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  1. Sometimes you open a video of a match and think "here we go". And there may be a pre-match interview, ok, skip that. Maybe a video package for a preview, ok, skip that. Boring entrances, ok, skip that, Endless introductions, ok, skip that. Then the match starts with something boring and generic like arm wingers and you wonder if it wouldn't be better to just close that youtube window and go do something else. Maybe go watch cat meme videos, reconnect with your childhood friends. Anything else really. And sometimes you see LA Park and Rey Escorpion holding chairs ready to attack each other and think "every decision I've ever made leading up to this moment has been correct". Cause that's what you're really here for in the pro wrestling bubble, bandana man and skeleton man pretending to try to kill each other with more than half of the match covered in two control segments. And even when they move away from the garbage wrestling the match is still great because of their tremendous personalities. Escorpion manages to incorporate taking off Park's mask into a Clothesline so smoothly, and he immediately makes sure to cover his base and distract the ref. It's insane that Park is doing the kind of crazy dives he did here when he's that old and fat but it just adds to the chaos. ****
  2. Well this was something else. I liked them starting the match off with brawling on the ramp as that's something a lot of matches I like do in CMLL but then there was a portion where they kind of, uhm.......just kinda walked around without much intent to hurt each other and it felt like the type of Attitude Era brawls stuff that also had insanely hot crowds but wasn't any good. Then they just started killing each other and I was all in. cubsfan described the weapon thrown as a wooden cooler-which sounds pretty insane but I have no idea what it was so let's run with it. It was nice to see blood in Arena Mexico once again and that, combined with the insane crowd heat really made it feel like a special match. The no-finish actually helped-as fans became furious and started throwing garbage into the ring-only for Rush and Park to continue brawling to even louder reactions. Park being an old fat dude also adds a sense of danger any time he goes for a move like a dropkick or a dive. ****1/4
  3. An amazingly chaotic tag match, one of the best of the year. You could replace Xtreme Tiger with pretty much any generic flier luchador and nothing would be lost, Caristico did play a part in the match feeling as big as it did due to him knowing how to rile up the crowd and being a bigger name, and he did show more fire in the comeback. Still this was all about LA Park and Rey Escorpion throughoutly beating the shit out of the tecnicos. The opening had a lot of quick double teams and teasing that would result in stare offs and give the crowd a chance to chant and get into it, they weren't doing much from an action standpoint but from a structural one it was a crucial portion of the match. Then you get the extended rudo beatwdown and it is as wonderful as it gets, Park and Escorpion recklessly beat the shit ouf ot the tecnicos with whatever object they find, whether it be chairs or wooden boards, and of course throw awesome punches too. Rey Escorpion was probably the best actor in the match, him pushing Caristico off after Caristico had repeteadly smashed his head with a board only to get hit with it one more time and fall down was gold, he contemplated Park's shtick perfectly. Of course Park was no slouch either, in particular there was a sequence where he caught a Caristico dive and it resulted in the world's most bizarre pro wrestling dance off, you could make a million GIFs out of this match. They also managed to incorporate the referee in an interesting way, sometimes the referee being biased just detriments to the quality of the match, here it was a quick but fun angle where he took LA Park's belt and started whipping the tecnicos, the visual of that was as ridiculous as it sounds, the tecnicos got their payback and they moved on. There was a pretty ugly Caristico botch at the end but they reacted to it perfectly by taking advantage of a wounded Caristico after he'd sold/laid on the ground because he was hurt for real for a while for an easy win. ****1/4
  4. Cage matches aren't exactly something I associate with lucha but it's something you'd figure LA Park would be great at, and sure enough he is. He totally outclassed Caristico here. LA Park's performance was phenomenal-the level of vioelnce he brough to the table was just something else, as was his character work. He dominated most of the match with long control segments and I am a fan of that classic "rudo beats the shit out of a tecnico for the first ten minutes" structure. Him toying with Caristico, playing with his mask and telling him to look up before instantly knocking him down is something that has to be seen. One advantage of the 2/3 falls structure is that allows there to be a climax when a big spot is done, and this being only one fall resulted in my least favourite spot in the match, which was Caristico's comeback happening immediately after Park Powerbombed him onto chairs. Park did manage to somewhat salvage that as just as Caristico's was firing up, grabbing chairs and all that he just punched him straight in the face and went back in the control. The other huge spot involved Park spearing Caristico into chairs, but that one also had him take damage while executing the move so he couldn't just take advantage of it straight away. Honestly if it were not for the cage dive Caristico wouldn't have done anything of note here, since what he did here was mostly react to Park with payback spots and classic tecnico offence and Caristico pretending to be Park and doing Armdrags is not nearly as cool as Park breaking a chair over Caristico's head. This had the grit, mask ripping and blood you'd want out of it, and a very interesting angle to it as well with Rey Escorpion interfering in the match and trying to cost LA Park the win. Honestly he brought more to the match than Caristico did-his punches are always a joy to watch and he carries himself like a badass. That led to an angle where Caristico refused Escorpion's help and started fighting him and when Park got up he handed the match to Caristico because he cared about punishing Escorpion more. Needed a stronger Caristico performance to be a truly great match but almost reached that level anyway and made me interested in catching up with whatever angles Elite's been running, a Park-Escorpion feud sounds amazing. ***3/4
