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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

FIGHTS: Mask vs. Mask: Sin Cara Azul vs. Sin Cara Negro

Well, sometimes, pro-wrestling fans get what they want.

WWE traveled to Mexico City, Mexico, and featured a matchup that has been months in the making.  Sin Cara I was doing amazing until the arrival of Sin Cara II.

You can recap the origins of the rivalry here: 

Brief recap of lucha libre and its association with WWE.

The announcers were on point, saying that the masks of Mexican luchadores is a tradition as old as the  country itself.  It relates back to the transformative element of the mask, changing the regular man into a masked warrior with the powers of the totem spirits represented by the mask.  They, thereby, gain their power by their masks. 

When luchadores began using masks in the 1930's, the cultural connection to the masks really resonated with the people of Mexico.  And the legends of lucha libre took to the ring.

The mask is so important in Mexico that such legendary luchadores such as El Santo and Blue Demon were buried in their masks.  That's how series this tradition is, and I was pleased that WWE took the time to share that with the viewing audience.

Also, Mil Mascaras, 2012 WWE Hall of Fame inductee, is the first Mexican luchador to wrestle in Madison Square Garden. But it almost didn't happen.  The New York State Athletic Commission almost stopped the match from happening, as a competitor wearing a mask is against the rules.  But Vince, Sr., made it happen, and Mil Mascaras vs. Billy Graham was in the history books.

But back to this historic first of its kind matchup on Smackdown!

When Sin Cara II turned up in a black outfit exactly like Sin Cara I, the battle lines were drawn.  Sin Cara Azul would begin a rivalry that would end at this match with Sin Cara Negro.

The two battled it out at Hell in A Cell '11, with Sin Cara Azul coming up with the victory.  But it only stoked the fire of Sin Cara Negro.

Fast forward to Mexico City.

I swear, I got chills when the WWE announcer brought up the most historic nod to Mexican lucha libre, saying, "The following contest is a Mask vs. Mask match."  And it began.

Naturally, Sin Cara Azul started the assault with a high-flying lucha libre attack.  He hit one of his signature planchas, the most beautiful aerial assault this side of the Mexican border.  They are beautiful and distinctively Mexican.

Long story short, Azul gets shut down by Sin Cara Negro, who grounds out Azul with a brutal ground attack.  There was a great moment as well as Negro is stretching Azul on the ground where the ref is checking to make sure the shoulders are on the mat, just like his lucha counterparts.

In the end, Azul finally gets some momentum and hits his spectacular and classic finish, La Mistica.

Here's a video of the finish.

Now, having claimed the title as sole owner of the Sin Cara name, Azul demands Negro unmask!

Though Negro tried to fight Azul, he got caught in the ropes, and Azul took what was his!

Sin Cara Negro unmasked!

Sin Cara Azul... Victorious!

This was the best match Sin Cara Azul has had.  To be honest, I thought Sin Cara Negro looked better.  But everyone knows Sin Cara Azul is where the money is.  And the way true lucha fans like the fans in Mexico responded to the match, that's where the tradition should stay.

I am a little upset that Sin Cara Negro's name, birthplace, and birthday were not revealed.  But that's alright.  It's a great start.  Unlike the turds like Bischoff, Hogan, and Nash that ran WCW into the ground, WWE just took a big first step in honoring the lucha-style wrestling tradition of Mexico.  For that, I am thankful.

In fact, if they travel to Mexico, there needs to be a 'Lucha de Apuesta' each time they go to Mexico.  The 'Hair vs. Hair' match has just as much tradition as the Mask vs. Mask.  They can even do Hair vs. Mask, or Title vs. Hair/Mask.

At any rate, for once in a long time, thank you, WWE.

Now please get rid of that turd Kevin Nash.


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  1. I think you will see this honoring of Latin, and Mexican traditions much more honorably moving forward.

    The entertainment industry as a whole has finally recognized the latin population for what it is.

    Hollywood caters movies now to latinos, as they know they'll bring the family if the movie is appealing.

    And this trend will continue.

    It's excellent-
    but at the same time, I have t o be distasteful of it, because it is a ploy for your hard earned dollars and the true respect of the nationality and race and the cumulative "la raza" may not be done out of respect and honor for an amazing legacy.

    But be honored in order to attain the dollars, rather than done because of the true honor it deserves.

    Dope writing and dope match regardless though.

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