Match 1: Ángel Azteca Jr., Molotov, Sensei © vs Artillero, Bobby Zavala, Súper Comando
Arena Mexico, 05/01/2012
Winner: técnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 12:33
Notes: No entrances, so we'll never know if Sensei has his title. I'm guessing so. Referee is Pompin.
1: Pairs are Comando/Azteca, Artillero/Molotov, Sensei/Zavala. Basic opening fall, the first two matchups really simple with Zavala and Sensei trying more things. Azteca has good timing on the interruption plancha, the whips Artillero over to Sensei for his finish. Rudos heroically ignore their partner getting finished to go thru twenty seconds more of spots leading into their finishes.
2: More one on ones, quicker this time Zavala has a bit where he jumps over a Sensei sweep, then sticks out his chin for Sensei to kick it. Everyone gets a turn, finishing with an Angel Azteca armdrag, and Comando knocks him out of the ring to start the beatdown. Double chop/wheelbarrow suplex combo doesn't look right, but it's not the problem of the suplex.
3: Tagging beatdown includes Comando kicking Sensei out, and then doing karate. Crowd is loud for a Comando chest slap on Molotov. Rudos go for the double chop again, but got Zavala this time. Técnicos in with flying armdrag and cradles, but the Peleton del Terror kick out. Rudos whipped into each other, técnicos put on the star, Molotov and Zavala meet in the center, Molotov 'rana, one two three. Hey, that actually worked.
Match 2: Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito, Bam Bam, Astral, Fantasy, Pequeño Halcón, Aereo, Niño de Acero, Demus 3:16, Pierrothito, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Warrior, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Universo 2000, Mercurio in Pequeño Reyes del Aire
Arena Mexico, 05/01/2012
Universo step over armbar Nino de Acero (7:19)
Winner: Ultimo Dragoncito
Match Time: 25:12
Rating: very good
Notes: The entire minis division in one match! Técnicos pull a jerk move and attack the rudos as they pose for pictures. There are more of them, I don't know that you anwat to do this. Oh, they're doing the battle royal, I'll be back in a bit.
A: Demus, Nitro, Fantasy, Aereo, Universo, Olimpico, Pierrothito, Eléctrico
B: Violencia, Astral, Bam Bam, Mercurio, Warrior, Ultimo Dragoncito, Halcón, Nino de Acero
Announcers have a lot of trouble remembering Aereo's name. He needs a better gimmick. The last moment was charming. Half the people left were trying to figure out who was the one person left, and they all worked together to throw Eléctrico out. Olímpico is one of many with new gear for the occasion. He's especially hard to identify because he's had the one look forever, but now is blue/red/white. Inside the ring ref is Maya.
Fantasy and Nino de Acero start. Fantasy debuted his new gear recently. Nino de Acero has his here, and the announcers struggle identifying him too. The one big disadvantage the C3 announcers have is they're one of the few ones who are doing it live. TVC Deportes appears to be live, and Televisa may be as well (though I'm not sure it is, or always is), but everyone else is doing it well after the fact when they might be able to double check stuff. They think Acero might be Eléctrico, and I was sure it was it was Mercurio until someone passed on that it was Nino de Acero. Basic stuff to start, Fantasy gets to an armdrag and they got just as the announcers figure out who's in.
Aereo flips in to face Dragoncito. Dragoncito has a Dragon painted on his chest, and pulls of the step over flip, then nearly loses Aero on a wristlock. That seems more an Aero problem. Dragoncito gets it back so Aereo can flip out of that. More evasiveness, zero leg trips lead to another Aero flip. Don’t try to front on Dragoncito, he will shove you.
Astral and Eléctrico, usual partners who seem to fight a fair bit. Slap fight ends with Astral swinging over Eléctrico’s head randomly and then slipping on the front flip on his rope running. Eléctrico handspring headscissors send Astral to the ropes, Eléctrico flips Astral to the ropes, Eléctrico kicks him back and springboard in with a springboard dropkick. Eléctrico decides to dive – but his tope con giro is caught by the other team, and they all hold him up for kicks! Referees try to break it up, then the cavalry arrives and it's a brawl. Everyone backs off really quick. Replay shows they barely held him up, and then just dropped Eléctrico on the floor to stomp. Amusing.
