Happy Thanksgiving everyone! It is indeed Turkey Day here in the crumbling dystopia called America, a time where we all gather around, eat some mediocre to good feud, argue about our crumbling dystopia and in between find time to watch football or, in my case, the Buffy Thanksgiving episode from season four. Oh, and I also find time to preview a CMLL Super Viernes show. As it turns out Thanksgiving does nothing to slow down CMLL’s never ending cycle of Friday shows, which means I’m spending a few minutes today breaking down a show tomorrow that is probably going to be like all the other recent CMLL shows; disappointing. That said it does have a good looking Soberano-Negro Casas match on the card and I like all you dear readers too much to deprive you of a CMLL preview. Just think of it as my Thanksgiving gift to you all that you didn’t know you wanted or needed. And on that note let’s start so we can all move on to something more exciting with our day!

 

 

Oro Jr. & Sonic the Luchador vs. El Coyote & Espanto Jr.

 

What to Expect: What do you get when two talented technicos, a raw rudo with potential and Espanto Jr. all have a match? The answer; a bad match because Espanto Jr. sucks and drags everything down with him. It’ll happen again here, even with Oro Jr. and Sonic flying around on occasion while El Coyote does his best to hold up his end of the bargain. Of course if he ends up coming out with Espanto on the low rider bicycle then I’m pretty much giving up on him too. Once you’ve been corrupted by the terribleness that is Espanto Jr., there’s no turning back.

 

Winners: The rudos take it in three falls.

 

Revelos Increibles de Micros

Chamuel, Microman, Zacarias vs. Atomo, El Gallito, Guapito

 

What to Expect: This is the first of two Revelos Increibles matches on the card and the first one in the history of the Micros Division. It also pretty much signals that CMLL no longer has any clue what to do with the division now that Microman and Chamuel have had their match and as Sonic the Hedgehog would say, that’s no good. Why? Because now instead of at least wrestling each other and giving us a few good sequences per match, Microman and Chamuel are now teaming and wrestling guys who aren’t any good, thus taking away the one thing we had to look forward to. Only in CMLL! Perhaps a Black Friday miracle will happen and one of the other Micros will step up but I get the feeling this will wind up the worst Micros match ever, leading to us all screaming at CMLL like that time Spike was tied to the chair on Thanksgiving.

 

 

Winners: Team Chamuel/Microman takes this in three falls. Stake me, stuff me, mount me.

 

Dulce Gardenia, Star Jr., Stuka Jr. vs. Kawato San, Vangellys, Virus

 

What to Expect: To think how much potential this match would’ve had if CMLL had decided to stick any other rudo but Vangellys in this spot. Will Cancerbero be too busy shopping for that new HD TV to be available? Is Pólvora not a guy that still exists? Hell even Okumura would’ve been a more exciting choice than our least favorite M. Bison cosplayer who hasn’t had a good match in, checks notes, a decade? Ugh I’m so disgusted right now. I’m sure this match will find a way to be semi-entertaining because the technico team is really good and they’ll work well with Kawato and Virus. But this is really just par the course for CMLL at this point; put a lot of talented guys in a match to make it seem like it’ll be good, then put one terrible guy in there to make sure it’s more average than a Star Wars prequel.

 

Winners: The technicos take it in three falls, with some possible fouling/shenanigans happening between Dulce and Kawato at the conclusion. They are semi-feuding after all.

 

Mistico, Titán, Valiente vs. Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

 

What to Expect: I feel like this will be the part of the show where I have to fight every inch of my being to not turn it off. And this is what we’d normally call a good looking match! Alas, in a similar refrain I’ve probably had from the last several weeks, I just can’t with the Dinamitas anymore. The once great trio has become stagnant, unmotivated, obsessed with getting in their shit and their shit alone and good Grodd this is about the seventh consecutive week I’ve said this isn’t it? Hey; if you’re tired of hearing it, think of how tired I must be of writing about it. What a sad state that I’ll probably be doing the same thing tomorrow. Then again maybe a miracle will happen, the Dinamitas will try hard and that combined with the strong technico team will lead to the best Dinamitas match in awhile. It’s good to have hope. Unless you’re Mad Max or a lucha fan, then hope is a mistake.

 

Winners: The Dinamitas win in three falls and boy I’m back to cynicism. Thank Grodd the next match is one we can all look forward to!

 

Mexican National Welterweight Championship

Soberano Jr. (c) vs. Negro Casas

 

What to Expect: I don’t think I’m engaging in hyperbole when I say this match isn’t just the biggest match on the show; it is the show. For one reason or another nothing else on this card comes close to what this match brings, which is two really good luchadores who have great chemistry trying to have yet another great match in front of a crowd that will really care because Negro Casas is involved. That guy could take a crowd that was like this…

 

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…and turn it into this in a nanosecond.

 

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That’s exactly what will happen here sports fans. The obvious concerns with this match are that they’ll either go too long (Casas in long matches hasn’t been a winning formula recently) or go too overboard, which can happen in Soberano’s case. But those are minor worries. I’ve seen Soberano and Casas have many matches together over the past few years and pretty much all of them have been of a high quality. That’s just what happens when there’s great chemistry between one of the best luchadores today and one of the greatest performers to ever walk this mortal coil (a dude who still has it at 59 years old no less!). They will have the crowd, they will have at least 10-15 minutes to work with and there is no reason to believe they won’t get the job done. This will be the best thing on the show.

 

Winner: Normally Soberano would be the easy pick…but he is soon going to be competing for the now vacant CMLL World Welterweight Championship, a belt he is a favorite to win. Having both the CMLL World Welterweight and Mexican National Welterweight belts would be derivative and while he could always vacate the latter, this match would be prime position to get the belt onto someone else if they were planning to give him the World Welterweight Championship. So I’ll go with the upset. At 59 years old, Negro Casas wins one last title by defeating Soberano with La Casita in fall three, setting up Soberano to win the World Welterweight Championship next weekend.

 

Carístico, Felino, Último Guerrero vs. Ángel de Oro, Cavernario, Volador Jr.

 

What to Expect: And now time for some more Revelos Increibles bullshit. I’m pretty sure this match mainly just exists to get Felino and Ángel de Oro feuding some more and that’s…I mean it doesn’t really matter one way or the other I suppose. They’re both solid luchadores and I’m sure the eventual match will be fine but till then it’s just the usual window dressing when it comes to these buildup matches. This will be no different. The other four luchadores will go through the motions and have a few solid moves, then the match will end in a foul, some promos and we all move on with our lives.

 

Winners: I’ll go with Team Felino winning in two fouls after Oro fouls Felino for the DQ. They hate Oro more anyway in Arena Mexico so that will at least make sense…as much sense as things can in CMLL.

 

And on that note it is time for me to get ready for my own Thanksgiving! I’ll be back tomorrow though with a review of this show and some thoughts on AAA’s Saturday show in Veracruz. Till we meet again!

 

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