LUCHA LIBRE WORLD CUP
Report by Mike Killam for Wrestlezone.com
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-The show starts with both English and Spanish commentary over each other. Matt Striker later informs us (6:15) that they are working on fixing the problem.
-All the teams are being introduced. Team USA gets some great heat, as Jeff and Karen Jarrett accompany both groups down to the ring. Team Mexico blows the roof off the place, followed by the “Dream Team” of Rey Mysterio, Alberto El Patron and Myzteziz. A drumline comes out with the Mexican Army to present their colors and sing the national anthem.
-Dos Cara, El Fantasma, Canek (huge pop), Villano IV and V, Cien Caras, Universo 2000, Mascara Ano 2000, and broadcast legend Arturo Rivera are tonight’s all-star panel. They will vote on best match, performance, etc. tonight.
-The rules are simple. This will be a single elimination tournament with each match having a 15-minute time limit. If any match goes to a draw, one member of each team will be chosen to compete in a 5-minute singles contest to determine who advances.
THE DREAM TEAM vs. TEAM NOAH
They give the majority of the first half to letting the crowd soak in the return of these three major stars. Mysterio kicks off the match briefly, returns later to sell for big man Takayama, and it’s Myzteziz who handles most of the actual in-ring action. Ishimori looks like he had it with a big 450 splash. The finish comes with Mysterio flying off the apron to take out Kotoge, Patron knocking out Takayama with a superkick, and Myzteziz tapping out Ishimori with a tilt-a-whirl armbar submission.
Advancing: The Dream Team
TEAM USA #1 vs. TEAM AAA
Fun spot early with Texano egging on ACH, who is trying to dropkick the big man and do the Eddie Guerrero shoulder shake; he tags in Moose who gets massive air on a standing dropkick to take him down. Psycho Clown living up to his name, beating everyone (and I mean everyone) with a strap. The Japanese referee isn’t enforcing tags, rules, or really anything and Vamp gives him hell for it. Fantasma and ACH show off later on, trying to one-up each other with suicidas, but the big men decide they don’t want to be left out either. Cage with a 250-pound moonsault off the top rope to take everyone down. 300-pound Moose wins the competition by leaping off the stage to topple the pile yet again. Cage kicks out of the Canadian Destroyer from Psycho Clown.
The finish is a train wreck. Cage with a weak move for three, but the referee didn’t count it claiming Texano got the shoulder up (he didn’t). Cage hits a powerbomb and picks up the three but the time had expired – the ref still counted it, then raised their hands. Then Konnan brought them back out and said it was a tie after a few minutes of the commentary team having no clue what is happening. They start the clock at five minutes and Cage hits the same lariat on the same guy, the same way, and picks up the win in less than 30 seconds.
Advancing: Team USA #1
TEAM ALL-JAPAN vs. TEAM MEXLEYENDAS
The legends have more than 100 years of pro wrestling experience between them. They start at a slow pace, letting Masamune and Solar work a nice series of grapples. The crowd pops huge when Tiger and Dr. Wagner tag in, and the two put on a wrestling clinic for the majority of the match. The legends put the Japan stars in submission holds after a solid, well-paced match, and Demon taps out Suzuki with a back stretch.
Advancing: Team Mexleyendas
TEAM REST OF THE WORLD vs. TEAM USA #2
A bit of miscommunication between Team USA early on. Mundo got turned around and accidentally flipped off his own corner; at least that’s what we’re going with. They let Mundo and Angelico show off for the majority of the action, which was smart. They both hit insane dives to the outside. You really got to see Galloway’s size here, as he normally doesn’t play the “big man” in his matches. Your traditional “everyone hit their finishers” spot as the clock winded down. Gallows rolled through a backslide pin and hit the Future Shock DDT on Mundo, but turned around into the Twist of Fate from Hardy, who turns around into a huge step-up kick from Angelico, who turns around into the Mic Check from Anderson, who turns into a big spear from Mesias. The clock runs out as Mundo went for the pin, the referee never attempted to make the count and Vampiro trashed him for it.
It’s Galloway vs. Mundo in sudden death. They slug away at the bell and Mundo hits a set of superkicks for two. Galloway tries for a Fujiwara armbar but doesn’t get it, and they collide with crossbodies in the middle of the ring. Drew with a modified emerald fusion, but the referee counts so slow he only gets two; again Vamp gives him hell. Mundo with the Shooting Star Press off the top for the win. To be fair… the ref counted slow for both guys.
Advancing: Team USA #2
-Jeff Jarrett is out on commentary with Matt and Vampiro.
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