Tonight’s CMLL Tuesday show was so memorable that I almost accidentally called it the CMLL Puebla show just now…and almost left it in because I really didn’t give that much of a shit. And this was a show that featured a good performance by the technicos in the main event and a very good Lightning Match. Just goes to show how little the rest of this stuff mattered. If you missed it all doing Grodd only knows what else, here’s what happened.
Apocalipsis & Príncipe Odin Jr. defeated Bengala & Halcón Suriano Jr. two falls to one after Apocalipsis submitted Suriano and Odin submitted Bengala. An almost passable opener, though this was ultimately too dull for me to truly enjoy. Halcón Suriano Jr. is great and tried to get in as much as he could, while Bengala and Odin (who are brothers) gave an effort with each other. Alas both of those guys aren’t that good, and with Apocalipsis adding nothing this was always going to be an uphill battle.
Ayden, Grako, Nitro defeated Graham, Magnus, Oro Jr. two falls to one after Nitro pinned Graham with a Package Piledriver and Grako submitted Magnus. Ayden and Graham are apparently Nitro trainees who took part in a seminar he did in Texas. They didn’t show nearly as much as some of the French trainees we’ve seen in Arena Mexico and overall didn’t feel like big deals. Frankly the only luchador who seemed to care in this match was Oro Jr.; one week after his misstep on a Brillo Dorada he came back and had a strong performance, connecting with the safer tope con hilo late in fall three. Hopefully he gives Brillo Dorada another try at some point. Besides him this match felt DOA.
Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. defeated Dark Magic, Misterioso Jr., Universo 2000 Jr. two falls to one after Blue Panther Jr. submitted Dark Magic and Universo 2000 Jr. with a Double Single Leg Crab. A low end version of the usual Panthers match. Those three always give an effort and were the best part of the match, but it was quite clear Blue Panther was saving some of his best stuff compared to some of his other performances. The rudo team may as well have been three random luchadores. Dark Magic looks better than he has, but still looks to be little more than a mediocre luchador.
Templario defeated Audaz in a Lightning Match at the 6:47 mark after pinning Audaz with an Avalanche Gut Wrench Powerbomb. This was very, VERY good, and yet I wouldn’t be surprised to see people disappointed by this and by Audaz’ performance specifically. There’s no question that Audaz has fallen a bit into a routine and other than a couple new wrinkles he basically stuck to that. That said it was a very smooth routine, and he and Templario have such great chemistry that the match couldn’t help but be impressive anyway, with several great sequences. They were cut short for time as well, which was unfortunate. Audaz may not be delivering what some are looking for, but what he’s got is still really strong and I thought this was a lot of fun.
Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible defeated Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano two falls to one after Bucanero pinned Kráneo with a Running Senton and Terrible pinned Volcano with a Shotgun Dropkick. Saying this match was a snoozer would be an insult to snoozers. Not a single worthwhile event occurred during this match besides MAYBE a few Stuka Jr. sequences towards the end. Otherwise it was a coasting rudo team taking on Stuka, all comedy Kráneo and a Volcano who doesn’t seem to be much better than Dark Magic these days. A complete waste of time.
Atlantis Jr., Carístico, Soberano Jr. defeated Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón two falls to none after Sansón punted Carístico in the balls for the DQ. This was a great punt by Sansón, and oddly enough the only thing the Dinamitas really did in this match. That’s good because it meant the action (outside of the first few minutes) largely belonged to Atlantis Jr., Carístico and Soberano, who are all really good and looked really good in this match. Atlantis Jr. in particular really continues to stand out as a budding superstar, while Soberano was his usual high end self and Carístico was…well Carístico! The Dinamitas taking a step back really helped this match and it’s a pity we’re getting Carístico-Sansón next week instead of a Trios Titles match. At least I think that’s what we’re getting. Either way this was a solid main event thanks to the technicos and the rudos giving them a ton to do.
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