Damn. I had a long and stressful week (college kid about to enter his finals week), but the best way to relieve the stress is to visit my favorite thing going in wrestling right now. The match I am looking forward to the most in this episode is Mascara Dorada vs. Volador Jr. We also have Bobby Lashley returning to go up against Ultimo Guerrero, and a family vs. family match as we have the L.A. Park clan of L.A Park, el Hijo del L.A Park & Super Parka taking on the Rush clan as we have Rush & his dad Pierroth with Toscano thrown in the mix on this team.
My god what a highspot filled match this was. Flips after flips after flips. This match was exactly what I expected from the two guys involved. Two of the biggest spots of course, came from Mascara Dorada, first jumping off the stage to the floor doing a hurricanrana, though it seemed like Dorada slipped up a bit due to the distance of the jump he had to do, it was still impressive. Another big spot that happened was when Volador Jr. was looking out in the crowd, Dorada took his opportunity and ran jump up twist his body and did another hurricanrana to the floor.
While I am busy talking about Dorada’s amazing things he is doing, I want to break away and talk about Volador Jr.’s performance as well. He was again, as we saw in past episodes of Elite, working Rudo. While he joined in some of the flips as we see him doing on the regular, he also did some Rudo like characteristics. One big example of this was the DDT he delivered to Dorada while hanging on the ropes onto the apron. That was brutal. As the match went on we got all the near falls you would expect from both guys, but the finish, the finish. My God one of the most creative finishes from Volador Jr. that I have seen in a long time. I don’t even know how to describe it. When asking my podcast host Quentin, he said the best way to describe it was a “Tilt-a-Whirl Piledriver” as that was what we can really come up with.
If you don’t watch Elite regularly watch this episode for this match alone. It was the first match. I am going to put this out there. Mascara Dorada is having one of the best years in Lucha when it comes to high quality matches. People talk about wrestlers of the year usually throwing it to an American indie worker or a puroresu worker, or someone in the WWE. Lucha guys don’t get enough love when it comes to those talks. Mascara Dorada has had many ****+ matches this year. Mascara Dorada is in the running for Wrestler of the Year for me along with Sami Callihan and Trevor Lee outside of Lucha. Please go seek out his work this year and follow what he has to do going through the year as he will impress you if he hasn’t already. Also Volador Jr. is having a great Rudo run in Elite so far. It’s awesome that the most white meat babyface in CMLL can heel it up so well. Both guys are what I love about Elite, the fact that Elite is putting one of the best luchadores out there on top, and the on top tecnico in CMLL being the top Rudo in another.
A battle of families as the L.A Park clan are taking on Rush and his dad with Toscano thrown in to the mix. The match was pretty hot from the start. This, like all Elite trios matches, were the normal 2/3 falls with the Park clan winning first, Rush clan taking the second, and L.A Park pinning Rush to win the match. The first fall was chaotic, mostly a brawl. The second fall had a lot of comedy in it with some funny spots, and the third was straight up Lucha Libre action. A lot of brawling throughout the whole match. A lot of the times we had the tiers of guys facing off against each other as we saw L.A. Park and Rush facing off most of the time, el Hijo del L.A. Park facing off with Pierroth, and Super Parka with Toscano. The match ended with L.A. Park punching Rush in the nether regions with the refs back turned; then came the pin for the three count. The crowd was really hot for this match which made the atmosphere for the match a lot better. I would say watch the match if you are watching the full episode but you don’t have to go out of your way to see it.
This was a very good straight up wrestling match. Nothing really flashy as you would expect from both guys, just a lot of back and forth action that make up a really good wrestling match. The flashiest thing in the match was Ultimo Guerrero’s headstand on the turnbuckle transitioned into a dropkick which he did twice. A great spear from Lashley as always. I don’t really know what happened in the match. Ultimo Guerrero won via Submission. Both guys had great chemistry with each other. This was the second match Lashley had in Elite and he is batting two for two. If TNA closes, for a career move I wouldn’t mind seeing Bobby Lashley do a full transition to Lucha Libre like Marco did many years ago. Ultimo Guerrero was great in this as well. This was just a good wrestling match.
Final Thoughts: Elite hasn’t had a bad episode yet. They will usually have one really standout match and the others would be good ones and this episode was really no different. I would say absolutely watch this episode for Mascara Dorada vs Volador Jr. and stay for the other two. Thanks for reading the review as always, and I will once again link the video to the show below!