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AstroBoy

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Too much or too little?

25 April 2018 - 02:32 PM

It struck me recently how much I enjoy matches that run a little shorter than you would expect them to go or where wrestlers leave a lot on the table. And I realized I prefer matches that maybe give too little as opposed to bigger matches that may have a bigger story, more ambition, more conclusion. In essence, I prefer the steps to the destination in a lot of cases.

Anybody feel similar? Does anyone feel similar or have a different view?

La Ola Lila (Rudy Reyna, Sergio el Hermoso, & Bello Greco) vs. Los Cadetes del Espa...

18 April 2018 - 01:05 PM

Jesus this really was awesome. From the opening we get some very good matwork with everybody working nice exchanges with each other. Everything is so smooth and effortless without appearing fake in any way. This eventually transitions into a Rudo dominant sequence that caps the first fall.

And this is where things start to get really great. I don't exactly know what I was expecting but it wasn't this. Obviously for 1984 this had to be incredibly state-of-the-art action. I will cop to not being able to keep straight who was who at certain moments but there were so many standout spots as The Space Cadets take it to the rudos in the segunda. Unbelievably crisp action one particularly death-defying assisted Plancha to the outside and great comedy. The glue running through this is the rudo team constantly paying for their pomp and prancing and flamboyance. At every turn the tecnicos are there to one-up them and get a great pop from the crowd.

Instead of going into individual spots I will just say that the match comes together like a crazy Rube Goldberg machine of people being in the right place at the right time in logical ways, always getting great reactions at the right time and building constantly to a super satisfying finish

Lucha is still new to me and I don't have the deepest knowledge base to reference from. It was with some trepidation that I went into this match, fearing that maybe I just wouldn't grasp it as well as I should. I was completely wrong. This is a match that transcends it's era and holds up to the test of time and actually made me more excited and interested to dive into 80s Lucha.

Low Ki vs Xavier (ICW 06/30/2001, Ladder Match)

01 February 2018 - 07:20 PM

This was wild.  The ladder spots hold up big time even in the current landscape and Xavier especially just takes a hellacious beating here.  Low Ki draping him upside down from the ladder and laying into him with kicks was brutal. The suplex onto the ladder between the guardrail and apron looked like it killed Xavier's shoulder and back.  These guys were incredibly crisp with everything too and, though it's filled with great spots, it has enough to keep it held together.

 

Xavier really looks like a total pro and provides a good counter to Ki early on, using cheap shots and different tricks to keep turning the tide.  Later, though, as it escalates, he proves he can totally hang athletically hitting his crazy rope-assisted moonsault to the floor and powerbombing Ki over the ladder. 

 

It's just a crazy contest and Ki is clearly going to be undeniable even if they do work a cheap finish and restart into the outcome.  A very dangerous Ki Crusher from the top of the ladder nearly ends in disaster and Ki grabs the belt to win an awesome match.

 

****1/4


Andre the Giant vs Kamala (WWF 10/21/84)

04 January 2018 - 07:17 PM

So this was a really awesome Andre performance, first and foremost.  The amount of sympathy that he garners while making Kamala look like a dangerous killer is astonishing.  Here you have this giant of a man that the crowd loves and he takes Kamala's chops and bites and stumbles and staggers around the ring, carrying himself like some brittle big target that's being beaten down.  There is a part in the match where Kamala goes for the door to escape and Andre uses all his strength to go after him and stop him, selling the entire time, slumping into the ropes after he's made the save.

 

Kamala is always fun to watch and his wildness adds to the match.  What he lacks in physicality is made up for in his presentation and the moments where he resorts to biting and slapping his belly and getting confused by the rules kind of enhance the element of danger.  We also get some really fun Andre hip attacks and he comes off the top rope with a sitting splash for a really emphatic ending.  This was a lot of fun, and a really good example of Andre working as a sympathetic underdog to great effect.


Frankie Kazarian & Keiji Sakoda vs Eric Matlock & Devon Willis (IWC Socal 08/11...

29 December 2017 - 10:21 PM

This was a very very enjoyable sprint tag from IWC Socal.  I don't know what became of them but Matlock and Willis are an exciting team and look really polished as a unit, finishing the match with a sort of proto-Shatter Machine.  Both guys kept up their end of the bargain while Kazarian flawlessly busted out some great springboard spots and really looked like a big-leaguer in the making.  Sakoda was probably the least impressive in this but he didn't stick out terribly.  This match feels like a step up from IWC Socal's previous offerings and also a much better look at Kazarian.

 

***1/4