CMLL Puebla: 2019-02-11

feel the dropkick thru the screen

Recapped: 02/12/2019


Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman beat Hijo de Centella Roja, Rey Samuray, Sonic
(12:56 [5:38, 4:32, 2:46], 2/3, n/r,

La Comandante, La Metálica, La Seductora beat La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit
(11:57 [6:21, 2:57, 2:39], 2/3, n/r,

Kawato San, Okumura, Sagrado beat Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
(12:21 [3:53, 2:03, 6:25], 1/3, ok,

Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Vangellys beat Hijo del Villano III, Último Guerrero, Villano IV
(9:48 [4:22, 1:51, 3:35], 2/3 DQ, ok,

Rush beat Cuatrero
(14:21, 2/3, good,

  1. Cuatrero kneeling powerbomb (3:07)
  2. Rush corner dropkick (2:16)
  3. Rush Driver (8:58)

What happened:

Último Guerrero suddenly fouled Vangellys to end the semi-main.



The main event was a pleasant surprise. There’s not much to expect for Puebla main events, Rush main events, and Rush main events after he’s spent the weekend in Miami, yet he easily outdid expectations. Rush didn’t take Cuatrero seriously in the first fall, as he does and got caught for the loss. Cuatrero had to fight to get back into it after that and got in a lot in the third fall before getting dropped on his head. They may want to skip the powerbomb next time they try it, since there were problems with it in the first fall and when it was brought back in the third, but Cuatrero showed a lot of other moves that looked good. And maybe Rush is more willing to do stuff with younger guys who are also willing to take top rope superplexes. This was much closer to being great than ok.

I’d say the semi-main was a long way to go to end up with a foul, but they actually kept it pretty short. Vangellys tries to play Caifan to Último Guerrero and gasses out quick. Atlantis Jr. & Hijo del Villano doing mat work was a nice change of pace for them. They did fine with it. Better than at catching dives. Atlantis & Villano IV weren’t much there.

The tercera ended with Sagrado nearly falling out of the ring while powerbombing Drone, something I would not have thought was physically possible had I not seen it with my own eyes. Most wrestlers would believe you should do an additional move to end the match rather than leave it at that. Sagrado decided that was good enough. This was a very good enough match, which included Drone giving up on a pin too soon (helped by Tirantes purposely counting slow in a weird attempt to mess up a sequence he didn’t like, I think.) Drone does some cool things because remains careless. Kawato’s armbar is a million times better this his double stomp but now his hair looks like it could use some dye.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-02-04

Sonic submission

Recapped: 02/06/2019


Astral, Milenium, Sonic beat Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Guerrero Espacial
(13:14 [7:32, 2:57, 2:45], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Arkalis, Pegasso, Rey Samuray beat Joker, Siky Ozama, Tyson La Bestia
(12:57 [5:46, 3:24, 3:47], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL

Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón beat El Malayo, Felino, Pólvora
(13:32 [6:26, 3:30, 3:36], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. beat Stigma, Terrible, Vangellys
(12:40 [7:21, 2:11, 3:08], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat La Bestia Del Ring, Místico, Rush in a relevos increíbles match
(11:25 [3:05, 3:16, 5:04], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Zacarias coming thru

Rush ripped off Cuatrero’s mask to set up a match next week.


The main event was perfectly fine, with both teams showing decent effort. The Munoz even turned out to be the técnicos, or at least técnico enough that the NGD didn’t have to be the técnicos. (They were far more rudo post-match.) It felt a little different than usual rather than someone forced into a position they didn’t fit in to do the same match as always.

Stigma and Soberano & Angel de Oro doing technical wrestling to open the semi-main was good. It was downhill from there. The first fall bit with Volador taking bumps for elbows that were ’t within six inches looked horrendous, though everyone seemed to be avoiding coming close to Vangellys strikes. Volador did play air guitar before doing a dive so there’s something.

Both early matches were better than usual. Arkalis pulled off a headscissors with Siki Osama that I don’t think he tried with anyone else. His powerbomb finisher looks good.

Maybe Sonic is actually good. He had some good mat wrestling, a cool finish, and amusing bumps in the opening match. The final big spot of the match went wrong, but I’m not sure it was his fault or the Pantera he was wrestling. They looked still very much like they could use the work, though at least there’s only two of them now.

