January 27, 2015

Current Watch List:

  • Flyer, Magnus, Sensei vs Akuma, Disturbio, Espiritu Negro (CMLL)
  • Hombre Bala Jr. vs. Raziel in a lightning match (CMLL)
  • Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Negro Casas & Último Guerrero (CMLL)

Matches Watched:

Hombre Bala Jr. vs, Raziel

Decent-ish lightning match that didn’t really stand out of the pack in any meaningful way.  There were a couple of good dives and I liked the late “dive to nowhere” on the ramp from Hombre Bala Jr. but in total there was not much separating from that tightly knit group of “fun but unmemorable” lightning matches.  I am also starting to think more and more that there was some general overrating going on with regards to the 2014 En Busca de un Idolo lightning matches.  Save for the four or five top matches in that tournament, I am not sure there is anything significant separating the vast majority of those tournament matches from a match like one.  There are exceptions to the sameness feeling I get from lightning matches (Kamaitachi vs. Dragon Lee from this month being one of them) but they are exceptions.

That should not be taken as a negative.  I’ll take fun, inoffensive 5 – 10 minute matches as fast as CMLL can churn them out.  Its more of a statement on the vast majority following in that same “okay” range with very few offering anything beyond that.

Flyer, Magnus, Sensei vs Akuma, Disturbio, Espiritu Negro


I don’t mind sloppiness and lack of execution when young guys are trying logical, good moves (or sequences) that they just cannot pull off consistently at this stage of their career.  As one example, 3-Count and the Jung Dragons were in no way polished workers in 2000 WCW.  Their matches tended to be sloppy and even a bit disjointed.  Yet, they were attempting high level (for the era) spots and trying to put on good cruiserweight matches in a promotion that hadn’t even attempted to so for the prior year.  You can forgive some lack of execution if the intentions are good.

Flyer tried several moves in this match that he didn’t quite pull off.  However, they were all good, high degree of difficulty moves.  It seems shortsighted to blame a guy working the second match on CMLL shows for attempting to pull of big flying moves.  If he doesn’t attempt them now, how is he ever going to get to the point of pulling them off consistently and moving up the card?  If you want execution to be perfect, don’t want the second matches of CMLL shows because they are going to be hit or miss in that regard.  Flyer (Volador Jr.’s younger brother) did pull off some flying stuff he tried and it looked good.  From what I have seen of him there is definite potential.

Sensei looked the best in this match out of the six participants.  Kicks were good and he pulls of the luchador working as Japanese martial artist gimmick (which has some history in Mexico) rather well.

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