Originally Posted by enlightenedone9
La Sombra vs. Volador Jr.(01/22/12):****
Now this another one of those matches where I didn't know if I wanted to go up to **** but I did. This match had problems. There were some moments where they looked like they weren't exactly sure where was the next step. There were also a lot of spots that looked blatantly set up. That being said this match was full of great action and I couldn't say no to this match even though I picked these apart in my head. I don't watch a lot of lucha so maybe that's why it came off so well to me but some of the stuff they were doing was simply awesome. An extremely athletic contest. I might be overrating this match but it won't end up in my top ten by the end of the year so it isn't really that big of a deal.
Good match, but it just felt disjointed and almost like they were wrestling at too fast a pace for them to process future structures/spots. Sombra ended up doing the same move three times, and that hurt the match for me. I don't mind if it's within context (Shingo's repeat lariat attempts that Nakajima kept kicking the life out of) or if it's repeatedly blocked and, within peril, the move finally works later on in the match. This time, however, it was nothing more than Sombra succeeding in hitting a move for what seemed like filler as he didn't know what else to do against Volador.
I love how Sombra and Volador basically just swapped ownership of the NWA World Middleweight and CMLL World Welterweight titles, though. Panico, y u so strange booker?
La Máscara Vs Volador Jr. (CMLL Guadalajara: 2012-02-18)
I possibly would have liked this more if I hadn't seen Sombra/Casas straight before it. That match was more complete for me, and just made this feel like an athletic competition where two phenomenal young talents just went out there and hammered in some great spots for the sake of crowd reaction.
That's not to say it didn't have anything redeeming, I just expected much more from these guys. Hell, Bestia 666/Super Nova had a very good athletic start to their match in PDM at the end of January and they suck (and so did their match as a whole, btw). Great spots cannot do it for me if that's all there is to it. While this match had a greater depth than that PDM match, I still didn't like it to the point of it going four stars for me. 3.5, I suppose, but if I was to give that rating to any match it would have to be Casas/Sombra - a match I recommend anyone to go out their way and watch.
The ring-post powerbomb and final spot were great, though, despite the truly annoying las repeticiones. Three replays for a simple leg takedown?!
La Sombra vs Negro Casas
(CMLL Puebla: 2012-02-20)
at how good Negro Casas looks at 52 years of age.
Totally cannot wait for the Casas/Panther lucha de apuesta match this Saturday.