Arkalis bomb

CMLL Puebla: 2019-01-28

a unique pin

Recapped: 1/29/2019


Fuerza Chicana, Policeman, Siki Ozama Jr. beat King Jaguar, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
(12:55 [5:49, 3:09, 3:57], 1/3, ok,

The dumb battle royal went 3:59

Diamante Azul & Tiger beat Audaz & Hechicero in a torneo relevos increidble parejas quarterfinal
(6:32, ok,

Black Panther & Shocker beat Euforia & Stigma in a torneo relevos increidble parejas quarterfinal
(4:58, ok, 

El Malayo & Kráneo beat Pólvora & Stuka Jr. in a torneo relevos increidble parejas quarterfinal
(4:10, ok,

Perverso & Valiente beat Arkalis & Vangellys in a torneo relevos increidble parejas quarterfinal
(12:40, ok,

Diamante Azul & Tiger beat Black Panther & Shocker in a torneo relevos increidble parejas semifinal
(2:42, ok,

El Malayo & Kráneo beat Perverso & Valiente in a torneo relevos increidble parejas semifinal
(1:39, ok, 

Diamante Azul & Tiger beat El Malayo & Kráneo in a torneo relevos increidble parejas final
(4:32, ok,

Niebla Roja © vs Luciferno for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship
(16:14, 2/3, ok,

  1. Luciferno powerbomb (3:04)

  2. Niebla Roja cradle (3:16)

  3. Niebla Roja reverse campana (10:54)

What happened: 

Niebla Roja kept his title. Diamante Azul & Tiger won a tournament which seems unlikely to ever be mentioned again. Puebla luchador Siki Osama Jr. wrestled here for the first time in four years.


team hand movements

Luciferno showed less in the title match than expected. Groin kicks in the third fall are not particularly great offense. He did feel fresher than Mephisto doing the same match but Niebla Roja got more out of that one. The only really bad moment was when a misaimed catapult appeared to send Niebla Roja’s face into the bottom rope. There just wasn’t much of memorable moments either.

The incredible pairs tournament started with whoever’s running the music not paying attention and playing the Guerreros theme for both Tiger & Diamante Azul and Audaz & Hechicero. It never seemed like it got on track and none of the matches were positive standouts. The last quarterfinal was a standout for the wrong reasons, going absurdly long for no obvious reason. It wasn’t particularly good or compelling, it didn’t involve teams that were feuding or going to the final, it just seemed to get lost somewhere. Arkalis hanging around for a while after Vangellys was beat (and walked to the back, totally disinterested in this match) but it didn’t feel like a moment of survival, it felt tedious. It cost the final matches from having any siginifacant time and cost my interest from the rest of this.

Audaz & Hechicero were the most fun of the makeshift teams and were done after one. Tiger & Diamante Azul seemed to be having fun and Stuka threw himself into being a rudo for a few minutes. Malayo again got a really big chance on this show and didn’t seem particularly interested. Stigma has the rap of being overpushed because he’s part of the family that’s run his building forever, but he’s still better than Malayo. There’s no great young rudo here but I still don’t understand why other people are in that spot at least from time to time.

Siki Osama Jr. seemed to still be a good base and better than the average Puebla local in his return to the building. He’s so tall relative to the tecnicos that it seemed tricker to work with him; the first fall finish looked didn’t come close to hitting, but he and Tigre Rojo did better later on. The announcers welcomed him back like he’d be around a while, so we’ll see how good he can do with others.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-01-21

passing thru

Recapped: 1/23/2018


Espíritu Maligno & Policeman beat Centella Roja & Meyer 
(11:32 [6:26, 3:03, 2:03], 2/3, n/r,

Halcón Suriano Jr. & Tigre Rojo Jr. beat El Malayo & Toro Bill Jr.
(9:03 [3:55, 2:57, 2:11], 1/3, n/r,

Marcela & Princesa Sugehit beat Amapola & La Comandante
(16:20 [7:47, 4:14, 4:19], 1/3, n/r,

Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Tyson La Bestia beat Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Stuka Jr. 
(14:55 [4:39, 2:54, 7:22], 1/3, n/r,

Niebla Roja beat Luciferno in a lightning match
(9:59, Luciferno Crash, good,

Rush, Vangellys, Villano IV vs Euforia, Kráneo, Valiente in a relevos increíbles match
(9:58 [0:50, 4:57, 4:11], 1/3, n/r,

What happened:

Suriano toss

The lightning match ended at 9:59 on my clock. The CMLL announcers had it at 9:58. Either way, neither Roja nor Luciferno seemed to be working towards a time limit draw tease, it just happened to end at that moment. There’s no visual clock for this countdown in Puebla. The ring announcer gave a five-minute warning but didn’t count down the time past that.

