Last week CMLL delivered their best show of the year, with several great undercard matches, a classic main event and the show stopping return of LA Park to reignite his feud with Rush. It was yoooge as Mike Francesca would say. Now it’s time for the follow up. This Friday CMLL returns to the scene of the crime and somehow they’ve put together a show that could be even greater than last week. There are no guarantees in life and you could poke holes in some of these matches if you looked as closely as I did at them. But at the end of the day this is a card where, if everything goes right, every match will be at least good, several will be great and the main event will be another “you have to watch this live” experience on par with last week. It’s just what happens when the Chairman of Lucha Libre comes strutting into your promotion sports fans. One moment everything is normal and then the next it’s as though you’re kissing Elizabeth Henstridge while Coheed and Cambria’s “Three Evils” plays on an ever ending loop. The point is lucha libre life is really good right now sports fans, and the only thing left to do is to talk about it at length with this preview. So why waste any more time than we already have?
Oro Jr. & Robin vs. Cancerbero & Raziel
What to Expect: It’s a very good sign for this show when a match like this is (on paper) easily the least enticing. And that’s really only because we don’t know if Cancerbero and Raziel are going to bring their A game or the sort of effort I have to do the dishes when it’s 8:30 p.m. and I just want to watch some Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Judging from how big this show will be I’ll say they at least put forth a decent effort, and that’s all we’ll need because the other side is the still very underrated Oro Jr. and the really good Robin. The ascension of Flyer, Audaz and Templario are the big stories at the moment but it shouldn’t distract from Robin’s own personal improvement ever since his family wrecked Último Guerrero’s car a year ago and put his career on life support. He’s now an honest to Grodd really good luchadore and I expect he’ll be going for things he usually doesn’t during his Tuesday show matches. I just hope he hits them.
Winners: When in doubt go with the rudos. They take it in three falls.
Audaz, Drone, Fuego vs. Kawato San, Puma, Tiger
What to Expect: We’re two matches in and it’s alright time to break out obnoxious Anakin Skywalker.
Hot damn and I thought last week’s second match was spitting hot fire. There’s two concerns here besides the unfortunate possibility of injury; Kawato’s ability to catch luchadores and the Audaz-Puma/Tiger combos not being on the same page during the first encounter. I’m not sure if Kawato has corrected his problem yet but I’d be more stunned than I was when LA Park walked out last week if Audaz, Puma and Tiger haven’t worked out the kinks. I anticipate they have and once you make that conclusion this match becomes a whole slew of possibilities. Expect it to be a truckload of fun at worst and a potential gem at best. Provided of course that the match isn’t overshadowed by Kawato dropping Drone on a dive or something. Good Grodd, now I’m starting to act like those people who never saw Kawato in Japan and think because he didn’t catch two guys one time that he’s a shitty worker.
Winners: I’m feeling the technicos big time on this one, though it’s not like it’ll be a shock to the system if it goes the other way. Audaz, Drone and Fuego will dive and dance their way to a three fall victory.
Guerrero Maya Jr. vs. Rey Cometa
What to Expect: I guess CMLL liked Guerrero Maya’s Lightning Match with Fuego last week so much that they’ve put him in the exact same match on the exact same spot of the card with a slightly better luchadore (Cometa) this time around. There’s a joke about calling Maya Mr. Lightning somewhere, only I don’t want to get him in trouble with that guy who actually goes by the name Relampago down in Mexico. Anyways, I expect this match to be very similar to what we got between Maya and Fuego last week. Cometa will do most of the high flying, Maya will be the glue guy who gets in one dive and this will be an incredibly solid, well worked match that won’t stand out at all because the rest of this card is the quality of the Agents of Hydra arc and Best of the Super Juniors 25 (thus far). On that note, only 4.25 for Hiromu-Desperado Big Dave?! Did Despy leave angry messages on the Observer board or something?
Winner: If I were booking this Maya would win his second straight Lightning Match, kinda sorta setting him up as the king of the Lightning Matches who keeps getting challenged until someone beats him. There is absolutely no way CMLL is doing that, so look instead for Cometa to take this one at around the 8:35 with a Frog Splash off the top. Why 8:35? Why not; sometimes you gotta throw some seconds in there to spice it up!
Niebla Roja, Titán, Valiente vs. Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
What to Expect: Felino must not have been available, which is the only explanation I can give you for why Mr. Niebla is in this match. Not that I mind Niebla; he’s normally a hoot when he’s not doing his best 1990’s Heavy Metal impression. That doesn’t mean he’s right for this match though. You don’t make a serious drama and then cast this guy in one of the lead roles, do you? The good news is that Niebla is the only concern in this match. Everyone else here is really, really good and aside from Negro Casas (who has been having great matches with Soberano every time I look up) these guys haven’t had a chance to strut their stuff recently. Hell, have poor Niebla Roja and Cavernario been given anything worthwhile to do since FantasticaMania (Cav’s classic with Soberano not withstanding)? I feel like this will be a chance for those guys to cut loose and you know that Titán, Casas and Valiente (on a semi-big show no less) will be looking to have a good time. Whether or not the match can get to a level beyond that will be determined by Niebla’s state of mind and his effort level; let’s hope he can find the right balance between shtick and solid lucha (which he is capable of).
Winners: Too close to call! Let’s break out the Canadian Dollars. Heads technicos, moose rudos…just like my favorite theme song in Impact Wrestling right now, it’s come up MOOSE! MOOSE! MOOSE! Alright I’ll stop. La Peste Negra wins in three falls after Negro Casas rolls up Valiente with La Casita.
