I think it goes without saying that, while it’s generally rare, the CMLL Super Viernes show isn’t always good. That said it’s very rare we go into a Friday show with a card that looks below average. This week’s card is dangerously flirting with that line. Part of the problem is that the Gran Alternativa is starting with Block A, limiting some talented luchadores from appearing elsewhere. Of course the CMLL roster is still large that they could probably produce a good card anyway, and instead they’re giving us a Lightning Match we’ve seen too many times, a rerun of a luchadoras feud that should’ve ended last week and an opener that would make Uwe Boll weep. This is not a good looking show on paper sports fans. Maybe it turns around, but…yeesh. That said I’m obliged to preview the show and thus I will. But I can’t guarantee I’ll be excited about it while I do so! And with that, let’s get previewing.
Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs. Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
What to Expect: From the company that brought you such great opening matches involving Flyer, Templario and Audaz this year comes…holy shit its like looking into the abyss. Who the hell booked this crap? It’s one thing to keep giving Mercurio shots on Friday’s; it’s a whole other can of worms to allow Fantasy and Pequeño Violencia of all luchadores onto this show. Violencia is absolutely putrid and Fantasy would be if his one move wasn’t the Top Rope Spanish Fly. I get that there’s a tournament and all but…hot damn this is horrifying. My suggestion is ignore this match until it goes away, which thankfully it will after ten minutes or so.
Winners: When in doubt go with the rudos. They take it in three falls.
Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs. Amapola, Seductora, Tiffany
What to Expect:
Let the record show that I really enjoyed the Princesa Sugehit-Seductora match last week; not only did it exceed my expectations but it was actually fun to watch. That does not mean I needed more of it the next week though! It’s like Twin Peaks Season Two; just because it isn’t my least favorite thing doesn’t mean I want to see it every week. The good news is this should be the end of this Sugehit-Seductora bullshit; well that and the fact that Lady Maravilla is in it and you know she’s going to try something cool. I’m just hoping it’s against Amapola because I’m not sure Tiffany can move anymore, let alone catch someone. Bottom line is this should be better than the opener, but it’s still going to be a massive headache outside of whatever Maravilla does. You know how we could’ve avoided this, aside from not booking the match? A Zeuxis appearance! Where’s the Queen when you need her?
Winners: The loser of an Apuesta match always gets some sort of revenge after defeat so look for Seductora to get the win over Sugehit in three falls, followed by us all moving on with our lives. Now watch it lead to a Sugehit-Seductora title match because there is no Grodd and the cage wasn’t 30 feet.
Blue Panther, Kráneo, Valiente vs. Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
What to Expect: Wait…a match that doesn’t go from suck to blow?! PRAISE BE! Now I know what you’re thinking; this match only looks good because the rest of this card looks like an episode of Last Man Standing. But you know what; I think this match is actually going to be really good. The reason is because Cuatrero, Forastero and Sansón are going to be motivated as hell to make this special. Let’s not forget that, come this show, it will only have been three days since their uncle Universo 2000 has passed away. They are going to want to do everything they can to deliver a special performance for him much like their cousin and Universo’s son Universo 2000 Jr. did this past Tuesday. And because Cuatrero, Forastero and Sansón are three really, REALLY talented workers I think they can pull it off, even if Blue Panther, Kráneo and Valiente don’t seem to be the perfect opponents for them. Of course that ignores the fact that Panther is a still really good legend, Kráneo can go and Valiente has top gear potential when he wants it. I think he will for this match and I think a lot of people are going to wind up pleasantly surprised.
Winners: NGD all the way. Cuatrero, Forastero and Sansón take it home in three falls.
Rush vs. Último Guerrero
What to Expect: CMLL is lucky I already used the “Oh look, this shit again” gif because it applies here too! Let’s see if we can find something just as funny.
Seriously; why in the blue hell are we doing this match again?! I’ve seen it over 9,000 times in the past two years alone! Does CMLL have to reach a quota with these two or something? It be one thing if these matches actually produced something worthwhile like UG’s numerous clashes with Volador but for the most part Rush and UG deliver a watered down cross of their respective styles. I’m sure CMLL’s hope is the Lightning Match stipulation will allow them to pick up the pace and it’s possible that’s what will happen. But again, of the over 9,000 Rush-UG matches I’ve seen thus far only one or two have left an impression on me, and even those matches topped out at just pretty good. It won’t suck and it has potential, but I’ll believe it’s something to remember when I see it.
Winner: Rush lost to Kráneo last week so that points to him winning here. Of course the last time Rush won a match in Arena Mexico the ending of Infinity War was merely a twinkle in Thanos’ eye. Throw in the UG being the UG and I see Rush dropping this one around the 8 minute mark when he gets caught in a tradition unlike any other; UG’s opponent going for a moonsault he normally never attempts. You know how the rest goes.
Gran Alternativa Block A
Ángel de Oro & Robin vs. Atlantis & Magia Blanca vs. Ephesto & Maquiavelo vs. Hechicero & Espanto Jr. vs. Mephisto & Yago vs. Mistico & Eléctrico vs. Terrible & Hijo del Signo vs. Volador Jr. & Flyer
What to Expect: You know…I have no idea of what to make of this Block at all. On the one hand there are some times, like Ángel de Oro/Robin, Atlantis/Blanca (depending on Atlantis’ health), Mephisto/Yago and Volador/Flyer that look really good. On the other hand there are units that range from the incredibly useless (Mistico/Eléctrico), to the hopelessly mismatched (Hechicero/Espanto, Terrible/Signo) to the “WHAT IN THE HOLY HELL WERE THEY THINKING?” (Ephesto/Maquiavelo). I know it’s tradition for CMLL to mix the good with the bad but come on guys; we don’t need this much bad! As such I think we can pencil down this Block as being your typical CMLL tournament; all the matches will be short, some (specifically the Flyer/Volador matches) will be good, several will be bad and we’re all going to feel better when it’s over.
Winners: This field isn’t exactly wide open; the only teams I’d argue that have a shot at winning are Atlantis/Blanca, Mephisto/Yago and Volador/Flyer. All have arguments against winning; Atlantis hasn’t regained his pre-injury form, Yago’s biggest claim to fame was losing to Flyer in Block A of the Copa Nuevos Valores tournament and CMLL showed how much faith they had in Flyer by having him lose to Blanca in the finals of said tournament just a few weeks ago. The point is it can go either one of those three ways. If I had to guess though I’d say Volador and Flyer. Not only are they the best team in this field, but they’re also the most dependable with Atlantis still a question mark. Combine that with the fact that UG and Templario are probably winning next week and, well, that makes this all pretty simple doesn’t it? Volador and Flyer win Block A after defeating Mephisto and Yago in the finals.
That’s game sports fans. I’ll see you tomorrow so I can review this show. Wish me luck. Till then, something something #FreeNeville, something something #FreeNeville. Lots of #FreeNeville’s there.
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