Remember a few weeks ago when the CMLL’s Tuesday show from Arena Mexico featured Titán and Mephisto going at it in a legit Match of the Year contender? Like Michael Cera’s years as a leading man, those days are gone it appears, as tonight’s Tuesday romp was much like last week’s and, well, every other week that wasn’t Titán/Mephisto. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean the show was one gigantic gif of Jeff Goldblum staring at dinosaur excrement; several young luchadors got to strut their stuff and some things almost came out on the very good end. Considering what we know CMLL to be capable of when they’re firing on all cylinders however, it can get a little old very fast. Good thing I’m starting this one with a Sum 41 song to keep your head bobbing the whole way! And with that, it starts.
Acero & Aéreo defeated Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Nitro two falls to one
If you ever wanted to see Acero, the clown prince of mediocrity, get two pinfalls to win a match, this opener is for you. Actually this opener would be for most people as I thought it was just fine and sometimes even threatened to be better. And that’s with Acero involved! Luckily for him he teams with Aéreo, who’s secretly very good and never gets to show it because he’s stuck in these matches, and Olímpico and Nitro, who both respectively gave a good effort for the first time in two years. They even managed to do a cool double team on the floor! It was remarkable. Not enough to make this match a must see and the best thing you can say about is that it was quick and entertaining if you were only slightly paying attention. Compared to what we usually get from these four though, it was a resounding success. It was like when M. Night Shyamalan made The Visit after he had spent doing shit like The Last Airbender for years; it wasn’t great, but compared to the past it was like The Great Freakin Gatsby, starring Shyamalan as the green light.
Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Templario defeated Astral, Flyer, Sangre Imperial two falls to one
Like many wrestling fans, I have not had the privilege of seeing the infamous Bret Hart-Tom Magee match from the 80’s, where Hart took the super green Magee and made him look like the second coming of Hulk Hogan. I imagine it looked something like we saw tonight when Templario got into the ring with Sangre Imperial, the same Sangre Imperial who hasn’t been booked in months after being so bad he injured a guy, and made him look like a competent luchador. Holy shit I still can’t believe it. I cannot stress enough; Sangre Imperial is one of the weakest luchadors CMLL employs and yet Templario made him look like a dude who had athleticism and confidence, something Imperial has always lacked. I already knew Templario was the man; now I’m convinced he could probably get something out Pierroth if you gave him the opportunity. He’s like James Cameron; just when you think he can’t top his usual work, BAM!
Granted, this match still wasn’t as good as it might’ve been if Eléctrico had been in as he was scheduled, but we can partially blame that on Hijo del Signo taking up space right? Besides him I thought this was overall pretty fun. I wish CMLL would truly let Flyer lose and my Grodd him and Templario would’ve been something to behold, but overall Flyer was very respectable, while Akuma continued his trend of being a really consistent glue guy. And how about Astral? Every time I see him these days it’s like watching Titanic; he just seems to get better, faster, and far more confident! See Astral, this is what happens when you stop focusing on the bodybuilding contest. And I guess what happens when you stop facing Cancerbero and Raziel overtime. Put all that in a blender and then throw in Templario holding Imperial’s hand and this was better than I expected going in. If I’m CMLL, I make sure Templario is in every match Sangre Imperial has from this point forward. If you do that, there may be hope for this dude yet.
Audaz, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther defeated Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus two falls to one
With the exception of Junior and Sagrado losing focus for a brief moment, this was exactly the kind of match I expected; solid, at times great and in need of a few more minutes to truly be something. The story of course was the continued interactions between Audaz and Virus. For CMLL’s sake there better be something coming out of this because hot damn these two did it again. It was pretty obvious the chemistry between Audaz and Virus was top notch the first time we saw them together, but it seems to only get better the more they square off, with Audaz’ awe inspiring high flying, rope walking attack being the perfect to Virus’ combination of mat work and explosive quick attacks. If CMLL gives them twenty minutes or so at Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, they won’t regret it. Really they won’t regret putting any combination of these six together again. Audaz and Virus were the story, but both Panther and Junior delivered in their moments (Panther’s suicide dive and his Irish Whip of Audaz leading to his suicide dive were top notch), Sagrado was Sagrado and Misterioso was over whatever had him bobbling around last night. A solid Tuesday show match that hopefully is leading to bigger things for the two men it spotlighted.
