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HomerJFong
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Again, trying to help addict more people to lucha by reviewing some of the shows in my collection. Next up, some early AAA.

First, the unaired matches, borrowed from prowrestlinghistory.com

-Super Astro, Starman, & Tony Rivera beat Violencia, Rencor Latino, & Virus in three falls.

-Ricky Marvin & Sombra de Plata beat & Fugaz & Sangre Azteca.

-El Satanico, Ultimo Guerrero, & Rey Buccanero beat The Headhunters & Emilio Charles, Jr. in three falls, Charles & The Headhunters were DQed for the third fall.

The first two of those sound pretty good. I don't think I would have wanted to see Rey & Ultimo try to carry the Headhunters, though.

1. Fuerza Guerrera, Blue Panther, Dr. Wagner Jr vs. Negro Casas, El Hijo del Santo, Olimpico

Santo's ring girl is wearing the tightest silver bodysuit in the history of time.

Panther & Wagner play to the fans like crazy in the opening seconds of the match. Things go to the ring, and it ends quickly as Negro magistrals Wagner for the three. I assume (hope) this fall was very heavily clipped.

I'll also assume fall 2 was clipped like mad. Early in, there's a cool double team move from Panther/Wagner. A press slam from Panther, and then Wagner comes off the top rope with a Diamond Cutter. Negro then submits as Fuerza puts on a half crab. Olimpico is then lifted up the buckles by Wagner/Panther, where an awaiting Fuerza powerslams him to even the falls.

As we go to the third fall, the tecs continue to take a beating. Wagner hammers Negro with part of the rampway. The Olimpico/Fuerza segment briefly turns things for the tecnicos, but a Wagner run-in stops that. Negro enters, and during his segment, nicely escapes the Wagner driver, delivering the reverse DDT in the process. Lots off misses from both the rudos and the tecnicos. The Olimpico/Fuerza segment ends with a huge plancha from Olimpico. Panther gets a slam and climbs the buckles, only to get pushed to the floor by Santo. Plancha by Santa, and we're left with Negro & Wagner. Quickly, there's a Splash Mountain on Negro for a 2. Negro slips out of a second powerbomb, and kicks away, only to be fouled seconds later. The ref didn't see that, but he does see Negro pull off Wagner's mask as the good doctor tries for the Figure 4. That's the DQ.

Difficult to gauge with what I hope were the edits, but what was shown was pretty good. 65.

2. Apolo Dantes, Scorpio Jr, Universo 2000 & Val Venus (sic) vs. Gigante Silva, Rayo de Jalisco Jr & Super Porky

Val Venus, is of course, Val Venis, aka Cheif Morley. He gets 4 valets, and he's the best worker in this match by about tenfold. He does the "Hola, chicas!" for his intro, then runs down Jalisco. He and Rayo had a program in 1997 and 1998, ending with Rayo taking Val's 'Steel' mask in June 1998.

The match itself, is poor, but the segments with Venus and Jalisco gets incredible heat. It ends with Porky holding down Val & Universo for a Silva splash from the buckles, and all the tecs piling on top for a 3. This was a 40, but try to catch Steel/Jalisco from 4/97. It's Rayo's only watchable match that I've seen - Morley is Flair to Rayo's broomstick.

Momentos: A Tzuki Asai moonsault onto Espectrito. Aguila, then Antifaz tope Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero. Silva splashes Bestia & Scorp. A bloodied Atlantis gets the submission on V-3. Santo defeats Panther with a sunset flip.

3. Vilano 3 & Atlantis vs. Shocker & Mr. Niebla

This is just a one-fall match (but both members of each team must be eliminated), and then following the team's loss, they immediately go at it in a Mask vs. Mask match.

Each wrestler has one of the ring girls bring out a sign with their name on it, before arriving in the ring from a different corner of the arena. V-3's almost wipes out as she comes out, and overall, Niebla's wins this battle of the babes.

Niebla & Shocker are already arguing. It starts with some throws and takedowns from V-3 & Niebla. Nobody gets an advantage on this one. Shocker goes over to kick Atlantis off the apron, and he then shoves down Niebla for good measure. They move into the ring for their segment, while outside the ring, Vilano picks up a row of seats and pitches them at Niebla. Meanwhile, Shocker pulls Atlantis around by his mask. The assault continues with a DDT, and then a series of clotheslines in the corner. Atlantis mounts a brief comeback with a quebradora, and Shocker gets toped as he heads for the floor. Vilano & Niebla take over in the ring now. Atlantis trips V-3 as he runs the ropes, and he then continues to trade blows with Shokcer. There's a short tecnico vs. tecnico segment. Niebla gets in a powerbomb, but it is broken up when V3, sunset flips Niebla for a near fall. I like that spot. Atlantis ranas Niebla. Niebla rolls through, but, and assisted by Vilano 3, Atlantis rolls back through, and Niebla is eliminated for his team. The veterans then double team Shocker. Front suplex by Atlantis, and a senton from V-3, but only 2. Again, a 2 off a top-rope dropkick from Atlantis. As things continue, Atlantis rolls up Shocker, bridges, only to have V-3 break the bridge with a senton. Shocker then gets the pin, and there are only rudos left. They think that it will be tecnico vs. tecnico for the mask. Or at least Shocker does, as he balances Vilano 3 on his shoulders in celebration. The celebration lasts until V-3 Victory Rolls Shocker for 3. Now that's experience. Atlantis & Vilano 3 fight for a bit, tearing off each other's masks before they get sent to the back. And now, someone is going to lose their hood.

