Tonight’s CMLL Puebla was actually somewhat enjoyable…for the first half of the show. Then we got towards the main event and this show bottomed out quicker than the New York Knicks ten weeks into the season. Then again it was the Tuesday show so what do you expect? If you missed this doozie, check out below cause it’s got everything you need.

 

El Coyote & Grako defeated Sangre Imperial & Sonic the Luchador two falls to one after Coyote pinned Sonic with Butterfly Superplex and Grako pinned Imperial with a Diving Elbow Drop. The rare good CMLL opener! Most of the credit goes to Sonic, who decided to cut loose the same week the Sonic the Hedgehog movie dropped. Nice synergy by him. He was legit great though, getting in a nice tope con hilo into a Dragonrana, along with several nice sequences with Coyote and Grako early in the proceedings. His energy was contagious, getting the rudos to try harder and even getting a solid performance out of Imperial, who looks to have gone from dirt worst to mediocre, which for him is great improvement. Maybe I’m overrating it a tad but I found this to be a strong start.

 

Atomo, El Gallito, Microman defeated Chamuel, Guapito, Zacarias two falls to one after Microman pinned Chamuel with a Small Package and Gallito submitted Zacarias. If you’ve seen one Microstars match recently then you’ve seen this one. Really the only difference was that Guapito was in Mije’s place, and frankly there’s no difference between the two at this point. Chamuel and Microman remain good together, but they’ve wrestled so many times that the act has grown stale, and no one else has stepped up to show any kind of ability close to theirs. A dull match.

 

Audaz, Fuego, Rey Cometa defeated Dark Magic, Pólvora, Tiger two falls to one after Audaz pinned Magic with a Moonsault and Cometa pinned Tiger with a handspring into a Canadian Destroyer. A solid, if forgettable match that probably would’ve been better if CMLL had put anyone but Dark Magic in his spot. He wasn’t as egregious as usual from what I saw but he still stuck out like a sore thumb, and there’s no doubt a better rudo would’ve at least contributed better energy to the proceedings. Everyone else was solid to good; Pólvora based well, Rey Cometa and Tiger were really good together (as always), Fuego was Fuego and Audaz had a better night than he has recently.

 

Ephesto, Luciferno, Vangellys defeated Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. two falls to one after Vangellys pinned Junior with a spear and Luciferno pinned Blue Panther with a Luciferno Clash. I would bet a ton of money this is the best version of this match you’ll ever see, and that’s despite the fact we had a weird moment where Ephesto looked to leave the match following an injury, only to return. As usual the Panthers deserve a ton of credit for the success, with Blue Panther structuring the match well and the Panthers incorporating some nice triple teams in. There’s still only so much you’re getting out of the rudos these days but this was a fine effort.

 

Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible defeated Kráneo, Soberano Jr, Stuka Jr. two falls to one after Terrible pinned Stuka after dropping Kráneo on top of him with a front suplex, followed by Shocker pinning Kráneo with a second rope Elbow Drop. Mediocre match. Rey Bucanero and even Shocker are capable on the right evening but this wasn’t it, with Bucanero struggling and Shocker coasting. Throw in an average Stuka performance, nothing from Kráneo and Soberano being absolutely wrong for this match and you get the weakest thing on this show.

 

Carístico defeated Sansón two falls to none after Sansón unmasked and fouled Carístico for the DQ. This all by the way took place AFTER Carístico had gotten a visual submission on Sansón and had dominated the second fall, so this match pretty much made Sansón look like a dork. Then again he’s made himself look like a dork for months by not giving a shit so this isn’t a huge change of pace for him. In any event this match was an even worse version of the Puebla match we got last night, all while following the same formula. Carístico did try but he was so dominant it was comical (and not in a good way) and Sansón didn’t exactly seem to care once again. A lame main event.

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