When we look back on this CMLL Super Viernes years from now, we’re going to realize it never had a chance. Not just because it was being followed by an AAA show with more interest than Avengers: Infinity War, but because everything that could go wrong did go wrong. The opening match was nearly derailed by a wild Espanto Jr. The luchadoras match was exactly what was expected for all the wrong reasons. An injury in the Lightning Match torpedoed any chances that had and may have set CMLL (and possibly New Japan) back for the short term, and also nuked any chance the show had at that point of being anything good. Oh well; at least the second match was something and if there was ever a night for CMLL to have it off, it was this one. Then again maybe not. Eh, we’ll figure that out later; for now let’s just review because I’ve got stuff to do in the next half an hour!
Espanto Jr. & Yago defeated Astral & Oro Jr. two falls to one
Remember how Espanto Jr. actually looked respectable last week? Yeah, the magic was gone this time around; he worked this match like a cross between Drone in New Japan and my brother after one too many at a family gathering. Espanto was so bad he threatened to singlehandedly bring down this match…only he couldn’t because his partner was Yago. Yago may not have the ability to make his partners look respectable like Templario does, but he can do one hell of a job of making himself look like a star. He did just that, throwing out some really impressive moves, basing greatly for both Astral and Oro Jr. and throwing in a few curveball spots that, if not always the smoothest, looked mightily impressive. We may come for Yago’s entrance (an homage to Vampiro’s unholy pope this week) but you stay for the in ring work, and his performance tonight was just as good as it was during Copa Nuevos Valores. I wish he had a better partner and I wish Oro Jr. and Astral had more to give, although Astral was trying really hard. It was very much a one man match, but hot damn that one man was impressive.
Puma, Templario, Tiger defeated Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther two falls to one
I may be a little biased in rating this match as the Winnipeg Jets were finishing off the Minnesota Wild right as it started, putting me in a good mood. Thus I’ll start with the negative of this match; I have no unearthly idea what Pegasso was thinking when he tried to do a Frog Splash from one side of the ring to the next. The guy can’t even do a 450 without it looking bad and he thought this would work? This wasn’t falling with style; this was something along these lines.
That aside, this match was GREAT! I thought we were heading there for the first fall and three quarters, with Puma and Tiger effortlessly working with Templario to complete what would be the best non NGD trios team in CMLL if they worked together full time. I thought we might be slipping a bit after that Pegasso dive, but things got right back on track in the third fall thanks to Junior taking the rudos to Backbreaker City, a ridiculously awesome dive train, Templario destroying Pegasso on a Top Rope Gutwrench Powerbomb and some awesome back and forth exchanges between the two teams. It was so good you could forgive Pegasso for his slip up; hell I’ll argue it provided some nice comedy to the match, and who doesn’t love some laughs? Whichever way you want to slice it this match was pretty damn awesome, and yet another example of Templario making everything better. And that wasn’t hard considering Puma, Tiger, Junior and Panther are already pretty good anyway! If you looked up wildly entertaining in your phrase book, a picture of this match would be there.
Amapola, Dalys, Seductora defeated Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit two falls to one
Umm…it was exactly what it looked like. I know; so shocking. I’d once again wonder out loud why CMLL insists that Princesa Sugehit vs. Seductora in a hair match is a good idea but I’m trying to not drive myself insane so let’s just focus on the match. And it was a match of exactly what I predicted; lots of Seductora-Sugehit feuding, a few good moments from Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Amapola and Dalys and little else. Well except for the fact that none of those four did anything cool (Kaho’s final sequence not withstanding) because IT WAS ALL FRIGGIN SUGEHIT AND SEDUCTORA! There’s putrid, there’s the “IT’S GARBAGE DAY!” guy from Silent Night, Deadly Night two and then there’s this atrocity I had to watch. The only positive about this match and the match it’s building to next week is that this will all be over after that and we can go back to the luchadoras having mediocre matches not featuring Zeuxis with no stakes. I can’t believe CMLL has gotten me to miss that. Nice going Paco!
Carístico defeated Dragón Lee
A lot of times I’ll say a match can only be derailed by injury. This was a match that got derailed by just that. Carístico and Dragón Lee were going along with some decent stuff to start, then Dragón Lee hit the ropes, hobbled forward then collapsed in agony grabbing his (heavily taped) right leg. The doctors, referee and Carístico all checked on him, it was determined he couldn’t continue and that was that. How unfortunate, not just because this was a potentially exciting match but because Dragón Lee is a huge young star with a bright future ahead of him. You just hope he’s okay.
Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero defeated Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. two falls to one
This match was going really, REALLY well…then it ended five minutes too early.
Now look, you can’t entirely blame CMLL here as they had no idea that Carístico-Dragón Lee was going to be as short as it was. At the same time, COME ON GUYS! You couldn’t have added a few extra minutes that match was supposed to have and thrown it into this one? It was fine as was, but it really had a chance to be something if CMLL had given them the extra bit of time. They did not and this will go down as an entertaining but short match. Volador and Cavernario looked great together (as usual), Ángel de Oro and Niebla Roja were both solid, the UG and Negro Casas were the UG and Negro Casas and we even had a drunken fan try to charge the ring at the end of the second fall! When’s the last time you saw that happen? This match legit had everything except a little more time to go the distance. I am disappoint.
Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo defeated Bestia del Ring, Rush, Terrible two falls to none
Alright look sports fans…this match was awful. In fact, in terms of work rate, it was probably the worst match I’ve seen from CMLL this year. But I’ll give it this; it was short, it had a pretty decent Rush promo at the end and my Grodd does Kráneo know how to sell a shot to the nuts. He’s still selling it as we speak I think! Those things there allow me to not think this was a complete waste of my time, especially since I have an AAA show to cover just a few minutes after this. So yeah; this blew, but at least it didn’t blow for long and, if the challenge after the match is any indication, we should be closer to that Kráneo-Rush match and far, FAR away from any of these trios matches. We should only be so lucky.
I’m out sports fans, but I’ll be back shortly because AAA starts in a half an hour. The night is just beginning! Till then, #FreeNeville.
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