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CMLL Roundup: Torneo Increible de Parejas ends in mask vs. mask challenge, women’s title match, more!

Let’s catch up on CMLL news from the lucha libre world.

CMLL stoked the fires of tension with the Torneo Increible de Parejas on Friday night (Feb. 25, 2022). The concept is to pair rivals together as tag teams.

Opening round:

  • Atlantis Jr. & Stuka Jr. defeated Negro Casas & Blue Panther
  • Volador Jr. & Mephisto defeated Hechicero & El Sagrado
  • Soberano Jr. & Templario defeated Titan & Cavernario
  • Mistico & Averno defeated Ultimo Guerrero & Euforia

Most teams seemed to work well together with the common goal of victory. That excludes Ultimo Guerrero and Euforia. Guerrero accidentally dropkicked his partner. Euforia was not pleased and dragged Guerrero out of the ring. In the final sequence, Guerrero dropkicked Euforia on purpose then kicked him in the cojones leading to their defeat.

Semifinal:

  • Atlantis Jr. & Stuka Jr. defeated Volador Jr. & Mephisto
  • Mistico & Averno defeated Soberano Jr. & Templario

Final:

  • Atlantis Jr. & Stuka Jr. defeated Mistico & Averno

Mistico embraced his rudo side to distract the referee, so Averno could land a low blow kick on Atlantis Jr. Mistico pinned Atlantis for elimination. Stuka Jr. Mistico was cocky and missed Stuka evening the score on a roll-up to eliminate Averno. Atlantis helped his partner turn the tide by knocking Mistico off the turnbuckles. Stuka followed with a flying splash to win the final.

During the trophy celebration, Stuka challenged Atlantis Jr. for mask versus mask at Homenaje a Dos Leyendas on March 18. As Stuka tossed the microphone over for an answer, he blasted Atlantis in the head with the trophy.

Enjoy the fast and furious highlights of the entire tournament.

On Friday night’s undercard, Dark Silueta retained the Mexican National Women’s Championship against Lluvia. It was a back and forth affair going tit for tat with similar moves. Lluvia took the action to a higher level by leaping off the upper stage for a flying crossbody. In the end, the champ prevailed hitting a superplex then locking in a submission. That title defense wasn’t enough for Dark Silueta. She also wants Lluvia’s mask.

Last week, Angel de Oro retained the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship against Mephisto. The challenger battered the champ’s lower back. Angel still managed to execute high-flying attacks. Angel was in trouble after a double underhook slam out of the corner, but he rallied to score the win with a slick transition into a rocking chair submission.

The CMLL World Mini-Estrella Championship changed hands as Mercurio ended Shockercito’s 1,813-day reign.

Homenaje a Dos Leyendas is CMLL’s next major event. The show on March 18 will honor Salvador Lutteroth and Ringo Mendoza. Lutteroth is the founder of EMLL, which became CMLL. Mendoza won numerous championships, hair versus hair contests, and the masks of the Texas Rangers during the course of his career. Mendoza was 4-0 in hair versus hair when in mattered most on anniversary shows.

CMLL is rolling out the lineup for Homenaje a Dos Leyendas with intriguing matchups. TJP returns to Arena Mexico. His opponent has yet to be named.

The vacant CMLL World Trios Championship will be up for grabs in a four-way. The competing squads will be Ultimo Guerrero, Atlantis Jr., & Gran Guerrero versus Hechicero, Mephisto, & Euforia versus El Sagrado, Gemelo Diablo I, & Gemelo Diablo II versus Angel de Oro, Terrible, & Niebla Roja.

CMLL is also planning a Torneo Increible for the women on March 11. The twist will be the losers advancing into a mask versus mask or mask versus hair finale at Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.

The teams will be:

  • Marcela & Metalica
  • La Jarochita & Tiffany
  • Dark Silueta & Lluvia
  • Stephanie Vaquer & La Magnifica
  • Reyna Isis & La Vaquerita
  • Princesa Sugehit & La Seductora
  • Dalys & Skadi
  • Amapola & La Guerrera

Last but not least on the list is a snazzy Kemonito NFT. Check out the nifty video of the little monkey hitting a plancha.

Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!