Lucha Underground 1×3 (2014-11-12)

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the matches

Mascarita Sagrada beat Mariachi Loco (4:38, front facelock choke cradle)

Mil Muertes beat Ricky Mandell (2:37, flatliner)

Fénix [O] beat Pentagón Jr. [X], Drago (7:45, inverted huracanrana)

the developments

Dario Cueto and Konnan met prior to the first match, with Konnan explaining he’d brought the three top young talents from Mexico: Drago, Fenix, and Pentagon Jr. (Dario asked if there were visa problems, Konnan said they were cleared up.) Dario booked them in a three way match to prove who was best.

Dario came to the ring and mocked complaints that there weren’t enough lucha. He introduced Mariachi Loco as working at the Mexican restaurant down the street (with his band!) and would perform if he won. He did not win. Sagrada was introduced as part of Lucha Underground’s open door policy – anyone who shows up can fight.

Sagrada won cleanly, but was attacked and laid out by Chavo. A sit down interview with Vampiro and Chavo explained Chavo’s turn – he’s sick of playing the nice legacy carrier, he’s doing it his way now, and he thinks Blue Demon Jr. is just a famous name who’s never actually been any good.

Mil Muerte has a stone, has a stone punch

Chavo was later confronted by Konnan (who warned him about Mexicans coming after him for his attacks on Demon and Sagrada – no mention of Sexy all show) and Mil Muertes/Catrina (who were upset THEY didn’t get to beat up Demon.)

Mil Muerte’s backstory was explained: he’s Pascual Mendoza, his family were all killed in the 1985 Mexico City earthquake when he was a kid and the stone is from the wreckage. He’d like revenge on the world.

Johnny Mundo laid out Cortez and Castro again in route to demanding Cueto give him a match with Big Ryck next week. Cueto accepted, and Mundo vowed he’d take out Ryck and then Cueto. Cueto paid Ryck to take the match. He was seen in a prison like setting at the end of the show, apparently talking to a back up plan. (This part seemed to fit with the key he’s been wearing, as if Dario’s keeping his secret man in a, uh, uh, I can’t think of the word. Eh, can’t be that important.)

Another Prince Puma vignette was shown.

Fenix and Pentagon and Drago were awesome – classic situation where they all got over, though Fenix was slightly pushed above the other two.


Of all the shows where I was indirectly referenced in the first segment, this was my favorite.

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Fenix, Pentagon and Drago knocked it out of the park in their debut. That first minute would’ve been good enough, but they kept turning up the gas to the end and everyone looked like superman. Fenix’s stage dive looked crazy, especially since that’s the first we’ve seen anyone use the Temple in that sort of way. A lot of the spots would look familiar to people who’ve followed them in Mexico, but they all looked great and the finish was perfect. Fenix won but all three guys were made by the match, and it’s just a matter of following up on it. It looks like they do. Either Striker hadn’t seen a lot of these guys before or did a good job pretending they were knew, because he was totally (and pleasantly) caught off guard at times.

Mascarita looked good in his debut and they used him the right way: Mariachi got the better of him a lot, lost advantage when he didn’t take Sagrada seriously, and Sagrada used his speed to get the win. Crowd was into the character.

The regulars from the last few shows didn’t have matches, but they did a lot of work on moving the characters a little bit forward a step. The Chavo interview was great, both in terms of getting over his character and in terms of appealing to this particular author. The Johnny Mundo skit was straight of those action movies he’s looking to film (though poor Cortez/Castro have been dropped pretty low on the totem pole already. Someone’s got to be on bottom.) They set up a match for next week and a mystery for down the line. The Mil Muertes backstory was creative and we got answers a lot quicker than I’d expect.

This show is rolling on all cylinders right now. It’s not better than I thought it would be, it’s better than I thought it COULD be.

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Who are Fenix, Drago, and Pentagon Jr.?


: 23 years old, from Mexico City. Tecnico greatly influenced by Japanese juniors wrestling; it was his dream to one day wrestle in Japan and he broke down in tears after his first match there. Joined AAA in 2011 and quickly rose to the midlevel. Won the new AAA Fusion championship in 2013 with the idea of making him the centerpiece of an AAA satellite promotion based on exciting young luchadors in small venues. (That sounds vaguely familiar.) Fenix is the quintessential AAA young guy: clearly anointed by the promotion as a next big star but left adrift in months as a time. The latest idea in AAA itself is to make Myzteziz his veteran mentor, but his success in Lucha Underground could reshape his future again.

Recommended match: Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy vs Fenix & Pesadilla, 2013-01-26 – Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy are NOAH regulars at this point. This match back in Veracruz is a very transparent tryout for the other two, who aren’t a regular team. The veterans definitely look better but Fenix generally does well and both mean earn tours in Japan. (Let’s not talk about how that went for Fenix.)