Pierrothito tries to get a handshake from Mercurio, but Mercurio doesn't trust him. Pierrothito slap, Mercurio back with a slap, Pierrothito his harder, even though Mercurio has a shirt on. Off the ropes evasion, Mercurio thrust kick. Whip, reversed, Mercurio back with a headscissors, leap to the apron, Asai tornillo. Everyone lese stayed out of the way, but chase after Mercurio as he gets up.
Aereo in again with Bam Bam. Huh. Bam Bam over, under, just barely, Aero flips over a backdrop, Aereo off the ropes, back spring headscissors looks nice. Bam Bam out camera side, Aero runs, tope con giro wipes them both off. Everyone’s going to have to dive that way for a while if they don’t want to be mobbed.
Nino de Acero in and plancha-ing Universo. Nino armdrags Universo to the ropes, Universo flips him up over, Nino slaps back and slings in with a headscissors. Universo misses a clothesline and takes a random flip bump, Nino dropkicks him out, slingshot tope con giro cut off by Fantasy swing kick! Fantasy picks him up and chops Nino in the ropes. Why does Nino have an arrow on his head? Whip, grade school version of the Ultimo Guerrero/Shocker teeter totter spot, and Nino armdrags Fantasy out. That was not high speed. Nino runs to the ropes, slingshot tope con giro gets no distance, and Fantasy heroically lunges forward to catch Acero before he crashes head first on the ground. All of Nino's weight landed on Fantasy there. Sucked for Fantasy, would've been the end of Nino if he doesn't make the catch.
Demus and Violencia in. Violencia is very angry about this for some reason. Replay of Nino's near death. Violencia cuts Demus down with a clothesline. Violencia off the ropes, clothesline misses, Demus clothesline this. Demus poses. Open hand slap fight is loud. They both decide off the ropes, both dropkick, neither works. Violencia and Demus chat. Nitro is in the ring way too soon. Violencia shoves Demus, and Halcón springboard dropkicks him. Nitro finally dropkicks Violencia. Halcón goes out one way, tope con giro to Demus' neck (! don’t do that!) while Nitro goes out other way with a springboard plancha.
Warrior plancha in against Olímpico, who'd you only guess is Olímpico by process of elimination, or if he stands still long enough to see the Olímpico stripe pattern on one leg. Warrior hand walk headscissors, Olímpico gets up and shoulderblocks him, Bam Bam pulls out Olímpico and trips him up – Warrior guillotine legdrop/stomp/ Warrior really protects hi tailbone on that.
Nino back in, inside springboard plancha on Universo for two. Casadora, no, Universo with a sit down bomb, and step over armbar. Nino is done!
Pequeño Halcon dropkick out Universo. Aereo flies in with a roll but Halcón steps around. Aero clothesline misses, Halcón kick, lift, walk, and a iffy double underhook backbreaker. Crowd gets on him for the poor form. Halcón goes for a tapatía – and blows it, losing Aereo. Crowd really on no, and Halcón can't get Aero up. Finally he does, and rolls it around fine. Aereo gives the second time, but Halcón gets him up a third for good measure.
As Halcón lets go and stands, Universo is on him with a running knee. Halcón out, Mercurio in. Mercurio clothesline misses, Mercurio 'rana, Universo rolls thru one two NO. Mercurio kicks, set up, cradle piledriver looks totally illegal. One two three.
Eléctrico over, under, up to Mercurio’s shoulders and around off for a headscissors. Mercurio dumps Eléctrico the apron, Eléctrico slings back in with what the wants to be a headscissors but turns into an armdrag. Mercurio charges, Eléctrico slides him out by the chest, backs up the other corner, and flies out with a tope con giro over the post.
