Electrico & Fantasy vs. Pequeno Nitro & Pequeno Olimpico 14:54 [7:34 & 3:30 & 3:50] good
Drone & Metatron & Starman vs. Arkangel de la Muerte & Canelo Casas & Nitro 19:34 [10:02 & 3:23 & 6:09]
Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado & Virus vs. Esfinge & Fuego & Triton 15:45 [7:11 & 2:14 & 6:20]
Olimpico & Sam Adonis & Vangellys vs. Angel de Oro & Guerrero Maya Jr. & Johnny Idol 13:45 [5:24 & 3:19 & 5:02]
Mexican National Welterweight Title Match: Rey Cometa vs. Cavernario 20:51 [4:03, 1:44, 15:04]. Anytime these two get together, it's going to be good as individually they are two of the elite luchadors, but they also elevate each others level. They went all out of give this a big match feel, showing the kind of desperation & desire that would normally be reserved for a big main event mask match. The 1st 2 falls were something of a let down, but kind of by design as they set the stage for a great 3rd fall that worked to some extent because the 1st two falls were "disappointing". To an extent, the match would have seemed better constructed if it were simply a 1 fall match, as the 1st fall consisted of very reasonable technical wrestling, solid opening stuff for any junior style match, and the 2nd fall began to speed things up. Just tossing finishes in didn't really work for those falls as individual entities, but they made it work by playing the 3rd fall off the 1st two. The 1st fall was surprisingly slow, with Cavernario running into the Spanish fly just when it seemed ready to get going. The action really started with the 2nd, as Cavernario's aggression kicked in and things got good quickly, but the fall itself was ridiculously short. The advantage of starting with two brief falls that literally just ended out of nowhere was they were able to garner a lot more drama out of their nearfalls early in the 3rd, having already drawn you into a scenerio where 1 big move was enough. They really did a good job of putting over the idea that both were ready to go at any time & this was going to be another short fall, which would have been massively disappointing, but it felt believable because they just did it twice. This was never really fast paced, they sold as though they were about dead from the beginning of the 3rd fall, but proceeded to do only highspots for the entire 15 minutes including 4 dives. There weren't really great sequences here, and it didn't feel so much like a lucha match as a puroresu heavyweight match, but if you bought into the selling the match felt more substantial as every move seemingly could have ended the match but they just found ways to keep going. I can see where some people will think this is a tremendous match because they did great moves & actually got a lot out of them, although one problem was they really went hard on getting mileage out of the moves yet the crowd wasn't cooperating until the end, so it never had a match of the year aura about it despite the wrestling being on that level. The fans finally came alive when Cavernario had Cometa in la tapatia, having already won the 2nd fall with his cavernaria (which has the same basic setup), but this was in the final minutes. Keeping with the dramatic bent of the match, Cometa had to pull out a Canadian destroyer to beat Cavernario, who surely would have kicked out again if he wasn't completely incapacitated, and he proceeded to do a stretcher job. I don't think this is the best match they could have by any means, but I loved the effort they put into making it important. Their 5/16/17 match is more exciting and better from a hold for hold, sequence for sequence perspective, but they're just going there & especially without a finish it doesn't feel as consequential. If they could take the drama from this match & combine it with the skill from that match, that would be a real classic. ***3/4
Marco Corleone & Maximo Sexy & Volador Jr. vs. Mr. Niebla & Rey Bucanero & Terrible 6:23
AAA World Tag Title #1 Contenders Steel Cage Match: Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs. El Mesias & Pagano 14:54
AAA Reina de Reinas Title #1 Contenders Six Way Elimination Match: Ayako Hamada vs. Big Mami vs. Faby Apache vs. Goya Kong vs. Lady Shani vs. La Hiedra 11:08
Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown vs. Monster Clown & Murder Clown 8:25
Rey de Reyes 2017 Match: Argenis vs. Averno vs. Bengala vs. Chessman vs. El Elegido vs. La Parka vs. Nicho el Millonario vs. Nino Hamburguesa vs. Pimpinela Escarlata 15:52
BARACAL 3/11/17: Rush vs LA Park 22:46. 1st half was an ECW style brawl around the arena using weapons. 2nd half was a gimmicky wrestling match with a couple of well timed chair shots, the best of which saw Park run the ropes to tope La Mascara but Rush get up & level him with the steel. Park impressed late with a few dives & big spear after getting destroyed throughout the early portion, & they built up some good momentum & drama, but then it was just marred by outside/ref interference & a finish that made no sense given all that was allowed before it.
