November is over, and CMLL had some ups and downs throughout the month. The big story coming out of November is Soberano Jr.’s big turn to join the rudos side and his subsequent transformation into one of the coolest guys in the entire world. November Fridays also featured title changes, title defenses, and the Leyenda de Azul tournament won by Hechicero.

Must See Matches of the Month

  • Rey del Inframundo: Stuka Jr. © vs. Barbaro Cavernario (11/3) – ****
  • Soberano Jr. vs. Volador Jr. (11/10) – ****
  • Leyenda de Azul Finals: Hechicero vs. Stuka Jr. (11/24) – ****

Other Non-Friday Matches To Watch

  • Mascara Dorada vs. Angel de Oro (11/7)
  • Star Jr. vs. Guerrero Maya Jr. (11/7)
  • Futuro, Hombre Bala Jr., Neon vs. Crixus, Difunto, Raider (11/14)
  • Fugaz, Star Jr., Valiente vs. Averno, Mephisto, Zandokan Jr. (11/14)
  • Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs. Angel de Oro & Volador Jr. (11/14)
  • World Middleweight: Templario © vs. Volador Jr. (11/19)
  • Templario vs. Flip Gordon (11/21)

CMLL Viernes Espectacular (November 2023)

Dia de Muertos 2023
NOVEMBER 3, 2023

Angelito, Kaligua, Pequeno Magia def. Full Metal, Minos, Pequeno Polvora

A fun opener with the minis. Angelito, Kaligua, and Magia looked good and flew around quite a bit to get the crowd invested. I love Minos’ look. Good start to the show but nothing must watch. There was a very unfortunate botch as they were closing in on the finishing sequence. ***

Magia Blanca, Okumura, Rugido def. Dulce Gardenia, Espiritu Negro, Rey Cometa

A fine match that was plagued by injuries. Espiritu Negro was knocked out in the second fall and was taken out of the match pretty much immediately so the third fall portion of the match was messy. Dulce also seemed to be hurt near the end. Rugido got the fall on Dulce to get the win for the rudos. As is tradition, the losers were dragged to Hell and then the show transitioned to a live in-the-ring ad for the Arizona Cardinals. I love lucha libre so much.  **½ 

Hijo de Stuka Jr., Hijo del Villano III, Villano III Jr. def. Blue Panther Jr., Dark Panther, Hijo de Blue Panther

The Villanos III kids are teaming with Hijo de Stuka Jr. while their regular partner Zandokan Jr. is off to Japan to compete in New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s World Tag League tournament. Panther family took the first fall while the rudos took the second. A few awkward moments in the first two falls but this really picked up in the third. The Villanos are great at being shithead heels who can back it up in the ring and have been a real highlight on these undercards since Villano III Jr. made the wise decision to ditch AAA earlier in the year. Blue Panther Jr spamming quebradoras is always fun. The finish was tremendous! Dark Panther went to the well too many times with topes on Hijo de Stuka Jr. and hurt his arm on the barricade so his brothers get the referee to check on him outside the ring. As the ref is distracted, the Villanos rip off the mask and roll the Panthers up for the final fall once the referee returns to the ring. I thought that was a very creative finish. ***½ 

Euforia, Mephisto, Terrible def. Atlantis Jr., Fugaz, Star Jr.

Everybody is wearing special dark Dia de Muertos gear and then there’s Atlantis Jr. wearing his normal blue and white. Tecnicos took the first fall and the rudos took the second with a gnarly submission on Atlantis Jr. I don’t think this match really clicked at all and the crowd wasn’t as hot during it as the previous matches. I pop every time someone is sent to the underworld. “You’re a loser? Enjoy Hell!” **½ 

Mascara Dorada & Mistico def. Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr.

Soberano looked like such an asshole (more on that later) with his flowery cape. It’s always a treat when Dorada and Mistico team up – the present and future of CMLL. They work really well together and everything they do as a team is crisp. On the other hand, Volador and Soberano couldn’t get on the same page and were outsmarted by Mistico when an errant Volador dropkick hit Soberano right in the mush that led to the win by two straight falls. The match was alright but the real story happened after the match when Soberano Jr. and Volador Jr. got into a fistfight and Soberano turned rudo. He’s out for himself now and solidified it by beating up the micro demons on the ramp. Great stuff and this turn has been a long time coming. ***½ 

Rey del Inframudo
Barbaro Cavernario def. Stuka Jr. ©

This was only twelve minutes and they absolutely went all out! From the opening belt shot to start the match, Cavernario and Stuka put their all into the match. Cavernario was great and brought an air of intensity that few other wrestlers bring in main event matches like this. There was a scary moment where Stuka’s ankle bent awkwardly landing an attempted moonsault from the middle rope to the outside floor but he seemed fine. Cavernario won with a huge splash from the top rope to the outside followed by his plancha. Great stuff that really maximized the time they were given. ****

