taped 2014-04-22 @ Arena México
Bengala & Robin vs Cholo & Inquisidor: Usual uneventful and uninteresting Tuesday opener. Inquisidor had a usual below average match, but I did like the way he set up the inverted crucifix bomb near the end. I didn’t like how Tiger Hispano forget to signal the submission which arrived soon after, leaving both Bengala and Inquisidor stuck doing the hold for a while. Whenever it happens, Bengala’s last gasp mask versus mask feud is going to be great.
Angelito, Fantasy, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito: A lesser version of the Guadalajara match, which was helped by having Demus and not clowning Warrior. Astral was better than Fantasy, who seems less a real person and more an oddly shaped mannequin at times. He may be live, but he doesn’t show it. Angelito and Stukita already have a tag team finisher, or just like repeating spots. Same thing, really. Teacher Pierrothito literally stopped Angelito and had him redo a spot in the first fall, which was not the most professional looking thing. I believe one of Mercurio’s primary job duties is to lure técnicos out of the ring to set up Pequeño Warrior’s legdrop.
Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Syuri vs Amapola, La Seductora, Mima Shimoda: Good women’s match with some amusing comedy bits, easily the best of the pre-En Busca de un Idolo matches. I really liked the one they did in the second fall where Mima was accidentally trampled repeatedly. Mima, back as a sub for Zeuxis, seemed to be having fun and seemed fine in the ring, so I’m surprised she’s not used more often. Syuri finished up strong (wacky dancing is always a strong way to go).
Hechicero vs Soberano Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match: A good match, but had hopes of a better one – some of Hechicero’s moves didn’t look as crisp this time (reverse monkey flip) and Sobreano didn’t battle him as much as he shoudl’ve (just hanging out on Hispano’s shoulders for a while before getting thrown into the crowd.) I think they easily have a better match in them. I wonder if Soberano has an actual diving background; he sometimes does the tiny warmup hop you see before they do dives, and I can’t see why he would do unless it’s something he’s already in a habit of doing. Seemed like Hechicero was tapping out about five seconds before Tigre Hispano figured out he gave up. That doesn’t work here.
Súper Halcón Jr. vs Star Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match: Star Jr. is impressive even when he crashes and burns. Super Halcón is using the same top con giro as his dive and the same moonsault to win every match. One of those strategies is better than the other one in this competition. There’s an actual advantage to being new here, where everything you’ve been doing elsewhere looks novel here and people aren’t expecting you to change a routine when you don’t have one established, but Halcón should’ve gotten the hint by now to mix something up by now and hasn’t seemed to figure out. This one was okay, last one was better.
Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Terrible, Tiger, Vangellys: Average match. Triton worked across from Vangellys for the first two falls but those two didn’t have much chemistry together, and Triton had to puase himself on most every springboard move he did. It seemed like a normal Marco match early on, but then Marco decided to show off his armdrag skills in the third fall. Stuka’s monkey flip dive was cool but it took a staged set up by Tiger to make it happen. Rudos were effective when working together.
Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero: Very hurried match between the two teams. Not sure if they ran out of time, but this one wasn’t left more than 10 minutes. Everyone hurried and nothing went too wrong – Gran Guerrero didn’t have a groaner, Delta pulled off his finish, but they needed a longer match to let anyone breath. No challenges followed, which doesn’t make much sense given the challenges on Friday.