Tonight’s CMLL show was better than I expected…and somehow still a bad show! Only CMLL can exceed expectations while still putting together a tire fire of a show. That’s exactly what it was, outside of a fourth match that just barely got good at the end. And now I’m reviewing this! Good thing I put all my thoughts together while the show was going on. Let’s dive in so I can go do something fun with the rest of my night.
Nitro & Sangre Azteca defeated Oro Jr. & Stigma two falls to one
I don’t know if the Televisa deal has people trying harder or what but this match wasn’t the steaming pile of fecal matter I expected. Of course it was still pretty lame and ended with Sangre Azteca double stomping the mat to pin Stigma (he was going for Stigma’s nuts…) but hey; still better than steaming pile of fecal matter! I will say that Oro Jr. did try really hard in this one and had some legit moments prior to eating a Nitro Piledriver. Yes he didn’t quite get all of a Super Rana but he got enough of it, and Sangre Azteca bumped late for the move anyway so there. Just a shame he had no one else good to work with. Oh, and that he lost to two guys who need wins like I need another viewing of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Kawato San, Tiger, Virus defeated Fuego, Rey Cometa, Star Jr. two falls to one
There were many, MANY other things on this show that were worse than this match sports fans but I’m not sure there was anything more infuriating. This was a respectable match any way you slice it; all six guys tried hard, Rey Cometa threw in a stage dive when he didn’t have to (as well as a cool new look), Star Jr. was great overall and did I mention all six guys tried?! That never happens any more. So what did CMLL do? They shortchanged them for time and ended the match a good three minutes early.
Seriously; that’s all that separated this match from being good. Like I said, all six luchadores had their working boots on and were just a few more dives away from turning this into something more. They just didn’t get the chance to do it, all the more frustrating because a) have you seen the rest of this show and b) I’m pretty sure the opener got just as much, if not more time than this match. That’s inexcusable! It just sucks sports fans; we’re trying to take any good thing from CMLL that we can right now and instead they’re out there cutting time from the only matches that have a shot. This was respectable, but it was on its way to being something better and just didn’t get the chance.
Esfinge, Titán, Tritón defeated Rey Bucanero, Universo 2000 Jr., Vangellys
Well…it was better than it would’ve been with Shocker! That’s progress right? Just like the last match this felt like something that could’ve been a bit better with a few extra minutes. This time it’s at least understandable why they didn’t do more, as poor Tritón suffered a head injury on a rana attempt because Universo 2000 Jr. (Shocker’s replacement) couldn’t quite catch him. Other than that and a choppy third fall things were alright though. Titán was Titán, Tritón looked good till his spill, the rudos didn’t screw anything up too bad and I barely noticed Esfinge was there. I can’t imagine things would’ve been that positive if Shocker was there. Then again, he’s probably not dunking Tritón on his head either.
Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Valiente defeated Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón two falls to one
I’m going to be honest sports fans; this match wasn’t quite doing a lot for me during the first two falls. Luckily the third fall came along and did just enough to make this a good match. I don’t know what it was about the first part; the Dinamitas controlled the action and did just fine, it just didn’t hit home for me as much as it usually does I suppose. In the end they got it right though. Dragón Lee looked absolutely great in the third fall, Valiente stepped up as per usual in a big match (he hit the Valiente Special) and Atlantis looked 100% better than he did Tuesday. Working with the Dinamitas, who seem to have mastered working around Atlantis’ limitations these days, will do that. I would’ve liked to have seen it all come together throughout the match, but the third fall hit all the right notes and the end sequence (featuring a Lee dive, the Valiente Special and Atlantis getting the win via roll up) was perfect. Good match.
Diamante Azul defeated Gil Muertes two falls to one
I’m so looking forward to the reaction I’m going to get for what I’m about to say sports fans. I went into this (and even promoted the match as such) expecting a bout potentially as bad, if not worse, than Volador vs. Yoshitatsu from a few years ago. Many people who I like and respect even thought that was the case when this match was over. Me? I thought it was…fine.
That’s right; I didn’t hate this match sports fans. I didn’t love it either but I didn’t expect to. There’s only so much you’re getting from Diamante Azul and a near broken down Gil Muertes these days and anyone expecting this match to be good was crazy. But it wasn’t terrible; not from what I saw at least. Other than a hilariously bad Diamante Azul attempt I didn’t think any move was embarrassing. I thought both guys tried as hard as they could. The finish, as silly as it was (a DQ mask pull) was done as well as it was going to. And hell, I saw enough from Gil Muertes tonight to believe that, with the right opponent, there’s still potential for a good match. He wasn’t terrible! Maybe I’m just being optimistic, maybe I missed something everyone else saw, maybe my expectations were too low. But I didn’t hate this match and I don’t see how anyone can say it was an embarrassment. This was not Volador vs. Yoshitatsu. It was forgettable, it was average personified and it shouldn’t happen again; but it wasn’t terrible. It was fine for what it was, and it will be nowhere near the worst match you see from CMLL this year. Hell it wasn’t even the second worst match on this show.
Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja defeated Bestia del Ring, Rush, Terrible two falls to none
Yet another CMLL main event that sums up the show! Like most of the other matches on this show, I thought this match wound up being better than it looked on paper. And like all those other matches, it was still mediocre to average! The effort was definitely up in this one, probably because CMLL, Oro, Roja, Bestia and Terrible knew they needed to get some momentum going for next week. Did they accomplish it? I’m not sure; like I said they tried hard and the match was more enjoyable than the last few weeks, but everything still felt cold in the end. It’s quite telling when the most over parts of the match are the ones involving Rush and Carístico, two guys who aren’t involved in this feud at all (Rush won’t even be on next weekend’s show!). So yeah; credit where credit is due as these guys stepped up their game, but they still have a long way to go next week in getting this Homenaje a Dos Leyendas match to mean something.
And with that I’m off to watch action movies. Till next time sports fans!
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