CMLL Honors Jushin Thunder Liger Before His Final Match at Arena Mexico


The legendary Jushin Thunder Liger returned to CMLL one final time on Friday night, competing in his very last main event at the historic Arena Mexico. The 54-year-old legend will be retiring from professional wrestling at the end of the year, with one final performance slated for Wrestle Kingdom 14 before he closes the book on a 35-year Hall of Fame career.

Liger emerged victorious Friday night in Mexico, winning a Fatal 4-Way match against Caristico, Ultimo Guerrero and Negro Casas in front of a red hot crowd, pinning the later with his signature running Liger Bomb. Other highlights included an Avalanche Powerbomb from Guerrero and all kinds of wild dives and combinations from Caristico (the original Mistico/Sin Cara).

Prior to the match, Liger was honored with a traditional dance ceremony and the presentation of a trophy in the ring from several officials including new CMLL owner Sofia Alonzo, and the Japanese ambassador to Mexico, among others.

The entire ceremony was a tremendous tribute to one of the greatest of all time – perhaps THE greatest junior heavyweight wrestler of all time. Even Caristico got into the spirit with a custom entrance mask mirroring the iconic Liger horns, and some familiar looking tights. His three opponents carried Liger around the ring on their shoulders after the match, following a major pyro display, before leaving the New Japan legend alone in the ring to say goodbye to his Mexican fans.