After a day of dealing with a faulty, and I mean faulty, new dryer that was just installed in the basement, I was looking forward to winding down tonight with some CMLL from Arena Mexico. Naturally the Tuesday show let me down as per usual. Well not entirely; there was some stuff on here I enjoyed, but it was sandwiched in between a whole lot of “who gives a rat’s ass?”. Such is life. If you missed all this wonder because you were checking out Kevin Owens’ career flat lining, here’s what you missed!
Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito defeated Fantasy & Último Dragóncito two falls to one after Pierrothito submitted Dragóncito and Nitro submitted Fantasy. This match lost me immediately and never got me back, while simultaneously achieving the honor of somehow being lamer than the mini-estrellas opener I watched on Super Viernes this past Friday.
Disturbio, Espíritu Negro, Nitro defeated Magia Blanca, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante two falls to one after Nitro pinned Oro Jr. with a Blockbuster Destroyer. Or at least that’s what he was trying to do. I’ve seen worse matches in this spot. The rudos didn’t offer much outside of some okay basing from Espíritu Negro (and Disturbio’s cool rainbow hair) but the technicos had some energy and did well overall. Magia Blanca and Príncipe Diamante seem like they want to be a regular unit; I doubt that’ll make their dreams come true but they work well together, they are trying to find cool things to do and that’s a-okay with me. Oro Jr. deserves better than getting beaten and nearly decapitated by botched Nitro moves.
Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma defeated Ares, Escualo, Kaiser two falls to one after Stigma pinned Kaiser with a Backpack Stunner and Pegasso pinned Escualo with his lame 450 Splash. This wasn’t as good as the match the Costa Rican’s had last night in Puebla. The effort level was down (enough so that Star Jr. did a spot that Príncipe Diamante pulled off in the very last match, movement for movement) and the work wasn’t all that smooth otherwise. A disappointing end for Ares, Escualo and Kaiser on their last CMLL streamed match for now.
Rey Cometa defeated Pólvora in a Lightning Match at the 8:13 mark after pinning Pólvora with a Small Package. Looks like Pólvora couldn’t get a second straight Lightning Match in on a Tuesday; bummer. I wanted to like this match but sadly couldn’t get into it. They had some cool stuff, like Rey Cometa’s stage dive and a follow up dive to the floor moments after. There was just too few of those moments and too much plodding, especially when Pólvora was on offense. Maybe others will like it more, but I just found it lacking compared to Pólvora’s match with Guerrero Maya Jr. last week, which I found to be an overall good time.
Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys defeated Flyer, Kráneo, Stuka Jr. two falls to one. I missed a chunk of this match doing something in the kitchen; whether or not that was fortunate or not I’m not sure, but what I saw of this match wasn’t the best looking beyond a Hechicero/Flyer moment. Then again it did feature Rey Rey Buc, Vangellys and Kráneo attempting to do stuff so it’s not hard to see where things could’ve gone wrong.
Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla defeated Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. two falls to one after Cavernario faked getting fouled by Volador to get a DQ victory. The finish was actually a clever DQ too, with Cav pulling Volador’s leg into his crotch to make it seem like he had been fouled; if CMLL showed more creativity like this then these foul finishes would be more bearable. The match wasn’t bad either! It was on the short end obviously, but the guys kept it active and put in a bit more effort than you usually. Best of all they set up Cavernario vs. Volador Jr. for next week, which is almost always a good time. Maybe Cavernario will even win this time! Stranger things have happened.
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