Lucha Libre Reviews

CMLL Viernes Espectacular (February 3) Review & Results

6.0/10
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CMLL Viernes Espectacular – January 27, 2017 

Arena Mexico – Mexico City, Mexico


 

Eléctrico & Shockercito def. Nitro & Olímpico**1/4

Note: I can not find the full match.

What worked:

  • Shockercito and Nitro have good chemistry.
  • CMLL should have more tag matches in general, they’re normally quite good.
  • Both teams felt like teams.
  • Shockercito was the MVP of this match, easily looking the most impressive, hitting cool looking high spots, next minis champ right there.

What didn’t work:

  • At some points in the match, despite the work being good, the wrestlers just felt dead. Like nothing really mattered.
  • Bar some high spots, nothing of note happened, I got nothing to write on this.

Verdict: Need to see what these four wrestlers can do? A few parts of this match showcased it well, otherwise you can afford to save yourself a few minutes.

Fuego, Pegasso & Soberano Jr. def. Disturbio, Okumura & Virus**1/2

What worked:

  • Fuego’s dancing entrance is so much fun, it just puts a smile on my face.
  • Some damn good chain wrestling by Virus, like always.
  • Crowd was hot for Soberano Jr. He felt like a star. 
  • Decent enough heat segments.
  • The good guys did some damn good high flying.

What didn’t work:

  • Bar Soberano Jr, and to a lesser extent Virus, everyone felt like they were just doing what they usually do, which is still good, but forgettable.

Fall 1: Soberano arm bar on Okumura in 4:47 / Fall 2: Okumura reverse DDT on Soberano in 4:04 / Fall 3: Sobernano springboard moonsault on Okumura in 3:50

Verdict: Good Lucha things, but everything felt like the usual Friday show match.

 

Maximo cut a promo on the Tron, I do believe he dissed his opponents.

Los Revolucionarios del Terror (Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr. & Pólvora) def. Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr. & Rey Cometa***1/2

 

I’m just gonna call Revolucionarios Revolutionaries, which is the English translation. First time seeing this heel stable, they reunited a few weeks ago on the non Friday shows, I do believe this is their Friday show debut.

What worked:

  • The Revolutionaries entrance make them look like stars.
  • Everyone looks so colorful and unique, this feels like what I thought Lucha libre would be when I started watching it.
  • The good guys came off as united in trying to bring the Revolutionaries down, adding to the near falls believability.
  • Everyone had good chemistry with each other.
  • Drone does a crazy dive.
  • Heels do a good job getting heat as they isolate their opponents, but don’t slow down the action.
  • The faces winning the second fall helpt make this match more competitive. Also the finish was a 450 splash.
  • Third fall becomes the crazy spots fall, with some dives, flips, ect.

What didn’t work:

  • CMLL does a lot of fan shots, and it focused on a couple having a passionate kiss early on. Not a big thing, but come on.

Fall 1 for the Revolutionaries / Fall 2 for the technicos via Rey Cometa 450 splash / Fall 3 for the Revolutionaries

Verdict: This was a damn good match, with an especially good third fall, with all six competitors looking good.

 

Guerrero Maya Jr. appeared to be injured, as he was stretchered out.

Hot damn, I think I saw Kamaitachi fan.

Cuatro and Sanson cut their promo on the tron, I do believe they were praising themselves.

Lightning Match: Bárbaro Cavernario def. Titán***3/4

A lightning match is a one fall match with a ten minute time limit.

What worked:

  • Both men fought with intensity.
  • Titan did some cool high flying stuff, including handstands and dives.
  • Cavernario more than kept up with him, and played a good violent heel.
  • Zacharias, the evil tiny parrot with Cavernario, openly told the ref to count faster (lol).
  • Titan hits a crazy springboard moonsault to the outside!
  • Both men use some good submissions in the match.

What didn’t work:

  • Zacharias clearly helped the Caveman provide cheap shit in the match on Titan, and all the ref did was look disappointed at the evil parrot.
  • Zacharias even hit a 619 and the ref did nothing about it. (Editor’s note: That’s lucha for you).
  • I want these two to feud now, and that probably ain’t happening

Barbaro Cavernario submitted Titan with the Cavernaria submission at 9:44.

Verdict: These two are the future of CMLL. Good high-flying, submissions and intensity make this a match I say you should watch if you want some entertaining Lucha in your day.

Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone & Máximo Sexy def. El Cuatrero, Máscara Año Dos Mil & SansónDUD

What worked:

  • The crowd is always behind Maximo.
  • Cuatro and Sanson are a good tag team, if only CMLL had an active tag division.
  • All the crowd shots showed happy people.
  • Marco and Ano 2000 have surprisingly good chemistry.

What didn’t work:

  • The action was boring.
  • Old man Mascara Ano 2000 was made to look tough, for some reason he did push-ups. Seriously, why is he still here?
  • The most talented Luchador on the face team, Angel De Oro barely did anything.
  • Too long.
  • Marco’s biggest contribution to the match was gyrating his hips.
  • Cuatro and Sanson were made to look like jokes. Marco at one point had them down for 3 at the same time while doing pushups.

Fall 1: Cuatro and Sanson press slam Maximo in 7:47 / Fall 2: Marco pins Sanson and Cuatro in 3:09 / Fall 3: Marco cradles Ano 2000 in 4:57.

Verdict: I really want to rant more about this match. This is probably the worst match I’ve seen so far all year providing slow action, while also elevating no one under 39. Don’t waste your time, a dud.

 

Los Ingobernables cut a promo with Pieroth calling out Diamante Azul.

Atlantis, Diamante Azul & Volador Jr. def. Los Ingobernables (La Máscara, Pierroth & Rush)N/R

What worked:

  • They are building up Diamante Azul vs. Pierroth as a big feud.
  • Heels deliver a good ol Los beatdown, stripping and unmasking Diamante Azul.

What didn’t work:

  • One of the edecanes (ring girls, think Nitro girls) brought the wrong ring card, saying third fall instead of second fall.
  • This was not a match, more a heel beatdown for an angle.

Verdict: No need to watch this, just an angle, but if you haven’t watched CMLL in a while, you now know Diamante Azul vs. Pierroth is currently the top feud. 

CMLL VIERNES ESPECTACULAR - FEBRUARY 3, 2017
  • Decent - 6/10
    6/10

OVERALL

Arena Mexico had okay first two matches, good third and fourth matches, and pretty bad fifth and sixth matches. I leave this viewing as a show that is just all over the place. I would recommend Titan vs. Cavernario, and the Revolutionaries trio if you have never seen them before.

6.0/10

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