Puerto Rico Wrestling
Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:22 PM
Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:39 AM
Maybe I've lost my fucking mind, but I'm starting to think that Carlos Colon is a lost great worker. I'm sure someone will come along to tell me hundreds of smart fans have been pimping him for years and I somehow missed it and hell maybe that's true. But I've watched a fair amount of WWC before and I have no memory of him being so good. This is a gimmick I usually don't like, with a wrestler I usually don't like and despite the b.s. finish I would call this a good match. To be fair Brody looked better here than he usually does as he was bumping and selling far more than usual. Sure he bladed in a ridiculously egregious way, but if that's the most annoying thing Brody does in a match I can live with it. Lots of big punches from Colon that were over huge with the crowd. Also thought he made great use of the chain and he is the master of struggle spots in these sorts of matches. Also thought the spot with Brody pulling the chain up into his eye sockets was sick as fuck. This was structured with Brody pinballing around at first, then Brody cutting down Colon, then Colon taking back over and run-in finish with the two seconds of each men, foreign objects and Hugo Savonivich bloodied. A run-in like this would usually kill a match like this to me but the PR atmosphere is so great that it was remarkably easy to forgive.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:57 AM
This is JIP. No clue how much of this is missing. The pre-match footage of Colon going to Abby and his business manager and paying him big cash to team with him v. the evil white guys is pretty great. Just the look Abby gives the camera, sitting behind his desk, tossing the money down, with his ridiculous hat on. It's fucking hysterical. The rest of this was perfectly fun as a senseless, insane spectacle. Very short match, with the Lumberjacks spilling into the ring and all hell breaks lose. All four guys bleed and then they brawl into the dugout and dressing rooms. Hugo and Bobby Jaggers make sure to note that Tom Renesto is taking a piss as Colon beats the shit out of Brody and Hansen with a nightstick he lifted off of a cop. Not much of a match really, but this is pretty much the sort of thing you expect with these pairings.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:02 AM
Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:04 AM
Carlos Colon v. The Great Kokina - Cage Match 1991
The man who would be Yokozuna was insanely green here
It would be worth tracking down a match or two from his AWA run circa 89-90 to see if he had improved much by the time he was in this match. Pretty sure he had a match with a "name" competitor or two in the AWA near the end.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:01 PM
The best part of this was the overdubbed music during the entrance. Well that and Hugo randomly coming in with English commentary at two points for no reason at all. This was the quietest I can remember hearing a live crowd being PR and I don't blame them. Link was just terrible in this. It looked like Hansen wanted to work, but Link didn't sell shit, took ginger bumps ad it's almost impossible to make his offense look good. Hansen was working lighter than usual, which is a shame because by the end of this I really wanted him to potato Robertson. To be fair to Dewey he was probably working this tour for coke and may or may not have been crashing in between bumps here.
Stan Hansen/Chicky Starr v. Carlos Colon/Huracan Castillo Sr. - 12/86
This is another piece of the awesome Hansen/Colon feud puzzle. If I'm not mistaken Castillo is the commission member Hansen killed with a lariat after he narc'ed Stan out and stopped him from putting Colon away with a loaded lariat in an earlier match. This starts off a brawl, turns into a structured attack on Colon with the heels keeping him in isolation (including some fun stuff with Colon/Starr worked along the lines of Bobby Heenan v. established star), then devolves into a wild brawl with an awesome ending angle. I actually thought the star of this to the extent there was one was Starr. He took some really nasty elbows from Castillo, bled a ton and came across really effective as the sniveling little prick. This is mainly notable for the post-match where Hansen hangs Colon with his bullrope until the face locker room empties out to make the save. Nothing great, but a nice addition to the feud.
Greg Valentine v. Miguel Perez Jr. - 1/92
I will probably never tire of watching Greg Valentine stiff dudes and I thought the initial figure-four transition was clever but this wasn't very good. Perez was off on several cues and really didn't add anything to the match other than a couple of nice dropkicks. The story of the match revolved more around Perez dad being handcuffed to Valentine's second then anything else which would have been okay if either guy was interesting. Unfortunately they weren't.
