Titan vs Polvora (CMLL Welterweight Title)
The match between Titan and Polvora for the CMLL Welterweight Title is definetely a MOTY candidate. It had everything and it was one of the best lucha matches i can remember. ***** for it
There was an argument made against opening matwork earlier in this thread (and its boredom), but sometimes extended mat-based chain-wrestling can crucially pen the beginning of a phenomenal story (without its consequences reiterating themselves later on in the match). Such a take was evident here, with its game of one-upmanship being just that; two luchadores trying to prove who was the better technician.
The first two falls helped to build their tension but at a price of being all too reliant on one another to fit in their spots. They were meant to be crisp, flashy albeit short affairs to build the crowd while getting the two wrestlers at a round each. The trouble, however, is that it managed to succeed at doing the latter with complete disregard for the former. Titan takes the first fall after what looked like a botched front-flip, seated stunner
into a modified La Escalera for the quick submission. The second fall takes an interesting turn with Titan successfully luring Polvora to the outside in his bid to ground his opponent via a nice monkey flip to the hard entrance ramp
. This is, however, Polvora's round and it's not long before the tables turn and Titan secedes to Polvora's own submission. While I must say that I liked the strategy employed here, and the overall feel of the moments outside of the ring, I still felt as if it did not go anywhere once the fall was completed. Admittedly, most of what these two wrestlers did here felt underwhelming in the greater scheme of things; almost as if depth was sacrificed purely to throw together the required ingredients for a great lucha match. But following a recipe to perfection does not always guarantee a perfect result.
It looks good, doesn't it? But it loses its appeal all too quickly when you realise it came moments after a vicious abdominal stretch that should perhaps have had Titan's centre of balance (core muscles) at least somewhat shaken.
The finish comes off of Polvora capitalising on Titan's mistakes with a sick Rubik's Cube staying somewhat true-to-form in the story they were going for here - it's almost a shame, though, that the form of their one-upmanship just wasn't that up to par. No matter how great the finish, this match was too long and seemingly too pointless for what it actually should have been.
Seemingly despite these criticisms, this match has received some stellar reviews amongst many fans (with Srdjan's rating being the second 5-star I've seen being awarded) leaving myself in the minority. Perhaps I'm starting to miss the point of lucha libre but, in an already contrived environment, such co-operative spots do nothing for me, especially when they lack the essence of depth that other noteworthy matches have to them. Not to be that guy who reiterates an already stale cliche, but if this was assisted ballet, their interpretive dance piece would have possibly succeeded in what they were aiming to portray. It's just too bad that "this ain't ballet".