Tonight’s CMLL Puebla show did the impossible; it didn’t make me hate myself for watching it. Of course it stirred no other emotions in me either, outside of surprise for a mask vs. mask challenge that will likely lead nowhere, so it still wasn’t that good. Better than usual though and that’s what matters the most. If you missed all the fun while wondering just why Undertaker is still allowed to wrestle, here’s what you missed.
Astro, Meyer, Rey Samuray defeated Black Tiger, Guerrero Especial, Joker two falls to one after Astro pinned Black Tiger with a Hurricanrana in the middle of “The Star.” The match was lively when Astro was around and seemed to be a slog at every other moment. In other words, your usual CMLL Puebla opener!
King Jaguar, Magia Blanca, Super Astro Jr. defeated El Malayo, El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana two falls to one after Blanca pinned Perverso with a top rope Attitude Adjustment. The internet where I am was really hit or miss for this match so I didn’t get to see the finish live. What I saw of the match was generally uninspiring. Super Astro looked the best of the group, while Blanca didn’t appear to do much outside of the finish.
Esfinge & Tritón defeated Felino & Tiger two falls to one to retain the CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championships after Tritón pinned Tiger with a 450 Splash. Tritón challenged Tiger to a mask vs. mask match after the match and Tiger appeared to accept…so who the hell knows there. CMLL is full of surprises today I suppose. This was a borderline match that got extremely good in the stretch run, when Tiger clawed back from a 2 on 1 disadvantage to nearly pull out the victory. A terrific performance from him, with Tritón right behind him. The match was bogged down a bit by Esfinge being useless and Felino’s limitations, but they did enough to keep it respectful for the first few falls and then Tiger and Tritón took care of the rest.
Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Templario defeated Kráneo, Stigma, Volcano two falls to one after Bucanero pinned Stigma and Guerrero pinned Kráneo after Guerrero and Templario dropped Kráneo on top of Stigma. Stigma was in for Soberano Jr. and stole his music; lame. Guerrero and Templario worked hard, but this was a difficult match, with Volcano being extra Volcano-ish for the occasion.
Carístico, Titán, Volador Jr. defeated Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón two falls to one after Sansón fouled Volador for the DQ. No challenges were made for afterwards, which signals yet another week of build for a match that doesn’t need any more buildup. Match was solid for the time it was given. The Dinamitas could have a good match in their sleep and both Carístico and Titán had some nice moments. This is the type of match that be really good in Arena Mexico and hopefully CMLL can put it there sooner than later.