Stuka Jr. vs. La Flecha
MASK VS. MASK
Type: Mask vs. Mask
Mid-card mask matches are often unremarkable but this is one of the good ones. The bout is highlighted by a ten minute final fall where there is a lot of good offense, very good heat, and dramatic near falls. This is La Flecha’s one and only moment in the spotlight and he more than delivers. While the match is not a slam dunk MOTYC, this is probably as good as good of a mid-card Arena Coliseo mask match as can reasonably be expected.
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I was just able to watch Stuka/Flecha(thanks to cubs!) and wow it was way better than I thought it would be. It was interesting as even though the first two falls were pretty short (though not 1 minute each like I expected), they each got their moments rather than Perrito/Univero style -> ‘I’ll dominate and pin you, you fight back and pin me’. I hate when guys do that b/c it shows a total lack of work ethic. It was interesting to hear the commentators mention Flecha being the second person to use that gimmick after Skayde and how even Skayde wasn’t the first Skayde. Also, did I hear right or did they say Stuka Jr. was Stuka’s brother???:/ La Flechecita looked AWESOME to end the second fall. Third fall was the show stealer though and probably the longest fall(in a non one fall match) on TV since Mistico/Averno from over a year ago. Too much awesome stuff to describe starting from Flecha doing a Skayde Special and Stuka Jr. doing this crazy sunset flip counter into one of his own that I’ve never seen before. I was getting worried they were going to edit and later it got to the point where I thought they did edit and I missed it b/c I clearly remembered pictures of a Flecha dive and it hadn’t occured yet. But they didn’t clip it which was great. There were a couple of nearfalls that I totally bought even though I already knew the winner. They were just so convincing! Flecha moves around quite nicely for a guy who (when he unmasked) looks like he should be doing brawls in Guadalajara with Ringo Mendoza and Javier Cruz. I liked the finish although Stuka Jr. should just done his move and that’s it, forget the lame standing frog splash. Unless that has some historical significance I am not aware of. Great effort by both guys and I know I’m not alone in thinking that as the crowd seemed to really enjoy what they are seeing. Plus, no interference + no referee garbage + no editing = GREAT STUFF! We need more matches like this on TV.
Negro Casas, Gran Guerrero & Kamaitachi vs. Volador Jr., Stuka Jr. & Dragon Lee
February 18, 2016
I do not know why these six decided to wrestle at such a breakneck page for a match whose only purpose was to move along the Voaldor Jr./Negro Casas issue but I am glad that they did. Whatever the reasons, it was a pleasant surprise that they went down the path they did. The hectic pace gave this one a different feel than your normal single-minded CMLL TV trios. So often in these situations the two feuding wrestlers feud in an obvious manner while the other four become background players. That was not quite the case here. All six wrestlers – yes, even Gran Guerrero – had a memorable moment or two. Also while Volador and Casas’s interaction became contentious there was not nine minutes of choking, brawling, and fouls in an attempt to get over the hatred. That stuff was there, but used in a complementary fashion as opposed to consuming the entire match. Casas was fantastic here (no surprise). Stuka Jr. might have been the second best. I am a sucker for the form of his dives. During the match, he hit an out of nowhere splash and a picture perfect plancha to the outside.
The takeaway from this match was its relentless pace. That was really the differentiator between an okay but forgettable match and a match that that was a little more memorable.