(03/25) Cachorro, Dragon Lee, Cavernario, Soberano Jr., Guerrero Negro Jr. Hechicero, Star Jr. & Super Halcon Jr. vs. Black Panther, Canelo Casas, El Rebelde, Espiritu Negro, Flyer, Herodes Jr., Metalico & Oro Jr.

Arena Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico)
En Busca de un Idolo Qualifying Torneo Cibernetico

At a February press conference largely designed to announce the main matches for the 2014 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, CMLL rolled out several announcements unrelated to HDL.  One announcement was that the 2014 En Busca de un Idolo tournament would kick off with a 16-wrestler torneo cibernetico to decide the eight competitors in this year’s tournament.  This is that match . . .

Unlike a normal cibernetico that continues until only one wrestler is left standing, the rules here were for the match to continue until eight luchadores had been eliminated.  There is also a rudo & tecnico mix as the first team is a mix of guys that are newer to CMLL while the second team are the Gen 14 graduates from the CMLL school.

The match immediately wins me over as both teams gather outside the ring for a pre-match huddle and chant/dancing session.  I love little things like that.  It makes the match feel important that these guys that are not even all on the same side of the rudo/tecnico fence can put differences aside for a chance to qualify for the upcoming tournament.

Once the actual in-ring action got under way, it was more or less nonstop until the 8th luchador was eliminated from the match just around 30 minutes in.  It is evident from the start of the En Busca de un Idolo – which is ostensibly also the beginning of this match – that the luchadores involved all view it as an opportunity to stick out and to be seen.  Everything is flashy, even the obligatory mat work.  For the eight wrestlers eliminated in the qualifier, this is there one chance to shine.  For the others it is the start of a tournament that is all about being seen and making a mark.

The motivation to be noticed is best exemplified in the dives.  There are a lot of dives.  I think we are talking in the neighborhood of twenty – certainly well over a dozen.  Dive fans will love this.  It might have been near-overkill but it worked within the flow of the match.  Plus, if these sixteen are going thirty minutes they are probably best served filling a good chunk of that time with their dives which for most are amongst the more impressive pieces of the offensive arsenals.  Many of the dives are insane and visually-stunning.  If dives do it for you, this is your match.

After an insane thirty minutes of action, the final eight – your 2014 En Busca de un Idolo participants – are: Cachorro, Cavernario, Dragon Lee, Hechicero, Guerrero Negra Jr., Super Halcon Jr., and Star Jr., Soberano Jr.  Mark a momentary win in your score book for the tecnicos who out-represent their rudo counterparts five to three.

Cibernetico | Watch It | Quality & Spectacle (Dives)

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