In a stunning development, tonight’s CMLL show in Arena Mexico was better than last night’s CMLL show in Arena Puebla. WHO COULD’VE FORESEEN THIS DEVELOPMENT?! It was still an average show overall though, with the best parts occurring in the main event and…well alright just the main event. Still better than nothing, and now we have a great looking main event next week for Dia de Muertos (Tuesday edition) to look forward to. If you missed it all, here’s what happened.
Shockercito & Stukita defeated Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Nitro two falls to one after Shockercito submitted Nitro and Stukita pinned Olímpico after a Triple Moonsault. Isn’t Stukita supposed to be Halcón Suriano Jr. now? Guess not! He and Shockercito were the best parts of this match, which wasn’t much when they weren’t on offense (and even then they were limited in what they could do).
La Guerrera, Lluvia, Marcela defeated La Comandante, Seductora, Tiffany two falls to one after Guerrera and Lluvia pinned Comandante and Seductora with dueling roll ups. This match seemed endless, and not in a good way. La Guerrera got to do her rope walk but was otherwise neutered, and only Marcela really stood out with some hard hitting offense against Tiffany in fall three. Nothing of note occurred otherwise.
Okumura defeated Stigma in a Lightning Match at the 7:43 mark. The finish came after Okumura hit a top rope cover. Clearly these two were aware this was the only singles opportunity they were getting any time soon and their effort showed. Both guys were better than usual, with Stigma doing a stage dive and Okumura breaking out a Superplex. Their usual stuff also came across well too. Naturally that effort had to be ruined by Tirantes deciding to do his heel shtick in this match. Why? Who knows, but his frequent slow counts and one instance where he got too distracted by the crowd to make a count really took away from this match. Good effort from both guys, but Tirantes really brought it down.
Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Sagrado defeated Drone, Pegasso, Tritón two falls to one after Misterioso pinned Tritón with a Gory Bomb and Sagrado pinned Pegasso with a powerbomb. There were some moments of energy during this match, especially from the technicos, but in the end it was just kind of there. Drone and Tritón both looked good, Pegasso tried, Dragón Rojo was solid and Misterioso and Sagrado were at least better than they were this past Friday. They still seemed bored out of their minds.
Felino, Negro Casas, Nitro defeated Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa two falls to one after Casas submitted Black Panther with a Sharpshooter and Nitro pinned Junior after a Piledriver. Nitro replaced Shocker, probably performed better than Shocker would’ve, and Grodd willing will never be in this position again. Holy shit. Match was fine even with his presence. Casas has a good time working with the technicos, Felino looked sharper than usual and it was great to see Rey Cometa again after a bit of a reprieve. Still wasn’t enough action for a good match and the Panther’s were oddly kept in the background.
Niebla Roja, Titán, Valiente defeated Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón two falls to one after Titán submitted Cuatrero with a leg lock. Same finish as last week, but it still worked because Titán does it (and the Dragon Screw leading up to it) so well. This was easily the best match of the show and was a borderline very good match. It got a lot more time than the norm, with CMLL finding the right balance in building to Titán and Cuatrero next week (which should be one hell of a match) and giving the other guys something to do. In the end everyone stood out, with the Dinamitas and Titán on as always, Roja having a good night and Valiente stepping up. Once again Valiente didn’t wear pants, but he’ll get a pass tonight for breaking out the Valiente Special on a Tuesday.