Match Recommendations for 12/02/17

Bandido vs Eterno – Mexa Wrestling – 10/21/2017 – GOOD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC8EhxOMNSE
Very professional match that isn’t breaking any new ground but you can hold it up as an example of a well done match in the Mexican indie style. I might put it higher if I hadn’t seen this type of match so many times already this year. They did have some cool mat work in the beginning that stood out to me. Also, Bandido is only 22 years old.

Pantera I vs Arez [IWRG IC Light] – IWRG – 11/2/2017 – GOOD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqYERY_FqOw
As I read back these write-ups, I keep seeing that I’m obsessed with the ages of the wrestlers. In this case, Pantera I is 53 years old and he’s trying to defend the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight championship against solid journeyman Arez. Pantera needs every bit of his veteran wiles here. Interesting match structure, some cool moves, a good time.

Halcón 78 Jr. & Scorpió 2.0 vs Tiburón (Veracruz) & Xibalba – AAA – 11/3/2017 – FUN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_kTUQycV5g
This is the kind of match I love to find. It’s a 6 minute TV match featuring four guys I’ve never heard of, and I clicked on it because I had a few minutes to kill. It seems to be a dark match that they had time to air. Tiburón and Xibalba are awesome here. I don’t know if they would have what it takes to go long, but they have enough to go all out as “large guys doing lucha flips and throws” in the allotted time. The técnicos don’t get much, but you gotta take what you can get.

Solar & Super Astro vs Black Terry & Virus – CMLL – 11/17/2017 – GREAT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEq2AkosYQo&t=57m4s
Exactly what you want out of a match on a legends show. Really solid mat work that culminates in whatever crazy knot submission holds the guys can think of. I wish Negro Navarro could have been in this one but you’ll never see me complaining about Virus being involved in this kind of match.

Volador Jr., Dragón Lee, Rush vs Último Guerrero, Gran Guerrero, Euforia – CMLL – 11/17/2017 – GOOD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEq2AkosYQo&t=1h43m52s
The Legends matches earlier on the card were going too long, so they told these guys to go out there and have a sprint. It really helps the match. Things get going quickly, the crowd is hot, and the chemistry of the Volador/Lee/Rush team is undeniable. It has everything you need.

Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Ángel de Oro vs Sansón, Cuatrero, Forastero – CMLL – 11/20/2017 – GOOD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AH0hdGMFTc&t=1h16m57s
Five of the six wrestlers in this match are between 21 and 24 years old (Ángel is 29). This is incredible for the future of lucha. All of the young wrestlers are so good already. Soberano is in the conversation for best of 2017. While this match doesn’t completely tear the house down due to the slot it’s in, it’s a match that’s worth your time.

Astral, Flyer, Robin vs Akuma, Espanto Jr., Templario – CMLL – 11/21/2017 – GREAT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmrTtZ1y-wk&t=21m45s
As good a second match on a Tuesday night as you’ll ever see. Guys that are veterans at this level and usually do fine, but with missteps. In this one, though, everything syncs up and they go to the next level. Everybody makes up wild moves and they don’t mess any up, with perfect timing. The best Martes de Nuevos Valores match in a while.

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