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CMLL Puebla Preview: Daylight Saving's Show
It’s going to be one hell of a week for CMLL, and I’m not sure I mean that in a good way. Certainly there will be things to be on the lookout for (hell Rey Cometa vs. Cavernario this Tuesday night!), but there will also be Diamante Azul vs. Pierroth this Friday and Mexico being a week behind on Daylight Savings Time to annoy fans like us. Tomorrow’s Puebla show will be the first test and it’ll be a difficult one for CMLL to pass. The card isn’t actually bad, aside from the semi-main event, but it’s also not that enticing. And with the show now starting at 11 P.M. EST instead of 10, I wouldn’t be surprised if multiple people are abandoning ship by 12:30. Alas I will still be around to keep track of things, hence why you’re getting this sweet preview now and likely a running diary tomorrow. I know; what did CMLL do to deserve me? I don’t know either. Let’s hold off on that answer till later shall we? Moses; when the preview drops you best come meme.
Cancerbero, Policeman, Raziel vs. Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Tigre Rojo Jr.
What to Expect: First off, I think CMLL has these teams on the wrong side. Aren’t Cancerbero, Policeman and Raziel supposed to be the rudos while the others are technicos? I’m so confused! Sadly I’ll probably be more confused watching this match when I see that Policeman and Maligno are continuing their feud that exists for reasons no one can properly explain. The good news is that Maligno has proven himself to be a capable worker and the Cancerbero/Raziel duo guarantees at least two cool double teams on poor Tigre Rojo Jr. The bad news; it probably still won’t be enough to make this captivating. Such is life in Arena Puebla.
Winners: Young guys or no young guys, I never bet against Cancerbero and Raziel. They’re team wins when Policeman does some foul thing to Maligno that the ref misses. Will they actually pull the trigger and announce Policeman-Maligno, hair vs. hair, for an upcoming show? You’ll have to find out on the next exciting episode of CMLL PUEBLA Z!!!!! Sorry; couldn’t resist.
Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs. La Seductora, Tiffany, Zeuxis
What to Expect: YES! YES! THE QUEEN HAS RETURNED! ZEUXIS IS BACK ON A CMLL STREAMED SHOW! ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD AGAIN!
Alright not all is right with the world; in case you missed it, Zeuxis lost her Mexican National Women’s Championship to Princesa Sugehit a few weeks ago in Arena Coliseo. I didn’t get a chance to see the match (CMLL sadly doesn’t stream often from there), but I can only imagine that Sugehit used nefarious means to beat the Queen considering no mortal woman (or man) can defeat Zeuxis in a fair fight. Thus the Queen will look to get her revenge here, while also going out of her way to make Estrellita look like someone who isn’t five years over the hill. Honestly sports fans this match has a decent chance of being good and a decent chance at being bad. If Zeuxis and Sugehit get the most time, Zeuxis’ two teammates take multiple powders and Sanely avoids any and all contact with the ropes we should be fine. The likelihood is we won’t get that though, so adjust your expectations accordingly and stay to see Zeuxis knee several heads into the audience. The Queen is out for blood sports fans. No one steals her title and gets away with it. NOBODY!
Winners: I don’t bet against Zeuxis in normal situations; I sure as hell don’t bet against her in situations where she’s looking for revenge! The Queen and her minions take this match after Zeuxis nails Sugehit with a Package Piledriver in fall three. The quest for gold begins again!
Drone, Esfinge, Lestat vs. Puma, Skándalo, Tiger
What to Expect: Poor Esfinge. Poor, pitiful Esfinge. Just when it looked like he had shed his third wheel status, he gets knocked back down here on account of Lestat actually being put in a half decent match! At this rate Esfinge is going to be the guy who gets a main event spot one day and his partners will be the Centella Roja’s, thus overshadowing him yet again (and that would be the case; the Centella Roja’s main eventing? A Cleveland Browns Super Bowl victory is more likely). At least he can say he’s got a shot at being in a good match here. The presence of Skándalo is always troubling, but he’s canceled out by the always excellent Puma and Tiger, while Drone will be exciting and Lestat (who’s talented if unmotivated at times) will be looking to prove his worth. I wouldn’t expect an all timer but this has the chance to be a lot of fun, especially if Puma and Tiger get double team happy early. Note to Puma and Tiger; get double team happy early and never look back. Don’t even tag Skándalo in; hell don’t even bring Skándalo with you! Find anyone else; I’ll take anyone other than discount Heavy Metal.
Winners: Everything is coming up rudos on this card so far. Puma, Tiger and their third wheel defeat the technicos in three falls after Puma and Tiger do that wonderful Backcracker/double stomp combo of theirs.
Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy, Titán vs. La Máscara, Pierroth, Ripper
What to Expect: We have now reached the point of the Diamante Azul-Pierroth feud where no show is safe. With Homenaje a Dos Leyendas now less than a week away CMLL has decided that Arena Puebla needs to see these two go at it because…who among us can say? Have we even figured out why CMLL booked Diamante vs. Pierroth to begin with? If you’re an optimist like me, you can take comfort in the fact that this match is going to be really short and that the main event should make you forget about this one instantly. Even still, it’s going to sick to see Diamante and Pierroth having yet another terrible brawl, all while Máximo and Titán are wasted in supporting roles. Oh yeah, we also don’t get to see Rush here; Ripper takes his place instead. It’s like CMLL is inviting us to mute or click off YouTube during this match.
Winners: You know the drill; Diamante gets fouled or has his mask ripped off, technicos win by DQ, Pierroth, Máscara and Ripper beat him up afterwards. Have I mentioned how happy I am that this feud is going to be over?
Atlantis, Carístico, Dragón Lee vs. Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
What to Expect: Here’s what I want to know; is this match for the Mexican National Trios Championships or not? The poster and the CMLL website seem to indicate the belts aren’t on the line, but this is CMLL, the same company that thought Diamante Azul-Pierroth for the H2L main event and a several week Yoshitatsu run were good ideas. When you’re showing incompetence like that, there’s no telling where else it spreads, am I right 2004-2015 M. Night Shyamalan?
Whether this is for the titles or not, this match should be pretty sublime. I know; you’re always playing a dangerous game when you use the word sublime when Ephesto and Luciferno are involved. But those two seem to do better when both Mephisto and decent competition are around, and it doesn’t get much better than the super technico team of Atlantis, Carístico and Dragón Lee on the other side. Even if this match exists merely to set up a third and final match next week where the technicos take the trios titles I still see few flaws. At worst this should be a good match with some exciting moments, and at best it’ll be a very good match with the technicos bringing their A game and Mephisto working his ass off to keep the rudos neck and neck with them. Don’t sleep on this one folks.
Winners: Whether the titles are on the line or not, whether this is setting up another match between these two teams or not, the technicos will emerge victorious. I say they take it in three when Atlantis gets Ephesto with La Atlantida and Carístico taps Luciferno with La Mistica. All that’s left then is to see whether we’re going places or if we need to prepare ourselves for Diamante Azul-Pierroth II: Electric Boogaloo in Puebla next week. Just try it Paco. Just. Try. It.
That’s a wrap sports fans. I’m off to eat some roast chicken, play some TEW and plot my next move, which will surely involve previewing another CMLL show tomorrow and maybe getting back on the Lucha Underground horse. Till then, what does the Fox say?