Tag Archives: 2015

(02/08/2015) El Hijo del Perro Aguayo vs. Myzteziz (AAA)

El Hijo del Perro Aguayo vs. Myzteziz
AAA
02/08/2015

Year: 2015
Type: n/a
Other: Bloody

Synopsis:

Television matches designed to build up an apuesta match do not get much effective than this. Perro Jr. and Myzteziz were heading for a hair vs. mask match (likely at that year’s TripleMania) and this was the first major match on the road there. It is a bloody and violent match where even the tired AAA tropes (like a wrestler going through one of those flimsy boards) had more impact than usual. Unfortunately and tragically, the blow off was never to come but judging on the quality of both this set up match and the Rey de Reyes tag match, it had the chance to be something special. Even though this match was a feud builder, it more than stands on its own.

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(03/20/2015) Dragon Lee vs. Kamaitachi (CMLL)

Dragon Lee vs. Kamaitachi
CMLL
03/20/2015
Mask vs. Mask

Year: 2015
Type: Mask vs. Mask
Other: High Flying

Synopsis:

The co-headliner of the 2015 edition of Homenaje a Dos Leyendas was a mask match built more around big flying spots and high impact moves than violence and sheer emotion. For that reason, the match did not exactly connect with fans of 80’s and early 90’s apuesta matches. Regardless, the match is an impressive and cohesive performance by two wrestlers who did their best to steal the show. The effort is an undeniable. Not everything is smooth – there are some moments where neither Lee or Kamaitachi know what to do next – but there are enough big spots to make it worth a watch for fans of high flying offense.

Additional Reading:

  • Cross Arm Breaker Review (Match Guide, PDF)
  • luchablog Recap
  • Segunda Caida (Phil & Eric) Review
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter (March 30, 2015)

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(03/18/2015) Villano IV vs. Blue Demon Jr. (AAA)

VILLANO IV VS. BLUE DEMON JR.
AAA
03/18/2015

Year: 2015
Type: n/a
Other: Bloody

Synopsis:

This match between Villano IV and Blue Demon Jr. from AAA’s cursed 2015 Rey de Reyes show was a late replacement for the originally scheduled Alberto El Patron vs. Brian Cage match. It is a polarizing match. Dave Meltzer panned it  – particularly Villano IV’s performance – for being slow and boring. Others (including this site) saw a methodical but violent and entertaining lucha brawl. If you value athleticism and speed in your wrestling, then you might want to stay away. If that is less of a concern, this match is worth a watch.

Additional Reading:

  • Cross Arm Breaker Review (Match Guide, PDF)
  • luchablog Recap
  • Segunda Caida (Phil & Eric) Review
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter (March 30, 2015)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter (March 30, 2015)

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(01/19/2015) La Sombra vs. Mascara Dorada (CMLL)

La Sombra vs. Mascara Dorada
CMLL
01/19/2015

Year: 2015
Type: n/a
Other: Lucha Libre in Japan; High Flying

Synopsis:

The main event of the final night of the 2015 FantastiaMania tour was this high flying showcase match. Like many lucha in Japan matches, this one focuses on big time high spots more than anything else. Sombra and Dorada roll out impressive move after impressive move, which the Korakuen Hall crowd eats up. This match won’t be for everyone, but was the exact right match for its audience and circumstances. Dorada – who was announced pre-match has having signed a one-year contract with NJPW – is the star as he pulls off almost a dozen highlight reel moves.

Additional Reading:

  • Cross Arm Breaker Review (Match Guide, PDF)
  • luchablog Recap
  • Historia del Wrestling Review (Spanish)
  • Voices of Wrestling (Bryan Rose) Review
  • Tape Machines Are Rolling Review
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter (January 26, 2015)

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(01/09/2015) Dragon Lee vs. Kamaitachi (CMLL)

Dragon Lee VS. KAMAITACHI
CMLL
Lightning
01/09/2015

Year: 2015
Type: Lightning
Other: n/a

Synopsis:

The second singles match (and second lightning match) in what would become a memorable series of matches. At this point in the feud, there was no reason for anyone to believe that it would be anything different than the normal feud involving a New Japan wrestler on loan from New Japan. Kamaitachi would drop his mask to Dragon Lee, get lost in the CMLL shuffle for a while, and then maybe drop his hair on the way out. What’s great about this match – and what would become the defining characteristic of the feud – is that Dragon Lee and Kamaitachi went all out despite all of that. Whether it was because they were ignorant to the reality of the situation or determined to change it, they kill themselves and each other in a noteworthy sub-5 minute match. Its hard to make a mark with that little time, but these two did by packing all they could into the time they were allotted.

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