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DVDVR 1001 Matches #7: Juventud Guerrera & Psicosis vs. El Mexicano & El Volador (AAA 1/12/1996)

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 #7,

This is a Two Out of Three Falls Match.

The first match in this project where I came away saying, “eh.” It’s not that it’s a bad match, but to me it very much felt like just a match. I kept waiting for it to kick up into some sort of gear but at no point did any of the four luchadors kick it up a notch. Well, I take that back, Psicosis did start throwing his body around with abandon near the end of the match. But, for the most part this was more of a match where all the performers were going through the motions, and that kind of sucked.

Actually, the one guy who wasn’t going through the motions was El Mexicano. He’s actively bad throughout the match. He doesn’t try for anything too flashy or anything like that. The problem with Mexicano is that he is super slow, and when compared to the other three luchadors he sticks out like a sore thumb. There’s going through the motions and there is Mexicano slowly moving into place for every sequence he is involved in throughout the match.

I think the main issue for me is that I have seen Psicosis and Juventud Guerrera do similar things in much better matches. They are insanely acrobatic luchadors, but that’s kind of their thing, ya know? This isn’t the first time they displayed those attributes, nor would it be the last. There are times in here where they are responsible for flashy acrobatic displays that catch the eye. I’m not about to deny that, but unfortunately those moments didn’t stand out enough.

Volador is one of those Luchadors from the 1990s who I still have yet to see a lot of. This is, I think, only the third or fourth match I have seen from him, as Volador that is. He’s much better here than in the present day as Super Parka where his body is pretty much shot. In this match Volador has a spring to his step, and he too has flashes of acrobatics that made me pay notice. Not enough mind you, but it is a performance from him that makes me want to seek out more of his work.

I realize that not every match in this project will be great, such is the nature of lists and pro wrestling being a subjective art form. This is not a great match, it is just a match. There are some moments that stand out, but based on what came after from a Psicosis or a Juventud; they lack any staying power. When it comes to a tag match that carries no historical import the in-ring work must stand out. That’s not the case with this match, and that’s a shame because three of the four Luchadors are capable of matches full of in-ring work that stands out. Hopefully things will pick up with the next match on the list, or at the very least it will be more than a non-descript match that can be forgotten moments after it is over.

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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