I enjoyed a CMLL Super Viernes show sports fans; what a concept huh?! Yes tonight’s Friday show was a good one for CMLL despite a painful opener, a putrid semi-main and more promo segments than the opening of an old episode of RAW. That would normally be too much to overcome but CMLL did it, thanks in a large part to two really strong undercard matches and a main event that closed exceptionally. I think I, and many others, expected the lucha stuff on Ring of Honor’s show to top CMLL’s effort tonight and in the end I’m not sure that happened outside of the Bandido-Jay Briscoe match. That’s how solid tonight’s CMLL was. And with that, let’s now talk about it some more!
Shockercito & Último Dragóncito defeated Pequeño Violencia & Pierrothito two falls to one
It was unfortunate enough for this match that it took place during the entire Team CMLL vs. Villain Enterprises match and the beginning of Stuka Jr./Volador Jr. vs. The Kingdom on Ring of Honor’s show; the fact this match sucked on top of that just adds to the issues. Boy was this not good sports fans. Some people were hoping these guys would step up but it was just the usual Mini-Estrellas match you’d get on a Tuesday. Frankly it wasn’t even that; I don’t know if it was rust or a lack of effort but everyone’s timing was off and spots were messed up left and right. The only good thing for these guys is that the spots were so miniscule no one probably noticed it. I sadly did though and thus had to suffer alongside these guys. I expect Pequeño Violencia to always be awful but Shockercito, Dragóncito and Pierrothito are capable of respectability. Except for tonight I guess. What a shitty opener; the Bears-Packers game last night was better and that was a disgrace to football.
Cancerbero, Raziel, Tiger defeated Magia Blanca, Príncipe Diamante, Star Jr. two falls to one
This must’ve been one of those times where the stars aligned or something sports fans because wow was this good! This was quite honestly better than any of the CMLL matches that took place on Ring of Honor’s show and this was a bout that featured guys in Cancerbero and Raziel who last had a good match when Conan O’Brien was still on NBC.
The concern going into this was that the match being so low would make these guys less ambitious, but instead these six treated this like a big deal; it was almost a natural progression for Raziel and Cancerbero after the decent effort they put in a few Tuesday’s ago. As good as they were and Príncipe Diamante (the lesser of the three technicos) was this match belonged to the other three dudes. Magia Blanca may have the voice of Marko Stunt but he had a really strong night, his best moment coming on a really creative variation of Brody King’s double arm drag. Even more impressive were Tiger and Star Jr.; both guys can be world class and they were here with some top notch work that makes you wonder why CMLL will never give them more to do. Wait I know that answer; it’s because CMLL is dumb! Can’t believe I almost forgot that one. In any event, this was a lot of fun and you should watch it.
Audaz, Soberano Jr., Titán defeated Hijo del Villano III, Mecha Wolf 450, Virus two falls to one
The only issue I had with this match sports fans was that the end felt like a bit of an anti-climax; there was some back and forth and then suddenly Titán was pinning 450 and we were heading to the back. Maybe it’s just me but I would’ve had a few more minutes with some dives before they went for the finish. Beyond that though this was a second straight really good match on a CMLL show for the first time in eons! Aside from Hijo del Villano III, who did indeed spend most of the match just standing there, everyone was working at a high level and everything went smoothly. Soberano and Titán were terrific, Virus was the ultimate glue guy and by Grodd I am going to miss 450. He’s so friggin good and hopefully CMLL can bring him back at some point or MLW will start using him so we can see him on Saturday nights. The only reason he wasn’t the main story here is because Audaz is Audaz and just had to go and steal the show as he always does. Aside from the ending this was a ton of fun and another match worth checking out.
Diamante Azul defeated Euforia
If you ever wanted to see Diamante Azul win a match with the Steiner Recliner then this was the match for you! Beyond that…actually this wasn’t all that bad. It wasn’t good either; on his best day Diamante Azul is hit and miss and he’s still nowhere close to peak shape coming off his injury. That said he did try hard and only almost screwed up once (on his clothesline from the ramp) and Euforia was Euforia, doing everything he could to make this work. It just wasn’t going to work the way he wanted with Azul in there as opposed to a super worker. Not an embarrassment but I don’t need to see this ever again.
Big Daddy, Ciber the Main Man, Gil Muertes defeated Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero two falls to none
Well…this match calls for an Abed gif.
I’m not sure what else to say about this match beyond that sports fans. I guess if I had some positives it’s that Negro Casas was pretty good and overall I didn’t mind Big Daddy in the ring. He’s not the greatest worker ever but he showed a lot more ability than his partners during the match, had a great post match promo and then a solid brawl with Negro Casas minus some silliness towards the end. Beyond that though this was either a lot of going through the motions from the Guerreros, Gil Muertes not doing much or Ciber doing even less. I guess we should be happy CMLL kept it short but then the promo sequences lasted forever so I’m not even sure we can say that! The sooner we get to the cage match and get past it, the better.
Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico defeated Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón two falls to one
Man CMLL must’ve really wanted a lot of promos tonight because we got yet another post match promo after this match that, like the semi-main, was almost longer than the match itself! It’s as if the CMLL programming department started watching WWE 2000 for the first time and was like “we need to do that same shit Triple H used to do!”
All joking aside, everything leading up to said promos were better than I expected regarding this match. I really did think these six would take it easy and for awhile the match was more “eh” than good. Then we got to the third fall and all six luchadores turned into superstars. Carístico and Mistico had really strong nights and got the great visual at the end with dueling La Misticas. Dragón Lee was really good and took a really nice bump on and apron powerbomb. And what can we say about the Dinamitas that we haven’t already said before? They didn’t have the flash they usually do tonight but they brought everything else to the table and were really strong late in fall three when it mattered. I don’t know if this had the meat it should’ve throughout but the final fall was so good that you couldn’t help but end up loving this match, even if the promos did drag after. A good end to a surprisingly good show…if you forget the opener and semi-main that is.
There you have it sports fans. I’ll see you all tomorrow for a preview of AAA’s upcoming show on Sunday. TILL THEN!
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