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CMLL Super Viernes Preview: The Follow Up
It’s time! It’s time! It’s CMLL Super Viernes preview time! Yes sports fans the week is coming to an end and CMLL’s flag ship show is on the horizon. Only this time it has legit competition for being the best show of the week after CMLL delivered an excellent Tuesday show just a few days ago. On paper it seems it’ll be an uphill battle; there isn’t a bad match on this Friday card, but there’s also no “eye popping, finger licking good” looking match either. It’s going to be a close one sports fans, but if any CMLL show could top a better than expected mid week show, it could only be Super Viernes. With that, let’s end this long, rambling intro that I came up with while listening to Keepin It 100 with Konnan and get right to the preview. Moses, its memin time!
Eléctrico & Shockercito vs. Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
What to Expect: Put Stukita in Eléctrico’s place and this would’ve been the best the Mini-Estrella division has to offer. Hell it might be even without Stukita, provided Eléctrico is having one of his better days. Even if he’s not you know Shockercito will have at least two arm drag spots that make you go “Whoa”, Pierrothito will continue to be significantly better than his larger counterpart and Demus will drop someone on their head and it’ll be awesome (and a tad bit horrifying). That’s a winning combination for an opener if I ever saw one. Although this match has already won just by giving us Demus back. I missed that man; not seeing him drop a dude onto his skull cap at least once a week has depressed me more than the Dollhouse finale where Paul Ballard got capped in the head. HE AND ECHO WERE JUST ABOUT TO BE HAPPY! DAMN YOU WHEDON!
Winners: When in doubt, go with the rudos. They take it in three falls after Demus arranges and appointment for Eléctrico, a stretcher and a neck brace.
Princesa Sugehit, Sanely, Silueta vs. Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
What to Expect: The good news; the road to revenge for the Queen continues with Zeuxis and Sugehit matched up against each other once more. The equally good news; Dalys and Silueta are back, giving this match two decent luchadoras aside from Sugehit and the Queen. The bad news; Reyna Isis and Sanely are also going to be there, which means we’re going to get a lot of Reyna Isis doing mediocre lucha and Sanely doing well right up to the point where she actually has to move. Red Skull, tell Sanely how she’s doing with that rope running.
You see the dilemma sports fans. I’m going to choose to be optimistic about this one though and not just because Zeuxis is the best and I’d follow her into a 60 minute Iron Women match with Tiffany if I absolutely had to (and yes, the Queen would get three stars out of Tiffany). It’s pretty clear that Sugehit and Zeuxis’ issues will be given quite a bit of time (it’s one of the biggest feuds in CMLL right now), and Silueta and Dalys are solid enough performers that they’ll get a good amount out of each other or, Grodd forbid, from Sanely and Isis if CMLL chooses to put those two against more experienced workers. Either way this match should be just fine and may get up to very good if Zeuxis and Sugehit get some serious steam going. And yes, there’s a 95% chance I’ll regret saying this Saturday morning after Sanely has been forced to run the ropes fifteen times and Isis has botched fifteen consecutive maneuvers.
Winners: We don’t bet against the Queen of Lucha Libre in these parts. Team Zeuxis wins after Zeuxis pulls off Sugehit’s mask while Edgar (who will be reffing this match according to my foresight into the future) is distracted, followed by a pin. It’s all just practice for the Queen before she adds Sugehit’s mask right next to Silueta’s and Vaquerita’s in her trophy case.
Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Titán vs. Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper
What to Expect: Other than Ripper’s involvement this match looks like a winner in multiple ways. Máximo and Kráneo being in here means we’ll be getting some half decent comedy at the start for those into that, while Máximo, Stuka, Titán and Hechicero all guarantee at least four cool spots over the course of the whole match. Unless the comedy goes far too long, this match should be entertaining and if one or two of the high end performers get going it could be even better.
Winners: If it were me, I’d have Titán pinning Hechicero, followed by him challenging the dark master to an NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship match next week. Sadly life isn’t that good, so I instead expect to see Máximo kissing Kráneo to pin him, while Stuka connects on a Stuka Splash on Ripper to give the technicos the victory in three.
