CMLL TV 5/13/06 (5/12/06)
Written By Robert Bihari
Mexico vs The World and Pierroth – Torneo Cibernetico: Both teams came out together which was great b/c I thought for sure we’d see individual entrances taking up 15 minutes and then a clipped 10-15 minute match. The match actually really exceeded my expectations and was quite good. I think having all the foreigners in there actually helped the match b/c they aren’t used to the CMLL main event style which is: move -> pose for 10 seconds -> rinse/repeat 4 times in a row. So every time a guy would start posing, he’d get attacked and they’d go into a sequence. The match was joined a few minutes in and poor Hajime Ohara got eliminated right away so his appearence lasted all of 25-30 seconds. This wasn’t a typical Torneo where every exchange led to a pinfall which was a refreshing change. I’d say Pierroth was the star of his team. He seemed to be giving instructions from ringside and took about 10 out of the 20 bumps he has left in him in this match alone. Probably his best in-ring performance since he came back from his injury in 2000. None of the foreigners looked out of place at all. Garza seemed to hurt his back when he did his tornillo to eliminate Milano and then had to take a german supelx from Takemura. Parka/Wagner had issues with each other which led to both their eliminations and a brawl as the in-ring action continued. The only flaw in the match was when it came down to the final four. I was about to congratulate CMLL for booking the first every Torneo where no double pinfall occurs… and then of course it happened. But even worse was they BLEW IT. Dos Jr. went to put a surfboard on Takemura but they were right beside the ropes. I dunno what he was thinking. When both their shoulders came down, they were almost falling out of the ring and the refs refused to count. So Dos dragged Takemura to the middle of the ring and they did the EXACT SAME SPOT OVER AGAIN. Wow. If this had been a GdR match with Tigre Blanco/Dr. X doing that spot, we’d never hear the end of it. Absolutely horrible. Guerrero and Stamboli made up for it with a nice ending exchange. First few minutes were cut out but this still got 25+ minutes! I hope the Torneo they are taping next week at Arena Coliseo gets that much time. Rating: 1
Momentos had a cool spot where Tigre Blanco assisted Tigre Metalico into a plancha over the ringposton Dr. X. Then Pantera gave Mazada a Styles Clash off the second turnbuckle. Everything else was repeats.
Atlantis/Rey Bucanero vs Keiji Mutoh/Ultimo Dragon: Hooooooooooooooooooooooly crap this was awful. Us folks on the internet know Mutoh’s glory days are way behind him but right when it was announced he would be in Mexico, all the magazines began hyping his debut as something special b/c he was a huge star… so to the average Arena Mexico fan – they were expecting him to be this huge star with insane charisma or at the very least… be an entertaining wrestler. Instead they got a bald old man who was blowing every spot! They even began to boo him at a couple of points. This worked well for Ultimo Dragon of course who looked like a star since he was hitting all his spots perfectly. Mutoh barely caught Bucanero trying a dive in the second fall which could have been really bad. In the third fall Los Guerreros had some miscommunication leading to Atlantis giving Bucanero a forearm and then Mutoh nailed his Shining Wizard while Bucanero was pinned with the Asai DDT. Really awful match with tons of miscommunication. Rating: 0
Mistico vs Black Warrior – NWA Middleweight Title: Mistico busted out the Santo headscissors on the mat spot early on which got a huge pop. They sped things up a bit and it ended in a spot where Mistico superkicked Warrior on the outside but then did his usual asai moonsault into opponent’s feet spot. Warrior threw him back inside, hit a flying elbowdrop and then locked on a submission to win the fall. In the second fall Mistico got his knee worked over but of course fought back and used his generic second fall singles match winning move -> somersault into a sunset flip. Third fall had the expected fast start and Mistico nailing Warrior with a plancha off the top rope. Unfortunately they CLIPPED AHEAD immediatly after that to a shot of both men laying in the ring tired. Mistico sent Warrior outside again for a running tornillo plancha! I’m guessing they edited out all of Warrior’s offense b/c it turned into the Mistico show with him hitting moves and getting nearfalls galore. This all led to a horrible ref bump + low blow finish. Really disapointing match. Probably the worst Mistico’s singles match that has made TV so far. Rating: .25
1.25 out of 3 but that is so deceiving. Just a one match show pretty much. Pierroth was the star of the entire show! YIKES!