Tonight’s CMLL looked on paper to be a lame show with one potentially good match. That didn’t turn out to be the case; it was instead a lame show with one good match and one very good match! So slightly better than expected I suppose. Let’s get to reviewing it so I can then go watch matches from the Hart Legacy Wrestling show that happened last week.
El Coyote & Grako defeated Astral & Robin two falls to one
And to think I thought Coyote and Grako being here instead of Nitro and Inquisidor would make this match better! Turns out Coyote and Grako were very much like the grumpy old luchador squad tonight with one of the weakest performances I’ve ever seen from the duo. Their timing was so bad it made the Elite’s timing of All In look good! Astral and Robin at least did what they could to try and salvage the mess, but in the end it was just another lame opener. In other words, the usual! I can’t believe it took this short of time for Coyote and Grako to become “the usual.”
Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany defeated Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit two falls to one
I guess CMLL wanted this match to be even worse than it already looked; how else can you explain them replacing Metálica, the best ruda booked for this match, with Reyna Isis?! I mean sure she’s better than Tiffany, but not when you put her WITH Tiffany. I guess we can at least say they didn’t mess anything up too badly and there was a good effort from Dalys, Kaho Kobayashi (who got a dive in) and La Jarochita. Oh, and no Sexy Star! That’s always a plus. Even with all that though this was a largely forgettable match that also went far longer than it should have. That’s a double negative when you consider it cut into the next match.
Felino, Hechicero, Vangellys defeated Audaz, Flyer, Rey Cometa two falls to one
Let’s start with the negatives sports fans; there’s no reason this match should’ve gotten less time than the previous match and Felino getting a pin on Audaz in the year 2018 is a “let’s trade Kristaps Porzingis for Dennis Smith Jr.” level bad decision. Other than that, this match actually exceeded expectations!
Of course that wasn’t going to be that hard given that expectations were low. In the end though the technico team, which was really good on paper, wound up being good enough to get these rudos over the hump. This was one of Flyer’s better performances this year; he didn’t have as much flash as his partners but he was steady and worked really well with Hechicero (who doesn’t?). Meanwhile Audaz and Rey Cometa spent the match trying to one up each other; I think Cometa just beat Audaz out with a slightly better performance but it was close. With all that happening, all the rudos needed was a good Hechicero performance and for Felino and Vangellys to stay in their lane. They did, Hechicero was really strong and there you go. Good match. I think it would’ve been better if CMLL had given them a bit more time but even still this was better than expected.
Titán defeated Templario
We are quickly approaching the point where CMLL is going to have to change the name of this show to CMLL Super Titán. Two straight weeks and the man has been delivering more than Rami Malek in the otherwise mediocre Queen biopic.
To be clear, this was not the match with Cavernario Titán had last week. Of course nothing was going to be on that level because that match was one of the best things you’ll see in CMLL this year. Well that and the fact that this match was only going to get ten minutes at most. Aside from a slightly misplayed hurricanrana reversal into a powerbomb however, this match came as close as these two possibly could’ve given the time. Titán was absolutely tremendous yet again and Templario was terrific, even though he wasn’t showing every trick he had in the book. They kept the pace quick, delivered some nice near falls and a few dives to make sure everyone went home happy. A really, REALLY good match that you could argue was borderline great.
Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente defeated Ciber the Main Man, Gil Muertes, The Chris two falls to one
Grodd bless Carístico sports fans. Only he could be paired with Ciber the Main Man for most of a match and somehow emerge with his dignity still intact. Frankly I thought he and Valiente worked far better with Ciber and The Chris than the Guerreros did. They didn’t reinvent the wheel and by Grodd I’m not sure why Ciber is wrestling at this stage of the game, but the sequences were respectable (if dull) and nothing was embarrassing. The same cannot be said for the stuff Diamante Azul and Gil Muertes were giving us. For the second straight week it felt like there was a little more pep in Gil’s step, which didn’t matter at all because Diamante Azul was at his worst tonight. He was mistiming moves more than Grako and El Coyote in the opener and actively looked lost multiple times in the third fall. It’s almost fitting that Gilbert would find his skill again only to be paired up with the one guy he can’t have a good match with. They definitely seem to be going that route by the DQ finish and Azul’s post match challenge, though I’m guessing his request of a mask vs. hair match isn’t going to happen. Whatever the case, here’s hoping he’s better in that inevitable match than he was tonight. He was bad and should feel bad. The rest of the match was mediocre and should feel…mediocre. Not sure where I was going with that one.
Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. defeated Bestia del Ring, Rush, Terrible two falls to one
Let me tell you about the most interesting moment of this match sports fans. Are you ready? ARE YOU READY?! Here it is; Bestia del Ring beat up Ángel de Oro near one of the entrances to the concourse area.
Yeah, this match sucked. I think we had maybe one or two cool sequences between Volador and Rush and otherwise this was your typical, low rent build up to an Apuesta match most people are struggling to care about. It’s such a shame because I like and care about Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja and Terrible. These are three good workers who I’d normally be excited to see. It just goes to show you how much Bestia del Ring sucks and how he brings down everything he’s involved in. There’s only one Friday show left till this Apuesta match at Homenaje a Dos Leyendas sports fans and they’re gonna need a miracle next week to get me and many others to care. This feud is cold and so was this match.
And there you have it sports fans. I’ll see you tomorrow for a preview of AAA’s Sunday show in Monterrey. TILL THEN!
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