CMLL Super Viernes 3/4/16 Preview
Ah Tuesday; it’s a day. It’s now also the day I plan on doing my preview of Friday’s CMLL Super Viernes show. Why? Because why not?! As much fun as it is to do a preview the night before the show, doing it a few days prior is more fun because you can actually help build excitement over the course of several days instead of one. Well, at least in theory. So let’s put that theory to the test shall we and take a look at a card that has one Match of the Year candidate and a slew of hot feuds that look to continue as we approach Homenaje a Dos Leyendas in a few weeks. Let’s get to it!
Hombre Bala Jr. and Super Halcon Jr. vs. El Cuatreo and Sanson
What to Expect: The usual CMLL opening match. What more can I really add there, especially considering Bala and Halcon are the only dudes I really know from this foursome.
Winners: The Juniors take it two falls to one and this match will live on only in their memories. Seriously, no offense to any of these four, but this bout might be the most insignificant match in the history of the western hemisphere. I barely got six sentences out of it, and I’m the dude who could write 1,500 words on how the Bouncing Souls are the best punk band of the last how many years (tune in next week!).
La Vaquerita, Marcela and Princess Sugehit vs. Amapola, Dalys and Tiffany
What to Expect: Can it be; are we really going to see a CMLL women’s match that doesn’t interesting despite Zeuxis not involved? What in the world?! Alright in all seriousness, I’m not sure how good this match will be. On one hand, I’m always intrigued by the prospect of Princesa Sugehit in the ring and the Marcela-Dalys rivalry that’s popped up the last few weeks has potential (though I thought they were a little cold during last week’s show). On the other hand, Tiffany and Amapola are in this match and well, they are what they as far as an in ring ability goes. Thus, I look for it to be a mixed bag, with some moments being dull and the Dalys-Marcela moments bringing the heat.
Winners: As Dalys and Marcela will be the focal point of the match, look for them to be the focal point of the finish as well. And seeing as Dalys got one over on Marcela last week by pinning her while holding the ropes, it would be foolish to expect anything other than Marcela getting one over on Dalys in similar fashion. Technicas win, and I go back to mourning Zeuxis leaving for Japan.
Esfinge, Titan and Triton vs. Ephesto, Mephisto and Virus
What to Expect: Now we’re getting to the good stuff! No it won’t be any of the three matches that follow it, but aside from Ephesto this match features a lot of luchadors who are really, REALLY good at what they do. I mean hell, when Esfinge is the worst of the technicos involved; you’re doing something pretty good. Look for a lot of flying from them and a lot of good rudo work from Mephisto and the master and commander of the rudoverse Virus. You can’t help by get excited for Virus.
Winners: I have the technicos teams winning the first two matches and poor Mephisto just lost a title match to Mascara Dorada a few weeks ago (and may be losing his Mexican Trios Championships tonight in Arena Mexico). Thus, the rudos win on account of some brilliance from Virus. Perhaps this is the start of setting something up for a Homenaje a Dos Leyendas match between some of these participants?
Marco Corleone, Maximo Sexy and Ultimo Guerrero vs. La Mascara, Rey Escorpion and Rush
What to Expect: Poor Rey Escorpion; the man is finally returning to Super Viernes after a several month layoff and he’s playing second fiddle to the Maximo-Rush storyline. Then again what isn’t at this point aside from Volador Jr. vs. Negros Casas? It’s like one part of CMLL is on imaginary fire ala Ricky Bobby while Maximo-Rush and Volador-Negro is hotter than Buffy Summers during all of season two. True story, just like the following meme.
If we’re being honest, this match should be the point of the show where you start to play close attention the rest of the way. I’ve really liked what they’ve done with Maximo and Rush thus far, whether it's the quiet slow build they started to it months ago or the rapid escalation the past few weeks. I expect that escalation will continue here with both them and La Mascara and Marco, who have their own entertaining mini feud brewing. Considering this week’s show only has six matches, I reckon this will get a lot of time to be both really entertaining and move the story forward.
Winners: Going with Ingobernables and Escorpion on this one. Hey, when you fake a foul like Maximo did last week to steal a win over Rush, you have to know payback is coming. I think we’ll see some treacherous rudo work by Rush and Mascara at the end here to not only pull off the win but add some more heat to a feud already boiling.
CMLL World Lightweight Championship Match
Kamaitachi (c) vs. Dragon Lee
What to Expect: The only questions I have about this match are as such; how high on the MOTY rankings will this bout top out at and will this finally be the conclusion of the best wrestling rivalry I’ve seen in years? On one hand, I really want to see these two go off and start beefing with other guys (I’ll freely admit I’ve had dreams about Dragon Lee vs. Volador Jr. in matches that are so fast Speed Racer died from the ecstasy of it all); on the other, these two are so freakin good together that I almost never want to see them part ways. Ladies, gentlemen, Mortensen (I know you’re reading), even if you’ve never checked out CMLL before this Friday night, do yourself a favor and tune in to watch this match as it happens. It will without question be the Match of the Night, a potential Match of the Year candidate and it may be the last time it happens (at least one on one) for a long while. Don’t miss it.
Winner: This one is too close to call. Kamaitachi has only been Lightweight Champion for a little over a month, having beaten Dragon Lee for the belt in yet another fantastic bout between them at Fantastica Mania. At the same token, you have to believe he’s returning to New Japan sometime after Homenaje a Dos Leyendas and with his quest to finally win the big one against Dragon Lee over it would make sense for Lee to regain his title. In the end…I’m going Dragon Lee two falls to one to regain the title. I don’t feel great about it, but with Kamaitachi sadly not long for CMLL, it feels like the best choice. In the end, who really cares as long as this match is just as grand as all the others right? Someone really has to write a novel about this!
Atlantis, Mascara Dorada and Volador Jr. vs. Cavernario, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas
What to Expect: Only CMLL would follow up what might be one of the best matches of 2016 with another match and only current CMLL would do it with a match that’s actually interesting. Even more so than Maximo-Rush, Volador and Negro Casas have had a rivalry that’s been white hot for what seems like all of 2016 and now looks to have even more fuel now that Negro has rid us all of Super Parka. Yes I know Super Parka botched his own injury angle and all that, but so what; all that matters is that the man is off TV and far away from me! Look for that development to reign supreme this week and for this match to follow the template of Maximo-Rush from last week in being more story based than wrestling based. Can’t complain when you have a rivalry with this much going for it. And holy crap; I just realized I didn’t even mention Atlantis or Mascara Dorada once during this! You know you’re going good when the most famous luchador in CMLL and the guy who had a balls to the wall title match a few weeks ago are the second fiddles.
Winners: I’m going to out there with this one; look for Negro, Niebla and Cavernario to get DQ’d here two falls to none and launch into an attack on Volador post match. As that happens, Volador’s surprise will finally reveal himself to make the save and establish himself as Volador’s corner man for the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas match. It’s a reach I know, but there’s no better time for this surprise to appear than this Friday and surprise returns/debuts always work best when a technico is getting beat down. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go patiently keep watch over LA Park’s Twitter to see if he drops any hints. The people want the surprise to be the Chairman; THE PEOPLE NEED IT!
And that’ll do it! Hope you guys enjoyed this preview and hope you’ll be tuning in Friday! I’ll be back a bit later with a preview of tomorrow night’s Lucha Underground episode. Till then, a live look at how Tottenham fans will react when the team chokes tomorrow (hopefully).
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