Arena Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico)
Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship (2 out of 3 falls)
Pro Wrestling championships might grow on trees down in Mexico, but it still sort of nice to begin the year with a championship match, right? Besides which, CMLL rang in the New Year in both 2012 and 2013 with rather memorable title matches so maybe we will get in a third in a row. 2012 saw Terrible defeat Rush in a tournament final for the vacant CMLL World Heavyweight Championship – a title Terrible still holds to this day. In 2012, Polvora retained his CMLL World Welterweight Championship in an early match of the year candidate versus Titan.
This year, it is the veteran Atlantis trying to capture his first Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship by stepping into the ring with the reigning titleholder, Mephisto.
Atlantis continues to be a crowd favorite at Arena Mexico and the fans are firmly behind him during the near falls during the third and deciding fall. The Arena Mexico fans begin 2014 still waiting for the long teased but not yet delivered Atlantis versus Ultimo Guerrero mask vs. mask match. They will likely have to wait a little longer for that – nothing is on the horizon – as they will also have to wait for an Atlantis title win. Mephisto begins the New Year by retaining his championship two falls to one.
The match itself was relatively non-descript and certainly a notch below last year’s Titan/Polvora New Year’s bout, but it’s definitely watchable if you are looking for a solid match worked in the Lucha championship match style.
Lucha Title Match | Watchable | Title Match