Your feelings on CMLL’s show tonight is going to depend on your temperament. If you’re the type of person who likes it when shows are easy, breezy and very fast to watch, then this show did the trick; it moved quickly, most of the matches were fun and we even got a cool surprise in a young, talented luchador getting an opportunity. If however you’re the type of person who wants something special every time you watch…well you probably should’ve watched Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi play video games tonight instead. Like I said, depends on the person. But enough about that, as I’m going to render it all pointless by giving my view on the whole thing anyway. But hey, at least you get to jam out to Gaslight Anthem while I do so.
Acero & Aéreo defeated Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo two falls to one
The good news; this was the high end of the spectrum of what we usually get from these four. The bad news; it’s still Aéreo and three other guys who are at best average and at worst are the equivalent of the Batmobile in Arkham Knight. And since they still don’t allow Aéreo to do anything other than a second rope Spanish Fly, this match ultimately was average and unspectacular. I’ll take it though. Would you prefer a match where Acero is absolutely terrible and makes you want to exile him to a far off land, or would you rather he do what he did tonight, which is do a lot of basic moves well in a twelve minute match. As a wise man once said, take what you can, give nothing back!
Astral, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante defeated Akuma, El Coyote, Príncipe Odin Jr. two falls to one
I enjoyed this! I’d say I was stunned by this but I thought this match had a shot when I looked over the card and what do you know! It wasn’t quite a must see match, as there were no flashy spots outside of a few Astral theatrics and Príncipe Diamante’s Asai Moonsault in the third fall. But overall I thought the match did a good job accomplishing what it was trying to do. They started slow with the rudos in control, the technicos started doing more come the end of the second fall and by the end of the third it was pretty much all Astral, Oro Jr. and Príncipe Diamante. You know, the sort of thing that generally doesn’t happen when they’re in there against guys like Cancerbero, Raziel, Arkángel, Nitro, Sangre Azteca; do I need to go on? Huge credit goes to Akuma, Coyote and Odin for making the technicos comfortable enough to hit a few cool moves and, most importantly, hit their regular stuff with no problem. A good match match, both for a Tuesday show and a show in a 711 parking lot.
Cancerbero, Raziel, Templario defeated Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma two falls to one
On the one hand, this match felt like it should’ve been better than it turned out being. On the other hand, this was still a pretty good match and when Star Jr. and Templario were in the ring it was like one of those Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir performances. Minus the sexual tension of course.
But yes, Templario and Star Jr. weren’t just great together; they were absolutely sick. If Kenny “The Jet” Smith was calling this match, he would’ve said they had the flu. That’s how good they were, especially during a first fall sequence where they looked like the two best luchadors on earth, all without having to do that much. They never quite equaled that the rest of the way but they never stopped being impressive, and a singles match between the two would probably wind up being straight cash. They weren’t failed by their dance partners either; I really liked the effort from Pegasso, Cancerbero and Raziel, while Stigma wasn’t so much a hindrance that he derailed the match. In the end, I think a little more of a run for the technicos in the second fall was needed, as well as a few more cool moves. Otherwise though, this was good and at times it was exceptional when Templario and Star Jr. were involved. I don’t ask for much CMLL but please, PLEASE, give us more of those two before the year is over.
Guerrero Maya Jr. defeated Flyer
There I was, sitting on the couch and typing up the rest of my write up for the last match, waiting for Rey Cometa to come down to the ring for this match. Only he never came; instead I saw Flyer walk out and suddenly I was marking out full blast. A GORRAM SINGLES MATCH FOR FLYER! Those only happen once every, what, thirty years or something? Let alone with an opponent of Maya’s stature. So I immediately got excited about what this meant for Flyer, then proceeded to get terrified because a) he and Maya aren’t guys who work together often and b) this was a pretty big match with a lot of pressure. I was like Oscar in Armageddon; 98% excited, 2% scared. Or was it 98% scared, 2% excited?
Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. defeated Kawato San, Luciferno, Pólvora two falls to one
This poor match; not only was it following several solid matches leading up to it, but for me personally it came after a match I was super invested in. There was no way it could match that and ultimately it did not. That said, all things considered this was another good, easy match to watch. None of the guys here were bad, and most importantly, this was another good step for Kawato. There’s still moments during the double/triple team sequences where you wish he was more comfortable, but he continues to impress when matched up one on one and slowly but surely seems to be losing his nerves. It doesn’t hurt that his dive looks better every time and his double stomp is so good that I’m worried Dragón Rojo Jr. may return from exile to steal it back from him. Hell he may do that anyway because Pólvora looked quite content with Kawato as his partner; and he’s supposed to be El General’s best pal! I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we arrive. For now, let’s just enjoy Kawato’s improvement, and the brisk, easy to enjoy pace this match had with six really solid luchadors.
Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone, Máscara Año 2000 defeated Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush two falls to none
There are only two things you need to know about the worst match on this show. First, they teased Máscara Año 2000 vs. Pierroth either next week or in two weeks, a match so terrible that I wouldn’t be surprised if Año retired for good just to avoid being associated with the Poseidon Adventure sized disaster that match would be. Second, I instantly forgave all of that because Rush kicked the shit out of Tirantes after the match, and after Tirantes’ antics yesterday it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Besides that, this was the typical pre-Terrible Ingobernables match; lots of brawling, little wrestling, the occasional funny Kráneo moment and a low blow finish. In other words, it wasn’t even close to the rest of the show. May the Rush-Terrible Ingobernables era become a fixture ASAP. NO MORE TERRIBLE!
That’ll do sports fans. I’ll see you soon. Till whenever that is, THIS!
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