Monday, June 27, 2011

"Project 33" - Match #146: Dorada vs. TAKA

Mascara Dorada vs. Taka Michinoku
29 May, 2011
Korakuen Hall; Tokyo, Japan
2011 Best of the Super Juniors - Block B

Taka Michinoku is probably remembered by most "Attitude-Era" WWE fans, as he is was the WWE's answer to WCW's Rey Misterio Jr. when they created the "Light Heavyweight Division" in the mid 1990s.  Taka has a big name internationally however, and is a full time freelancer in Japan.  Mascara Dorada is arguably the most unique high-flyer in the world today, and is one of the top young stars in CMLL.  Dorada was in Japan for a pretty good run in 2011, and this match is again from the 2011 Best of the Super Juniors tournament. 

Taka doesn't really do a whole lot in this match; I do not watch a lot of Taka stuff, so maybe he has toned down his high-flying in his older years because of wear-and-tear.  Dorada will probably be facing a similar situation in the coming years, because he does an insane amount of crazy flying on a nightly basis in Mexico. 

Much like the Taichi/Omega match, this match pits a cocky heel Japanese wrestler against a flash foreign yet babyface talent.  Taka seems more effective in my book, as his stalling and heel tactics actually draw heat; the difference is the timing of Taka.  Dorada has some pretty crazy offense here in this match, but I have seen him do much more insane stuff, so he was holding back a bit.  I like how Dorada has shown more of a mat game in Japan than he usually gets to show in CMLL.  And I do not care what anyone says, the way Dorada walks the ropes is amazing. 

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