Last night’s CMLL Super Viernes was the Dia De Muertos show! In typical CMLL fashion, they celebrated it by not making the show available to view until the very next day because we legit can’t have nice things. CMLL then decided to go even further by making only four and a third of the show available, cutting out one match and two falls of another match entirely. On the one hand, CLASSIC CMLL! On the other hand it a) prevented me from writing a long review and b) made the show shorter and likely far more bearable. Then again the show itself helped; the Dia De Muertos theme provided a great atmosphere (I loved the mood lighting and the mist on the floor), an outstanding crowd and despite some difficulties two very fun, very good matches. If only we had gotten to see all of that as it happened! If you can’t be bothered to watch the show on demand, here’s what you need to know.
Espanto Jr. & Espíritu Negro defeated Magnus & Príncipe Diamante two falls to one. This was the first match that wasn’t available on CMLL’s video so how good it was will remain a mystery to me. I’d guess it was probably lame.
Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis defeated La Jarochita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit two falls to one after Metálica pinned Lluvia with a Swanton Bomb and Dalys submitted Jarochita with a Sharpshooter. Only the last half of the third fall aired; it didn’t make me want to gouge my eyes out so that may be progress for the CMLL luchadoras division. I guess the bigger issue is how CMLL only managed to catch the back end of the match on video while the rest of it and the opening match disappeared into the never. Maybe CMLL doesn’t like watching these matches either?
Atlantis Jr., Flyer, Fugaz defeated Hechicero, Hijo del Villano III, Templario two falls to none after Villano unmasked Atlantis Jr. for the DQ. This match felt like it was on the way to being really good and then got derailed when Flyer injured his arm in the first fall and was then rendered useless. Thus the match turned out to be more or less fine. The performances were strong overall though, with Atlantis Jr. and Fugaz both looking really good while Hechicero and Templario based like crazy for them. Hijo del Villano III wasn’t bad himself, though it was a little sad to see Atlantis Jr. go from feuding with Templario back to Villano. Atlantis Jr. is so much further along than Villano at this point it isn’t even funny.
Sansón defeated Star Jr. two falls to one to retain the CMLL Rey del Inframundo Championship. The finish came after Sansón pinned Star Jr. with…something? I think he was going for a Go to Sleep and messed it up to a degree, while still hitting enough of a Death Valley Driver for the move to make sense. But yeah, that was the finish. I was expecting the worst from this match after reading several reviews and was pleasantly surprised to find this match was pretty good, maybe even great! It was not as good as I expected; Star Jr. was a bit more cautious than usual at times (he refused to go all the way to the third rope on some moves), Sansón’s beat down sequence from fall two into fall three went too long and holy shit, what was up with Sansón’s basing?! He failed to catch Star Jr. on at least four different occasions and at times seemed absolutely comatose when he wasn’t in control. It was stunningly inept performance from one of CMLL’s best young stars. Somehow the match succeeded anyway thanks to a great crowd and an exceptional Star Jr. performance. I honestly think this may have been the performance of his career. Some will disagree because of his uncertainty on a few spots, but the mark of a great performer is knowing when you don’t have your best stuff working and finding a way to work around it. I thought he did an exceptional job at that, especially as the match went along and his confidence seemed to come back. It should’ve been better (and Sansón should’ve been way better) but I still enjoyed it all the same. Maybe it was a good thing I kept my expectations low!
Cavernario, Mephisto, Último Guerrero defeated Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. two falls to none after Cavernario pinned Oro and Mephisto pinned Roja following an Avalanche Devil’s Wings of Oro onto Rojo below. An inoffensive but unspectacular semi-main. The effort was firmly set at medium for all six luchadores, which still meant the UG was doing more for Niebla Roja than he did for poor Star Jr. last week. If you like paint by the numbers lucha libre done decently, this match was for you.
Carístico & Mistico defeated Euforia & Gran Guerrero two falls to one to win the CMLL World Tag Team Championships. The finish came when Carístico and Mistico submitted Euforia and Gran Guerrero with Dueling La Misticas, aka the only way this match could’ve possibly ended! I enjoyed Star Jr.’s one man show more and there were a few iffy moments, but overall this was a fun main event. Mistico was terrific, Carístico was Carístico (from the one iffy move to the over selling to the solid performance) and Euforia and Gran Guerrero went out as champs with a strong performance. I’ll miss them as Tag Team Champions but if they were going to lose them this was the team to lose them to, and the crowd reacted thunderously when Carístico and Mistico pulled it out. A feel good close to the show. Hopefully CMLL has a good plan for this going forward, though I somehow doubt it.