CMLL Puebla: No Leg to Stand On
Boy…that didn’t go as planned. Yesterday I was hyping tonight’s CMLL in Puebla to be a totally kick ass show with at least four kick ass matches. As it turns out the show was less “kick ass” and more “it’s good, but it could be better”. I guess that can be considered good; you want your shows to be at least good and this one was, particularly the main event that actually exceeded expectations due to some unforeseen circumstances. Ultimately though I just feel there was much more I should’ve liked then I ultimately did. With that said, let’s break down what I did like and some things I didn’t. Moses, the meme must go on.
Espíritu Maligno & Guerrero Espacial defeated Centella Roja & París two falls to one
I’ll let the words of Brian Griffin sum this one up. Nothing’s happening, nothing’s happening, nothing’s happening…and it’s over. A lot of people in the audience look pissed. Let’s move on.
Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. defeated Meyer and Tigre Rojo Jr. two falls to one
Not nearly as good as I was hoping, and you can point the blame at the rudos. It’s pretty clear to me that Apocalipsis and Toro Bill know what to do in the ring move wise; the problem is their pace. If these guys can work at a faster pace than snail I’d like to see it, because they were just as slow, if not slower, than their endless opener from last week’s Puebla. As such they totally grinded this match to a halt and seemed to destroy Meyer’s will to do anything here. In fact only Tigre Rojo seemed to be interested in this match, and even he was limited to stuff only in the third fall after the rudos controlled almost all the action during the first two. Naturally Tigre was rewarded for his efforts by losing in the fall he carried. Typical CMLL and a second straight cold match to start the night.
El Cuatrero, Sangre Azteca, Sansón defeated Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Robin two falls to one
Maybe it was because the first two matches were so lifeless but this match definitely hit the right spot. It wasn’t flawless by any means thanks to a slow second fall and a sloppy middle portion of the third, but when it was on it was ON. All three technicos looked pretty good at times, with Robin providing the most electricity, Bala looking like he was having the time of his life and Magnus just being overall excellent (his slap on Sangre Azteca in the third fall was so good it go the crowd completely fired up). The story here though was Los Cientificos; Sansón and Cuatrero were better than ever tonight with some major league double teams to lock up the first fall and then somehow topped themselves in the third by hitting a 3D so good that I’m pretty sure the Dudley Boyz retired it right afterwards because there was no way they could top it. It was that amazing and that out of nowhere (pun fully intended). Everyone was decent in this match, but Sansón and Cuatrero were the big winners. If they don’t get pushed soon, there will be hell to pay, Charles Bronson in Death Wish style!
Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Titán defeated Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora two falls to none
The only thing surprising about this match is that it only went two falls. Well that and the finish but we’ll get to that. Beyond those factors we got everything we needed and more. Dragón Lee was tremendous here and not just with the dives; guys like Pólvora and Bobby Z are guys I’d consider to be talented luchadors, and yet with Lee tonight they looked world class. That kid gets it and he knows how to make everyone coming out smelling like roses, including himself thanks to an amazing assisted senton dive towards the end of the second fall. Titán didn’t have much to do at first but he got more active as things went along and hit his trademark moonsault towards the end that looked as beautiful as ever. I told you he wasn’t going to let up! I tell you, these big matches only make the luchadors rise to the occasion even more. The biggest story though was CMLL actually using the match to set up Ángel de Oro vs. Dragón Rojo Jr. Yes, they actually went ahead and did it! It started with Rojo taking off Oro’s mask in the first fall to cause a DQ, and continued in the second with Rojo ducking Oro until they were the only two men left and he had no choice. It worked very well here and made the two fall result understandable. And now it looks like we’ll have a match between these two next week to boot! That should be swell; Oro has his inconsistencies but he’s capable, and Rojo is more than capable. That should a fun match and this was a fun way to get there.
Marco Corleone, Pierroth, Rush defeated Matt Taven, Máximo Sexy, Último Guerrero two falls to one
Here I was all set to have a good time with this match; and then Pierroth came out instead of Rey Escorpión.
Against all odds that development didn’t hinder this match! In fact, aside from a slow first fall made up of the traditional Ingobernables gang attack, this was probably the best match of the evening. Pierroth will never be accused of being good but he was definitely better here than usual, actually taking bumps and doing a pretty good job of it. Part of that credit has to go to Máximo, who mostly babysat Pierroth during this match and sacrificed more eye popping moves to do so. Thankfully the other four held up their end, with Matt Taven and Marco Corleone clicking very well together (Taven continues to amaze with how quickly he’s picked everything up) and the Rush-UG stuff going over very well. I’m disappointed that we’re not getting the UG-Escorpión feud that was being set up last week, but Rush-UG is definitely an acceptable second prize if we’re going that direction. It appears we are too, unless you expect UG to forget getting beaten at his own game by Rush to end this match. Expect more on this next week, hopefully with a lot less Pierroth. I know he was okay tonight, but that man is a disaster waiting to happen and you don’t want to tempt fate. Especially when there’s so many reliable rudos around! Speaking of which…
CMLL World Tag Team Championship Match
Negro Casas & Shocker defeated Volador Jr. and Mistico two falls to one
This match started out looking quite sloppy and suddenly turned into the most compelling match of the evening, and by my count the Match of the Evening. How did we get there? Oddly enough due to a sluggish start. Or should I say a sluggish finish to a decent start. The first fall between these two moved quite well I thought, until a mistimed finish where everyone seemed to screw up something left the rest of this match looking grim. Something funny happened here though; Mistico started selling his right leg and the rudos started working on it like gangbusters. I’m not sure whether this was planned or if Mistico tweaked it during the botched final minutes of the first fall, but regardless it saved this match big time. Suddenly the normal formula was thrown out and it became about Mistico trying to overcome his injury and Volador trying to overcome basically a two on one situation. I thought it worked tremendously and the Arena Puebla crowd ate it up; Mistico was getting huge sympathy at times during this match because of it, especially during the third fall. If this was the plan, credit to the bookers and the talent for executing it flawlessly; it was improvised, credit to all four guys for doing that flawlessly. Even Shocker benefited greatly from it and his offense on Mistico’s leg was at times vicious. Regardless of what caused it, it was a huge blessing in disguise and helped make this match highly enjoyable. Hell it even created some suspense; who didn’t think that maybe it was all done to set up Volador and Mistico overcoming the odds to become tag champs? Alas it wasn’t meant to be, and now Shocker and Casas can move on to defense number twelve. Hot damn that’s a lot of defenses.
That’ll do it folks. You’ll see me tomorrow for at least a review of CMLL Tuesday. Till then, more Spidey!