Im going to ask a couple of silly questions but I would like to watch Lucha. After seeing the NJPW/CMLL shows Ive wanted to see more so heres a few questions.
1- Is every match in CMLL 2 out of 3 falls ( this is serious). Ive tryed to watch a few matches but Im not a big fan of the 2 out of 3 falls thing.
2- How can I watch AAA? I know how to watch CMLL but not AAA.
3- Who are the must see wrestlers from each company ( I like Rush from CMLL and a few others).
4- What are some of the best Lucha matches from this year and years past?
Sorry to be a pain in the ass, Its just I don't know where to start.
Those shows are how I got into Lucha, too (FantasticaMania 2010 to be precise). I'm a sucker for crazy flips and athletic spots so the style was almost a godsend for me.
1) No, they have lightning matches which are basically balls-to-the-wall sprints. They're not that common, but they do pop up from time to time. I was in the same position as you when I first started, but I've gotten used to the format. I must admit the modern Panico booking can be irksome (two short falls and one long third fall), but give it some time and you'll get into the flow. Admittedly, it can help add to the tension of the match when both wrestlers are tied up, or there's need for emotion in the final round.
Subbed that channel a long while ago but I've never watched anything from it. I'm not a fan of videos in part files. I'm sure if you Google around (or check the media section here) you'll find some one-shot links.
3) I'm only a CMLL fanboy so I can only comment on their talent, but you can't go far wrong with Rush, Volador Jr, La Sombra, La Mascara (mah boi
) and Averno. On a whole, the legends are mostly prone to putting on stunning matches despite their age (especially in IWRG's Maestro matches, if that's your sort of thing). If you see anything with Super Porky in it, however, run, run very far away.
* Negro Casas Vs Blue Panther (Hair Vs Hair)
* El Hijo del Santo y Villano IV vs El Hijo del Solitario y Ángel Blanco Jr. (It's in three parts on Youtube only, sorry)
* Black Terry Vs Chico Che
* Reyes Del Aire
(if you're interested in a ~50 minute match)
As for older matches your best bet is probably to look through Segunda Caida
's extensive lists (especially the Black Terry one) and watching all the matches he marked as "EPIC". The "Top Lucha Matches of All-Time
" list on luchawiki is also a very good start for those new to the style with matches from as far as 25 years ago.
If I'm to be honest, I don't watch every show nor match. I don't even think I could; as for every great aspect I like, there seems to be just as many (or even more) aspects I despise. As such, I follow storylines and news on Cubsfan's website
(if you're to visit any of these links make sure it is this one, it's your best one-stop-shop for lucha anywhere) and only watch matches that either seems integral to the feud or matches that may be match of the year contenders. Besides all that, I wouldn't have the time to watch all the wrestling I do if I was too bogged down by the number of promotions and shows in Mexico alone.
I'd also suggest watching Chikara and any Japanese promotions that tend to work a more lucharesu (a somewhat amalgamated combination of Lucha Libre and Japanese Puroresu) style - such as Michinoku Pro Wrestling and to a lesser extent Osaka Pro and Dragon Gate just to help establish your own niche within the style.
Hope this helps, and enjoy Lucha!