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Yea, why not. There'll be an obscenely long reacp of this on luchablog...eventually, and there's a tiny recap this on twitter/luchablog, so I guess this one is the medium sized version. (Well, for me it is.)

Match 1: Shockercito (c), Niño de Acero, Mascarita Dorada vs Mini Halloween (c), Mr. Aguilita, Mini Violencia (rudos)

Fall 1: Violencia double armbar Dorada 2:15
Fall 2: Shockercito up and over sunset flip Halloween 3:35
Dorada up and over sunset flip Aguilita 3:39
Fall 3: Dorada moonsault Halloween 3:31
Result: Tecnicos (2-1), 9:25

Dorada and Shockercito were great as always. Nino de Acero (Boy of Steel) is still not good, and you really stick out when you're a below average mini. Halloween and Aguilita were good, though they've been better, and were kinda secretly wrestling their last match in CMLL here before leaving to join their normal sized versions in another company. The mini rudo trio of Mini Halloween, Mini Damian and Mini Mr. Aguila (Mini Perros del Mal) were one of the great parts of lucha libre in 2008 so it's sad to see them go.

Match 2: Bam Bam vs Pequeño Damian 666 in a ten minute time limit single fall match

Result: Pequeño Damian 666 via double underhook piledriver in 5:10

Speaking of! So the crux of the Mini Perros del Mal awesomeness was their feud with Bam Bam (and whatever two partners he had that week.) Bam Bam defeated Halloween and Damian for their hair in separate matches, but couldn't win the title. Months later (when hair had time regrow), Bam Bam was finally able to get the title, but lost a hair rematch. Those last two matches were really great, and ultimately extra-violent for a group where a backslide can still be an acceptable finish.

This wasn't those other two matches; they opted to pare down the match rather than cram everything in and followed the formula of these "lightning" matches that last couple months - mat wrestling that's clipped out, a couple dives from the tecnico, and big moves in the ring, but in the context of a showcase rather than a match. Finish was a double underhook piledriver, looking far more dangerous than a normal piledriver or a tombstone, but those two moves are illegal and this somehow is not. (Bam Bam did apparently spend the night in hospital after taking it.)

Match 3: Dos Caras Jr. vs Ultimo Guerrero in a non-title match

Match 1: Dos short arm scissors (0:31)
Match 2: Ultimo Guerrero powerbomb (1:57)
Match 3: Dos German suplex (9:11)
Result: Dos Caras Jr. (2-1) 11:39

The crowd was highly anti-Dos Caras Jr. - so much that it got written up in the papers, one of which completely buried Dos for his performance here. It was justified - he seemed to spend as much or more time waving to the crowd as wrestling, and was very unimpressive when he does. Dos does have a MMA background, but he does generic CMLL tecnico offense (headscissors for everyone), just more poorly than everyone else.

I notice I'm writing about the matches by the individuals rather than the match itself, but the performances seem distinct. Ultimo Guerrero was great on offense (Dos wasn't helping much powerbomb to end the second fall but UG still got it done and the huge front superplex) and just as effective making Dos' stuff look great (completely dead after the German suplex.)

Dos gets a title shot from this, but they kinda skipped out on mentioning exactly when. And there's no sign of it coming any time soon. - luchablog
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