Luciferno attempts to challenge Niebla Roja for a title match after beating him again. Luciferno instead gets totally rattled by the crowd booing and loses control of the moment multiple times. It is remarkably not good, though the crowd completely getting into messing with Luciferno salvages the bit. Niebla Roja eventually makes the challenge for Luciferno and accepts it.


The lightning match alone was borderline good, maybe more incredible than good given the time and post-match. Luciferno is slow at doing things, but they were actually doing things. Luciferno blocking Niebla Roja’s (very telegraphed) spinning forearm was more thought than usually move run thru effort in lightning matches. Next week’s title match, when Luciferno is likely to take a few more risks, has a chance to be good on its own. The post-match promo bit, with Luciferno having the crowd turn on him, was an entertaining scene itself and made the whole thing worth it.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-01-14

uh huh

Recapped: 01/17/2019


Astro, Millenium, Rey Samuray beat Black Tiger, Perverso, Sombra Diabólika
(11:31 [3:50, 4:31, 3:10], 1/3, n/r,

Halcón Suriano Jr., Robin, Tigre Rojo Jr. beat El Malayo, Policeman, Toro Bill Jr.
(11:46 [4:50, 3:34, 3:22], 2/3, ok,

Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho, Súper Ratón beat Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano García
(7:52 [0:59, 2:21, 4:32], 1/3, below average,

Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto beat Niebla Roja, Stigma, Stuka Jr.
(15:19 [4:19, 5:07, 5:53], 1/3, ok,

Euforia, Kráneo, Valiente beat Rush, Vangellys, Villano IV in a relevos increíbles match
(8:16 [3:43, 4:33], 1/2 DQ, below average,

What happened:

Rush attacks Euforia before the whistle. Euforia fouls Rush to end the match, and challenges followed

Luciferno attacked Niebla Roja before the match, and challenged him after pinning him twice in their match.


Mije goes for a ride

The main event doesn’t really get going. There’s a lot of Villano IV punches if you’re for that, but it’s 95% rudo beatdown, then Euforia making enough of a comeback to get in the foul. Euforia was fired up for his match and I think it might be interesting, but this didn’t do much to sell it. It would’ve been nice if CMLL tried something different his week.

Luciferno was trying in his match with Niebla Roja and is prone to doing at least one crazy thing in singles matches so I guess I’m for this feud. I’m not sure anyone else is, but anything to break up the monotony is good at this point. It was about to form for the Hijos del Infierno otherwise, with the técnicos doing OK but not much.

This match was at it’s best when they were doing nothing. They stuck with almost nothing for the first two falls. It’s hard to look dumb when you’re just grabbing a body part and yanking it. (The cruz nipona is a great hold for people who can’t do much, it’s tough to mess up and you can do it standing.) They did more in the third fall and it was a poor idea. Super Pinocho’s low bridge spot will be among the worst of 2019. This should be his final match in a CMLL ring, he badly struggled dong basic spots and had to be helped thru the finish. Raton was the best of the técnico side and still missed a corner armdrag he tried to do. The Diabolicos looked fine mostly because they could only look better than the people they were in there with.

The segunda was better than usual. There was some off moments but the action actually made up for it. Halcón Suriano Jr. hasn’t been around a lot since the name change, so this was the first time he seemed as exciting in this character as he had as Stukita. It looks like he’s switching out a lot of stuff he did as a mini and hasn’t really found new stuff yet, but his energy level and movement is better than most in his position. The técnicos wearing matching gear didn’t seem to ever be addressed by the announcers. If I was a CMLL luchador, I’d form groups and teams without letting anyone know and run with it until it gets over or it gets caught, so I’m going to pretend that’s what happened here. Can’t wait for CMLL to come up with an idea for you if you’re Robin.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-01-07 


Recapped: 01/08/2019


Black Tiger & Sombra Diabólika beat Ares & Guerrero Espacial
12:46 [5:19, 1:58, 5:29], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Astral, King Jaguar, Príncipe Diamante beat El Malayo, Fuerza Chicana, Joker
14:31 [8:19, 3:20, 2:52], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gallego, Mr. Cóndor, Rocky Santana beat Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho, Súper Ratón  
11:40 [6:53, 3:30, 1:17], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Felino, Mephisto beat Niebla Roja, Stigma, Stuka Jr.  
15:42 [6:24, 4:29, 4:49], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Vangellys beat Hechicero, Kráneo, Valiente in a relevos increíbles match
12:07 [2:38, 2:33, 6:56], 2/3, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Mephisto & Zacarias, great friends

