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CMLL returns with night of champions for 87th Anniversary

CMLL tested the empty arena waters last weekend with a return show. Sailing was smooth enough to announce a date for the 87th Anniversary show. CMLL upped the ante by making it a night of champions with fans picking the opponents.

The plan is to bring Friday shows back for September on the dates of the 4th, 11th, 18th, then bang it big with the 87th Anniversary show on the 25th. CMLL is hoping to have 30% fan capacity in Arena Mexico if and when the health department approves it during the current coronavirus pandemic.

The wait is over. Because you asked for it, the emotions of CMLL return. Now, with closed doors. A new format. Matches one-on-one, one fall, no time limit. Tag team and Australian style trios. 86 years marking the history of this sport and now CMLL has adapted to the new normalcy. Stay home and follow the love transmission exclusively on Ticketmaster Live. The moment has arrived to enjoy the best lucha libre in the world.

CMLL’s Anniversary show is their tent-pole event. No matches have been announced yet for the 87th edition. Challengers for the night of champions will be selected by the fans. If the promo video is any indication, Atlantis Jr., Caristico, Diamante Azul, Ultimo Guerrero, Dalys la Caribena, and KeMonito may be in action.

CMLL has more champions than you can shake a stick at. Here is the current list. I’ll spare you the Guadalajara Championships and Regional Championships.

  • CMLL World Heavyweight Championship: Ultimo Guerrero
  • CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship: Niebla Roja
  • CMLL World Middleweight Championship: El Cuatrero
  • CMLL World Welterweight Championship: Titán
  • CMLL World Lightweight Championship: vacant
  • CMLL World Micro-Estrellas Championship: Chamuel
  • CMLL World Mini-Estrella Championship: Shockercito
  • CMLL World Tag Team Championship: Alianza de Plata y Oro (Caristico & Mistico)
  • CMLL World Trios Championship: Los Guerreros Lagunero (Euforia, Gran Guerrero, & Ultimo Guerrero)
  • CMLL World Women’s Championship: Marcela
  • NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Championship: Stuka Jr.
  • NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship: Caristico
  • NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship: Volador Jr.
  • CMLL Japanese Women’s Championship: Dalys la Caribena

The second tier National Champions include:

  • CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship: vacant
  • Mexican National Heavyweight Championship: El Terrible
  • Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship: Barbaro Cavernario
  • Mexican National Welterweight Championship: Soberano Jr.
  • Mexican National Lightweight Championship: Electrico
  • Mexican National Tag Team Championship: Atlantis Jr. & Flyer
  • Mexican National Trios Championship: Nueva Generacion Dinamita (El Cuatrero, Forastero, & Sanson)
  • Mexican National Women’s Championship: La Metalica
  • Mexican National Women’s Tag Team Championship: vacant

CMLL had been out of action since March 14. The pandemic forced them to cancel Homenaje a Dos Leyendas (Mar. 20), which was headlined by Barbaro Cavernario vs Felino in hair vs hair. There has been no mention on rescheduling that bout. My guess is that match won’t take place until CMLL can return to near 100% fan capacity so gate money can be used for the payout to the losing luchador. There aren’t any free haircuts in this world.

Which matchups would you like to see for night of champions on CMLL’s 87th Anniversary show?

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