AAA Reina de Reinas Title Match: Taya vs. Ayako Hamada 12:55
AAA Latin American, AAA Cruiserweight, AAA Heavyweight Title Match: Johnny Mundo vs. Hijo del Fantasma vs. Texano Jr. 16:27
Mask vs. Hair: Aerostar vs. Super Fly 8:28 + 0:03
LyC 4/9/17: Daga & Rey Fenix vs. Sammy Guevara & Ultimo Ninja 16:26. All out aerial spectacle in the Japanese style of lucha (one fall, flashy offense from both sides rather than mostly cheating & brawling from the rudos, lots of near falls). After the first few minutes, the match was essentially a lengthy finishing segment, and an over the top crazy one at that, with even a double Canadian destroyer merely being one of many near falls. Guevara was backflipping here, there, and everywhere, whether it be instead of a leapfrog or for a no touch dive or reverse Frankensteiner or while holding the opponent on his Spanish fly. He did a great combo sequence where he powerslammed Fenix, forward rolled over him, had a moonsault & a standing moonsault avoided, but still kept coming & finally connected with a standing shooting star press. The main story was 4-year-veteran Guevara pushing 12-year-veteran Fenix, with Guevara elevating himself to the point you felt he could, if not should beat the more established star. Fenix did & especially took a lot of wild spots, but although Daga wasn't nearly the flyer the others were, he was actually the standout on his team in terms of facilitating the action, holding the match together, and timing the double teams & transitions. He also was actually a good striker, and by that, I mean, he sometimes punched & kicked in the manner someone that actually took some classes would, using combinations & feints rather than solely doing the horrid lazy flatfooted exchanging that always passes as striking. It's sad that I should have to point out that a should be basic spot such as switching to a low kick when his high kick feint brought Guevara's block up was a highlight of a sport where you are cooperating so you could always show your opponent how to react then follow up by instead nailing them in the open area. Ninja had some nice contributions as well, but just didn't seem as dynamic or charismatic as the others. Guevara is just so athletic that even though Ninja did a cornerstand into an Arabian press, an Orihara moonsault, and so on, it was just hard for his flying to really stand out, especially in a match that was about Guevara vs. Fenix. This isn't the best all around match you'll ever see by a long shot, but for great offense & effort it's outstanding, and the match does work dramatically. ****
Oro Jr. & Starman vs. Arkangel de la Muerte & Espiritu Negro 15:09 [5:31 & 4:40 & 4:58]
Amapola & Dalys & Zeuxis vs. Estrellita & Marcela & Princesa Sugehit 14:38 [8:28 & 2:32 & 3:38]
lightning match: Angel de Oro vs. Ripper 9:19
Esfinge & Guerrero Maya Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs. Bobby Villa & Dragon Rojo Jr. & Polvora 15:51 [5:49 & 6:04 & 3:58]. Really high paced aerial action with the technicos totally in go mode. Rojo was the only rudo that added much, but the technicos just kept doing one flying move after another & only needed Villa & Polvora to catch them & concede to be played as fools anyway. The rudos were pretty much cartoon foils in how they were constantly outdone & outsmarted by their more agile counterparts. Soberano hit a nice torneo off the giant screen & they did two triple dives in a row in the 2nd fall. They got greedy trying to follow it up with more dives, but Polvora pulled Maya off the apron & Villa turned Esfinge's hurricanrana off the apron into a powerbomb, allowing Rojo to get the ultra contrived pin on Soberano with essentially the 1st two moves he'd taken all match, a spinebuster & diving footstomp. The brief 3rd fall was the rudos finally getting their offense. They showed some good teamwork, but this was nowhere near the excitement of the 1st two falls until the final minute where Maya hit an Orihara moonsault & Soberano did a nice sequence with Rojo highlighted by Rojo turning his diving hurricanrana into a nasty powerbomb. Soberano was really the star here, but to an extent it was Rojo who stood out most because he was so far above his partners & allowed the match to occasionally rise above flyers vs. Keystone Cops. Good match.
Euforia & Niebla Roja & Ultimo Guerrero vs. Dragon Lee & Stuka Jr. & Titan 11:52 [4:35 & 2:41 & 4:36]
Caristico & Diamante Azul & Marco Corleone vs. La Mascara & Pierroth & Rush 10:42 [4:52 & 5:50]
Mercurio & Pierrothito vs. Acero & Aereo 11:46 [5:38 & 3:10 & 2:58]
La Jarochita & Marcela & Skadi vs. Amapola & Reyna Isis & Tiffany 13:19 [6:35 & 3:19 & 3:25]
lightning match: Misterioso Jr. vs. The Panther 5:13
Fuego & Pegasso & Stigma vs. Disturbio & Puma & Tiger 14:58 [5:37 & 3:09 & 6:12]. Consistent quality action, but while it went a little longer than expected, it didn't really get hot & reach the level they're capable of until the very end, partially because Stigma had an off night. Pegasso is really spectacular here, virtually every spot he was involved in was a handspring or some sort of midair twist. Disturbio did a nice job of existing as a separate entity to counterpart his teammates regularly being in unison. Good match.
