Rush Vs Terrible (CMLL 26/01/2013)
CMLL World Heavyweight Championship match
Rush comes out to Pitbull's lyrics:
I know you want me, want me. You know I want cha, want cha
And I cannot help but express that those are my exact feelings over a Rush match. As breathtakingly beautiful as the CMLL ring-girls are, they need to GTFO whenever Rush comes out so the cameraman isn't distracted by tits and ass.
Don't be perturbed by the weak shoulder blocks in the first caida, the match is as personal as it gets. This is easily my favourite feud bar Casas/Panther and it's all due to Rush. Terrible may not live up to his namesake but, comparatively, he just is not on Rush's level. Hell, who actually is? At 24, he's reached a point many won't in their entire career. It's an absolute treat to watch his cocky performances and the douchebag mannerisms he has towards his opponents. As an example, an arrogant Rush (fresh from a pinfall victory in the primera caida) double stomps the living shit out Terrible before symbolically ripping his opponent's head off, placing it in the middle of the ring, and kicking it out the stadium before mockingly saluting the crowd. FUCKING BEAUTIFUL.
Another thing that stood out here, for me, is that the falls actually got distance to them, which is a fresh breath of air from the typical CMLL booking I end up seeing. It had that Polvora/Titan feel in that the first two falls were about pinning each wrestler on the same level but as this match went on it developed into a much greater story. Terrible grew more and more desperate, slowly bringing out the heel mannerisms in the hopes of retaining his title. Rush's work here, despite being the tecnico, just elevates your sympathy for (the rudo) Terrible over that.
Sure, Rush's Toque de Espaldas (his hammerlock into the pin during the primera caida) isn't too great here but that's the only real issue I can see in his work. Aside from that, if you aren't a fan of slow counts then you'll hate this one. But, and I stand by this, the count adds to the match dynamic. Simply contrast the final pin to the ones before it. They all either built your hopes for Terrible to kick-out or, inversely, agitated you in knowing Terrible just couldn't get the pin on Rush. Seriously, heel geriatric referees are THE BEST.
I'm not going to divulge further into this, I think it might just hurt the match as I cannot convey it accurately enough in words (nor do I wish to spoil the end, as it fits the storyline so well). I implore you to watch it, it's my Lucha MotY by a country mile.