Hechicero wasn’t all that interested in helping his partners, though Los Ingobernables were taking no chances. They had the first fall well in hand when Rush fouled Kraneo. They unmasked him too. Tirantes messed up a pinfall count in the second fall. Hechicero eventually gets too friendly with the rudos in the third fall and they attack him, with Valiente throwing him back into gets a bigger beating. Valiente and Kraneo make a two-man comeback, and then the match turns into a normal one for about 3 minutes until Hechicero betrays Valiente again. They argue, and the rudos beat Kraneo.

Mephisto and Zacarias had a lot of fun before the third fall of the semi-final match.

Los Diabolicos are Dqed quickly for excessive violence in the first, though it seemed like the panned finish. Gallego snuck in a foul on Super Muneco in the third fall.


trio fantastia

This show was more ordinary than bad, with a lot of the matches just being about the level you’d expect from the people involved without being excitement. The main event wasn’t any good, but that was more of a matter of the story they decided to tell than any lack of execution.

The legends match here went smoother than the comparable match in November. They didn’t aim particularly high, but they did get as far as a Super Pinocho dive and what they did in the ring looked fine. It’s not much worse than the local veterans matches on this show, which is not a high bar. It is weird to bring in the old children’s act and have them win zero falls but that’s CMLL.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-12-17 


Recapped: 12/20/2018


Black Tiger, Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana beat Centella Roja, Hijo de Centella Roja, Sonic
(11:54 [5:44, 3:56, 2:14], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Perverso beat King Jaguar, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr.
(11:21 [7:01, 2:15, 2:05], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Okumura, Vangellys beat Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Stigma
(9:52 [4:29, 2:43, 2:40], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(10:27 [4:47, 1:58, 3:42], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja beat Cavernario, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero
(11:48 [3:42, 5:16, 2:50], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

The segunda built up a King Jaguar/Perverso feud. It was treated like it had been an issue for weeks, inserted of just being invented starting this show.


not a fun time to be Tigre Rojo Jr.

Angel de Oro spends most of the main event having trouble putting weight on his right leg. It appeared to be a cramp by the way he was reacting to it, and not something serious. He was wrestling fine the next day.

Stuka was hurt taking Gran Guerrero’s finish and may have forgotten what the move was supposed to be. Stuka was fine the next day.

All the matches were simple and short matches that seemed to satisfy the crowd while having not much to them. This was another skippable show. They were all different shades of fine. Vangellys stood out as really struggling at times in his match, making for the worst overall match. The Diamante Azul heavy semi-main got over to the crowd even if it didn’t do much for me. They played up the Caristico/Cavernario feud more in the main event then I than thought, but it was more ending it now with a Místico than going anywhere. Perverso & King Jaguar had no special chemistry as rivals and the only curiosity is which of the two is getting the hair match payoff. Jaguar hasn’t been around until now, so it is probably him.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-12-10

Sonic knows a hold

Recapped: 12/10/2018


Astro & Sonic beat Ares & Guerrero Espacial
(11:22 [5:29, 2:00, 3:53], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Millenium & Rey Samuray beat El Perverso & King Jaguar
(10:36 [5:39, 2:46, 2:11], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Átomo, Gallito, Microman beat Chamuel, Guapito, Perico Zakarías
(11:09, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Vangellys beat Fuego, Tritón, Volcano 
(12:22 [6:10, 2:25, 3:47], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja beat Cavernario, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero
(13:37 [4:39, 4:01, 4:57], 2/3 DQ, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Volador Jr. beat Terrible
(8:40, 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Terrible attacked Volador before the whistle and beat him quickly. Tirantes got himself involved in the match.

Cavernario fouled Carístico to the end the semi-main, setting up a rematch for next week.

The micros match was a one fall match for some reason. It was announced as a three fall match but they were working it as a one fall match until the finish.


got most of it

Volador & Terrible was the mailed-in match expected as soon as they announced the match. Volador not really caring about the umpteenth singles match he’s doing is fair, CMLL continuing to book him in singles matches not fair to anyone else. It is not like this singles match helped the draw at all. Terrible kinda/sorta tried, and maybe Terrible defending his own title against literally anyone would’ve generated a little more hunger. This match that happened would be more objectionable if Volador didn’t have an even more annoying match three days prior. It’s easy just to handwave it and move on.

