If there ever was a big show in CMLL’s Arena Puebla that didn’t involve LA Park, tonight was it. We had a Mexican Trios Championship match, a set up for a big match next week and a hair match between two Puebla locals. Naturally, as is the Puebla way, the show still wound up being middling, with a first half that dragged and a second half that only slightly lifted the show up. Classic Puebla! If you missed it all, here’s the recap!
Fuerza Chicana & Toro Bill Jr. defeated Rey Samuray & Tigre Rojo Jr. two falls to one after Toro Bill pinned Samuray with a Canadian Destroyer and Chicana pinned Rojo with a Rope Guillotine. The most notable part of this match was Rey Samuray trying the Brillo 450 yet again; he still can’t get it right the poor bastard. Everything else was by the numbers, though this was the first sign of the Puebla crowd being really into things.
Marcela & Skadi defeated Dalys & Reyna Isis two falls to one after the technicas pinned the rudas at the same time following Double Armed Backbreakers. This was not a good match but it was a strangely interesting match, as most Skadi matches tend to be. The luchadora may have her struggles, but she tries things other luchadoras don’t (to mostly diminishing returns) and it brought a different element to the match with the luchadoras trying a few more things. The most notable moment was Dalys trying a Code Red on Skadi and pulling it off with both living to tell the tale. Again, not a good match but at least one that kept my attention.
Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto defeated Kráneo, Stigma, Titán two falls to one after Mephisto pinned Kraneo with a body slam. That’s right; a regular old body slam. First time that’s happened since the 1960’s! The match was nothing special. There’s only so much Los Hijos del Infiernos is giving you these days on their own, and unfortunately their opponents didn’t offer much outside of some Kráneo comedy. The Mephisto slam to win the match was at least semi-impressive, but beyond that this match was DULL.
El Perverso defeated King Jaguar two falls to one with a submission to win their Hair vs. Hair match. King Jaguar, once again, has been shaved bald. This was as middling an Apuesta match as you’ll ever see. Both guys were trying hard and the crowd was into the action, making this the perfect set up for a good match. Unfortunately Perverso and Jaguar just don’t have it, and despite their best efforts that match was ordinary, and only rose above that slightly because of the stakes. Not the worst match on the show, but also not a match I’ll remember come later this year.
Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero defeated Ángel de Oro, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. two falls to none after Casas pinned Soberano with La Casita. This was short but entertaining, largely because Casas and Soberano carried the match with their fun feud. They were so much fun that at one point Volador found himself captivated by a strike exchange. CMLL seems to realize this is a winning feud as well, which is why we’ll be getting a one on one match next week between Casas and Soberano for Soberano’s Mexican National Welterweight Championship. Good times! Everything else was just kind of there, but the Soberano-Casas stuff was good enough to make this a fun match while it lasted.
Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón defeated Bestia del Ring, Rush, Terrible two falls to one to retain the Mexican National Trios Championships. The finish came after Cuatrero and Forastero pinned Bestia and Terrible after a Tandem Monkey Flip attack. This was a good match, easily the best on the show, though not on the level of a high end Tuesday or Friday match. That said, both teams worked harder than they normally would in this position and had a solid brawl, especially in the final half of the match where both teams went back and forth for control.