Blue Panther & Johnny Idol & Rey Cometa vs. Bobby Villa & Cavernario & Polvora 14:27 [7:22 & 7:05]
Atlantis & Caristico & Mistico vs. Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja & Ultimo Guerrero 12:37 [4:50 & 3:00 & 4:47]
Concord & Hijo Del Vikingo vs. Bronco Gonzalez Jr. & Guerrero de Plata 9:11. Incredibly athletic match, very spectacular, and particularly graceful, but more imporantly, I loved the way Vikingo used his athleticism to create a back & forth counter driven match. Everyone had their moments, but this was totally the Vikingo show, as he did all his flashy perfectly balanced gymnastics - handsprings, carwheels, landing on the top rope or even the opponents shoulders (into a rana) - in a manner that would be the catalyst for the sequences, with Bronco often countering rather than simply standing there watching Vikingo hit whatever jumping move was next on the itinery. Normally, I'm not that fond of spots such as the swandive guillotine leg drop because the opponent just lays draped over the ropes forever waiting to get hit, but there was a great one where Bronco tried to make Concord pay for playing to the crowd with his back turned to him, but Concord saw the dropkick coming & Vikingo swandived in from his own corner to catch Bronco as soon as he saw Bronco was stuck in the ropes. Vikingo hit a space flying Tiger drop before finishing with a reverse 450 splash. He really looked tremendous, and elevated the level of everyone else, particularly the rudos who seemed to be more willing athletic bumpers that went along with Vikingo than the actual facilitors you'd expect them to be. Very good match.
Lanzeloth & Mascara de Bronce vs. Dalton Bragg & Joe Lider 5:44
Aerostar & Australian Suicide & Bengala & Drago vs. Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria & El Mesias & Pagano 9:52
GALLI 6/4/17: Billy Star vs. Penta Zero M vs. Gringo Loco vs. Isaias Velazquez vs. Carnalito
Apocalipsis & Artillero vs. Bengala & Magia Blanca 11:55 [4:48, 3:06, 4:01]
Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro & Pequeno Olimpico vs. Aereo & Electrico & Fantasy 12:47 [6:16, 2:40, 3:51]
Drone & Fuego & Star Jr. vs. Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado & Virus 15:02 [7:20, 4:07, 3:35]
Felino & Ripper & Sam Adonis vs. Blue Panther Jr. & Soberano Jr. & The Panther 11:55 [0:36, 6:07, 5:12]
Rey Cometa vs. Cavernario 16:53 [1:14, 1:56, 14:03]. This was structured similarly to their 3/14/17 match, but they went purely for action. They wrestled this at lightning match pace even though it was twice as long as a lightning match & only 3 minutes shorter than their "slower" 3/14 match. Aside from Cavernario playing to the crowd once in a while, the match was pretty much perpetual motion. Cavernario blitzed Cometa from the opening bell, & they exchanged stupidly short falls with the wrestler who dominated & hit a dive then getting pinned with a single move more or less upon returning to the ring. The good news is this saved all the time for the 3rd fall, which was exceptional. I liked the timing spot where Cometa slid to the floor to avoid presumably another running lariat from Cavernario, so Cavernario instead got him with a springboard plancha. Cavernario's all out aggression never waivered, both in terms of pushing the pace but also using big power moves & generally taking risks. Sometimes all these aspects became intertwined, such as Cometa catching Cavernario midair & turning his 2nd rope hurricanrana into a nasty Ligerbomb. Because Lucha falls make no sense, Cavernario survived a top rope Spanish fly in the 3rd after getting pinned with a single standing Spanish fly in the 1st, but they again went for big drama in the 3rd with several near falls, just spending less down time playing up their injuries. I like the intensity Cavernario brings to his singles matches. I know heels whining when the face kicks out is nothing special, but Cavernario has a different kind of frustration, it's not comical, but rather urgent, like the result actually matters. Unfortunately, this irritation soon boiled over, and led to the cheeseball foul that kept this from being a 4 star match. I'd rather watch this match again than their 3/14 match, it's just better action & a higher level of craftsmanship, and generally more awe-inspiring, but 3/14 does feel more complete & satisfying because Cometa takes Cavernario out. ***3/4
Atlantis & Marco Corleone & Titan vs. Hechicero & Kraneo & Mr. Niebla 10:37 [2:50, 2:13, 5:34]
Magnus & Sensei vs. Akuma & Espiritu Negro 11:05 [4:12 & 3:06 & 3:47]
La Jarochita & Princesa Sugehit & Silueta vs. Amapola & Dalys & Zeuxis 14:47 [6:54 & 3:09 & 4:44]
