Since I'm now getting this show through the miracle of WPIX-DTV2, I figured I'd give you a quick and dirty recap. Not sure how often I'll do this, but I'll try if I'm home on Saturday night if there's interest. All times approximate, and my Spanish is limited so I may be missing important things from the announcers/promos.
The announcers welcome us, and we get very quick taped promos from Black Warrior and Hector Garza regarding the trios match main event. Then we start with a title match!
Princesa Blanca (with Mima Shimoda) (rudo) vs. Marcela (champion) (with Lady Apache) for the CMLL National Women's Championship The first fall is joined in progress, although I don't think we missed much. This is very back and forthy--one woman hits some spots, then the other takes control. Marcela shows off a lot of power moves in the first fall given that she's rather small and certainly smaller than the challenger. Marcela takes the fall by wrapping her legs around Blanca's arms, leaning back, and pumping Blanca's legs for the submission. I can't say that that looked all that painful. (2:35 shown)
PB sells the arm, but immediately rallies. Marcela comes back with a rana into a DVD. But her pin attempt is turned by Blanca into a quick OFXD (by which I mean the Official Finisher of the X Division, which of course is the rollup out of nowhere). That was fast.(1:18)
They start the final fall with a slap-off until PB goes for a kick instead. Marcela hits a missle dropkick, causing PB to powder out, so Marcela nails her with a somersault plancha. PB comes in and hits a missle dropkick of her own, which gets a 2-count. Marcela puts PB in a surfboard and manuevers that into a pin, but her shoulders are down so the ref counts 2 on both of them. PB hits some nasty throws by the hair and then a few slams, collecting a couple more 2-counts on the way. Marcela comes back with a backbreaker and a hair throw of her own. She heads to the top rope, but Shimoda pulls her off. Lady Apache comes in to argue about that, which gives Blanca a chance to set up a pin with her hands locked with Shimoda's for extra leverage--how old-school. The ref turns, sees the pin, doesn't see the interference, and Princesa Blanca is a TWO-TIME, TWO-TIME CMLL women's champion! (If some cursory Googling of Lucha sites is to be trusted.) (6:26)
I haven't watched this enough to have any idea whether the title switch is a good idea or not. I can say that personally I found Marcela the better/more interesting wrestler. Not a bad match, but the lack of transitions really hurt.
Blue Panther, Hector Garza, and Dos Caras Jr. (tecnicos) vs. Black Warrior, Negro Casas, and Ultimo Guerrero Guererro establishes his heel credentials right off the bat by attacking Caras on the ramp. Eventually, he gets Caras' mask off, forcing Caras to hold it in place and eventually scramble off to a spot at ringside where he can lace it up without revealing his face. With the faces down a man, Casas flips Panther into a pin for the first fall. All heels here. (2:04)
Panther is being triple-teamed as the second fall begins, but Caras gets back into the swing of things with some jumping kicks. Garza catches Black Warrior in a scissors that he's able to turn into a pin for 3. (1:56)
Casas slaps Garza, which leads to Garza taking off his shirt and slapping back harder. Black Warrior is able to get the heels back in control. Panther taunts Guerrero into tagging in, but then makes the tag to Caras, who has been waiting to get his hands on UG. This gets a big pop. Caras is in control for a while, including a nice tilt-a-whirl slam, until UG ducks a superkick and Caras hits a referee instead. In the confusion, UG is able to again pull Caras' mask off, and then hit an OFXD for the win. If you care, I think you could catch at least a partial look at Caras' face during the replays. (4:20) And that's our show.
Nothing really jumped out at me here, and while the quantity of wrestling is good compared to the American companies, it's not all that much here considering that there isn't that much other content (no long promos or backstage skits--not that I'm complaining). The main event I caught last week was better. Still, I'm glad to be able to get a lucha fix, and the matches were entertaining if short on psychology.
Princesa Blanca is a TWO-TIME, TWO-TIME CMLL women's champion! (If some cursory Googling of Lucha sites is to be trusted.)
Nah, it's her first title. Marcela's the much better wrestler, but they spent seven straight weeks on Blanca's rudo turn and this title challenge, so the title change felt pretty certain. Might not be the end of the story, but if Marcela gets to challenge for the World title now, good things are coming.
Many lucha submissions tend to be less painful looking, but more confounding to escape. I think that was the deal in the first fall.
Main event seemed sloppy to me - Hector was off and that kick for the ref bump was really bad. They get to try again next week, as we're headed to a Dos/UG blow off. The story is Ultimo won the heavyweight title from Dos when it looked like Dos was heading to WWE, but now that Dos is sticking around, he wants a rematch.
This is pretty much the weekly format, except most weeks lately they've been clipping down the 1st match to air a special singles match between two wrestlers very low on totem pole. They didn't run one this week, because of the title match.
I saw the same Eugene correlation as soon as I read the release. However, unlike Eugene, they've managed to make this gimmick completely run-of-the-mill by the end of the first promo. Hassan's going to be just another foreign heel.