2014 lucha libre appearances by state

One of the tedious tasks performed this year to improve the database was to improve the location data, making sorting and selecting by states much easier. It’s not the smartest use of my time, because there are other places that do it better, but at least it means this post is possible.

Most coverage of lucha libre is Mexico City & Estado de Mexico based, with pockets of coverage in some of the bigger municipalities. You probably can guess the people who wrestle the most in Mexico City, but what about in the other states in the country (and the states in other countries which are strangely concluded. All information is heavily biased by the posters which happen to make their ways to my eyes, but maybe you’ll impress someone by knowing of Black Golden.

State State Events Wrestler Appearing Most Appearance Count
Estado de México 720 Hip Hop Man 79
Distrito Federal 448 Atlantis 92
Jalisco 414 Black Golden 71
Tamaulipas 411 Super Boy 68
Veracruz 392 Poseidón 63
Nuevo León 370 Alberto Dos Rios 71
Coahuila 360 Dulce Paola 55
Hidalgo 269 Arquitecto Del Mal 46
Puebla 197 Asturiano 36
Texas 175 Black Cat 41
Chihuahua 172 La Fashion 54
Guanajuato 153 Maremoto Jr. 34
Durango 135 Camorra Jr. 59
Baja California 130 Tony Casanova 44
San Luis Potosí 115 Mr. T (not that Mr. T) 34
Guerrero 107 Gargola 37
California 105 Mariachi Loco 26
Quintana Roo 86 Angelus Fly 36
Guatemala 65 Voltron 39
Michoacán 65 Argho 24
Querétaro 58 Lobo Lafayette 24
Morelos 55 Eufórico 25
Oaxaca 53 Endevaor 23
Zacatecas 50 Dark Lluvia 26
Chiapas 47 Granda Man 19
Sonora 40 Destroyer 13
Yucatán 35 Rebelde Punk 17
Illinois 34 Dark Scorpion 13
Sinaloa 33 Mario Mora 15
Tabasco 33 Guerrero Mixtico Jr. 26
Colorado 31 Rayo Plateado 13
Colima 28 El Cayfan 15
Tlaxcala 22 Templario 6
Aguascalientes 19 Sansón 13
Arizona 19 Mini Halcón 15
Campeche 14 Lobo Siberiano 11

For an even deeper cut, this Google Doc has the top 10 in every state (which had at least 10 shows.)

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Ultimo Guerrero out cheats Rey Escorpion, Sky Team versus Hijos del Infierno

CMLL (FRI) 04/24/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Artillero & Súper Comando b Bengala & Robin
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Dalys, Narumiya, Tiffany b La Vaquerita, Marcela, Silueta
4) Felino b Stuka Jr. [lightning]
Stuka hurt a finger, leading to his loss.
5) La Sombra, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Thunder [Relevos Increíbles]
UG won by getting a foul on Rey Escorpion.
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
rudos were DQed for a foul and a mask pull, but felt they were in line for a trios title match. The tecnicos ignored them.

Main event is setting up for a title match. Semimain (and UG & Rey Escorpion’s new friendship) doesn’t seem to have gone anywhere for the moment.

There’s a facebook post with Lucha World Cup info, but they don’t source anything and they seem to have facts wrong. I don’t trust the info – they might be right, but it feels off. They have LA Park as the third member of the non-AAA Mexico team (which seems unlikely but not impossible.) They have a Lucha Underground team of Puma, Mundo and Jack Evans, where one hasn’t been announced. And they don’t have the Rest of The World Team or the Mexico 2 team. I’m skeptical.

While mentioning weird fake stuff, there was a fake Chilanga Mask poster with a Rush vs Alberto match floating around. That’s not happening and wasn’t ever advertised by the promotion.

A real Chilanga Mask show is this Sunday in Coacalco. Aeroboy says he’s ready for his match with Solar, the biggest match on the show. Others include the Indystrongibles facing each other in a triangle match and a exotico/turtle ninja vs exotico/turtle ninja tag.

