Tonight’s CMLL Tuesday show in Arena Mexico was a mixture of good, bad and weird. And not necessarily in that order; sometimes it went bad, bad, good, weird, good, weird. Or maybe it was the other way around. Either way, if you missed all this CMLL goodness (or lack thereof) here’s what occurred.
Angelito & Shockercito defeated Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito two falls to one after Angelito pinned Pierrothito with a Sitout Capture Suplex and Shockercito…did something to Olímpico. I missed it on the replay while typing out what Angelito did and don’t feel like exerting the energy to find out what happened. Can you blame me when this match did nothing to make me care?! At least Angelito finally won one of these matches I suppose. Once again not a single thing of consequence happened though, and thus it was tough to care.
Grako, Hijo del Signo, Inquisidor defeated Eléctrico, Oro Jr., Sangre Imperial two falls to one after Grako pinned Oro Jr. with a Flying Elbow Drop and Signo submitted Sangre Imperial. A surprisingly competent match given who was involved. There wasn’t much flash outside of a few spots from Eléctrico and Oro Jr. (the two best guys involved oddly enough) but overall the work was generally smooth and I was never bored. Sangre Imperial has graduated from being the dirt worst to being semi-competent; a modern miracle! The rudos remained rather dull but they didn’t screw anything up so that’s good.
Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit defeated Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany two falls to one after Marcela pinned Tiffany with a Double Stomp and Sugehit submitted Amapola with La Mistica. Completely unremarkable overall but for the CMLL luchadoras this was actually pretty decent. Goes to show how bad the division has been this year! The most notable things were Estrellita doing a dive, Dalys actually catching said dive and Dalys’ team losing, the first time that’s happened in what feels like thirty years. Granted Dalys didn’t actually get pinned but still; her team losing is shocking enough given how often she goes over these days.
Espíritu Negro and Príncipe Diamante drew in a Lightning Match after both got counted out at the 8:59 mark. This was a surprise match that wasn’t originally booked for the show and on the whole I found it to be a welcome surprise. It wasn’t perfect, with Espíritu Negro unfortunately slipping going for a springboard dive (he recovered and turned it into a suicide dive) but overall I thought this was pretty good match that felt like a fight, with both guys going at each other with some very meat and potatoes style lucha. As an appetizer for the big match these two will have I thought it worked, though I can see people wanting more high flying. Diamante and Negro both seemed to want a mask match afterwards so that appears to be the destination in the next few weeks.
Universo 2000 Jr. defeated Esfinge, Stigma, Black Panther, Robin, Espanto Jr. Magnus, Halcón Suriano Jr., Bengala and Príncipe Odin Jr. to win Block B of the Copa Jr.’s tournament and the right to face Guerrero Maya Jr. next week in the Copa Jr. final. This was a disappointing finish to what was surprisingly a very good match. This was nowhere near a strong lineup going in but the talent, most of which isn’t going to get a shot like this for the next two years, all brought a high effort and as a result the match unexpectedly clicked. Guys like Black Panther and Halcón Suriano Jr. had tremendous nights, Magnus and Stigma were really good and to my relief Bengala, Espanto Jr. and Príncipe Odin Jr. were either not in this match long enough to weigh it down or weren’t featured enough to be a problem. Universo 2000 Jr. winning feels like a poor decision, especially with Black Panther right there and having one hell of a match, but he is a Dinamita so the result isn’t that stunning. It’ll be interesting to see what he can give next week with Maya and if Maya can pull a great match out of him.
Euforia, Shocker, Terrible defeated Carístico, Star Jr., Titán two falls to one after Shocker pinned Star Jr. with a Flying Elbow Drop and Terrible pinned Titán with a Last Ride. This was Shocker’s first match in what felt like months; maybe it was because my expectations were so low but I actually thought he moved relatively well and did an okay job. I’m probably the only one. Overall the match was too long, featured a little too much teasing and not enough substance between Carístico and Euforia and not nearly enough of Star Jr. and Titán. I think they had maybe two cool moves and otherwise sold. Not a terrible match but nothing close to worthwhile.
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