Lucha Underground 1×6 (2014-12-03): “The Key”

happy Pentagón Jr. two year anniversary!

the matches

  • Pimpinela Escarlata b Son Of Havoc (4:49, beso de la muerte)
  • Mil Muertes b Famous B (1:09, flatliner)
  • King Cuerno b Drago (4:24, “the thrill of the hunt” fireman’s carry sit down powerbomb)
  • Fénix & Sexy Star [O] vs Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Pentagón Jr. [X] (9:16, Fenix top rope double knee drop)

the developments

Big Ryck signed a contract to work full time. He requested to be paid in cash. That always seems like a good idea with a fledling promotion. Later, Cueto was grabbed by Mundo (in the bathroom), who demanded revenge. Cueto didn’t want to offer that, but did offer 100K if Mundo would not kill him. Mundo agreed, but took Cueto’s Key as collateral. Mundo later came to the ring and demanded the money right then and there. Ryck told Mundo to get out of the ring. Mundo dove onto Ryck and took him out. Mundo came to the ring to continue his demands, but was again interrupted – this time by Konnan, who said all friendship/alliances were off after Mundo clocked Puma with a chair last week. Ryck recovered to attack Mundo from behind in the meantime. Puma arrived and fought off Ryck, only to start brawling with Mundo too. Referees and security tried to keep them out, while Ryck and his men watched from the outside. Cueto finally put an end to it by bringing out a briefcase with 100K and declaring it’d be on a line in a ladder match next week, with Puma, Mundo and Ryck.

Super Mundo tope

Son of Havoc, who signed a 7 year contract that prevents him from going to Nashville, complained about facing too many weird people. His open challenge was met by the debuting Pimpinela. Pimpi hurt a shoulder on an accidental fall to the floor; they tried to work it as story, but it was clearly limiting. Mascarita Sagrada ran interference and Pimpi kissed Havoc to set up the pin. (The kiss was shot from as far away as possible and even then seemed edited.)

Mil Muertes won a quick squash.

Drago got a video package (he’s got his nunchucks! a little girl did a dramatic reading!) before his match, but Cuerno beat him to even up their feud. Cuerno told Drago “THE HUNT – HAS JUST – BEGUN”. The mystery woman appeared during the match, looked annoyed, and left.

Pentagon’s motivations remain unclear; announcers emphasized that Pentagon was not necessarily with Chavo. (Pentagon’s win-loss record is very clear.) Sexy Star still wants to face Chavo.


get really close to the screen and you can almost see it

Pimpinela’s debut was OK. They did good work to make the shoulder injury the story but it obviously limited the match. The kiss being cut away from is surprsing and weird when I’m used to seeing it twice a week with Maximo (on US TVs.) I wonder if it’ll air the same way on Unimas. It was nothing but awkward here.

Mil Muertes squash was a squash. That and the main event were two segments where it felt like they were running in place, waiting for other things to line up to move on. They got much more of a match of the main event. Chavo slowed it way down early, but it paid off with them speeding up at the end. Pentagon is awesome and it’s fairly obvious.

Drago/Cuerno and the three way stuff inched stuff along with those storylines. The ladder match feels like a big deal and either turning point or the straight ending for a story that’s been going on since episode 1, and it’ll also be a crazy match with 3 (but really 5) people around. Drago & Cuerno were established as long term rivals instead of just guys passing each other by. Cuerno, out of anyone of the show, seems to be trying to re-invent his style. The deliberate attacks of King Cuerno are unlike what I’m used to with Fantasma but it was better this time out than the first.

