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DVDVR 1001 Matches #6: Bestia Salvaje, El Hijo del Santo, & Scorpio Jr. vs. El Dandy, Hector Garza, & Negro Casas (CMLL 11/29/96)

To those uninitiated the much respected website Death Valley Driver Video Review is putting together a list of 1001 matches to see before you die called the DVDVR 1001. This is my project where I am reviewing every match in the DVDVR 1001, continuing with #6,

This is a Two Out of Three Falls Match.

The story of this match is that of simple revenge. It all started a month or so back when perennial rudo Negro Casas left his teammates Scorpio Jr. and Bestia Salvaje in the lurch when he became a tecnico (then took Salvaje’s hair). This also drastically changed the dynamic of Casas’ long running feud with El Hijo del Santo as now they were both tecnicos. A week before this match occurred Salvaje had promised a big surprise and he delivered when it was revealed that a trenchcoat wearing El Felino was actually Santo who had turned rudo. Santo’s reasons for turning rudo were that he needed to in order to combat Casas, which created an interesting scenario wherein Santo was still a tecnico everywhere but Arena Mexico. Either way, that all sets the stage for this match and the trio of Casas, El Dandy, and Hector Garza seeking revenge for Santo turning on them the week previous.

Things start off rather slowly, and a bit on the sloppy side. In fact for the first few minutes the match really was not living up to its considerable hype. When Santo went for I don’t know what off the top rope and blatantly missed any contact with a Garza held in the Electric Chair position by Scorpio and Salvaje I thought I may have to come in here and write about how this wasn’t a good match at all. Thankfully things picked up after that Santo miscue and everything that followed was gold.

It really begins when Santo decides to go all “fuck this shit,” and dislodge a set of bench seats that are riveted to the ground and launch them at Dandy. It’s such an “I’m a rudo” moment and it works exquisitely. From there the match turns into a wild and out of control brawl. There are bodies flying all over the place, Dandy bleeding like he has a spigot in his forehead, and people botching moves in ways that actually help the match. This is what happens when a Lucha Libre brawl is too much to handle, and man, it is quite awesome to behold.

Dandy and Casas go after Santo like he talked shit about their mothers. They rip at his mask, Stomp him into oblivion, and make sure he gets his due for what he did last week. I really enjoy this Santo, there is a devil may care approach he has here that I often don’t see in his work. Dandy and Casas are the perfect foils for the new rudo because they can do anything and everything that Santo wants of them. The three of them are the driving forces behind the match, and it’s no surprise that they take the lion’s share of the action and that the match excels when they are the focus.

Salvaje, Garza, and Scorpio aren’t the focus, but they do their jobs well. Salvaje and Scorpio work the match like they are Casas’ jilted ex-lovers. He done did them wrong and they are going to make sure his new lovers feel the brunt of their anger. They spend the majority of their time interacting with Dandy and Garza, which makes perfect sense and those two are ostensibly Salvaje and Scorpio’s replacements. The match ends and Salvaje is literally crying at the betrayal (or loss as the case may be) of Casas and all Casas can do is laugh like a crazy man. That’s high art right there my friends.

Then you have Garza and his infamous Shooting Star Press botch. He terribly under-rotates and sort of flails to the side and comes crashing down on Salvaje and Scorpio on the outside. In many ways that one spot sums up this match perfectly. Garza tries for something big, and while at first it appears he will fail he manages to see the move through and make something pretty grand out of it. The beginning of this trios contest is a tad rough, but once things come together, oh my!

Cheers,
Bill Thompson

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Bill Thompson

I am the almighty Bill Thompson, father of a little girl, husband to an awesome wife, a paramedic/firefighter, and a fan of the Chicago Cubs. I've been writing about wrestling for some time now. You can find me writing about great matches at Blue Thunder Driver, or matches people have suggested I watch at Random Match Generator. I write about free matches legally available to watch online at Free Pro Wrestling and am a contributor to the Cubed Circle Newsletter. I'm also the Senior Writer for the magazine/website The Tag Rope. I'm happy to be on the Wrestling with Words ship, and have I mentioned I am a fan of the Chicago Cubs? Cause I am, like huge, as in they are my #1 priority. Just making sure we're on the same page...

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