Princesa Sugehit defeated Kaho Kobayashi
This match appears to be a situation where CMLL got the story right and one of the participants wrong. Overall I liked the concept; Sugehit was the arrogant veteran who dominated the majority of the match with punishing offense while Kobayashi just hung in there, stealing a dive here and there and showing great spirit. That part I got; my problems were a) Sugehit got too much offense in the match and b) Sugehit was the wrong choice for the role. I don’t mean to beat a dead horse here (alright, twist my arm) but this is the kind of match that should’ve been given to Zeuxis or Lady Maravilla, someone with a dynamic charisma to them. Sugehit just doesn’t have that, and as such her beat downs kind of got grating after awhile, and this was in a match that went only 7:40! So yeah, that was a mistake. At least we got to see more evidence that Kobayashi is already comfortable in Mexico. She’s got great athleticism and great fire, something a lot of the luchadoras in CMLL are lacking, and if given an opportunity with a better opponent I think we’ll see some great things from her. Unfortunately, this was not that night and Sugehit wasn’t that opponent.
Hechicero, Johnny Idol, Okumura defeated Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. two falls to one
If this wasn’t the best match of the night then there must’ve been an awesome dark match that I and everyone else missed! You can give a huge chunk of the credit to Blue Panther for this; this was definitely a match he designed (the first fall featuring just Stuka and Hechicero followed by the third fall going a few more minutes after the dive train are the dead giveaway) and it helped this match stand out compared to the rest of the bouts on this show. It doesn’t hurt either when you’ve got guys like Hechicero, Guerrero Maya and a motivated Stuka involved. Those were the three differences makers overall besides the match striker. Johnny Idol and Okumura were solid, but you’re not getting much more out of them then that and Blue Panther was taking a step back for this match. That left Hechicero and the rest to carry it and they did, with Hechicero making Stuka look as spry as ever during their numerous sequences while Maya and Hechi picked up right where they left off a few weeks ago in their classic Puebla Lightning Match. It’s not something that will be remembered as great, but not everything needs to be great. At the end of the day this was a trios match with three luchadors working their asses off and the other three doing just enough to make this an entertaining contest. Good match. Now can we please give Hechicero a title defense, preferably against Maya? I don’t want to have to write another letter Paco…wait I totally do. Keep that mailbox open!
Cavernario, Euforia, Mephisto defeated Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente two falls to one
Normally I wouldn’t point this out but I’m bored so why not? We’ve gone quite awhile without a funny picture in this column and this match would normally be the time to break one out. Unfortunately this main event wasn’t exactly worthy of cool gif/meme so I’m kind of left wondering what to do. You know what; let’s split the difference and go with one of those “gifs that sum everything up” ordeals. Sounds like a good idea to me.
So yeah, this match was a whole lot of just kind of there. Much like everything else tonight it wasn’t terrible; it also isn’t something you should go back and see, unless you’re the kind dude/dudette who lives to see five seconds of Titán doing cool things. And all due respect to Titán and his effort (which was easily the best part of the match), but that’s not worth it. Aside from him doing stuff, Marco and Euforia reminding us they could have a great big man match together and Valiente’s suicide dive, the only entertaining thing about this match was the fact that Valiente has gone from not wearing pants to wearing them, while Titán has gone the other way. I would’ve lost money on that bet. Otherwise, this was the typical Arena Mexico event where everyone wants to get their stuff in and head out so they can grab some grub. The only problem; there was something awesome before the match to make us feel better about this being just okay. Such is life on the CMLL Tuesday shows.
That’s game sports fans. I’ll be back soon, perhaps tomorrow. I’m getting the itch to do some LU writing again. Till then, THIS!
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