Next week: matches where I don’t know the results! matches where I don’t know the matches! I’m scared.

top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. AAA returned back to taping after a long break. Their tapings in Mexico City and Tuxtla focused on the final built to this upcoming Sunday’s Guerra de Titanes. Texano Jr. defeated El Patron Alberto in a street fight; despite the debut of Ricardo Rodriguez, Perro Jr. was enough to help champion Texano win before he defends his title against Alberto this weekend. The tag title match between champions Angelico & Jack Evans, Perros del Mal challengers Pentagon Jr. & Joe Lider and Reyes del Aire challengers Myzteziz & Fenix is being pushed as the second biggest match on the show and a title change seems likely there as well. The Hell Brothers continue to feud with the Psycho Circus, but that’s been pushed into the background a bit by Konnan rudely demanding Ciberentico and his crew join La Sociedad by this weekend or else and Cibernetico laughing off the threats. It seems highly unlikely the tweener Hell Brothers are going to join the rudo faction, but it also seems the most likely spot for big faction changing angle (which AAA has done the last few years on this show.) Ivelisse made her debut on these shows. She’s a tecnica here and feuding with ruda Sexy Star, the opposite of their Lucha Underground roles.
  2. The DF taping was surprisingly aired on a free stream with almost no notice. The stream went fine, leading me to believe Guerra de Titanes would be on iPPV. However, it’s Wednesday and there’s no hint of a streaming show, so who knows. The Guerra de Titanes show will air on PPV, and won’t air on TV until sometime in 2015.
  3. CMLL’s Inferino en el Ring is a show that’s happening with not much excitement. It’s a ten man cage match that was hurt a lot by losing it’s most compelling luchador (Rush) due to injury, but the rest of the build has been uninspiring: just a lot of people who simultaneous decided to start challenging for hair matches, and a situation where someone who’s in main events but not treated like a big star (Felino, Rey Bucanero) is expected to lose. This seems to be a test of Ultimo Guerrero’s drawing power. He’s been pushed as the top guy since the Anniversary show, but outside of that mask loss and the two Dia Los Muertos themed shows, Guerrero has not seemed to affect attendances. CMLL compounded the problems by adding nothing of substance to the card, just a bunch of interchangeable trios matches. The cage match should have some highlights – Barbaro Cavernario has built a year off of jumping of high places and a Snuka top of the cage splash seems very likely – but there are already better looking CMLL cards this month.
  4. CMLL and NJPW announced the FantasticaMania tour: Atlantis, Último Guerrero, La Sombra, Volador Jr., Místico, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla, Bárbaro Cavernario, Máscara Dorada, Pólvora, Mephisto, Okumura, Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Rey Cometa, Triton and Stigma. Stigma is a surprise inclusion but he’s the nephew of Black Cat, who’s always honored on this tour, so that may be the rationale. Atlantis vs Ultimo Gurerero and La Sombra vs Volador are expected to take place on the tour, likely the Korakuen Hall shows (which will air live on the NJPWWorld platform.)
  5. Recent Lucha Underground episodes have focused on the Prince Puma/Johnny Mundo/Big Ryck triangle, with Puma apparently choosing not to help Mundo against Ryck and Mundo accidentally hitting Puma with a chair. King Cuerno debuted and is feuding with Drago. Lucha Underground continues to draw in the 15-20K range on El Rey and 180-200K range on Unimas. A couple of the luchadors were guests at the Latin Grammys.
  6. La Mascara was declared Mr. CMLL 2014, winning the annual bodybuilding contest. All 3 Ingobernables – Sombra, Rush and Mascara – are winners of this competition. Many jokes were made about a Brazo winning a bodybuilding contest; Mascara reminded people that his father and uncles were lightweights at the start of their careers and he himself would get fat soon enough. Dark Angel won the women’s competition (now 8 of 9 years; last year’s winner Dalys pulled out and said it was due to health issues.)
  • Rush underwent surgery on his broken leg, and his return date was pushed back to February.
  • Apolo Dantes announced he was no longer in charge of Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. No one’s said what happened or who’s in charge now; CMLL’s not acknowledged any change.
  • CMLL stripped Mistico of the Welterweight Championship, then announced a tournament in late December for the vacant title (by which time Mistico will probably be back.)
  • CMLL Sunday shows have pushed a Soberano Jr. & Star Jr. vs Cholo & Ramstein, which looks to be a quick feud to set up the annual New Years week apuesta match (and where the long time opening match rudos would be expected to lose.)
  • CMLL announced they would be expanding weekly lineup to include “Sabado Popular” shows, which will feature trainees/young luchadors for cheap tickets at Arena Coliseo. The first show will take place 12/20 and a card is expected to be announced shortly. It’s unclear how often these shows will happen and if they’ll be recorded.
  • The most recent ChilangaMask show pushed a CMLL versus Indy feud with a draw in the main event and a brawl.
  • The upcoming Lucha Memes show includes a Negro Navarro & Que Monito versus Black Terry & Zacarias where only submissions or pinfalls by (or including) the mascot count.
  • Mephisto defeated Valiente in a Mexican Light Heavyweight Championship match for the fourth time. Matches have all said to be good.
  • I finally got to see the IWRG Ninja Turtles. There were a spot where they were dropped on their back and could not get up, because they are turtles. That was good.

