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CMLL Viernes Espectacular (February 10) Review & Results


CMLL Viernes Espectacular – February 10, 2017 

Arena Mexico – Mexico City, Mexico

Tonight we have Block A of the incredible pairs tournament, where two rivals team up for the sake of winning a tournament. Expect short matches and partners turning on one another.

The teams for Block A are:

  • Caristico and Mephisto
  • Volador Jr. and Barbaro Cavernario
  • Marco Corleone and Kraneo
  • Diamante Azul and Pierroth
  • Blue Panther and Tiger
  • Puma and Rey Cometa
  • Angel De Oro and Rey Bucanero
  • Mascara Ano 2000 and Maximo Sexy

We also have former mini champion Astral’s non mini debut!

The show opens with a clip of a young female Mexican (assuming that last detail) pop star singing, she will be performing next week live. Hechicero and Mephisto were also in the clip just chilling with her. It made it infinitely better.

Los Cancerberos del Infierno (Cancerbero & Raziel) def. Astral & Príncipe DiamanteDUD

What worked:

  • Cancerbero & Raziel looked strong, they didn’t need to, but it had that much going for it.
  • At the very least, this is how you make a rudo tag team look dominant.

What didn’t work:

  • There was some mediocre technical wrestling at the beginning that just felt like killing time.
  • This went over ten minutes, yet was basically a squash.
  • This was Astral’s non mini debut, CMLL couldn’t give him anything other than being squashed? Not even one fall?
  • Principe Diamante could possibly be injured, that’s never a fun thing.
  • After Diamante’s possible injury, he gets powerbombed, how will that help anything?!
  • They will never do anything with Cancerbero & Raziel, CMLL could at least try and make this a feud, but no, the former minis look out of their league, and no one is going to get out of opener purgatory.

Total match time: 11:48

Result: Raziel & Cancerbero win two straight falls

Verdict: This match just made me sad, it was pointless, boring and way too one sided. Just skip this. A DUD.

Amapola, Dalys & Zeuxis def. Princesa Sugeith, Sanely & La Silueta**3/4

What worked:

  • This got rid of the bad taste of the first match out of my mouth.
  • The Caribbean trio of Dalys, Amapola & Zeuxis looked good
  • Sugehit looked the best of everyone in her trio.
  • Similar to the first match, this felt like a squash for the Caribbean trio to look good, but the other trio got enough in to still look good.
  • No major botches, the work was good.
  • The finish for the match looked cool with two stereo piledrivers.

What didn’t work:

  • The second and third fall felt very similar to each other.
  • This won’t matter in the long run.
  • Nothing stood out.

Result: The Caribbean ladies take falls two and three for the win.

Total match time: 13:39

Verdict: A match that was acceptable enough for its spot, the work was good, but nothing memorable.

La Máscara, Reaper & Rush def. Atlantis, Stuka Jr. & Valiente***

What worked:

  • Ripper fits in quite well with The Ingobernables.
  • Atlantis and Rush carried over their Fantasticamania feud  into this match, which made the match so much better.
    • Highlight of the feuding was Rush ripping Atlantis’ mask so bad he had to get a new one.
  • The heels looked strong, a running theme tonight.
  • Those sickos triple superkicked KEMONITO, the adorable mascot of CMLL!
  • All the faces got their own comeback and each looked good during it.

What didn’t work:

  • One of the worst ref distractions I’ve ever seen took place where Ripper just pushed the ref into the corner. How that ain’t a DQ. Seriously, poor reffing in the final fall.

Match time: 11:25

Result: LOS and Ripper take falls one and three.

Verdict: If they make Rush and Atlantis a feud, this would be a good starting point. Otherwise a fun match where everyone hit their signature spots except for the Valiente Special.

Parejas Increíbles, Seeding Battle Royal: Ángel de Oro & Carístico def. Blue Panther & Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone & Máximo Sexy, Rey Cometa & Volador Jr. **

This determines who faces who in the tournament by order of elimination, as opposed to you know, just a draw.

What worked:

  • None of the work was bad.
  • This was kept to short to be offensive.
  • Mostly action throughout.

What didn’t work:

  • Why does this battle royal exist?
  • The recap was at least half as long as the battle royal.
  • The final two never competing just made the end feel random.

Match time: 2:38

Order of elimination:

  • Blue Panther
  • Maximo
  • Rey Cometa
  • Volador Jr.
  • Diamante Azul
  • Marco Corleone

This left Angel De Oro and Caristico, who were declared the winners.

Verdict: Nothing good, nothing bad. A full on multi-man match with these competitors would probably be awesome.

We get another commercial for the young pop star next week.

We get a promo from Villano III, the man being honored at the next CMLL show, Homenaje A Dos Legends. I don’t know what he said, but it appeared to go through his life, and it did pull a few heart strings of mine.

Parejas Increíbles Round #1: Máscara Año 2000 & Máximo Sexy def. Blue Panther & Tiger**

What worked:

  • Blue Panther and Maximo have surprisingly good chemistry with each other.
  • All the wrestlers argued with their teammates at the start to keep continuity, but quickly teamed with each other.
  • Tiger looked good.