CMLL Viernes Espectacular (November 2023)

NOVEMBER 10, 2023

Futuro, Neon, Robin def. Crixus, Raider, Vegas

Raider has one of the coolest looks in wrestling right now. Futuro and Neon are human highlight reels and have been killing it whenever they get a chance to shine on these Friday Arena Mexico shows. Neon’s ramp-run double springboard moonsault plancha is a thing of beauty and always amazing to see. The rudos held their own and were good bases to let the young guys fly around. Robin won with a Swanton on Raider. ***½ 

Pequeno Magia, Shockercito, Ultimo Dragoncito def. Mercurio, Pequeno Olimpico, Pierrothito

The Minis division has been a true highlight recently and this is another notch on their belt. Mercurio was great at playing the heel against the fan favourite tecnicos. Shockercito had the crowd in the palm of his hand the entire time. I don’t think there a single “cooldown” period in the entire match as it was all gas all the time. They traded the first and second falls which led to Dragoncito getting the final fall over Mercurio to set up a Minis title match the next week. This was a lot of fun! ***¾ 

Blue Panther Jr., Dark Panther, Hijo de Blue Panther def. Hijo de Stuka Jr., Hijo del Villano III, Villano III Jr.

A rematch from the week prior where the Villanos and Hijo de Stuka Jr. cheated to win. Starting the match as a wild brawl on the ramp during the Panthers’ entrance was a fantastic start and really put over the “revenge match” story. Hijo de Blue Panther got the first fall before he could even take off his extravagant entrance robe. Rudos took the second and third fall felt a bit flat compared to the week before. There was a cool spot where Panther Jr. reversed Villano III Jr.’s shoulder block by lifting him up and throwing him outside to the ring on Hijo del Villano III. The Villanos took a ride on the Panther Jr. tilt-a-whirl and lost the match. ***½  

Atlantis Jr., Esfinge, Titan def. Barbaro Cavernario, Templario, Terrible

A very solid match wrestled by six good wrestlers. These are some of the hardest matches to review as everything was good but I felt like something was missing in the match to really take it up to another level. It slowed down a bit near the end but that wasn’t awful or anything. I guess it’s a perfect match for the middle of the show. ***

Averno & Euforia def. Angel de Oro & Gran Guerrero

This wasn’t very good and was simple to build the Heavyweight title match happening a week later. Gran Guerrero wasn’t very good. The only real highlights of this match were some Averno and Angel de Oro back-and-forths. Winners won in two straight falls, with Euforia beating both guys in the last fall all by himself. **½ 

Soberano Jr. def. Volador Jr.

Soberano Jr. showed up outside the arena, got out of a car, wore one of the biggest fur coats I’ve ever seen, had a personal bodyguard behind him, and had two babes on his arms. He’s winning at life now that he turned rudo – and such an entrance provided a distraction that he managed to sneak attack Volador before the match even started. Soberano got the first fall rather quickly and meant business. Volador got the second after a Soberano mistake. The third fall was very long with a lot of focus on character work to get Soberano’s new gimmick over. The wrestling was good, as expected in a match between these two, but it played a bit of a backseat to the story. Weird ref bump at the end and Soberano fouled Volador and rolled him up for the tainted win. I liked the story they told but this is not a “moves” match if you’re into those. I am all in on Soberano’s new gimmick and I can’t wait to see where he goes from here. ****

CMLL Viernes Espectacular (November 2023)

NOVEMBER 17, 2023

Andromeda & Skadi def. Hera & Olympia

Andromeda and Skadi have a cool size difference dynamic that works for them as a team. The in-ring was pretty basic. Andromeda is improving and I think, like Villano III Jr., has benefitted from jumping from AAA to CMLL. Tecnicas won with a 450 by Andromeda and a powerbomb backbreaker by Skadi. **¼ 

CMLL World Mini’s Championship
Ultimo Dragoncito def. Mercurio ©

A well-worked title match that didn’t go into the next gear at all and only went about twelve minutes. The only real highlight was Mercurio dropping Dragoncito on the ringside floor with a powerbomb. Ultimo went splat! Dragoncito got a surprise submission victory to become the 16th World Mini’s champion, his third run with the title, and his first since losing it in October 2001. ***

