Ladies and gentlemen I have stayed up till 4 in the morning to see the Golden Lovers reunite, I watched live as CM Punk beat John Cena to win the WWE Championship; hell I’ve even seen a grown man satisfy a camel (just kidding. Or am I?!). Tonight’s CMLL Super Viernes will go down as one of those shows I’ll use in that joke in the years to come. I mean how can it not? It had Fuego riding out on a toy horse; Soberano and Niebla Roja going all out in a fantastic Lightning Match; and oh yes, it had one of those main events (and a post match angle) that you’re going to remember for quite awhile. And it all happened on the same weekend New Japan had their own version of the Calgary Stampede multi-man match while Lucha Underground returned for season four. Wrestling rocks! Now let’s talk some more about it while early 00’s rock music plays.
Mercurio & Pierrothito defeated Stukita & Último Dragóncito two falls to one
It started promising, fell off the rails after Stukita seemed to lose his way at the end of fall one, seemed to find its footing when Pierrothito and Mercurio swung Stukita into the barricade in fall two and then just settled down into the usual CMLL opening match affair. In other words, it was what we thought it would be. Stukita and Pierrothito were the standouts, aside from Stukita’s momentary lapse of reason, Último Dragóncito didn’t seem to care other than his fall three elimination sequence (which I admittedly thought was pretty solid) and Mercurio was straight out sleep walking. The best thing you can say is that it didn’t suck; of course it didn’t really have anything else besides that so maybe it did. Just a question to ponder.
Kawato San, Puma, Tiger defeated Fuego, Stigma, Tritón two falls to one
This was a good match that should’ve been even better. Why wasn’t it? For some reason Puma, Tiger and Tritón, the three best guys in this match, weren’t quite at their highest level. It wasn’t an effort problem, it was more that they just weren’t connecting as crisply on their moves as they usually do. As such, some things that normally would’ve been a big hit only came off kind of okay, and thus the match never reached its full potential. It was still pretty fun though. Even a B level performance from Puma, Tiger and Tritón is better than a lot of the guys, Fuego was far more energetic than expected (and that’s not counting the part where he rode a toy horse to the ring!) and, while he still hasn’t had the complete performance he needs to truly break out, Kawato had his best work in this match. As I thought, he worked a lot better with Puma and Tiger than he did Misterioso Jr., and once more carried his weight on the solo outings. He probably would’ve been even better if he hadn’t worked with Stigma most of the match, the only luchador here who didn’t seem to add much of anything. Alas, even a replacement for him wouldn’t have made much of a difference, as the off night Puma, Tritón and Tiger had ultimately held this match back just a tad. Still good though!
Niebla Roja vs. Soberano Jr. went to a draw
Hold on; I need a minute before I can talk about this match. Let these gifs sum up how I feel for the moment.
What a match this was! There was a moment I was worried the match may descend into too much Niebla Roja diving/Canadian Destroyer attempts but luckily that never happened. Instead this became the story of two exciting technicos trying to one up each other, only for it to cost them both after both men crashed and burned with last second dives leading to a draw. You could argue maybe Soberano’s dive attempt at the end was stupid (he may have had the match won), but seeing as the whole thing was about the other proving they were better I must admit I found it fitting. And even if you didn’t, how can you take that many points off it when the rest of the match was as awesome as it was? Soberano was lights out; he didn’t break out his marquee Hector Garza style dive to the floor, but he did cool things like standing Code Red, his corner dropkick spot out of nowhere during Roja’s elbow attack and a whole lot of other little things that have led to him standing out so much over the past year. Best of all, Roja kept up with him, both from a dive standpoint and from showing off some new wrinkles. It was a fine example of two guys who clearly have chemistry together and I hope we get to see more of it. This was stellar. Better than the Hechicero-Guerrero Maya match Lightning Match? I’ll let wiser peeps than me decide.
Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. defeated Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Kráneo two falls to one
Considering this match had zero chance of upstaging the previous bout, I’d say it turned out to be pretty good. Kind of like how Return of the Jedi was solid even though it didn’t come close to topping Empire. The key was all six guys decided to just have a good time and that’s what happened. Gran Guerrero actually looked like he’d have something to do with some cool stuff in fall one before disappearing into the abyss afterwards. Euforia was Euforia. Kráneo was Kráneo, which is perfect for this kind of match. Diamante Azul was better than usual, crushing GG with German Suplex and then having a ball with Kráneo, who as it turns out is the perfect opponent to make Diamante’s power game look good. Marco was Marco and got a huge pop at the end for his finish. And is it just me or was Stuka a bit more energetic than usual? Maybe it was because he nailed his moonsault to the floor flush at the end, partially because the GG based exceptionally well for him. Hey, maybe the GG did do something after all. In any event, this was a fun little diversion and that’s quite all right.
Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Dragón Lee defeated Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón two falls to none
Nothing like a meme to sum this bad boy up.
I mean sure, it did have a few twists and turns. I really liked Sansón and Forastero distracting the technicos at the beginning so Cuatrero could make the surprise attack and the post match brawl Oro and Cuatrero had was pretty good, even if it only lasted ten seconds. Otherwise however this followed the same formula as all the other recent mask match buildups; the rudos start things off with a brawl, the technico team makes a comeback with the two non mask match guys getting in their offense, the rudo then avoids his opponent during fall two and things end quickly soon after when the rudo gets DQ’d. You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all and this was just another match to add to the collection. It certainly wasn’t bad, and I thought both Dragón Lee and Atlantis looked pretty good (they were frankly the only ones allowed to be). But in the end, this was more of the same predictable buildup we usually get. Not terrible, but nothing to write home about either.
Torneo a Parejas Increibles Final
Rush & Terrible defeated Volador Jr. & Último Guerrero two falls to one
For the second straight year, CMLL got it right with the Torneo a Parejas Increibles final. From every perspective may I add. I don’t know if I can say, from a workrate perspective, that this match was better than the Volador/Cavernario vs. Valiente/UG classic from last year, but at the end of the day that match was more or less an unbelievable exhibition. Not this match; this match meant a whole hell of a lot, which is why Arena Mexico turned red hot as the match crawled along into the third fall. Some were rooting for usual heroes UG and Volador to overcome the odds yet again. Others (like me) were hoping for the Rush/Terrible upset to potentially shake things up. Regardless of what side you’re on, it was impossible not to be on the edge of your seat watching things come to a conclusion; hell it was hard not to be on the edge of your seat for the whole match. I really enjoyed Rush and Terrible taking UG and Volador out of their comfort zone to start the match and frankly, the story was that UG and Volador never could get going after that; they were playing Rush and Terrible’s game the whole way through, which meant fewer dives for Volador, fewer flashy moves for UG and a slower, more grinding pace to the match that just ratcheted up the tension. And after CMLL, and these four, did all that, they also managed to close the match the exact way they should’ve. After both teams kicked out of the others respective finishers (including Terrible and Rush kicking out of a Guerrero Special/Top Rope Spanish Fly combo), Rush was eliminated by Volador’s Superkick/Backcracker combo, only for Terrible to come from behind and eliminate the UG and then Volador (with an assist from Rush after he face planted Tirantes on the floor) to bring home the trophies and, most importantly of all, get himself into Los Ingobernables. That’s right sports fans; like the title says, the band is back together!
It cannot be stressed how monumental a moment this was. Los Ingobernables in Mexico was dead; Firefly had more life in it than this group. It still has a ways to go before it can get back to the classic days of Rush, La Sombra, La Máscara and Marco Corleone but this result is a great start, especially after Rush and Terrible once again showed off their awesome chemistry. Not that UG and Volador were bad but they didn’t have the energy their opponents had; Terrible is fully taking advantage of the opportunity he’s long deserved, while Rush looks like a new man, the guy who’s electrified against L.A. Park and, well, his new partner (less we forget the old rivalry Terrible and Rush had!). This instantly rejuvenates him, rejuvenates this group and gives Terrible an opportunity to not only rise up the card but potentially even pal around in Japan with Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi and the rest of the most popular stable in the world. Will that come to pass? I don’t know; I just know that the possibility now exists and it’s all thanks to CMLL making the right call tonight. Forget about match quality (although again, this match was great); we’ll remember this match for a long time for the fact that it finally gave Rush a kick in the ass and Terrible a shot to once again be something. For that, this was a complete, unadulterated success. Well done CMLL. Well done.
And I’m spent. I’ll see you soon sports fans. Till then, THIS!
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