Well sports fans, I’m happy to report that I didn’t feel as complacent about this CMLL Tuesday show as I did yesterday when previewing it. In other words it was better than I thought. It was also still really uneventful outside of the two matches that looked good and the setup to a match happening two weeks from now, but I’d say that’s far better than wishing I was tied to a chair and forced to watch the Winnipeg Jets get throttled in Game 6. I already lived through that once and I don’t want to do it again! But enough about my troubles; we have Hirai Kawato’s best match to talk about. Let’s review.
Bengala & Leono defeated Apocalipsis & El Cholo two falls to one
There’s only one reason I didn’t loathe this match; I was too busy enjoying some excellent homemade pizza to do so. Thus I’ll give this match the grade of exceedingly mediocre as opposed to straight out trash. It still doesn’t change that these four did absolutely nothing, with Bengala, Cholo and (Not Rey) Apocalipsis going through the motions while Leono continued to prove that CMLL should’ve left him at home where he belongs. Could you get anymore putrid than he is?! I never thought I’d see the day where CMLL made me wish for Acero and Aéreo to open a Tuesday show again…but please Grodd can they open next week’s show?!
Dalys, Metálica, Seductora defeated La Guerrera, Lady Maravilla, Mistik two falls to one
I have seen the new crop of luchadoras sports fans. And the jury’s verdict is…
The good news is that Guerrera and Mistik are already miles ahead of Vaquerita, Comandante, Seductora and Lluvia in terms of ability. The bad news is I didn’t see anything from this, albeit limited sample size, that suggested they were on the level of Sugehit, Dalys, Marcela and Amapola let alone Zeuxis and Lady Maravilla. They were trying and some of their mistakes could be chalked up to nerves, but it didn’t change the fact that the timing for both of them seemed to be a bit off. A bigger problem; they were easily outshone by Metálica, who made quite an impression in her first streaming appearance in awhile by stiffing the hell out of everyone with forearms and double stomps. You would’ve thought this was her big break…and hey maybe it was considering CMLL probably forgot she existed some thirty five times before booking her for this. Her work, along with the always reliable Lady Maravilla having some good sequences with Dalys made this watchable. Unfortunately Mistik and Guerrera needed to stand out to make this good and at best they were just kind of okay. That’s an improvement, but not enough to get me excited for the luchadoras going forward.
Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa defeated Puma, Sagrado, Virus two falls to one
This statement is going to make this match seem worse than it actually was; the best part of this whole thing was Puma’s “The Coolest Cat” shirt. Has he been wearing it this whole time and I just didn’t notice?! I gotta get me one of those bad boys post haste; not since Uncharted 4 came out have I wanted something so badly! While the shirt was the highlight, the match itself was pretty good too. I hesitate to go all the way to great because I thought there was room for these six to go a little deeper in the final fall with some exciting sequences. But that nitpick aside this was impeccably worked, as you would expect with a crop of luchadores like this. CMLL learned from their mistake a few weeks ago and heavily featured Audaz and Virus together, resulting in their usual blend of terrific sequences and awesome moments like Audaz doing a split leg into a Sunset Flip. Everyone else was really good too, with Puma riding his charisma and some really good sequences with Rey Cometa, while Maya and Sagrado kept it solid and fast. With all that and very few mistakes this was a very easy match to enjoy. Now if only CMLL could put it on a bigger stage so they could go even crazier! I guess that was the one thing about this match; it was pretty dope and yet it can get even better. That’s a scary thought.
Tiger defeated Kawato San
I think I speak for everyone when I say this was the best match Kawato has had since coming to CMLL. Like it wasn’t even close honestly, unless you want to count the Ricky Marvin match (and that of course didn’t take place in CMLL). Everything about Kawato’s performance seemed far more comfortable than what we’ve seen in his trios matches. He looked confident, he had no problem catching Tiger’s dive, he worked a good pace and just looked really impressive. Part of that is thanks to Tiger being a really good luchadore who does a great job making his opponents look good, but anyone who thinks Kawato was carried here wasn’t watching close enough. I wouldn’t say he was quite the guy I saw in New Japan all of last year (the fire wasn’t quite all the way back) but it was the closest reminder I’ve seen since he came to Arena Mexico. Maybe it was the hair! Whatever it was props to Kawato for the effort, props to Tiger for working his ass off to help him out and shame on CMLL for inexplicably giving these guys only a little less than seven minutes to work. That was the one big flaw of this match; they were rolling and then suddenly it was over at the seven minute mark. Give them two more minutes and I think this could’ve been even better. Alas it’ll have to settle for being really good and a nice sign that things will get better for Kawato going forward.
Blue Panther, Kráneo, Soberano Jr. defeated Okumura, Rey Bucanero, Terrible two falls to one
If the song “Going Through the Motions” from the Buffy the Vampire episode Once More with Feeling turned into a lucha libre match, it be this one. Nothing was terrible about it, but it felt like everyone not named Soberano was in coast mode. And even Soberano wasn’t doing his usual stuff, although I’m not sure how he could’ve seeing how I’m pretty sure no one left the ring during this match for more than five seconds at a time. Whatever the case this was fine, forgettable pretty much exactly what I expected going in. Even if Soberano had been able to do more than stare down Terrible and hit a tornillo this match still would’ve needed some sort of set up to a match to make it stand out. It didn’t have that and thus this is what we got.
Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. defeated Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero two falls to one
There’s one thing and only one thing you need to know about this match sports fans; I CALLED IT RIGHT AGAIN!
Yes, after successfully predicting Omega-Okada IV for the past several months and Flyer/Volador Jr. to go to the Gran Alternativa finals in a week, I scored my third straight successful prediction when Stuka Jr. and Último Guerrero started feuding in this bout to set up a future match. Nostradamus has got nothing on me! Well actually he does; I said that Stuka-UG match would happen next week, only there was no challenge after this match so I’m guessing we’ll just have to wait till the 22nd to see them throw down. Unfortunate because I expect the next match to set things up will be like this one, which was dryer than Rhode Island a week into August. That doesn’t mean it was terrible; Diamante Azul had some cool moments, the UG-Stuka segments were fine, Gran Guerrero looked good, Atlantis wrestled better than he has in recent memory (though it was still below the standard) and Mr. Niebla…was also there. It was just more or less on the uneventful scale than anything else. At least it starts us on the Stuka-UG path, which I’m strangely very excited for. Maybe it’s because UG was really superb last night in Puebla? Wait that’s not it; it’s the fact that it’ll actually make sense when UG blocks a Stuka moonsault attempt to hit the Guerrero Special because Stuka actually does do the moonsault on occasion. Finally that will make sense! It only took CMLL how many years again?
That’ll do sports fans. I’ll see you tomorrow, a little before this time actually, to break down the Lucha Underground season four trailer that is breaking around 8 P.M. EST. There might be other stuff too, but no guarantees. Till whenever, something to get you excited for the LU trailer!
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