Leyenda de Azul Semi-Finals
Hechicero & Stuka Jr. def. Atlantis, Angel de Oro, Star Black, Esfinge, Volcano, Ultimo Guerrero, Barbaro Cavernario, Terrible, Niebla Roja, Sagrado

Lots of fun! Everybody had the chance to get their shit in and it made for a fun time. Sagrado was eliminated first by Star Black. Volcano was eliminated by Hechicero by a tremendous submission hold. Star Black was eliminated by Stuka Jr. Esfinge was eliminated by Barbaro Cavernario with an assist from Terrible. Terrible was eliminated by Angel de Oro. Niebla Roja was eliminated by Atlantis. Barbaro Cavernario was eliminated by Stuka Jr. Ultimo Guerrero was eliminated by Atlantis so everyone from Group B was out. This led to Atlantis vs. Stuka vs. Hechicero for a good few minutes or so. Atlantis couldn’t surpass the two-on-one attack and was eliminated by Hechicero to set up the finals. Fine for what it was with some guys like Esfinge who looked great. ***¼ 

CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
Gran Guerrero © def. Euforia

“30th Best Wrestler in the World” Gran Guerrero successfully defended his title in a very boring match that felt like it went on forever. *¾ 

Flip Gordon, Mascara Dorada, Mistico def. Star Jr., Titan, Volador Jr.

Who knew Flip Gordon was such a Kim Possible fan? This was well worked but like everything else on this show failed to get to the next level. All six guys worked hard and looked great but something was missing. It did serve as a good reintroduction of Flip in CMLL since it’s been a while since he last wrestled for the company. Mistico’s team won the first fall, Volador’s took the second. Things dragged a bit in the third and the match lost some of its steam by the end when Mistico beat Volador with La Mistica. They have a much better match in them if they run this again. Mistico is so over. ***½ 

​​CMLL Viernes Espectacular (November 2023)

NOVEMBER 24, 2023

Brillante Jr., Fuego, Oro Jr. def. Grako, Nitro, Sangre Imperial

A decent opener. Sangre Imperial was in tremendous shape ahead of the bodybuilding competition. Fuego was a lot of fun and got the win for his team. Nothing special. **½ 

Akuma, Dark Magic, Espanto Jr. def. Arkalis, Rey Samuray, Stigma

Very rough in some parts and that took me out of the match. Rudos took the first fall and tecnicos took the second after Rey Samuray nearly broke his leg diving out of the ring. La Ola Negra put Stigma down for the third fall. Another match that wasn’t anything special and fine for the undercard. **½ 

Magia Blanca, Magnus, Rugido def. Esfinge, Fugaz, Star Black

This was better than the first two matches and got pretty good at points. I thought Esfinge was the best part of the match and continues to add to his very solid year. The rest of the match was bit sloppy here and there. The rudos fouled Esfinge and then pulled Fugaz’ mask to sneak the third fall and win the match. They unmaked everyone after the match. Fun post-match stuff. ***

Lluvia, Reyna Isis, Tessa Blanchard def. Dark Silueta, La Jarochita, Stephanie Vaquer

This match served its purpose to build to a Tessa Blanchard vs. Stephanie Vaquer title match on the 12/1 show. The Blanchard and Vaquer spots were well done and it added some intensity to this feud that was missing in the Grand Prix last month. Dark Silueta was bad and was a distraction in what was an otherwise perfectly cromulent match. Might have been an off night as I’ve seen her do better. **¾ 

Leyenda de Azul Finals
Hechicero def. Stuka Jr.

This was a great showcase of what heavyweight wrestling can be. Hechicero and Stuka didn’t waste a single moment to get into the match and it was a fairly even fight the entire way through until Stuka started cheating. Hechicero busting out some more flying moves was good and added to the feel of the match. I loved the finish where Stuka grabbed the mask after a ref bump, taunted Hechicero, tried to hit his splash but fell into a trap and was forced to submit to the Magia Negra. It made Hechicero look strong and deserving of winning the tournament. The post-match angle was tremendous. Stuka tried to break the trophy but was stopped by both Blue Panther (who was presenting the trophy) and Hechicero. A big brawl ensued and things don’t look to be done between these guys. ****

Mistico & Octagon def. Atlantis & Volador Jr.

Mistico had an Octagon-like mask. It was cool. The match, however, was not. Atlantis and Volador were full rudos for some reason and it didn’t really work. Octagon is very limited in the ring at this point so I’m not sure what putting him in a straight tag match was trying to accomplish. Mistico and Octagon won in two straight after Volador tied Octagon’s mask to the rope and it came off when Mistico hit the ropes, causing a disqualification. I’m not really sure what to make of this match and I’m not sure the wrestlers could either. Very weird overall. **½