Dragón Lee vs. Niebla Roja
What to Expect: Easily the most interesting match of the night and no, it’s not just because Dragón Lee is there. I (and I believe most of us in the lucha community) have unfortunately not gotten a chance to see the work these two have been doing during the CMLL weekend shows, but all indications are that Lee and Roja have been excellent together, which gives you a lot of hope for this one. Will they be able to fit everything in for this Lightning Match? It’ll be a tall order, especially since they also have to follow the epic Lightning Match Virus and Guerrero Maya Jr. had on the Tuesday show. The good news is that Dragón Lee is one of the craziest and greatest luchadors alive today and Niebla Roja, though not at the Euforia level, is an excellent base who probably has a few surprises of his own he’s been waiting to break out. I don’t know if it’ll equal what Virus and Maya did Tuesday (and if it does it’ll certainly be in a different way; anyone expecting extensive mat work from Lee and Roja is Sam Rockwell in The Green Mile levels of insane), but I get the feeling these two will try their damndest, which can only mean good things for all of us. Let’s just hope it also means good things for Dragón Lee’s health; don’t go too crazy dude.
Winner: I guess this depends on if they want to run a full blown Lee-Roja match on the Friday show sometime soon. If they do then Roja is taking this one by nefarious means around the seven minute mark, followed by a challenge for the CMLL World Lightweight Championship. If not, Lee takes this around the same time with the double stomp. I’ll go with the latter scenario; Dragón Lee takes this one home around the seven minute mark.
Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Valiente vs. Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
What to Expect: This match doesn’t jump out at you like Lee-Roja does but it’s got some serious potential. How can it not when you have a rudo team featuring the red hot Cavernario and Negro Casas (coming off an outstanding crowd control performance on Tuesday) going against Valiente, Mistico and everyone’s favorite shirtless man at the zoo Ángel de Oro? And yes, I’m choosing to believe Oro’s Boing commercial is him just walking in the zoo. One it’s funnier than him just walking shirtless on a random street (I mean who hasn’t done that) and two…hell there is no two. It’s just the first one. Good Grodd I need a life don’t I?
In all seriousness, there’s absolutely no reason this match can’t be fun. The only weak link is Felino and that’s only because Felino spends most of his time these days doing comedy. If he wants to he can turn it on just as much as his partners and I expect he’ll give a bigger effort than usual to match what the other five guys will give. I don’t know if it’ll get as crazy as it could, but look out for some killer spots, a white hot crowd (you know Negro Casas is getting them involved) and at least one HOLY COW moment, perhaps in the form of an Ángel de Oro Space Tiger Dive or whatever it’s called. Fruit drinks and shirtless walks through the zoo for everyone! Alright I’ll stop now.
Winners: Another match where it feels they could set something up if they wanted to. Once more I’ll play it safe and suggest that won’t happen; instead we’ll get the technicos getting a clean win over the rudos after a La Mistica on Casas and the Valiente Driver on Felino. At least Cavernario escapes…and by that I mean he eats the dive Oro hits him with that takes them both out of the finish. It could be worse Cav; you could be working Nitro. Always remember that.
Diamante Azul, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. vs. La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush
What to Expect: It’s four really solid guys, Diamante Azul and the Tommy Wiseau of lucha Pierroth. What could possibly go wrong?! At least this one has some potential with Volador around and it’ll be great to see Matt Taven back in Arena Mexico; I haven’t gotten a chance to see his match with Último Guerrero from H2L but I’ve heard good things and I thought he was excellent during his first run with CMLL back in the fall. It seems like CMLL and Taven is just a natural fit for both parties and I’m looking forward to see what he does during this stay, however short it may be. It’s just a shame he, Volador, Rush, Máscara and Diamante have to be wasted in CMLL’s continued quest to make us care about the Diamante Azul-Pierroth feud. Hopefully this is the last Friday we have to deal with it and we can all go back to not having to worry about this. Then again I thought that would be the case for the last several shows and it hasn’t happened, so perhaps H2L was only the beginning of the Diamante-Pierroth issues and we’re utterly and totally boned.
Winners: You know the drill; Pierroth will foul and unmask Diamante in the third fall, giving the technicos a DQ victory and continuing this feud no one wants to continue. If CMLL had any balls they’d just move Diamante on to either Máscara or Rush and set up that match for next week. At least then there’s a smidge of hope you know?
Game over man, game over! I’ll be back to review this show, though it may be Saturday morning depending on how late things run on Friday night. Rest assured you’ll be hearing from me, and there’s always the chance I get the urge to write about something else in the medium. Till we meet again, the party don’t start till DUCHOVNY walks in.