AAA’s bumped to 7:15 pm CT today. They start the Xalapa taping, with Australian Suicide & Dinastia vs Super Fly & Hijo del Pirata Morgan, Fenix vs Fantasma, and Alberto, Myzteziz and Murder Clown vs Mesias, Texano Jr., and Pentagon Jr.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update from Thursday.

SuperLuchas looks back at the big 14th Arena Mexico anniversary show, with a Ray Mendoza title win and a double hair match.

CMLL has highlights of the 04/17 show and stellar moments from last week.

+LuchaTV has highlights of a DTU vs Lucha Boom trios and quick words with Rossy MorenoFuerza Guerrera and Psycko Kid.

Damian 666 spoke highly of Ciclope.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 05/01/2015 Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Boby Zavala, Pierroth, Sagrado
3) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero
4) La Sombra vs Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Dragon Lee, Stuka Jr., Tritón, Fuego, Niebla Roja, Gran Guerrero, Bárbaro Cavernario, Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Virus, Tiger, Puma [Reyes del Aire]
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

Another Kid’s Day themed show, with the Sky Team in the main event and a bunch of highspots in the semimain. Puma handles the video promo.

Rush! He’s back! He’s in a match with Thunder all over again.

Stuka Jr. won last year’s Reyes del Aire. I don’t like his change to repeat. No Titan is sad. Sombra, Dragon Lee, Cavernario and Kamiatachi seem like the best contenders, though I guess Angel de Oro still exists and could sadly win again. A fun subplot of the random Tuesday night teamings of Sombra & Dragon Lee is Dragon Lee is so focused on winning and craziness that he doesn’t seem to know that Sombra is evil. He may find that out here.

Setting the superkick under/over at 8.

Toyrumon X (SAT) 05/23/2015 Arena México
Dragonmania X
1) Fiero & Imposible vs Daisuke Hanaoka & Douki
15 minute time limit
2) Eddy French vs Keisuke Okuda
10 minute time limit
3) India Mazahua, India Sioux, Maligna, Xena vs Io Shirai, Kairi Hojo, Mayu Iwatani, Mima Shimoda
20 minute time limit
4) Super Ciudadano vs Magnus, Pantera I, Patan, J.c. Navarro, Hijo del Signo, O.T. Fernandez, Principe Orion, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo de Kendo, Piel Roja, Epydemius [dragon rumble]
5) Akebono & Máximo vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Skándalo
45 minute time limit
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Marco Corleone vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
45 minute time limit
7) Último Dragón vs Tiger Ali [mask, hair]
60 minute time limit

Main event is built off Ultimo Dragon beating Tiger Ali in last year’s tournament, as I’m sure you all remember.

Skandalo hasn’t been seen in CMLL since his knee injury. Working this show would suggest that Skandalo is healthy but CMLL has opted to stop booking a early match wrestler with family connections. That doesn’t sound like CMLL, so I guess he’s not actually healthy yet.

This is the day before the Lucha World Cup. So many random Japanese wrestlers in one weekend.

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2014 CMLL appearances by day of the week/arena

Let’s cut up the numbers another way: how many main CMLL shows did everyone work? No double counting for working tournaments, this is just how many times people had to show up for works, and which days. It’s a better to work on Fridays, though maybe the difference isn’t as big as it used to be. These decisions are not random.

(full chart is here)

Friday Mexico (% of all DF)
79% Ultimo Guerrero
69% Princesa Blanca
68% Shocker
68% Thunder
65% Rush
65% La Sombra
63% Marcela
60% Mr. Aguila
59% Volador Jr.

This post might have started because I had this impression Ultimo Guerrero was pretty much only working Fridays DF cards. Numbers say that’s a fair impression.

