I remember it being mentioned before that the idea of lucha as some alien style comes from over-thinking things and the best way to get into it is to watch it as you would any other style. As I work my way through these pimped lucha matches I find myself agreeing with that sentiment. It has its quirks just like any other style. The holds are wackier, the strikes are softer, and the guys take rolling bumps, but it's still pro wrestling at the end the day. All that said, comparing this to Flair/Steamboat is nuts.
I will give these guys credit that they worked something resembling a 70's US title match and avoided the masturbatory catch-and-release shit that I often see with these title matches. But I just didn't see much rhyme or reason to it. Why are some holds treated as instant tap-outs while others are ones guys can fight through? Why was Dandy using a headlock at the mid-point of the match after he was already down a fall? The sort of strategy and progression from feeling out type stuff into match ending attempts that I normally look for when I watch matwork just wasn't there. The first two falls felt like them spending 15 minutes doing feeling out shit while they just so happened to trade pinfalls along the way.
I will admit that they built some cool moments in the third fall between the attack on Dandy's shoulder and Warrior's leg selling from later. But those were just moments. Trying to make sense of them in the context of the rest of the match made them feel flat. At first it was cool with Warrior finding Dandy's weak spot when he hit that top rope move on Dandy's shoulder, as well as for Dandy to follow it up with by going to town on Warrior's own arm. And then Dandy just dropped it and did a figure four. Why? Warrior reached the ropes, but Dandy refused to break the hold and it took the ref forever to get them apart. Again, why? I would have been willing to just go along with it if it was actually treated as a big thing in the match, but instead we got this weird thing where Warrior sells the legs for a bit but ultimately has no issue running around and hitting top rope moves when he needs to do it. It reminded me of Hayashi/Kondo 2006 in that they wanted to get some leg selling just for the hell of it but weren't gonna let it stop them from getting their high spots in. I will give them credit for building to some impressive spots and even a few dramatic near falls, but I struggle to understand what the psychology at play here. ***