Tonight’s CMLL Puebla show was fun! That’s right; FUN! What in the world is going on?! Actually not much different than usual. This was in many ways the usual Puebla show with two major differences; people seemed to be trying harder and Soberano Jr. vs. Negro Casas occurred. Put those two things together and boom; a better show than usual. If you missed it watching old people who can’t work as well as Negro Casas, here’s what you missed!

 

El Malayo & Policeman defeated Arkalis & Tigre Rojo Jr. two falls to one after Malayo submitted Arkalis and Policeman pinned Rojo with a top rope splash. A surprisingly decent opener for reasons I don’t quite understand. It’s nothing that set the world on fire, but the effort level was a bit above what we usually get. Arkalis in particular tried a few new things with Malayo that were cooler than usual. Or maybe he’s just so boring most of the time that this stood out more. Either way this was better than I expected.

 

Dalys & Metálica defeated Marcela & Skadi two falls to none after Metálica pinned Marcela while using the ropes for leverage. Another surprisingly decent match. Much like last week this was a case where Skadi helped make this more interesting by just trying different things. She’s still very much hit or miss, but there’s an honest to Grodd effort there and her spear on Metálica onto the stage was cool. CMLL keeping this short also helped the match, and shifting the focus away from the tired Dalys-Marcela program and towards Metálica-Marcela was a good move. Another watchable match; this never happens this early in Puebla!

 

El Perverso, Stigma, Virus defeated Eléctrico, Kairos, Toro Bill Jr. two falls to one after Virus submitted Eléctrico. Our third straight match that featured more action and effort than usual! Maybe everyone was geared up for Soberano-Casas or something? Kairos made his Puebla debut here; he’s tall and has some skill, but he didn’t do a whole lot to show how much. Everyone else was solid, with Virus and Stigma having decent nights.

 

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. defeated Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto two falls to one after Mephisto fouled Oro for the DQ. Easily the least interesting match on the show, despite a game effort from Stuka. Sadly he was the only one trying. Oro and Roja felt like bystanders and Los Hijos del Infiernos had one of those nights where Luciferno couldn’t take a hurricanrana properly and then couldn’t keep his mask on taking a neckbreaker. Not good! Definitely not something you need to relive.

 

Soberano Jr. defeated Negro Casas two falls to one after pinning Casas with a Powerbomb to retain the Mexican National Welterweight Championship. There were two flaws with this match; Soberano didn’t sell his arm after the second fall and the match didn’t get five more minutes. Otherwise this was one of the best matches you’ll see in Puebla all year. Both Casas and Soberano had their working shoes on and they delivered a match that was exciting and got the crowd into it without them needing to go nuts. Soberano was really good but this was Casas’ show; the 59 year old legend remains as fantastic as ever, and his ability to change things up (such as working over Soberano’s arm throughout fall two) and his charisma stole the match. A terrific bout that you hope CMLL will get to again on a Friday after two great showings on Sunday and Monday.

 

Euforia, Valiente, Volador Jr. defeated Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero two falls to one after Valiente submitted Gran Guerrero and Euforia submitted Último Guerrero with Pulpo Guerrero. That’s right; Euforia submitted his buddy the UG with the UG’s own hold! That was the highlight of an otherwise “just kind of there match.” Volador and Carístico also had some nice moments and Euforia wrestling against his stable mates is always interesting, but there just wasn’t enough to keep the interest. Luckily no one was expecting anything after the last match.