This is not a rerun. There are now results. I decided to just do a separate post. Everything is weird, just roll with it.
Sunday results are from the WON. Saturday results are from…elsewhere. Yep.
FWIW: Observer says the next taping is on 03/21 (29-32) My impression is they’re dark on WrestleMania weekend, so that’d be the only shows for March. They’d only need to tape two weeks in April to be done for the season.
Black Lotus was shown to be trapped in a car at the start of the show. Later, at an unknown location, the trunk was opened, and a mystery person asked her what she knew about lucha libre. The person was shown for a brief instant – and it was the mystery masked man who saved Prince Puma in the vignette that opened the series.
After Aerostar defeated Drago, Dario Cueto announced they would be spending more time together. Drago & Aerostar will continue in a best of five series (tied 1-1) and the winner will receive a Unique Opportuinty.
Cage dominated most of the match with Prince Puma. Konnan appeared late to encourage Puma to make it to the ropes after a hold. Cage later dropped Puma with his Weapon X finisher, but opted to punch Puma in the face repeatedly instead of covering. Konnan yelled for Puma to cover up, grabbed a towel, and threw it in to call the submission. Later in the locker room, Konnan told Prince Puma that Puma just needed to stick to the plan – it appeared at least part of what we just saw was that plan, but it was unclear what part.
Sexy Star confronted Dario Cueto in his office. She was sick of men bailing her out, and wanted the Crew all by herself. Cueto suggested a match with Big Ryck, but Sexy insisted on going it alone. Cueto clarified: Big Ryck wanted the Crew as well, so he and Sexy Star would have a match next week and the winner would get to face the Crew. Sexy Star was satisfied with this.
Pentagon Jr. defeated Massaro with ease, even doing his #0M pose while holding Massaro, then dropping him with a piledriver, then powerbombing him thru a table and then armbarring him.
King Cuerno’s tope got a vignette! It made a lot of sense later, as three straight topes lead to both men being counted out. Mundo and Cuerno continued to brawl around the ring, up the stairs and finally thru a fence.
I kind of feel like I know as much as what’s going on with Lucha Underground as anyone who doesn’t actually work for them, but I have no idea what’s going on in multiple cases! I never thought we’d see the mentor type guy from the first episode again, just writing that of as a thematic bit, but there he was and I have no idea why. I’d assume the trunk bit was to sneak Black Lotus away from where Cueto might spot her, but he could just as much be the guy Dario was talking to on the phone about the situation. I dunno!
I also have no idea about Konnan’s scheme but also want to know what it is. My first assumption was Konnan meant the towel throwing was part of the plan, but maybe I shouldn’t limit Konnan’s plans into being so narrow. He’s a world of possibilities.
The thing I do know is this week’s show in-ring was great. The 3 big matches were all great in their own ways – Drago/Aerostar was a fun flying exhibition, the other two combined action with advancing their stories – and even the Pentagon squash match was pretty memorable. (I’m guessing Striker called the finish “3 Up 3 Down” because he hasn’t put together that Pentagon Jr.’s doing “0 M” handsigns – it took a while for me too.) Not to keep criticizing lsat week’s show, but any of those matches would’ve been the best match on that show.
There were a couple of cheap finishes. The Puma bit – both being in desperate enough trouble to need the match stopped and his reaction to Konnan actually doing it – didn’t get enough time to really sink it. The follow up discussion muddies that a little bit. They did sold the Cuerno topes – again 3 of them – as killer to explain the countout, and the brawl after the match was a much better way to keep the feud going than a screwy finish, so that one worked better than it reads.
LyC (SUN) 02/22/2015Arena Coliseo Monterrey [Lo Mejor de Lucha,LuchaMania Monterrey] 1) Erika Sotelo, La Chica Enmascarada, Mini Hator b Alicia, Larry Miranda Jr., Tequilia Lady Jaguar, who Alicia unmasked in December, sat in the front row and yelled at Alicia during the match. The distraction eventually led to Erika beating Alicia. Jaguar threw her drink at Alicia after the match. 2) Demenzía b Galactar, Gato Fantasma Demenzia beat Gato Fantasma 3) Kaientai, Rico Rodriguez, Silver King Jr. b Epydemius, Ninja Jr., Silencio Silver King Jr. was accompanied by Hijo de Silver King (so there is two of them.) Silver Jr. beat Ninja Jr. 4) Big Neurosis & Difunto I b Caifan & Caifan Rockero III listed as Diluvios vs Caifans, but the Diluvios were replaced by Difunto & Big Neurosis. LUM’s Hombre de Negro helped Difunto & Neurosis win. 5) Hijo del Ninja, Humberto Garza, Ultimo Ninja DQ Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Silver King Wagners quickly turned into a street fight and took the first. Ninjas rallied back in the second, with Silver King cut badly by a shot from a cooler. (The recap says the white part of his mask turned red in under 10 seconds.) Third fall was short, with King blatantly fouling Hijo del Ninja. Beer was thrown in. Silver King ran to the back to get treatment for his cut, while a rematch was set up for 03/15. The winner of that match will be the LyC Tag Team championship, and the match will either be bull terrier or cage.