Nitro and Dragoncito in, Dragoncito running back and forth super fast, as Nitro just barely stands out of the way. Dragoncito gets him with a headscissors. Dragoncito follows, straight slingshot into a tope con giro, landing on his feet.
Fantasy and Halcón in. Again, handshake offered but not accepted. Halcón armdrags Fantasy and poses, and the crowd isn’t booing him as Strong as I'd suspect. Maybe they've lost track of who screwed up? Perfectly reasonable. Halcón fireman’s escapes armdrags, rope bounce armdrag. Fans signing for the rudos – there are no rudos in this ring! Halcón flipped to the apron, Fantasy knocked away, Halcón climbs up, Fantasy crotches him, moonsault side slam! One two three.
Fantasy celebrates. Astral springboards in behind him, flips off his shoulder, rolls, and runs into the ropes. Oops. Casadora armdrag sends Fantasy out. Pierrothito in, waistlock, Astral kicks him away, and he flips off his legs. Astral under a clothesline, quick turn, flip off Pierrothito’s chest, spinning armdrag sends Pierrothito out. Astral waves to the crowd, but Olímpico rushes in and kicks him, then wallops him with a big right hand slap. Double chop to the chest. Corner whip, reverses, Astral charges in, Olímpico tosses him up then pulls him off with a big face first powerbomb. Dropkick to the side sends Astral to the ramp. Mercurio rushes in and dropkicks Olímpico, but Nitro dropkicks him back. Olímpico and Nitro stay in, standing flip for Mercurio, whip, backdrop, Mercurio lands on his feet, clothesline misses, double chop does not. Olímpico clotheslines Mercurio into the ropes, Nitro charges, Mercurio sends him to the apron, Olímpico charges again, Mercurio ducks under, casadora by him – blocked, and held up so Nitro can sit on Mercurio’s back and ride him to the ground. Nitro hammerlock backcracker causes Mercurio to bounce high in the air on impact. Nitro covers, one two three.
Violencia dropkicks Nitro right away. Olímpico’s rolled out. Violencia chests laps Nitro a few times, backs up, charges, dropkick, misses, Violencia hangs in the ropes, and Nitro pulls him off with a backbreaker. Nitro backs up Violencia into the ropes, corner whip, reversed (!) Nitro charges Violencia and sets him on the op rope, Nitro climbs up with him, Warrior joins in and climbs up on top too! Warrior headscissors takes Nitro to the mat, Bam Bam adds a top rope splash, one two three.
Violencia just hops off the buckle and tries to congratulate Bam Bam, but both are clotheslined by Demus. Warrior’s left in. Demus likes this idea, Warrior does not. Warrior shoulderblock, back to the corner, kip up and out escape, backflip onto his knees, Demus' punch and kicks are blocked, Warrior tries to flip off Demus but can’t get the footing, so eh dropkick Demus instead. Warrior telegraphed clotheslined. Demus grabs the arm – double underhook piledriver, one two three.
Match pauses while Warrior spasms on the mat. Bam Bam is in, but Maya tells both guys to hold off. Stretcher is brought out, Warrior carefully put on top. Don't think it's serious, just getting over Demus' huge move. While we're waiting, the teams remaining:
A: Demus, Fantasy, Olímpico, Pierrothito, Eléctrico
B: Violencia, Astral, Bam Bam, Ultimo Dragoncito
Maya signals time in just as they're carrying Warrior thru the ropes. Demus and Bam Bam let everyone get clear before they get going. Bam Bam shoulderblock, walk up the ropes and leaping off for headscissors. Strong boos. Bam Bam miss a clothesline, and Demus chops and slaps him. Whip, Bam Bam has the ropes, Demus charges, Bam Bam moves, and Demus hits the ropes himself. Whip, no, okay this time for sure. Bam Bam flips Demus to the apron as he comes back, Demus chops back, leaps, and Bam Bam trips him up as Demus jumps. Demus gets caught hanging on the middle rope, but the wrong way – his head is out on the apron side. Bam Bam is undeterred, running to the corner, hopping up the buckles, and leaping off – guillotine legdrop to the floor! Bam Bam is a crazy person! Fantasy runs over and does tornillo thru the ropes, though barely touches Violencia and no one else is there. Fantasy lands on his feet, and just keeps on walking.