4. Mr. Niebla vs. Shocker

Quick slam and a springboard elbow gets 2 for Shocker. Spinebuster, followed by a Crippler Crossface. The crowd is getting into it now, as Niebla crawls to the ropes. Niebla tries to charge, but gets hip tossed to the floor. Perfect tope of death from Shocker, and Nielba is in the second row! Hot damn that was crazy! Shocker returns Niebla to the ring with a suplex, but Nielba small packages him and gets 2. Shocker is first up, and he destroys Niebla with a pair of brutal powerbombs, but 2 only. Niebla mounts a short-lived comeback that ends with a missed moonsault. A minute or so later, Shocker fouls Niebla and pins him with the Greco-Roman foot-on-the-ropes. However, Ray Mendoza (father of Los Vilanos, who passed away on the 4/17/2003) orders the match to continue. Shocker moves in, and is spinebustered down, and Niebla slaps on La Nieblina (a submission hold that I couldn't begin to describe if I even tried to), and Shocker is forced to submit the match, sacrificing his mask. Seven year pro Jair Soria from Guadalajara has his face revealed to the world. He hands the mask to Niebla, and offers the sporting handshake. Shocker gets the mike after this, and doesn't have too much of a problem with the loss. Because he is GUAPO. And the new gimmick was born.

This was an outstanding contest. Get this match. There's one blown spot in the tag match, but the drama is great. It's worthy of three digits: 100.

Sources for these matches, but really, the only match that is needed is the mask match, so here are links to a couple of sources:

Click Here (highspots.com) On the Highspots compilation: Shocker %1000 Guapo
Click Here (wrestleholicsvideos.com) EMLL 1999 Volume 7 - Includes the other two matches, and other TV from this time
Click Here (prowrestlingtapescom) On tape #M54: Best of Lucha '99 Vol 3




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>-El Satanico, Ultimo Guerrero, & Rey Buccanero beat The
>Headhunters & Emilio Charles, Jr. in three falls, Charles
>& The Headhunters were DQed for the third fall.

I read the first half of the match and I was so happy and then I read the second half and not so much any more.

>1. Fuerza Guerrera, Blue Panther, Dr. Wagner Jr vs. Negro
>Casas, El Hijo del Santo, Olimpico

>Difficult to gauge with what I hope were the edits, but
>what was shown was pretty good. 65.



2. Apolo Dantes, Scorpio Jr, Universo 2000 & Val Venus (sic) vs. Gigante Silva, Rayo de Jalisco Jr & Super Porky

>He does the "Hola, chicas!" for his intro,

hahaha

>It's Rayo's only watchable match that I've seen - Morley
>is Flair to Rayo's broomstick.

Did Morely work as an American (Japanese influced) style in Mexico? He used to do the Camel Clutch occasionally, but for a guy who seemingly spent some meaningful time in Mexico, you don't see much in his WWE wrestling.

>3. Vilano 3 & Atlantis vs. Shocker & Mr. Niebla

This is neat of them - either team could've logically lost and gone to the mask/mask match, given the fueds. The stips didn't neccesarly give it away.

>The celebration lasts until V-3 Victory Rolls Shocker for >3. Now that's experience

Or at least knowing the rules.

>4. Mr. Niebla vs. Shocker

>Shocker moves in, and is spinebustered down, and Niebla
>slaps on La Nieblina (a submission hold that I couldn't
>begin to describe if I even tried to), and Shocker is
>forced to submit the match, sacrificing his mask.

In a land of crazy submission holds, that is the king.

>This was an outstanding contest. Get this match. There's
>one blown spot in the tag match, but the drama is great.
>It's worthy of three digits: 100.

Wow. I think I need to.
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Morley's Mexican stuff wasn't exactly pure lucha that one would see from a rudo like, say, Apolo Dantes, but you could see the melding of many styles. His crowd interaction was pure Memphis cheap heat, something that is used more now, but really wasn't back then, especially in EMLL. But most of the stuff in this match, is the lucha style matwork with the faster pace (on the Rayo scale).

The problem with his move to the WWF was that he had absolutely nobody to work a style like that once the "my sister" feud with Kaientai ended.





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I just got the Shocker shoot tape from Highspots and it has the build-up to the revelos incredibles match and then Niebla taking his mask.

I had forgotten they were partners before splitting up and feuding.

Also, the interview is kinda cool, although short. Neat viewing since you don't find many main-event level luchadors that speak English. (OF course, since he's American, it's not that big a deal for him. :>)



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