CMLL will celebrate their 89th anniversary with a superstar spectacle on Friday, September 16 that includes mask-versus-mask matches, the Independence Cup final, a trio title fight, and more.
The lineup for the CMLL 89th Anniversary show includes:
- Mask vs. Mask or Hair vs. Her Main Event: TBD vs. TBD
- mask vs. mask of Hair vs. Hair tag team eliminator: Atlantis & Fuerza Guerrera, Averno & Ultimo Guerrero, Atlantis Jr. & Stuka Jr., Soberano Jr. & Dragon Rojo Jr.
- Mask vs Mask: LaJarochita vs. Reyna Isis
- La Copa Independencia 2022 final: Mistico vs. Volador Jr. vs. Angel de Oro
- Negro Casas, Titan and Star Jr. vs. Hechicero, Euforia and Mephisto
- Mexican National Trios Championship: Dulce Gardenia, Rey Cometa, & Espiritu Negro (c) vs. Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, & Arkalis
CMLL’s anniversary shows are their biggest event of the year. The selling point of this broadcast is the lucha de apuestas for men. Tag teams made up of rival luchadores will compete in an eliminator format to determine the main event. For six of the participants, mask versus mask is the final showdown. As Averno and Ultimo Guerrero advance, they will duel her against hairpins.
The overall pecking order of the possible main event matchups starts with Atlantis and Fuerza Guerrera as the legends. Atlantis is reportedly 59 years old and Fuerza Guerrera is reportedly 68 years old. Real ages are not revealed until a luchador officially loses its mask. Atlantis’ Last Mask vs Mask (video) contest was the removal of the hood of La Sombra, better known as Andrade.
Averno and Ultimo Guerrero are next in line as veteran superstars, although her versus her would be a hint of disappointment with so many masks at stake. Atlantis Jr. and Stuka Jr. are on par with Soberano Jr. and Dragon Rojo Jr. The original target of Soberano Jr. was Templario, which would have been a fiery young guns final, but Templario was replaced due to injury.
We can’t have a lucha libre post without flashy highlights. The final of La Copa Independencia 2022 has winners of qualifying stages with an interesting twist.
The first stage included Mistico, Panterita del Ring, Star Black, Magia Blanca, Dark Panther, El Terrible, Gemelo Diablo II and Niebla Roja. The format started with a battle royal to determine torneo cibernetico teams. The last two came down to Mistico and Niebla Roja. Mistico prevailed with a whirling armbar for the win to advance to the final.
The second stage included Volador Jr., Angel de Oro, Fugaz, Esfinge, Gemelo Diablo I, Barbaro Cavernario, Gran Guerrero and El Sagrado. Same format applied. The torneo cibernetico came down to Volador Jr. and Angel de Oro. This is where it got tricky.
The action poured out into the driveway. Angel de Oro struck with a Mexican Destroyer on stage. Volador Jr. returned the favor by planting Angel de Oro with a Mexican Destroyer on stage. The referee handed out a double count-out. Both luchadores were cared for by medical personnel, although they wanted to continue the fight. Due to the circumstances of La Copa Independencia, the official result was declared a draw. Both men advanced to the final for a triple threat with Mistico on the 89th birthday.
The CMLL 89th Anniversary show will be available for live streaming via Ticketmaster Live (here) for the price of 198 Mexican pesos (about 9.85 US dollars). The show starts at 5pm local time (6pm ET). Reviews of CMLL streaming quality with Ticketmaster are generally positive, but some shows are experiencing technical issues. If you’re on the fence about taking a bet, go for it. The pomp and circumstance should create an electric atmosphere and the high stakes of matchups should deliver good drama. Not to mention enjoying high-flyers of the highest order.
We close with NJPW’s Hiromu Takahashi sending congratulations on the anniversary of CMLL. He teased the return of Los Ingobernables de Japon for next year.
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