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[1990-05-18-EMLL] Atlantis & Angel Azteca & Javier Cruz vs El Dandy & El Satanico & Emilio Charles Jr

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This isn't quite as crisp and heated as the match a week before, but it does work as a nice follow-up to the previous week's six-man. Dandy/Satanico/Emilio really dominate this match for the most part. Dandy hurts his shoulder in an exchange with Atlantis, and Satanico begs for a time out to tend to him. In spite of this, they win this two straight, as Dandy goes to the apron for the remainder of the match. Emilio and Cruz get into a little scuffle after the match that makes me wish they would have had a singles match around this time.

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The technicos actually did win the first fall. Dandy eats a DDT off the second turnbuckle which is sold as a tombstone (and compared to such by the announcers), but Satanico is successfully able to finagle a timeout for his team when it appears that Atlantis has him dead and buried. The subsequent battle with Satanico trying to pay back Atlantis by repeatedly dropping him on his head is my favorite part of the match.

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A damn good match. One thing I am surprised about knowing the history coming up between Dandy/Azteca is how good the exchanges between Dandy/Atlantis are. I really wish the 6/8 title match between the two would surface up. The shoulder injury was played well here and I liked the pinfall reversal to end the final fall.

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I too liked this bout. It wasn't as good as the 1st one. I really dug the Atlantis/ Dandy interactions. Satanico was his great self. I also enjoyed Charles Jr. and Atlantis pairings too.

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Mixing up the tights. First fall to Azteca, Cruz and Atlantis. Dandy starts the second fall. Good idea. Azteca was coming up empty on that flying forearm/headbutt attempts. Dandy with the Northern Lights suplex. Guy is just full of surprises.

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Quality level was between the 2nd and 1st trios matches of the month of May. Generally good action again with some sweet mat exchanges. Went downhill a bit in the tercera. Cruz was again a weak link. Some moves he did were well executed, others certainly not.

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Was there a rudo turn in here? It felt like Satanico and Dandy were still half-technicos in their match the previous week, whereas they feel like full-blown rudos in this one, Satanico in particular.

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I was able to get into this one a little more due to the great work on Dandy's shoulder by the rudos. I also liked the tecnicos (Satanico in particular) knowing that Dandy was hurt and trying to protect him. I didn't catch both parts of the third fall again; it takes away from the experience knowing that they can render two decisions at once and still not catching both of them, although some of it is due to the subpar camera work.

 

I think I'm slowly but surely starting to get there on the trios matches, but I'm looking forward to the one-on-one bouts, which will no doubt be easier to follow (at least I hope so!).

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1990 was a rough intro to lucha trios and tags, as the first several all seemingly had a bunch of turns and angles that didn't make a great deal of sense to non-Spanish speakers (and maybe to some Spanish speakers too). The action and the booking do get better. But you'd better get used to subpar camera work.

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Haha it's funny posting right after Garretta, I seem to have the same struggles with lucha. And in also looking forward to the singles matches. For whatever reason this one lost me and I stopped paying attention at some point and washed the dishes. My fault, not the match's.

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I'm with Pete on that first post he made. Satanico looking for revenge was all kinds of awesome. Also, Satanico goes way more rudo here. He and Charles start really laying on the rudo tactics as the match goes on.

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