CMLL Tuesday Preview: Diamond Rush
We’re not going to stall here folks; there is so much time and so little to do. Or is it the other way around? Oh who cares; there’s CMLL to preview, especially in wake of me skipping the preview for tonight’s show in Puebla. Ultimately that show didn’t seem solid enough to preview, while the quickly improving Tuesday show does thanks to the return of the Blue Panther family (one week after their underrated Tuesday masterpiece) and a big main event between a CMLL headliner and an upper card star looking to prove his worth. That enough of a set up for you? Good. Let’s get cracking; Moses, meme it with your best shot.
Flyer & Leono vs. Akuma & Camorra
What to Expect: Much like that Killers song, this match has potential (rushing around). I found Akuma and Camorra were quite good last week with Leono on the opposite side and that was with Bengala doing everything he could to sink them deep into the bottom of the ocean. Unless they decide to revert back to cruise control, one would think a match with Flyer (who is over 9,000 times better than Bengala) would be even better. Don’t expect much due to the limitations, but otherwise get ready to enjoy what should be a solid opener.
Winners: When in doubt, go with the rudos in three falls. I do it all the time and it’s never steered me wrong!
Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Robin vs. Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Nitro
What to Expect: Poor Hombre Bala Jr.; he has his best performance this past Friday in a tremendous match, only to be put back into no man’s land Tuesday. The good news is he does have Robin as one of his partners and Metálico on the other side; the bad news is that the rest of the luchadors range from average (Oro Jr.), to mediocre (Nitro) to so bad they resemble an episode of WCW Thunder 2000 (Arkángel). Granted last week’s trios match that featured Oro and Arkángel turned out to be better than expected, but that was primarily because Cancerbero, Raziel and Stigma were involved (never mind the fact that Arkángel was still awful and Oro was still Oro). Maybe a miracle happens here, but I wouldn’t expect much. If baseball is on, take the time to watch that instead of this match.
Winners: My head says the rudos, my heart says team Bala. I’m going with my heart; Hombre Bala Jr. and the gang take this in three falls. Bala will then wipe a tear from his eye and wonder why he couldn’t have a spot in the next match.
Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs. Disturbio, Okumura, Virus
What to Expect: To think it’s already been a week since the Panthers took part in the best match of 2016 that no one saw. This week they’ll try to top themselves, starting with the two sons here in a match that, like last week’s unknown classic, looks pretty damn good on paper. I’m not sure it’s good enough to match last week (especially since Blue Panther, Bobby Z and Vangellys have been replaced) but don’t be surprised at all if this is a show stealer. Junior and Panther will be motivated to top themselves and they always look good against Okumura and Virus (I wouldn’t be surprised if they do a similar opener to last week’s match, only with Junior taking Panther’s place to go against Virus on the mat). Meanwhile both Pegasso and Disturbio will add different elements than last week, and if Pegasso is on than this match could have a couple really exciting moments. In short; this will be fun. Perhaps not an instant classic but then again there are few matches that are. Like last week’s match. Dammit I’m going to have to write about it aren’t I? The people NEED to know about that greatness!
Winners: The Panthers are starting to win frequently and I don’t see that slowing down here. Look for Junior to take this one in the third with his submission after Panther and Pegasso have floored the other two rudos with some dives. The interesting thing will be whether CMLL decides to set up a Junior-Virus match from this, or if they fact they’re on opposite sides again for the third straight week is purely coincidental.
Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Rey Cometa vs. Pólvora, Sagrado, Vangellys
What to Expect: Here we have a match with three really good luchadors (Blue Panther, Cometa, Vangellys) and three okay luchadors. Thus you can expect a pretty decent match that could be better if Blue Panther has laid out something unique as he’s known to do. Ironically the luchador to watch here may very well be the least interesting of them all; Ángel de Oro. He does have a sweet gig with Ring of Honor coming up soon, which means you can either expect him to go full throttle in order to get some interest in his American debut from the lucha community, or to take it easy so he can go full throttle at that show. Either way no one is going to much care about his appearance one way or another, which is a testament to how average Ángel has been this year, especially in big singles matches.
Winners: I’m sensing a technico win here in order to send Ángel into ROH looking strong. They’ll take it in three falls, hopefully after a few cool Cometa dives and some more of that brilliance that Blue Panther always brings.
Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Mistico vs. Dragón Rojo Jr., La Máscara, Terrible
What to Expect: Now this is a semi-main event folks! The talent is strong from all sides here, and you should prepare yourself for a healthy dose of flips from Mistico and Idol, backbreakers from Atlantis, devastating left hands from Terrible, superkicks from Máscara and slingshot powerbomb attempts from Dragón Rojo Jr. I could be wrong here too but it feels like something may be getting set up here for a future singles match. Maybe CMLL is going to throw Atlantis a bone and give him a prime time solo match? Maybe Idol gets something to go along with his Sam Adonis issues? Who knows? Just be prepared for something here after what should be a fun fifteen minutes to get you warmed up for the main event.
Winners: Whether there’s a set up or not afterwards, this feels like a rudo victory. You know the drill; they’ll get it in three falls, there may or may not be a challenge afterwards and who cares as long as the match is fun? And now, IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT’S….TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry; always wanted to try my Bruce Buffer.
Diamante Azul vs. Rush
What to Expect: I’m honestly amazed that we even got to this match. While Rush was feuding with Último Guerrero on Puebla he somehow also managed to piss of Diamante Azul in trios action two weeks ago. That match culminated in Rush unmasking Diamante, Diamante fighting him off anyway with one hand covering his face (brilliant) and Rush ultimately fouling him anyway to get the win. The two tangled again in trios action last week, challenges were made and thus here we are, with the most unlikely singles match in recent memory and quietly a match that could burn the house down.
I know; that’s a bold statement Cult. Is it really though? Diamante Azul gets a lot of flak from the lucha community, and yet every time I’ve seen him I simply find myself more impressed when before. He’s got good pace, his dives are pretty vicious, his power game is both well rounded and unique (he’s the only guy I see pulling out a German Suplex often in Arena Mexico), and as proven the last few weeks he can bring some pretty intense brawling to the table. Whether people want to admit it or not, this man is a good luchador, and he’s now going up against one of the best rudos in the world and a man who should bring out even more intensity in Diamante. I wasn’t blown away by Rush’s match with the UG last Monday, but you can partially chalk that up to Arena Puebla being a limited setting to have an entertaining show for a variety of reasons. Arena Mexico should allow Rush to be as vicious as humanly possible, and we’ve seen what he can do when that happens. Put that all together and I’m calling it now; this will be a better match than Rush-UG and Rush-Taven, and could end up being one of the unsung matches of the year. If nothing else, it’ll at least have a few wild moments and some more of those bad ass monkey flips Diamante loves to do.
Winner: This is a too close to call situation. Diamante has been pulverized by Rush during these past two weeks so the booking suggests he get the big win here. At the same token you never know when Diamante will be heading back to France and he’s nowhere near Rush on the CMLL totem pole. So who gets it? I’ll go with the technico. The booking suggests it and CMLL does have a few shows coming up at the end of the month that they’ll need to fill, and if nothing else a Diamante match here could lead to Rush wanting revenge and challenging him to a mask vs. hair match. Whether that comes to pass or not, Tuesday night will be Diamante Azul’s night. Who would’ve thought that months ago?
We’re done folks. I’ll be back later with a review of tonight’s CMLL show in Puebla. Till them, your friendly neighborhood web slinger!