taped 2014-05-30 @ Arena México
Máximo, Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys: Usual TRT versus Super Porky match. It was too familiar until I remembered I saw it already on Terra. I usually watch the Terra feed for those, but there didn’t seem to be much point for that here. They do some post editing not just for time but camera angles – they had a better angle of Stuka’s reaction when Porky leaped onto him on Fox than did live – which is more effort than it felt like they put into this show. Máximo and Stuka doing the close in double tope was different, but not much else was.
Atlantis, Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Mephisto: Quick normal semifinal match, with a storyline that started but didn’t really end. Gran Guerrero was somewhat playing Ultimo Guerrero (random feud with Atlantis that they forgot to finish – so Atlantis beat him up after for no other reason) and somewhat playing Averno (missing trio parter) and he wasn’t great at either, though he fit in generally better than he has in other matches. He wasn’t a disaster, just a bit lost at times. (Maybe on Valiente’s dive, since Valiente had a late change of direction to do the top instead.
La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match: The Indeseable as a proper trio! The brawling worked in parts, but they slowed down the match quite a bit to stretch it out – it still didn’t go ten minutes and didn’t carry the intensity as other matches. The first couple minutes and the last couple minutes were the best parts La Mascara got outshined by his partners, which is not a surprise but again points out how he’s got to get to a higher level if he’s going to succeed in this trio. The Indesables introducing themselves is a nice touch, as was Rush sarcastically inviting Shocker into the ring so he could beat him up. Tecnico Volador is most compelling when Sombra is hitting him very hard. The Indesables stripping off Volador’s pants exposed what giant kneebraces he has to wear. He’s only 33, but put in a lot of high spots in that time.
Dragon Lee vs Cachorro in a En Busca de un Idolo match: GREAT. The second round matches frequently played off what they had done in the previous round, which helped make these feel different enough. (This is the first year when everyone had faced everyone else in the first round, it wasn’t as big an issue in previous years.) Lee and Cachorro built their match around their previous finishing moves being dangerous even from the first minute. The Power-Plex is going to look deadly even with no set up, but they put it mind from the start so that it felt like a fair ending when the match ended so relatively soon. They got in a lot of stuff in a short amount of time, plus some big spots before the clock even started. They put in a lot of difficult stuff, but some of the the simple stuff looked good as well – Cachorro’s corner Yakuza kick and Dragon Lee’s running straight boot to the face of a seated opponent always look sharp.
Cavernario vs Hechicero in a En Busca de un Idolo match: GREAT. Hechicero got in a few neat spots, but this was the Cavernario star making performance. He got over with the wildness of his character as much as of the wildness of his moves. The run up the middle of the ropes plancha to the floor felt like the signature spot; it wasn’t as dangerous as his usual splash to the floor but it seemed like even better proof he would be willing to do anything. Cavernario still got the smart escape set up finish at the end as well.