ELLLLLL MIIIIISTICOOOOOO…doesn’t do a whole lot…
Match #3: Mistico, Negro Casas, & Black Warrior vs. Averno, Mephisto, & Tarzan Boy
This is before Sin Cara, before Averno and Black Warrior lost their masks, and before I knew that Negro Casas was the man in Lucha.
Mistico appears to get beaten down while the camera isn’t watching because we come back from the intro graphics to see him lying on the floor. Black Warrior does most of the work during the first fall. The big deal is when Mistico and Averno face off. Mistico shows off the flashy acrobatics that made him such a star near the end, taking Averno outside with some high-speed headscissors. Casas and Warrior take out the other two rudos with a nice hanging guillotine leg drop and a leg lock submission to win the first fall.
Black Warrior does some great stuff in the second fall where he tricks Averno and Mephisto into hitting each other. Negro Casas, the technical expert, shows that he can match speed with the masked guys and sell pretty well, too. Mistico doesn’t do a whole lot during this section. Casas gets pinned with a triple-team double powerbomb, and then Mistico is pinned with kind of a lame triple-team slam…or butt drop. Lucha triple-team moves aren’t always spot-on.
In a lot of Lucha matches, the first two falls are just window dressing to set up the third fall, which is when the “real” match begins. This time…the “real” match is kind of short. Everyone brings the goods, though. Averno tries to tear off Mistico’s mask. Negro Casas dives off the ramp. Mistico does a slingshot corkscrew to the outside. Averno gets the sneaky win by yanking off Black Warrior’s mask when the ref isn’t watching, then pulling him into a small package for the win.
Wow, there’s a lot of rudos winning on this show. Is that foreshadowing the main event?
This match was better than the women’s match and way better than the last trios match, but I don’t think it’s anything you need to go out of your way to see. It really seemed like it was Black Warrior doing all the work for the technicos, with Mistico coming in for a couple cool spots and Negro Casas being around for support.
I guess it’s up to the main event to save this show. Up next: El Hijo del Perro Aguayo!
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