Tonight’s CMLL Puebla show could be summed up best by Norm MacDonald’s safe word; BORING! Really the only thing keeping this show from being a completely lifeless bore was the main event between Carístico and Cuatrero, a match that still wasn’t anywhere as good as it would’ve been a year or so ago. Such is life in CMLL these days. If you missed this show watching A Vampire on RAW, here’s what happened.
Asturiano, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr. defeated Centella Roja, Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana two falls to one after Samuray pinned Maligno with the Brillo 450. Maligno looked to be a bit shaken up after the finish, but it didn’t look like Samuray landed on him rough so perhaps it was just selling. That was the most interesting part of a match that enthralled me so much that I spent most of it jamming to Slipknot and imagining a scenario where Ludark Shaitan debuted in AAA to Slipknot’s “Unsainted”, followed by her attacking Pagano with a flaming baseball bat. Good times. Unlike this match.
Chamuel, Mije, Zacarias defeated Atomo, El Gallito, Microman two falls to one after Chamuel pinned Microman with a Swanton Bomb. If you’ve seen a Microstars match recently then you’ve seen this one. Chamuel and Microman were solid (though even their sequences were iffier than usual) and nothing else was close to interesting in the slightest. Remember when this was the hot new division in CMLL? My how things have stalled.
Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto defeated Audaz, Flyer, Star Jr. two falls to one after all three rudos pinned all three technicos following Mephisto hitting a Devils Wings on Star Jr. that also took out Audaz and Flyer. I practically missed this ending due to my Playstation being a horses ass but thankfully managed to catch the finish on replay. It and the match were fine, though this would’ve likely been a lot better in Arena Mexico. There were a few good moments from the technicos and the effort wasn’t terrible, but unless you’re in the main event for Puebla there’s only so much you can do and this match was a great example of that. A fine match, but nothing you have to see.
Felino, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. defeated Ángel de Oro, Cavernario, Niebla Roja two falls to none after Cavernario fouled Felino for the DQ. The stream really began to act up again during this match and thus I was only able to catch bits and pieces. Those bits and pieces were merely okay, with most of the focus once again going to building up Felino vs. Cavernario. There were a few solid moments sprinkled in, like when Niebla Roja and Negro Casas tangled, but overall this was a snoozer.
Carístico defeated Cuatrero two falls to one after Carístico pinned Cuatrero with a small package after Cuatrero tried to unmask himself to get Carístico DQ’d, only Carístico acted quickly to steal the win. A really good ending compared to what we usually get in this situation. The rest of the match wasn’t half bad either, though it was another disappointing Dinamitas performance overall. Cuatrero was fine but the effort appeared minimal, leaving Carístico to do most of the heavy lifting. He did and was generally good, but the match was definitely not on the level of some of the others Carístico has had in this building. It was still easily the best match on the show and the ending was clever, but you’ll see better from both of these guys this year. At least I hope we do.
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