Chicky Starr v. Eric Embry - 1989
This is JIP, but I doubt much if anything of note is missing. This wasn't a great match, but I loved it. Very straight forward, simple match, but both of these guys are just fun to watch when they are on. Chicky's way of reacting to ever offensive move Embry throws at him is just really great as it is exaggerated enough to have effect, but not so much that it becomes ridiculous. Lots of good punches in this and I liked the idea of Starr attacking the leg and Embry dropping the strap on his comeback. This had a stalling segment that may have been a bit long and I could see some hating the finish, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:32 AM
Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:59 AM
Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:37 AM
No clue what order these are in so I just started watching them. May have started with the blow off first for all I know. In any case this had an outstanding atmosphere and they do a great job getting over the gimmick, but it wasn't a good match. Not Colon's fault really as I thought Strong was pretty terrible for most of this. This is a blood feud match and he is working the arm and trying to do wire spots around that which in theory is not awful, but this is a guy doing a powerhouse gimmick. He has really weak looking strikes to which is distracting in a match like this. On the other hand I liked Colon's selling and facial expressions a lot and I thought this had a sort of "going for broke" feel toward the end which I like in matches like this. Chicky Starr screw job finish and restart was pretty ridiculous, but it did lead to a mini riot with fans throwing shit toward the ring and paramilitaries whipping swarming crowd members off of five foot platforms. Best parts of this were the pre and post match though again the PR atmosphere makes most anything watchable.
Steve Strong v. Carlos Colon - 1989
JIP with about seven minutes of the match shown. This was much better than the barbed wire match, though the heat wasn't at that level. Still Strong looked a lot better here. He's still a guy that moves awkwardly and works like a self conscious Rhyno, but he did hit a really nice jumping piledriver and the rest o his stuff looked sufficiently impactful. Colon sold his ass off in this and bled and didn't get a ton in though he did throw one really great looking knee lift. There was some really good camera work in this which is something I have noticed in a lot of these WWC matches a major plus. Crazy spot with Strong back body dropping Colon right onto the ref who is standing, then Chicky Starr loads up his arm pad and he wins wit a loaded lariat. Gotta love the consistency with that being the Colon killer. Finish gets overturned, but I did love Colon selling the neck minutes after the finish. What was shown here was pretty good.
Steve Strong v. Carlos Colon - Cage Match 1989
This is a fully enclosed cage in the vein of wargames so it has a different feel than some of these other matches. This is JIP and we only get about 4:30 of the match which is really too bad because I liked what was shown. Colon was already a bloody mess and was making his comeback by working the leg. Strong sold well and they did a really solid figure-four spot, with Strong's reversal actually setting up Colon in peril again. Colon gets decked with a lariat, but Strong picks him up and goes for a loaded lariat only for Carlos to lock in a less than smooth crucifix for the pin. Really got the feeling this was probably the last half of good match, but we'll never know.
Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:43 PM
This is the blow off to the feud as Colon puts his career on the line v. Strong's career in Puerto Rico. Chicky Starr is banned from the building and this is No DQ, No Time Limit. On paper you think "this is gonna be an out of control brawl" and you get the feeling that if this was held in a stadium it would have been. But this is at an in door arena and my guess is to avert a riot nearly the entire match stays in the ring. Even weirder this is actually worked as a pretty straight match for the most part. First part is dominated by Colon who is targeting the leg. The implication is that Strong can't compete with Colon absent Starr or gimmicks so he keeps bailing. Everything he tries back fires. Colon gets him in the figure-four mid ring, but that ends up being the turning point as Strong reverses it. Now this part probably goes on FAR too long, but as an interesting way to do a reset it actually works. At first both guys come up selling the leg and it's unfortunate that got blown off down the stretch, because it would have been a nice story. In any case Strong's offense looked better than normal here (actually Colon's did too). Strong is actually dominating when he throws Colon to the floor. Much like Colon thinking the figure-four was his ace in the hole only to be proven wrong, Strong trying to turn it into a fight ends up back firing on him Colon takes advantage and makes a run, but he gets cut right back down. There is a great spot in here as Strong gets a near fall and Colon just barely gets his foot on the bottom rope. Strong just stares at it for what feels like forever. Comes across as a total "this was my chance and I fucked it up" moment. Strong continues his run and goes to an overhead back breaker. Looks to be going for a second one and/or a second jumping piledriver, when Colon floats him over and pins him. Post-match the fans swarm the ring and Colon which was a really cool visual. This is not the match you expect on paper and in some respects it was probably asking too much of both guys (especially Strong). Still this really works in a lot of ways and if you had told me these guys would have a match like this, with psychology that worked as well as this did, I wouldn't have believed it.
Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:22 PM
Good, basic match, that had some pretty neat spots and built to a very surprising conclusion. I could see some people not liking the opening portion a whole lot, but I was a fan of Leo's stalling and I thought the work with the arm was well done as a base. They would come up for a spot here or there and then settle back into the hold, with Burke taking control by hair pulling. It's simple, but its a standard that works and allows for enough "action" where you don't feel like guys are just laying around killing time. I really loved the criss cross/monkey flip spot in this. Not at all what you expect out of a Colon match, and watching him counter Leo's attempt with a leg drop was a nice spin on the standard. Burke through some really sick looking forearms in this. I thought Colon's comeback was a little weak, but it wasn't distracting and may have been hurt by the unusual middling PR setting and response. Colon had tried to work Leo's leg early, so I thought it was neat when Leo went to it later in the match and he had several cool ways of getting to Colon's leg from different positions. I absolutely loved the spot with Colon slamming him and Leo using his downed position on the mat as a way of getting straight to the leg. Pretty amazing finish to this as Burke locked on the figure four mid-ring, Burke's second pulls the rope just a wee bit out of the reach of Colon and he is forced to submit. A virtually clean submission finish for the heel is not how you expect this to end.
TNT v. Original TNT - 1991
This was an extremely fun, bomb throwing, fight. My only real complaint about this was the placement of the first commercial break which cut out the transition from Savio (TNT) on offense to defense. I don't think I've seen a great deal of Action Jackson (Original TNT) but the guy had a great way of going totally lifeless for the big times strikes he was eating, which included some really great looking kicks. They didn't spend the whole match on the floor, but when they went out there they made it count as you had guys getting bloodied and slammed into shit in really sick ways. Late in the match Savio almost kills Jackson with a high kick. Also thought the spot with Jackson catching Savio in mid-air for the Rick Steiner style powerslam was pretty great. Surprising finish as Original TNT locks on the Cobra Clutch and chokes TNT straight out. Really good for a match of this type.
Carlos Colon/The Invaders v. Chicky Starr/Abdullah The Butcher/Ron Starr - 1986
This match is mainly notable for the angle at the end where Abby throws ammonia in the eyes of Colon. It's a rare occasion where a PR crowd almost comes across as scared instead of pissed which is what they were going for but has a real eerie feel to it. Match itself is solid, if unspectacular. The exchanges with The Invaders and the Starr's were the highlights, particularly when Chicky was bumping and selling.