Deep Cut: Fenix vs Dinamic Black, 2013-03-21 – you have to take Fenix out of AAA for him to actually get singles matches, and his highest profile one was against IWRG’s rising star (at the time) Dinamic Black. What starts as a friendly meeting of two high flyers who generally do a US style derails a bit after a miscommunication, and then completely goes off the rails when both guys angrily decide to stop with the lucha libre and delve into something else. This is not a good match at points, but it turns into quite a fight.


DRAGO: 39 years old from from Mexico City. AAA 2000s utility player who has spent time as a Michael Jackson themed luchador, a skateboarding kid, and a cat (sponsored by a battery company.) Lived on the fringe of the roster until being cast as new gimmick Drago. The character is one of the bigger design successes of AAA’s current era; Drago’s not ben involved in a lot, but he’s popular and looked much more confident in the ring with the promotion behind him. His unique look – that weird tongue! – keeps him interesting even when he doesn’t win.

Recommended match: Angélico, Drago, Jack Evans vs Carta Brava Jr., Eterno, Steve Pain, 2013-06-14 – Drago’s AAA title matches have just been okay (usually for other people involved in there), but he’s been involved in a lot of good trios match. This is mostly a random match, with Drago teaming with the current tag champions against the Anarquia’s Eterno & Super Pain and random eviledoer Carta Brava, but it’s a good exhibition for all six guys.

Deep Cut: Atomic Boy, Gato Eveready, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Pasion Kristal, Polvo de Estrellas, Yuriko, 2009-07-17 – before he was Drago, he was Gato Eveready, a battery sponsored cat with an exotico admirer. That was a real sentence. Pimpinela’s coming to Lucha Underground soon, might as well see her too.

Pentagon Jr.

PENTAGON JR.: 29 years old, from Mexico City. Came in to AAA around 2011 and wrestled Fenix many times and had great matches all the time, which springboard both into bigger positions in the company. Carries himself like an ax murder and looks the part. Appears to have gone this year from a guy who’s used to make others to a guy AAA wants to make himself, it may be just a matter of time before he picks up his first big mask win. Pentagon can do all the crazy moves the other two can, but he really shines at holding a match together and making a high flyer look good. He probably won’t be the public star as the other two right away, but Pentagon’s the guy close watching fans will appreciate the most.

Recommended match: Australian Suicide vs Pentagón Jr., 2014-05-10 – Pentagon Jr. hsa spend most of the year torturing a kid from Australia. Australian Suicide finally gets some revenge in their first match, though indications are it won’t be their last.

Deep Cut: Arez vs Pentagon Jr. 2014-06-21 – Arez is not Australian Suicide and this is not AAA, so no chance for revenge, only room for Pentagon Jr. to murder a guy

more random challenges, Estrellita beats Zeuxis to set up a Zeuxis title match (?)

Belgium/France’s Magnus (photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL)

CMLL (TUE) 11/11/2014 Arena México
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000 b Acero & Aéreo
Aereo was stretchered out after taking a Mercurio piledriver.
2) Magnus, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. b Artillero, Hijo del Signo, Súper Comando
Tecnicos took 1/3
3) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Lluvia b Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
Lluvia replaced Dark Angel. Tecnicas took 2/3, Estrellita pinning Zeuxis clean in the third – which somehow sets up Zeuxis getting a title shot.
4) Pólvora b Titán [lightning]  (posted by Doradafan)
Polvora won with an anti-air dropkick in six minutes, and said the same owuld happenon Sunday.
5) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Super Porky b Niebla Roja, Puma, Tiger
Tiger & Puma replaced Gran Guerrrero & Misterioso on Tuesday. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Felino, Kráneo, Shocker b Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Dragón Rojo Jr.
Shocker replaced Mr. Niebla. Rudos took 1/3, Shocker using the ropes to beat Panther. Shocker, Felino and Panther made challenges.

Presumably everyone in the cage match knows they’re in and has been told just to challenge everyone else, because that’s the way it’s playing out. (That suggest someone’s actually worked this out in advance.) Felino’s my bet to lose the match hasn’t even been announced yet.

Estrellita beating Zeuxis makes absolutely no sense. I’d be willing to believe a CMLL referee screwed up but the photo shows Estrellita using her signature backslide bridge-ish move and that’s usually the finish.

CMLL (TUE) 11/11/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl, Informador]
1) Évola & Infierno b El Divino & Metatrón
Rudos took 1/3
2) Esfinge, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b Canelo Casas, Guerrero Negro Jr., Maléfico
Tecnicos took 1/3
3) Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Hechicero, Hombre sin Nombre, Virus
Tecnicos toko 2/3
4) Negro Casas b Máximo
Originally listed as a lightning match but they did three falls instead. Negro took 1/3 with Maximo injuring a knee in the third (but it did not sound serious)
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. DQ Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when UG fouled Atlantis & Mascara Dorada.

