CMLL Puebla: Average Show Blues
Another day, another dollar, another wall, another tower and yet another CMLL Puebla show that will be forgotten by the time my head hits the pillow tonight. This wasn’t a bad show by any means but the fears I had about the matches (too many poor technico teams, not enough effort, ect.) were out in full force and ended up making this shindig a passable but forgettable affair. Well aside from the ending, which was super cool and may be leading to some super cool shit next week. We’ll have to see. For now let’s break this bad boy down and try not to fall asleep doing so! Moses, its meme time.
Flyer, Millenium, Zaeta Roja defeated Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar, Perverso two falls to one
To use a word I will use several more times, this match was okay. Nothing more and nothing less really. I will say that I thought this was better than some of the later matches, with Millenium, Zaeta Roja and Flyer making quite the team and Perverso stepping up compared to his recent performances. Even still there was just too little at times for this to get where it needed to go. At least Flyer can say he got the victory though. I bet Arkángel saw Flyer pinning an old guy and immediately called Paco to request a Tuesday match where he beats Flyer in five minutes. You do that Arkángel; just know that Flyer and I have L.A. Park on speed dial!
Lestat, Pegasso, Tigre Rojo Jr. defeated Disturbio, Espíritu Maligno, Policeman two falls to one
Yet another okay match, only this one was a tad more flawed than the opener. The problem here was the second fall and third fall, where the only thing that occurred was my space bar acting up. Seriously; all that happened was a whole lot of rudo beat downs, a couple of fake out dives and that was pretty much it. It just took all the energy out of the match, which hurt when things did pick up in the end. It’s a shame because the end was good; Lestat had a good twisting springboard Leg Drop, Tigre Rojo did some stuff and, in a rare moment of continuity, Pegasso stole the match from Disturbio by kicking out of a lot of pinfall attempts and then getting a quick roll up. There was definitely stuff to like; there was just too much filler in between to keep you interested. In short, a passable but skippable match.
Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper defeated Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón two falls to one
Immortan Joe; sum this match up for the good people.
Alright maybe it wasn’t that bad, but it was the kind of stuff you’d expect more on the Tuesday show than in Puebla. That’s to say that there was WAY too much rudo work and too little from the technicos. Whatever issues you may have with them (and I’m not sure anyone has interviews with Panther and Tritón), all three technicos have something to contribute every time they go out there, which is more than I can say for Olímpico and Ripper most of the time. And yet none of them got much to do here. Junior pretty much chased around Ripper, which ultimately led to Ripper beating him because REASONS! Panther had one suicide dive and was shoulder blocked by Kráneo a ton of times. Tritón, who can be the most electric luchador in CMLL on any given night, was given a plancha, a moonsault (where he accidentally hit Junior) and do you see my point yet? They nailed all the stuff they did get to do, the rudos thankfully did try and the match wasn’t a disaster by any means. But dear Grodd if this didn’t hammer home the issues CMLL has. You’ve got three talented technicos in this match who should be getting the rub from the rudos, and instead they’re making way so Olímpico and Ripper can hit dives. Grumble, grumble…grumble. At least Junior’s feud with Ripper is still on. Good Grodd I can’t even get excited about that right now!
Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible defeated Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Valiente two falls to one
Maybe it’s because I was in the process of reviewing the first few matches while this one went on, but this bout felt a) better than the previous two matches and b) felt like it should’ve gotten a few more minutes. I really liked the Máximo/Terrible sequences and Hechicero (as per usual) was marvelous in getting absolutely every drop out of everything he touched. Unfortunately it seemed like those guys were the only ones who got time. Valiente was a ghost when he wasn’t in there with Hechicero, Rey Bucanero did very little and Ángel de Oro was so inactive that I only remembered he was in the match when he hit a springboard arm drag in the third fall. Again it could easily be that I was distracted or that this show has so bored that I’m just trying to mentally get through this show as quickly as possible. Whatever the case, this match had some things to like, a lot of things that were lacking; basically it was okay. You know, like everything else on this show. It could be worse, it could be worse, it could be worse…
Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs. Euforia, Niebla Roja, Yoshi Tatsu
I know what you’re thinking; he ended his thoughts with the last match by saying it couldn’t get worse, which means this main event must’ve been the worst thing since Zack Snyder said “yes I’ll direct movies for the DCEU.” Guess what; that didn’t happen. Sure this wasn’t a world beater but all things considered this main event was kind of fun; you know, for something where everyone was in cruise control. You’ll be pleased to know that Yoshi Tatsu wasn’t an abomination. I still wish he was anywhere but Mexico right now, but he seemed more at home here with Dragón Lee and Mistico then he did in the shit fest he was involved in Friday night. Meanwhile Niebla Roja based well, Mistico did a few cool dives, Dragón Lee was Dragón Lee and Volador was as good as he could be in coast mode. Overall though Euforia has to be the MVP, not just because he’s awesome but because HE KICKED TIRANTES IN THE BALLS AFTER TIRANTES DQ’D HIM. Sorry; got a little excited right there. You would be too if you saw the greatest moment in wrestling history just a few minutes ago.
The big story of this match however is going to be the low bow Big Euf hit Volador with and the subsequent post match promos from both men. The funny thing is that there wasn’t much hint of these two feuding during the match; it was only when Euforia ducked Volador in the third fall was there any sign, making the low blow finish a welcome surprise for once. Does it mean we’re getting a match between the two of them next week or a trios match with these same teams again? I have no idea, but if there is a Grodd or Cthulhu out there somewhere it’ll be the former. I’ve made reference often to how much I want to see Volador and Euforia go at it; Volador is one of the most electrifying luchadors around when he wants to be any there is no better base in lucha libre than Euforia. These two were made for each other, more so than M. Night Shyamalan and twist endings. It’s a match that needs to happen and if tonight’s any indication hopefully it will be next week. Whether it is or isn’t, it was enough to be an intriguing end to a show that had little intrigue elsewhere. It also was the first time I wish I knew more Spanish than Dorito and Chihuahua. Oh and Ay caramba; I can also say that.
And scene. See you tomorrow sports fans for a review of CMLL’s Tuesday show and possibly a little extra regarding Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. Till then, more RUPERT G!