Blue Panther vs. Hijo Del Santo for the WWA Welterweight
Title from Arena Coliseo
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico (April)
IWRG & Monterrey Lucha Vol. 1:
FIRST FALL - Starts off with Blue Panther on the prowl and catches
Santo with a leglock and Santo positions himself to where he's upside down
in the hold. Santo then reverses it into a leg scissors on Blue Panther
and then turns it into the "Angelito" (surfboard) on Blue Panther.
Blue escapes the hold and they go with tons of reversals, ending this sequence
with a quick staredown. Fans pop and start chanting for Hijo Del Santo.
Santo somehow grabs Blue's arm and places Blue's arm in a figure-four armlock,
but Blue goes with the one armed lift (a la Malenko vs. Benoit) in an attempt
to break the hold. However, Santo doesn't release the hold. Blue
is able to counter the move with a "tabla marina" (grabs both arms while
applying pressure on Santo's back with his leg). Santo escapes and
puts Blue in a headscissors, but they're near the ropes and Blue Panther
escapes. Santo quickly runs towards the ropes and sunset flips Blue
Panther for the pin. WINNER - HIJO DEL SANTO
SECOND FALL - Starts off with some quick headlocks, turned to some rope
work with each hitting the ropes in attempts to wear out one another.
However, Santo is able to grab Blue and apply the cross armbreaker.
Blue Panther struggles to escape, but breaks the hold and quickly applies
an abdominal stretch. Great transition in this match that is becoming
a rarity in pro wrestling...er, sports entertainment. Blue decides
to gain some more leverage, so he goes from the abdominal stretch to the
"Swastika" (abdominal stretch, but with some extra pressure added in by
grabbing your opponent's leg). Blue Panther then turns the "Swastika"
into a pin attempt by dropping to the mat, while still holding Santo in
the move. Hijo Del Santo escapes and his momentum allows him to grab
one of Blue Panther's legs and goes for a half crab. Seconds later he has
Blue Panther in a Boston Crab. Blue escapes the hold and reverses
the Boston Crab into a leglock. Blue Panther breaks the hold and
decides to send Hijo Del Santo to the ropes, but Santo turns it into a
legscissors only Blue Panther counters with a pin attempt where Blue Panther
uses both legs to lock up Hijo Del Santo's arms. Santo comes out
of the pin, holding one of his arms. WINNER - BLUE PANTHER
THIRD FALL - Here' comes the really long 3rd fall... Blue Panther grabs
Hijo Del Santo's arm over his shoulder and pulls on Santo's arm (Palanca
de Markus). Santo sells the arm injury, so Blue Panther continues the attack.
Blue Panther grabs Santo's arm once again and applies some more pressure.
Blue Panther then goes for a combination Dragon Sleeper and armlock hold,
which Santo "sells" for some added heat to the match. Santo reverses
and puts Blue Panther in the "Rings of Saturn." No highspots in the match
yet. Santo then adds more to his "Rings of Saturn" by combining it
with a legleck. Blue Panther struggles to break the hold. Blue grabs
the ropes and ref shoves Santo. Santo argues with referee long enough
for "El Maestro Lagunero" to grab Santo's arm, twist it, place it behind
Santo's back and slams him to the mat, but Hijo Del Santo rolls up Blue
Panther for a pin. Blue Panther escapes. Santo goes for a facebuster
and turns it into a roll up. Blue kicks out, still holding Santo's
leg and attempts "La Tapatia" (inverted surfboard). Santo escapes,
but Blue Panther applies a figure-four leglock. Santo reaches ropes,
but Blue Panther doesn't break the hold and the referee is hesitant to
break the hold or DQ Blue Panther. Santo still in the figure-four
turns his momentum into a Zumbido-style submission hold. Blue lifts his
head to escape the pin. They break the hold and Santo quickly goes
for a dropkick that sends Blue Panther to the outside. Santo then
flies to the outside with a tope suicida on Blue Panther.
Blue climbs back to the ring first and tries to bring Santo back into
the ring with a suplex, but Santo turns it into a "Small package" roll
up. Blue Panther kicks out and quickly goes for an inverted Gori
Special. Santo waves hands and reverses the Gori Special into a roll
up, but Blue Panther reverses it into a pin attempt. Santo goes for
a huracanrana, but Blue reverses the move once again. Blue then grabs
Santo and slams him to the mat twice. Each time he slams him, he
thinks about climbing the ropes, but hesitates due to the fans giving him
mixed responses. Santo takes advantage of Blue Panther's distraction
and goes for yet another roll up. Blue escapes and decides to climb
the ropes. However, Santo dropkicks Blue Panther off the ropes to
the outside and follows this up with a plancha of the top rope to the outside
onto a dazed Blue Panther. Announcer comments that it looks like
both guys "estan groggys".
