RECAP: CMLL 7/22/12 on Terra.com
terra.com aired CMLL’s 7/22 (Sunday) Arena Coliseo show in its entirety. I watched it in medium video quality and there’s been a bit of a drop-off in video quality at that level from the first show. You can watch it in HD, but its about 10-15 minutes behind. I believe the live stream in lower quality is about 2 minutes behind real time as Alexis tweeted the results and the match was still airing online.
I enjoyed the show. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t the worst show I’ve ever seen online. Hopefully if they continue to air full shows on terra.com that we’ll get a better show and really I wonder why they didn’t pick the week before to start doing this since the minis mask match felt like a terra.com exclusive feud and would have been great to watch on there.
Niño de Acero & Pequeño Halcón DQ Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000
Opener was ok. Nothing really stood out. Match ended when Mercurio ripped Niño de Acero’s mask off. Could we be having yet another feud between minis build up on terra.com with the mask match either airing on one of the TV shows, terra.com or never airing. Hmm…
Bengala, Leono, Tigre Blanco b Bobby Zavala, Disturbio, Inquisidor
Fun match. Bobby Zavala and Disturbio are becoming a fun rudo duo to watch. Yeah, Disturbio. The guy has improved quite a bit of late. He does the wacky, little spark plug rudo gimmick well. He won one of the falls with a frog splash. Announcers kept bringing up that Bengala, Tigre Blanco and Leono all had feline gimmicks. Bengala’s a solid lower card tecnico. One of the announcers was talking about how a few years ago Leono was getting a good push winning a number of hair matches and then dropped and is now trying to come back to were he was. That 2007 Leono push was interesting. Who could forget when Leono was feuding with Mogur, Mogur’s daughters were split on who they hoped would win the hair match.
Nosferatu, Raziel, Virus b Molotov, Sensei, Starman
This was the best worked match on the show. Only the great brawling between Rush and El Terrible overshadowed this match. Virus and Raziel were working at a far faster and better speed than Nosferatu, who looked huge given the size of everyone else in the match. Nosferatu looked good in the match, but again he’s teaming with elite workers and the tecnico side wasn’t strong. They did a nice job of having Nosferatu in with Sensei given big guy vs. karate guy can provide some fun moments.
I believe it was during this match that they started bringing up that the rest of the show would be airing online. I know they strongly pushed that the lightning match would air, so I looked up the lineup and was a bit disappointed…
Estrellita b Princesa Sugheit [lightning]
Match was better than I expected it would be. They didn’t have a clock showing the time since it was held at Arena Coliseo. Sugheit dominated most of the match. As the time was winding down she got a few near pins on Estrellita. Estrellita surprised her with a leglock submission hold for the win.
Diamante, Hijo del Fantasma, Triton b Ephesto, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
Okay at best. Triton provided the highlight with both a big dive in the 3rd and his awesome mask with tassles on it. Sangre Azteca’s regression apparently wasn’t just about him being a tecnico. Ephesto was pretty great. Diamante used the headscissors similarly to El Hijo del Santo, which only provides more comedy given earlier in the day I saw Skayde’s interview were he complains about Angel De Oro stealing one of his moves and then sorta complains about La Mascara (he held back on La Mascara probably realizing his argument would be lost over people knowing La Campana’s been around a long time. I believe Skayde reason was that the way La Mascara goes into the move was something he took from him). Wonder if there was this much fuss over people using a headlock or wristlock like there is with so many other moves getting re-used nowadays.
Too bad Diamante can only get a similar mask and use similar moves from El Hijo del Santo and can’t steal his talent away. Diamante is still very hit or miss at this point in his career. This performance was a miss. Okumura was pretty good in this match.
Maybe its more shows being televised, but it really seems like El Hijo del Fantasma has returned to the good graces of CMLL because he seems to be appearing on more shows in 2012 than he did last year.
Marco Corleone, Rush, Shocker b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger
Rush proves to have quicker recovery powers than even those in WWE! He had a glass portrait (no truth to the rumor that it was Sugi San approved!) smashed on his head just this past Friday and two days later not even a scratch on his head. Match got going rather quickly as Fuerza TRT attacked Rush as he entered. They then went after all the tecnicos. Rey Bucanero used KeMonito as a weapon on Marco Corleone! Is there any other rudo that has abused more mascots than Rey Bucanero?
Don’t worry KeMonito got his payback on Rey Bucanero with a senton and even did a rather obscene spot on Rey Bucanero (pictured above). Tecnicos won the match with Rush getting the win over El Terrible. After the match El Terrible challenged Rush to a hair match and Rush accepted. That should be the headline match for the Anniversary show, but with CMLL we never know.