Cavernario and Titan. There’s a million GIFs to follow.
Match 1: Delta, Fuego, Valiente vs Kráneo, Luciferno, Vangellys
Arena México, 05/03/2015
- Delta springboard double stomp Vangellys (4:33)
- Fuego torito Luciferno (4:38)
- Hooligan Crash Fuego (3:04)
- Mije splash Valiente (3:24)
- Valiente inside cradle Kraneo (4:34)
Winner: técnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 12:36
Review: [ok] regular midcard trios match, though Kraneo not being around (or on TV) as much lately helps freshen his up. It felt like it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen the triple tope spot, and that barrier at ringside is strong. In less fresh stuff, rudos being amazed by Fuego doing the same back bend he’s done for 500 matches is amazing in itself. There were no problems with the match but it was indistinguishable.
Match 2: Titán © vs Bárbaro Cavernario for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
Arena México, 05/03/2015
- Barbaro Cavernario pump splash (3:41)
- Titan headscissors into a Skayde Special (6:07)
- Barbaro Cavernario Cavernario (12:18)
Winner: Barbaro Cavernario (2-1)
Match Time: 22:06
Notes: Cavernario wins the championship.
Review: [excellent] superb match between two well matched luchadors. Titan tried to out crazy Cavernario, went too far by trying to use the caveman’s own move, and got beat. Cavernario, on his fourth match in three days on a bad knee, only seemed to limp in between falls and after the match, but showed miraculous recuperative powers as soon as the whistle blew. This played out different than you’d expect, with Cavernario just dominating a big section and the third fall near falls being largely submission based. And good submissions, with Cavernario locking in a hold that the fans would’ve bought as the finish ten minutes before it actually does. The ten extra minutes were still pretty good, with the big moves coming generally in the flow of the action and the luchadors foiling them when they were forced in. Titan battled both Cavernario and ghosts of previous matches by diving towards the show camera side barrier time after time, and managing to survive it each time. Cavernario’s offense looked brutal, especially during that long stretch of his control, and both ratcheted up the intensity as the match went on. This went 20 plus minutes and still felt like they both could’ve done more; it’s a sign of how much variety both guys have to offer. I hope the rematch happens, because it’s likely to be a totally different but just as excellent fight.