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CMLL Super Viernes Preview: Leyenda de Plata
It’s time! It’s time! It’s CMLL Super Viernes time! Lucha Underground may be on hiatus for now boys and girls but that doesn’t mean lucha libre itself goes to sleep. With that it’s time for me to focus my attention back on CMLL, starting with tomorrow’s very important Super Viernes episode. Why is it important you ask; because it’s the final of the Leyenda de Plata (Spanish for “The Silver Legend”) tournament. Done in honor of the legendary El Santo, Leyenda de Plata is one of those wacky lucha tournaments that features a massive multi-man match with the winner going on to face the defending winner of the tournament. That’s the headliner for tomorrow and thank goodness because aside from that match and a pretty solid semi-main event the rest of this card looks like Elliot after six days of Adderall and no sleep. Hey, just opens the door for more jokes right? Moses; turns out you’re not going into hibernation at all! Get the meme out for our pals in Arena Mexico!
Robin & Sensei vs. Artillero & Cholo
What to Expect: In the words of James Bond from the cinematic mehsterpiece The World is Not Enough, be prepared for a cold reception. In other words, this will be a match where things happen, very few people will care and we’ll all be wondering why Magnus wasn’t in it afterwards. There’s now a 99% chance this is the Super Viernes opener that actually rules and I look more foolish than Terry Collins after he said to himself, “you know what? Harvey can go another inning. What can possibly go wrong?!”
Winners: This calls for a flip of the Canadian Dollar to decide this…except I lost my Canadian Dollar. Dammit it all. I guess I’ll go with Artillero and Cholo then, mainly because Cholo was also the name of one Mr. Cisco before Lucha Underground and DAMMIT WHY DID YOU HAVE TO DIE CISCO?! I’m cool I’m fine.
Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragóncito vs. Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
What to Expect: It’s a minis match without Stukita, the equivalent of The Final Deletion without the dilapidated boat. Would you be interested in The Final Deletion without the dilapidated boat? I didn’t think so!
Winners: Team Demus. NEXT!
Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible vs. Golden Magic, Sharlie Rockstar, Súper Crazy
What to Expect: Finally some intrigue! This match is basically a conglomerate of big names; some of them are really good (Crazy, Bucanero, Terrible), one of them need to go on a nice long vacation (Shocker) and the other two are question marks from either being in prison the last several years (Rockstar) or because I’ve never seen them before (Golden Magic). Basically this match could go numerous directions and the only thing to do is sit back, embrace the greatness or embrace the horror! In all seriousness this match should be solid as long as Shocker isn’t allowed to do too much. That of course means that Shocker will try to do too much and we’re all going to be left with the same feeling the 2006 Sonic the Hedgehog left us.
Winners: luchablog seemed to suggest that there’s some kind of Bucanero-Crazy feud being developed (I guess the genesis of this is from the Elite tapings, which I’m not up to date with), which means we’re likely getting a finish involving those two. And since Bucanero is a NWA Light Heavyweight Champion, that pretty much means Crazy’s team is winning this in three falls and Crazy is getting the pin. I have no qualms with that at all; Bucanero is entertaining and if Crazy is even ¼ as good as he was back in his prime the match should be quite fun. And really anything after the first two matches that looks like a ray of light is a victory in this situation.
Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. vs. Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
What to Expect: Friggin Mephisto hasn’t kicked these two goons to the side yet?! What the hell Mephisto; do I really have to break out the Spaceballs meme for the second straight column?
Because of Mephisto’s inability to find more capable partners and because Diamante Azul’s reputation (at least recently) is on par with Macho Man’s rap CD, this match is also a question mark. We know Atlantis, Stuka and Mephisto will try, but in the end that might not be enough to pull out a great match and there doesn’t appear to be any sort of story being pushed in this match unless it’s a) leading to an Atlantis-Mephisto match (no complaints here!) or b) leading to a Mexican National Trios Titles match between the two sides. In short; not really sure how I’m gonna end up caring for this match besides the fact that Atlantis is a treasure and every match of his must be treated with the upmost respect.
Winners: The rudos win, nothing comes from it and holy shit I’m sad. Come on CMLL; you have to have something guaranteed to excite me on this show right? RIGHT?!
Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs. Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
What to Expect: Is that…is that an actual exciting match with some potential intrigue here?! IT IS! MOTHER OF GOD!
It may have taken almost the whole show but indeed we finally have a match that’s not only worth caring about but should generate some excitement. The always entertaining Sky Team will bring the aerial assault, desperately needed on a show where the high flying seems like it’ll be at a minimum, and how can you not be interested in anything the UG does? He’s the freakin UG; the Pokemon Red and Blue of our times for goodness sakes! Add to the fact that this match could lead to a CMLL World Trios Championship match (unlike the match featuring Mephisto and his roadies) and we also have some intrigue to go with what should be a highly entertaining bout. What else needs to be said than that?
Winners: I’ll take a shot in the dark and say that CMLL is setting up a Trios Titles match here between these two teams, which means the Guerreros are taking this one. Once more I say good; if we can get back to back Super Viernes shows that feature this Trios Title match as a main event and Super Crazy-Rey Bucanero for the NWA Light Heavyweight Title then we’re in business. And yes I know the chances of that happening are slimmer than Kate Moss in the mid 00s but so what. LET ME BE HOPEFUL DAMMIT!
Leyenda de Plata Final
Negro Casas vs. La Máscara
What to Expect: Here it is folks; the big one, the show stopper, the main event, the most interesting match in the room come tomorrow. For Negro Casas this is a chance for him to win his third consecutive Leyenda de Plata and his fourth overall (he first won the tournament in 2000). Oh by the way, a fourth Leyenda de Plata for Casas would vault him past Caristico for the most Leyenda de Plata’s won by a wrestler ever. For La Mascara this is the biggest match of his career since his mask vs. mask match with Averno back in 2011, coming at a time where his profile couldn’t be higher thanks to his feud with both Rush and Dragon Lee. The stakes are very much real for this match; the question now becomes how good the match will be. I’m not as down on La Mascara as others are, but he’s not on the level of many of his contemporaries and he can be prone to having matches that are a little wooden (see his CMLL Light Heavyweight Title victory over Angel de Oro). Therefore the question here is how much Casas, one of the greatest performers of all time, will be able to get out of Mascara. Maybe I’m being hopeful again but Casas is still so good and Mascara has enough ability that I think these two will deliver something of great value. It may not be as good as the Casas-Lee final from last year, but it’ll be closer than you think…provided that Lee and Rush don’t interfere throughout the match of course!
Winner: I can’t really see any way that Mascara wins this match here. If they wrestle it straight, it makes more sense for Casas to win it and allow him to stand alone as the king of the Leyenda de Plata. If Rush and Lee do get involved then it’s hard to see Mascara overcoming that unless it truly is John Cena under that mask. In the end it seems to me the only thing left to do is to pick which result Mascara loses by, so I’ll go with the latter and say Casas wins in the third fall with a slight to potentially large assist from either Rush or Dragon Lee. It gives Casas his fourth victory in this tournament and it continues the build for what looks to be an inevitable tangle somewhere down the road. As long as L.A. Park vs. Rush main events the Anniversary Show they can do whatever they want. Hell why not do Dragon Lee-La Mascara and Park-Rush as the co-main events of the Anniversary Show? I just saved you days of planning Paco, you wonderfully reclusive bastard.
That’ll do it folks. I’ll try to be back tomorrow with a review of this show, but at worse I’ll return soon with…something. Probably a list of the best Lucha Underground matches of season two or something along those lines. Till next time, this!
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