Dragon Lee vs Virus set, Hechicero/Cavernario vs Maya/Detla, Lucha Underground

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 12/02/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b Camorra & Espanto Jr.
2) Goya Kong, Marcela, Skadi b Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis
Goya replaced Lluvia on Tuesday.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. DQ Puma, Sangre Azteca, Tiger
Hombre Bala & Super Halcon replaced Oro Jr. & the Panther on Tuesday. Tiger pulled Pantehr’s mask for the DQ.
4) Ángel de Oro b Hombre sin Nombre [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
mecedora in over 9 minutes.
5) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Valiente b Ephesto, Mephisto, Virus
Dragon Lee took falls 2/3, beating Virus in the last. Dragon Lee demanded a title shot. Virus said he liked challenges and accpeted.
6) Bárbaro Cavernario, Hechicero, Negro Casas b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máscara Dorada
Rudos took 2/3, with Barbaro submitting Maya and Hechicero beating Delta. Hechicero said Delta needs to defend his dusty titles (Arena Coliseo) but Maya wanted a rematch first.

They’re finally doing Dragon Lee versus Virus and they’re teasing a great Arena Coliseo tag title match. I’m not sure what’s happening here but suddenly we’re back to Tuesday’s being interesting again.

LuchaWorld has a great interview with Negro Casas about wrestling in Los Angeles, adapting thru his career and about Zacarias’ visa status. Transporting animals internationally is tough.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground preview

Big Ryck signs Cueto’s contract; Son of Havoc calls on Simpinela Escarlata; Johnny Mundo steals Cueto’s key as insurance; Sexy Star and Fenix team up against Chavo Guerrero and Pentagon Jr.

matches taped for this show

  • Pimpinela Escarlata vs Son Of Havoc
  • Mil Muertes vs Famous B (Famous B’s debut, except for that time Chavo laid him out)
  • King Cuerno vs Drago
  • Fénix & Sexy Star vs Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Pentagón Jr.

Lucha Underground has posted teasers of Mundo getting his hands on Cueto and Drago versus Cuerno II. Angela Fong is seen in the last one; perhaps her character is “woman who can’t find her seat.”

The early schedule shows there will be a Lucha Underground marathon on 12/14, with all the episodes airing starting at 11:30am CT that day. The 12/17 show was planned to be the last show before taking a holiday break, but that was the original plan and it’s always possible a change.

Slam! Sports has an interview with Big Ryck about the show. He thought he should work like a big bad guy who hurts people, and that looked like a great call after that forearm last week.

Tercera Caida returns today at 5pm after being off for a couple weeks. +LuchaTV has a lot of highlights of the Ichiban show, including Psycho Circus vs 32 Zombies.

CMLL’s not announced anything for Informa, but it’ll probably be Infierno en el Ring focused.

I was wrong, this card on Sunday with about 80 listed luchadors is Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi’s last show. Rayo de Plata is listed as the top star. Steel Fox lost his hair there on Sunday.

Terrible says Barbaro Cavernario will have to pay his dues in the cage match. Barbaro Cavernario notes he’s been in cage matches in Guadalajara and the Anniversary show so he’s not nervous about Friday’s match. He doesn’t like Terrible disrespecting him but would prefer to have Blue Panther’s hair.