A bit announcing talking point is how some wrestlers reach even greater heights after losing their masks. It seems to be a belief of the programming committee as well, because almost every main event feud the last two months has revolved around Ultimo Guerrero in some way. That’s probably why they’re doing a cage match – ultimo Guerrero is so hot (at least in their minds) they might as well taking advantage of it by putting his hair on the line already. The by product has been stale top of CMLL especially if you’re not interested in a billion Ultimo Guerrero singles matches.

In possibly related news, CMLL is giving heavy promotion to a CMLL filled showed in Arena Olimpico Laguna this weekend.

The TV preview for Lucha Underground

In the main event, Fenix, Drago and Pentagon Jr. fight each other; Mascarita Segrada and El Mariachi face off; after Chavo explains himself, Konnan warns him that Mexico is coming; Mil Muertes fights Ricky Mandell.

All the matches are right there, no need to list them. This is episode 3, the one we’ve been holding out for since they taped it. The first two episodes have been significantly better than expected so it’s not as though this show needs to be a home run to save it or anything of the sort, but is the first big opportunity for Fenix, Pentagon and Drago to make a name for themselves in front of an English speaking audience. Everyone’s been super positive about this match and some of their ones to come, and I can’t wait to see it tonight.

Rob has highlights of 07/15/14 CMLL

DoradaFan has highlights of 08/19/2014 CMLL

Segunda Caida reviews 07/06/14 CMLL on LATV and Ultimo Guerrero vs Hector Garza 01/22/2010.

The Ingobernables, Puma, Niebla Roja, Polvora and Fuego are all listed as guests on today’s CMLL Informa show. That’s a lot of people.

Poetico unmasked Drastico in Deportivo 11 de Julio (Pachuca), a rare case of an unmasked man beating a masked one in an apuesta match. Drastico is Ciristna Castro Garica.

Mini Charly Manson plans on beating Dinastia and getting the minis title back.

Hype for Sangre Azteca’s return.

Mesias sells a nutritional product.


IWRG (SUN) 11/16/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Sky Osana vs Anubis Black & Atomic Star
2) Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota, Septimo Dragon vs Apolo Estrada, Avisman, Hip Hop Man
3) Dr. Cerebro, Negro Navarro, Relámpago vs El Hijo del Diablo, Trauma I, Trauma II [super libre]
4) Eterno & Súper Nova vs Canis Lupus & Golden Magic [relevos suicidas, losers advance]
5) ? vs ??
it will be Super Nova’s mask vs Eterno’s hair or Golden Magic’s welterweight title versus Canis Lupus’s mask.
6) Hijo De Dos Caras, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Veneno vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Pirata Morgan, X-Fly

Rayo de Jalisco 36th Anniversary show.

The poster isn’t really specific on the relevos suicidas final happening on this show, I may have that wrong. (The poster actually makes it seem as though it’s a double apuesta tag match but that seems even less likely.)

No idea if that’s Sky Angel or a confusingly named new guy.

CMLL (MON) 11/17/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Milenium, Robin vs Centauro de Fuego, Guerrero Espacial, Inquisidor
2) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Marcela vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Dragon Lee, Rey Cometa, Stigma vs Boby Zavala, Kamaitachi, Okumura
4) Máscara Dorada, Titán, Valiente vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Mephisto, Pólvora
5) Atlantis vs Shocker

why are there so many Shocker main events? Semimain and tercera look really good. Dragon Lee has leaped to #1 in the “who will eventually unmask Kamaitachi sometime in spring 2015” power poll.

CMLL (TUE) 11/18/2014 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Star Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Guerrero Negro Jr., Nitro
3) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Cancerbero, Raziel
4) Estrellita © vs Zeuxis [MEX WOMEN]
Estrellita’s sixth defense.
5) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Hombre sin Nombre
6) La Máscara, Super Porky, Titán vs Euforia, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja

La Mascara gets along with Super Porky, but does he get along with Titan? I dunno.

Zeuxis seems like a 60/40 favorite in the title match. Just a hunch.

CMLL (TUE) 11/18/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Brillante & Virgo vs El Chacal & Sádico
2) Leo, Omar Brunetti, Soberano Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Ráfaga
3) Delta, Gallo, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Thunder
5) Atlantis & Máscara Dorada vs Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero

Main event after Ultimo Guerrero fouled everyone (and Gran Guerrero got pushed to the main event for some reason.)

I feel like I’ve seen some iteration of that tercera something like 20 times in the last two months.

Is Marco going to be in the cage match?