CMLL TV 3/27/11 Report – Galavision USA return!
Written By Alfredo Esparza
CMLL returned to Galavision in the USA after about a five-year hiatus. Its really difficult to figure out just how this will continue moving forward as the last time CMLL was on Galavision, they were several weeks (maybe months) behind and they also had some preemptions and at some point Galavision just stopped and went on with only AAA on the channel.
The show that aired this past Sunday was the same thing that aired on Saturday in Mexico, so its a one-day turnaround as of now. Of course they decided to begin their return to Galavision in the US with the Homenaje A Dos Leyendas show from March 18th. They stated it would be a two parter and at the end of the show made sure to mention it a second time. The next show should be the stronger half from the 3/18 show as they mentioned the Mascara Dorada vs. Averno match. They also kept hyping up the Gran Alternativa tournament.
Pólvora DQ Sangre Azteca [lightning]
This match was from the 1/21 Arena Mexico show and it sucked! Polvora should wrestle exclusively in trios matches. He’s not good enough to be in a singles match were he gets exposed. I would have been harsher on these two, but while this match was on Galavision, they were a part of a trios match from Guadalajara airing on Teleformula and were perfectly fine in that match. Back to Galavision, Sangre Azteca looked horrible as a tecnico in this match, but did fine in that role going against Misterioso Jr. and Escorpion (who teamed with Polvora). Lightning match ended in a DQ when Polvora fouled Sangre Azteca. This was a pretty dumb ending because not only is one of Sangre Azteca’s main spots a legdrop/dropkick with his feet hitting his opponents crotch, but Galavision aired replays of the two times he did this to Polvora.
I really like the idea behind a “match relampago” but those matches can go wrong for two reasons, 1) bad match-up or 2) bad finish and this match had both in it. The good news is it went like 4 minutes, so I watched the Guadalajara match instead.
The 50th time I see the Shake Weight commercial and I still laugh when that dude is lifting it and when he’s done he lets out an “aaahhh!!!” Who created that thing anyway? Somewhere there is someone working out with a shake weight, while in his snuggie.
Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito b Bam Bam, Eléctrico, Mascarita Dorada
Match was from 1/14 from Arena Mexico and while I was watching it, I mentioned how much fun it was and then like after the first fall I realized I had just seen this on LATV and the odds are pretty good that I’ll end up rewatching it on LATV about 3-4 more times until I finally realize that I’ve seen this match already! Still a fun match watching it a second time. Mascarita Dorada’s mat work gets overlooked due to his high-flying. Pierrothito is still the best rudo in Mexico. He can wrestle, he does his rudo spiel and when he celebrates its not to the cheers of fans, but to his delight from whatever nasty deed he’s done to his opponent.
Match ended with all three tecnicos botching a highspot. Pierrothito forces Bam Bam to submit. Mascarita Dorada gets stretchered out. Los rudos celebrate.
Somehow Luna Magica made it onto Momentos Estelares and it wasn’t due to botching the Asai moonsault!
Diamante, Metro, Stuka Jr. DQ Euforia, Raziel, Shigeo Okumura
I’d like to take this time to apologize to Raziel for briefly confusing him with Polvora and letting out a “Well, I’ll be damned!” when initially thinking that I’d be watching three Polvora matches on a Sunday afternoon. Eh, Okumura. I take back my apology!
Its funny seeing the CMLL ring girls try to dance to every song used during ring introductions. They would make horrible strippers because they can’t dance to Dr. Feelgood. Then they just fall apart when Los Cancerberos spooky song starts. Some of them stop dancing, but a few try.
Tecnicos win the first fall. Pretty good when Stuka Jr. and Metro were in the match, but WHOA, Diamante screws up his spot and the fans boo him. Diamante’s a guy who should wrestle exclusively on non-televised shows or in Guadalajara because he’s not ready. He hit a tornillo to the outside onto Raziel. Metro forces Okumura to submit and Stuka Jr. pins Euforia.
Tecnicos win the second fall when Euforia pulls off Stuka Jr’s mask off and gets DQ’ed. Far better fall with Raziel eliminating Diamante with a top rope pump-handle facebuster that I’m sure has a cooler name. Raziel then got eliminated by Metro with a belly-to-back suplex. Metro hit a plancha onto Euforia outside. Then they went to the DQ finish.
Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Último Guerrero (Guerreros Del Atlantida) b Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Valiente
Blue Panther does an interview about Angel Blanco, but really talks about a bunch of other legends and doesn’t really say much. He’s the master of the runaround when it comes to not answering a question directly.
Finally, the CMLL ring girls get a song they can dance to, “La Puerta Negra”!
There was only about 15 minutes left for the final match, but these guys had a good match. First fall went to Los Guerreros del Atlantida. Ultimo Guerrero gets the submission by using a wacky move were he’s holding one guy upside down by the legs and the other right side up by the arms and spins around. I think they should call it the “Guerrero-Go-Round“.
Los Guerreros del Atlantida then start the 2nd fall by tossing Angel de Oro over the top rope, who gets hit with a top rope dropkick by Dragon Rojo Jr. to the delight of the rudo fans. The rudos continue their beat down on the tecnicos with Dragon Rojo Jr. hitting a dropkick to Valiente’s nuts. Everyone goes on the ramp, but tecnicos recover. Blue Panther tosses Ultimo Guerrero over into the ring and then Angel de Oro hits a huracanrana and then a cartwheel into a no-hands plancha to the outside. Blue Panther forces Atlantis to submit with a wacky submission hold and Valiente pins Dragon Rojo Jr. after hitting him with a front cracker. Tecnicos win the second fall.
Third fall starts with Blue Panther getting Dragon Rojo Jr. in a submission hold, but Ultimo Guerrero breaks it. Ultimo Guerrero charges into a corner and falls to the outside. Atlantis grabs Blue Panther, but Blue Panther uses the momentum to go flying to the outside hitting Ultimo with a tope. Valiente sends Dragon Rojo Jr. to the outside, but instead of hitting him with the Valiente Special, he hits it onto Ultimo Guerrero. Angel de Oro and Blue Panther come in at the same time to attack Atlantis, but Atlantis ducks when Angel De Oro charges him, but catches Blue Panther in La Atlantida. Dragon Rojo Jr. then grabs Angel de Oro in the Atlantida as well. They get both guys to submit to that move for the win.
They air a bit of a tribute to Fabian El Gitano and mention what’s going to air next week. I wouldn’t be surprised if all they air from Dos Leyendas this Sunday is just the Averno vs. Mascara Dorada match, which is alright.