Pictures indicate Arena Coliseo Monterrey came close to selling out or actually did. It’s rare in recent times for people to even be seated in the upper level, much less fill it all up. Note they added fireworks, a big screen and guardrails. A lot of these names are in and out of this building regularly, so the credit seems to go to the build they did on TV and radio for this show. This show was previously said to be airing on TV, returning new matches to Noches de Coliseo, so I guess we’ll see this weekend.
CMLL (TUE) 02/24/2015Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Nitro b Fantasy & Último Dragoncito
2) Flyer, Oro Jr., Star Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte, Artillero, Súper Comando Star & Flyer had new matching red gear.
3) Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany b Dark Angel, Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit Comandante replaced Zeuxis on Monday. Marcela replaced Estrellita on an updated lineup but Estrellita did wrestle. Tiffany pulled Sugehit’s mask to beat her. Sugehit said wanted a lightning match next week and Tiffany said no.
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón b Kamaitachi, Luciferno, Pólvora Kamaitachi replaced Bobby Zavala.
5) Kráneo, Negro Casas, Olímpico b Fuego, La Máscara, Titán Fuego replaced Rey Cometa (still injured, odd he’d be booked this early). Ripper was listed in Olimpico’s place on an updated lineup, but Olimpico did end up wrestling.
6) Volador Jr. b Último Guerrero UG was DQed for excessive violence in the first, took the second and Volador won clean with a backcracker in the third.
Volador actually won. Ultimo Guerrero can blame the referee (Tirantes) for calling the DQ in the first fall.
Even the updated lineups aren’t accurate. I dunno. Tiffany’s stuck in the lightning match. This is the second time in about a month where a Tuesday lightning match has been set up by a finish on the previous show – but it didn’t actually take place last time.
Tonight’s Lucha Underground episode is called Caged Animals. Matches on tap:
Cage vs Prince Puma, where Cage can get a title shot with a win
I don’t have it handy, but I did grab the HD still of Dario’s list from last week. The words on top we couldn’t figure out last week were “Tactus Phorm”. Google reveals that’s a recently released iPad screen that creates raised physical bumps whenever the keyboard is visible on screen, so you have a better idea of where to put your fingers. That’s interesting, and that means it probably was Dario’s real life list of things to check and not a plot point. Next, to decipher the hidden meaning of the giant red bull that’s suddenly on Dario’s desk.
CMLL officially announced Homenaje a Dos Leyendas will air in 60 Cinepolis theaters around Mexico. There’s no list of which theaters. The article is more interested in promoting this as the latest in the line of CMLL being a technological leader, saying they were the first promotion to be on black and white TV, first on color TV, first Mexican company to be on PPV, first to go to HD and first to be in movie theaters.
Few of those appear to be true, even if you consider “lucha libre” different than “US (or other) wrestling”. The history I’ve read says the 50s Televicentro group is first on Mexico TV. EMLL would’ve been first on TV prior to UWA when TV returned to Mexico City, but it’s likely groups elsewhere in the country were on color TV first. I’m not totally sure about PPV – was the show indy show using CMLL talent where Rey Bucanero lost his mask a PPV? (Also, PPV worked so well they stopped doing them.) They might have been on HD first, because only channels the size of Televisa were doing HD at first and AAA got to it later because they travel, but they were still years behind the rest of the world at that time. Broadcasting shows in movie theaters appears to be new for Mexican wrestling, but has been done elsewhere for years. The thing they should’ve been boasting about is being able to do weekly and even thrice weekly live internet broadcasts, but they don’t want to talk about that anymore. Fudging details for a better story is one thing, but laughably behind the times CMLL positioning themselves as a technological leader is a big stretch and also beside the point.
CMLL has highlights of the 02/20 show. The clips indicate the plan is for Fox Sports 2 to air the entire tournament block and the trios main event, so an eight match show.
CMLL (TUE) 03/03/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Gallo & Magnum vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Goya Kong, La Vaquerita, Silueta vs Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón vs Kamaitachi, Sangre Azteca, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro vs Felino [super libre]
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Euforia, Negro Casas, Shocker
Felino’s last singles match here wasn’t any good, CMLL super libre matches are usually no different than regular matches and Angel de Oro wrestles the same match ever time so that’ll not be any good.
CMLL (TUE) 03/03/2015Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Akuma & Espiritu Negro
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Princesa Sugehit vs Tiffany [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Hechicero, Puma, Tiger
5) Dragon Lee, Super Porky, Titán vs Luciferno, Rey Escorpión, Vangellys
6) Mistico, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Ripper
It sure seemed like Mistico & Ripper were intended to team and feud in the incredible pairs tournament, only Mistico didn’t show up. They’re on opposite sides here so we’ll see if they feud now.