Bam Bam and Pierrothito in, evasions. Bam Bam flips over Pierrothito’s a backdrop, ducks shots, and headscissors him out. Boos for Bam Bam. Fantasy leaps in, but Bam Bam's looking back at his corner. High five to Violencia. Bam Bam looking rudo-ish all the sudden. Fantasy flipping run, wristlock, chop to chest, Fantasy runs and jumps to the top rope and off with a headscissors. Fantasy clothesline misses, Bam Bam superkicks him in the face. Boos again. Bam Bam points to his corner to set up the next bit. Fireman's drop, Violencia top rope senton, one two three. Halfway done.
Eléctrico charges Violencia, Violencia tries to put him in a hold, Eléctrico battles back, and Violencia quickly tires of this. Hard chop to Eléctrico’s chest. Knife edge chop. Whip, clothesline misses, Eléctrico dropkick to the shins, leap to the apron, and springboard elbow drop back in. Crowd boos. Break right here.
Dragoncito, who feels like has barely been in, dropkick Eléctrico out. Demus in, both yelling. Demus gets Dragoncito with a clothesline and celebrates greatly. Demus tries to start a Demus chant. Chop. Corner whip, reversed, Dragoncito charge in, Demus flips him to the apron, Demus celebrates, Fantasy slaps him and climbs up. Top rope headscissors ends Demus to the ropes, but not out. Dragoncito runs back, back spinning headscissors sends Demus out. Astral in, running up the nearest corner, stepping on the post, and diving off with tornillo onto Demus. That was a hard fall for both. Eléctrico on the apron – springboard moonsault onto Astral.
Bam Bam in, springboard plancha on Pierrothito, then up for a superkick. Chest slap for Pierrothito. Whip, reversed, Bam Bam fake out causes Pierrothito to go out. Olímpico on Bam Bam with his uppercut slap. Olímpico dropkick, Bam Bam moves, Olímpico hangs in the ropes, Bam Bam goes up – but out for a plancha onto Pierrothito. Dragon pulls Olímpico off the ropes, but Olímpico armdrags him out and follows with a pescado. Olímpico ends up rolling next to Bam Bam – and kicks him in the face! That was funny.
Demus misses a clothesline on Astral, Astral to the ropes, tripped up by – Eléctrico, it looks like. Both in, Eléctrico leapfrogs Astral, Demus trips him up – giant swing/dropkick! Demus teased it before doing it, you know he misses doing it. Double suplex, Eléctrico lets go, Astral reverses it to a small package, Eléctrico rushes over – and holds it so both guys are pinned! One two three! Eléctrico is a genius!
Eléctrico celebrates. Demus is not happy with being kicked like that. Bam Bam in, but Eléctrico gets him to take off his shirt, then makes fun of his muscle tone (or lack there off.) Chest slap fight, Eléctrico coming out the worst of that. Eléctrico off the ropes, over, waved by, back with a headlock into a headscissors and a half. Eléctrico casadora – blocked and dropped on his chest. Bam Bam drops an elbow too. Bam Bam out to the ramp – what's he trying? Thru the ropes dropkick, right, I forget he had that. One two three.
Olímpico in and slapping and forearming Bam Bam from behind. Slap to the face while he's at it. Whip, sit down takedown, roll into a half crab, Bam Bam gives.
Down to Olímpico & Pierrothito vs Ultimo Dragoncito, the Original Three. Dragoncito dropkick Olímpico, clothesline caught, and Olímpico turns it into a pumphandle side slam. One two NO, big kickout. Dragoncito ducks a clothesline, then stutters to a stop. Pierrothito is a beat late to slap him. Dragoncito turns and chops Olímpico. Chop to Pierrothito moves, Pierrothito hooks him, Dragoncito dropkicks Pierrothito out. Olímpico off the ropes, Dragoncito scoops him up – Alejandria! Olímpico is done!