Ángel de Oro, El Hijo del LA Park, Soberano Jr. vs. Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
What to Expect: It’s last week’s match if you took out Mistico and replaced him with El Hijo del LA Park. In other words you haven’t lost much. Actually I’m wondering if this match may have gained a bit. I had not seen much of Hijo del LA Park before today so I decided to check out a few of his matches (including a match with Fenix from last year, a tag team match with his father against Rush and Dragón Lee and trios match from Elite two years ago). Here are my observations; Hijo del Park sounds just like his dad, is charismatic but not the larger than life personality his dad is (but seriously, who is?), seems to have an unending supply of awesome skeleton costumes, has good, not great athleticism, can fly around, has one hell of a slap, an even better forearm and, very much like his father and cousin Volador Jr., is a bit of a lunatic.
And yet what might be even more important than all of that above is the fact that Hijo de LA Park has spent considerable time in the ring with Dragón Lee and Fenix, two of the ten best luchadores alive today, and not only kept up with them but more than held his own. That right there tells you the young luchadore is more than just another run of the mill “son of a luchadore” you see crawling around the lucha libre indies. Of course it’s one thing to be good in the smaller arenas; it’s another thing to translate your skill into a semi-main event in Arena Mexico for CMLL, in what will be (from my research) Hijo de LA Park’s first ever CMLL match and probably the biggest match of his career other than the Fenix one on one. The pressure will be higher than it was when Kurt Russell took on that pressure valve in Poseidon. The good news is CMLL has Hijo de LA Park with the right opponents and the right partners. I have full confidence that Cuatrero, Forastero and Sansón will be working their asses off to make this work, Ángel de Oro is as solid as they come (especially since losing his mask) and Soberano…I mean what is there to say? Did you not see what he did with the Dinamitas last week? He’s probably going to do it all again here and it’ll be just as glorious as the last time. The presence of him and the Dinamitas doesn’t erase the pressure Hijo de LA Park will have to prove himself, but it will ease some of it because of how good those four are. I expect he’ll do very well and frankly, by the time this show is over I expect this to be the best “wrestled” match on the show. It won’t top the main event in any other category, but the action will be better. You heard it here first.
Winners: I mean the Dinamitas won just a week ago and, let’s be real sports fans, there’s absolutely no way Hijo de LA Park is doing the job in his first Arena Mexico match. It would almost be worth it to hear about the tirade LA Park would go on afterwards but come on; it ain’t happening and frankly it shouldn’t be. Thus Hijo de LA Park, Soberano and Oro take this in three falls, with Oro getting the submission over Cuatrero after Soberano does his brilliant tornillo and Hijo de Park does the crowd dive. It’s gonna happen; you go big in your first CMLL match, you just have to.
Flyer, LA Park, Volador Jr. vs. Bestia del Ring, Rush, Terrible
What to Expect: It’s a match so big, so exciting, so “Devil in Jersey City” by Coheed and Cambria that even Bestia del Ring’s participation can’t quell the anticipation. That is the power of the Chairman! It’s almost a shame in a way that all the focus is on LA Park vs. Rush considering this is yet another huge moment in the career of Flyer, what with him now main eventing Super Viernes two straight weeks and all. But as a wise man once said to me, at the end of the day this is freakin LA Park, one of the ten greatest luchadores EVER. And that’s before we get into him being across the ring from one of his greatest rivals in Rush, something that will have the Los Ingobernables leader amped up and ready to go. Of course those two are the focus; when Al Pacino and Robert De Nero walk in, you slide to the background and let the masters do their thing. Well at least before 1999, after which they both started slumming it.
Then there are the storyline possibilities. CMLL doesn’t have to do anything necessarily to build this angle (like Infinity War, Rush-LA Park sells itself at this point) but it wouldn’t hurt. Will LA Park interact with anyone besides Rush, giving us the potential for an epic LA Park-Terrible stare down? Does Rush bring in another new Ingobernable member during this match, evening the sides between them and La Familia Real at 4 on 4? Does someone like Volador, who you may remember was courted by Los Ingobernables throughout the latter part of last year, turn on his family? Will CMLL actually have the balls to give Park and Rush go all out in brawling? Hell will CMLL have the balls to give them both live mics after the match? All of this is why this match has made this show the event of the year for CMLL to this date and I for one cannot wait to see what is going to happen. I do believe in the end the semi-main will be a better worked match (frankly the presence of Bestia del Ring guarantees that anyway), but in terms of spectacle, heat and just the chance to see LA Park in Arena Mexico, this will be, in the words of Macho Man Randy Savage, DA CREAM OF DA CROP, YEAH!
Winners: I mean we know it’s going to be a screwy finish; not only is that the Rush-LA Park M.O. but it’s exactly what CMLL should be doing as they start to build for this match. I just don’t know what kind of screwy finish they’ll go with. Monday I thought it would be a double low blow. Tuesday morning I thought Rush, Terrible and the Artist Formerly Known as Pierroth would get DQ’d after a new member of Los Ingobernables interfered. Tuesday evening I momentarily thought the new member could be a turning Volador after remembering his brief flirtation in joining Ingobernables last year. Yesterday and today…I’m back to square one. I guess because of that we’ll play it safe and predict that Flyer, Volador and Park walk away with a long, two fall victory after Rush fouls and unmasks Park late in the second fall.
And we are done sports fans. I’ll be back tomorrow evening to review this beautiful looking show, and I may be back before that tomorrow to give all the people new to this LA Park-Rush rivalry a look at just how it’s blossomed into one of the biggest programs in recent lucha libre history. It’ll be my greatest accomplishment after using the word blossomed to describe something involving LA Park. Till then, here’s El Hijo de LA Park running over Fenix with a bicycle.
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