What didn’t work:

  • Mascara Ano 2000 looked the slowest of everyone.
  • Too short to mean anything.

Result: Maximo and Ano 2000 in 5:36.

Verdict: Nothing bad, not much especially good.

Parejas Increíbles Round #1: Bárbaro Cavernario & Volador Jr. def. Puma & Rey Cometa***1/4

What worked:

  • High flying action! Cometa & Volador had so many crazy moves in an awesome sequence.
  • Both teams would be good full time tag teams.
  • After that, Puma and Cavernario had a nice little mini match, keeping the fast pace.
  • The nature of the tournament having short matches forced them to go full on sprint.

What didn’t work:

  • This should have went longer.
  • They could have done less crowd pandering at the beginning.

Result: Cavernario and Volador in 4:43

Verdict: Fun Lucha action, and I know both teams could out do this fun match.

Parejas Increíbles Round #1: Diamante Azul & Pierroth def. Kraneo & Marco Corleone**1/4

What worked:

  • Diamante Azul and Kraneo looked good, having a nice little mini match.
  • Marco looked competitive.
  • The work was botch free and kept short.

What didn’t work:

  • Azul tried to leave before the match started, what is the point of this team if neither of them want to team up?
  • At the beginning of the match Marco did push-ups on Pierroth. Pierroth’s shoulders were on the mat for three, should that not be a pin?
  • At one point Azul caught an attempted Marco dive, only for Pierroth to break it up.
  • Marco and Kraneo losing to a team that did not get along did not make them look good.

Result: Azul & Pierroth win in 4:03.

Verdict: While the infighting was annoying, the match was still watchable.

Parejas Increíbles Round #1: Carístico & Mephisto def. Ángel de Oro & Rey BucaneroN/R

What worked:

  • Caristico & Mephisto had badass masks which fused their usual masks.
  • We might get a Bucanero vs. Oro match, that could be good.

What didn’t work:

  • Too short.
  • Bucanero instantly attacked Angel De Oro, then Caristico beat Oro. All that happened.

Result: Caristico and Mephisto win in 23 seconds.

Verdict: The match went less than 30 seconds, and was a partner turn, roll-up, and a submission, NO RATING. The shortest match I’ve seen all year.

Parejas Increíbles Quarter Final: Bárbaro Cavernario & Volador Jr. def. Máscara Año 2000 & Máximo Sexy**

What worked:

  • We got the rare Maximo dive!
  • We actually had Maximo and Ano 2000 team breaking up after accidentally hitting each other, but both actually got over it. Nice job CMLL not having another turn.

What didn’t work:

  • Too short to mean anything or for anything to happen.
  • While this is more a complaint on the tournament itself, all the matches seem to have the same format of two mini one on one matches, maybe some short double teaming and then the finish.

Result: Cavernario and Volador win in 2:45.

Verdict: Nothing good, nothing bad, again.

Parejas Increíbles Quarter Final: Carístico & Mephisto def. Diamante Azul & Pierroth**1/2

What worked:

  • The work was crisp and clean, with both teams working together well.
  • We got more build up to an eventual Azul vs. Pierroth mask vs. mask match.

What didn’t work:

  • After their first match together, for some reason Azul and Pierroth worked perfectly together. What did I miss?
  • It just took those two bumping into each other to have them turn on each other.

Result: Caristico and Mephisto win in 2:45.

Verdict: The teams looked good, but the work directly contrasted the previous Azul and Pierroth match.

Post-match LOS beat up Azul and unmasked him, more mask vs. mask build.

While Azul was being beat up and unmasked by LOS post-match, Caristico and Mephisto were just casually watching it happen. I get that he fought you, but that’s just mean.

Parejas Increíbles Semi Final: Bárbaro Cavernario & Volador Jr. def. Carístico & Mephisto***1/2

What worked:

  • We got a full sprint in the beginning.
  • We got some crazy dives (to the crowd, tope con Hilo, splash to the outside ect.)
  • We got some nice throwbacks to Caristico and Volador Jr’s feud.
  • They worked around the potential Caristico injury well.
  • Cavernario & Volador continue to show great chemistry as a tag team.

What didn’t work:

  • One of the crazy dives – Caristico and Volador dived into the crowd, Caristico hurt his arm. Clearly me reviewing CMLL is just bad luck as this is the third possible injury since I started reviewing CMLL.

Result: Caristico and Mephisto win in 9:21.

Verdict: The longest match of Block A, and rightfully so, as these two teams just did good Lucha things until the end with no infighting BS. 

  • Decent - 6/10


We had good Lucha things, bad Lucha things and everything in between. You can afford to skip this week, unless you really wanna see some neat sprints in the form of Cometa and Puma vs. Cavernario and Volador and the main event--even that style of match has been done better by CMLL. This show did leave me wishing CMLL had a more active tag division.



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