Drone & Guerrero Maya Jr. & Stuka Jr. vs. Sagrado & Dragon Rojo Jr. & Polvora 15:52 [4:02 & 2:44 & 9:06]. Started decently with two quick falls, but built up well to an excellent third fall that had some real drama because there were spots where the match would normally end, but they actually keep going. Rojo was good, & Sagrado had a nice segment with Drone, but Polvora was the featured rudo, and made a lot of contributions rather than just being made to look a fool. They built around the triple dive spot, teasing it in the first with the rudos seeing it coming & running back in to stop them on the run & get the 1st fall with whatever they slapped on then having it work then partially be stopped when they tried to go right back to it, isolating Stuka & Polvora. Polvora survived Stuka's hurricanrana & got his legs up for the moonsault though. A little later, Drone & Maya both hit dives again isolating Stuka & Polvora, with Polvora again surviving, which would have been great except he then inexplicably fouled & unmasked Stuka for the DQ. Good match.
Lightning Match: Cavernario vs. Titan 9:17. Both men were very impressive here, playing their roles really well. Cavernario did a nice job of carrying this, pushing the pace & keeping things moving with a nice mix of flying & power throws. Titan is both very spectacular & creative when he wants to be, & today was one of those nights. These two have so much familiarity & work so well together they were able to try things that required very precise timing. The standout spot was Cavernario sliding under the bottom rope to the floor to avoid the swandive move Titan was setting up into the ring only to have Titan instead change it into a swandive moonsault to the floor. If Cavernario was a little slow on his slide or transition back to standing, Titan would just have been landing on his feet out there because he really didn't give him any excess time to position himself, but that was also what made the spot so impressive. I also loved the early spot where Cavernario did a leap frog & set up for a monkey flip, but Titan dove over him & walked on his hands then spung back to his feet into a backflip for a flying headscissors. Titan had these kind of highlights, but a lot of that was Cavernario doing a great job of setting him up to shine. Cavernario's cavernaria finish pretty much came out of nowhere, but they pushed the time limit almost to the max, so I can't complain too much. Good match.
Angel de Oro & Atlantis & Valiente vs. Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja & Ultimo Guerrero 7:22 [4:55 & 2:27]. Roja completes his face turn, finally splitting with the Guerreros.
Caristico & Marco Corlone & Mistico vs. Ephesto & Mephisto & Negro Casas 11:16 [4:51 & 2:06 & 4:19]
Ares & El Malayo & King Jaguar vs. Arkalis & Espiritu Maligno & Zaeta Roja
Marcela & Princesa Sugehit & Sanely vs. Amapola & Reyna Isis & Tiffany
Angel de Oro & Johnny Idol & Stigma vs. Dragon Rojo Jr. & Niebla Roja & Polvora
Relevos Increibles: Marco Corleone & Mascara Ano 2000 & Mr. Niebla vs. Pierroth & Ripper & Rush
Euforia & Gran Guerrero & Ultimo Guerrero vs. Atlantis & Mistico & Valiente
Grako & Yago vs. Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial
Shockercito & Stukita & Ultimo Dragoncito vs. Mercurio & Pequeno Universo 2000 & Pequeno Violencia
Dalys & Reyna Isis & Tiffany vs. La Vaquerita & Marcela & Skadi
Lightning Match: Drone vs. Disturbio
Felino & Mr. Niebla & Negro Casas vs. Blue Panther & Guerrero Maya Jr. & Johnny Idol
Hechicero & Rey Bucanero & Terrible vs. Atlantis & Marco Corleone & Titan
Flyer & Oro Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel
Fuego & Star Jr. & Stigma vs Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado & Virus 7:02, 3:02, 6:38. They put the effort into laying this match out & building it up, and that really made the difference. They slowly drew you in with consistently solid action & built the match up during the 1st 2 falls, which were not amazing but pretty steady & flowed together in some kind of a credible fashion rather than just being the usual random collection of moves that just abruptly ends, so by the 3rd fall you found yourself actually caring when they did a near fall. They picked up the pace for the 3rd, with a lot of hot moves, but this was also a back & forth fall where the winners were in doubt. Fuego was generally on fire, but Virus thwarted his plancha to Sagrado by pushing him off the top to the floor just as he was set to leap, so Sagrado was able to just stand there with his hands on his hips while Fuego misfired 5 feet short then join his teammates in a triple team to finish Star. Though Fuego vs. Virus was probably the best pairing, Star vs. Misterioso got the match off on the right foot working & putting over the back & forth technical segment, and generally, the effort was collective with everyone was giving a good performance. Good match.
