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CMLL Roundup: Women’s tag title finalists, Bandido battled COVID depression, more!

Welcome to the CMLL Roundup.

CMLL is in the midst of a big October. They are holding a two phase tournament to determine the new holders of the Mexican National Women’s Tag Team Championship. Those belts were deactivated in 1997, but they are now back to provide more opportunity for women in CMLL. The finale will be October 16 with streaming available through Ticketmaster LIVE.

The Rey del Inframundo tournament returns on October 23 to determine a challenger for said championship held by Sanson. That title bout will take place on October 30 as part of the Day of the Dead celebration.

CMLL is also rescheduling canceled championship bouts due to COVID positives from the 87th anniversary night of champions. Bandido will get his shot for the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship against Volador Jr. on October 16.

Back to the Mexican National Women’s Tag Team Championship. The first phase was held on October 2. Reyna Isis & Tiffany won a battle royal to advance to the phase final. In the opening bouts, Amapola & Metalica defeated Magnifica & Silueta, and Marcela & Skady defeated Comandante & Seductora.

Amapola & Metalica triumphed over Marcela & Skadi to do battle with Reyna Isis & Tiffany. In the phase final, Metalica pinned Tiffany on a swanton, and Amapola used a double underhook sitdown slam to pin Reyna Isis.

Since CMLL is still doing the weekly PPV through Ticketmaster LIVE, they only offer highlight clips for free viewing. This package featured a couple of cool submissions.

The second phase was held on October 9. Jarochita & Lluvia won a battle royal to advance to the phase final. In the opening bouts, Dalys & Stephanie Vaquer defeated Estrellita & Mystique, and Princesa Sugehit & Sanely defeated La Guerrera & Vaquerita.

Princesa Sugehit & Sanely advanced over Dalys & Stephanie Vaquer after Dalys was disqualified for ignoring the referee’s count to continue attacking her opponent. The fresher team of Jarochita & Lluvia prevailed in the phase final. They won with a double pin after a corner dropkick and corner running boot.

Amapola & Metalica will square off with Jarochita & Lluvia on October 16 to be crowned as new tag champs.

In a bit of troubling news with a positive ending, Bandido experienced depression after testing positive for COVD-19. After 15 long and painful days, he lost 6 kilograms (13.2 pounds) and dropped muscle. Bandido also experienced lung issues, extreme headaches, and suicidal thoughts. He credits God for helping to rebound from the illness.

Bandido made his return to the ring on October 9 in a tag bout with Caristico against Negro Casas & Gran Guerrero.

The emotion of the moment overwhelmed Bandido at the end. He never thought he would step back in the ring. And in Arena Mexico no less. It had been a dream of his since he was a child.

Last up is a title change that flew under the radar away from the 87th anniversary show. Diamante Azul dethroned Terrible to win the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship. Terrible had held the strap for 1,062 days.

Are you predicting Amapola & Metalica or Jarochita & Lluvia to become the new women’s tag champs? Do you think Bandido will capture the ultimate fairy tale ending by taking Volador’s gold?