Sunday, July 31, 2011

"Project 33" - Match #154: Juventud Guerrera vs. Super Crazy

Juventud Guerrera vs. Super Crazy
15 July, 2011
Arena Azteca Budokan; Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico
NWE Cruiserweight Championship Match

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This match is somewhat prompting a mini-rant of sorts, so here goes...

Why is it that the US promotions which seem to have the biggest influence in Mexico are the "hardcore" promotions, where the deathmatches take place?  The CZW and IWA-MS style of stuff that, aside from a select group of die hard fans, has mostly died out in the US... yet every year it seems like more and more indy lucha promotions come along with this hardcore style of "ultraviolent" lucha, and it is just ridiculous. 

In this match you have an international star in Juvi, wyho has wrestled in ECW, WCW, WWE, and got his start with AAA when they were at their peak.  This show was promoted by him, and he is in the main event getting hit with light tubes in front of a couple hundred people.  Crazy had big runs in AAA and CMLL, before going to ECW, Puerto Rico, and eventually the WWE.  He does this kind of hardcore brawling on a regular basis on lucha indy shows.  I do not get it. 

Seriously, why is this shit popular at all?  You can see by going to past reviews, I do not mind a good lucha brawl - especially when done right.  I have never been a big "deathmatch" guy at all, but I can at the very least appreciate that type of wrestling when done well.  I never understood the whole idea of "We are gonna throw a bunch of weapons in and around the ring, and beat the fuck outta each other for a long time" type of match.  I get this match starting as a brawl.  But, at some point shouldn't the brawl head to the ring and guys start attempting pinfalls?  This match was close to 30 minutes long, and it was nearly 20 minutes in until the first pinfall was attempted.  Both men no-sold chair/lightbulb shots.

Hard to watch.  This was like the main event of so many garbage US indy shows. 

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