taped 2014-03-14 @ Arena Mexico
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taped 2014-03-11 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Sky Kid & Smaker vs Artillero & Súper Comando for the Occidente Tag Team Championship: Disappointing. Sky Kid and Smaker came off as over rehearsed and slow. It really stuck out when they only half tried at teasing their first dives, instead going to their alternative positions, counter a counter Artillero & Super Comando hadn’t fully tried yet. They knew what spots they wanted to do but couldn’t pull it together as a match, and I’ve never seen a high flying team be so slow climbing the ropes in general. Artillero & Super Comando didn’t bring much special to the occasion, outside of Comando’s big bump at the end, and the match was missing any sort of intensity.
taped 2014-03-16 @ Arena México
Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Kráneo, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja: Cut down for time, including Marco somehow going from holding Niebla’s legs to punching Kraneo in the face over a camera switch. There wasn’t a lot of Casas/Rush here to begin with, and the only extended in ring period is the end of the third fall (which also ends suddenly.) The other four guys are fine, but nothing much to write about the match. We need the Kraneo/Marco lightning match some day.
Volador Jr. vs Ripper: Also cut down for TV, though the full one wasn’t much better. Ripped isn’t the best choice for a ‘my move your move’ exhibition, and that bit works better when people think both guys might win. (Ripper needed to cheat a lot more, it would’ve helped.) They didn’t screw up anything, but they weren’t interesting. The crowd came off as more into it very late live than they did on TV.
taped 2014-03-16 @ Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo León
Daga vs Argenis, Australian Suicide, Súper Fly for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship: Good opener and good job giving Daga something to do. This had good action all the way thru, and (almost) no dumb pinfall broken spots. Argenis was the weak link but had a couple of okay spots. Super Fly looked better than I was expecting, though there’s no way you would’ve known he was meant to be a rudo at this point. Australian Suicide didn’t get a lot to do early but was showcased strongly by the end of the match. Daga held it together and was the right man to get the wins. If they knew how good the discus clothesline spot was going to look, I bet they would’ve ended the match with it. Still, the interference spot was not much and the match still kept going for long enough that Daga seemed impressive for going thru all three opponents.
Fénix vs Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa, Último Gladiador, Pentagón Jr., Steve Pain, Eterno in a domed cage match: A lucha libre hardcore cage match. There were some big spots, they largely didn’t mean anything, people climbed out at random intervals and I was generally bored. I’m pretty certain I would’ve lost my mind had I watched it live after a 45 minute delay, but it was fine enough for what it was on TV much after the fact if way too long. Niño had no problem climbing the ladder to escape, and might have been able to climb down on his own, but AAA sent help even before he tried (at least as we saw it on TV) and it was a very slow descent. He wasn’t the only one who needed the ladder; Crazy Boy made sure to climb up right away before they could destroy it, and Joe Lider struggled escaping too. I couldn’t tell if Pentagon actually lost his grip or meant to do a move from the top of the cage onto Fenix – his later teasing of death via falling off the cage makes me think he meant to do it. It’s almost as if this stipulation made it unnecessarily difficult for the performers. I’ll give the cage one thing, it was pretty hilarious to see Pentagon just easily crawl back in thru on of the wide gaps on the bottom to help out the table spot. He should’ve thought of that sooner!
Cibernético, Electroshock, Psycho Clown vs Jeff Jarrett, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr.: Usual Jarrett goofery. Belts were found and used to slap people in the back. Roldans had issues with each other. Bad wrestling sequences occurred. Karen shrieked a lot, and then less so when I hit the mute button and then got something thrown in her face again. Texano got nearly beat a half dozen times. The whole end game didn’t seem to go right and took longer than normal, but they ended up where they wanted at the end. Jeff losing to Cibernético by guitar shot would make it seem like this was over, but it was actually Jeff losing to Joaquin guitar shot. That means six more months of Roldan/Jarrett feuding.
taped 2014-03-07 @ Arena México
This was a less interesting tournament.
Titan/Felino: Místico refused to fight Titan, then they teased the matchup, then they just fought like it was normal all within about 3 minutes. That’s like four months of matches in one tournament lucha. Felino & Titan got to do a little but this was much more for the other team.
Cometa/Polvora: Cometa and Pólvora got in trademark moves just to have them done, but Cometa got a knee to the gut on his tornillo and Pólvora had his special kicked out to no reaction, so maybe that wasn’t such a good idea.
Valiente/Vangellys: The one Valiente/Vangellys match just felt like guys doing random moves with nothing to them. Vangellys & Valiente basically worked as rudos; UG as a rudo in danger from another rudo kind of works, but there wasn’t enough Sombra/Valiente to get a feel for that.
La Mascara/Ephesto: La Mascara & Ephesto’s sole match was another getting in the spots as quick as possible situation – look, it’s Ephesto’s dive, it’s a campana tease, it’s a shoulderbreaker, etc. Mascara doesn’t have many spots so this worked out okay. The only advantage is I believe the early near falls, because there are only early near falls.
Místico/Reaper: Does Reapper’s snake have a name? Is it spelled differently every show like Reapper is? Místico and Escorpion had a stumble stating off and they were both kind of useless for a while, but still managed the dangerous headscissors to the floor. Every other team was generally on the same level, but Místico was treated like a big star and Reapper like just a guy.
