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CMLL Puebla: Prelude
Monday has come and gone and thus so has the latest edition of CMLL Puebla. How was it? Well that depends on how one grades it. If you’re judging tonight based off match quality, then you’re going to be quoting Immortan Joe after Nux slipped and fell on the War Rig. If you’re a fan of set up however then this was the show for you, as we had two big time matches set into motion for next week, with a decent third match sandwiched in to boot. I’d call that a success, especially since CMLL can barely set up a press conference let alone shows week to week. But enough about things I’ll correct when Paco finally gives me the job; let’s review so I can hit the hay. Moses, you know what time it is.
Cancerbero, Policeman, Raziel defeated Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Tigre Rojo Jr. two falls to one
There are duds, there are milk duds and then there are duds that are so bad you can’t even keep your attention. This match was the latter. It felt like the rudos were dominating every second of this match, with Maligno being the only technico to get some shine and even then it lasted a grand total of three seconds. Way to build up that Policeman-Maligno feud CMLL! I guess they’re trying to go with the story that Maligno has to overcome the more dominant Policeman, but instead Maligno comes across as a complete dork (albeit a dork with a nice suicide dive). Here’s hoping he gets more time for that match than he did here, because he otherwise has no hope. Somehow that’s still better than what Arkalis and Tigre Rojo got; the only reason I remembered they were in this match is because I saw their names right above. That’s how little they did!
La Seductora, Tiffany, Zeuxis defeated Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely two falls to one
This match was legit the best of times and the worst of times. When Seductora, Tiffany, Estrellita and Sanely were in the ring this match was the equivalent of this.
Conversely, when it was Sugehit and the Queen going at it suddenly the match turned into this.
As I said, it was the best of times and the worst of times. The problem is it was mostly the worst; Zeuxis and Sugehit were absolutely great together, but they’re extended sequences were in the first fall and the end of the third fall only. Beyond that and a few offensive spurts, we were treated to Sanely still having issues running the ropes (and having an off night otherwise), Estrellita doing nothing extraordinary and Seductora and Tiffany proving once again why they need to not appear on any streamed shows at all. The lesson as always; when you have a chance to use Zeuxis and Sugehit, you might as well leave everyone else at home and do a singles match. Luckily CMLL learned this lesson quick and that’s exactly what we’ll be getting next week! I approve of this Paco; not only will the match be killer but the Queen will have a chance to win the belt back and turn the tide against that dastardly Sugehit once and for all. It’s all going according to plan. I’m not sure whose plan but it’s coming together regardless.
Puma, Skándalo, Tiger defeated Drone, Esfinge, Lestat two falls to one
You’re not going to believe this; this match was pretty damn fun. Who could’ve guessed?! I don’t know if I’d say this was great but gorramit if the effort wasn’t there. Skándalo, the lone black mark, was limited to small spurts throughout this match and save for one dick move where he refused to take a Drone arm drag held up his end of the bargain. Drone was great even without showing off his full arsenal (one day he’s going to have a killer singles match that’s going to seem like it came from out of nowhere). Esfinge was good. Lestat made the most of his minutes and mixed really well with the higher profile guys. And of course Puma and Tiger came off as superstars. We got everything; the great timing, the double teams, the unique moves. Everything you’d want from those two we got and it rubbed off on this match, especially the final three minutes that saw a dive train, a triple Triangle Choke/Walls of Jericho sequence broken up by a flying Codebreaker and the ending where Lestat almost pulled it out, only to have his moonsault blocked and a Backcracker/double stomp combo a few seconds later. Doesn’t get much better than that sports fans, and they generally don’t get better on Monday night than this match. Well unless a title or a big singles match is involved. Those are two things Puma and Tiger should get a whole lot of in the near distant future by the by.
La Máscara, Pierroth, Ripper defeated Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy, Titán two falls to one
This was pretty much what you expected with one exception; Titán was really, REALLY good in the minutes he got. Maybe the guy has gotten fed up of being given nothing to do, but he really came to play, getting a dive off and working so hard that he even made a Pierroth dropkick look good. That’s right; Titán is so awesome he made a Pierroth move look above average. PUSH THIS MAN PACO! Take Titán away and there was nothing to this match at all, beyond Pierroth botching snapmares, Diamante Azul looking like he’s ready for this feud to be over and Máscara and Máximo getting close to crossing into incest (to be fair, this was more Máximo than Máscara). Hey, at the end of the day it could’ve been far worse and at least this will be the last time we have to see this for the next little while.
Atlantis, Carístico, Dragón Lee vs. Felino, Luciferno, Mephisto
The good news; this match set up an even better match for next week’s show. The bad news; that’s pretty much the only thing this match did.
Keep in mind that when I did the preview for this show on Sunday night I not only suggested that there’d be a set up for a bigger match coming out of this one but that the match would still have a chance to be great anyway. Boy was I wrong. In fairness, I didn’t foresee Felino taking Ephesto’s place and even though you’d think that’s an upgrade, Felino hardly if ever works with Los Infiernos and thus there was no real chemistry. Now don’t get me wrong; this match wasn’t bad by any stretch and it got us exactly where we needed to go for what should be a big show next week. But I just wasn’t feeling this as much as I thought I would. Maybe it was the lack of stuff for Dragón Lee and Atlantis to do (they really only got one sequence each) or maybe it was CMLL simply deciding to go with a Carístico-Mephisto match as opposed to a trios titles match. Whatever the case, this match was just okay, with the best part being that it set up what could be an excellent match between Carístico and Mephisto next week. To think sports fans; we may be getting a Puebla show that has a Zeuxis-Sugehit title match and a Carístico-Mephisto title match next week! It’s almost as though they are trying to make us forget they made the colossal mistake of headlining Homenaje a Dos Leyendas with Diamante Azul vs. Pierroth. Almost.
Game, set, match. I’m off to bed sports fans, but there shall be a CMLL review tomorrow and yes, that long awaited Lucha Underground column I’ve been promising. It’s going to be legend, wait for it…