Black Terry Jr. has video of the finals of the CaraLucha tag team tournament.

BxB Fly has music videos of 09/16 Puebla, 09/16 Guadalajara, and 09/21 Coliseo.

Segunda Caida really liked Ultimo Guerrero & Blue Panther vs Black Terry & Solar and Mistico vs Volador.

CMLL’s highlights of 11/28 indicate it’ll be the lightning match and the top two which make Fox.

Dorian Roldan is listed on Sports Business’ top 20 2014 Sports Innovator list.

LLF has a press conference for the end of the year show, which includes a Lady Jaguar vs Alicia mask vs hair match. LuchaMania Monterrey also has an amusing recap of the Arena Coliseo Monterrey show; that main event was no good.

Angelico talks about Sunday’s tag title match.

Lucha Libre in Japan

12/03 NJPW: Sombra’s team loss the atomicos, that doesn’t matter. Let’s look at the tag team tournament standings for his block

10 Anderson & Gallows - done!
08 Naito & Sombra
08 Tenzan & Kojima
08 Styles & Yujiro

As far as anyone can figure, NJPW’s said only the top team moves on – no semifinals or anything like that. Sombra & Naito beat Styles & Yujiro, beat Tenzan & Kojima but lost to Anderson & Gallows. That means if Sombra & Naito win (vs Dane & Conway), they’re tied for the lead but lose the tie breaker unless one of the other teams win. That’s the most likely outcome: Anderson & Gallows are the tag team champions, so they advance to the final (and probably lose to Shibata/Goto.) Sombra & Naito need a win and either one of the other 8 points teams to also win to force NJPW to come up with a new tiebreaker.


CMLL Teleton (SAT) 12/06/2014 Centro de Rehabilitación Infantil Teletón, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
2) Blue Panther Jr., Dragon Lee, The Panther vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máscara Dorada vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Benefit show. Panther Jr., Delta and Dragon Lee visited the children’s hospital to promote it.

IWRG (SUN) 12/07/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Metaleon vs Araña de Plata
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, Liderk, Rayan
3) Dr. Cerebro, Emperador Azteca, Negro Navarro vs Chicano, Trauma I, Trauma II
4) Danny Casas & Oficial 911 vs Canis Lupus & Eterno [super libre]
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Súper Nova vs Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Máscara Año 2000
6) Toscano vs Veneno [hair]

Yea, sure, why not. At least they got a cool Toscano photo. I thought Veneno had a chance until I saw that. Oficial AK47 no-showing leading to more Danny Casas is the most rudo thing Oficial AK47 has done in some time.

CMLL (TUE) 12/09/2014 Arena México
1) Aéreo & Angelito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Flyer, Magnus, Star Jr. vs Artillero, Metálico, Súper Comando
3) Fuego, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Kamaitachi
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
5) Virus © vs Dragon Lee [CMLL SL]
Virus’ eighth defense.
6) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Sombra vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Euforia, Hechicero

Sombra’s getting right off the plane and into the ring, I guess. And for an Arena Coliseo tag title feud! Should be a good match, as pretty much everything on this card should be.

Virus has held this title so long, he defended it against the OTHER Dragon Lee. This one’s better, but Virus will having wins over both would be pretty neat. Dragon Lee’s had a meteoric rise this year and this match is 50/50 to me.

Disturbio makes it all the way to a tercera and Flyer gets good people to work with.

CMLL (TUE) 12/09/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
2) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
3) Dark Angel vs Amapola, Princesa Sugehit, Tiffany, Lluvia, Zeuxis, La Vaquerita, Dalys [cibernetico]
4) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Okumura, Vangellys
5) Máscara Dorada, Máximo, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto
6) Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero

There will be moves, then kick outs, then breaks in that main event. So many of them.

Very unusual for a CMLL card not to have the undercard. Combine that with the management change and I wonder if we’ll see some new names pop up.