Mascara Año 2000 vs. Anibal
MASK VS. MASK
Type: Mask vs. Mask
Fifty year old Anibal – a star with the UWA from the promotion’s founding in 1975 through the mid-1980’s – drops his mask to Mascara Año 2000 in an entertaining match that used a few key moments to make cover for both wrestler’s in-ring shortcomings (Anibal’s being age related). This match was apparently supposed to involve another Dinamita as Universo 2000 was penciled in to get the big mask win. When word of that leaked, CMLL changed direction and gave the win to Dos Mil. The finish is interesting and at least indirectly plays into the finish of the apuesta match Perro Aguayo and Mascara Año 2000 wrestled in AAA almost 18 months after this one.
La Fiera vs. Jerry “Puma” Estrada
Other:Recommended; Bloody; Chain
With the exception of a confusing and unsatisfying finish, this match has everything one could possibly want out of a chain match. After some early match tentativeness, Fiera and Estrada start swinging for the fences and the results is a wild, unpredictable brawl. There are chain shots of course, but also wild chair tosses, legit head butts (including one to the referee!), and plenty of blood. The match is more than a novelty; you could drop this same match into almost any territory in the U.S. in the 1980’s and it would be among the stronger violent gimmick matches in those promotion’s histories. Estrada has never looked so stuff and the amazing consistent La Fiera is once again on his game. To top it all off, the match is more than just brawling and includes a really neat tope while both guys are still chained together. As mentioned, the abrupt and frankly stupid ending is the one major blemish on an otherwise immensely entertaining brawl.