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CMLL Super Viernes Preview: Volador-Cavernario II
For Auntie Claire. I'll miss you forever.
Tomorrow evening is going to be a tough one for me. My dearly beloved Chicago Cubs will make their postseason debut against the San Francisco Giants at the same time CMLL is rolling out what looks to be another awesome Super Viernes show. WHAT TO DO?! The answer is simple; the Cubs game will be on the TV, Super Viernes will be on the computer and Cthulhu willing both things will combine to make me the happiest man since the guy who landed Yvonne Strahovski (lucky bastard). And since I’ve already broken down the Cubs, it’s time to break down the lucha. So let’s not waste time; Moses, get the meme!
Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs. Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
What to Expect: In the words of that guy who checked out The Core from that one Robot Chicken skit, “eh…could be good.” Basically you could do a lot worse than the guys here but you could also do a lot better, which may happen if Olímpico is a no show again. Just please CMLL; don’t replace him with a technico this time. You tried the reversed roles thing with Astral and it went as well as the time I bought Sonic the Hedgehog 2006. Mistakes were made.
Winners: When in doubt, go with the rudos in three falls. The sound you’ll hear after this match is every lucha fan waking up to watch the next one.
Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs. Okumura, Puma, Tiger
What to Expect: The only issue I have with this match is that it’s placed second, which means there’s a good to great chance these guys won’t be allowed to do dives. That’s frustrating considering two of the technicos are two of the best high flyers in Mexico. Who knows; maybe Friday’s the night Tiffany decides to break out that 450 she’s always wanted to do. We now go live to the internet’s reaction to that dive.
All jokes aside, this match should still work very well even if Soberano and Star Jr. can’t do that many flips. Both guys are still above average performers and they’re surrounded by other above average luchadors here in Bala (who’s probably thanking Cthulhu he’s got competent people to work with for once), Okumura, Puma and Tiger. If nothing else these guys will put together a fun match with a few cool Puma/Tiger double teams and one Soberano moment, making this more than worth watching. If they do get to do more though, look out for Star Jr. He’s not quite Soberano good, but he’s highly underrated and finally is free from the doldrums of working on Puebla/with Cancerbero and Raziel during their unmotivated period. He could easily steal the show here.
Winners: There’s no wrong answer here, as the technicos can always use a win, as can Puma and Tiger. I’ll say the rudos again here in three falls just to be safe; you know how Paco gets win the technicos win too much!
Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs. Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
What to Expect: A better looking match than the last luchadora’s trios match, even with Tiffany involved. Hell even that makes sense considering Zeuxis just had a WWE tryout and may be out the door, something that makes me so sad that I may spontaneously break down at some point in this column (fair warning to you all). I’d still prefer this was the second match while the previous one moved up, but ultimately this should be fine as long as Estrellita and Tiffany don’t do much and Marcela looks a hundred times better than she did during her uninspiring performance at the Anniversary Show. Really the thing I’m going to be thinking about the most here is poor Princesa Sugehit. First Dark Angel and now Zeuxis might be leaving her? Poor girl can’t catch a break. Oh no; I’m starting to get emotional over Zeuxis leaving. WHY?! WHY DOES SHE HAVE TO LEAVE US?! DAMN YOU TRIPLE H!
Winners: The technicas in three falls. Let’s move on before I have a bad reaction again.
Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs. Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Felino
What to Expect: Hey, I think I’ve seen that Máscara Dorada guy somewhere up north before! He’s back in Arena Mexico for what may be one of his last appearances here, in a match that has show stealing potential even with Felino coming in to replace Súper Crazy. There are no guarantees in life, but I’d venture to guess Dorada is going to want to deliver a master class performance on his way out of the place that made him a household name, while Atlantis will be hungry for action (he’s weirdly been of the streams recently) and Valiente is always great on Friday night. Combine that with a formidable rudo squad and at worst this will be okay. Keep an eye out for any and all interactions between Dorada and Dragón Rojo Jr. They were great working together in the Reyes del Aire match a few weeks ago and CMLL would be wise to let these guys get some work in before Dorada bolts.
Winners: The technicos in three falls, and that goes for pretty much every match Dorada is in till he gets to WWE. Rumor has it that Dorada refused to lose his match at The Crash show a few weeks back against Fenix (who in turn then refused to lose to Dorada, leading to a double Countout finish), a move that seems very unlike the future Gran Metalik until you consider WWE’s potential influence in the decision. Thus I take it he’ll be winning everything on the way out, which CMLL will have no issue with because Dorada has no big feud right now and has earned a level of respect for how he’s handled the situation all summer.
NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship Match
Volador Jr. (c) vs. Cavernario
What to Expect: The rematch! Between this and the Blue Jays and Rangers tangling up again this may be the week of the great rematches. Where’s Rock-Cena III?!
The question for this match isn’t whether it’ll be good or not; we saw last week how great these two can be together and that was even with a few miscues along the way. The question thus becomes how the hell can they top it? I mean these guys did EVERYTHING; I’m pretty sure Cavernario was out of bullets by the end and the only move Volador didn’t use was that reverse hurricanrana. That’s wonderful if you’re doing a one off, but not a good idea if there’s more matches coming afterwards, which there will be beyond tonight. It’s not too concerning; the match will be great regardless of if they do a remake of last week or go a different route. I’m just hoping they go that different route and give us something different. Either way this is must watch lucha and you’d be silly to miss it.
Winner: This is where that potential CMLL Universal Championship tournament lurks its ugly face out from the shadows. Cavernario winning here would take the field from sixteen to seventeen (as Volador still has that Trios Championship gold with the Sky Team), which messes up the field. That said it’s possible the tournament may be off the books (for now), which then opens this up to any and all possibilities. I’m going to play it safe and say Volador retains here, with a win that sets up the ultimate goal for these two; a hair vs. hair match either at the end of this month or the end of the year. The controversial finish last week clearly pointed these two in that direction, and regardless of how this match goes the finish Friday will do the same.
Dragón Lee, Mistico, Rush vs. Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
What to Expect: Once again CMLL features a main event that probably should be going on before the big singles match. Once again it probably won’t matter because all six of these luchadors are really, REALLY good and with nothing on the horizon to build (minus perhaps the Day of the Dead show) they should be allowed some time to work even after the great main event. Works for me. The most intriguing thing about this match will be whether CMLL continues to ignore the huge angle they set up between Rush and Lee at the end of the Anniversary Show (as of yet CMLL has done nothing with that and hasn’t even had La Máscara interact with Rush since) or if they finally do something. I wouldn’t hold my breath on it but you never know with CMLL. They’re like Sting; the only thing that’s sure about them is nothing’s for sure.
Winners: The rudos win in three semi-quick falls, Rush and Dragón Lee will get along and I will eat Cool Ranch Doritos. The truest of stories folks.
And scene! I’ll be back tomorrow sports fans with a review of this show and maybe, just maybe, that Lucha Tribute I keep talking about it. I guess we’ll see, won’t we? Till next time, Spidey’s back, alright! I’ll see myself out.