Good news sports fans; I actually got to watch an episode of CMLL Puebla! After two weeks of being distracted by a family vacation and having to give my brother a ride during show time, I was finally able to sit down and watch CMLL’s Monday show. The bad news is it doesn’t appear CMLL has overhauled the show in the two weeks I’ve missed. The good news is the main event was strong so it was worth sitting through the show in the end. If you missed it all watching Seth Rollins go full Backdraft, here’s what happened.

 

Espíritu Maligno, Rencor, Sombra Diabólika defeated Hijo de Centella Roja, King Jaguar, Millenium two falls to one after Maligno submitted Millenium. I had just returned from a Buffalo Wild Wings as this match was going on and missed a chunk. What I did see seemed about right for the usual Puebla opener, which is to say this wasn’t very good.

 

Arkalis, Rey Samuray, Robin defeated Black Tiger, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr. two falls to one after Robin submitted Toro Bill Jr. with a Reverse Figure Four. A decent match. The technicos did a few more dives than usual and Rey Samuray actually kind of sort of hit that Brillo 450 he’s been trying for years! Of course it was several months after Hijo del Vikingo beat him to the punch but hey; what are you going to do? There still wasn’t enough action to get me fully invested but it was at least a respectful effort from the good guys.

 

Esfinge, Fuego, Stigma defeated Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado two falls to one after Esfinge pinned Okumura with his leg bridge pin. The only notable part of this match was when Stigma nearly knocked down a concessions guy while hitting a suicide dive; Puebla went nuts for this for reasons only they can explain. Maybe they just find it funny when popcorn venders nearly fall down? Everything else in this match made me want to go full Eleanor Shellstrop and scream “YA BASIC!” Get it? Cause the match was basic. I’ll see myself out.

 

Stuka Jr. defeated Templario in a Lightning Match after pinning Templario with a Stuka Splash. No idea how long this went as CMLL didn’t use the timer; must be a Puebla thing. I’d call this match a disappointment but how can it be when you had Stuka hitting a no look moonsault to the floor that was so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal in there in two weeks you’d get a diamond. The dude nearly hit his head on the turnbuckle pole on the way down! Takes a lot of skill to hit something like that, without looking no less, in such a tight space and Stuka pulling it off almost made the match worth it. The rest of the match was sadly pretty ordinary, with Templario doing less than usual and both guys having a few miscommunications. The spot was cool, but they can do way better.

 

Carístico, Soberano Jr., Valiente defeated Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón two falls to one after Forastero fouled Carístico for the DQ. This match did nothing to keep my interest, which is pretty wild considering these six are uber talented. It was just one of those nights when these guys knew they were in Puebla and were never going to put their foot on the gas, instead settling for a basic match. These guys can do that in their sleep so it wasn’t terrible, but it was nowhere near anything worth watching either.

 

Niebla Roja defeated Gran Guerrero two falls to one to retain the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship. The finish came after Roja pinned Guerrero when he reversed a Package Powerbomb into a hurricanrana roll up. This was a terrific match; I’d have to rewatch it and their previous bouts from a few years ago again but while I wouldn’t say it was on par with the Aniversario headliner and the FantasticaMania classic it was at least within striking range. The match built strongly from the first two falls (which went fast but not as fast as most big singles matches) and then exploded in the third with some great near falls and some tremendous back and forth. This was easily Roja’s best performance in quite some time (also the first shot he’s really had to deliver in singles action) and another strong Gran Guerrero performance. Most importantly the great chemistry between the two remains intact and this is a match CMLL would be wise to roll out again sometime next year. I’d still say Virus-Eléctrico was the best CMLL Puebla match this year, but this wasn’t far behind. A really good main event.

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