Today was Kid’s Day in Mexico. And you know what comes with Kid’s Day; a whole lot of lucha shows! CMLL was more than happy to oblige (they would’ve anyway; it was Tuesday after all) with an Arena Mexico show featuring the Microstars and a big main event. Neither quite lived up to their potential, but in the end the show still fulfilled its goal of being far better than the mess that was Arena Puebla yesterday. Small victories I suppose. If you missed all this because you were watching Independence Day for the 9,001st time, here’s what happened.
Apocalipsis & Espíritu Negro defeated Bengala & Sonic the Luchador two falls to one after Negro submitted Sonic with a Romero Special and Apocalipsis submitted Bengala. In a day that didn’t go to well for dudes named Sonic, Sonic the Luchador at least had a decent night, working well with Espíritu Negro and elevating this match to semi-respectability even with the restrictions. Apocalipsis and Bengala added nothing, so par the course for them.
Atomo, El Gallito, Microman defeated Chamuel, El Guapito, Zacarias two falls to one after Gallito submitted Zacarias and Atomo pinned Guapito with a roll up. This was, as has sadly become the case with all these Micro matches, a two person match. Microman and Chamuel have excellent chemistry and once again showcased it here with some great stuff, including Microman hitting a hurricanrana off the barricade. The other four Microstars however were average to below average, doing nothing of interest and in the case of Atomo messing up the finishing spot to hilarious effect.
Cancerbero, Raziel, Tiger defeated Drone, Pegasso, Star Jr. two falls to one after Tiger pinned Drone following a Powerbomb. A surprisingly good match for the most part! After a rough Sunday which saw him lose to Vangellys and get injured on an indie show, Tiger rebounded strongly here with a good performance and a victory. Cancerbero and Raziel were meanwhile on their best behavior, while Drone was solid, Pegasso was alright and Star Jr. was excellent. A great night for him, complete with an awesome step up springboard senton to the floor. Why don’t we get that from him more often?!
Ephesto, Felino, Luciferno defeated Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. two falls to one after Ephesto pinned Blue Panther Jr. with a Shoulder Breaker and Luciferno pinned Black Panther with a Double Arm Shoulder Breaker. Lots of Shoulder Breaker’s at the end! Good match that closed strongly with a series of Black Panther topes and a Junior crossbody off the stage. Crowd was very into the match as well. It didn’t seem to fully kick into high gear until the end but it was pretty solid all the way through.
Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón defeated Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. two falls to one after all three rudos pinned the technicos for a triple pin following Cuatrero Monkey Flipping Forastero into all three technicos. Terrific ending! The match wasn’t half bad either. They didn’t do as much as they would’ve on a Friday night but the effort was still pretty solid, Stuka had some moments, the Dinamitas were terrific and Soberano continues to just be awesome. What else is new? Atlantis didn’t do much but was fine for his spots. Another solid bout on this solid show.
Carístico defeated Último Guerrero two falls to one after submitting the UG with La Mistica. The crowd LOVED this match, buying every near fall these two provided. I thought it was quite good, but a little too formula driven towards the end to be great. They tried a few things differently early in the match, with a nice strike exchange in fall three, a few different near falls and Carístico getting some air time in fall two. I just would’ve preferred a few more minutes or a few more moves off the check list than what we got. Still a good main event.