Thursday, April 26, 2012

More on Tito Santana

Merced Solis #24 on the Mission High basketball team.

As some of you may know, Tito Santana (real name: Merced Solis) is originally from Mission, TX and grew up here in the Rio Grande Valley. In 2012, I was reading some thoughts by my friend Daniel (ohtani's jacket) on Tito Santana and I decided to check out these two matches. First one is from 1993, the last year that Tito Santana was in the World Wrestling Federation. Here he is teaming up with Virgil to wrestle The Headshrinkers with Bill Alfonso as the referee. The airing date of this match is January 4, 1993:

The Headshrinkers vs El Matador Tito Santana &... by TSteck160

Good tag team match. Virgil eats a painful looking suplex, Santana puts in a good performance and the Headshrinkers are fun (and great bumpers). For those that don't get the finish or are pro wrestling fans, certain pro wrestlers of certain races were portrayed as having "hard heads". Yeah I know. Wish it was longer, fun match. Mission High Eagles finest.

Here is a match from Saturday Night Main Events, as Tito Santana squares off with "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig for the WWF Intercontinental Championship. It's from the Summer of 1990:

Exciting match. As usual, Hennig is bumping like crazy, taking absurd but visually pleasing bumps from chops. Santana is usually good at selling a beating, so it's no surprise to see some good selling from him on display here. Not a classic like Santana's bouts with Valentine and Savage, but this match was still excellent. Loved the nearfall that was based off an inverted atomic drop, an atomic drop and a clothesline. This match is also a reminder that Santana was really loved by the WWF crowd, the audience went crazy every time he was on the offense. Look at them get up on their feet, count along when Tito would go for a pinfall and even a "Tito" chant is heard in there. Puro Mission charisma right there.

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