Usual bit: spoilers after the jump, list of upcoming matches here, but it’s getting so far in the future that just reading match lineups are going to give things away.
Two people moved from dark matches to the main show, which left room for a new debut in the dark match.
LU (SAT) 02/07/2015 Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
1) Famous B & Jeff Cobb b Davari & Mariachi Loco
Mariachi is over. (Shawn) Davari’s debut. Kind of a heel vs heel match, with Famous B beating Loco for the win. Dark match.
2) Johnny Mundo b Angélico
Beginning of 04/01 episode. Long competitive match. Angelico was almost as good as Johnny Mundo, but only almost.
3) Drago b Aerostar
match 4 for of the best of five, with Drago tying it up at two. Drago was a little rudo-ish in this match, but offered the handshake after the win. Aero tentatively accepted, but they pulled each other close and went head to head before separating them.
4) Big Ryck, Killshot, the Mack b Pentagón Jr., Sexy Star, Súper Fly [LU TRIOS, tournament]
first round match in tournament. In a segment only for the live crowd prior to recording, Dario showed off the three new belts and explained this Sexy Star trio was a wild card team he had put together. Pentagon told his still mystery mentor that he didn’t want anything to do with Super Fly or Sexy Star, but would win all by himself. Pentagon wouldn’t tag out until Big Rick stopped him, but then Super Fly & Sexy left him hanging. Later, those two would not tag in Pentagon. Debuts for the (Willie) Mack and Killshot (Shane Strickland under a mask); there was no introduction but they appear long term allied with Ryck. Crowd was strongly behind Mack. Killshot and Mack gave Super Fly their big moves for the win (though it took two takes, and an awkward kickout in between.) Pentagon attempted to break Super Fly’s arm, Sexy Star made the save, and Pentagon declared he’d break both of their arms. Originally the end of 04/01 (ep 21) – see note on 02/08 taping for more.
5) Angélico, Ivelisse, Son of Havoc b Aerostar, Drago, Fénix [LU TRIOS, tournament]
Start of 04/08 episode. Neither team was getting along in this match, with Fenix trying to play peacemaker on his team while the other team had no help. There were moments of disagreement, but more time spent fighting the other team. After a wild match, Ivelisse walked out on Havoc and Aerostar and Drago came to blows at the same moment. Havoc took advantage of Aerostar & Drago and actually got a win with the shooting star press. Ivelisse was shocked Havoc finally own and unhappy to still be alive in this tournament. Fenix was upset with both Drago and Aerostar for costing the match, but they were more focused one each other.
6) Sexy Star b Súper Fly [mask]
Both were introduced while being unsure why they were wrestling. Dario appeared to make this match as punishment for them embarrassing him as his wild card team. He demanded they really fight, and made a mask match to make sure they took it seriously. Neither participant was happy about this, but Super Fly eventually worked as a rudo during the match. Sexy Star won with a casita. Neither wanted to do the stipulation, and the unmasking was interrupted by Martin Martinez (ex-Martin Cassius) wearing a AZTEC PRIDE shirt and demanding Super Fly live up to the stipulation. Security chased Martinez (as if he was a fan who jumped the rail?) out of the building. Super Fly untied his mask and knelt down to let Sexy take it off. Sexy didn’t want to do it, but eventually did. Super Fly let the cameras see his face this time. Pentagon Jr. snuck in, knocked Sexy Star off the apron, and broke Super Fly’s arm. Pentagon told Sexy she would be next.
7) Prince Puma © b King Cuerno [LU CHAMP]
Puma had Hernandez and Mundo with him for unclear reasons, and Cuerno had Texano Jr. & Brian Cage with him as a counter balancing surprise. Texano Jr. & Cage (more Texano) interfered in the match. There’s some spots that’ll have to be fixed in editing. After Mundo and Texano had been taken out, Puma knocked Cage off the apron as Hernandez knocked Cuerno down from the outside. Puma was very upset with Hernandez interfering and reluctantly did the 630 senton after the match. Hernandez and Puma continued to disagree after the match, Hernandez coming off like an overbearing older brother. In a bit only for the live crowd, Mundo revealed these two trios (Puma/Hernandez/Mundo and Cage/Texano/Cuerno) would face off tomorrow in the trios title tournament. End of the 04/08 episode (ep 22)
None of the taped vignettes are shown in the arena. There’s no screen to show them, if they even exist at this point.
Angelico & Mundo was probably the match of the taping, but there were others that were just about as good. Prince Puma vs King Cuerno had good moments but also some problems. There were bits that will need to be fixed in editing, but it was also a match more in service of next week’s trios title match (with lots of rudo interference) and whatever they’re setting up with the Puma/Hernandez thing.
At this point, Pentagon Jr.’s broken the arms of Famous B, Ricky Mandell, Vinny Massaro, Argenis and Super Fly in matches. Everyone’s who’s gotten their arm broken has disappeared for TV (for the time being; they’ll be back, and Famous B was hanging out in the dark match here.) My guess is that they decided that as long as Super Fly was going to be on that list, they might as well fix the problem of him wrestling here masked while he’s unmasked in AAA. The original idea was AAA and Lucha Underground having separate continuities, but that was back when less AAA people were expected to be used in Lucha Underground. It’s tougher to pretend they’re separate universes when Alberto is showing up here with the AAA title belt and Texano’s coming after him. I don’t think this is a case of everything getting realigned – there’s no chance of Lucha Underground Sexy Star becoming a ruda any time soon – but Super Fly’s mask was taken care of.
worth looking out for: Chavo’s MIA for a long time at this point, so it’s at least possible Pentagon got his revenge in a piece we haven’t seen. Or maybe Mil Muertes just kills him on TV next Wednesday’s.
Sexy Star/Super Fly was really good, though. Killshot & Mack work most of Ryck’s matches, which make them great Ryck matches. There was a lot of storyline in the other trios title match but it felt like there was a lot of good action as well. (The WON report says one is a pimp and one is a thug. I didn’t get that vibe at all, maybe there’s something I’m missing.) Like the other recap, I had concerns about the show – but it was more about how they’d fit all of this in one hour. Everything went long, no squashes at all.