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CMLL Viernes Espectacular Review (05/12/2017)


CMLL Viernes Espectacular on May 12, 2017

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Arena Mexico – Mexico City, Mexico

This show will be the final televised Dragon Lee CMLL show before he leaves for a New Japan tour for the Best of Super Juniors Tournament.

We start with a segment showing off three beautiful new murals in the upper Arena Mexico section with the brand new Freedoms Sports Bar and Grill, just pure art and I love it, even has Kamaitachi fan in it!

Leon & Sensai vs. Artillero & Hijo Del Signo1/2*

No, just no, I am ducking sick and tired of these opening tags. Ideally, this would get the rookies over, this did not do that, hell I don’t know who the rookies in this match are! The mat work was the main focus, and jeebus was it slow, not only that but it never felt like there was any struggle here, this went too long as all CMLL openers do, no one looked good here, not CMLL, not the wrestlers and the crowd rightfully did not give a damn. If I had to choose between full force headbutting a wall or rewatching this, I choose the wall, at least I’m not sick of doing that yet. Leon & Sensai over Hijo Del Signo & Artillero.

We get another showcase for the mural/bar, still as beautiful as ever.

Robin, Astral & Principe Diamante vs. Cancerbero, Raziel & Virus***

Robin has a Brazo De Oro tribute outfit on. WTF, this was fun, CMLL matches featuring young talent losing to old men in the early matches are never fun, but here we are. The opening mat exchanges were incredibly smooth and well done, making the matches seem competitive. The heels had a great offense, with brutal tag team maneuvers to keep the heat, while the babyfaces had great moments to shine, keeping a good balance between showing off all the luchadors in this match in what is probably the best match Principe Diamante has been in since joining main weight class CMLL — just fun. It actually felt that the babyfaces had to overcome something and I want to see them win next time, this is what these rookie matches should aim to do. Cancerbero, Raziel & Virus over Principe Diamante, Astral & Robin.

Drone, Esfinge & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs. Sansón, Forastero & Quatrero**3/4

This was fun Lucha mid card with the clear story of the heel team (team Sanson) having their opponents number due to their teamwork. We had the face team – Team Drone do plenty of fun high flying moves to get the crowd behind them, Esfinge, in particular, looked badass when he did his flippy Lucha moves. The chain Wrestling at the beginning of the match was well done and very clean. The heel trio did a solid job countering the faces moves and getting heat, though parts of the match felt like a technico showcase for the crowd, which there is nothing wrong with. Sansón, Forastero & Quatraro over Drone, Esfinge & Guerrero Maya Jr.

National Mexican Welterweight Championship: Rey Cometa (c) vs. Soberano Jr.***3/4

Cometa seconded by Fuego, Soberano Jr. seconded by Dragon Lee. The first fall is like a minute and my stream froze for most of it, but the replay shows Cometa hitting big moves to get the pin. The second fall is just Soberano Jr. hitting a whirlwind of offense which he looks great doing, this is also a minute. The third fall is mainly just big beautiful high flying moves, including Corkscrew dives to the outside, with both men selling both the pain and drama well. This match is mainly big high-flying moves and kick outs. The ref – Tirantes sells the near falls well with his facials, and the pure amount of kick outs had me seeing this match going either way in a fun action packed match. Soberano Jr. over Rey Cometa to become the new champion.

Soberano Jr. sells his title victory incredibly well, this feels like a big moment.

La Peste Negra (Negro Casas, Mr.Niebla & Barbaro Cavernario) w/Zacarias vs. Angel De Oro, Dragon Lee & Valiente w/KeMonito**3/4

In between falls we got the continuation to the feud of the year, mini mascots KeMonito vs. Zacarias. The main story here is Dragon Lee and Barbaro Cavernario feuding. The first fall is short but sweet, we get Negro Casas and Angel De Oro feuding and Cavernario and Lee feuding. Fall two is far less satisfying with Dragon Lee getting worked over for a little bit until the babyfaces made their comeback and hit big moves. The beginning of fall three has a sick Angel De Oro/Negro Casas sequence. Mr.Niebla spitting in the air got a reaction. A female in the crowd was swearing and didn’t realize the camera was on her, the crowd of the year right there. Soon fun is had with Zacharias getting beat up by Valiente leading to Lee/Casas in a sequence that feels like a fight. The finish was satisfying with Angel De Oro getting the win for his team. Team Dragon Lee over La Peste Negra.

Atlantis, Diamante Azul & Stuka Jr. vs. Los Ingobernables (La Máscara, Pierroth & Rush)**

This was every Ingobernables brawl ever, thought everyone worked well with each other, but I can only see this so many times before I stop caring. Rush did continue his feud with Atlantis and Pierroth/Azul continued. I am annoyed with the finish having Atlantis beat top heel Rush pretty easily compared to the beatdown he got. Skippable, but a watchable main event. Team Atlantis over Los Ingobernables.

  • Strong Effort - 7/10


While CMLL Viernes Espectacular on May 12 as a whole is watchable, you can afford to skip it. There is a great title match continuing the Soberano Jr. push, though enjoyment of that depends on how much you enjoy moves being traded back and forth.



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