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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

MLJ: 2010: A Garza Odyssey 9: Brazo de Plata, Héctor Garza, La Sombra vs Felino, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Taped 2010-03-29 @ Arena Puebla
Brazo de Plata, Héctor Garza, La Sombra vs Felino, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

So, here's one thing that Hector Garza and I have in common during this match: we're both sort of tired of 2010 Porky. He's frustrated the entire match. I'm a little more positive but that's because the comedy spots hit well here, and the frustration spots actually added a lot to it. That said, looking ahead at my next few matches on tap, if I kept having more ones that looked the same, I'd probably move on. Thankfully I don't.

To be fair, this one felt a little different because it was in Puebla as well. The fans absolutely loved him and the comedy spots played off Garza a little more than the same rudo feedings which was refreshing. They weren't high art or anything. Garza, after losing the shirt and pants, tossed them at Porky and Porky fell over and then sniffed them, and then tried to get Sombra to sniff them. Or, after the tecnicos take the segunda, Porky mimics Garza's little pray taunt to tease him. Post match, they almost get into it and that would have been well-deserved, but Sombra mostly stopped it. From what I can tell this never actually went anywhere.

The rest of the match was okay, fine within the structure, coasting with the comedy, a backdrop to the Garza/Porky antics, and with a few good little match ups. Felino beat the hell out of Sombra on the outside to begin, so that was nice. You'd barely know Casas was in the primera. It's strange to me how someone so charismatic can disappear into a match so thoroughly. It ended with them tossing Porky into Garza in the corner.

The beatdown was fine but not too memorable. Felino hit a big running low dropkick and the announcers went nuts. I have no idea why they go nuts for Felino's name but they quite often do. UG and Casas hit a double suplex on Porky. Tellingly, UG, the heavyweight, didn't sell the back afterwards and Casas did. Comeback came when Garza lifted Sombra out of harm's way on a charge in and had a lot of rudo miscommunication. That's something which we don't get enough of on top in CMLL now given the rudo/tecnico blurring. It's something very natural for La Peste Negra but not when they're de facto tecnicos.

Tercera was fun with a lot of different match ups. Garza and Casas worked well together, but then Casas works well with most people. He has as much of a range as anyone I've seen. He reminds me a little of Regal in that regard. I think deep down he loves comedy best but he can excel as well as anyone when things get serious. They did a decent job of building to Felino vs Sombra with the early beating and mid-match dodging by Felino, and it paid off alright, I guess, with the crowd into it. Felino seems to know how to latch on to something that he thinks might get over.

The tecnicos took it after a bit more miscommunication from Porky and Garza. Afterwards came the arguing. I'm not sure why they chose to do this in front of the Puebla crowd. There might be some results I don't have in front of me, so maybe it did get somewhere. We're still another couple of months away from Garza's rudo turn. Of all the Porky matches I've seen in 2010, this might be the most fun. I've definitely had my fill though.

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