Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: On the Rocks with a Bitch and a Bottle
Re: Lucha Libre Match/Show Discussion/Reviews
The WWC stips match really isn't that good. The 11/93 match is better, but even that didn't hold up like I hoped it would when I watched it again a couple years ago.
I wouldn't start with AAA, period. There's enough AAA stuff that I still like a lot (some of the trios from the Gringos Locos/Santo-Octagon feud, Panther/Astro, Panther/Mariachi, Mascarita Sagrada/Espectrito, the 3/16/95 trios, the 6/18/95 8-man... that's about all that's coming to mind right now), but for the most part that company doesn't hold up well at all. I tried to re-watch the Rey/Psicosis and Rey/Juventud matches again about a year ago and couldn't get through everything. Don't think Santo/Psicosis is as good as at least 30 CMLL matches from the '89-92 period.
'89-'92 CMLL is a pretty good place to start. 90s AAA is really built on flash for the most part, and it just doesn't hold up IMO (repeating myself but w/e). I guess you can say CMLL is more "traditional lucha". The '89-'92 period is pretty amazing. They had an incredible year in '97 as well, but I haven't went through as much '97 and I have '89 or '90. Feech will likely be able to recommend more '97 CMLL beyond the usual suspects (Santo/Casas, Panther/Atlantis, Santo/Felino, etc), but the CMLL minis were flat out fucking awesome in '97. The Damiancito El Guerrero/Cicloncito Ramirez match from 1/7 is probably my pick for best match ever. The October trios might be the best trios ever.
If anything, watch a Rey/Psicosis match, a Rey/Juventud match, Santo/Psicosis and a couple highly pimped AAA trios matches. Then watch Dandy/Azteca from 6/90, Dandy/Casas from 7/92, Santo/Casas/Dandy from 12/96 and the minis matches I mentioned (would've said Panther/Atlantis from '91 but I'm assuming you already watched that one), which are all from CMLL.
See which style you prefer and go from there.