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CMLL Viernes Espectacular Review (03/31/2017)

5.0/10
Credit: CMLL

CMLL Viernes Espectacular on March 31, 2017 – Taven vs. Rooooosh! 2

Arena Mexico – Mexico City, Mexico


Stukita & Ultimo Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro*1/2

Note: Appears one of the edecanes were on commentary at one point. I don’t speak much Spanish, but I don’t believe they were talking about the match.

What worked:

  • None of the work was bad.
  • Some cool moves were hit.

What didn’t:

  • These mini matches still mean nothing and have no feuds or stakes.
  • They all feel too similar.
  • Them putting an edecane on commentary to not talk about this match shows how much CMLL cares about their openers.

Verdict & Result: Every CMLL tag opener ever. These are basically dark matches to warm up the crowd and it shows. Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro in 14:06. Nitro & Mercurio took falls 1 and 3.

Skadi, La Jarochita & Princess Sugehit vs. Amapola, Tiffany & Zeuxis**1/4

What worked:

  • The moves all had a strong impact.
  • All six women looked good.
  • At no point did the match drag.
  • We actually got some feuding between Zeuxis and Sugehit near the end.

What didn’t:

  • Parts of this match felt repetitive.

Verdict & Result: Fine for its role on the card, felt a little different from the regular women’s trio. Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis DQ La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi at 11:43. Rudas won falls 1 and 3, the last by DQ when Sugehit removed Zeuxis’ mask.

We get a small plug for Boing! Juice with a cup in the ring.

The Panthers (Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther) vs Dinamatias (Cuatro, Sanson & Mascara Ano 2000)***1/4

What worked:

  • Cuatro, Sanson and Ano 2000 had great team offense in the first fall.
  • The Panthers had a great comeback in the second fall.
  • Ano 2000 is getting better at not looking worse than everyone else in a match with each passing week.
  • Good near falls.
  • This match was simply easy to enjoy.

What didn’t:

  • No complaints, everyone played their role well.

Verdict & Result: Simple, enjoyable mid card match with some good moments. Dinamtias won in 12:50 tasking falls 1 and 3.

We get another amazing Boing! Juice commercial for a Dragon Rojo Jr. apple flavor. It’s short but sweet.

Kraneo, Pierroth & Mephisto vs. Volador Jr., Maximo Sexy & Marco Corleone***1/4

What worked:

  • The opening fall was hot and the action was great.
  • Crowd is hot like Feugo’s dance moves.
  • Marco showed great charisma in this match.
  • Mephisto was a stand out for his trio.
  • Mije the heel mini mascot took a sick bump when Marco threw him.
  • The finishing sequence was exciting

What didn’t:

  • The presentation of Pierroth is disappointing. He feels directionless, yet he is still a featured heel. He already lost his mask; someone else getting a win on him won’t be a big deal.

Verdict & Result: A hot trios match without much else going for it in terms of story or memorability. Team Volador won falls 1 and 3 in 10:18, the last by DQ.

Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. & Valiente vs. Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero & Último Guerrero**3/4

What worked:

  • The heels – Casas, UG and Bucanero were great here with the way they went after the faces. Casas, in particular, was the highlight.
  • The faces still held up their end of the match and were easy to root for.
  • Diamante Azul was not that bad in this match.

What didn’t:

  • Look at Diamante Azul in this match. Would you assume he won a mask vs. mask match at CMLL’s second biggest show of the year? I would not either. Sure would be nice if CMLL ever followed through with pushing someone. Even Pierroth is being presented as a bigger deal than Azul, and he lost to Azul.

Verdict & Result: Solid trios match, the theme of the show so far. The finish sets up some possible feuds, but nothing could come from the finish either. Team Azul won falls 2 and 3 in 11:10.

Matt Taven vs. Rush***1/4

 

Note: It was made clear Matt Taven would be returning to CMLL.

What worked:

  • Taven dives into Rush right as he is introduced, a good way to set the pacing for the match.
  • The first and second fall are incredibly well done, with the brawling portions and each man working on top being well done, this feels like the main event during those two falls.

What didn’t:

  • The third fall featured some BS interference from Pierroth and feet on ropes. Finish took away from the match and my investment.

Verdict & Result: Great main event until the BS finish, fought with good intensity and strikes. Probably worth another half star before the finish, and it does​ make me want to see a rematch between the two teams. Matt Taven beat Rush in 12:22 via BS finish at falls 1 and 3.

Post-match Rush wants a rematch, and Taven wants to face Maximo for Maximo’s CMLL Heavyweight Championship.

CMLL VIERNES ESPECTACULAR ON MARCH 31, 2017
  • Average - 5/10
    5/10

OVERALL

The main was good until the finish, Taven has been an unexpected highlight of CMLL, the rest of the show featured no storyline development and no must-see matches. On 'Mania week, I feel comfortable saying you should just watch a show that happened in Orlando.

5.0/10

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