Averno/Volador Jr.: Volador was the only one who seemed to work at changing his outfit each time out. Averno & Volador were the efficient team they were this time last year and it reminds me that I’m still not so sure why they’re enemies. Crowd, which was deathly quiet for this show, was their loudest for the Volador/Sombra face off. It’s not for a lack of doing big spots in this tournament – there were a ton of them in the second semifinal – but it came off as no one cared about them. Or maybe someone just turned crowd mic sound by accident, who knows.
Ultimo Guerrero/Sombra: UG has to get in all his near falls even in a tournament, as always. This team probably had the two best matches of the tournament. Their semifinal with Averno & Volador was the last four months of a much longer and better imaginary match, and the final was the most complete story told in four minutes. Sombra switching to being ticked off mode right away helped, and they had some good people to work off.
Rey Escorpion & Maximo: Escorpion’s change from complete dismissal of Máximo to grudging respect was the best part of this tournament; I’m not sure if they planned it that way or Rey Escorpion is just smart enough to work it out. It was the only thing really connecting the matches and the only thing that made them seem meaningful.
taped 2014-03-04 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Sky Kid, Smaker, Star Jr. vs Akuma, Artillero, Súper Comando: Fun match, better than expected given the newness off most of the participants. Might have been great if they had more time to do a bit more, but still really good and sets up an exciting tag title match. Sky Kid and Smaker looked a lot more steady than previous appearances. Super Comando is vastly underutilized but had a chance to look good here and did. Maybe the best Akuma’s look took, because he was an efficient cog in the rudo war machine. Akuma had a quick trigger in the second fall; he submitted before Star Boy could even finish the hold. Third fall finish was a very sudden change of momentum.
taped 2014-03-09 @ Arena Coliseo
Delta, Rey Cometa, Super Porky vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger: Fun midcard match, with Cometa & Delta doing the athletic stuff and Porky being integrated into the match well. Rudos looked good, and Cometa was impressive in reversing Puma’s finisher at the end. Brazo de Plata is the only one who gets an apology from Bestia Negra when he refuses to count for other people being in the ring. Cometa dizzying himself on his own headscissors was hilarious, as was the rudos schoolboy tripping Porky over Tiger.
Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Reaper, Rey Bucanero, Terrible: Standard build up trios match which wasn’t interesting much itself and was edited down in time quite a bit for TV (though not edited down enough to include any of the post match promo!) Reapper/Volador has just not been that compelling and finish was half screwed up. Volador’s headband, in the Escorpion/Cometa style, is at least better than his towel scarf. Bucanero & Valiente seemed to be having a battle over who could look in their finishing hold for longer.
taped 2014-03-04 @ Arena México
Black Panther & Flyer vs Apocalipsis & Camorra: There was a team here who didn’t understand the legal way to make tags – and that team was the experienced duo of Camorra & Apocalipsis. Black Panther & Flyer are rookies who didn’t do everything perfectly, but at least they’re far more interesting than the rudos in this match. This was mostly the normal opener, but Flyer won a fall with hammerlock!
Lady Afrodita, Marcela, Silueta vs Princesa Blanca, Tiffany, Zeuxis: Women’s match which got plenty of time and was built around Blanca vs Marcela. Poor Blanca was so full of joy when she thought she was about to win, and then Marcela dropped her o her head. The Zeuxis/Marcela section in the third fall was interesting too, they need to do that title match sometime this year. Silueta/Zeuxis also worked well together, with Silueta always coming off a little bit angrier when facing her rival. This might have been a pretty good match if they had someone better than Lady Afrodita in it. Tiffany completely led her thru their first fall sequence, with Afrodita being unable to do anything unless Tiffany set her up, and Afrodita was lost and slow the rest of the way. I wouldn’t have trusted her to take Zeuxis’ piledriver finish safely, but she seemed okay after. I have no idea what’s going on there.
Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus: Good match. Pegasso did face off with Virus at the start, but him getting the win at the end still came off as a surprise. Los Cancerberos seemed to be having a lot of fun destroying Soberano, even despite Raziel almost dropping the kid on his head. Add Soberano versus Virus as one of the matches we need to see this year, though I’m not sure if it’s worth one of Virus’ two title matches per year. Maybe it can be a lightning match instead of a title one?
Cachorro, Sagrado, Super Porky vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger: Normal trios. Tiger & Puma made the most of Brazo de Plata by bullying him strongly in the second fall, and he got his revenge in the end. Sagrado also managed to block Puma’s jumping front cracker – must be the hurt arm! (Or Puma taking quite a while to set up.) Cachorro fit in here and took a crazy bump, so it was business as usual. They didn’t really play up the Tiger/Puma vs Cachorro thing, sot hat’s been forgotten for now.
La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero: This was not much of a match, but a long story to set up Mascara/Mephisto next week. Zavala and Dorada looked good in the time they had but didn’t have much time. Finally, La Mascara has a good reason to wear the hoodie – it helped him cover up his face after Mephisto unmasked him. (C3 didn’t help much, kind of clearly showing his face for a moment.) I have no idea what took him so long to return; Mascara masks aren’t that hard to find around Arena México. Maybe hea had to have a pink one. Crowd was far more excited for this match than I was.