45 Friday Arena Mexico
04 Tuesday Arena Mexico
01 Saturday Coliseo
06 Sunday Arena Mexico
02 Sunday Coliseo
(13 non-Friday non-DF)

He’s still got a big overall total because he’s working so many Fridays (the most) and he’s either in Puebla or Tuesday Guadalajara every week (51 total.)

Princesa Blanca’s numbers are probably inflated by having the big hair feud and then retiring instead of taking other shows that’d balance it out. The best thing about CMLL’s Tuesday Arena Mexico shows is Thunder was only on 1 of them. Mr. Aguila is up there because he’s hardly ever used in Mexico City.

Tuesday Mexico (% of all DF)
100% Fresbee (CMLL) (2 matches)
100% Mima Shimoda (1 match)
83% Gallo
71% Esfinge (Guadalajara)
69% Herodes Jr.
69% Camorra
67% Arkángel de la Muerte
64% Angelito
63% Apocalipsis
62% Aéreo

No wonder Herodes quit. Tuesday seems to be the dumping round of the guest bookings and unwanted on any other show (either veterans who never escaped the opening match, or rookies still looking to get there.)

Guadalajara (% of all CMLL)
89% Gallo
86% Esfinge (Guadalajara)
64% Mr. Águila
53% Olímpico
47% Metatrón
40% Nosferatu
36% Pequeño Violencia
35% Gran Guerrero
35% Camorra
33% Bárbaro Cavernario

First two don’t really count, but Mr. Aguila (originally from Guadalajara) and Olimpico were noticeable as only being booked here. I forgot Nosferatu was still around in 2014, but he wasn’t around long. Camorra had the hair feud which put him here a lot.

Regulars who didn’t make a Guadalajara appearance in 2014: Nitro, Sensei, Espiritu Negro, Acero, Flyer, Pequeño Halcón, Aéreo, Bengala, Leono, Molotov, Morphosis, Apocalipsis, Zayco, Pequeño Universo 2000, Camaleon, Ramstein, Fresbee (CMLL)

Puebla (% of all CMLL)
62% Morphosis
43% Stigma
40% Camaleon
39% Pequeño Warrior
34% Psicosis II
29% Robin
26% Espiritu Negro
26% Pólvora
26% Electrico
25% Olímpico

Stigma makes sense. Camaleon was barely around before his injury. I have no idea why Morphosis is #1. He just teamed with Kraneo a lot, only Kraneo got booked a lot more in other places. There was one Invasors vs tecnicos cibernetico back in January, but otherwise he was just around.

Regulars who didn’t make a Puebla appearance: Gallo, Esfinge, Nosferatu, Silueta, Herodes Jr., Skadi, Angelito, Fantasy, Acero, Pequeño Halcón, Aéreo, Apocalipsis, Zayco, Pequeño Universo 2000, Ramstein, Fresbee

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CMLL Friday preview, Lucha World Cup Rest of the World team

CMLL has the Sky Team versus Hijos del Infierno as the main event. Luciferno says his trio is better than the Sky Team. That does not appear to be true, but I guess we’ll find out tonight. The match of more obvious interest is the semimain, with a incredible trios match of La Sombra, Niebla Roja, Ultimo Guerrero vs Dragon Rojo, Rey Escorpion, and Thunder. (Super) Rey Escorpion spent about 15 minutes of CMLL Informa buttering up Ultimo Guerrero, so he’s clearly up to something.

JCR mentioned there’s a press conference next week. There’s fill items to talk about: Naito coming in, possible new champions (Sugehit, Reyes del Atlantida), but a press conference usually means a match or tournament to build up and there’s no real sign of either. That semimain seems like the best bet to set up an apuesta match in the near future, but which one it’d be is not very clear. Rey Escorpion versus Ultimo Guerrero would be the slight favorite at this point.

enuhito’s post on the Lucha World Cup mentions the Rest of the World team will have members from South Africa, Puerto Rico and the UK. (NOAH’s post on the tournament says the same.) That likely means Angelico and Mesias, with the UK wrestler a bit more of a mystery. A strong candidate is Drew Galloway, the ex-WWE Drew McIntyre, who is a friend of Alberto el Patron. Both Galloway and Alberto have talked about bringing Galloway getting to AAA and this as good as a chance as any. Enuhito’s post also says there’s no announcement yet for PPV, but the hope is iPPV.

