Looking Back Lucha Libre WWW Review Archive (December 2015-July 2017)

CaraLucha 1/1/15 Review: The Infamous Fénix/Flamita Shoot

Fénix and Flamita
Photo credit: Black Terry Jr.

Building off of my CaraLucha second anniversary write-up, I plan this to be the start of a regular series in which I write about Mexico indie shows. The New Year’s Day 2015 CaraLucha show seemed to be as good of a place as any to start.

Where to find this show: @carxyus has this available on DVD. The older release that I have is a single DVD with minor edits, but the newer version is a 2-DVD set that I assume, based on more recent practice, leaves the entrances and matches unclipped. @BLACKTERRY also has the third, fourth, and semi-main matches from this show available for purchase as HD video files. The one match that you must see is available in full as a handcam on YouTube (see below), and there are clipped versions of some other matches available there.

Arceus, Rey Lobo Jr. vs. Anubis Black, Mr. Césarok

Most reports have Mr. César listed as “Stripper”, although on the DVD, he was very clearly introduced as the former. Either way, I don’t know who he is, and I don’t care to see more of him. He looked comically awful here; he fell on his butt trying to jump into the ring. Everyone else looked good, but this was a short, unsubstantive match.

Kilvan, Yoruba vs. Andy Boy, Dangergood

Kilvan and Yoruba are part of the La Resistencia faction, while Andy Boy and Danger belong to the Neza Kings. This was another short match, but there was more action than in the previous one, and a significant portion of the match was devoted to a good dive train, although there was nothing ground-breaking in there. The crowd threw money in afterward, which was probably a bit generous.

Guerrero Míxtico, Rayo Star, Fly Star vs. Súper Fly, Drago, Carta Brava Jr. (2/3 falls)very good

The remaining matches on this card have a theme of indie guys vs. AAA. This match began with good matwork between Guerrero Míxtico and Carta Brava Jr. Súper Fly began the match masked, despite having recently lost his mask to Aerostar, but Fly Star unmasks him early in their first exchange. Rayo Star and Drago had some really fast sequences; it’s odd to see Drago play the role of a de facto rudo, but he did it well here. One oddity in the first fall was that, after ref had counted two pins and signaled the end of the fall, Súper Fly just had to get in his own moonsault, and the ref obliged with a three count for that.

The second and third falls were short but pretty good. This match probably didn’t need to be three falls, and my one complaint is that I was hoping that there would’ve more room for Rayo Star to shine; outside of the first sequence with Drago, it seemed that he didn’t get to do all that much, even in the token comeback in the second fall.

Flamita, Hijo de Fishman, Sky Man vs. Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr., Fénix (2/3 falls)great

This was Sky Man’s first match back after breaking his tailbone on a balcony dive back in September 2014, and perhaps that accounts for some of his flakiness in this match. The story established very early on, however, was the animosity between Fénix and Flamita. They very clearly had issues right from their first exchange, and I was told that this had to do with Fénix’s jealousy of Flamita’s success in Japan. Even after that exchange ended, the first fall was peppered with unfriendly hand signals between the other AAA guys and Flamita. In fact, this was more interesting than anything else actually occurring in the ring. At one point during the exchange between Hijo del Fantasma and Hijo de Fishman, Pentagón Jr. got Flamita’s attention from the apron and then proceeded to give him, in order, a middle finger, thumbs up (yes, that was for you!) the cero miedo signal, and another middle finger. It’s worth noting that this match is available in full from a few different sources, but only the DVD cut has Pentagón Jr.’s antics, which had me dying in laughter the first time I saw them and are worth the cost of the DVD alone.

The shooting progresses from hand signals to actual physical attacks at the beginning of the second fall, when Fénix stiffs Flamita on a dropkick. After much shenanigans, the two are able to pull things together long enough to do their actual planned sequences, but even so, there are some particularly stiff spots throughout.

Flamita superkicks Fénix

As for the the other four, the story is that the AAA guys don’t let their indie counterparts do much, and it’s probably better that they didn’t. At the same time, there are only so many kicks to the back of the thigh that Pentagón Jr. can do before it starts to become long in the tooth. This match was probably longer than it needed to be, but it’s definitely worth watching for all of the interactions between Fénix and Flamita. Sky Man’s enduring contribution to this match is having someone record it in full; as with all of his matches, it’s available on his YouTube channel (FollingDT):
Part 1
Part 2

It’s not an exaggeration to say that this is a seminal match in CaraLucha’s short history, and perhaps in Flamita’s career as well. It established Flamita as the face of CaraLucha when he’s around, and to this day, there is a mural on the outside of Arena San Juan Pantitlán depicting the Fénix/Flamita encounter:

Flamita/Fénix mural
Flamita/Fénix mural outside Arena San Juan Pantitlán. (Image from Google Maps.)

And finally, perhaps it’s worth noting Black Terry Jr.’s hot take on this match:

Trauma I, Trauma II vs. Texano Jr., Súper Novaeh

No, the previous match wasn’t the main event. In retrospect, it should have been.

The AAA guys jumped the Traumas during their entrance. This match featured lots of bloody brawling. The DVD version of this match that I have is somewhat clipped (this show was later re-released across two DVDs, and I assume that the revised version is unclipped, but I don’t have it yet), but even so, it felt as if this was a less inspired brawl than usual with a significant amount of dead time. Brawls are usually better experienced live, but even accounting for that, this felt like an excuse for a bathroom break after the previous match. The anticlimactic DQ finish felt abrupt and came out of nowhere. There’s a chance that I’m being generous with the “eh” rating for this match.

Broken Clown, Dave the Clown, Rothen Clown vs. Psycho Clown, Murder Clown, Monsther Clownbelow average

In some ways, this felt as if it was trying to be a typical AAA Psycho Circus match, with its mix of comedy, brawling, and odd interactions with the ref, except with inferior opponents: One of the Clown Corp guys failed at taking a hip toss. A freaking hip toss. This is the level of competence we’re dealing with in this match.  Unlike the other AAA teams during this show, Psycho Circus was by far the more over of the two sides in this match. As with the previous match, I suppose that this worked better for the live crowd than on tape.

The finish for this match felt particularly senseless. In a show whose theme was indies vs. AAA, not AAA técnicos vs. AAA rudos, Pentagón Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr. ran in to break up a Psycho Clown pin and force a no-contest result, though it’s not particularly apparent why that was a no-contest instead of a DQ. I have no idea why this was necessary, and it was a completely crap finish for a holiday show.

OVERALL: The three-fall mid-card matches are worth seeing, especially the Fénix/Flamita match. Nothing else from this show is essential, although the segunda is a good short match.


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