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CMLL Super Viernes Preview: Reyes del Aire Final!
I know what you’re thinking; it’s Wednesday Cult, why are you doing a preview of a CMLL show that’s happening on Friday? That’s easy folks; have you seen the damn card CMLL is throwing out there? Take one look at it and you’ll be doing your own preview in a matter of milliseconds. CMLL has gotten very good and putting together great shows every Friday night and this Super Viernes might be one of the biggest yet. Aside from an iffy women’s match the card is stacked with talent from top to bottom with intriguing match ups. But none is more so than the main event, the Reyes del Aire final between one of the greatest young luchadors in CMLL today and quite possibly one of the best luchadors ever. There’s big, there’s 1959 Ben-Hur big and then there’s this show. Let’s break it down! You know what time it is Moses.
Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs. Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
What to Expect: All you need to know is that Shockercito and Demus are in this match and that those two alone should make this, at worst, an entertaining way to start the night. It might even be better than that as we know Pierrothito is capable when he’s focused and Último Dragóncito isn’t half bad either. Expect this to be more or along the lines of Tuesday’s opener and as far away from Monday’s as humanly possible.
Winners: The technicos teams have been winning these openers all week. That will not happen here. Rudos take this in three falls.
Lluvia, Sanely, Silueta vs. Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
What to Expect: This match will be far better than it looks, though that’s not exactly a compliment. There’s three people you can expect good things from here; Dalys (always reliable), Sanely (improving at a rapid pace) and Silueta, who had arguably the best women’s match in CMLL this year with Zeuxis back in March. Naturally she’s been used little since then due to a tour in Japan and now returns to find herself matched up with an average luchadora in Reyna Isis and a below average one in Tiffany. Nice welcome back huh? The best you can hope for here is that Silueta and Sanely all get a lot of time with Dalys, Lluvia and Reyna raise their game and Tiffany is either replaced or just stands on the sidelines all match. Otherwise you can expect this to be the least interesting match of the evening and the most depressing; a CMLL women’s match without Zeuxis?! A show without the Queen of Lucha Libre is chaos, chaos I tell you!
Winners: Technicas win with Sanely getting the pin on Dalys in the third fall. There was a hint of those two feuding the last time they crossed paths and I expect we’ll get the same here.
Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Titán vs. Bobby Z, Hechicero, Vangellys
What to Expect: This is where the card could get really good really fast. These are six excellent luchadors being paired up here who should get plenty of time to work their magic and maybe even lay foundations for things to come (spoiler; Hechicero and Guerrero Maya Jr. are wrestling each other in a Lightning Match next Tuesday, putting Soberano-Hechicero in grave danger for best Lightning Match of the Year contention). There’s really not much more to say other than to expect a whole lot of craziness, a shit ton of Bobby Z basement dropkicks and at least one moment from Titán and Cometa that makes you question whether gravity is real or a conspiracy created to keep us all in line. I’m onto you Isaac Newton!
Winners: Really tough call here. I’m going to say the technicos take it in three falls, which if nothing else sets up Hechicero to get his win back against Maya in that wondrous Lightning Match they’re having next week. Can you tell how excited I am for that? Have I given it away at all?
Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs. Ephesto, Mephisto, Niebla Roja
What to Expect: A unique match mainly because of the unique feud that’s been set up to continue within this contest. What feud is that? Why it’s Johnny Idol vs. Ephesto.
You read that right and no I don’t quite understand it either. Of all the people you’d expect to feud, these would be the last two. Johnny Idol is a young, really talented up and comer who seems to be improving weekly, meanwhile Ephesto is…well he’s gorram Ephesto. I’m not sure that’s good or bad, I just know it doesn’t really make sense to see these two going at it. But going at it they shall and this match should serve as the set up for the match, which should be happening next week. At least it’ll be fun getting there. Idol last week showed off more of his skill and with the focus on him again should be able to do more so here. It helps that Marco, Máximo and Mephisto will be here to make sure the rest of the action goes well even if Ephesto isn’t up to form. I’m not sure how good this will be, but it’ll be worth checking out just to see if CMLL really is going through with the weirdest program ever. A youngster vs. a grizzled veteran from hell; it’s like Baron Corbin vs. Kane, except it’s even more bizarre and more people care!
