Breaking news; tonight’s CMLL Super Viernes show was boring. If only someone had foreseen this yesterday…OH WAIT! This is why I should’ve spent more time promoting Lucha Madness, Presented by Expo Lucha and Quiet Wyatt Designs, instead of watching this show. And why not; it’s promoting something cool and you get to do shameless cheap plugs, the best kind of plug there is. Alas I watched this show instead and thus here is a review. Enjoy as much as you can. Hey, at least I didn’t slack off as much as the guys in the main event did!
Star Jr. & Stigma defeated El Coyote & Grako two falls to one
Wait wait wait wait…Coyote and Grako lost?!
Man the only thing more certain than mediocre Friday shows these days are Coyote and Grako winning in the opener. Now they don’t even have that; we should keep an eye on them sports fans. At least they can say they were in a slightly better than usual opener. Of course that was mostly because Star Jr. gave a really good effort even with the opening match limitations; he was full of energy and tried some new spots, like the crossbody over the ropes and a German Suplex into the turnbuckle. Unfortunately Stigma didn’t quite have his energy and Coyote and Grako had a mediocre night by their usual standards. Even still, Star Jr. was solid and that’s enough these days to make me not hate a CMLL opener. Go figure.
Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Mystique defeated Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis two falls to none
Man CMLL is full of surprises tonight; first we had Coyote and Grako lose in the opener and then this luchadoras match only went two falls. Oh and they also appeared to start a feud between Kaho Kobayashi and Amapola. What’s next; Máscara Dorada returns in the main event?! The good news is that this was all good news, as the two fall limit allowed for the formula of these usually dreadful luchadoras matches to change up a bit and Amapola (who is still okay) vs. Kobayashi (who is good) might be a worthwhile program. So overall I can’t really complain. This wasn’t a great match but it was better than the usual luchadora affair, it didn’t drag and it may have set up a match that might be enjoyable. Gold stars across the board!
Audaz, Flyer, Stuka Jr. defeated Kawato San, Pólvora, Vangellys two falls to one
Boy did this match rotate from being fun to hilarious at several points. I honestly thought the first two falls of this match were really good, largely because Audaz was spectacular as always while Flyer and Stuka kept up decently. Then the rudos took control and slowed the pace down. Then a triple moonsault spot by the technicos nearly went wrong with Flyer nearly slipping, only for him to regain his balance and hit his moonsault. All that was fine…and then everyone started to hit Canadian Destroyers. I don’t hate the move as much as others but I must admit I chuckled quite a bit at that spot. Only in CMLL. At least it was fun up till that point, and Audaz continues to look great no matter who you put him in there with.
Forastero defeated Cavernario
Going into this match I cautioned people about getting their hopes up about this match. Yes Cavernario is amazing and Forastero is really good, but Forastero’s Lightning Matches with Soberano had been disappointing not too long ago. And what do you know; the same thing happened again here.
Don’t get me wrong; the match was fine overall. They got a lot of time, there were some nice moments and we did get a set up for a Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship match next week between these two that may go better. But man, other than a few spots this match felt all sorts of just kind of there. Considering the Soberano matches felt the same way, I think the blame kind of has to fall on Forastero. He certainly has a lot of skills as a trios wrestler, but in singles there is something missing. I don’t know if it’s the Lightning Match structure (once again Forastero wrestled like this was a three fall match instead of a ten minute one) or if he still hasn’t worked out the kinks for singles matches, but he just doesn’t do enough to keep you interested in matches like this. And worst he made Cavernario, who like I said is one of the best luchadores alive, look kind of ordinary. That’s not good sports fans. I’m anxious to see what these two do next week now because boy oh boy, this match did not get me excited for it. It’ll be a huge test for Forastero as a singles guy because right now, he doesn’t look like he should keep getting opportunities.
Bestia del Ring, Mr. Niebla, Terrible defeated Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Titán two falls to one
Here were the non boring things about this match sports fans; Titán, Mr. Niebla and Mr. Niebla’s hair. Together all three entities combined to make the latter part of this match watchable and somewhat fun. Beyond that this was a drag. Grodd bless Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja and Terrible for they are all trying and, in Terrible’s case, miraculously looking decent after suffering what looked to be a serious injury. They just cannot escape Bestia del Ring, who remains as unwatchable as ever. Hopefully this is the end of this sad feud because Oro, Roja and Terrible deserve to move on to something more fun. Or at least deserve to move away from Bestia del Ring.
Carístico, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. defeated Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero two falls to one
There was a point in this match where I looked up at the action and wondered to myself if I was actually watching the “Going Through the Motions” scene from Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s “Once More With Feeling” episode. It was practically the same thing…minus the singing, slaying Sarah Michelle Gellar and the entertainment.
I’m honestly not sure why anyone was expecting anything differently. Yes five of these six luchadores are really good; that means little when they’re in a match with no stakes, no follow up coming, Diamante Azul as the sixth wheel and, in the case of Euforia, Gran Guerrero and the UG, a much bigger match coming this Monday night involving LA Park. Of course they were going to mail it in. That’s not an excuse at all mind you; you should never mail in any sort of match and this was a prime example of that. I’m just saying it should’ve been a surprise. Oh well; in the end the show was a waste anyway and the fans in Arena Mexico liked this enough to throw cash in, so what does it really matter? What a sad reality CMLL has reached.
And with that I’m off to dreamland. Till next time, GET OUT THERE AND VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE LUCHADOR IN LUCHA MADNESS!
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