Chicky Starr v. Invader I - 1/6/86
This is pretty awesome as a spectacle. Apparently Starr ambushed Invader pre-match with a mic and busted him open. The first three minutes of this is just Starr circling him as he bleeds on the floor, taking a shot here or there, as the crowd gets more and more intense. It's insane but I couldn't spot a single person seated for the entire duration of this match. At one point Chicky is screaming profanity on the floor and you start to think shit might get out of hand but it never does. It's like they are just waiting for the big Invader comeback to happen. I'm not sure the use of the armbar in between shots was the best heat building hold, but it didn't seem to hurt and Chicky tossing him over the top for a big bump when he started to make a comeback was a smart spot. Invader finally starts to make a comeback, as he slowly gets going and then pumps himself up full tilt with the crowd going bananas to the point where the building looks to be shaking. He goes in for the kill and Starr just bolts and leaves for the countout. That sounds disappointing but it really wasn't. This was the start of a feud and the fuck you effect of bloodying a guy and then casually leaving before he can get any real damage on you was sold really well by Invader.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:04 AM
This was a clusterfuck but largely an entertaining one. Honestly this would have been ten thousand times better as a true Wargames tag with guy coming in in 2 or 5 minute intervals. In any case I loved Chicky Starr in this but that is a reoccurring them and to be expected at this point. The goal of the gimmick is that all five guys from a team have to be chained to a cage and then the winning team gets five minutes alone with them. This leads to a lot of awkward moments and a whole lot of nothing happening after an initial wave of stuff. I thought this got pretty good as it broke down the final four and Sheik was a lot of fun as the last man standing, destroying Colon with a foreign object he'd kept in his boot and then unchaining him and locking him in the camel clutch during the five minute beatdown period. Colon was a bloody mess and this was a decisive and crushing win for the heels which is something that allows impresses me in a match like this. This isn't even close to a great match - I'm not even positive it's a good one. But it the violence and angle at the end made it worthwhile.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:04 PM
Extremely fun tv title match. Rip Rogers really was a hell of a journeyman and is a case of a guy who seemed to mesh well against just about anyone. Here he goes into PR and works a match built largely around hiding the foreign object spots. It's not genius work, but I did think it was very clever that Rogers method was to hide the object in his knee pad and he had was very good about making it look like a legit adjustment when he pulled it out to use it. He was also really good about positioning the ref in ways that obscured what he was up to. TNT bled as he always does and took some really nice bumps, including a sick post show, a slow mo bump to the floor and a couple of big bumps over the barricade and into the first section of seating. When he makes his comeback he fucking cleans the clock of Rogers with a kick on the floor and Rip does a good job reacting to everything. Finish with the teased superplex and TNT rolling through on the splash off the top was pretty much perfect for what was essentially a studio match. Very enjoyable.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:05 AM
Domingo Robles vs Jay Youngblood
Tiger Jackson vs Irish Leprechaun
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izy5dOeloaI $5,000 on a pole battle royal
Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:13 PM
Awesome long title match. Never watched much Invader but he had some fun legwork and other offense. Embry is really great here too, eating Invaders stuff really well, selling great. A little one sided as Invader takes 80% but Embry is great as a guy being steamrolled. He hits this awesome little sneak pliedriver to take over, and does one of the nastiest missed headbutts I have ever seen. Finish is really great too. Slam dunk Nomination
Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:10 PM
Watching this I was reminded of Ron Garvin v. Tully Blanchard from the same year which is an outstanding tv match that suffers a bit from commercial breaks. I was also reminded of Steve Corino v. Tajiri from Hardcover Heaven 00, as this match had a similar feel with Invader as Tajiri and Embry as Corino (actually there are a lot of parallels between those two but that's a subject for another day). I thought this was a pretty great competitive squash, but make no mistake - this was a competitive squash. Embry gets his ass kicked for virtually the entire match, his one heat section is eaten up by a commercial (where we also miss how he got cut) and even though he does stuff like the sneaky, snap, piledriver it's really more as a way of surviving than it is of getting anything in for himself. I'm not even tossing this out there as a criticism of the match, because Embry is tremendous in this role and that is really the story of the match. It starts with him stalling and his valet going into a cage and sort of logical follows from there. His leg selling is outstanding even when climbing or running the ropes. His initial bump off the first dropkick was great and established the them of the match. The way he positioned himself for the final tope was outstanding also. Invader III was good, but Embry was on another level. Rarely do you see a guy being squashed for twenty minutes and come away thinking he was the genius in the match but in this case he was.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:45 AM
I really loved this match. Chicky Starr is like a scummy as fuck Bobby Heenan - a totally weasely motherfucker who will bleed, bump and cheat in every match. He gets busted open early in this and eats a couple of post shots on the floor that generally made me uncomfortable as I was afraid he was going to face plant in the mud on the ground and end up with some horrifying staph infection. Invader III can throw a mean punch and some of the shots he throws right at the cut on Chicky's head barely look pulled at all. Starr fights back just enough where this doesn't feel totally one-sided. In fact he gets more offense in this than Embry got against him in the match I watched yesterday, lots of nasty kidney shots included. I imagine some people will hate the finish, but I bought it entirely as Chicky had crushed him with a belly to back a few minutes before and Invader III sold the headbump on the blocked monkey flip really well.
