CMLL Super Viernes Preview: The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of
Hey guys! Miss me? It’s been so long since I last wrote something and who am I kidding I can’t pass this joke off. As it turns out it’s only been about an hour since my Lucha Underground review was posted and honestly I intended that to be my lone column of the evening. Alas, the holidays are coming up and there are many things to do, so I decided to move up my preview of Friday’s Super Viernes show to this evening. It doesn’t hurt that the show looks GREAT, arguably the best looking CMLL show of the past month. There’s the return of popular luchador Tritón, two excellent undercard matches, numerous talented dudes all across the board and a main event between Carístico and Último Guerrero that, while not featuring the stipulation we all want it to have, is the most exciting main event CMLL has in the next few weeks. You’re gorram right I said it! So why wait an extra day to talk about this show when we can just do it now?! Moses, we’ve got some meming to do.
Demus 3:16 & Mercurio vs. Fantasy & Último Dragóncito
What to Expect: Mercurio will bite; Fantasy will do a Spanish Fly; Demus 3:16 will be awesome and Último Dragóncito will do moves as well. Honestly this may be a more interesting opener than usual just because of Demus; I love that man and he’s always good for one entertaining move a match. I reckon he pulls one out here, even if the rest of the match is just the standard fare.
Winners: You know the drill. Rudos in three falls.
Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs. Forastero, Okumura, Sagrado
What to Expect: Normally I’d say the big story here would be Junior looking to triumphantly complete the feat of appearing on all three CMLL streamed shows this week while also killing it on all three (I thought he was superb in Puebla and in Arena Mexico on Tuesday when he went up against Bobby Z). Alas Junior’s accomplishment will have to stand aside in favor of a really exciting return. Sum it up for us JR!
Yes Tritón is returning to a CMLL streamed show for the first time since…good Grodd I don’t even remember the last time he appeared on one of these. Needless to say his taste for inappropriate shirts, his theme music (Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child of Mine”), his cool flips and his emo hair (which I hear has sadly been cut) have been missed, and while I’m sure he wishes he was higher on the card this match seems to suit his return well. His partners have been rocking and rolling, while on the rudo side Forastero has been getting better each time out, Okumura is the same, reliable vet he always is and Sagrado has been hotter than Kate Mara recently. Even with the potential second match restrictions (which didn’t stop Soberano, Star Jr. and Flyer from flying around last week) this match should be damn good and a contender for match of the evening. And even if it isn’t, so what; it’s just nice to see Tritón back.
Winners: I’d say Tritón’s return should mean victory for the technicos, except CMLL is the same company who has rewarded its Bodybuilding Contest winner with a 0-4 record since that triumph. Thus this is tough to call, which means we’ll go with the rudos to win in three falls, with Sagrado getting Panther with a One Winged Angel.
Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr., Titán vs. Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora
What to Expect: We’ve got another strong match on paper and another set of returns, with Dragón Rojo and Pólvora coming back after a few weeks off. I don’t know why CMLL kept them away as long as they did (especially after Pólvora brought Arena Puebla to its knees with his match against Dragón Lee), but they’re back here and coming in hot after a great match at DTU Nuev9 last week. They’ll have a good set of technicos to work with here with the always reliable Maya, the always white hot Soberano (moved up here because SOMEONE HAS SEEN THE LIGHT!) and Pólvora’s old pal Titán, who will be good here simply because he’s excited to see rudos with a pulse on the other side for the first time in weeks. Luciferno being involved does worry me, but everyone else here is so good that they’ll either cancel him out or motivate him to perform better. Either way this should be a pretty good match and another sleeper match of the evening contender.
Winners: This will be where the technicos finally get their win. It’ll go three falls and, just to be different, I’ll say Soberano gets the pin on Luciferno to end it. How would the internet react to that? Let’s see!
Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs. Kráneo, Mephisto, Ripper
What to Expect: This might just be one of the weirdest trios matches I’ve ever seen. Seriously; Mephisto with Kráneo and Ripper? Did he lose a bet or something? Whatever it was I can’t see him really getting up for this, and we know at best Ripper is going to be somewhere between walking zombie and Hayden Christensen mode. Thus I wouldn’t expect much here, even with Kráneo’s antics, the high flying of Stuka and Valiente and the possibility of Atlantis taking Kráneo to backbreaker city. Man I’m going to have dreams about that now.
Winners: Unless there’s a match being set up (there won’t be) this is an easy technico victory. Atlantis taps out Ripper in the third fall with Atlantida to send the crowd home happy…at least till the next match.
Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs. Euforia, Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000
What to Expect: I must give credit where credit is due. Last week CMLL managed to make me somewhat interested in Máximo vs. Máscara Año 2000 when they had Sansón, Cuatrero and Forastero interfere on their uncle’s behalf and pulverize the CMLL World Heavyweight Champion. This week they follow that up by sticking Año in a rudo tag team that features one of the five best luchadors on this planet right now (Hechicero) and the most underrated rudo on the roster (Euforia). No the team makes no sense but so what; those two right there guarantee that this match will have my full attention throughout, which it most certainly wouldn’t have had if dudes like Shocker and Rey Bucanero had been there instead. That said the match still has a ways to go to even get into the discussion of the discussion for match of the evening, especially since we know Año and Máximo will be doing quite a bit of work together. Hopefully CMLL allows this match some time, allows Volador and Euforia to have several sequences together (again, I say a singles match between those two is magic waiting to happen) and allows Hechicero to get creative with Marco. If that happens and Año and Máximo show a little more than what we’ve seen then this could surprise. At worst though it’ll be entertaining, because there’s no way on earth Euforia and Hechicero can be involved in something not entertaining.
Winners: If I were CMLL, I’d continue to have Año get the better of Máximo, building more and more sympathy until Máximo goes over big on January 1st. For once I think CMLL will actually listen to me and do that, and since Año got DQ’d last week I say he wins this week by either sneaking in a foul while Edgar (who will of course be reffing this because Tirantes MUST ref the main event) isn’t looking, or will get help from his nephews again. I’d go with the latter scenario; more Los Cientificos is never a bad thing!
Carístico vs. Último Guerrero
What to Expect: CMLL may want you to believe that Máximo-Año is the biggest match they’re having in the next few weeks. Some may even argue that the women’s cage match this Sunday is the biggest, and not just because Zeuxis is going to unmask and shave every other luchadora afterwards. But make no mistake sports fans; THIS is the biggest match of the next few weeks and it’s not even close. On star power it’s got everything beat. From an angle standpoint, the story of Carístico desperately trying to springboard himself back to where he was when he ruled CMLL in the mid 00’s while UG refuses to oblige him (all while mocking him and his WWE failures at the same time) has those other two matches beat. And if that wasn’t enough for you, the work rate in this match should also easily blow anything from the other two headlining matches (minus whatever Zeuxis does of course) out of the water. This match is so worthy of hyperbole that I’ll let a Humphrey Bogart quote from The Maltese Falcon sum it up.
So with that in mind, the question about this match isn’t if it can be great but how great can it get? UG singles matches can definitely get repetitive, but he shown to have chemistry with Carístico over the past few weeks that he doesn’t have with many others. Furthermore the two had an absolutely fantastic match in Arena Puebla earlier this year, and Arena Puebla is (at least in my opinion) a far more restrictive place on what a luchador can do due to its small size (never mind that these two had numerous great matches back in the mid 00's anyway). Basically, we know these two have the ability to have a great match with almost anyone, we know they can have a great match with each other and they’ll be in Arena Mexico, a place with less restrictions and what should be an absolutely rabid crowd. Add in the story and the fact that Carístico winning this match means mask vs. hair and this has all the makings of being a really, really great match. The only concern I’d have is if the two decided to hold back in order to save stuff for the mask vs. hair, and I wouldn’t worry too much about that because a) there’s a decent chance that match isn’t in the cards (as inexplicable as that may be) and b) everyone and their brother knows that a mask vs. hair match between Carístico and Último Guerrero would have significantly more heat than even this match would, thus taking care of any reason to drastically change things up. Whatever way you slice it; this is a match you should go out of your way to see. I legit can’t wait to see it.
Winner: You will not find a tougher match to call than this one. You can legit make arguments for either result. The fact that CMLL didn’t put this on one of the two big shows in the next few weeks, the lack of a sustained Carístico push since his return and the likelihood that a third big show isn’t in the cards would point to UG winning, with CMLL then either forgetting about Carístico-UG, mask vs. hair or putting aside for a bit till they can book it for a big show like Homenaje a Dos Leyendas or even the 84th Anniversary Show. At the same time CMLL needs something right now to excite all members of the fan base and Carístico-UG, while perhaps not a match that sells out Arena Mexico, is potential huge money for CMLL. So which is it? My heart says Carístico wins and we get the mask vs. hair match at a third big show in the next few weeks. But my head, and ultimately my gut, tells me UG is winning in three falls, probably with a foul while Tirantes isn’t looking. I don’t like it either, but it’s the most likely option. You just hope that CMLL eventually picks this feud back up again later down the road or gives either guy something else big to do. These two, and this feud, have been too good this last month (a month that’s otherwise featured nothing but shit from CMLL) to be thrown away so easily.
And there you have it sports fans. I’m off till tomorrow, where I’ll break down the event that Queen Zeuxis sold out herself. No help from those other luchadoras at all I tell you. I may also talk some Blue Panther if I can find the time. Till those drop, something something SCULLY!