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Най-доброто от Пуерто Рико за 2005 - WWC/IWA/NWS


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Напоследък основно чета за събитията там, но в Пуерто Рико нещата са адски интересни. Разбита е двуфедеративната система и вече имаме 3 големи федерации, като WWC & NWS имат тв вражда в момента. Абе все много яки работи! Тази статия е за най-доброто от 2005 и ако я прочете ще добиете добра представа за събитията от 2005. Интересно е! Puerto Rico rulz!

2005 was a very interesting year in Puerto Rican wrestling. Surprise jumps, even more surprising working agreements and new blood getting a chance to shine. The biggest Puerto Rican wrestling site held a poll over the last weeks in which the readers voted for the best and worst in Puerto Rico in 2005. I took the liberties to use this poll as a guideline for this column. First, I will put the top three in each category chosen by the readers, then my own top 3 and why.

Wrestler of the Year:

The readers voted:

3rd Place: Chicano

2nd Place: Bryan

Winner: Shane the Glammour Boy

My Top 3:

3rd Place: Chicano

2nd Place: Bryan

Winner: Shane the Glammour Boy

I agree perfectly with the choices here. Chicano deserves to be on the list since he finally hit it big in the year 2005, winning the IWA World Title and being featured in all the important feuds and angles. The reason he is not higher up is because sometimes, even as the champion, other wrestlers that are considered more established like Rey Gonzales and Savio Vega took center stage and made him seem less important,something that I think was a huge mistake by IWA. Bryan deserves the second spot for how amazing a year he had. He came out of nowhere and became the top heel in WWC. Sometimes I felt his push was undeserved, but he showed the drive to improve himself and by the end of the year he was,not only better in the microphone, but also more developed in the ring. He had created the ring presence of a strong heel and his wrestling skills also improved,specially his awareness and intelligence. He learned how and when to do those little heel things to make the crowd furious and that is a great plus. He won the Puerto Rican Title in his first match and then went on and defeated Eddie Colon for the Universal Title. Holding the belt for most of the year, he was in the spotlight of the three biggest angles in WWC this year: The New Empire turning on Bronco #1,The NWS Invasion and the Triple Threat Match with Shane and Eddie that put the wheels in motion for the WWC vs New Empire vs NWS war.

But the winner of Wrestler of the Year outshined them all. Shane was the IWA World Champion and top heel when the year began. He not only put Chicano over for the World Title, but then turned face and set the wheels in motion for the Shane vs Savio Vega round 2 that never happened. Why? He shocked the world jumping to the NWS,tired of IWA's lack of direction and the fact that he was working without a contract and IWA wanted to severly cut his salary if he resigned a new one, in spite of he making the less money among the main eventers as it was. Shane brought credibility and mainstream attention to the NWS,giving them the boost they needed to get their promotion running. Then with the whole NWS Invasion of WWC, Shane main evented the WWC 32nd Anniversary Show (Пуерториканската WrestleMania ;) ) aganist WWE's Carlito Cool and the next night won the WWC Universal Title for the second time and first since 1997, by beating Bryan. This was huge: WWC's main title in the hands of a man from another company. Not only this, but Shane became the first man to hold the WWC Universal and IWA World Titles in the same year. Despite being Canadian,Shane has alredy been adopted as Puerto Rican and I dare to say that he is the most popular wrestler in Puerto Rico right now and perhaps one of the most popular all time...at the same level as Carlos Colon. His charisma, his ability to go in the ring with men all sizes, his great selling skills(one of the best at taking a beating) and his undeniable big heart have turned him into a modern legend in Puerto Rico.

Best Ring Ability:

The readers voted:

3. Chicano

2. Shane the Glammour Boy

1. Carlitos

My Top 3:

3. El Diamante

2. Shane the Glammour Boy

1. Rey Gonzales

I have to disagree a lot here. Chicano came in at #5 in my list, behind Eddie Colon. He has improved a lot, but is basically a brawler with nice aerial skills and he is too spotty at times. His selling is not that good either. Carlitos, to me, has some real talent, but needs to improve more, specially his psycology. He also needs to do a lot more than crazy aerial stuff to really make it to this list. He is exciting to watch, no doubt, but needs to fine tune those skills a little more. I would put him in my Top 10, but not Top 3. Shane deserves the honor. I alredy talked about his great selling and psycology and his innate ability to keep the crowd involved. Shane also knows how and when to make the superman comeback, has a decent moveset, altough lacks a decent submission hold and can carry slowpokes like Black Pain to watchable matches.