Eric Embry v. Super Medico - Hair v. Mask 1986
What was shown of this was pretty awesome, but I have no clue how much is missing. I suspect not very much, but it's hard to say. Whatever the case may be, this is a balls out sprint, with both guys looking really good. There is a punch exchange in this that is as good as any punch exchange I've ever seen in a wrestling match. Just two dudes tagging each other on jaw and Embry's head whipping around from each shot. They go to this really nice rope running spot and Embry takes an insane bump basically tope'ing himself onto the ground. Embry ends up stealing the fall, but the fall he gets stooged off for cheating and the fall gets reversed, with Medico winning in short order. Crowd is pretty insane to see him get his haircut. This is maybe five minutes of in ring action at most, but what is there is great.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:49 AM
I am at a point in my life where watching long Ric Flair title matches is not something I find terribly appealing. Having said that every time I watch a long Ric Flair title match I come away from it thinking it was a good match. This was a good match, maybe even great. In some ways it was a "Flair" match as you had the staples you expect from him, but I thought the big Flair spots where inserted in really sensible and logical ways. Honestly my biggest complaint with this is that the armwork early on was really good for the most part and went nowhere. Seriously Colon was punching the arm, Flair was selling it, they were working holds pretty well and then...nothing. It happens I guess, but it seemed like a missed opportunity, especially since Colon was going over clean anyway. Having said that I loved Flair firing back at Colon with a variety of suplexes and an ab stretch. Flair's punches looked outstanding and his sick elbows targeting Colon's cut were really great. Carlos for his part was selling everything well and I liked a lot of the visual spots. Both guys figure-four spots looked really good and the timing of Colon's big comeback was perfect. Kind of funny to see Flair lose another match to a local favorite with a back slide, was that his go too in that situation? Anyway, if someone is in the mood to watch a long Flair title match, where he's the challenger, but still kinda works as the champion this is a pretty damn good one.
Bruiser Brody v. Invader 1 - 1986
This is what you hope a Brody match is - two guys running around and hitting each other at a quick pace for a brief amount of time. There is nothing out of this world here, but this has the right atmosphere and that matters. Brody does throw a nice big boot and a leg drop and Invader throws some stiff shots and whips Body with an electrical chord. There is even a body slam on the floor, though it didn't look all that great. Match gets thrown out and the post-match brawl is kind of silly, but this is the sort of match that would lead you to believe Brody was at least a decent worker. And hey, it's with the guy that brutally killed him. There is that.
Randy Savage v. Hercules Ayala - 3/2/85
Macho's pre-match promo is great. Especially the weird sex line. Savage comes to the ring and is getting pelted by shit so he chases after ringside fans waiving his title belt over his head like a weapon and they scatter. Great shit. This was worked kind of like Candido v. Great Khali, with Savage as Candido and Ayala as Khali. Just all bumps, stooging, stalling, crazy mannerisms, et as he works around the obvious limitations of Ayala. I especially loved the way he airballed up against the ropes and on the big elbow. He takes over briefly with hide the chain spots, but the conclusion of this sees Ayala rip the chain from the Macho's nuts and pin him after a big shot. Maybe that's what the sex comment was about? Post-match little kids swarm the ring and this is the sort of match that makes you love Savage and PR wrestling all that much more.
