taped @ Arena Puebla, 05/09/2011
This is now Puebla now, which is neat. This show was had many of the issues of the GDL shows transferred to Puebla, which is not neat.
A large reason the TVC Deports Puebla shows were very popular were getting to catch out the nifty local wrestlers. They’re talented and they’re hard to find; even in their home building, they’re lucky to get two matches a month. A one hour show that just shows the two matches means we never get to see the likes of Toro Bill and Siki Osama Jr. again, which would be drastically disappointing.
The group putting these shows together has access to Monday Puebla shows and Tuesday Guadalajara shows. (I’ve also been told they have the Sunday Guadalajara shows, though no one even in Guadalajara knows where that’s airing.) This show is not being taped live, the commentary is all being done after the fact, probably just as easy as someone rolling a tape and whichever announcers are around talk over it. If you have all that raw video, and it’s the same anyway, there’s no reason to air specifically the semimain and main event each week. Just cue up the two best matches of the week (or even just guess!) and watch those. No one’s gone to mind if you shift arenas or days between shows if they get to see great matches.
In other words: only showing Virus/Valiente on the screen behind you was cruel to any fan of lucha libre. Please don’t taunt the animals in their cages!
La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Máximo vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Texano: The other reason people talk up Puebla is the general feeling that Guadalajara has more mailed in matches. We’ve seen some of them on this show recently, and this match could’ve fit with all of those. Nothing wrong with it, but it no extra excitement or interest in it. It was a routine match, extra surprising for when you’d expect the new rudo team to be expressing themselves.
La Sombra, Rush, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Atlantis, Averno, Último Guerrero: not a lot to this match, but Atlantis did his best to make you want to see Sombra get a hold of him. (Sombra was really good about wanting to get to Atlantis, but not really intense when he finally got him.) Tiger Rojo didn’t seem out of his depth, but did seem a bit nervous and didn’t not showcase himself in other way where I feel like I need to see him again. Rush looked good, at least.