El Diamante deserves to be in the #3 spot, perhaps even higher. He is one of the best in the ring right now. Makes an awesome heel with his antics, but also backs it up in the ring with great psycology and is one of those guys that always does the little things to make the matches seem real. Another thing is his great awareness, he always knows where he is at in the ring and how to react to every blow. It is also commonly said between wrestlers that he is great at protecting his opponent during dangerous maneuvers. How good is he? Let's say that Carlos Colon allowed HIM to help train Eddie Colon and Carlito Cool. When a legendary wrestler trusts somebody with his kids,he HAS to be good.

Rey Gonzales, pound for pound, deserves to be #1. I compare him to Ric Flair a lot in the sense that he can work any style and with any size of opponent. He is great at psycology, at grabbing that leg and working it over many different ways. He is a great seller, keeps the crowd under his control at all times and also shows incredible awareness. But what I like about him is that he can really keep things in kayfabe. Very few times have I seen him calling a match and he is one of the most difficult wrestlers to catch when he is blading. If I had to pick one wrestler to exemplify the pinnacle of wrestling technique in Puerto Rico, it would be him.To me he is the best technical wrestler since a young Carlos Colon.

Junior Heavyweight of the Year:

The readers voted:

3. Tommy Diablo

2. Stefano

Winner: Carlitos

My Top 3:

3. Stefano

2. Tommy Diablo

1. Carlitos

I agree with the choices, altough I switched places. I think Diablo deserves the second spot more than Stefano for the hot programs he has worked. When he returned from injury, he seemingly turned face, falling in love with Ivy and working a romantic story that actually interested me. It culminated with a double heel turn by Diablo and Ivy and a hot program with Super Mark. Then it came Carlitos and the whole "It's my dream to be champ" story and the hot angle with Carlitos rooster, plus the amazing spotfests this two have given. Overall, Diablo was always at the center of the Junior Heavyweight Title picture in IWA, the division seemed to revolve around him. Stefano didnt do much, but the lack of competition opened a spot. Jumping to NWS and then becoming the first NWS invader to win WWC gold when he captured the Junior Heavyweight Title from Superstar Romeo at the Anniversary Show(one night before Shane's big win) are the only things that put him over people like Mark and Blitz on the list, mainly due to the importance of that title switch. Carlitos is number one here, no argument. Altough I felt that Diablo deserved the #1 spot more, Carlitos amazing rise to popularity and how he has worked, not only with all the IWA Juniors, but also with heavyweights like Apolo and Slash Venom over the last few months made him my choice. He is so damn over!!! The crowd just loves him. Plus, he and Diablo had a MOTY candidate, that just adds to the reasons. Hopefully he will continue to improve and reduce the spots...that is if he wants his career to last. One man can only take so many sick bumps and do so many flips and flops before one goes wrong.

Tag Team of the Year:

Readers voted:

3. Vengador Boricua and Joe Bravo

2. Thunder and Lightning

Winner: The Orginal Cruz Del Diablo, Diabolico and Cruz

My Top 3:

3. Master Connection

2. Vengador Boricua and Joe Bravo

1. Diabolico and Cruz

I agree with two choices here. To me, Thunder and Lightning are the best and most over tag team in Puerto Rico, but they where out for so long that it would be unfair to vote them in when they only competed for the last three months of the year. Master Connection deserve to be in, simply because they are undefeated, have been one of the first creations of the NWS, have shown great talent and chemistry, have created their own fan base, have been pushed as one of the cornerstones of the NWS and are very over. All that in one year!!! Not bad for two rookies huh.

Bravo and Vengador carried the weak Tag Team Division of WWC for most of the year and are well deserving of the honors. They are really so alike: Two solid workers, with very similiar skills, quite over with the fans and always overlooked and underpushed.

Cruz and Diabolico take top honors for how great their run has been. Two very skilled wrestlers, definetively on my top 10, great charisma, they make awesome asshole heels and compliment each other's styles. They held IWA Tag Team Gold and where in the spotlight of all the feuds sorrounding the division. Hopefully they pick up in 2006 where they left off this year and rule the tag division once more.

