Going into tonight’s CMLL Tuesday show, everyone was expecting the luchadores to largely be taking it easy as most of them were to be leaving for Japan afterwards for the CMLL/New Japan FantasticaMania tour. Guess what; that’s exactly what happened. Granted the card was still somewhat better than usual given that the talent level was better than what we generally get, but in the end the effort level was way, WAY down and on the whole this wasn’t that much different than a normal Tuesday show. If you missed it, here’s what happened.
Arkalis & Robin defeated El Coyote & Grako two falls to one after Arkalis pinned Grako with a Blue Thunder Bomb and Robin pinned Coyote with the Deadlift Swinging Northern Lights Suplex. I watched this match while also watching Fleabag, so I enjoyed it far more than usual! Take that away though and it was basically the same old shit we’ve come to expect from the CMLL opener.
Audaz, Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr. defeated Kawato San, Tiger, Virus two fall to one after Maya submitted Virus with a Lion Tamer. Solid match. These six guys were seemingly caught between not giving a shit and doing just enough to make the match worthwhile, and it became a cross between those two factors. At least we got a few cool dives out of it! They can definitely do better, but compared to usual for this spot the match was an upgrade.
Dulce Gardenia defeated Okumura in a Lightning Match at the 6:37 mark after pinning Okumura with a Moonsault. This match was…fine. That’s it. Dulce Gardenia tried a little bit and hit a few dives, Okumura was Okumura and I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know sports fans. The only positive here is that Dulce actually did win, which normally wouldn’t have been a concern except this is CMLL, Okumura is Okumura and you get where I’m going with this. Luckily it didn’t happen and all is right with the world.
Atlantis Jr., Flyer, Titán defeated Hijo del Villano III, Luciferno, Pólvora two falls to one after Titán pinned Luciferno with a springboard Double Foot Stomp. Good match. Like the previous bouts the effort wasn’t the best but the talent was so good on the technico side between Atlantis Jr. and Titán (who both did work hard) that the match couldn’t help but work. Those two were really good, while Flyer had a solid night and the rudos didn’t stand out in a negative way. Nothing essential, but a solid match nevertheless.
Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. defeated Euforia, Máscara Año 2000, Último Guerrero two falls to one after Oro and Roja pinned Euforia and the UG with roll ups after Máscara Año 2000 turned on the UG and Euforia for reasons I don’t know. Máscara replaced Mephisto, who I’m sure is kicking himself over missing this angle. The other matches on this show featured people giving half efforts, but this match was special in how little these guys tried, with only a Stuka Jr. suicide dive giving the impression these guys weren’t just looking to get in, get out and get to Japan. There have been worse matches, but this was as quick and lackadaisical as it’ll get.
Cuatrero, Forastero, Mephisto defeated Carístico, Mistico, Soberano Jr. two falls to one after Mephisto rolled up Mistico for the pin following a mask pull. Mephisto replaced Sansón, who I guess is still not ready to go. The finish appears to set up Mistico vs. Mephisto for next week, which is…fine? It could be good, but it could also NOT be good. We’ll see. This match meant so much to the guys that Soberano ran to the back as fast as he could after the match was over, presumably so he could shower and immediately jump on the first flight to Japan. The rest of the guys weren’t motivated that much either. A fitting end to a show no one wanted any part of!
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