There were a couple of fun moments but this micros match was one of the weaker ones they’ve done. Changing it to one fall with no reason was strange. It was more meandering than past outings. Microman working primarily with Guapito cut down on the number of high spots. Guapito did more comedy with other wrestlers than Mije usually does, but it wasn’t great enough to make up for it. Atomo and Chamuel felt like they were barely in, with Chamuel just taking one odd looking bump to the floor, and it worked like a 2v2 match for a large portion of the match.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-12-03

Titan submission cradle

Recapped: 12/04/2018


Astro, Meyer, Sonic beat Guerrero Espacial, King Rocker, Sombra Diabólika
(12:17 [6:35, 2:27, 3:15], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Espanto Jr., Fuerza Chicana, Policeman beat Arkalis, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr.
(11:19 [4:46, 3:47, 2:46], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Stigma, Titán, Tritón beat Kawato San, Okumura, Tiger
(13:58 [4:16, 3:45, 5:57], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Felino, Rey Bucanero beat Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Valiente
(7:56 [2:32, 2:42, 2:42], 1/3, n/r VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul & Volador Jr. beat Rush & Terrible
(7:32 [1:54, 2:05, 3:33], 2/3 DQ, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Volador might have had Terrible beat with a bodyscissors cradle, but Rush pulled away Tirantes. Volador hit Tirantes from behind, then faked a foul. Tirantes blamed Terrible and called the DQ. Terrible challenged Volador to a singles match next week and Volador & Rush attacked Volador, who hurried to the back so he wouldn’t have to take a beating.


One of the more frustrating and unavoidable facts of 2018 CMLL is the non-Friday shows continuing to get worse. The opening match guys are often not talented enough or allowed to do enough to have a good match, and the main eventers often just don’t care. This main event went under eight minutes not because anyone was hurt or in no condition to wrestler, it went eight minutes because the people involved feel like mailing it. It would’ve stuck out more if this wasn’t just the normal now.

The bright spot on the card was the tercera. There were issues that prevented it from reaching some recommendable level – the second fall gets taken over by Tirantes for a bit – but the effort was better than most. Titan is so good right now that he made me want to see him and Kawato in a singles match just to find out if Kawato can now have a good CMLL match. It helped that Kawato wasn’t asked to do his double stomp or catch a dive. (There were almost no dives on this show.) It did not help that Titan is too creative for Tiger or Tirantes, who called a submission before Titan had a chance to finish his cradle. Okumura & Kawato are sure learning a lot of tag team moves for a team unlikely to have a tag team match any time soon, but it’s better than doing nothing. This was much better than what I saw of the rest, but it is hard to rate something good just because everything else was bad.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-11-26

Rey Apocalipsis worked very hard on this

Recapped: 11/27/2018


Astro, Centella Roja, Meyer beat Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar, Rey Apocalipsis
(12:29 [6:40, 3:42, 2:07], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Black Tiger, El Malayo, Hijo del Signo beat Arkalis, Súper Astro Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr.
(12:13 [5:07, 3:00, 4:06], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer, Kráneo, Volcano beat Felino, Tiger, Tyson La Bestia
(17:16 [6:45, 2:30, 8:01], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Bestia Del Ring, Okumura, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr.
(15:31 [5:57, 2:46, 6:48], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(10:26 [2:40, 2:31, 5:15], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Announcers have a discussion about Black Tiger being a rudo. Miguel Linares wants to know why he changed sides, while Julio Cesar Rivera taunts his new found ability on the rudo side. It seems like a permanent change. This ends the investigation into Black Tiger rudo turn.


Zacarias as Black Warrior

The main event was heatless by CMLL standards. There was no reaction to the técnicos comeback in the second fall. The interactions between the técnicos and Tirantes got more attention to the rudos, who aren’t really a much of main event trio at this point. It’s great Último Guerrero got his guy Templario on his team, but these are the Hijos del Infierno are the ones who really need the help if CMLL is going to keep using them in these positions. It felt like they essentially gave up doing all that much in the third fall, with Volador playing handshake games for most of his time in. Carístico did his average run, and the rudos were lost a bit with Valiente. This was a handwave ok match and that feels generous.