  5. It's kind of fascinating how many hyped matches in 2016 are that aren't any good and yet there's a huge amount of really good stuff in Mexico that virtually no one talks about. I absolutely loved the first half of this one as it was basically one control segment of Escorpion beating the shit out of Ultimo Guerrero, laying in vicious punches, chops and back elbows as well as executing beautiful head stomps (which are an underrated lucha brawl trademark). Ultimo Guerrero's facial expressions were on point and really spoke to the crowd-if there's one thing you can't blame him for it's not understanding them. They built a nice mini angle over the ref holding Ultimo's arm and them arguing over whether he was punching or not, and when Ultimo finally got his hands on Escorpion the place went wild, it was deafening. The match eventually became a little too back and forth for my taste although the workrate was on a high level with them hitting great dives and whatnot. Still as badass as Ultimo Guerrero's Dropkick off the apron is I will remember the spot where he jumped on the top rope after an Escorpion irish whip and Escorpion just looked at him and contemplated whether he should go after him for about five seconds more. ***1/2
  6. Very fun spotfest but Dragon Lee has had better ones, match was overreliant on move>bounce of the ropes>get countered at times. Lee's Deadlift Backdrop Suplex was badass and I liked him using a big combination to end the match instead of going for the pin after every single move. Didn't care much for the New Japan strike exchange but them slapping each other while fighting in the tree of woe was cool.***-***1/4
  7. After watching years of bad US indy wrestling and the Pentagon/Fenix match from Oudou I've really grown to appreciate how smoothly CMLL guys set up their highspots with their bumping. And they do have incredible highspots-Lee does one of the best Suicide Dives ever here, just crushing Tiger and slamming him onto the barricade. Also really liked the early matwork, Dragon Lee has showed he can hang with guys like Virus and Negro Casas when they take it there, he should be fine in 10-15 years when he won't be able to do as much as he does now. In the mean time we can enjoy him nearly killing himself on a Dropkick. This had a badass pinning sequence, you're used to seeing the Benoit/Malenko one over and over again so it does feel very fresh when you get completely different holds used and have no idea what's coming next. ***1/2
  8. This was a special match. It was nice to see a chaotic brawling trio in Arena Mexico again and the crowd greeted them with insane crowd heat. There were portion in this where they would digress and just do awesome macho bullshit and it was just so cool, you get the feeling these guys would be world champions at posing. LA Park's son threw a good punch and just catapulted himself into the crowd on a dive and also choked Pierroth with camera cables so he definitely has potential. Still you are here to see LA Park and Rush go aat it and, while the match is mostly worked around teasing that pairing rather than giving it straight away when you do get them going at it it's just pure magic. ****
  9. Neither of these guys are exactly my favourites but I decided to give this the benefit of the doubt. 10-15 minutes sounded like the ideal time for the type of match these two were going to work. The issue with this is that they only have a certain amount of ways to create momentum and when you're working this type of match it does become repetitive. But man they just do so much insane stuff and a match that leaves me gasping for air deserves a high rating, even if they did climb on the top rope the same way one too many times. ***3/4
  10. This was fun, I loved the way Park pushed the ref into Atlantis and put his feet on the ropes while going for a pin, it totally looked like the ref could conceivably miss it. Early chain wrestling was fun and Parka repeteadly going for Fujiwara Armbars at the end was neat. ***
  11. The beginning was clunky, I was wondering if Rush was going to be able to carry Lashley to a good match but before I had time for serious contemplation he started going this amazing stalling which he wed into a transition into his control segment that was him just kicking Lashley around and all my doubts were removed. I have to say though, as much as I love Rush these German Suplex no sell exchanges he's started doing are sub-Kurt Angle level trash. I forgive him because he stomps on people's heads in the corner like Kazunari Murakami and he almost killed himself with the bump on the Spear. **3/4
  12. I have missed these two beating the shit out of each other. I could probably watch Rush pose and yell at fans for twenty minutes. There's nobody in wrestling that's as good as conveying being a dick as him. I loved the way he countered Casas' Scorpion Deathlock and Elite's awesome camera angles also added to the match. ***1/4