reason I ask is because t his match is, without a doubt, the opposite of podracing.
Now that may seem very harsh to say considering the rudo team is Cuatrero, Hechicero and Sansón, only three of the best rudos in CMLL. Hell the technico team has two solid luchadores in Kráneo and Stuka. Here’s the problem; the team also has Volcano. And oh my Grodd that dude is at best a project and at worst the equivalent of Ultima Lucha IV if Jake Strong had beaten Pentagon for the Lucha Underground Title in a thirty minute squash. He is nowhere close to even the second worst guy in this match and unless CMLL takes him out, I get the feeling he’ll hold this match down something fierce no matter what the rudos do to help him. As such I am not looking forward to this one at all sports fans. It could’ve been something, it could’ve been a contender…and instead now it’s a Volcano sized dud.
Winners: What’s the most CMLL thing that could happen here? Why it be Volcano pinning one of the rudos to get the win. That’s exactly what will happen because this is CMLL, there is no Grodd and the cage wasn’t thirty feet. Technicos win in three falls after Volcano pins Hechicero, who hopefully tenders his resignation immediately and goes back to PWG indefinitely.
Soberano Jr. vs. Forastero
What to Expect: Let’s start with the flaws; because this is a Lightning Match, this bout will feature the annoying CMLL graphics and poorly placed timer. That’s it. Everything else about this match fills me to the brim with a feeling of goodness. Kind of the same way eating a sandwich did so for Ben Horne.
In all seriousness this match has the chance to be must see. Only an injury or CMLL giving them no time could derail it and even then Soberano and Forastero may find a way anyway. Both guys are impeccable high flyers, they have great chemistry due to all the trios matches they’ve worked together and in Soberano’s case he’ll be looking to make a good impression fresh of a New Japan tour that doesn’t appear to have been that much fun. I can’t imagine he won’t be having fun with Forastero by the end of all this. Unless another match on this show exceeds expectations, this will be the Match of the Evening and it won’t even be close.
Winner: My heart says Soberano, my head says Forastero. That makes it TOO CLOSE TO CALL, which means it’s time to flip the Canadian Dollar. Actually we did that already so this time we’ll spin it. Heads Soberano, Moose Forastero…and it’s MOOSE! MOOSE! MOOSE! MOOSE! Sorry, had to do it. Forastero wins this after eight minutes of nonstop fun.
Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente vs. Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
What to Expect: Yet another match on this show that will go where one luchador goes. This time that luchador is Diamante Azul. If he’s the guy we saw this past Tuesday, where he did his usual thing and hit all his moves fine, this match should be solid and maybe even good. If he produces a stinker like he apparently did last Friday then we’re probably going to be watching the lucha equivalent of Fantastic Beasts 2 at the box office. At least that’ll make it interesting I suppose! If I had to guess, I think Azul will find an unimpressive medium of those extremes, and solid performances from Mistico, Valiente and the always reliable Guerreros will allow this match to be good, not great.
Winners: Unless something is being set up here (and why would it be with a Leyenda de Plata cibernetico coming up next week?) I’m thinking the rudos. They take it in three falls with a rare triple submission finish. Going out on a limb there but I don’t know; feels like a good time for the UG and co. to break it out.
Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Volador Jr. vs. Cavernario, Rush, Terrible
What to Expect: Once upon a time this match was going to feature Fenix (oops, I meant King Phoenix); then CMLL remembered he was booked against Kenny Omega in the US tomorrow and thus replaced him with Ángel de Oro. Considering this trios match will probably be the standard Ingobernables affair it won’t be a big loss. Of course there’s the fact that CMLL and New Japan work together and CMLL could’ve easily run an Omega-Fenix match themselves but hey; that would be a good decision on CMLL’s part. And that only happens once every three years.
But enough about what might’ve been (cause that was then!). As already stated, Oro replacing Fenix is no huge thing either way. Fenix is certainly the better of the two, but Oro is good enough to be a suitable replacement and, once again, the chances of this being a straight up match and not the usual Ingobernables brawl/comeback style bout are slim. Is it possible this match could work with that formula? Sure, especially considering the lack of Bestia del Ring and the fact that all six of these luchadores are really, really good. I’ve just become so jaded with Ingobernables matches that don’t involve LA Park and I really see no chance of things changing for this match, one that isn’t going to be setting anything up with what’s coming a week from now. So expect the usual; brawling, a few dives, a long stretch of rudo control, a come back and probably a foul while we all try not to think about what might’ve been (cause that was then!).
Winners: The technicos will win in three falls after Rush low blows Volador in fall three for the DQ. Volador then goes to ice his nuts for two weeks to prepare for the Leyenda de Plata final and I will go watch some Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
There you have it sports fans. I’ll see you tomorrow for a Live Review of this show AND a preview of AAA’s next show on Saturday. TILL THEN!
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