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  1. When I saw this posted on another board, I knew I had to watch it right away - and it did not disappoint. Just an epic freakin' war. I loved the all out brawl they had last year, but this was even better. Must see. ****1/2
  2. I remember loving this match years ago and it's really nice of MLW to upload this in excellent quality. Some fun early wrestling exchanges where they mesh better than you expect and Sabu hits everything cleanly. They even did a good build, for example by avoiding the obvious table bump early on or La Parka understanding the Camel Clutch is a finisher. But the crowd keeps calling for tables, so the match turns into the usual Sabu bombfest. Parka really outbumps Sabu here, take a big Necro bump where he nearly overshoots the table and just flying into the turnbuckle. Sabu grabbing the scissors (backstory?) and carving Parka up added some needed grit to this spotty type brawl. There was also a great exchange where Parka was working over Sabus body with stiff kicks while Sabu tried these lunging desperate punches. These two are really decent pro wrestler aside from the hardcore stuff, so you get Parka expertly covering up a Sabu botch or selling his blood loss and making the walk back into the ring seem important etc.
  3. KawadaSmile

    [2018-06-23-CMLL] L.A. Park vs Rush

    What a delightful violent brawl. Park is far from being the most svelte dude in lucha at the moment, specially when compared to a stallion like Rush, but does he have a presence. He and Rush went all out with the fuckery here, and it did not dissapoint. Basically it had everything you could as for: mask ripping, interferences, MARTINETES, blood, refs getting their asses kicked, a fat sub ref with his gut appearing... just a spectacle all around. Crowd was absurdly hot, specially after Park SMASHES Rush with a picture frame. From that point on it's just full on violence, with Park using cable wires to whip Rush, as well as smashing his head against the guard rail. All of that leads us to a draw. Post-match, L.A. Park announces he's gonna fight against Rush Mask vs Hair.
  4. 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. ****
  5. I did a podcast with LuchaWorld's Fredo Esparza talking about every candidate in the Lucha region of the Observer this week and we got into pretty much everyone, but would really enjoy the fine folks at PWO to give it a listen and see what the experts here think, whether you're a voter or just someone more interested in Lucha history I think this show hits on a few levels and we even go into a few meta topics like how important magazines were to Lucha Libre back in the old days, how hot things were in the 80s, how influential Los Misioneros are to Trios wrestling style, "cool" rudos, how awesome Sangre Chicana is, how big a star Huracán Ramirez was in the movies, and who the better dancer is between LA Park and Kraneo, among other things like a comprehensive bio of Ruben Juarez in Fredo's own words. it's hard to tell which way the wind is blowing in regards to the voters, but it was worth it just to talk about all these legends. I did my part to run point and hopefully came across well as outside of Juarez I was familiar with the rest. I really enjoyed the show and hopefully you enjoy it too. Show link: https://art19.com/shows/lucha-talk/episodes/1fa28aab-7c55-42a4-bc64-951fbdc17973
  6. JR Goldberg's "best lucha matches of 2017 so far" article from Paste Magazine brought this to my attention. Here's a quote of his from that article about this match: "This match is like watching a tag match with four Necro Butchers and two of them are actually evil skeleton creatures hell bent on killing one another." And that is literally the best description for this match. ****1/2
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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. ****
  11. 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. ***
  12. JerryvonKramer

