Tonight’s CMLL Puebla show was shorter than Marko Stunt. What a pity it wasn’t even close to being as good as Marko is. It wasn’t a terrible show, especially by usual Puebla standards, with several matches being watchable and the opener being fun thanks to one standout performance. But the roadblocks that generally hold this show back were still around, and in the end this will be yet another Monday night effort from CMLL that I will forget. If you missed looking for video of Rey Mysterio Jr./Super Calo/Winners vs. Heavy Metal/Psicosis/Picudo, here’s what occurred.
Astro, Meyer, Sonic the Luchador defeated Espíritu Maligno, Guerrero Especial, Sombra Diabólika two falls to one after Sonic submitted Maligno. A stunningly good Puebla opener thanks to an awesome performance by Astro. I missed his virtuoso performance a few Monday’s ago, but I imagine it was a lot like this. He’s always been underrated but this was something else tonight as he pulled off a series of cool arm drags and innovative offense in fall three to get everyone invested. His partners Meyer and Sonic weren’t quite as good but both did admirable jobs in supporting roles. The rudos contributed nothing and that was fine because Astro was awesome. If he wasn’t doomed to be Puebla forever, this would come off like a Star Jr. esq performance.
Asturiano, Star Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. defeated Akuma, El Perverso, Espanto Jr. two falls to none after Perverso unmasked Star Jr. for the DQ. Both falls actually ended in DQ’s; quite the accomplishment for CMLL. Poor Star Jr. went from winning the Gran Alternativa Friday to being stuck in this match today. He did the best he could and there were a few cool moments from him, Rojo and Asturiano, most notably a double dive spot where Asturiano turned into Super Calo. The rudos didn’t give a damn though and this match was so short that nothing of note could happen outside of those few sequences. Let’s hope to Grodd this is the last time Star Jr. has to worry about a match like this.
Kráneo, Stigma, Volcano defeated Luciferno, Máscara Año 2000, Vangellys two falls to one after Volcano pinned Luciferno with a Handspring Splash and Kráneo pinned Vangellys with a Hip Drop. In a stunning turn of events, this match wound up being a complete and utter waste of time. The most interesting things to occur was me updating my TEW mod and Stigma trying a suicide dive on Máscara Año 2000, who promptly failed to catch him. Otherwise this blew chunks.
Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas defeated Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. two falls to one after Casas pinned Atlantis with La Casita. Casas was in for Mr. Niebla and thank goodness because this match would’ve been so much worse with Niebla in doing his comedy. The match still wasn’t that good anyway, with the action taking way too long to develop and Atlantis remaining a guy who shouldn’t be out there for matches like this. We did at least get a few dives from Stuka and Soberano though, and Casas’ presence got the crowd into it, preventing this match from being a total loss like the last match.
Carístico, Mistico, Valiente defeated Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón two falls to one after Forastero unmasked Mistico for the DQ. It’s a shame this is leading to a one on one between Mistico and Forastero (which should be fine in all fairness) instead of a trios title match because this was actually a semi-fun match. The Dinamitas, for whatever reason, were trying a bit more than they did on Friday, adding a few new triple teams in and allowing the pace to move a lot quicker than it had previously. The technicos were in decent form too, though there was definitely some coasting. This wasn’t anything you need to go out of your way to see but there was promise here and the match was solid overall. I definitely would’ve preferred another match between these sides than Mistico-Forastero, but those are the breaks I guess.