With Galavision showing essentially only AAA the first half of the year I really got out of my Saturday/Sunday lucha taping habit. They finally are running CMLL again, although they are running about five months behind.
As a huge Dr.Wagner Jr. and Shocker fan, this pleases me to no end (although with Shocker jumping to AAA, I guess his best matches will now be against midgets and transvestites--not as exciting as it sounds).
The main reason for this post is that I have been knocked out by the work of Mistico. You must tune in and check this guy out, he's freakin' amazing! He's an extremely exciting high flyer with incredible poise and grace (reminicient of a young Rey Jr). He has had many stellar performances since his debut last summer and at least three Match of the Year candidates:
Mistico vs. Averno (1/30 Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara) Mistico vs. Ultimo Guerrero (2/25/05 Arena Mexico) Mistico vs. Averno (2/11/05 Arena Mexico)
Try and catch Mistico on CMLL, he rules!
Cubs even has the schedules up so you know when he's on:
With the exceptions of the Angle/HBK, Batista's slow turn, Eddie/Rey and Hogan/HBK, there hasn't been much grabbing my attention US-wise this year. So I've been heavy into Puroresu, Lucha and MMA.
NOAH has been very entertaining this year (especially the 7/18 Tokyo Dome Show) by featuring many outsiders like Tenyru, Minoru Suzuki, Kawada, Sasaki and Low Ki in fresh match-ups with their regulars. Satoshi Kojima has been dynamic (at least the first half of the year), winning the Triple Crown and the IWGP belts in two MOTY candidates (see the 2/16 match with Kawada, killer match!). The Differ Cup was very fun featuring the final matches of the world's best tag team 2003-2005, KENTA & Marufuji (the match with Spanky & Kaz Hayashi kicked ass).
Having my lucha year screwed up by a steady diet of AAA, I've been waiting for Alfredo to finish the Mistico comps he's been working on.
Best of Mistico Vol. 1 The hottest wrestler to hit the scene in Mexico. Considered by experts to be the best high flyer since Rey Misterio Jr. Volume 1 features Mistico's CMLL debut, his participation in the Torneo Leyenda de Plata Elimination match, CMLL's first show at Arena Monterrey, teaming with El Hijo Del Santo and the start of the feud with Ebola & Anthrax... Felino/Volador Jr./Mistico vs. Olimpico/Averno/Mephisto - Mistico's debut (6/18/04, Arena Mexico) Virus/Alan Stone/Mistico vs. Sangre Azteca/Hooligan/Loco Max (6/25/04, Arena Mexico) Satanico/Atlantis/Virus/Alan Stone/Averno/Mephisto/Tarzan Boy/Misterioso vs. Negro Casas/Mistico/Black Warrior/Volador Jr./Mascara Magica/Hijo del Perro Aguayo/Emilio Charles Jr./Super Crazy (Torneo Leyenda de Plata VI, 7/16/04 Arena Mexico) Tigre Blanco/Mistico/Neutron vs. Sangre Azteca/Ramstein/Hooligan - Highlights (7/17/04 Arena Monterrey) Misterioso Jr./Volador Jr./Mistico vs. Averno/Mephisto/Olimpico (9/17/04 Arena Mexico) Hijo del Santo/Negro Casas/Mistico/Atlantis vs. Ultimo Guerrero/Rey Bucanero/Tarzan Boy/Averno (10/1/04 Arena Mexico) Oro II/Volador Jr./Mistico vs Magnum/Ebola/Antrax (10/3/04 Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara)
Best of Mistico Vol. 2 Volume 2 features Mistico facing Los Guerreros de Infierno and a tag match with Volador Jr. against Anthrax & Ebola with Masks & hair on the line... Mistico/Negro Casas/Shocker vs. Los Guerreros del Infierno (Rey Bucanero/Tarzan Boy/Ultimo Guerrero) (10/8/04 Arena Mexico) Oro II/Mistico/Sombra De Plata vs Magnum/Ebola/Antrax (joined in progress, 10/10/04 Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara Mistico/Volador Jr. vs. Anthrax/Ebola - Masks vs. Hair Match (joined in progress during 1st Fall, 10/17/04 Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara) L.A. Par-K/Mistico/Shocker vs. Perro Aguayo Jr./Hector Garza/Ultimo Guerrero - (3rd Fall Only, 10/22/04 Arena Mexico) El Hijo del Santo/Mistico vs. Rey Bucanero/Ultimo Guerrero (11/7/04 Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara) Hijo del Santo/Mistico/Ultimo Dragon vs. Los Guerreros del Infierno (Olimpico/Rey Bucanero/Ultimo Guerrero) (12/10/04 Arena Mexico) Mistico/Mascara Magica/Blue Panther/Satanico vs Vampiro/Olimpico/El Averno/El Mephisto (1/3/05 Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara)