Lucha World Cup also announced Shuichi Nishinaga from NOAH will be part of the show as referee. I presume Maya & Tirantes will have to bring him up to speed on being chaotically evil.

DragonMania appears to be May 23rd, the day before Lucha World Cup. That’ll make for an eclectic group of wrestlers in Mexico City, and possibly some people working (or at least attending) both shows.

Milenio checks up on the local lucha libre commissions in La Laguna. It kind of goes how you’d expect. The Torreon one does some work, authorized some (but not all) of the shows and occasionally fine promoters, but isn’t doing all of the things it’s supposed to be doing. That’s better than the Gomez Palacio one, who’s alleged to be run by a man with no interest in wrestling, no interest in doing anything, and who lists the commission office as his home. They also mention there’s a man who was put on top of Arena Olimpico Laguna within six months of starting wrestling, because he’s basically paying for the spot. (They don’t give his wrestling name, and it’s not clear who this is based on the lineups.) The Torreon sports authority met with promoter last week about overhauling everything.

Segunda Caida has reviews of some good early January 2015 and Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero vs Satanico & Shocker.

SuperLuchas looks back at shows of April 23, 1989, including Rayo de Jalisco Jr. taking Super Halcon’s mask.

+LuchaTV has highlights of Porros vs Compadres Extremos vs Familia de Tijuana, Los Nerds vs Tortugas Ninjas, Lokillo vs Angel Jr. vs Psique, Black Fire y Slayer Pack vs Articuz & Lanzelot vs Chicano & Alas de Acero, Jonathan Greshman vs Rocky Lobo vs Septimo Dragon vs Drastick Boy, and Crazy Boy & Rey Capricornio vs Ciclope & Meido Extremo.

LV has reviews 04/18 AAA, IWRG 04/14, IWRG 04/20, and 04/22 Lucha Underground.

Aeroboy & Violento Jack talk about winning the X-LAW championship.

Dr. Cerbero wants a hair vs mask match with Brazo Jr.

Claro Sports has a video of Syuri as part of a series with Japanese wrestlers. Hope that means Kamatiachi next week.

The Cauldron has a What Is Luche Libre story. Arena Mexico is said to be in a “seedy part of Mexico City.” Nah. Seen worse.

An interview with Reina Dorada & Felina Metalica.

Jhonny Gonzalez’s next bout may be in Arena Mexico. If it happens, I hope he brings Sexy Star, Pentagon Jr., Konnan, Rey Misterio Jr., and every other AAA person who’s not busy that night to walk him to the ring.

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great match roundup, week of 2015-03-14

Good/Great/Excellent matches

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-03-14
taped 2015-03-10 @ Arena México
Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito: [good]

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2015-03-14
taped 2015-03-06 @ Arena México
Delta, Dragon Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado: [good]

Lucha Underground: 2015-03-18
taped 2015-01-25 @ Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
Aerostar vs Drago: good
Fénix vs Mil Muertes [casket]: excellent

AAA on Televisa: 2015-03-14
taped 2015-02-27 @ Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro
Argenis & Australian Suicide vs Daga & Súper Fly[good]

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-03-14

Matches To Watch Later
IWRG Zona XXI: 2015-03-16
taped 2015-03-15 @ Arena Naucalpan
Emperador Azteca & Metaleón vs Hip Hop Man & Imposible:

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2014 lucha libre wins/losses by promotions

Yesterday’s numbers included all matches for everyone regardless of what promotion they were working for. Today, we’ll look at results strictly for each promotion.

The full chart is here.

