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[1991-03-01-UWA] El Hijo del Santo vs Negro Casas

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Really good match. Once you really get to know Santo and Casas as wrestlers, their matches aren't going to surprise you the way that someone like Dandy or Satanico would, but they still had an excellent match. Anyone who thinks Flair is a routine guy should really check out Santo, but that's another story. Anyway, this is mostly mat-based and it's nice work. In some ways, this feels like the Liger/Ultimo Tokyo Dome match of lucha -- some fun spots, but they've been copied by others so many times that they look a little tired because they were overdone later. The primary one is the alternating pin attempts after leg sweeps, followed by the standoff, but there are others. Casas wins clean with a sharpshooter in a surprise result. I really dug him using the ropes for leverage to try to turn Santo's cross-legged headscissors into a pin attempt early in the match.

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Another really strong match from this feud. The mat work was real good. We got some nice dives. They hit their spots. A real good match .

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The first two falls of this felt like the touring version of Santo vs. Casas -- graceful, athletic but lacking in passion. Business picked up a bit in the third fall with some nifty battles over submissions. I thought Santito went out a bit quickly to the sharpshooter. Overall, easy to watch but unmemorable.

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Being a Santo/Casas novice I STILL got that "touring match" vibe here. It had good stuff with some great takedowns from Santo and bumps from Casas, but nothing really stood out either.

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Smooth mat work too start. Didn’t think there was enough damage done to Santo to get pinned so quickly though. Something you have to deal with on these two out of three falls matches. G. Gordon Liddy is asking some kid questions backstage between falls. The crowd is right up against the ring in certain areas which isn’t good for any dive attempts. Well they do find a spot for Santo to dive on to Casas. Not a whole lot of room. Good match.

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I had high hopes going in but ended up with a solid B match. It felt like they were going through the motions and Negro was in an uncooperative move. Their second best is still better than most wrestlers at their peak though.

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This was sort of touring style match for these guys but it did have a good many neat moments and I also did appreciate the way it intensified over the course of the match. Casas getting the clean win was surprising to me to and I did enjoy seeing all these vignettes between falls again.

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The first two falls really dragged, but the third picked things up a bit. Not much, but enough that this wasn't a total washout. Santo submitting in the final fall was enough to warrant the match being included here all by itself; I thought he was almost untouchable in Mexico. I was also surprised that Casas didn't try to heel it up a bit more, instead, he tried to match holds with Santo and succeeded as often as not.

 

This was a good exhibition of the technical side of lucha with a legitimately surprising finish. I'm sure that these two had a better match in them somewhere, though.

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This was a title match and in lucha title matches are all about showing how good of a wrestler you actually are. Thus rudos don't heel it up much and tend to wrestle as relatively clean as possible.

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garretta, one better match that I've seen is 9/19/97, and also a triple threat from 12/06/96 (includes El Dandy). Those matches are absolute classics. I'm with garretta on this one. I thought the first two falls didn't really have much to them, but I enjoyed the third fall.

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This is the first match Ive seen between these two. Very enjoyable watching the smooth matwork and few big dives, especially that Santo one. The finish wasnt very surprising to me just because I didnt know what to expect. This was very pleasant to watch.

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