I don’t know what caused this, but apparently CMLL woke up on Monday morning and decided “we need to have two good Monday and Tuesday shows this week.” And that’s exactly what they did! Last night we had LA Park and the UG tear it down in Arena Puebla and tonight CMLL topped themselves in Arena Mexico with an awesome main event and a really good semi-main event. There were some referee blunders along the way but as always, you take what you can with CMLL. Plus the good far outweighed the bad here. If you missed it all crying in your Pepsi over Kofi Kingston, here’s what happened.
Angelito & Fantasy defeated Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico two falls to one after Angelito pinned Olímpico with a Springboard Splash and Fantasy pinned Mercurio with a powerbomb. Decent match, largely because Angelito is really good. Aside from Mercurio bungling an assisted backflip attempt the young technico was a lot of fun to watch, showing off a lot of athleticism despite being limited in moves. His splash to win the match had an ungodly amount of height, making it look all the more impressive. Everyone else was secondary, though no one was terrible.
Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Nitro defeated Magnus, Robin, Star Black two falls to one after Disturbio pinned Star Black and Nitro pinned Magnus. FOR SHAME! Just for that the Magnus gifs stay in the freezer out of protest. Match wasn’t very good, and was made worse by a botch by referee Edgar Noriega, who counted down Star Black despite the Guadalajara native kicking out. That seemed to lead to a quicker conclusion to the match, though it likely would’ve helped the quality any to go five extra minutes. Magnus, Robin and Star Black were solid when allowed to be at least.
Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. defeated Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger two falls to one after Black Panther “pinned” Misterioso with a roll up. I say “pinned” because Misterioso actually kicked out and, for the second consecutive match, the referee missed it and counted the three anyway. This time it was Tirantes instead of Edgar; no ref is immune! That stupidity aside the match was actually fine. Tiger shepherded his lesser talented partners to decent performances and all three technicos were good, with Blue Panther Jr. getting several backbreaker spots. If only Tirantes hadn’t screwed up the finish!
Bestia del Ring, Hechicero, Kawato San defeated Blue Panther, Kráneo, Volcano two falls to one after Bestia pinned Volcano with a second rope senton and Hechicero submitted Kráneo. A long, LONG match that would’ve been fine with about five fewer minutes. Alas it was not to be. There wasn’t enough Blue Panther in this match, though his sequence towards the end with Kawato was fun. Bestia and Volcano worked together and weren’t complete embarrassments. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it either.
Atlantis, Mistico, Valiente defeated Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Templario two falls to one after Mistico pinned Casas with La Casita. This was a solid match that became a really good match thanks to a pair of excellent performances from Mistico and the ageless Casas. HOW IS HE STILL DOING THIS?! The man just turned 59 years old and missed several months via a leg injury, and yet he’s come back and picked up where he left off the last forty years. Incredible. He was on fire tonight and Mistico matched him in pace and intensity with some exciting strike battles. No one else was quite on their level (though Valiente and Templario had some nice moments) but Casas and Mistico were so good it elevated this bout immensely. Good match!
Dragón Lee defeated Mephisto two falls to one to win the CMLL World Welterweight Championship! The finish came when Lee pinned Mephisto after an Orange Crush Bomb. The win makes Lee a double champion (he’s the reigning CMLL World Lightweight Champion) while the loss ends Mephisto’s title reign at 1,035 days and 13 successful title reigns. What a match to end it on! The first two falls were very quick, leading to a third fall that was on par with some of the best matches we’ve seen this year. Dragón Lee looked like the rock star he always is and Mephisto broke out a big match performance we usually see from him in his legendary encounters with Titán. Just an excellent back and forth battle that you should go out of your way to see.