Blue Panther Jr. & Rey Cometa & The Panther vs Puma & Sam Adonis & Tiger 3:59, 3:32, 7:41. There's not a lot to this match, it's just fun, fast paced, high flying action with a bunch of dives & superkicks. Puma & Tiger totally carry the match, looking good individually & showing great teamwork. Their offense is better than most technicos, so they more than made up for the Panthers not contributing that much, and also set things up really well & kept making good things happen. Cometa was on fire, doing almost nothing that wasn't spectacular. The Cometa vs. Puma/Tiger segments totally made the match. Panther did a few good things but hardly seemed involved. Panther Jr & Adonis didn't really distinguish themselves, but were spotted so well they still fit in & maintained the general flow & quality as well as could be expected. Good match.
Lightning Match: Stuka Jr. vs Polvora
Angel de Oro & Mistico & Niebla Roja vs Euforia & Gran Guerrero & Ultimo Guerrero. Roja's 1st match as a technico since 6/11.
Caristico & Marco Corleone & Valiente vs Barbaro Cavernario & Pierroth & Rush
Astro & Meyer & Paris vs. El Perverso & Guerrero Espacial & Sombra Diabolika 10:30 [5:29 & 2:49 & 2:12]
Astral & Espiritu Maligno & Magnus vs. Ares & El Malayo & Joker 12:38 [5:29 & 4:24 & 2:45]
King Jaguar & Olimpico & Virus vs. Fuego & Guerrero Maya Jr. & Tigre Rojo Jr. 17:14 [7:20 & 4:52 & 5:02]
Atlantis & Titan & Valiente vs. Hechicero & Mascara Ano 2000 & Vangellys 14:27 [7:25 & 2:08 & 4:54]
Angel de Oro & Mistico & Niebla Roja vs. Euforia & Gran Guerrero & Ultimo Guerrero 10:00 [2:55 & 2:05 & 5:00]
Artillero & Espanto Jr. vs. Bengala & Sangre Imperial 11:56 [4:46 & 2:50 & 4:20]
Acero & Aereo & Electrico vs. Pequeno Nitro & Pequeno Olimpico & Pequeno Violencia 14:28 [7:16 & 2:29 & 4:43]
Fuego & Johnny Idol & Stigma vs. Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado & Virus 17:07 [8:13 & 3:37 & 5:17]
lightning match: Titan vs. Ephesto 6:52
Blue Panther & Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther vs. Cuatrero & Mascara Ano 2000 & Sanson 15:38 [5:04 & 2:18 & 8:16]
Cavernario & Negro Casas & Shocker vs. Stuka Jr. & Valiente & Volador Jr. 9:03 [3:50 & 1:51 & 3:22]
Raziel & Virus VS. Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial 12:31 [3:50 & 3:23 & 5:18]
Dragon Rojo Jr. & Misterioso Jr. & Polvora vs. Drone & Guerrero Maya Jr. & Stuka Jr.13:40 [5:48 & 3:13 & 4:39]
relevos increibles match: Shocker & Terrible & Vangellys vs. Kraneo & Pierroth & Rush in a 16:18 [2:12 & 5:36 & 8:30]
lightning match: Dragon Lee vs. Cavernario 9:42
Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja & Valiente vs. Euforia & Gran Guerrero & Negro Casas 5:09 [3:36 & 1:33]. Gran Guerrero unmasks.
CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament Final: Caristico & Soberano Jr. vs. Sanson & Ultimo Guerrero 19:39 [4:25 & 2:50 & 12:24] excellent
Mixed Tag Match: Averno & Chessman vs. Faby Apache & Mary Apache
Mask vs. Hair Match: Psycho Clown vs. Pagano 27:46
AAA World Tag Title Four Way Match: La Secta (Cuervo & Escoria) vs. Los Totalmente Traidores (Monster Clown & Murder Clown) vs. Aero Star & Drago vs. Andrew Everett & DJ Z 13:23
AAA World Heavyweight, AAA Latin America Title & AAA World Cruiserweight Title Three Way Match: Johnny Mundo vs. El Hijo del Fantasma vs. El Texano Jr. 22:04
Mask vs. Mask Match: Psycho Clown vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. 28:42
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