It was another Monday night in Arena Puebla for CMLL sports fans. By that I mean most of the card was meaningless, the singles main event did a bit better than expected and no one will remember that because this is CMLL Puebla. The only thing that could make it memorable at this point is if Lana and Bobby Lashley decided to cuck Rusev from this building as well. If you missed this show because you were too busy watching them do so to Rusev from wherever RAW was tonight, here’s what happened.
King Jaguar, Magia Blanca, Meyer defeated Arez, Centella Roja, Joker two falls to one after King Jaguar submitted Centella Roja. After a few weeks of strong Puebla openers, this match came along to break the trend. The issue was a lack of Astro; he had been the driving force in these openers and no one could duplicate his effort or skill here. Magia Blanca and Meyer had a few solid moments and old man Centella Roja trying young luchador spots is always amusing, but the match was a complete drag otherwise. King Jaguar remains mediocre and needs to go away.
Black Tiger, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman defeated Asturiano, Halcón Suriano Jr., Robin two falls to one after Chicana submitted Asturiano and Policeman pinned Suriano with an Elbow Drop. This match did feature the minor miracle of the normally DOA Black Tiger doing an Asai Moonsault. Why he was doing a dive and not one of the other technicos beats me but hey…I don’t know what my point was! Wait I remember; this match was trash. Ugh.
Star Jr. defeated El Perverso in a Lightning Match via submission somewhere between the six and seven minute mark. This match was all Star Jr. El Perverso tried and actually seemed more engaged than Último Guerrero did against Star Jr. on Friday, but it was clear he didn’t have the skill to match Star Jr. and at times was off and other times was unable to base properly for something as simple as a headscissors. Star Jr. actually wound up being a better base, while also fitting in one crazy dive for good measure. A solid match but boy does it feel like CMLL is fumbling away Star Jr.’s momentum by sticking him with unmotivated (UG) or middling (Perverso) opponents.
Dulce Gardenia, Flyer, Stigma defeated Máscara Año 2000, Okumura, Olímpico two falls to one after Gardenia pinned Olímpico with a Schoolboy after a kiss and Flyer submitted Máscara Año 2000. A nothing match, which is an improvement considering I expected this match to blow chunks. Instead it was inoffensive and unremarkable, with the only surprises being Dulce Gardenia (who remains really great) getting some good moments out of Olímpico and Flyer surprisingly submitting Máscara. Didn’t see that coming!
Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. defeated Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto two falls to one after Mephisto fouled Oro for the DQ. Another nothing match outside of the sequences between Soberano Jr. and Hechicero. Only in CMLL could we have a combination like Soberano and Hechicero who are so great together and for the most part never get to work with each other! They looked strong here when they got the chance, but the match was mostly by the numbers leading to the finish, which will more than likely go nowhere knowing how CMLL operates in Puebla these days.
Mistico defeated Forastero two falls to one after Forastero was submitted with La Mistica. Given how shaky both guys are known to be this match was significantly better than expected, though I wouldn’t label it great. Very good would probably be the best way to describe it. The first two falls were uber quick and thus unnecessary, but the third fall was very well done with some nice back and forth sequences, a few dives and everything generally coming together well. Forastero has been looking a lot better in singles matches recently (a good sign after his iffy first few bouts) and Mistico was solid, mixing in a few Dragón Lee spots in with his usual routine. This won’t win any awards but it was better than I reckoned it would be.
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