Women Wrestler of the Year:

The readers voted:

3. La Tigresa

2. Black Rose

1. Amazona

My Top 3:

3. La Tigresa

2. Black Rose

1. Amazona

I competly agree here. Tigresa is the best female wrestler Puerto Rico has ever given. She has the skills, the look and the guts to do things other female wrestlers refuse to. She would have been higher if she didnt spent so much time off during the year. Black Rose is here not because she has incredible ring skills, but for how much she worked during the year. She has been constantly improving, worked great as heel or face and shows a lot of energy and determination to make herself better. Amazona takes the cake this year in her rookie year for how over she is with the fans and how much promise she shows. She can become the next Tigresa if given the opportunity. The skills, the look and the charisma is there, the only thing she needs to improve is her selling, which is not up to par with the rest of her abilities. Special mention to Genesis, who could have easly been here,but a mediocre end to the year left her out.

Most Improved Wrestler:

The readers voted:

3. Eric Alexander

2. Chicano

Winner: Bryan

My Top 3:

3. Abbad

2. Eric Alexander

1. Bryan

I left Chicano out because he was alredy over and his skills where as good before as they are now. Abbad deserves the honors to be in the top three more than him. Abbad was basically an open contracted jobber for IWA until they created the whole New Generation storyline and brought him in as "The New Kojak". A quick feud with KC James gave him credibility and after months in limbo, his jump to WWC pushed him over the edge in terms of how over he became. He won the Puerto Rican Title, his first title ever and was part of one of the hottest storylines at the end of the year with Rico Suave. Eric Alexander could have been number one. When he jumped to WWC, he had been a former tag team champion in IWA, but had been relegated to jobbing to the stars for almost year and a half. He came in, started a friendship angle with Eddie Colon, won the Puerto Rican Title, turned heel and had a decent feud with Eddie Colon at the top of the card, won Tag Team gold with Rico Suave and had a great feud with Vengador and Bravo and to culminate it all, signed a developmental deal with the WWE. Not bad for a "plain, vanilla, cookie cutter wrestler that wont amount to much" as one IWA employee once said. Bryan...do I need to say more? He was known as Bryan Madness in IWA during their initial years and never was more than a blue chipper who jobbed a lot. He dissapeared from wrestling for several years and returns to this....main event, top level heel. I have alredy detailed his accomplishmenrts above, no need to repeat them.

Most Underrated Wrestler:

The readers voted:

3. Rey Gonzales

2. Spectro

Winner: Joe Bravo

My Top 3:

3. Vengador Boricua

2. Joe Bravo

1. Spectro

I refuse to call Rey Gonzales underrated. Is he main event talent? Yes. One of the best in Puerto Rico? Yes. Was he booked like a main eventer all year long? No. But that doesnt make him underrated. He has basically held to the "leader of the babyface locker room" title all year long and if you have a main event storyline, he will get involved one way or another. Vengador and Bravo are deserving of their spots. I have always believed that they have the skills and are over enough to be booked in a top storyline. Specially Bravo, who debuted on a top angle and then sank as WWC forgot what it was all about. He came in as Bronco's pupil. Heel Bronco does stuff Bravo does not like.He refuses to be like him. Bravo wants to stop Bronco from doing any more damage. Instant feud. Did we get a payoiff? NO!!! If by payoff you mean Bronco winning the much delayed match between them in decisive fashion and the angle getting dropped almost inmediatly, then yes. When Bronco turned face and joined their locker room, did their past was acknowledged? NO! Only once and it was Eddie asking Bravo if he should trust Bronco and nothing more. No conversations between them, no "make nicey nice" no nothing. Spectro is a sad story. It seems IWA likes giving me false hopes.He starts something big, then ends up back at the bottom. Feud with Rey Gonzales. Did it make him into a star? No. Rey won all the matches that mattered. Joins La Cruz Del Diablo. Did it pushed him to the top? No, Banderas is still the main eventer, Cruz and Diabolico work in the Tag division and he is relegated to the opening card matches where he usually jobs. This guy has the potential to be the Puerto Rican Undertaker if booked right....so far nothing.

Rookie of the Year:

Readers voted:

3. Mr. Big

2. Black Pain

Winner: Carlitos

My Top 3:

3. Mr. Big

2. Black Pain

1. Carlitos

I agree with the votes here. Big came in as a bodyguard of sorts for Savio Vega and right in worked with the main eventers, facing Rey Gonzales and Ricky Banderas among others. Pain became one of the key pieces in the NWS and worked hot feuds with Abdullah the Butcher, Shane the Glammour Boy and Bronco #1. Carlitos deserves to win for reasons stated above. He became so over, so quickly. Future main eventer of booked right, but IWA is not kind to little men.