Back in the ring, Blue Panther applies "La Cavernaria" (surfboard style
hold), but Santo escapes. Santo runs the ropes and hits Blue Panther
with a tope. Hijo Del Santo decides its time to go for his finisher
and grabs Blue Panther in the camel clutch...By the way, the camel clutch
was invented by Gori Guerrero and made famous by El Santo. Blue Panther
reaches the ropes and referee shoves Santo off.
Santo then climbs on top of Blue Panther's shoulders and goes for yet
another roll up near the ropes, but the momentum carries Blue Panther over
and he's able to go for his own pin attempt. Blue Panther grabs the
rope for added leverage and the ref counts... Uno... Dos... Tres.... Nuevo
Campeon Peso Welter de la WWA!!!!
Fans throw debris at the ring, trying to hit Blue Panther. The
promoter/commissioner is holding the title while he argues with the referee
over his decision. Referee refuses to change his decision.
Blue Panther grabs the belt from the promoter and makes a run for the locker
Promoter/Commissioner is interviewed and says the referee's decision
stands. WINNER...AND NEW WWA WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION...."EL MAESTRO LAGUNERO"
OVERVIEW: Excellent match from start to finish with great psychology
combined with great wrestling. Better than Villano III vs. Atlantis
from the 3/17/00 PPV, but didn't have the amount of fan reaction due to
it being a smaller venue. I think the main problem was that the TV
reception unfortunately isn't the greatest, but I'm not complaining!
Shocker, Zumbido, Bestia Salvaje & Blue Panther
vs. Hijo Del Santo, Tarzan Boy, La Parka & Antifaz
If only EMLL would air matches like this on TV. Match starts off
with everyone jumping in and out of the ring until Blue Panther and Hijo
Del Santo enter the ring. They start with a wild brawl. Tarzan
Boy chases Shocker to the outside and both return to the ring. Both
leave and now we get Zumbido vs. Antifaz, which put together some great
action. Santo and Blue Panther back in and fans are really into it.
However, Bestia comes in and helps Blue Panther, but Hijo Del Santo takes
care of the double team.
La Parka is next against Zumbido. They start dancing, which is
a funny sight. La Parka continues the comedy by doing the "Big Wiggle."
Zumbido tries to chop La Parka, but he accidently keeps hitting his partners.
His team's upset with him, so they beat on him for awhile. La Parka
starts a domino effect with a chop and every rudo chops a partner, until
Zumbido tries to chop referee, "Cuate" Guerrero, but ref chops Zumbido
instead. The rudos chase the referee around the ring, but La Parka
helps him and both start dancing. First fall ends when Antifaz pins
Zumbido, Santo pins Blue Panther, La Parka rolls up Bestia and Tarzan Boy
chases Shocker away.
SECOND FALL starts with rudos attacking Tarzan Boy. Tarzan Boy
does this cool looking leg toss on Shocker. Bestia & Shocker
double-team Tarzan Boy. In come La Parka and Zumbido pulling out some great
action with Zumbido finally going to the outside taking a corner bump to
the outside. Bestia comes in and chops Antifaz. Antifaz
catches Bestia in a quebradora, so Bestia fakes a "foul" that the referees
don't buy into. Shocker & Blue Panther double-team Tarzan Boy,
but all the tecnicos go in and chase their rivals. Blue sends Santo
to the seats where Santo's leg gets caught in the middle of a chair.
All the other tecnicos are also attacked on the outside, which results
in Tarzan Boy left alone with Shocker and Blue Panther. Blue Panther
scoops up Tarzan Boy and slams him to the mat, followed by the big elbow
from Shocker for the win.
THIRD FALL starts with the rudos continuing their attack on the tecnicos.
Close-up shot of La Parka shows a huge gold chain around his neck.
Shocker and Tarzan Boy continue as their set to face off in a match for
the NWA Light Heavyweight Title. Shocker dances and does a Hogan-style
pose. Antifaz with a nice tornillo to the outside onto Zumbido.
Hijo Del Santo with a tope suicida to the outside onto Blue Panther.
Bestia's on the outside and Shocker dropkicks La Parka to the outside,
leaving Shocker vs. Tarzan Boy (the team captains) alone in the ring.
Shocker fouls Tarzan Boy and pins him for the decisive win.
OVERVIEW: Pretty much the type of lucha match you'd expect from these
guys who were able to blend in comedy, highspots, and Blue Panther brings
the mat work. Good match.
Somewhere around the middle of May 2000
IWRG & Monterrey Lucha Vol. 2