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(01/05) Xtra Large & Hellspawn vs. Red Rocket & Ghurka vs. Anarko & Fear

Xplosion Nacional de Lucha Libre
Good Table Restaurant (Santiago, Chile)

This would be the first Chilean pro wrestling match I ever watched. I will probably watch some more.

Overall, this felt like a good Lucha indie match where you see some cool moves and neat spots, but with very little in the way of polish. That is about what I expected going in. All the dives looked fine. There were some creative flying moves that looked good and there was some that didn’t, but that’s fine. What surprised me the most was that all six guys worked relatively stiff. The striking was one of the better (or at least pleasantly surprising) elements of the match.

The easy comparison would be to Chikara (lucha that is not quite lucha), but I don’t think that is entirely on the spot. I got more of a pre-ROH Jersey All-Pro Wrestling feeling from it – some athletic guys mixing flying with generally stiff work to mixed (but never dull) results. Like with that era of JAPW where you could see a bunch of guys like Dixie, Deranged, Homicide, Izzy and whoever else had a lot of talent even if they were still putting it together, you can see that all of these guys have varying degrees of potential.

Xtra Large – both from what I have gathered and what I saw in this match – is the star at least out of these six. He tours NOAH this month while his partner – Hellspawn – heads to Mexico. XL was clearly the most polished in the group, hit some nice dives, and worked really snug. He seemed like a decent bumper too. Everyone worked hard and nobody stood out as being the weak link, however.

At least one Chilean wrestling fan called this match the best his country as ever seen. The six wrestlers got a big standing ovation post-match so certainly there were others who were impressed to. That probably says more about the state of pro wrestling in Chile than anything else, but there were a lot of positive elements to the match.

Spot Fest | Watchable | Spectacle

(01/10) Davey Richards vs. AR Fox (c)

The Orpheum (Ybor City, FL)
EVOLVE Championship

Whereas Nese and Barreta had the framework of a good match that simply went too far, there is no such framework to be found here. Fox and Richards go at it full-tilt from the opening bell and the result is high-energy 20-minute romp that fails to be more than simply a collection of moves. Stylistically, this is more comparable to the Danny Cannon vs. Reed Bentley match from Indiana earlier this month than Nese and Barreta.

At my core, I am an optimist – a glass half full kind of guy. So let me point out that that Fox and Richards are in remarkable condition as they basically go full tilt for 15+ minutes in this one. I also thought the spot where AR Fox kept defiantly sitting up rather than letting Davey bring him to his feet was an effective “fighting spirit” spot without going overboard. The rest though was a pure sprint with a lot moves and little substance.

Richards often gets chastised for that kind of stuff, like running through moves (and big moves at that) with little rhyme or reason. He does do that, but if that was his only problem that would be one thing. The problem is that he just does not have that great of offense and even if we put pacing aside, he still shows very little that sticks out as memorable. Fox can be okay, but Davey Richards is perhaps the worst kind of opponent for him – someone that will exploit his worse tendencies rather than reeling them in.

Spot Fest | Skippable | Hype