CMLL Puebla Preview: Rerun
Boy…this went a lot differently than I expected. I was all primed and ready to go this past Friday to review CMLL Super Viernes, only to discover that Claro Sports had never lifted their region block and that the only way to watch it was a bunch of mumbo jumbo that a novice like me had no idea to work. Thus I missed this past Friday’s show and thus I had no review, which I guess is a good thing considering Volador-Yoshitatsu was so bad that it might’ve crossed into Tommy Wisseau territory. Whatever the case, life goes on and more shows have arrived for me to preview, like this Monday’s CMLL Puebla show. Like Friday, I’d dare say this one is a mixed bag. There’s two good looking matches near the top of the card, a third match featuring great workers against terrible workers, two matches I couldn’t care less about and a main event that has been done more times than John Cena vs. Randy Orton (I jest; no match has been done more than Cena vs. Orton). Look on the bright side; better than Friday! And with that I think it’s time to start. Moses, turn it up and bring the meme!
Hijo de Centella Roja & Vega vs. El Malayo & Guerrero Espacial
What to Expect: I need to learn how to say “not much” in at least five other languages. Why? Because it feels like it’s a disservice to merely describe this match as “not much.” Seriously sports fans, I sense no hope here unless Hijo de Centella Roja was blessed with the sudden miracle that struck his father a few weeks ago. Short of that he’s going to be the same old, non interesting luchador he always is, with the same going for everyone else here (though in Vega’s defense, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen him and I may have forgotten he was good. Puebla will do that to you). This will be inoffensive mediocrity that you’ll forget about the moment it’s over. Somewhere, Yoshitatsu is wishing he could be like that right now.
Winners: When in doubt, go with the rudos. They take it in three falls.
Black Tiger & Espíritu Maligno vs. Hijo del Signo & Policeman
What to Expect: Of all the matches to have a story on this show, CMLL decided to give this one the jolt. Last week Maligno and Policeman imploded as a tag team, losing their match after they started brawling on the floor. This week Maligno is a technico teaming with the always uninteresting Black Tiger while Policeman remains the same, only with the lifeless corpse of Hijo del Signo wrapped around his neck. Riveting stuff right? Right?!
Honestly, I’m not sure CMLL could’ve picked two less interesting individuals to do a feud between. Maligno is an okay worker, but the most interesting thing about him is whether or not he can go one match without having a sequence where he turns into Ricky Vaughn before he got the glasses. And don’t get me started on Policeman, a guy who some lucha fans find awesome despite the fact that he brings nothing to the table and often forgets spots. The only difference between this feud and Pierroth vs. Diamante Azul is that Pierroth and Diamante Azul are inexplicably headlining a huge show. I suppose this one could headline a big Puebla show coming up soon, but I doubt it. In any event it’ll underwhelm unless Maligno has one of his better performances, and with Black Tiger and Signo involved I venture to guess the chances of that are slimmer than Kate Moss.
Winners: I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some sort of schmoz finish here to set up a hair match between Maligno and Policeman next week. But because this is CMLL and the only thing that’s sure about CMLL is nothing’s for sure, I’ll simply say that Policeman gets the better of Maligno by defeating him and Tiger in three falls.
Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Stigma vs. Canelo Casas, Sangre Azteca, Virus
What to Expect: On the one hand, we have an exceptional technicos team consisting of two of the best young luchadors CMLL employs and a dude in Stigma who seems to click very well with them. On the other hand we have a rudo team that sees the great Virus stuck with the discount Heavy Metal and Sangre Azteca, a dude who was so bad a few weeks ago that I half expected him to take off his mask and reveal himself as Arkángel de la Muerte. In short, this match could go either way and because we’re in Puebla I get the feeling it’s going the way none of us will want. Certainly Soberano and Star Jr. will still get some big moves off and Virus will have one sequence that leaves you semi-breathless because duh, it’s Virus. But as I keep saying, Puebla doesn’t bring the same sort of energy level out that Arena Mexico does and discount Heavy Metal and Azteca are bad enough that they’ll further hinder this match. It’ll have some fun moments, but don’t come into this expecting the usual Soberano/Star Jr. affair.
Winners: The one definitive good thing about this match; technicos have a great chance of winning. In fact that’s where I’m going; Soberano gets the pin on discount Heavy Metal in the third fall after Star Jr. and Stigma take out the rest with a few dives. It’s not what I would do (which would be Virus and Soberano feuding based off their cibernetico interactions from a few weeks ago and setting up a match between the two), but it’s something.
Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Titán vs. Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
What to Expect: This is where the card has a chance to really kick into high gear. We’ve got a strong technico team on one side and the new Los Revolucionarios on the other that really seems to be clicking since they started teaming full time. I haven’t gotten the chance to check out their match with the Panther’s from Friday (stupid region block) but I heard it was tremendous, and the work of Villa, Rojo and Pólvora recently has been top notch regardless. Again, they likely won’t be given the opportunity to do what they could do in Arena Mexico here, but that’s mainly a concern on the technico side. Either way I think the rudos come to play, and ultimately all the technicos will need to do is throw in a few cool spots to take it home. I’ll be shocked if this isn’t at least a pretty good match.
Winners: Keep establishing Los Revolucionarios CMLL! The team has the skills and looks like they could be a force if CMLL wants them to be. I say they pick up another win here with Rojo pinning rival Ángel de Oro in the third after a double stomp.
Atlantis, Carístico, Dragón Lee vs. Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
What to Expect: Yet another excellent looking match; did Tirantes get possessed by someone when booking matches 4 and 5? I know; been awhile since I used that joke. Besides this being a match with high potential thanks to the exceptional technicos team, it may also have some big implications going forward. Remember, Mephisto and his lackeys are the current Mexican National Trios Champions who are scheduled for a match with CMLL Trios Champions Sky Team at Homenaje a Dos Leyendas in less than two weeks. There’s been discussion about whether that match would be a double title/unification match or if Los Infiernos would drop/vacate the belts before then. Maybe I’m pointing out the obvious but there is still time for Los Infiernos to drop those titles before the show and a team of Atlantis, Carístico and Dragón Lee as Trios Champs would be something, even if they are a makeshift unit. It’s definitely a scenario you should keep your eye on, especially with so little time between now and H2L. Regardless of what comes next, as long as Ephesto and Luciferno are having a good day and the technicos control the action, this should be a really good match.
Winners: I think we’re getting a title match sports fans. Maybe I’m an optimist, maybe I’m crazy; who knows. I just feel that we’ll be getting a bigger than usual Arena Puebla show come next Monday and a rematch between these two for the Trios titles will be the headliner. As such, look for the technicos to win a good but tame three fall match or an exciting two fall match, followed by challenges to make next week official.
Rush vs. Último Guerrero
What to Expect: You know what guys and gals? Maybe we should give this match a break. I mean sure, this will be (according to luchablog) the sixth match between these two in the last eleven months and yes it feels like there’s actually been over 9,000 matches between the two in that time span. But consider the alternatives. This past Friday some of us had the unfortunate pleasure of viewing Volador die a slow death in Arena Mexico thanks to the incompetence of one Yoshitatsu. In less than two weeks Diamante Azul and Pierroth will have a match that may lead to the first and only instances of people requesting surgery to have their eyes removed. Those matches are legitimate eyesores at best, and we’re going to get all huffy and puffy over a match that, while happening quite frequently, is going to be significantly better than those catastrophes? I’m just saying, maybe we should go easy on this match...oh who am I kidding? WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS MATCH AGAIN?!
Alright I did mean a little bit of what I said before but still; being better than Alone in the Dark and a colonoscopy doesn’t mean you’re a good option; it just means you’re better than the worst of the worst. That’s this match, one that (again) it feels like we’ve seen over 9,000 times and one that is more than likely not going to be much different than the previous times. We know what’s going to happen here. Rush may or may not try the whole match and will have a few moments that makes you remember “this guy is great, why isn’t he like this all the time?” UG will do the regular UG match, which is great unless he’s fought his opponent a million times in recent memory like he has Rush. It’s all very predictable, it’s all very ho hum and its continued evidence that maybe, just maybe, CMLL would be wise to give someone else a shot at UG or Rush one of these days. The only solace you can take with this match is that things could be a whole hell of a lot worse (see Volador-Yoshitatsu and Diamante-Pierroth if you don’t believe me). Sadly that’s not much of a positive.
Winner: UG has apparently beaten Rush every time these two have fought recently. I’d suggest that means Rush is winning (and he does seem to have some renewed clout considering his talentless father is headlining H2L in less than two weeks), but UG is UG and I’m sure he feels like he needs a big win now that he’s put over Volador and Cavernario a couple of weeks ago. I say the vet takes it in three falls following a Guerrero Special. At least that will be funny to see Rush go for a moonsault; you know, a move he never attempts. Classic CMLL.
That’s game sports fans. I’m off till tomorrow where I’ll preview the Tuesday show and review this one in between viewings of the New Japan Anniversary Show. Till we meet again, the return of DUCHOVNY!