CMLL Tuesday Preview: Dorada Rules
The week has begun anew, which means that a shit ton of CMLL is just around the corner. It starts tonight with CMLL’s show in Puebla, a show that has depressed me to the point that I’m sticking to just reviewing for now. Thus the first preview of the week is for CMLL’s Tuesday show which, like most Tuesday shows, looks good, if a tad uneventful on paper. At least it’s an opportunity to see Máscara Dorada again prior to his disappearance into Vince McMahon’s abyss, on top of a few other intriguing matches. What are they? Let’s break them down. Moses; let there be meme!
Metatrón & Robin vs. Akuma & Metálico
What to Expect: The good news; Akuma returns this week coming off two solid performances on the last two Tuesday shows. The better news; Metálico will be his partner instead of Camorra, which is the greatest upgrade since Auston Matthews replaced whoever was the Maple Leafs third line center last year. The best news; Robin will be on the other side teaming with some luchador named Metatrón. Why is that the best news? Because it allows me to make jokes about this Metatrón either being a meta human from The Flash, Megatron’s long lost estranged brother or both. I doubt he really matters all that much as these guys won’t be allowed to do much and if they are then Robin will be carrying the load. Either way I just hope Metatrón fights better than Megatron did at the end of that first Transformers movie. When a Megatron-Optimus Prime fight is more notable for someone yelling “IT’S STARSCREAM!” than the combat itself, you know you’ve gone the wrong way.
Winners: If I can quote my upcoming musical When in Doubt, Go with the Rudos (music and lyrics by Kevin Kleinrock), when in doubt go with the rudos. They’ll take it in three falls.
Fuego, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs. Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Virus
What to Expect: This match brings us another one of men’s most daring questions; how in the name of Cthulhu did Arkángel wiggle his way into this match?! Look at everyone else here; Fuego, Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Disturbio and Virus all range from pretty good to legendary. Even with the restrictions this could be a good match…until you see Arkángel is involved. Between CMLL booking him every week on the Tuesday show and his CMLL training gig I’m convinced he’s either sleeping with Paco Alonso’s daughter or Paco himself. Either way they can do better and so could this match. I anticipate it’ll still be pretty solid whenever Arkángel isn’t involved, but unless CMLL Skándalo’s him and keeps him on the sidelines he’ll find a way to butcher something in this match. Somewhere, Oro Jr. has read that last sentence and is nodding in rapid agreement.
Winners: The rudos take it in three falls after Virus submits someone, followed by him and Disturbio looking on at Arkángel in disgust as they celebrate.
Star Jr. vs. Skándalo
What to Expect: I’m very torn on this Lightning Match. On one hand it’s going to involve Skándalo, a man who gets out run by logs on his fastest day, trying to work a five minute match without the safety of partners to protect him. Any other circumstance and I’d say that this might be the most unwatchable Lightning Match in the history of time. Luckily for us and Skándalo, his opponent is Star Jr., Skándalo’s absolutely opposite and one of the most underrated and exciting young luchadors CMLL has to offer. This leaves with CMLL two directions to take this match. First, they can have Skándalo control the match and grind Star Jr.’s style to a screeching halt, thereby leading to all us lucha diehards throwing soda bottles at the computer screen. Secondly, they can have Star Jr. just go bat shit crazy, do every flip he knows how to do and hope that Skándalo is willing to a) catch him and b) sell for him at any moment’s notice. It’s tricky either way as Skándalo is that poor most of the time and Star Jr. has proven to have trouble when forced against below average talent. But if CMLL is willing to let the kid cut loose and keep Skándalo’s offense to a minimum, this has a shot at surprising people. If nothing else you hope it does because Star Jr. is that damn good and deserves a chance to raise his stock.
Winner: I cannot in good conscious pick Skándalo to win at anything, let alone a singles match. So against what will likely be the case, I’ll go with Star Jr. to get the win at around the 5:30 mark in what would be a huge boost for the young luchador. Please make me look good here CMLL; the thought of Skándalo getting a win over a bright young star who deserves it will leave me looking like this.
Ángel de Oro, Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs. Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
What to Expect: Normally this match would be the first sure fire thing on the show. And yet it’s not due to the appearance of a luchador named Drone. Who is Drone? Is he someone we’ve seen before? Or is he someone we’ve seen often in the past now repackaged under a cool new name? I honestly have no idea and I’m the investigator of the lucha community! The only thing I know for sure is that he isn’t Vanguard One, which is both slightly relieving and disappointing at the same time.
