Monday, April 19, 2010

CMLL @ Arena Puebla 8/14/09

This was the big 'Infierno en el Ring' show which was being built around locals vs CMLL mini's. Such a flawed concept and such a horrible build-up. 16 people were supposed to be involved but Tzuki had an 'incident' the week before so he couldn't participate. To explain how flawed this concept was... it was 5 locals vs 10 CMLL mini's. I guess you can go with the concept that 1 regular sized guy = 2 mini's but Pierrothito/Pequeno Warrior/Pequeno Nitro/Fantasy were bigger than the locals.

Metalico/Rayo Tapatio II vs Artillero/Super Comando: Metalico was a sub for an injured Rayo Tapatio I which sucked b/c I wanted to see the eternal Arena Coliseo opener.:( It also sucked b/c it meant the match was worked much slower with Metalico involved. He didn't try to do too much which is his usual downfall so I was happy with his performance. The rudos were great and carried the tecnicos through most of the match but my performer of the match goes to the gentleman sitting in the front row near the ringpost. In the third fall he JUMPED UP AND STOOD IN FRONT OF A WOMAN HOLDING HER NEWBORN BABY as Metalico did a ringpost tope suicida! Now THAT was the spot of the night!

Women: Completely average match. Lluvia just holds back this crew way too much. She was gassed after a simple one minute exchange with Amapola. Tecnicas took the match which was a waste of TV time.

La Sombra/La Mascara/Volador Jr. vs Mephisto/Terrible/Texano Jr.: By the numbers but at least an entertaining by the numbers match. Terrible/Texano crack me up with their rudo shtick. Sombra hurt himself when he botched his second rope tornillo to the floor and hit his head on the apron. Reminded me of that brutal blown spot from his second TV match with the gimmick in Arena Mexico. Rudos got DQ'ed.

Cage Match: Alright... so I already explained the flawed logic of 5 vs 10 but this got even more ridiculous when everyone entered the cage. ... PIERROTHITO ATTACKED PEQUENO WARRIOR! ELECTRICO ATTACKED PEQUENO OLIMPICO! WHY??? WHAT THE FUCK WOULD YOU DO THAT FOR? After weeks of building this as CMLL mini's vs Puebla... in less than 10 seconds it turned into a random cage match! At least the Puebla guys seemed to grasp the concept although that may have just been b/c they were so outnumbered they never got the chance to attack each other. The usual rules were in effect so nobody could escape the cage for 5 minutes and right when that 5 minute mark hit... MASS EXODUS! People were just flying out of the cage and nobody even tried to stop them. It was such a mess. When someone would do something cool (Fantasy's finisher or Dorada taking big bumps), the camera would naturally be in the wrong spot. I WAS SO FRUSTRATED AT THIS MATCH! It only got good when it came down to four guys since Dorada had room to show off some moves including a moonsault from 3/4 up on the cage and his acrobatic escape. To put an exclamation point on how awful this was - Pierrothito blew his finishing submission spot and just had to roll Mr. Rafaga over and pin him. It looked horrible and the crowd didn't react... not that they reacted to much anyhow.

Horrible show and the main event killed the cage match gimmick in this arena much like the midcarders match a few weeks later killed the match in Arena Mexico. FWIW, they aired this show instead of the usual Monday show taped 3 days later in the same building which had:

CMLL (MON) 08/17 Arena Puebla
1) Ares & Guerrero Mantis b Black Tiger & Tigre Rojo
2) Artillero, Fuerza Chicana, Súper Comando b Centella de Oro, Delta, Diamante
3) Fabián el Gitano, Leono, Tony Rivera b Durango Kid, Escorpion, Loco Max
4) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Mictlán, SWAT, Toscano and Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Sagrado and Naito, Shigeo Okumura, Yujiro
5) Último Guerrero b Héctor Garza [CMLL HEAVY]

I'm pissed we will never get to see that segunda but pretty sure this show would have been worse overall so no harm done.

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Blogger the Cubs Fan said...

I still like my idea of Locals vs Outsiders ciberneticos better than this cage lameness. Very rarely does anyone actually bother to tell a story in a lucha cage match, regardless of it there's one going in (like here) or not.

You know, there's a place where you can actually put in a title for each post!

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