AAA

(only considering TV tapings, but including dark matches)

Most Wins: Psycho Clown (21)
Most Losses: Texano Jr. (19)
Best Win% (min 10 matches): Murder Clown (85%)
Most Matches: Psycho Clown (29)
around 111 wrestlers appeared on AAA TV tapings.

Texano Jr. didn’t take all 19 loses, but he was on a lost of losing sides for a guy who was champion. He was a rudo, and the top 7 most loses all rudos. He was only on TV a lot; he and Texano had the most matches. Faby Apache, Fenix, and Pentagon were tied with third, and it’s mostly the younger crew at the top.

IWRG

Most Wins: Metaleon (34)
Most Losses: Hip Hop Man (41)
Best Win%: Mike & Teelo (93%)
Most Matches: Hip Hop Man (67)

Includes some of the FILL shows. 211 wrestlers appeared at least once though there may be some duplicate names, and not all FILL rookies are included.

Metaleon was IWRG’s rookie of the year, with lots of matches and big wins. Hip Hop Man lost nearly 10 more than the closest runner up because he wrestled so much. He worked a lot in other places too and was generally busy.

28 wrestlers had more matches in IWRG than anyone had on AAA TV tapings. There really aren’t many AAA TV tapings.

CMLL

Only including Mexico City appearances.

Most Wins: Valiente (55)
Most Losses: Felino (39)
Best Win %: Pequeno Violencia (84%)
Most Matches: Valiente (85)
145 wrestlers worked a main CMLL show.

I really whiffed on noticing Valiente’s obvious candidacy for wrestler of the year. Felino is on too much and in too big of matches, but at lesat he’s not winning them. (La Mascara, even less over on the internet, is tied for second.) The Violencia think is still weird. Dark Angel would be next at 74%; maybe never getting a feud means she’s not cheated out of wins by rudas much.

DTU

Sure, why not. Note that many DTU shows do not have known results.

Most Wins: Drastik Boy (14)
Most Losses: Ciclope (15)
Best Win %: Drastik Boy (60%)
Most Matches: Ciclope & Slayer Pack (37)

The lack of results make those numbers not so useful. There’s other people who had more than 10 announced matches and a better win percentage than Drastick (like Flamita and the Nerds), but a bunch of their matches had no known results.

Chilanga Mask

Does not include Lucha Memes.

Most Wins: Psycho Kid & Trauma I (7)
Most Losses: Belial, Fulgor I, Karma (5)
Best Win% (min 5): Psico Kid (75%)
Most matches: Trauma I, Impulso, Belial (12)
More than 129 different luchadors appeared on a Chilanga Mask show.

Appearances are not evenly disturbed – there’s a DF core group, special guests, and local wrestlers all depending on where they’re running the show that day – so the leaders are mostly those guys who happen to be around a lot.

I’ve also included Cara Lucha on the sheet, but it’s too few appearances to mean much.

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Japan teams for Lucha World Cup updated, Guadalajara, Octagon

CMLL (TUE) 04/21/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Frezzer & Reycko b Évola & Exterminador
2) Flash II, Soberano Jr., Stigma b Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Sádico
Soberano Jr. replaced Star Jr. on Saturday. Stigma beat SIgno.
3) Puma, Tiger, Virus b Dragon Lee, Fuego, Tritón
Virus submitted Dragon Lee.
4) Ángel de Oro, La Máscara, Super Porky b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
Porky sat on Mephisto for the win.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Guerreros won with a triple submission

Main event sets up a title match. Tercera does not, at least so far.

Violento Jack kept the DTU title over X-Fly in Arena Aficion, with X-Fly suffering an right ankle injury during the match. It’s possible Violento Jack will set the DTU title reign length record before his next defense.

Oriental took Zumbido’s hair in Arena Azteca Budokan. Zumbido has lost a lot of weight.

Verdugo passed away yesterday. He was one of four brothers who went into lucha libre with Hombre Bala, Pirara Morgan,  and La Marquesa. He and Pirata formed a pirate themed trio. Verdugo switched to Troglodita in the 90s, part of a caveman themed trios, and briefly used the names Fenomeno and Black Bull, but was mostly known as Verdugo as he spent his post-CMLL career around Mexico City. He was 57.

