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El Apache & Carta Brava Jr. vs. Luxdor & Venum (AAA – 02/19/2016)

El Apache & Carta Brava Jr. vs. Luxdor & Venum
February 19, 2016
Auditorio Jose Maria Arteaga (Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico)
*** ½

For at least a year now if not longer, the opening matches on AAA TV have been as big of a reason as any to watch AAA’s television. More specifically, the non-mixed openers involving Apache have been particularly good. This is another one to add to the list.

What stood out most about this match was the fact that they opted out of the standard long AAA rudo beat down segment. The rudos controlled sections of the match but the match settled into a competitive one far earlier than I expected it to. This was just a high octane, fast paced tag match with Apache holding it altogether. The flying spots were high level stuff and executed well with a few exceptions. The Cadets’ non-flying offense was a little hit or miss (too many leg slapping kicks for me) but fune. The rudos were rudos so this never felt like an exhibition of spots; this was definitely a complete match. Apache scoring the win after a foul was the perfect ending in its simplicity. If only AAA would export that philosophy to other parts of the card.

Hideki Suzuki © vs. Masato Tanaka (ZERO1 – 01/01/16)

Hideki Suzuki © vs. Masato Tanaka for the ZERO1 World Heavyweight Championship
Pro Wrestling ZERO1
January 1, 2016
Korakuen Hall
*** ¼

Hideki Suzuki’s ongoing run as the king of the Japanese minor leagues is resulting in the most high profile, entertaining and productive output of his pro wrestling career. That is sort of damning with faint praise; almost any run after six years toiling in the obscurity of the Inoki Genome Federation will be high profile and productive by comparison. His presence and dexterity in the ring while holding the top championships in WRESTLE-1 (last year) and ZERO1 (currently) is worthy of praise. Continue reading

Isami Kodaka vs. Konsuke Takeshita (DDT – 01/03/16)

Isami Kodaka vs. Konsuke Takeshita
January 3, 2016
Korakuen Hall
*** 1/4