Tonight’s CMLL Puebla was pretty good! I mean it. It wasn’t a perfect show (the day there is a perfect Puebla show is the day I officially become cool) but it featured two really good matches, a set up for another potential good match and an interesting opener in between the less than savory stuff. If you missed any of this doing who knows what, here’s what happened.
Astro & Sonic the Luchador defeated Joker & Sombra Diabólika two falls to one after Astro submitted Sombra and Sonic submitted Joker. An interesting match, though not quite a good one. The interest came from Sonic and Astro, who very quickly gelled as a unit and provided a bit more excitement than usual for an opener. Astro was the livelier of the two, having a sequence towards the end where he did a lot of Audaz style dodges leading into a Tornillo, but Sonic was a lot of fun too. The rudos didn’t add much but also didn’t get in the way; a simultaneous blessing and curse I suppose. It was nothing essential, but it was fun to see Astro and Sonic do their thing.
Arkalis & King Jaguar defeated El Malayo & Fuerza Chicana two falls to one. I have no idea what the finishes were because quite frankly this match lost me early and only got me back during a solid sequence between Arkalis and Malayo. Otherwise it seemed quite lame and a complete waste of time. Seriously CMLL; can we end the King Jaguar, CMLL technico experiment already? It’s gone as well as my attempts to adapt Final Fantasy X into an award winning TV series.
Drone, Fuego, Toro Bill Jr. defeated Perverso, Stigma, Universo 2000 Jr. two falls to one after Drone submitted Stigma with a leg lock. This was another nothing match outside of a few select moments. I was curious to see if Stigma might be better suited as a rudo; if this match was any indication he’s just as bland in that role. Then again no one really seemed to be into this match outside of Drone, which may have had to do with this being Drone’s first appearance in CMLL that I can recall in some time.
Mecha Wolf 450 & Templario defeated Audaz & Titán in a one fall match after 450 pinned Titán with a 450 Splash. I’m not sure why 450 and Titán were added to this match but it didn’t hurt it in the slightest; this was a terrific contest and one of the better matches you’ll see in Arena Puebla all year. 450, who was good but not great in the Grand Prix this past Friday, was fantastic throughout this bout and had two of the better suicide dives you’ll see these days. Everyone else kept up with him; Audaz and Templario had some killer sequences to give us a taste of what we missed while Titán was really strong. There were a few moments of miscommunication it seemed between Titán and 450 late in the match but in the end that prevented it from being great instead of borderline great. Definitely worth the time to check out if you have it.
Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. defeated Dragón Lee, Terrible, Valiente two falls to none after Volador pinned Dragón Lee with a Small Package after unmasking Lee. Very quick and to the point, with the main goal of this match to set up another Volador-Dragón Lee match (though it looks like we’ll be getting a trios rematch first). Given how the last one was good despite Volador’s rough night and how good Volador has been since that match I am all for another contest, even in Puebla.
Euforia & Gran Guerrero defeated Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja two falls to one with a double submission to retain the CMLL World Tag Team Championships. This is Euforia and Guerrero’s second defense; the first was also against Oro and Roja. I wouldn’t quite say this was on the level of the earlier tag but it was a very good title match. Euforia and Guerrero are EXCELLENT as a tag team and as per usual broke out a few new things, this time in the form of two double team submission spots that ended falls one and three. They also brought their usual tremendous basing for Oro and Roja, who treated this match like a Friday night main event for the most part. My only concern is that CMLL will run this matchup, a very good match up at that, into the ground by doing it too much. The match up isn’t exhausted yet though and produced another quality bout tonight.