Category Archives: Lucha Singles Matches

(02/24/1994) El Dandy vs. Javier Llanes (CMLL)

El Dandy vs. Javier Llanes
CMLL
02/24/1994
CMLL World Middleweight

Year: 1994
Type: Title Match Style
Other: Recommended

Synopsis:

This match is as tough, gritty, and realistic of a mat based match you will see outside of the high end Japanese shoot style matches. For anyone that mistakenly thinks lucha mat work (and lucha in general) is loose and unrealistic, this is the match to watch. The match is very dense with the appeal resting in the details – the up-close selling, the struggle for holds, and the struggle for escapes – which doesn’t necessarily make it an easy watch. If you are in the mood for a match steeped in struggle and realistic offense/selling, this is a great one to watch.

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(04/01/1994) La Fiera vs. Emilio Charles Jr. (CMLL)

La Fiera vs. Emilio Charles Jr.
CMLL
04/01/1994

Year: 1994
Type: n/a
Other: Bloody

Synopsis:

Former rudo partners Emilio Charles Jr. and La Fiera wrestle a non-stipulation singles match en route to their eventual hair bout. With nothing of real significance on the line, this match suffers from the usual straight lucha singles match problem in that it has neither the great technical work of a great title match or the drama of a great apuesta match. Both wrestlers bleed and do an effective job of moving their feud one (big) step closer to the blow off (which unfortunately is not in circulation). La Fiera, although better known as a rudo, gives another strong tecnico performance in this one.

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(06/01/1990) Perro Aguayo vs. Gran Hamada (UWF)

Perro Aguayo vs. Gran Hamada
UWF
06/01/1990

Year: 1990
Type: n/a
Other: Lucha Libre in Japan

Synopsis:

An overall good but heatless match from the second Japanese tour run by Hamada’s UWF. Both guys work hard and the match is worked like a showcase for Perro in that he spends most of the match on offense. The crowd was far less interested in this straight forward match and its long control segment than they were for the comedy/spot heavy matches earlier in the show. If you can block out the lack of heat, this is a good match with Perro in particular giving a strong performance.

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(07/14/2006) Ultimo Guerrero vs. Rey Bucanero (CMLL)

Ultimo Guerrero vs. Rey Bucanero
CMLL
07/14/2006
CMLL World Light  Heavyweight

Year: 2006
Type: n/a
Other: n/a

Synopsis:

The disappointing grudge match between one of CMLL’s most prolific duos. The match is presented and played up as a monumental match in the careers of both wrestlers and CMLL in general, but the actual match fails to capture that same level of importance. Guerrero’s title being on the line also serves to obscure what essentially should have been a major grudge match between too former longtime partners.

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(05/03/2015) Titan vs. Cavernario (CMLL)

titan vs. Cavernario
CMLL
05/03/2015
Mexican National welterweight

Year: 2015
Type: Title Match Style
OtherRecommended

Synopsis:

Cavernario failed in his first attempt to capture Titan’s Mexican National Welterweight title in July 2014. It was a title shot he earned by virtue of winning the 2014 En Busca de un Idolo tournament. That was a good match but both wrestlers upped their game for this re-match, which is among the best lucha matches of 2015. Titan and Cavernario put their own stamp on the usual title match format. The result is a match that plays to both wrestler’s strengths while not straying too far from what makes the lucha title match style such a time tested format.

Additional Reading:

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