Feud of the Year:

Readers voted:

3. Eddie Colon vs Bryan

2. Chicano vs Savio Vega

Winner: New Empire vs Eddie Colon and Bronco #1

My Top 3:

3. Eddie Colon vs Bryan

2. Chicano vs Slash Venom

1. New Empire vs Eddie Colon and Bronco #1

I agree with Eddie and Bryan, their feud lasted almost the whole year and it picked off again at the last shows of WWC with Bryan sending Eddie to the hospital. I dont agree with Chicano/Savio because it was too cliche and ended in nothing. The matches where not that good either. If they wanted a Chicano feud, the series with Slash Venom and all sort of hardcore toys was better.It seemed like they wanted to out-torture the other and really tear each other from limb to limb. I agree with the winner here. It revitalized the stale Bronco character, created an "unlikely teammates" scenario and allowed Bryan and Rico Suave to shine as the top heels.

Angle of the Year:

Readers voted:

3. Invader #1 suspended from wrestling

2. New Empire turns on Bronco

Winner: NWS invades WWC

My Top 3:

3. New Empire turns on Bronco

2. Mr. S

1. NWS invades WWC

I took out the Invader angle because it really led to nothing, outside of taking him out of TV and making him show up in all sorts of costumes and tricks to attack Savio. It ended abruptly and led nowhere. New Empire turning on Bronco was hot. A grade A+ beating that created that aura of simpathy for him and led to the "Unlikely Alliance" with Eddie Colon and the feud of the year. Mr. S.....who was he? This is an NWS creation in which a misterious figure wants to take over the NWS and ruin Shane's career. As it turned out, Mr. S was heel legend Barrabas and led to the creation of the Starr Wrestling Club with Chicky Starr and Jose Luis Rivera, the "Executive Power" of NWS, a mass heel turn on Shane and Cesar Vargas and a hot angle from which to begin 2006. The Invasion wins hands down. It works on so many levels, from the good matches that revitalized a stale WWC and brought exposure to the NWS, to how well managed the vignettes for TV have been. Something that will also continue into 2006.

Worst Wrestler:

Readers voted:

3. Just Perfect

2. Rico Suave

Winner: TNT(NWS Version)

My Top 3:

3. TNT(NWS Version)

2. Just Perfect

1. Victor Jovica

TNT is Anarchy, who used to be a solid wrestler, but he is so damn fat now!!! He can barely lift his legs and he is supposed to be a ninja? Plus, his matches revolve around the trademark spots of the character and nothing else. The character is kinda over, but that is no excuse. I cant believe they put Rico here. He is solid and entertaining. Yes, he is overweight and sucks when forced to work out of his style, but puts on good brawls, sells relly well and also knowns how to carry a match. Perfect I agree. Outside of his comedy bits, I have not found anything particularly good about his ring skill. But by God!!! Jovica!!! Stay out of the damn ring!! I will shut down the TV if I have to suffer another match from this sixty year old fart. Just stay in the office! Snoozefest galores that not even gory bladejobs could save.

Match of the Year:

Readers voted:

3. X Match: Carlitos vs Hiram Tua vs Tommy Diablo vs Blitz

2. Carlitos vs Tommy Diablo (Oct 1, Carlitos finally wins the title)

Winner: Shane vs Carlito Caribbean Cool at WWC 32nd Anniversary Show

My Top 3:

3. Chicano vs Slash Venom vs Ricky Banderas vs Apolo (Chicano recovers the title)

2. Carlitos vs Tommy Diablo (Oct 1, Carlitos finally wins the title)

1. Shane vs Carlito Cool

I agree that the X Match was good, but the Fatal Fourway carried a better story. Chicano, former champion in search of revenge. Slash, new champ who nobody takes seriously and wants to prove that he is indeed the real deal, Apolo, mercenary hired by Savio who got jealous of his partner's(Venom) sucess and wants to prove his superiority, Banderas, babyface who is tired of being relegated to the upper midcard while Chicano hogs the spotlight. They all had issues with one another and led to a fantastic match full of near falls. Carlitos and Diablo told a good story also, with Carlitos finally making his dream come true and having one hell of a celebration with the fans, and from an in ring perspective, it was the best Carlitos match yet. I agree with the top pick as it was a dream match. WWE superstar and one of the best wrestlers in Puerto Rico, who once was the top face of WWC at the same time that Shane was the top face of IWA. Icon vs Icon. Who was the best? If you want to see what Carlito Cool can do in the ring, get this match or his match with brother Eddie from the 31st Anniversary and see for yourself why I defend him so much and criticize WWE booking for not letting him wrestle and turn him into a cowardly heel.

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