Happy holidays sports fans! I know it’s a little late considering Christmas was two days ago and all but a) I was busy those days and b) the holidays don’t officially end till New Years comes and goes so I can still say that! In any event I hope all of you enjoyed whatever you did, ate some wonderful food and got some wonderful gifts. Alas the world of lucha libre never stops even during times of celebration; AAA and CMLL both had shows on Christmas and CMLL is continuing with their normal schedule by airing Super Viernes this Friday. In what may be a sign of a Christmas miracle, it just so happens to be the first good looking CMLL show of December, with a solid looking upper card and a long awaited, highly anticipated singles match between Carístico and Penta Zero M in the main event. Just the kind of event I’ve been waiting all month to preview. So let’s dive into it shall we? For the first time in nearly a week, TO THE PREVIEW MOBILE!
Arkalis & Oro Jr. vs. El Coyote & Grako
What to Expect: I will say this sports fans; all four of these guys can be really good and there is a scenario that exists where this match is good. Does that scenario take place in Earth-1, 2018 where all CMLL openers go to die? NOPE! Watch at your own risk.
Winners: I still inexplicably like Oro Jr., and for that reason alone I will pick him and Puebla’s finest Arkalis to take this bad boy in three falls.
Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela vs. Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
What to Expect: I look at this match and I instantly regret all the times I criticize Dalys for having the same damn match. Sure it’s repetitive, dull and it does none of the younger luchadoras Dalys works with any favors but at least it’s passable. And I would gladly take passable over this match, which will feature Tiffany moving with the pace of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Estrellita doing the worst lucha libre imaginable while dressed in a nurse outfit. Or maybe it’ll be a Santa suit since it was just Christmas and all. Who cares; it’ll suck either way.
Winners: I don’t care enough to call this one so let’s go fetch the lucky Canadian coin of mine. Heads technicas, Moose rudas…looks like the coin likes Estrellita. She, Lluvia and Marcela win in three falls. Have I mentioned that Lluvia and Marcela aren’t terrible and don’t deserve this?
Audaz, Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs. Kawato San, Okumura, Vangellys
What to Expect: AT LAST! A DECENT MATCH!
Alright I may be getting too far ahead of myself considering the rudo team is made up of the steady but unexciting Okumura and the M. Bison cosplayer known as Vangellys. This is simply a case of me saying they don’t matter because the technico team, consisting of the always silky smooth Guerrero Maya, the fun Flyer and a youngster in Audaz who could take Skándalo and make me say “I’ve been missing out on Skándalo!” , is just too good. There are flaws there too; you never know what Flyer you’ll get these days and there’s always the possibility of Audaz finding someone he doesn’t gel with. But since that day hasn’t happened yet I fully expect him to pull off several dazzling moves and some even more dazzling dodges, while getting enough from his partners and a suddenly revitalized Kawato San to make this a good match. And if that doesn’t happen…well we’ll still get the cool moves and long looks at Kawato’s blue hair. Even Bulma Briefs is jealous of it.
Winners: The rudos, if only because there is no Grodd and the cage wasn’t 30 feet. I can actually see my new Teddy Hart shirt glaring at me as I type that. Anyways, the bad guys take it in three falls after Vangellys pins Audaz and we all curse the heavens.
Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Titán vs. Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
What to Expect: If only CMLL had put this match on the Tuesday show and run the very entertaining (and very exciting) Atlantis and Panthers vs. Mephisto, Villano IV and Hijo del Villano III match instead.
Then again there is hope for this match. Diamante Azul and Rey Rey Buc are question marks but CMLL can neutralize that by putting them together and lessening their time. Besides them everyone else is either great (Hechicero and Titán), really good (Terrible) or Atlantis (Atlantis). And maybe it’s just me but Atlantis has recently been starting to look like the guy he was before getting injured; he’s been getting people up in La Atlantida, is bringing back the backbreakers and Monkey Flips and just looks more confident. There’s not quite the smoothness from before and its clear Atlantis needs to be in there with someone he trusts, but he’s gotten a lot more respectable towards the end of the year and guys like Hechicero and Rey Rey Buc (who Atlantis has worked with several times this year) are the type of guys he works well off. It won’t have the energy or emotion that the Tuesday match with the Villanos had but this should be watchable and maybe even good, provided Atlantis doesn’t make me look foolish and Titán and Hechicero get tons of time.
Winners: I like the technicos here. They take it in three falls after Atlantis rolls up Rey Rey Buc with a Hurricanrana.
Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs. Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
What to Expect: There is only one thing I’d change about this match; Mistico. If someone could get him out of there and replace him with Soberano or Fenix (oops! I meant King Phoenix) then that would be stupendous. Otherwise this match should be lights out. Not only are Dragón Lee, Volador and the Dinamitas all great but the match is fresh due to Dragón Lee being stuck on an island for the last several months. He hasn’t lost a step since returning (at least from what I saw of him in MLW) and barring an injury/Mistico’s inconsistencies coming into play there’s little reason to believe this won’t be a good to great match. Only the main event has a shot of topping it.
Winners: TOO CLOSE TO CALL, thus we turn to the coin. Heads technicos, Moose rudos…it’s that damned Moose! Cuatrero, Forastero and Sansón take it in three.
Carístico vs. Penta Zero M
What to Expect: Here we are sports fans with a match more than half a year in the making. It feels like the match should’ve happened sooner, especially when Pentagon attacked Carístico early in the summer during a time when everyone and their brother was coming into Arena Mexico for a big match. For whatever reason, be it Pentagon’s schedule, CMLL falling in love more with his brother Fenix, CMLL’s incompetence or a combination of all three, the match never came together…until last week when Pentagon and Carístico finally challenged each other. And that’s how this match came to be on the last Friday of 2018.
As annoying as it is that CMLL took this long to get to this match, the timing does work out given how lackluster CMLL has been the past month. I wouldn’t call it a “slam dunk” of a match if only because CMLL has used Pentagon as poorly as WWE has used Máscara Dorada, but beyond that concern this match checks off all the boxes for a must see encounter. Carístico is still an excellent performer when given something to sink his teeth into. Pentagon has had a tremendous year, with great matches in Lucha Underground, AAA, The Crash, All In, Impact, MLW, AAW and even CMLL, despite their mishandling of him. It doesn’t hurt that these two have already collided a few times (in singles and tag action) on the independent circuit, all too positive reviews. There are no guarantees in life, but this seems to be a match that will draw big dollars and big praise by the time it’s over. If all goes well, it’s got Match of the Year potential, even this late in the game.
Winner: Carístico. I know Fenix won his first big match with Cavernario but a) Fenix fits CMLL’s style more even if he throws more flips out there than others and b) the Pentagon/CMLL thing just never seems to have clicked. Unless more matches are coming, I say Carístico takes it in three falls with La Mistica.
There you have it sports fans. I’m off to play some Red Dead Redemption 2, though I will return for a Live Review of this show tomorrow. TILL THEN!
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