Welcome back all to the "Beginner’s Guide" series!
Our latest subject is a man personified by one phrase: Cero Miedo.
That’s right it is time to have zero fear and talk about Pentagon Jr. (also a bit about Rey Fenix, too). Pentagon is pretty rightfully considered one of the best luchadors on earth today. Alongside his brother, the two have made their mark in multiple promotions, such as AAA, CMLL, MLW, Impact, and now in AEW. Both Rey and Pentagon are very likely to be heavily involved in AEW going forward, and will be major players for years to come.
With intros out of the way, it’s time to talk Pentagon Jr.
Starting off with a bang, in the form of this match. During his feud with Black Lotus, it’s a long story and Lucha Underground doesn’t make much sense to begin with, Lotus offered pentagon a match against her triad, to which Pentagon agreed. This triad was Mayu Iwatani, Io Shirai, and Kairi Sane wrestling under different names. It’s also a hell of an inter gender match, with Pentagon making all three look incredible. The match is available easily on Netflix, since the first three seasons are available, so check it out, it’ll be worth it.
2. Pentagon Jr vs Sami Callihan: Mask vs Hair - Slammiversary XVI
Talk about a bit of a twist from the first match. This and the next match are probably the most violent matches I’ve ever covered, and both work because of that violence. This feud was centered on Callihan and oVe trying to rip the masks off both Fenix and Pentagon, so Penta challenged him to mask vs hair for Impact’s Slammiversary. During the match, commentary mentions how the referee has been ordered or relax the rules, aka let Sami do what he does best, to use a technical term: crazy hardcore shit. This was violent, gross, and grimy all at once, even having a spot where Pentagon uses a railroad spike to bust Callihan open, it’s so gross yet awesome. Pentagon of course wins, and Callihan was shaved, leading to an also awesome Mexican Death Match a couple weeks later.
3. Pentagon Dark vs Vamprio: Cero Miedo match - Ultima Lucha (Lucha Underground, Season 1, Episode 39)
Don’t really have to say much here because I covered the reasons with the Callihan match. Same rules apply here, it’s crazy violent wrestling. You like that style, watch this match.
4. Pentagon Jr vs Kenny Omega - All In
Talk about a dream match. When All In was announced and Kenny Omega was set to appear, the question became who would he face? Then the announcement that it would be Pentagon sent shockwaves. This match is good, although it gets knocked due to Kenny not going all out during it. He was at about 80% of what he can do. Still, it rules and you should all check it out.
5. Lucha Bros vs Young Bucks vs Matt Sydal and Ricochet - PWG Nice Boys (Don’t Play Rock n Roll)
Again, don’t have much to say here. This is a display in insane flippy shit from all six guys, especially the Bucks and Ricochet. Check it out if you’re a fan of car crash flippy move spectacles.
6. Lucha Bros vs LAX: Full Metal Mayhem - Impact Rebellion
The Brothers final match in Impact was one hellacious one. Full Metal Mayhem is what impact calls their TLC matches, and these four men slaughtered each other in this one. It’s as you would expect: pure and utter carnage, including Rey Fenix nearly breaking his own neck attempting a Spanish fly through a table, and necking himself instead. But because he’s a man’s man, he fought until the end when LAX finally conquered the brothers to end a spectacular rivalry. God willing with Ortiz and Santana’s AEW arrival, this can come back around.
7. Lucha Bros vs The Young Bucks - AEW Double or Nothing
This was a fight between this and last night as of this writing’s Escalera de la Muerte, but I went with the first because it is a more concise match rather than car crash spectacle. This match is what I like to call wrestling junk food, there’s absolutely zero psychology happening, but it’s delicious to watch. It’s just big spot after big spot after big spot, and because of that it is awesome. If you’re not a fan of that style, you probably hated or will hate this match. Like technical wrestling, this match is not for everyone, but if you like your junk food matches, it’s one of the best at being such.
Thank you all for reading this. Before I announce the next one, I would like to say that the final guide this year, on the career of Jushin Thunder Liger, will arrive on Christmas Day as a gift to you all who’ve made this series so much more than I ever could’ve hoped. I’ll talk more when we get there, but I’m so grateful for everything this has become.
Anyhow, join me in a couple weeks for a Guide to two of AEW’s Executive Vice-Presidents, Matt and Nick Jackson, The Young Bucks. See you all then.
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