CMLL Puebla Preview: Rush and the UG!
We’re going to make this short sports fans because I’m further behind than the Buffalo Bills in an important December playoff game. CMLL’s Puebla show is tonight and while I normally would’ve skipped this preview due to my Bound for Glory activities last night, the main event CMLL is putting on is something that needs to be discussed. I mean come on people; it’s Rush and the UG tangling, a cosmic event that happens only twice every year. It must be documented. Well that and the rest of the card, which frankly isn’t that bad all things considered. But again I have little time and this rambling I’m doing is wasting it. Let’s begin. Moses, drop the glory, get with the lucha!
Meyer & Zaeta Roja vs. El Malayo & Policeman
What to Expect: Meyer! Policeman! Yes I’ll stop feigning excitement! What else can I say folks; there’s one guy in this match (Meyer) who is interesting and the rest of these guys are a whole lot of whatever. You might be best served skipping this one and if you can’t, turn on some tunes to past the time. For this match I suggest “What if God Smoked Cannabis?” Don’t ask me why.
Winners: When in doubt, go with the rudos in three falls. Let’s move along.
Black Tiger, Flyer, Soberano Jr. vs. Espanto Jr., Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
What to Expect: This has the potential to be good; it also has the potential to go far too long because that’s apparently how Toro Bill and Apocalipsis do things. Even still this match is worth checking out just to see Flyer and especially Soberano, who is so hot right now that steam looks cool. You can count on him to do at least one amazing thing in this match, and that’s even if the restrictions are put in place. Dear CMLL; don’t put the restrictions in place!
Winners: The technicos win after a Flyer/Soberano double team that sees both men pin all three of their opponents while Black Tiger watches from the ring apron wondering why the Puebla crowd doesn’t react to him like this. Alright it won’t go down exactly like that, but the technicos will win while we all pine for Flyer and Soberano to be paired with Los Cientificos next time.
Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs. Bobby Z, Okumura, Skándalo
What to Expect: This should be where things pick up, even with the lumbering log known as Skándalo involved. Fuego will get the crowd going with his style, Stigma has been more hit than miss lately, Okumura is the old standard and Bobby Z has been fantastic ever since CMLL realized he’s fantastic and decided to give him more to work with. I’m most interested in seeing what Guerrero Maya Jr. brings to the table here. The man has a (Mike Francesca voice) YOOOOOGE match the next day in Arena Mexico against Hechicero, which makes it hard for me to buy that we’ll see his best stuff here (and rightfully so; you always want to save your highest quality for a God like Hechicero). If he comes with a great effort and provides a slightly toned down version of what he can do than this match could be very good. If he just goes through the motions then you can expect the match to do the same.
Winners: We’ll go technicos here in three falls, with Maya getting the pin to give him some more street cred going into that Hechicero match.
Johnny Idol, Titán, Valiente vs. Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja and Sam Adonis
What to Expect: Can Sam Adonis and Johnny Idol not escape each other or something? Every time I see Sam on one of the streams he always seems to be up against and Idol led team. I’m going to say Sam just really likes listening to that Bon Jovi song and requests he get put with Idol on the big shows so he can rock out to it before coming out from behind the curtain.
In all seriousness this probably should be the best match of the card other than the main event. Adonis will play to the crowd often here so you know they’ll be hot, and everyone in this match is more than capable of providing the goods in ring. Will they allow Idol, Titán and Valiente to go crazy is the question? All three guys have been white hot recently and it’s mainly because they’ve been able to go bat shit crazy with dives everywhere and anywhere. I’d like to see that here again, as that mixed with the hot crowd could make this very memorable.
Winners: I like the rudos here. They take it in three falls and hopefully a match is set up between one of the technicos and Adonis. Let’s give him and Idol one on one opportunities already! And yes, I am for the record that same dude who wasn’t sure why Idol looked like he was going to work Ephesto last week. As always, let’s blame Ephesto and move on.
Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys vs. Ephesto, Mephisto, Súper Crazy
What to Expect: Dammit CMLL; how can I move on when EPHESTO IS RIGHT HERE IN THE NEXT MATCH?! This Paco Alonso getting revenge on me for all those jokes I make about him being the most diabolical tyrannical dictator since the communist Superman.
I honestly wouldn’t expect much from this match here folks. It looks as though CMLL will continue the Bucanero-Crazy issues here, but there’s no way they’re giving the effort they did at the Anniversary Show this time around and every non one on one encounter they had was at best mediocre. That leaves it up to CMLL to either pair them with someone else (they won’t) or allow Terrible, Vangellys and Mephisto to control the action. Sadly I don’t see that, so at best you’re probably getting a plodding, average match that will serve as a cool down before the main event. At least Terrible will be here though, and in a technico role no less! That means we’ll at least get a few left hands, maybe a tope and just a whole lot Terrible being the OG. Gorramit I think I just talked myself into this match!
Winners: Tough call here. I guess we’ll go with Bucanero, Terrible and Vangellys in three falls. Sound good? Sounds good! Let’s move on.
Rush vs. Último Guerrero
What to Expect: Here’s why we’re turning in tomorrow night sports fans. This looked for all the world to be UG vs. Rey Escorpión a few weeks ago in a match that honestly would’ve had me nearly as excited for this one. Then Escorpión bolted Los Ingobernables and CMLL for the confines of Lucha Libre Elite and CMLL switched UG’s gaze from him to Rush. One set of disparaging comments from Rush about UG on CMLL Informa later and here we are with what could be a special match. The key here is going to be Rush. If nothing else you know Último Guerrero is going to do what Último Guerrero does, which is go through his usual set of moves and nail them like a pro because the UG is one of the most polished luchadors to ever step foot into the squared circle. It’s up to Rush to be the difference maker and I’m hoping he will by doing the same thing he did with L.A. Park by taking this match all over Arena Puebla and making it as crazy as he possibly can. A conventional match between these two will work just fine, but other than the aforementioned Park, no one does crazy and chaos better than Rush. If he brings the intensity we know he can and gets heat out of the gate then this could be a classic. It’ll be great at worst, but man am I hoping for that classic.
Winner: I could see this going either way and because both are rudos I can see both cheating to get the victory and potentially set something else up for later on. Let’s flip that Canadian Dollar again here folks; Queen is Rush, Moose is UG. And…it’s Queen! Rush will take this in three falls after he outsmarts UG, sneaks in a foul while Tirantes isn’t looking and delivers the Rush Driver for the win. Good night and drive home safe sports fans!
And with that we’re good to go. I’ll be back really soon folks with a preview of tomorrow’s Tuesday show in Arena Mexico, featuring that aforementioned Guerrero Maya-Hechicero match that should be off the chain! Till then, some Twin Peaks for your early afternoon activities.