Friday, June 11, 2010

Early November '09 Lucha

CMLL 11/3/09 @ Arena Mexico (11/7/09 C3):

Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Tigre Blanco vs. Hooligan, Pólvora, René Guajardo Jr.: The only thing that needs to be said about this match...


My good friend and someone I respect very much Steve 'Dr. Lucha' Sims was on F4D a few days after I uploaded this to youtube ( and his reaction (besides being impressed) was that someone would come up with something to top this a week later in the never-ending quest of 'top this' in the world of Lucha Libre. But by now I feel completely vindicated in rightfully dubbing this the Dive of the Decade.

1. Nobody has yet to be able to copy the dive.
2. Rey Cometa only managed to successfully hit the dive one more time after this before retiring it permanently after almost hurting himself bad the third time.*
(* -> He tried to bust it out on the 2/26/10 Arena Mexico show but ended up doing it very slowly and using his hands to "cheat")

So the bottom line... that was your Dive of the Decade! As for the match? It was very good. Not only did Rey Cometa provide one of my favorite highlights ever but he also wrestled a spectacular match especially when against Hooligan.

Flash, Metro, Stuka Jr. vs. Euforia, Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis: Standard match. I like the work with Stuka and Euforia along with Flash/Euforia but this was nothing memorable.

Mephisto vs. Tetsuya Naito: Mephisto opened quick with a tope suicida but then Naito took over for the rest of the match. I wished they could be magically transported to Japan b/c then Naito would have actually cared and worked a good match. Instead they kept fighting in Arena Mexico where Naito just takes a vacation and all he did were his silly poses and other stalling tactics. Remember when foreigners used to work hard when they came to Mexico? Yeah... those days are over, especially in CMLL. Okumura and Yujiro ran in for the DQ.

Máscara Dorada, Místico, Volador Jr. vs. Ephesto, Felino, Negro Casas: Too short for my liking but okay for what it was. Typical format of rudos in control early, tecnico comeback and then they all got their exchanges in during the third fall. Dorada kept chasing Negro around which was the first hint of their upcoming feud. Negro ended up low blowing him for the loss.

CMLL 11/6/09 @ Arena Mexico:

Rare five match show, only the opener didn't air anywhere b/c the tercera aired on both TDN and the regular Galavision show.

Eléctrico, Mascarita Dorada, Pequeño Olímpico vs. Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito: This was really good! They all came out working hard, especially Mascarita Dorada and Electrico. Crowd was really into it and the third fall was just absolutely spectacular! Must-see!

Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Sagrado vs. Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca: Obviously it couldn't follow the previous match but it's not like they tried. I honestly expected way more but they worked it like a Sunday Arena Coliseo match. Poor Quemonito took Sangre/Rojo's double dropkick off the top.:( Third fall had lots of back-and-forth stuff but nothing overly creative or exciting. Sangre did use his rare big splash off the second rope to the floor on Sagrado and he tried to protect Sagrado so much that I think he hurt his knees on the landing. *L* Was NOT surprised to see this random tecnico team win clean over the established rudo trio. Not at all.

Mephisto, Terrible, Texano Jr. vs. Ray Mendoza Jr., Tetsuya Naito, Yujiro: Not so good. No Limit have gone so progressively worse since they first showed up. I thought this new feud would bring them around but this first match didn't show any signs of it. Mendoza really stuck out like a sore thumb and doesn't belong in this feud at all. It still boggles the mind that the son of one of the most iconic Mexican wrestlers ever is the generic guy that teams with foreigners and invaders.

Atlantis, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero vs. Brazo de Plata, La Sombra, Shocker: Complete mail-in job. Did everyone think this was an FSE/52MX taping except the mini's? Porky was already stale in only his second appearence. Sombra looked great as usual. Rudos won clean so this should have ended Porky's return to CMLL but alas... it's almost July and he's still around.

CMLL 11/9/09 @ Arena Puebla:

Euforia, Pólvora, Virus vs. Fabián el Gitano, Horus, Metro: This was one of THOSE nights for poor Horus. He blew his first spot of the match, barely hit his second spot of the match and then went for his step on the second rope plancha into an armdrag on the floor and Polvora was in completely the wrong position so Horus took a NASTY spill onto his shoulder/face. I (and the announcers for that matter) was shocked he continued the match. Rudos really laid into him extra hard with slaps and Polvora destroyed him with the inverted power bomb off the top for the win.

Barbaro I & Fuerza Chicana vs. Milenium & Tigre Rojo: This was Milenium's debut and it's a good thing he changed the spelling of his name or I would have sued! Sadly his night went much like Horus' night. He blew his first spot of the match and then slipped on the second one as well. Fuerza Chicana wasn't having any of that and just flung him outside. He didn't do much of anything the rest of the match except a big running somersault plancha near the end. Barbaro I in his second TV appearence looked as good as he did the first time. Hopefully he gets some more TV matches and a chance to work with the CMLL guys down the road.

Arkangel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Inquisidor vs. Guerrero Maya Jr., Molotov, Starman: Pretty fun match thanks to the rudos being fantastic bump machines for even the two lazy tecnicos (that'd be Starman/Molotov). Inquisador won the match with his Electric Chair Driver variation which always looks brutal.

Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Valiente vs. Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca: Valiente replaced Sagrado and you had almost the exact same match/level of work from Friday's Arena Mexico match. Total mail-in job.

Brazo de Plata, Héctor Garza, Volador Jr. vs. Atlantis, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero: Rinse, repeat. This was Friday's match all over again with Porky having different partners who do the same thing anyhow. Only change was Porky's team went over clean.

IWRG 10/29/09:

Maldito Jr. & Samoa vs. Mascara Magnifica & Pendulo: Love the rudos. They looked really good here and have only gotten better since. Tecnicos are pretty low on the talent scale when it comes to IWRG tecs but they were just fine here. Enjoyable match.

Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco vs. Bushi, Chico Che, Suicida: Rudos were just starting to hit their stride as a team and were great here. Tecnicos... not so much so but they hung in there. Chico Che looked the best of the three which shocked me.

Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro vs. Trauma I, Trauma II, Ultramán Jr.: Excatly what you'd expect from this crew with Ultraman Jr. tossed in to show you what an average wrestler is compared to five professionals. Loved the matwork. Match kinda fell off the rails in the third fall but I'm just going to blame Ultraman Jr. for it.

Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro, Super Porky vs. Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Tóxico: FUCKING PORKY! HE'S ON ALL MY DVD'S IN THIS TIME PERIOD! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! At least he had partners to balance his shitty work out here unlike on the CMLL shows. So I give this match a thumbs up for the hard work of the Oficiales and rudos.

Very good show. Highly reccomended!

IWRG 11/5/09:

This entire show was the Ruleta De La Muerte that Cubsfan and I were marking out over via twitter when it originally occured. Let me just sum up this show by saying it was far more interesting on twitter.:) None of the matches really worked for me and the tournament just seemed thrown together for no reason at all. Case in point: Arlequin Negro was making his debut... in a RULETA DE LA MUERTE. Right there that takes away any importance the show may have had. But you also had shitty guys like Menfis and Miss Gaviota involved which made it even worse. The best match was of course the final with Chico Che vs Gringo Loco but even that had some really awful moments and no drama at all. Major fail.

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