The two Japan teams for Lucha World Cup were announced this morning

Team AJPW: Kenzo Suzuki, Tiger Mask III (Koji Kanemoto), Masamune

Team NOAH: Yoshihiro Takayama, Taiji Ishimori, Atsushi Kotoge

Old friend Kenzo Suzuki was a virtual lock for this tournament. The rest of his team are actually not in AJPW right now, but work various small promotions.

Takayama actually worked in CMLL back in 2007, when Ultimo Dragon brought him and Minoru Suzuki in for a DragonMania and they goofed their way thru a Sunday Coliseo match. He should be better here, and this team seem like it has a better chance of going far. Ishimori was part of Toryumon Mexico and appeared in AAA over the years. His last appearance was in 2010, winning the tag titles with Morishimia. They’d lose them in Japan to a different NOAH team. Kotoge (like Masamune) was an Osaka Pro regular. He’s moved over to NOAH in recent years.

There was a press conference for the 05/16 ex-AAA show, featuring former members of the promotion. Shows with ex-AAA luchadors are not a rare thing, but they’re promoting this around the 23rd anniversary of the promotion they’re not longer in but some helped start. Octagon took the advantage to do more interviews complaining about AAA stealing his name, as he’s been doing for half a year now. Nothing new in them. Octagon continues to maintain he’s got a clear legal case, but there doesn’t seem to be much movement on this. It seems more like Octagon is trying to win his case thru pressure via the media.

In other Octagon news, he’ll face Atlantis on a Chilanga Mask show on June 21st. No venue is listed, just “Estado de Mexico”. Chilanga Mask has been working on getting Octagon & Atlantis in the same ring since last year. They were costars in a movie in the early 90s, right before Octagon left to join AAA.

CMLL Informa announced there’d be a press conference next week, so perhaps things will actually happen. The only angle on the show was Rey Escorpion pretending to be Ultimo Guerrero’s friend again. Ultimo Guerrero totally went with it, even though it was clear Rey Escorpion was being dishonest. They’re opponents on Friday, so this didn’t actually make any sense.

CMLL Informa also announced music group Angeles Azules will perform before Sunday’s Arena Mexico show. CMLL had a famous group play before this year’s Anniversary, and I recall them being annoyed that so few people were actually listening to them. It’s a crowd getting there just before the start and not generally interested in music performances, but maybe CMLL feels like it makes for a bigger show.

The debut episode of Somebody’s Gotta Do It on CNN tonight at 9ET is a lucha libre episode, with features on local mask maker Manuel Quiroz and LuchaVaVoom. There’s a preview on their site.

+LuchaTV has words from La Park (doesn’t work for free), Rush (talking up his hair and down Wagner), Damian getting hurt against Ciclope and Pagano vs Nicho.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update

Titan would like to defend his title again, and would be happy to put it up against Barbaro Cavernario. Virus declared he was going for the welterweight titles on CMLL Informa.

There’s a video interview with El Fantasma here, but I haven’t had a chance to listen to it see if he says anything interesting.

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Lucha Underground 1×24: Trios Champions

#0m
this spinning DDT is Pentagon’s biggest weakness

the matches

Sexy Star beat Pentagon Jr. (7:01, spinning headscissors into a backcracker)
Angelico, Ivelisse and Son of Havoc defeated Cage, Texano, King Cuerno and Big Ryck, Mack, Kill Shot in an (retroactive) Lucha Underground Trios tournament semifinal
– 8:03, Killshot top rope double stomp on Texano Jr.
– 13:50, Angelico Fall of the Angels Killshot
Angelico, Ivelisse and Son of Havoc defeated the Crew (Bael, Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco) to win the Lucha Underground Trios tournament, become first champions (6:38, 20:28 total, Angelico top rope double stomp Cortez Castro + Son of Havoc shooting star press on Mr. Cisco)

the developments

the Mack says hi

The focus was on the trios tournament, but there were a couple of non-tournament segments:

Black Lotus has now been training with Dragon Azteca for eight weeks and believes she’s ready to take on Matanza. Dragon Azteca believes her anger will cost her. Lotus is able to dispatch assialnts in the dark, but Azteca gets the better of her in the lights.

