Ricky Marvin vs Toxin vs Aramis – Mexa Wrestling – 01/27/2018 – GOOD
This is from the same card as the previously-reviewed Centvrión vs Metaleón match. It’s billed as “triangular de alto impacto” and I think it is a nice representation of the Mexican indie version of Strong Style. The guys come up with some interesting three-way spots, the story of “Toxin and Aramis need to team to outwork the veteran Marvin” is good, and everyone gets some good moves in.
Bombero Infernal © vs Dr. Cerebro [IWRG IC MIDDLE] – IWRG – 01/28/2018 – FUN
The in-ring work in this one isn’t anything special. The reason I recommend this match is that Bombero Infernal’s heel work continues to be tremendous. Watch it for that. It’s not often that between-falls stuff is this key to how good a match is.
Marcela & Zeuxis vs Keyra & Lady Maravilla – ANCLA – 02/03/2018 – GOOD
The big main event of ANCLA’s Maniacomania show is two big CMLL star veterans Marcela and Zeuxis taking on the up-and-coming “Las Conmadres” team of Keyra and Lady Maravilla. Zeuxis and Keyra have been feuding lately in Mexican indies, and the “experience vs. youth” set-up you get a heated match with a loud crowd. The venue, Salón Citlalli, has a very cool look that makes the fans a part of the action. And the action here is very good. Lots of brutal knee drops from Marcela, kicks to the face that seem like they probably hurt a lot, and a finish that continues the feud. This one’s well worth your time.
Sádico & Yoruba vs Audaz & Titán – Pura Raza – 03/03/2018 – GOOD
This match is from the debut show of a new promotion that is bringing in good CMLL wrestlers and setting up fun match-ups. This is exactly the type of situation that Audaz and Titán deserve to show off their skills outside of the CMLL undercard. Titán is great in the role of “high profile vet too good to be slumming with these indie guys.” Everyone puts in a solid performance, young Audaz displays his limitless potential, and the dives are fantastic. The main knock on this one is that I am not that into strike exchanges and there were quite a few in here, even if they were good.
Máscara de Bronce vs Bengala vs Dark Scoria vs Argenis [Rey de Reyes, semifinal] – AAA – 03/04/2018 – GREAT
I’m aware that I am probably grading on a curve and adhering to my “AAA Is Good In 2018” gimmick when I rate a 7 minute match that is all spots as “great,” but sometimes I am just in the mood to watch people do cool flips with no story and it struck me just right watching this. So yeah this one’s probably close to the border with “good” and you have been warned. Just enjoy the flips.
Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana [TLC] – AAA – 03/04/2018 – GOOD
The OGT vs Poder del Norte blow-off match is the other good match on the Rey de Reyes show with a similar value: limited storytelling, more about stout guys exploding pieces of plywood. And yes, this is a TLC title match where the rules are pinfall or submission. The belts are not hanging above the ring. Bloody and violent with interesting spots.