One way or another this will be the first time this Drone guy has appeared under this persona in Arena Mexico and he’s the big “what if” in the room. His teammates are as solid a duo of luchadors as they come and Ángel de Oro should have even more confidence than usual following what I’ve heard was a successful two shows for Ring of Honor this past weekend. Meanwhile the rudo squad boasts the best rudo in CMLL in Hechicero, and two dudes in Sagrado and Misterioso who generally look good when up against above average talent. The match will work on some level thanks to those five; the hope is that CMLL has chosen wisely in repackaging whoever Drone is and that he’ll be looking to impress in his re-debut. If nothing else, this will be intriguing to see if CMLL has something with this new gimmick.
Winners: This is CMLL so you can never discount them having a luchador with a new gimmick lose in his first match. But I think CMLL knows that, unlike Lucha Underground, they can’t book new guys in a losing effort all that well, which means Drone, Maya and Ángel de Oro will be taking this one in three falls. Hopefully Drone proves himself worthy on the road to victory.
Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs. Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
What to Expect: Now here’s a sure thing of a match. Even with Rey Bucanero and his inconsistencies tagging along there’s little reason to believe this match will be anything less than good. Valiente is currently white hot and with a week before his big CMLL Universal Championship match will look to keep the momentum going. Atlantis and Stuka, freed from the evil that is a match with Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000 and Universo 2000, should be allowed to show more than they did this past Friday night. And it’s never a bad thing to have more Terrible and Vangellys in your life, especially when the latter has been doing some great work in recent weeks. The main event and the preceding match will challenge this one, but I’d put my money on this being the Match of the Evening.
Winners: I’m sensing a rudo victory for reasons that will become clear in a matter of minutes. TGR will take this in three falls, with Terrible sealing the deal with that beautiful powerbomb of his.
Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs. Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
What to Expect: You want your main events to intrigue and CMLL has an intriguing headliner for both the right and wrong reasons. For Diamante Azul this is a chance for redemption after his main event match with Rush last week sank like Felicity Smoak’s reputation. For Mistico this is a chance to…well it’s a chance to just be awesome like he usually is. For the NWA World Trios Champions it’s an opportunity for some in ring action (Luciferno is finally back after a few weeks off) and to catch some really cool dives. Naturally all that I said matters little to most people because the main reason to watch this match is to see Máscara Dorada/Gran Metalik. And yes, it may have something to do with a certain dive Dorada may or may not have pulled this past Friday.
As spectacular as that moment was, I feel obligated to warn people that expecting Dorada to do something like that again this Tuesday would be a mistake. And honestly it doesn’t matter whether he goes that far again or just sticks to his usual, mind numbingly awesome move set. Dorada has been so good in the twilight of his CMLL career and so willing to go all out despite the risks it presents to his WWE deal that you can pretty much expect, at worst, a borderline great performance from him every time out. He’ll deliver that again here, which makes this match worth checking out even if nothing else goes to plan. I don’t know if some of the others (looking at you Ephesto and Luciferno) have enough to raise their game to his level, but I fail to see how this match is anything less than a formidable challenge to the semi-main for Match of the Evening. And don’t look now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this match is used to set up one more massive Máscara Dorada singles match.
Winners: Considering Los Infiernos are involved here and are the NWA Trios Champions, many have naturally concluded that this match is setting up a trios titles match. I don’t think so. For one, why would Mistico want the NWA Trios Titles when he’s already one third of the CMLL World Trios Champions with Volador and Valiente? That’s on top of the fact that Dorada, Mistico and Diamante is about as put together a trios team as humanly possible, and one that makes little sense to challenge for any trios gold. So I’m going to throw out a theory here; this match isn’t being used to set up a trios titles match, it’s being used to set up a rematch for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship between the champ Mephisto and former four time champion Dorada. The two had a series of great matches for the title earlier this year and I can’t think of a much better way for Dorada to close his CMLL tenure with one last match against one of the best opponents of his career. So with that in mind I’m picking Dorada’s team to win this match in three falls to set him vs. Mephisto up. The only question is how they’ll do it. If CMLL wants this match to headline their November 1st show (the third and final Dia del Muertes show) alongside Rey Bucanero defending his NWA Historic Light Heavyweight title, then Mephisto will foul Dorada for a DQ finish to set up a rematch trios bout next week. If they want it to headline the 10/25 show a week from Tuesday, then Dorada will win this clean and issue the challenge. Either way I’d bank on that match happening and this main event (and its result) being the start of it.
That’s a wrap sports fans! You’ll see me later tonight with a review of the CMLL Puebla show. I may try to fit in either a Lucha Tribute or a Lucha Underground preview before the show, but if not then I’ll have them for you tomorrow afternoon before I review the Tuesday show. We’ll see how it goes! Till we meet again, Spider-Man returns to save the end meme from those DC guys.