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Saturday, January 23, 2010

SLL's 2010 MOTY List

1. Sangre Azteca, Dragon Rojo Jr., & Misterioso II vs. Mascara Dorada, El Metro, & Stuka Jr. (Mexican Trios Title Match) - CMLL 1/6
2. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (IWGP Heavyweight Title Match) - NJPW 1/4
3. Solar I, Ultraman Jr., & Angelico vs. Negro Navarro, Trauma I, & Trauma II - IWRG 1/7
4. Pantera, Suicida, & Zatura vs. Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, & Dr. Cerebro - IWRG 1/7
5. Centella de Oro, Blue Center, & King Jaguar vs. Ares, Alarido, & Crazy Black (Una Caida) - CMLL 1/11

5. Centella de Oro, Blue Center, & King Jaguar vs. Ares, Alarido, & Crazy Black (Una Caida) - CMLL 1/11

Another great bout from CMLL, although we can't really count this towards any possible CMLL quality resurgence, since it's from Arena Puebla, and that's really it's own little universe. This is a one-fall match, but not a Lightning Match, and not wrestled like one. It's wrestled more like a standard 2/3 falls lucha bout compressed into a single fall, and if you pay attention, you can even see how it would play out if decompressed. You have your primera caida built around kick-ass Centella de Oro/Ares matwork and King Jaguar/Crazy Black matwork that breaks down when the rudos get flustered and the technicos use it against them to score the first fall. That leads to your high energy, technico-dominated segunda caida that ends with the rudos rallying to take the next fall. And then you have your tercera caida where the rudos beat the shit out of the technicos until they get their comeback, leading to some big dives (most notably from the always fun BLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CENTER~!) that leave the team captains alone in the ring to finish things off. And, appropriately enough, it happens with Ares tossing Oro off of the top rope, locking him up on the mat, and making him say "tío". So they took all of that and crammed it into a single 9-minute fall of action, and it rocked. Alarido didn't leave much of an impression on me, but everyone else looked really good here, especially the captains. Ares is a guy who has been working since the late-80's and never made it past Puebla undercarder status, and that seems a real shame, because he totally brings it in this match, and Centella de Oro is right behind him the whole time. May not be essential viewing, but certainly worthwhile.


Blogger Phil said...

I thought the Virus trios from that Puebla show was even better then the opener. Also the Traumas v. Sucida/Zatura tag from HH IWRG is the best thing I have seen this year. I have been slacking on the WWE so far in 2010, anything worthwhile from them?

3:50 PM  
Blogger S.L.L. said...

Having not seen either of the Christian/Regal matches from this week, best WWE stuff I've seen so far in 2010 has been the Kane/Dolph Ziggler feud, which isn't exactly something you have to go out of your way to see.

5:24 PM  

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