    LA Park

    LA Park vs. Dr Wagner Jr (02/06/13) First fall had quite a few indie garbage worker tropes that I wasn't that fond of. For example, Wagner Jr queitly standing by the turnbuckle after taking an 8-minute pounding checking his head for blood while Park casually gets four chairs into position for a powerbomb. I mean "come on". Disappointing end to the first fall that. Also didn't like setting up the chair for a baseball slide shortly after that. Not the sort of thing I can really get behind. I will say that I quite like the crowd though. Things pick up when Wagner finds a bottle in the crowd and starts bashing Park with it. I think he might have even glassed him with it. Pretty brutal. Park bleeding a hell of a lot with his mask ripped off. Second fall was better. Pretty sick cuts and bleeding from Park here. His face looks like a piece of butchered meat. I thought the actual wrestling exchanges in the third fall were pretty lack lusture, and the missed arm drag spot looked silly. There was a very good feeling of carnage and aftermath during it though. Wagner did a bit too much of the "what do I have to do to put this guy away?" sitting up and looking bewildered stuff for my tastes. Also some pointless ref spots. I don't know, I feel like I'm totally not on the same page as the people talking this up. It does have an epic bleeding job from Park, but as a 35-minute brawl, it felt slow in parts and I felt the match peaked too early with Wagner's sick comeback sequence. There's no real escalation of violence in the third fall, because after you've taken a bottle to a guy's head, where do you go from there? Certainly not a classic or anything. I did dig the crowd and setting, so that's a plus. ***3/4 LA Park vs. El Hijo del Santo (4/28/04)[??] Park all in white for this (hoping this is the right match). There's an excellent transition at the 6-minute mark when Park hits a drop toehold with Santo coming off the top rope and he immediately ramps up the level of violence in the match when he takes over on offense. Santo a bloody mess before long. There are some sick shots of blood being splattered all across the ring which is a cool visual. Park does sometimes give me the impression that he's walking around thinking about what to do next, which can make these brawls feel a bit lethargic in places. I'm not sure that 2/3 falls is the best format for a brawl, to be honest. There is a guy sitting in the front row in a cowboy hat, which I dig. Finishing sequence looked really sloppy, I hated those sunset flips. Covers looked lame, and the double refs were out of position which made the actual finish look forced as the second one took forever to get over there. I can't be sure if this was the right match [for identification purposes, La Park is wearing WHITE here], but I have to be honest: it didn't do a lot for me. I didn't really care for some of the switches from brawling to surfboards and technical sequences, seemed to defy the logic of what they were going for. The level of the work just doesn't seem like it is there to me. I thought this was actively not very good. **1/2 LA Park vs. El Mesias (12/11/10) Quite the spectacular entrance for El Mesias. Silly six-sided ring. Opening assault from Park was pretty wild. Like the sequence through the crowd and the chair shots looked great, his inzaguri and vertical suplex on the chair is the best bit of actual wrestling work I've seen from him in this sampling. Then he goes and gets an actual skip (seemingly one made of plastic -- it's more like a rubbish collection unit on a trolley) and bodyslams El Mesias onto it. I don't really like the "hardcore" elements to these brawls beyond the chairs. El Mesias is a really "modern" worker in his look, style and character work -- not really my sort of thing, wouldn't be out of place on Raw. This AAA crowd is hot as hell though and the atmosphere has added to the match quite a bit. Neat kick to the face from Park followed by a scoop powerslam by Mesias (he's no DiBiase). Park does the missed armdrag spot again, I really don't like that. Looks weird to me. I'm also not sure about a heel hitting multiple armdrags, it's a babyface move in my book. Big plancha by El Mesias. Park has a lot of colour here, face almost completely red, mask ripped. Whole series of hurricanranas from El Mesias and a flying bodypress from the top to the outside. Yeah, yeah, I get it. Few minutes later, a superplex by Mesias, but Park kicks out. Well you've got to expect that, we've just seen a flying bodypress from the top rope treated like it was nothing. Fast-forward a few minutes and Park hits a tombstone piledriver. He replaces his mask. Puts a mask on El Mesias and a white sheet over him. Goes for a figure four ... inside cradle! Interesting nearfall. If Jesse was on commentary he'd have been hammering Park for wasting time with the ceremony. Crossface from El Mesias. Is Park going to tap? No, he gets to the ropes. A dude hands him a chair. Low blow! Why was the ref turned around there? Was he paid off? This wasn't my cup of tea at all. Really didn't enjoy it at all. ** I came into these three matches fully expecting to enjoy them. Pretty disappointed all around. On this evidence, I don't think Park is making my GWE 100. I thought the Wagner Jr bout was at least worth watching, so I'd be prepared to watch at least two more.