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In Topic: Atlantis vs. Villano III (CMLL PPV 03/17/00, Mask vs Mask)

20 March 2017 - 05:27 PM

I don't think anything I say can do this match justice. It's a credit to Atlantis, Villano III, the buildup and booking, the in-ring style and the conventions of lucha libre and CMLL that this was such a pure and complete masterpiece, quite possibly the single greatest match of all time.

 

That is some high praise. Look forward to rewatching this after going through a lot of the stuff leading up to it. It's already been said but this truly has the highest stakes of any match, ever. And it is because of that, the back and forth nature of the match works so well because each nearfall and submission hold is treated like life or death. This generated genuine drama and suspense and is what makes this match unique and different from basically every match that is constructed in a similar manner.


In Topic: Shawn Michaels & Triple H vs. Edge & Randy Orton (WWE New Year's...

13 March 2017 - 11:28 PM

Why this doesn't get talked up more?

 

.I have a feeling if this happened in Memphis or Arena Mexico, people would be losing their mind over it. But the stigma attached to the participants might cause people to overlook (or dismiss) it.


In Topic: Nobuhiko Takada vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara (UWF Atlantis 10/25/90)

13 March 2017 - 05:49 PM

Finally got to see this and it completely lived up to the hype.

 

Takada was absolutely fabulous here. He shrugs off Fujiwara's initial aggression in a cool, stoic manner but then is phased by the Fujiwara mind games and then tries to weather the storm using logic and his famous kicks. His selling, KO teases and urgency are all top notch.

 

Fujiwara, not sure what to say, maybe the most cerebral performance in wrestling history. He came out extremely aggressively and when that doesn't work, he tries to out-think Takada. Repeatedly luring Takada into a false sense of security, thinking 2-3 moves ahead, temporarily absorbing damage so he can place himself in the advantageous position at the end of the exchange. He gets a little too complacent and it costs him at the end.

 

The violence of the headbutts, kicks, palm strikes, etc. is immense. A great sense of struggle throughout the match. Builds off their 2/90 match extremely well. An all time classic for sure. **** 3/4


In Topic: Greatest Match in Wrestlemania History?

13 March 2017 - 05:26 PM

I don't like Hogan/Rock as much as some, but it's definitely one of my favorite Hogan singles matches. I can only think of a few guys I liked him better against one on one. Bockwinkel, Orndorff, maybe that one Muta match.

 

I think it is the best match Hogan ever had against someone who wasn't a super worker (Fujinami, Tenryu, Bockwinkel).


In Topic: El Hijo del Santo vs Negro Casas

13 March 2017 - 05:19 PM

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They work this match with so much aggression. The kicks in this are so vicious. You can feel so much hatred and Casas is just off the charts with his charisma in this.

 

Really well put. The venom behind all the strikes is just something else. Also Santo is great here but Casas is just on a different planet with facial expressions, character work, selling the struggle, violence etc.

 

This is honestly one of the most unique matches ever. An apuestas match but they start off with lucha title style matwork. No blood or mask ripping. Yet the aggression, hatred and hostility is off the chart. One fall structure but the first pinfall attempt is 15 minutes in because the win is irrelevant and they just want to maul each other. Add some body part psychology and moments of real, gritty struggle and you get a classic. **** 3/4