CMLL Super Viernes Preview: From Epicness to Yoshitatsu
The week is ending sports fans, which can only mean one thing; CMLL Super Viernes is on the horizon again! I wouldn’t blame you for being super excited for this week’s show considering last week’s was a tour de force, featuring one of the best matches in recent CMLL memory. This week…not so much. Well that’s not fair; the undercard for this Friday is just as strong, if not stronger than anything we got last week. The problem is the main event picture is not, thanks to more Pierroth-Diamante Azul stuff and Yoshitatsu’s curtain call that not even Yoshitatsu cares about. It’ll be the best of times and the worst of times I suppose, and I’m here to break the whole thing down. Let’s get started shall we? Moses, get on your bike and meme!
Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs. Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Nitro
What to Expect: Replace Dragóncito with Stukita and Nitro with Pierrothito or a serious Mercurio and this match is a great way to kick off a Friday night. As it stands, it’ll merely be a good way to kick off a Friday night. That’s not a bad thing folks, especially if you enjoy second rope Spanish Fly’s and Demus 3:16 dropping someone on their head. Both things will occur here and both will make this match worth tuning in for.
Winners: When in doubt, go with the rudos. They take it after Demus drops Dragóncito on his head. I don’t even need to give you the name of a move; dude is just gonna drop Dragóncito on his head. It’s the Demus 3:16 way dammit!
Fuego, Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs. Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
What to Expect: You know how last week’s second match was really good because there was a strong rudo team and two really, REALLY good technicos? Same story this week folks, with Sagrado and Misterioso replacing Bobby V with the just as formidable Disturbio and Soberano bringing Fuego and Pegasso along for the ride. I wouldn’t go as far to say this will be better than last week’s wackiness because Fuego isn’t quite Tritón in terms of high flying. But you know Soberano is going to bring it, Pegasso is, if nothing else, a slight upgrade over Esfinge and that rudo team is quietly very good. Don’t be surprised at all if this turns out to be the second straight show stealing featuring Soberano, especially if he decides to turn into Michael Keaton during the scene where he meets the Joker.
Winners: The technicos should win. Sadly this is CMLL which means they won’t. The rudos take this one after Misterioso submits Pegasso and Sagrado ends Fuego with the One Winged Angel. At least Soberano will be protected again; you know, as much as someone who just flattened Disturbio on an awesome dive can be protected.
Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs. Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
What to Expect:
My good friend Anakin couldn’t have said it better. I wouldn’t yet say this will be good because I’m pretty sure these two teams have never worked each other before and there’s always a chance they have the chemistry of Randy Orton against John Cena. Besides that worry, I see no reason to believe why this won’t be loads and loads of fun. Blue Panther is awesome. Junior is awesome. The Panther is awesome. Dragón Rojo is awesome. Pólvora is REALLY awesome. Hell even Bobby V is alright with me (I kid; he’s awesome too), and he’s coming off a strong performance last week to boot. As long as these guys click and get the time this should be super fun. I’ll ever predict now that all three Panther’s will do suicide dives; if that doesn’t get your freak juice flowing then nothing will.
Winners: A tough call because the Panthers can always use a win, while Los Revolucionarios are just starting out (as this version at least) and could use some momentum. I’ll say the rudos take this one too, though I’m dubious, with Pólvora nailing the Pólvora Driver off the top on Panther to seal the deal.
Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Titán vs. Forastero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
What to Expect: Take away Máscara Año 2000 and this match looks swell. Sadly the old man is involved (was El Cuatrero busy or something?) and may get a lot of time, so there’s no telling where this match will go. As long as CMLL limits him to brief stints with Atlantis I think this should be just fine. Sansón continues to impress with or without his family involved (I thought he was absolutely fantastic a few weeks ago teaming with Tiger and Puma), Forastero is getting there and all three technicos are really good (and Titán should be extra motivated considering he’s had little to do recently). For the love of all things CMLL just limit Año, let Atlantis and the kids do the work and you’ll have a fourth straight “I really enjoyed this match” streak for the second week in a row. That should more than make up for the fact that the next two matches may send people to the exits faster than Cordelia Chase in that unnamed play that made Angel and Wesley question their sanity.
Winners: You never know with Máscara Año 2000 involved. That said his presence isn’t enough to override the fact that I have no technicos winning a match to this point. That changes when Atlantis taps one of the youngsters with Atlantida and Oro submits the other with that Billy Goat’s Curse esq submission of his.
Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs. La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush
What to Expect: And now we’ve reached the “why Grodd, why?!” portion of the show. I don’t get it either; how could we go from four decent/really good matches to start the show to continued existence of the plague known as Pierroth vs. Diamante Azul? CMLL must be the only group that expects this feud to get better every week; once more they will be wrong here. The good news is that Máximo should keep things light, Valiente will hit at least one tope and this will be kept short because I’m pretty sure Diamante and Pierroth are incapable of holding in their anger long enough for this to go three falls. The bad news is that this will still not be good despite any of that and the sooner it’s over, the better. Oh, and there’s no Atlantis. Why CMLL couldn’t have swapped the legend and Valiente so we could get more Atlantis-Rush interactions is a mystery I’ll never be able to solve. I mean come on Paco; Rush cracked Atlantis with a gorram cart last week! That deserves at least a little bit of follow up no?
Winners: We’ve gotten two straight weeks of Diamante tearing off Pierroth’s mask to cause a DQ. I don’t know about you but its high time we get the reverse. The technicos win after Pierroth fouls and unmasks Diamante in the second fall. Not a single fuck will be given.
Volador Jr. vs. Yoshitatsu
What to Expect: Talk about a tale of two participants. In one corner you’ve got Volador Jr., arguably the best luchador alive today, beloved hero to millions of fans as excellent a performer you can find in Arena Mexico. And then you’ve got Yoshitatsu, who I’d say is the exact opposite of Volador in every way only Yoshitatsu isn’t even worthy of that statement. He has been that poor since his arrival to CMLL and his departure following this match fills me to the brim with a feeling of goodness. I haven’t been this excited for someone to go away since Riley Finn bounced in season five.
Now as you can see, the differences between these two men clearly make for an intriguing match. I can’t see Yoshitatsu having a good match with anyone at this point; I also can’t see Volador Jr. having a bad match with anyone. You see the dilemma. Something has to give here, and if I had to make an educated guess I’d lean towards this being more towards the good side then the bad. That doesn’t mean this match will be good; I cannot stress enough how much I don’t think Yoshitatsu is capable of doing anything that’s above “aggressively mediocre.” But Volador, even when he’s doing his routine, is that good and I wouldn’t doubt he’ll be out to prove that he can make anyone, including the talentless abyss known as Yoshitatsu, look like a million bucks. As long as he does that then this should have several memorable moments. The only thing to fear is if Volador takes the night off. If that happens…I dare not even speak of the possibilities.
Winner: Well let’s see; Volador is CMLL’s top technico not named Atlantis, Yoshitatsu is heading back to Japan after this…yeah Volador’s winning. I’ll say the decision comes in three falls after Volador hits Tatsu with the Super Rana. Please note that there’s a 72% chance that Tatsu combusts from taking that move and never works again. Why a 72% chance? I don’t know; I just felt that was a more interesting number than 70% or 75%. Come at me bros (and sis)!
That’s game sports fans. I shall return tomorrow for more writing…excellence? Mediocrity? Whatever you call it, I’ll be bringing it when I review tomorrow’s show. Till then, ANGEL!