Pierrothito back in. He's all that's left. Dragoncito slowly turns around to see him. Dragon off the ropes, flip escape, Dragoncito jumps over a sweep, off the ropes, scooped up and dropped with a reverse crucifix powerbomb. Pierrothito celebrates. Fans are chanting for him. Pierrothito runs for the inverted facelock, but Dragoncito pops to his feet and kick trips Pierrothito thru the ropes. Uh oh, here we go. Pierrothito is camera side. Dragon sets, runs, tope con giro – and bounce into the third row! YES! The fans catch him and pat the técnico. Replay shows the early rows were wisely cleared out. Olímpico is out arguing with someone over something, I'm not sure. Pierrothito actually makes it back first, he had a shorter journey to return. Dragoncito makes it back in, celebrates, and then falls to his knees when he realizes Pierrothito his made it back in. Poor guy, shoulderblock, Dragoncito off the ropes, casadora, Pierrothito squirms away. Dragoncito off the ropes, 'rana, one two three!
Edecanes bring out the trophy. Pierrothito takes it, hugs Dragoncito, and gives him a trophy. They make mask vs mask motions.
Al Lado del Ring: Blue Panther shows us his acupuncture studio. They use video from YouTube (and TVC Deportes) to show his unmasking, which just seems peculiar, but probably the easiest way to do it.
Triunfo: Black Warrior beats Rey Escorpion
Lance: Valiente tope Namajague
Llave: Ultimo Guerrero puts the Pulpo Guerrero on Sombra
Sensactional: Sombra and Triton beat Ultimo Guerrero and Dragon Rojo
Rudo: Negro Casas pulls Atlantis' mask and rolls him up.
Match 3: Dragón Rojo Jr. & Último Guerrero vs Blue Panther & Diamante Azul for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship
Arena Mexico, 05/01/2012
Winner: rudos (2-1), retain title
Match Time: 22:54
Rating: not good
Notes: Entrances. Guerreros enter together, wearing the belts. Belt photo is not shown. Referee is Maya. Ultimo really should've worn a non-blue outfit today, but so it goes. Dragon Rojo's upper leg is still taped.
1: Diamante Azul & Ultimo Guerrero start with three minutes of mat work, don't go anywhere interesting with it. Crowd picks up a bit when Blue Panther gets in. Panther and Rojo go longer than that on the mat, and that’s just mostly Panther trapping Dragon Rojo in holds while he tries to figure out how to sell them, and Dragon Rojo pulling limbs. This is a slow start. Panther traps Dragon Rojo in a reverse cross armbar around 6:30 in, then Dragon Rojo turns it into a standing neck stretch muffler for a bit. Dragon gets trapped, gets free, kicks, and is immediately back into an anklelock. So it goes for him. Panther puts Dragon Orjo in a camel clutch for a moment, but that’s not good enough to get the job done. Rojo whips Oanther, Azul flips him to safety and dropkicks Rojo. UG manages to knock Azul to the apron with a shoulderblock, anther knocks UG out to the floor with his own, Azul ands his ramp dive, and Panther catches Dragon Rojo with the fujiwara.
2: Rudos don't want to start the fall. Técnicos challenge them to come in, and they finally both do. Maya demands a one on one. Dragon Rojo charges Panther as the other two guy leave, and wildly misses. Panther chops Dragon Rojo. Azul back in, double tope by the técnicos. That's their one move. Whip, by Panther, Rojo reverse oddly, and UG gets in it swing kick from the apron. Rudos immediately pound the técnicos, Guerrero stomping Panther down in the corner. Rojo chops Azul out. Corner whip for Panther, Dragon Rojo clothesline, senton de la muerte. Azul kicked as he comes thru the ropes. Azul charges Guerrero, but he holds him up for a Rojo axhandle. Corner whip, Guerrero clothesline, Rojo low blow dropkick. Azul goes out, but Dragon Rojo pulls him back in. Rudos hold the técnicos in opposite corners. Técnicos whipped to each other, tripped up, Guerrero trips up their legs, and it’s the only double submission spot. Técnicos give.
