Tuesday, 22 June 2010

2010 MOTY List (Updated)

  1. Black Terry, Negro Navarro & Dr. Cerebro v Solar I, Zatura & Suicida (IWRG, 1/28)
  2. Dr. Cerebro v El Hijo Del Diablo (IWRG, 1/31)
  3. Angelico, Solar I & Ultraman Jr. v Negro Navarro, Trauma I & Trauma II (IWRG, 1/7)
  4. Rey Mysterio v CM Punk (WWE, 2/12)
  5. Trauma I & Trauma II v Suicida & Zatura (IWRG, 1/14)
  6. Rey Mysterio v CM Punk (WWE, 3/28)
  7. Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro & El Hijo Del Signo v Pantera, El Hijo Del Pantera & Zatura (IWRG, 2/11)
  8. Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro v Gringo Loco & El Hijo Del Diablo (IWRG, 2/7)
  9. Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro v Gringo Loco & El Hijo Del Diablo (IWRG, 1/24)
  10. Bryan Danielson v Kaval (FCW, 2/7)
  11. Christian v Ezekiel Jackson (WWE, 1/31)
  12. Rey Mysterio v CM Punk (WWE, 4/25)
  13. Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro & Cerebro Negro v Pantera, Suicida & Zatura (IWRG, 1/7)
  14. Christian & Kane v Ezekiel Jackson & William Regal (WWE, 1/26)
  15. Negro Navarro v Angelico (IWRG, 1/21)
  16. The Undertaker v Rey Mysterio (WWE, 1/31)
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7. Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro & El Hijo Del Signo v Pantera, El Hijo Del Pantera & Zatura (IWRG, 2/11)

Black Terry ruling it again here, like he has been in everything I've seen from this year. He was terrific in the first caida, especially when it came to selling the neck injury from the cage match 4 days earlier. He has a good mat section with Pantera to kick this off, but that's upstaged by the super nifty Zatura/Cerebro mat section. Both those guys have become two of my favourites this year, actually. The thing I liked most about this is the shift in mentality of the technicos after the first caida. In the opening Terry/Pantera exchange it's obvious Terry's neck is hurting (aside from his awesome sell-job, the neck is clearly bandaged up... it's kinda hard to miss), but there's never any indication that Pantera is going to target it... even if Terry certainly would. Then Zatura has a stalemate with Cerebro and offers a handshake. Terry and his boys take the first fall, but they're back on the technicos right away, just beating the shit out of them. When the technicos fight back, there's no more handshakes to be seen, going right at the rudos with even more ferocity than that of the rudos themselves. Pantera's stopped ignoring that bullseye on Terry's neck, Zatura's not in a forgiving sort of mood, Hijo Del Pantera's fly kicking Hijo Del Signo in the face and then he murders him with a tope that leaves him three rows deep. Payback's a bitch, I guess. There's one really great moment where Terry fires off a flurry of punches on Pantera, and Pantera shoots him this look of "Oh, so we're doing THAT now, are we?" and just floors him with a flurry of his own right to the fuckin' face. Third caida settles back down somewhat into the mat work, but the third caida mat work is clearly far more niggly than that of the first. Zatura wasn't entering the ring illegally so he could rail off a punch square to Cerebro's chops in the first caida. He sure as shit is in the third. Finish is sort of a let down, but at the same time it means this feud is definitely not over, and I can't wait for the next installment.


8. Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro v Gringo Loco & El Hijo Del Diablo (IWRG, 2/7)

I haven't seen too many Lucha cage matches, but the ones I have seen didn't do much for me at all. This feud has been really good, though, and their 1/24 match was a heck of a brawl, so I was feeling pretty upbeat about this. I wasn't disappointed. It had all the blood, brawling and Black Terry that I was hoping for. The Gringos Locos are such an awesome pair of scumbags as well. Their weapon of choice being cuctus leaves seems like a really goofy idea, but I thought it worked in the 1/24 match and I thought it worked even better here. At one point Cerebro picks one up and just hurls it at Gringo's head like a Frisbee. Guys are getting powerbombed and Samoan dropped on it, too. A bag of cactus leaves in this is akin to Foley's bag of thumbtacks. I see Hijo Del Diablo grating one across Terry's forehead and I imagine the post-match with Terry launching chairs and shit around his dressing room yelling "I didn't just get beat up by a sleazeball... I got beat up by a sleazeball with a CACTUS!"... and naturally I smile. Final few minutes between Terry and Diablo in the ring are loaded with drama while the respective partners try to run interference with a chair while simultaneously using said chair to blast each other in the face. Then some guy in the crowd tries to assault Gringo Loco for cuttin' a promo on Mexico. Locos are scumbag extraordinaire. Cerebro is having a pretty great year. Terry is the best in the world right now... IWRG is the SHIT.

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