Tonight’s CMLL Puebla show was…actually it wasn’t that bad. I know; I can’t believe it either. I mean it was still weird because it can’t be a CMLL show without weirdness, and the show was easily 25 minutes too long. But a lot of the luchadores were inexplicably trying on this show and as a result the matches were more watchable than usual, if not necessarily good. Could that praise be any fainter? I guess not. If you missed all this because you were watching Tony Khan wipe out Randy Orton on Twitter, here’s what happened.
Black Tiger & Policeman defeated Arez & Guerrero Especial two falls to one after Tiger submitted Guerrero and Policeman pinned Arez with a top rope senton. I’m still completely confused over why these four rudos are seemingly feuding with each other, with no end game in sight. Have the Puebla bookers just completely thrown in the towel out of boredom? In any event this match was duller than Seth Rollins’ inevitable clap back at Tony Khan.
Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. defeated Halcón Suriano Jr. & Robin two falls to one after Toro Bill pinned Robin with a Canadian Destroyer and Rey Apocalipsis pinned Halcón Suriano with a second rope moonsault. A really fun match outside of the unnecessary Destroyer finish. The Rey Apocalipsis/Toro Bill reunion was nice to see, and they were working their asses off tonight. In fact, they were working so hard that we actually got dives out of them, with Apocalipsis in particular impressive with a nice tornillo. Their high effort performance worked well for the technicos, as both Robin and especially Suriano looked strong throughout. There was some clunkiness here and there and I’d argue this was more a “good Puebla” match than a good match overall, but I had a good time watching it.
Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis defeated La Jarochita, La Magnifica, Princesa Sugehit two falls to one after Dalys cradled Sugehit for the pin. The finish was peak Dalys having to go over and left a pretty bad taste in my mouth, though the match as a whole wasn’t that strong to begin with. The best thing about it was La Magnifica. I don’t know if it’s because the rest of the division is so bad but she was really strong here, actively putting in a great effort and looking like a competent pro. What a shame she’ll be stuck either filling in for someone or putting over Dalys for the rest of her career.
Ángel de Oro, Dulce Gardenia, Stigma defeated Hijo del Villano III, Okumura, Templario two falls to one after Oro submitted Okumura and Dulce pinned Templario with a Top Rope Spanish Fly following a kiss. This was another “good for Puebla” bout. It didn’t hold my attention the entire time but all six guys gave an honest effort, there were actually a few cool dives and there looked to be a lot of potential in a Dulce Gardenia/Templario match up based off their sequences. Even Stigma was okay. STIGMA! The only thing I was down on was an Okumura-Ángel de Oro sequence that went forever and ever and ever. Thankfully Oro submitted him before we got stuck watching them till judgment day.
Niebla Roja defeated Mephisto two falls to one with a Crucifix Roll Up to retain the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship. Boy do I have no idea how to judge this match sports fans. It went on seemingly forever, lacked some serious momentum early…and yet somehow felt like a big deal when it was over. I think I’m going to lean towards this being more good than great, though I can see some crazy people out there saying the latter. In the end both guys were definitely trying to have a great match and if they didn’t quite make it there it was more because of the excessive length than their performances. If nothing else this was something different than usual from Puebla.
Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. defeated Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero two falls to one after Valiente submitted the UG. This was all to set up the UG vs. Valiente next week for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship. Somehow it still went far longer than it should’ve, with the only notable thing being Valiente sounding like he was about to pass out during his promo. It wasn’t offensive or anything but after the last match went so long I’d have preferred they’d have closed this show by getting in and out as fast as possible.