El Hijo del Perro Aguayo vs. Myzteziz
Television matches designed to build up an apuesta match do not get much effective than this. Perro Jr. and Myzteziz were heading for a hair vs. mask match (likely at that year’s TripleMania) and this was the first major match on the road there. It is a bloody and violent match where even the tired AAA tropes (like a wrestler going through one of those flimsy boards) had more impact than usual. Unfortunately and tragically, the blow off was never to come but judging on the quality of both this set up match and the Rey de Reyes tag match, it had the chance to be something special. Even though this match was a feud builder, it more than stands on its own.
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.