TKD: [0:49, 2:22, 9:24] In an apparent attempt to artificially create pomp and circumstance for this match, Pierroth literally has a red carpet rolled out for his entrance. La Máscara and Rush are also present, although it’s Rush who’s the “official” second. Diamante Azul’s second is Máximo Sexy.
Pierroth takes a very quick fall 1 with a bad bodyslam and a senton from the second rope. In other words, he has essentially one thing to do in the 49 seconds of the first fall and manages to do it poorly.
The second fall features really bad punches from Pierroth, interference from Rush while Tirantes is distracted from arguing with Máximo, and Pierroth hilariously interrupting Tirantes’s argument with Máximo in order to apparently raise some other point of contention. (Here I’m reminded of one of Judge Judy’s admonitions, “Shut up! Does it look like you’re losing?”) After some more laughably bad offense from Pierroth, Diamante Azul manages to win a fall when Pierroth suddenly unmasks him for a DQ. Crowd shots in between falls indicate reactions ranging from indifference to displeasure.
The third fall sees Pierroth add inability to catch dives to the list of flaws on full display in a packed Arena México. Actually, at one point early in the fall, Diamante Azul topes Rush instead of Pierroth. The latter is completely uninterested that this has just happened and walks away to talk to someone at the far end of the first row. Other spots attempted and failed include a suplex and a salida de bandera bump. For his part, Diamante Azul cannot pull off a remotely convincing bodyslam, although he’s decidedly the less bad of the two. After more interference and a mass run-in involving La Máscara, Terrible, and Marco Corleone, Rambo (the lucha commissioner on duty) kicks out all seconds, upon which Diamante Azul immediately wins with a German suplex.
As the crowd boos, Pierroth unmasks as Arturo Muñoz, 47 years old, 26 as a luchador. (There are doubts about the accuracy of the age, although, as @luchablog has pointed out, it’s consistent with the age announced when he last lost his mask as Poder Mexica in 2002, for whatever that may or may not be worth.) Pierroth attacks and unmasks Diamante Azul afterward. Another referee, Edgar Noriega, runs out to try to restore order, but fails, giving the feeling of a hollow victory. Although Diamante Azul recovers his mask eventually and Edgar Noriega (not the original referee, Tirantes) raises his arm in victory after Pierroth and the Ingobernables leave, this has the markings of an afterthought rather than a true conclusion.
With apologies to Futurama, this match is bad and CMLL should feel bad. It doesn’t feel so much like a proper mask match as a parody of one. This match really has no business taking place at all, let alone on CMLL’s second-biggest show of the year. We knew this from the time that it was announced; neither guy in the match is really a capable luchador despite years of experience. Really basic spots are botched, and Pierroth still carries his trademark aversion to having anything to do with catching a dive despite 26 years in the business.
As I mentioned at the opening of the review, CMLL pushed this show hard as the 17th anniversary of Villano III’s famous mask match with Atlantis, arguably one of the best of all time. The implied inference that CMLL wants its audience to reach is that this year’s show is likewise headlined by a match that will go down in history. In a sense, they accomplished their goal, although perhaps not in the way that they intended: this mask match is memorably grotesque and incompetent. (bad)