Tonight’s CMLL Tuesday show was all about the latest encounter between top stars Dragón Lee and Cavernario. Unfortunately it took forever to get there as CMLL seemingly spent the whole undercard stalling for time. In the end though the main event match was still a good time and the show, while way too long, was never a colossal bore. I guess what I’m trying to say was that this show was, in fact, a show. Who knew?! If you missed it all, here’s what happened.
Robin & Sonic the Luchador defeated El Cholo & Yago two falls to one after Robin pinned Yago with a Tiger Bomb and Sonic pinned Cholo with a Bridging Leg Lock that may have intended to be a submission. Your garden variety opening match. Sonic had some tremendous moments, including a great moonsault to win fall one, but he and Yago didn’t always click and the match was still hurt by the usual restraints. Robin had a decent night. El Cholo needs to be sent into the La Máscara zone.
Akuma, Espanto Jr., Espíritu Negro defeated Pegasso, Stigma, Super Astro Jr. two falls to one after Negro pinned Stigma following a triple team spot that saw Stigma take a Codebreaker, followed by a Wheelbarrow Suplex, followed by a Negro rolling senton off the top. That sequence sounds great on paper; sadly Espanto’s Wheelbarrow Suplex was seriously lacking so it was only okay. So was this match. Super Astro Jr. was tremendous in spurts, but he had very little to do and the match died a death as the rudos controlled the final few minutes.
Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa defeated Dark Magic, Kawato San, Pólvora two falls to one after Pólvora unmasked Junior for the DQ. This match was LONG, or at least felt long and not in a good way. Some of the work was quite good, but there was just way too much downtime, especially in the second fall where the rudos seemed to be in control for forever. It felt like these six were trying to have a great match and didn’t cut enough of the meat. Pólvora cut a promo afterwards to challenge Junior to some sort of match so I guess we can look forward to that.
Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. defeated Felino, Negro Casas, Tiger two falls to one after Oro and Roja submitted Casas and Tiger. Tiger and Soberano brawled after the match, but it led to nothing and frankly felt more like a stalling tactic. The match felt very much the same; it was better than the previous match thanks to some fine work by Soberano and especially Negro Casas, but again felt really dragged out.
Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Templario defeated Carístico, Flyer, Volador Jr. two falls to one after Guerrero pinned Carístico with a Top Rope Cradle Shock. This was another match with obvious stalling, but unlike the previous two bouts this managed to flow better and wound up being a good match. Volador continues to be in coast mode, but both Carístico and Flyer looked good, Templario was very good and Gran Guerrero and Euforia were their usual selves. A fun semi-main.
Dragón Lee defeated Cavernario two falls to one after Lee pinned Cavernario with an Orange Crush Bomb. A very good, but not great, version of their usual match. I don’t know if they had little time to put the match together but things never clicked entirely, despite these two getting a decent sixteen minutes to work. Even still, an off night for these two is a great night for most others and this match was still worth seeing. Both guys tried hard, Dragón Lee threw himself into his dives and the Arena Mexico crowd was hot throughout. Not the best match you’ll see from these two this year, but still worth checking out. Will likely play better for first time viewers.