Tonight’s CMLL Puebla show was what the kids call the usual; which is to say not a whole lot happened. On the one hand that means not a whole lot of bad happened which is a good thing. On the other hand nothing good happened either so…yeah. If you missed this all watching Case Keenum stare into the abyss, here’s what happened.


Astro, Dark Soul, Último Dragóncito defeated Asturiano, Espíritu Maligno, Joker two falls to one after Dragóncito pinned Asturiano with a hurricanrana roll up. This match was a mixed bag; the good stuff was better than what we usually get in this position but there was still too much sloppiness. Astro was the standout, having a clean night with some really strong sequences, while the debuting Dark Soul had a slow start but got comfortable by the end of the match and looked strong in fall three. Joker, surprisingly, was the weakest link, messing up several spots. Asturiano (in for a now retired Mercurio), Maligno and Dragóncito were all solid if unspectacular.


Lluvia, Sanely, Skadi defeated Amapola, Metálica, Tiffany two falls to none after Sanely submitted Metálica. This was yet another instance of CMLL changing feuds midstream, as last week’s Lluvia-Metálica issues gave way to a Sanely-Metálica feud this week. It really doesn’t matter much to the match quality tonight, though Sanely vs. Metálica (should it happen) should be better than Lluvia-Metálica would’ve been. Sanely was quite good tonight, probably emboldened by the feud, while everyone else was fine if not really notable.


Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa defeated El Malayo, Okumura, Pólvora two falls to one after Cometa rolled up Pólvora for a pin. I didn’t see as much of this as I would’ve liked but what I saw was solid. The technicos provided a decent amount of excitement and the rudos, which weren’t the strongest unit in history, didn’t screw anything up. Perfectly passable for a third match on a Puebla show.


Big Daddy, Dark Magic, Hechicero defeated Mistico, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. two falls to one after Big Daddy and Magic rolled up Mistico and Guerrero after Mistico and the UG started to turn on each other. Why did that happen? How the hell should I know; I don’t book this shit! Match was fine, although it did unfortunately confirm that Big Daddy is definitely not main event caliber in the ring. It’s one thing to have a bad night; it’s another to look lost compared to Dark Magic of all people. Thank goodness for Hechicero, who worked well with the Mistico/Volador/UG team throughout and helped make this better than terrible.


Carístico defeated Negro Casas two falls to one after Carístico pinned Casas with La Casita. Good match. Definitely not on the level of their classics from a decade ago but still a decent effort, with CMLL keeping this short as to not over extend Casas. He still did a decent amount, doing a dive off the apron, a rana spot and worked over Carístico’s leg in a decent mid match section. Carístico was kind of in autopilot but he’s still decent in autopilot so it wasn’t too bad. Certainly not a match you need to seek out unless it’s necessary, but this was solid for what it was.

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