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[2016-10-07-LLE] L.A. Park & Rey Escorpion vs Caristico & Xtreme Tiger

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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

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Yeah, this ruled. I really liked all the staredowns and teasing at the beginning, like Caristico trying to hit Park with a chair and the referee getting on the way, until the action finally explodes and you have Escorpión and Park blasting Tiger and Caristico with a wooden board. The beatdown was great with lots of cool spots, the técnicos were pretty good at their comeback and I wasn't bothered by the ref being involved. Great match.

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I was a little disappointed in this, some fun shtick, but it was pretty long and ground to a halt so they could do comedy spots with the ref. Kind of reminded me of all of the Monterey lucha in the early 2000s which would have awesome on paper matches but the actual match would be full of ref spots and guys mailing it in.

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