It’s hard to believe it’s only Tuesday the way this week in lucha libre has gone. First we had Verano de Escandalo on Sunday, which featured the polarizing return of Jeff Jarrett and the wildly accepted returns of Fenix and Konnan to AAA. Then last night Lucha Central learned of rumors that AAA would be running a show in Madison Square Garden later this year. Finally, to top it all off, AAA held a press conference this morning where they revealed LA Park and Pentagon Jr. would be returning to the promotion to take part in the Triplemania main event (alongside El Hijo del Fantasma and Psycho Clown) while also confirming they could continue to work in places like The Crash and CMLL. Throw in CM Punk winning his legal battle against WWE’s Chris Amann and Chris Jericho interviewing Chris Tucker on Talk is Jericho and this may have been the wildest day of the year, which makes tonight’s very normal CMLL Tuesday show sort of a breath of fresh air. I love the chaos and unpredictability in lucha right now as much as the next guy; that doesn’t mean I don’t need a few minutes to cool down though, which is what this solid yet unspectacular show offered. You’ll see what I mean by the time the review is done. Let’s get to it.
Retro & Sangre Imperial defeated Apocalipsis & El Cholo two falls to one
You know what; this was actually better than I expected. It was still pretty dull overall but a) nobody got hurt, b) nobody botched anything and c) I never wished for the sweet release of death while watching it. Considering who was in this I’d call that an unqualified success. That said CMLL would be wise to probably not use any of these guys again unless they’re actually going to turn Retro rudo. The dude does have something; whatever it is though doesn’t work as a technico. Let the dude be a rudo who longs for the days when luchadores didn’t do flips and wrestled “the right way” and he’ll be in business.
Leono, Magnus, Starman defeated El Coyote, Hijo del Signo, Yago two falls to one
What do you know; yet another match that was better than it looked on paper. Well except for Leono; he was exactly what I expected on paper and maybe a little worse. The dude is so bad that he makes Hijo del Signo look like Magnus. That’s quite the accomplishment and OH MY GOODNESS I ALMOST FORGOT TO DO THE BIT!
That’s better. Anyways this match was fine. Leono sucked as I said. Hijo del Signo was actually average for once and even got a decent tope off. Starman was Starman. El Coyote and Yago were in this match as much as Gary Oldman was in True Romance. And Magnus was thankfully Magnus, stringing together some good sequences in fall three like when he wrecked Yago twice, the second time giving him and his team the win following a Swanton Bomb. He didn’t do any crazy dives but it was more of the solid work he always gives. Now if only CMLL would give him the same push they gave Flyer one of these days. And don’t tell me it can’t be done. If Fenix, LA Park and Pentagon can work everywhere from AAA to the Rustic Drive In then why can’t Magnus get moved up?
Amapola, Dalys, Seductora defeated La Jarochita, Maligna, Princesa Sugehit two falls to one
There are two positive things I can say about this match. First, Maligna looked a lot better here than her first match in Arena Mexico. She only got two minutes to really show anything and is still really slow but still. Second, I think Jarochita may honestly be good now judging by how she worked a much faster pace than everyone else involved. Beyond that I spent this entire match resisting the urge to type out “I MISS ZEUXIS” over and over again like this was a scene from The Shining. If this is what the luchadoras division will be like without The Queen, Grodd help us all.
Esfinge defeated Drone
This match was really weird. I thought the effort was good, I thought Drone came across very well in place of Rey Cometa, I thought a lot of the moves they tried were cool…and yet it felt like these guys whiffed on a lot of them. It was like watching a Mark Reynolds at bat during this match.
For example, Drone’s sliding splash to the floor early in the proceedings looked to only catch Esfinge on the head instead of the midsection. Esfinge I guess thought he could whiff even more so he proceeded to attempt a tope con hilo that either Drone decided to catch like he was Kawato or Esfinge just mistimed. Somehow both of those efforts were later topped when Drone went for a between the turnbuckle suicide dive, only his feet got caught on the ropes and he was Esfinge being two or three steps further out from eating shit. It was that kind of match all the way though, with a nice Drone Lionsault and the Hombre Bala knees thrown in. Oh and Esfinge winning because…hell if I know. I can appreciate both guys trying hard and I think I would be kinder to this match if they had hit every move. It was just a little too sloppy for my tastes to rise above being anything more than passable.
Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto defeated Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther two falls to one
I was so very, very close to saying this was a very good match. I’m not joking; a different ending and maybe a few more minutes of cool moves from the Panthers and this would’ve been on the UG-Stuka level. Then CMLL went and had Los Hijos del Infiernos win clean without setting anything up and I was left with a feeling I hadn’t had since I learned there wasn’t a sequel to Speed Racer.
I suppose the fact that this didn’t lead to more shouldn’t be a big deal but it is; I really wanted to see that Panther-Mephisto match! Outside of Panther getting the pin on the CMLL World Welterweight Champion in fall one that was never even hinted at, with CMLL instead deciding to do the usual Panther-Infiernos style match. There was nothing wrong with that and if they had just added that extra kick I would’ve been a big fan of this. Both teams put in a good effort throughout this bout, with Ephesto putting everything into his great tope, Luciferno and Mephisto being rock solid, Junior busting out the backbreakers and power moves and Panther and Blue Panther looking excellent as usual. I will never get tired of seeing Blue Panther nail things like his second rope hurricanrana and tope; the dude is 58 years old and he makes both things look effortless. Overall everything was just really well worked and very entertaining. I just wish they had given us a bit more is all.
Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero defeated Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Titán two falls to one
There were several things about this match I really liked. For one, both Ángel de Oro and Titán were really good. Oro seems to be in a groove right now following that super good match with Cuatrero this past Friday while Titán was Titán, delivering some terrific sequences with Euforia basing for him. Big Euf wasn’t so bad himself; a few of his double teams with Gran Guerrero could use a little work both most of them were really impressive and the eventual tag title match these two have with Volador and Valiente should spit hot fire. That stuff was good…and it was all canceled out by CMLL deciding to have Atlantis and Rey Rey Buc feud. I was like “NO!” and then I was like “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” I will say that nothing Atlantis and Bucanero did together looked terrible but it didn’t exactly look good either, especially Rey Rey Buc’s love tap of a low blow that sealed his win. It’s just not a match CMLL should be doing considering Atlantis’ sudden decline and Rey Rey Buc being several years past his prime. Alas CMLL isn’t going to listen to me and judging from the reaction the crowd gave this angle fans will care so…I guess we’ll just have to live with it. At least it’s only going to be on the Tuesday show; if this shit starts interfering with my LA Park-Rush stuff then we’re going to have words Paco!
And that is how it all ends sports fans. I’ll be back tomorrow with the final chapter of the 100 Greatest Lucha Underground matches and maybe a column about LA Park’s sudden rise to the top of the wrestling mountain. Until such time, here’s a picture of Santa Clause telling LA Park what he wants for Christmas.
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