Johnny Mundo and Alberto el Patron had another testy exchange. Alberto poked Mundo about losing in the trios tournament and not winning the singles title. Johnny Mundo made a slap joke. They will not be hanging out.

The one non-tournament match was Pentagon Jr. taking on Sexy Star. Melissa Santos, with a foot taped, announced much more positively for Sexy Star and rooted for her from her chair. Pentagon dominated the match, but maybe took Sexy Star too lightly (or his run of success too highly) and didn’t really try to put Sexy Star away. Sexy rallied back at times, and eventually caught Pentagon with a headscissors into a backcracker for the upset win. Pentagon was beside himself.

The Cage, King Cuerno, Texano Jr. team lost when Texano Jr. collided with a front row seated Daivari after being hit by a Havoc dive. Daivari spilled his drink on his shirt and went mad, beating up Texano and posting him. Ryck’s team took advantage to beat Texano. Cuerno & Cage looked annoyed.

Ivelisse was limping early on and never came much in. Announcers belived it happened on a silla, but it appeared she might have suffered the injury earlier. She struggled thru the match, and Angelico spent a long time trapped in the ring 1 on 3. He was eventually able to tag out. Havoc finally turned it around by giving Killshot a reverse huracanrana and knocking over Mack & Ryck with a tope after they had caught Ivelisse on a plancha. Angelico took out Killshot with his Fall of Angels crucifix powerbomb for the win.

Son of Havoc takes out everyone

Melissa did not finish her winner announcement before Dario appeared to interrupt. He congratulating the misfit trio on getting so far, but said the tournament wasn’t over. He introduced the Crew as the final competitors and made it a no DQ match. Announcers pushed the idea that the Crew had been recovering and relaxing fur four weeks, while the other team had been fighting each other and the the other teams. Second match was a total brawl, mostly out of the ring, and with Ivelisse very limited in what she could add. Mr. Cisco dragged Angelico upstairs to separate him from the rest of the team, and the rest of the Crew destroyed Havoc & Ivelisse. Ivelisse was able to escape away from a cane shot, and Angelico wiped out two of the Crew with a running giant plancha from a top Dario’s office all the way into the ring. Ivelisse took out the Crew with cane shots of her own, and Havoc & Angelico landed top rope moves for the victory.

thoughts

Show was very good!

Angelico has wings

The trios tournament story came across as well on TV as it did live. Maybe more so live, because Angelico’s big dive to end it came as a bigger surprise live, and Striker did a great job telling the stories of all the winners after the match. Still, it was really really good live – I got this week’s show and last week’s show in the course of a few hours, one of the best live experiences I’ve had watching wrestling.

One of the challenges with doing this show, which I’ve mentioned a few times, is they’re always going to be taping episodes months ahead and so they won’t quite know the TV crowd reactions to their stories while they’re filming it. It seems to have worked out great with the trios champions, something that might have looked unimpressive on paper but came thru strongly on TV.

I wonder if they would’ve made a different decision with Pentagon Jr. if they were doing it live; Pentagon got over strong live, but even more so with the TV audience. I think the Sexy Star story makes sense, and the match they had worked, but maybe that wouldn’t have been priority at other times. On the other hand, Sexy Star really needed a serious win if she’s meant to be taken seriously (and she is), and Pentagon didn’t feel hurt that much.

Both the taped pieces came off well. The Black Lotus story is being paced well for something that’s going to last 39 (or so) episodes. Mundo/Alberto will be big when they get to it.

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