3: Everyone back in their comers to star the fall. Panther stomps the mat to get the crowd going, but it settles down as he and Guerreros face off. Panther off the ropes, roll over, and knocked own with a back elbow. Corner whip, Panther reverse plancha, off the ropes, 'rana send UG out. Panther points to the crowd, Dragon Rojo inside cradle, Panther reverses to an armscissors, Dragon Rojo get an arm on the bottom rope. Panther won’t let go, and argues the point. Dragon Rojo stops that with a kick, then backs Panther up into the rudo corner. Chest slap. Corner whip, Panther kicks Dragon Rojo back, and Diamante Azul takes his head off with a clothesline. Azul taunts UG, but he's not coming in. Azul then looks at the crowd. Whip, reversed, over, sliding under a kick, double chop puts him down anyway. Dragon Rojo looks out at the crowd, except he's looking up the ramp at nothing. Whip, clothesline misses, Rojo punch blocked and Diamante Azul chops him down. Whip, giant armdrag. Dragon Rojo goes out, and Azul hits the ropes to pose. Rudos huddle. Rudos stall. Técnicos slide out after them, and gets them with chops. Whip, rudos run into each other. Técnicos say hi to the crowd, when they probably should be following up. Both rudos thrown in, and they hit the técnicos on the apron. Técnicos are rammed into each other. Panther falls down and is pulled in to one corner. Rudos grab Azul, whip, double clothesline misses, boost dropkick sends Azul carefully out, and UG takes a wild knee bump out. Stereo topes! Replays. Azul and Ultimo Guerrero back in. Azul chops UG into the corner. Crowd not happy with him. Corner whip, UG sits on the middle rope and falls Azul up. Azul talks about, and threatens a punch. Azul goes up, jab, front superplex. Will they ever learn? One two NO. Corner whip, reveres, Azul sandwiches UG with a corner clothesline, and sits him on the top rope. Azul grabs UG by the mask and hops to the top rope. Top rope 'rana? No, superbomb, one two NO. Panther seemed to be standing right there on the apron, but let Diamante Azul kick out on his own. Both guys recovery for a bit. Azul clothesline Guerrero down, backs up to the other corner, rolling senton. UG pulled out one two Dragon Rojo breaks it up. Replay of that.. Panther and Rojo chop. Rojo shoves Panther, waved back, sunset flip, Dragon Rojo is supposed to reverse it but can't, and that blows the Farmer's roll Panther was trying to set it up. They just end up laying next to each other, and Panther pulls himself on top for a two count. Poor! Panther spinebuster, half crab, Rojo's stuck but crawling and has the boot rope. Rojo trips up Panther on the middle rope, springboard dropkick, slingshot splash in, one two NO. Actual Dragon Rojo offense that's not a strike, how odd. Dragon Rojo distracted by the crowd, Panther jabs him, suplex, Dragon Rojo reverses to a small package, on two Diamante breaks it up. Crowd likes Panther, but it doesn’t carry over for his partner. Diamante Azul fireman's drop Dragon Rojo and goes up (for a moonsault?) but UG rushes over and crotches him. Azul nearly falls of the corner, but hangs on. UG shoves him back and climbs up for the Guerrero Special, but Panther breaks that up. Panther lifts Guerreros on his shoulders, and drops him forward as Azul planchas Dragon Rojo. One two NO. Panther tries starting a Diamante chant. Rojo kicks him. Rudos whip Panther into Azul, sending him out. Full nelson on panther, but Dragon Rojo kicks UG by mistake. Dragon Rojo left in with Azul, and again he gets trapped quick – cruz nipona! Dragon Rojo holds out forever, because Ultimo takes a while to return and Rojo has no way out on his own. Rojo corner whip, Panther reverses, UG flips Rojo to the apron, then fireman drops Panther. Diamante Azul is climbing up the far corner for no conceivable reason, so UG rushes over and crotches him, which just happens to leave him in perfect position for the Guerrero Special. Rojo splashes Panther, one two three.