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CMLL Puebla Preview: Monday, Bloody Monday
It’s time! It’s time! It’s CMLL Puebla prediction time. Yes folks, the week is young again, Monday is just around the corner and some lucha libre in Arena Puebla needs a break down. And boy oh boy is this show…just another show. There are no bad matches, but each match has a negative aspect involved that keeps it from looking like a really good match, thus turning this show into two hours of “this is okay, but I could’ve watched the episode where Angel pretended to lose his soul so he and Buffy could trick Faith.” But hey, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there alright? For now, let’s just preview some lucha. Moses, meme it like a hurricane.
Flyer, Millenium, Zaeta Roja vs. Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar, Perverso
What to Expect: A trios match where the technicos team is decent and the rudos team is mediocre?! Must be a CMLL show. In fairness this trios match comes with Flyer, Millenium and King Jaguar as the one decent rudo, so the chances of this match being better than expected are high. Really I’m just happy to see Flyer around and hopefully he’s inspired after last week. If Centella Roja can have one excellent day in Puebla, why can’t Flyer and the rest of these young guys? Good Grodd we should put that on a bumper sticker. If Centella Roja can do it, why can’t you? Excuse me while I go prepare the Scrooge McDuck money pool.
Winners: When in doubt, go with the rudos. They win after Perverso nearly messes up a move on Zaeta Roja in the third fall.
Lestat, Pegasso, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs. Disturbio, Espíritu Maligno, Policeman
What to Expect: Another pretty good technicos team against a rudo team with Disturbio and nothing else. That said Disturbio is better than any rudo in the first match, he showed good chemistry with Pegasso this past Tuesday and Tigre Rojo and Lestat are good enough that this match should be watchable with a chance of some cool spots. I’d just feel more confident if a) Rey Samuray was in in Lestat’s place and b) if Policeman wasn’t around. The only thing I expect him to add to this match is the unintentional comedy of Disturbio screaming at him to get spots/positioning/everything right like he did last Monday. Can someone explain to me what people see in Policeman again?
Winners: The presence of Disturbio leads me to believe the technicos are going down. The Slayer cosplayer seals it with some running knees on Pegasso to close the third fall and avenge his Lightning Match loss.
Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs. Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
What to Expect: Yet another match where the glass is half empty and half full. On the one hand, this rudo team has me like;
On the other, the technico team has me like;
You see the dilemma. It actually wouldn’t be a dilemma if Olímpico was a thousand miles away, but his involvement here is enough to make me wary even with Junior, Panther and Tritón on the other side. Our best hope for this one is that Olímpico doesn’t make it, Ripper and Kráneo find a worthy partner and this match turns into an underrated gem. It still could if Ripper is looking alive and Olímpico is in the match but gets no time. Alas I fear he’s destined to work too much of this match and get far more shine than the technicos do. At least there’s always the hope of Panther or Tritón doing a super cool dive onto him. Come on Paco; I don’t ask for much.
Winners: I’d normally (and begrudgingly) pick the rudos team to win, but the Junior-Ripper feud starting up again gives a little wiggle room. I’ll say Junior steals this one from the old man team by tapping out Ripper with Nudo Lagunero after Tritón and Panther have laid out Kráneo and Olímpico with dives. And yes, there’s a huge chance I’m wishing for this just so I can see Rob Viper’s reaction when a young team beats an old team.
Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs. Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
What to Expect: What do you get when you replace as struggling Vangellys with the ultra great Hechicero? A trios match with a whole lot of promise. And I haven’t even brought up that Valiente might be wearing pants for the occasion (they seem to make an appearance more in Puebla than Arena Mexico for some reason). Honestly I see no reason this match can’t be good to potentially even great, beyond the fact that this is Puebla, the place where good matches go to merely be okay. Could that rear its ugly head here? Absolutely. That said if everyone comes with a great effort and Hechicero and Terrible get a lot of screen time on the rudo side, we could be in for a treat. Better yet, there doesn’t appear to be anything set up for next week’s show and Hechicero has a super cool NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Championship by his side. Yes I know I’m reaching; who cares? Let me reach dammit!
Winners: If it were me, Valiente would pick up the pin on Hechicero in this match and then challenge him to a title match next week. Sadly I’m thinking it’s more likely the rudos get a clean win in three falls, with Terrible powerbombing Ángel de Oro and Hechicero submitting Valiente to pick up the win.
Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs. Euforia, Niebla Roja, Yoshi Tatsu
What to Expect: This match looks great…until you see that Yoshi Tatsu is working with Euforia and Niebla Roja instead of Último Guerrero. In the words of Bill Preston Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan, bogus. I really want to give Tatsu the benefit of the doubt and all, but the fact is the dude’s been getting M. Night Shyamalan from 2005-2016 reviews and was so bad this past Friday night that he almost sunk to a Pierroth level. Sure Matt Taven didn’t have that great a reputation before he came down for a short CMLL stay, but Taven at least showed he had something in the tank. At this point, the only difference between Yoshi Tatsu and the basketball players that lost at their talent at the beginning of Space Jam is that Yoshi Tatsu isn’t cool enough to be in Space Jam.
The good news is that, even if Tatsu goes from suck to blow, everyone else here is pretty rad. You know Dragón Lee will have at least one good moment (provided it doesn’t involve him trying to hurricanrana Tatsu to the floor), Volador will have at least one dive and Mistico will go really, really fast several times. Better yet, you also know that Niebla Roja is pretty good and Euforia is excellent, something that will likely be more noticeable in this match because Big Euf will be the clear center of attention on the rudo side. As long as those two get the majority of the time and Tatsu gets as little to do as possible, the efforts of the technicos should be enough to make this match highly watchable. And who knows; maybe Yoshi reveals some hidden talent we haven’t noticed in recent memory and surprises us all. Then again maybe I’ll get married to Becky Lynch tomorrow after being hired to book CMLL for the next five years. The lesson as always; it’s great to dream.
Winners: At least this match has some unpredictability going for it. Cubsfan mentioned when looking over this card that a trios titles match could be set in motion here and I suppose that’s possible, even though Dragón Lee is around instead of Valiente. At the same time this has all the makings of a match where everyone does their cool shit, gets in and heads out for a quick bite afterwards. I’ll say that’s where they’re going, with Volador and co. getting the win in a brisk three falls. Works for me; honestly everything but Yoshi Tatsu winning and challenging Volador to a title match works for me. Dear Grodd that’s what they’re going to do isn’t it?
That’s a wrap sports fans. I’ll be back tomorrow to preview the Tuesday show and review this one. Depending on my mood I may have to break out a running diary for that. Till then, GILES time!