As AAA was putting on yet another strong show in Tijuana and the rest of the wrestling world was getting wild and wacky in New York City, CMLL spent Friday night as they always do; putting on shows in Arena Mexico. The good news is the show was actually fairly decent compared to how it looked on paper. Not a single soul (myself included) will remember the match in the years, months, days…hell even minutes to come, but it was an easy show to watch with three good matches and only one dud. These days that’s a pretty good thing to get from CMLL. So what are we waiting for; let’s preview this so I can start getting ready for the Hamlet length G1 Supercard show later.
Metálico & Sangre Azteca defeated Magnus & Robin two falls to one
It must be Wrestlemania weekend sports fans because this match was, against all odds, watchable and at times fun! I think we all know who is responsible for this.
Alright it wasn’t just Magnus…although it was mostly Magnus. The effort level was definitely up some, with Metálico and Sangre Azteca both putting a little more in than usual. That didn’t mean much for Metálico; it did however for Azteca, who actually took some great bumps and broke out the rare Tornado DDT. Even then though the key was Magnus. He was the one who took the DDT and he was the one who had the spot of the match, a Doomsday Sunset Flip Powerbomb right out of the Teddy Hart playbook. I wouldn’t have believed it happened if I hadn’t seen it myself sports fans. Huge credit to Magnus (and Robin) for trying that in this spot and to all four guys for giving an honest effort. I wouldn’t quite say it was a good match, but it was a respectable effort, and I’ll take that every time when it comes to these openers.
La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit defeated Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany two falls to one
To think this was one of the only two CMLL matches I saw last night that had my full attention. YIKES! Already it wasn’t that bad and there were even a few sequences that could pass for good, like the opening Amapola-Jarochita sequence. In the end though this was business as usual for the CMLL luchadoras; there was a lot of Dalys, a lot of the same match structure and a whole lot of non excitement. And somehow it was still not the worst match on the show!
Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto defeated Audaz, Flyer, Stuka Jr. two falls to one
We knew this one would be worth watching because Audaz was involved sports fans. What we didn’t know was that it would be even more fun beyond that! I wouldn’t quite call this a great match (even if the crowd did throw money in at the end) but it wasn’t too far away from being that. And it was all because the match was laid out with one minor tweak; instead of a 50-50 split, Audaz, Flyer and Stuka dominated about 80% of the match. That never happens in CMLL and it was a huge boost here, especially with all three technicos firing on all cylinders. They didn’t pull out every trick but they pulled out several nice ones (including a really good dive train where Audaz did a dive OVER Flyer) and they were smooth throughout. That left Ephesto, Luciferno and Mephisto with a relatively easy night and they did their jobs accordingly. A very strong match that may needed an extra Audaz or Flyer dive to be great, but was still a lot of fun to watch anyway.
Felino defeated Hechicero
It’s easy to forget these days that Felino was once one of the best luchadores CMLL had in their arsenal. Getting older and slowing down to conserve yourself a bit will do that to you. If nothing else, this match gave Felino a chance to remind people what he can do and boy did he ever.
Now he was able to do that in part because he was with the right dance partner. Only a high end technico could’ve gotten the performance out of Felino that Hechicero did tonight, and he did one hell of a job carrying the bulk of this match. The story they had in place was pretty excellent as well, with Hechicero dominating the aging Felino, who had to resort to his experience and some luck in order to eventually overcome his more talented opponent. In the end though this was a reminder of how smart and strong a performer Felino can be when he wants to be. His selling was tremendous, his emotion was great and he even managed to fit in a plancha to the floor for good measure. I think it’ll be easy for some people to dismiss this match as nothing special (as some did last night) because there wasn’t a lot of oomph involved. But man did I enjoy this. It was well worked, it told a great story and it did all the little things correctly. It was a very good, old school lucha style Lightning Match, worked exceptionally by two guys who are masters of getting that style right.
Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas defeated Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Titán two falls to one
Another CMLL show, another instance of national treasure Negro Casas taking what he was given and making the most of it. I’m almost convinced now you could put Casas with Bestia del Ring and he’d deliver. How does he still do this at 59 years old? AND HOW DID RING OF HONOR NOT BOOK HIM FOR THE HONOR RUMBLE?!
The point I’m trying to get at here is this match was very good and Casas deserves a whole lot of credit for it. He isn’t the only one; Mr. Niebla was giving a good effort while Cavernario (back from his very successful match with Dragón Lee at WrestleCon), Titán and Atlantis Jr. all looked impressive. But Casas was the show stealer, once again having a great sequence with every one of his opponents (save Atlantis, who did very little in this bout) and getting a whole lot of Atlantis Jr. We haven’t seen the youngster recently and while he still has a ways to go it’s always a good sign when you can work well with a legend like Casas. A very good, if quick, match that once again shows how valuable Casas is to both CMLL and lucha libre.
Bestia del Ring, Gil Muertes, Terrible defeated Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. two falls to none
It takes a special kind of match to best that luchadoras bout from earlier. Or more appropriately it takes a match where not a damn thing happens until Gil Muertes fakes a foul in the second fall to give his team the victory. That was pretty much this match; not a whole lot happened, Gil faked his foul, it ended and now we have Volador vs. Gil Muertes to look forward to next week. I’m actually looking forward to it; say what you will about The Artist Formerly Known as El Mesias in 2019 but he’s been alright away from Diamante Azul (then again who hasn’t been) and Volador is Volador. Yoshitatsu vs. Volador this will not be. Even still, this was not a fun match to set the whole thing up. At least it was quick and painless in a way, but it also sucked so that sort of cancels it all out.
And with that I’m off to not write another thing for the rest of the day. YAY ME! Till next time, did you know we extended voting for Lucha Madness’ Final Four an extra day?!
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