Best of Mistico Vol. 3 Mistico battles all sorts of evil from every ex-Infernal in trios action and has his first big singles match against Averno for the NWA Middleweight Title... Blue Panther/Mistico/Atlantis vs. Rey Bucanero/Tarzan Boy/Olimpico (1/7/05 Arena Coliseo) Mistico/Neutron/Mascara Magica vs Emilio Charles Jr./El Averno/El Mephisto (1/10/05 Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara) Blue Panther/Mistico/Atlantis vs. Rey Bucanero/Tarzan Boy/Olimpico - Rematch (1/14/05 Arena Coliseo) Black Warrior/Mistico/Sagrado vs. Mephisto/Tarzan Boy/Ultimo Guerrero (1/21/05 Arena Mexico) Mistico/El Averno make challenges (1/24/05 Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara) NWA Middleweight Title: Mistico (c) vs. Averno (1/30 Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara)
Best of Mistico Vol. 4 Volume 4 features the rematch between Mistico and Averno for the NWA Middleweight Title at Arena Mexico, plus one-on-one against Ultimo Guerrero... Averno/Hector Garza/Rey Bucanero/Ultimo Guerrero vs. Atlantis/Black Warrior/Mistico/Negro Casas - Relevos Atomicos (1/28/05 Arena Mexico) Mistico vs. Averno - NWA Middleweight Title Match (2/11/05 Arena Mexico) Mistico/Negro Casas/Black Warrior vs. Ultimo Guerrero/Rey Bucanero/Averno (2/18/05 Arena Mexico) Mistico vs. Ultimo Guerrero (2/25/05 Arena Mexico) Dr. Wagner Jr./Mistico/Dos Caras Jr. vs. Ultimo Guerrero/Rey Bucanero/Hector Garza (3/5/05 Arena Mexico) Dr. Wagner Jr./Mistico vs. Ultimo Guerrero/Rey Bucanero (3/12/05 Arena Mexico)
(edited by NickBockwinkelFan on 9.8.05 0346) "Well, you can't involve friendship with business. It has to be one or the other. It's either business or friendship, or hit the bricks!" --Life Lessons from Bobby the Brain Heenan WCW Uncensored 2000 preview
Generalissimo Takada's Energy Beverage Provides Maximum Nourishment!
I just got Galavision a couple months ago, and have REALLY been enjoying CMLL. I've been dying to watch it ever since I started reading reviews in the Figure Four Weekly, and am very impressed with the little of the product I've seen. I just recently got to see the Mistico/Guerrero match and thought it was tremendous.
It's certainly not a style that will appeal to everyone, but as it's own niche it's tremendously entertaining. Not so much AAA, but I blame that on the lack of Super Porky.
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The answer to WWE's financial problems...
Never 'Wiener of the Day', and is actually quite bitter about it.
These two matches alone are worth ordering the tape/dvd. The Final is the best Jr Heavyweight Tag match since KENTA/Marufuji beat Kanemaru/Hashi on 9/12/03.
Marufuji & KENTA dropped the GHC Jr Heavyweight Tag Titles to Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Sugiura on 6/5/05 (I haven't seen this yet).
Marufuji & KENTA are being split up and elevated. At the 7/18/05 Destiny NOAH Tokyo Dome Show, KENTA won the GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title over Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Naomichi Marufuji with Minoru Suzuki beat Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi for the GHC Tag Team Titles in what were dynamite matches on the biggest card of the year.
(edited by NickBockwinkelFan on 10.8.05 0309) "Well, you can't involve friendship with business. It has to be one or the other. It's either business or friendship, or hit the bricks!" --Life Lessons from Bobby the Brain Heenan WCW Uncensored 2000 preview
Generalissimo Takada's Energy Beverage Provides Maximum Nourishment!
On the plus side, RAW will feature the in ring debute of one of the nWo (Hall, unless it's a squash match), and probably some sort of big angle to keep people from noticing that Rock/Jericho/Flair aren't there.