EL HIJO DEL SANTO VS. El Hijo del Perro Aguayo
2004 was a summer Olympics year and with the games going on in Athens in early August, it was believed that Televisa preempted CMLL programming during that time in favor of Olympic coverage. That included the show where this match would have aired. As the story goes, a short time later Phil Schneider of Segunda Caida fame was browsing the collection of wrestling matches and shows for sale outside of Arena Mexico. Somehow, Phil ended up making a purchase that included this match which had previously been thought to never have aired. The sound was a little off (although a version showed up on YouTube just this week that seems to correct that issue) but that was a minor price to pay to have footage of this first time ever match between the sons of two of lucha’s most legendary figures. So the moral of the story is that if you are ever outside of Arena Mexico, keep your eyes and mind open because you never know when you might stumble upon a rare match.
As for the match itself, it is a very solid offering in what ideally would have been a lengthy feud with bigger and better singles matches yet to come. Perro Jr. had just gone back to the rudo side and is an excellent antagonist for El Hijo del Santo in this one. After a hot angle – Perro Jr. smashing the Leyenda de Plata trophy and claiming that is father was better than Santo – and given the participants, you might expect this to be an all-out brawl but it really isn’t. It has the feel of a match where two guys are feuding, but most if it is contained to the ring and the third fall is full of near falls on standard submissions and pinning holds. The end to the third fall builds to a re-match that never actually occurs, at least not during the same time frame in Arena Mexico.