Winners: Idol got the DQ win last week when Ephesto fouled him, and I expect we’ll get a similar situation here where Ephesto stands tall, leading to Idol making the challenge. The only question is whether it’s another DQ finish or if Ephesto fouls Johnny while the ref isn’t looking and gets the W. I’ll leave that one up to your imaginations.
Carístico, Mistico, Valiente vs. Euforia, La Máscara, Último Guerrero
What to Expect: The most interesting aspect may once again be whether Carístico can pull off appearing at this show and then at the Lucha Libre Elite show in Arena Naucalpan (where he’s in the semi-main event as well). Sooner or later you’ve got to reckon he has to pick one, but I’m guessing he’ll try to do both shows again and we’ll all be marveling at how he made it to Arena Naucalpan in less than a half an hour again. As long as he’s in this match I don’t care what he does, because his presence here makes this match a certifiable hit. Every other member is a strong worker and I must admit I’m really intrigued to see La Máscara getting to work with someone not named Dragón Lee for the first time in forever. Máscara’s new style has been so good with Lee and I’m anxious to see if he can carry it over when working with Carístico, Mistico and Valiente, three excellent luchadors in their own right. Combine that with the always reliable UG and Euforia and the only way this match is anything less than good is if they rush through it to a) get to the main event and b) get Carístico to his gig. Those are real possibilities, so let’s keep our fingers crossed they get the time.
Winners: It feels like CMLL should be setting something up here. Will they? Of course not, which means this gets a lot harder to predict. I guess I’ll go with the technicos here in three falls, though it wouldn’t shock me if it went the other way nor if it only went two falls. If nothing else you can’t say this result will be predictable.
Reyes del Aire Final
Volador Jr. vs. Cavernario
What to Expect: I don’t want to get hopes up too much here, especially since a lot of lucha libre fans are still trying to wrap around their heads around the confusing ending to last week’s electrifying Reyes del Aire Torneo Cibernetico. As great as that match was and despite the fact that it was known that the Reyes del Aire thing would be for two weeks if you looked for the info (trust me; I knew about that info at least a day before the show and it was one of the reasons the ending confused me!), the ending was so bizarre and mind numbingly confusing that it’s not impossible to see CMLL somehow screwing this up. That’s wrestling for you though; only this profession could take a sure thing and suddenly turn it into the final half an hour of Sunshine.
That said this match is going to be REALLY difficult to mess up. It’s a big match that will have a big time, white hot crowd behind it and features two of the best luchadors alive today. There’s only so much you can say about the greatness of Volador these days that hasn’t already been said, which makes it a good thing that the three time Reyes del Aire winner isn’t the story here. That would be his opponent Cavernario, a great luchador who may be having the best week of his career. If there was one thing everyone could absolutely agree on from last week’s show, it was that Cavernario looked like the most diabolical hater since the so called Beautiful, knocking out favorites left and right and amazingly lasting all the way to the end to get this shot against Volador. Those who saw CMLL’s Tuesday show will tell you he didn’t slow down there, practically winning the trios match for his team all by himself in the third fall. The point is that Cavernario has been built up to be a huge deal in the last week and a great performance here has the opportunity to MAKE him. That’s a questionable statement considering Cavernario is already highly regarded (look no further than his matches with Rey Cometa), but I think even he’d tell you this is the biggest stage of his career, taking on a future lucha libre legend in a tournament Volador owns. I think we’ll see career best work from Cavernario here and that, along with the fact that this is a fresh match up (Cavernario and Volador have never fought one on one), should make this a Match of the Year contender. You’re gorram right I said it; my expectations are extremely high for this one and they should be for you too. Unless your wedding or first child is being born at the same time, you cannot afford to miss this match.
Winner: This is a call where my heart is overruling my head. Volador will be the smart money pick here but dammit I’m going to go against the grain and say this is Cavernario’s night. Maybe I’m overly optimistic or just plain naïve, but you don’t build Cavernario up the way CMLL did the last week and then not give him this giant rub. He can survive without it but man; can you imagine how much this would do for him if he won? He deserves this victory and I’m going out on a limb to say he’ll get it. Volador can live with just three of these bad boys.
That’ll do it folks! You’ll see me later tonight for my review of Lucha Underground, a show featuring Chavo vs. El Dragon Azteca Jr. and a Big Atomicos match. Don’t miss it! Till then, a meme of Granddaddy Meltzer!