Abdullah The Butcher v. Carlos Colon - 1991
This was totally awesome and maybe the best Abby "match" I've ever seen. Abby comes out and waits for Colon to come out from the dugout and Colon blindsides him from behind and immediately starts stabbing the shit out of him. The camera work is really great as this is some of the most deliberate looking stabbing I've ever seen. They brawl all over the place and Abby is surprisingly taking some bumps. Colon picks up a fucking cinderblock and smashes him with it multiple times. Carlos is gnawing on his head and his mouth is right in the fucking blood. Completely disgusting and great. Abby ends up stabbing back in pure desperation and takes over for a bit, busting Carlos open and stabbing him in the balls and chest. Carlos fights back and kicks Abby in the balls a few times, then walks off and gets this giant fucking table. It's almost not even a table, more like a huge desk that for some reason is on the infield of a baseball stadium during a wrestling show. He picks it up, gets a running start and bolts full speed, decking the shit out of Abby with it. Abby tries to block a few more shots from it but it's futile and some of these shots look really sick. Then one of Abby's seconds comes over and leaps on Colon, so Colon flings him off and tears his pants off leaving the guy scurrying away. Abby is trying to buy time for himself, but Colon picks up a giant rod. I have no clue what the hell the rod was but Carlos gets a running start, swinging it around his head and almost kills Abby with it, but he gets his hands up just in time. Abby gets slammed into a truck a few times instead and survives one or two less brutal looking shots by getting his hands up. Now other Abby minions are running around and Colon is decking him. There are PR paramilitary looking police running around the infield trying to secure things, while other guys saunter around with baseball bats and Carlos tries to lock on a figure-four on the ground in vein. This is as good a "match" of it's sort as I've ever seen.
TNT v. King Kong - 4/20/91
I have no clue why I felt compelled to watch this but I did. This was pretty fun stuff and makes me want to seek out more from both guys. I have no recollection of the Colossal Kongs being any good, but King Kong is a big bumping, butterball in this. I did not love the bearhug/nervehold stuff, but it wasn't terrible and at least made sense. TNT hit some nice kicks and took a really cool blackout bump. Highlights were probably the Kong sitdown splash and the two huge Kong splashes off the top for the finish. Not really worth killing yourself to see, but better than I would have guessed.
TNT v. Buddy Landell - 9/17/88
TNT/Savio Vega has to be one of most underrated guys of the last thirty years. He's not necessarily an all time great, but he's a guy that was good in a lot of settings against a lot of people and almost never gets talked about. This was a really good showcase match for both him and Budro. Early on it's lots of chop/punch/kick exchanges which TNT decisively wins. When Buddy takes over he goes to the leg attack right away and mixes it up with some more stiff shots. Figure-four spot is well built to and looks good and TNT still sells the leg somewhat on his comeback. I loved the spot with Buddy positioning himself perfectly to escape the Cobra Clutch and inflict damage on TNT. This wasn't a great match, but it was a good one, where both guys got time to shine.
The Patriot/Invader 1/Carlos Colon v. Dick Murdoch/Dick Slater/Fidel Sierra - 1992
This is the smallest crowd and venue I've seen out of Puerto Rico so far and the randomness of these teams gives this the feel of some strange thrown together 1997 WCW Worldwide match. Hell it even features The Patriot and Fidel Sierra on opposing teams. And much like many of those matches, this was a total blast. Yeah you could criticize the choice of Invader 1 as FIP, what with him being a murderer and all, but the heels are so good you don't really give a shit. There is nothing fancy about there attack as you've just got three guys who can clubber, punch, elbow and stomp the shit out of dudes. Everything they do in this match looks brutal. They also work some good cut off the ring spots and one really nice hope spot. Colon ends up coming in and gets his ass beat some and then the match got thrown out as all parties brawled to the floor. Still Sierra gave us a Wiskowski style face plant bump, Murdoch spit on ringside fans and did one of the better struggle spots on a backslide you'll ever see, and Dick Slater's elbow drop is aces. If I could watch matches like this all day I would.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:11 AM
Abdullah The Butcher v. Carlos Colon - 1991
yes, you finally watched this. Watch the Miguel Perrez Jr v Hurricane Castillo Jr dog collar match already.
I have no clue why I felt compelled to watch this but I did. This was pretty fun stuff and makes me want to seek out more from both guys. I have no recollection of the Colossal Kongs being any good, but King Kong is a big bumping, butterball in this.
One of the Kongs spends late 90s early 00's working Texas indys. I wouldn't be surprised if he feuds with Action Jackson.
TNT/Savio Vega has to be one of most underrated guys of the last thirty years. He's not necessarily an all time great, but he's a guy that was good in a lot of settings against a lot of people and almost never gets talked about.
He should get talked up alot more. I imagine if there was a DVDVR 500 in 1991 he would have ranked ridiculously high for his IWA Japan stuff and odd Us indy stuff like the AWF match with Tom Burton.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:26 AM
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