Lucha Underground 1×22: Mask vs Mask

they could not have known this would actually work before trying it

the matches

Angelico [O], Ivelisse, Son of Havoc b Aerostar, Drago [X], Fenix to advance in the trios title tournament (8:13, shooting star press)
Sexy Star b Super Fly (5:46, la casita)
Prince Puma (c) b King Cuerno to retain the Lucha Underground Championship (9:03, 630 senton)

the developments

Drago assisted tornillo

Dario met with Puma and Konnan to explain he wanted the Lucha Underground Trios championship to be as important as the heavyweight one. Dario made Puma captain of a team, telling him to find two partners for a match next week against his own selected team. Konnan pushed for more info about Dario’s team, and Dario revealed King Cuerno would be on it, Prince Puma would face King Cuerno tonight, Cuerno’s partners would be with him, and the match would be for the Lucha Underground championship.

Later, Konnan told Puma he’d recruited Hernandez to be on the team. They were interrupted by Johnny Mundo, who revealed Prince Puma had also asked him to be on the team. Konnan wasn’t happy with the idea of team with Mundo, while Puma still seems (quietly!) uncomfortable with Hernandez.

3 stage handshake with 3 different cuts

Texano and Cage, Cuerno’s partners for next week, backed him up and helped Cuerno in the match. Puma still won, thought with some help from Hernandez. Prince Puma didn’t want to help. They had an animated discussion about after the match, only to be interrupted by Cage & Texano attacking. A five man brawl (with the defeated Cuerno being pulled out by the referee) ended the show.

This week’s trios title match saw both teams fall apart during the match. No one on Son of Havoc’s team really wanted to work together and Drago & Aerostar avoided tagging each other in out. Both teams seemed to pull it together, only for Ivelisse to walk out on Son of Havoc when he dove for a tag while Drago and Aerostar started slapping each other in the face. Havoc overcame Aerostar & Drago to get the win, much to Ivelisse’s surprise and distress.

this was really good camerawork (and a nice dive)

Sexy Star and Super Fly were forced to fight each other for disappointing Dario by losing last week. Dario ensured they’d fight hard by spontaneously making it a mask versus mask match. The announcers emphasized how strange it was to have a sort of sudden mask match, questioning Dario’s decisions strongly than they have in the past. Super Fly aggressively went after Sexy Star, but missed his moonsault and was rolled up for the pin. Super Fly demanded Sexy Star unmask him, and she sadly did. Pentagon Jr. attacked both after the match, this time breaking Super Fly’s arm before Sexy Star could stop him.


This show is one I thought would get a lot of negative feedback, because of the quick mask match. I try to avoid reading reviews until after writing my own, but there didn’t seem to be many people complaining about it on Twitter during the show. It helps that Sexy Star is popular with the show’s fans, and part of the reason this happens appears to simply give Sexy a big win with no help before she faces Pentagon. It kind of got lost a little bit with Pentagon running in right after, but it’s a win they can bring up forever on the show and make seem bigger than it was in the moment. (The other reason I think this happened was to bring Lucha Underground and AAA slightly more in line, which is another Lucha Underground Sexy Star dilemma for another day.)

Mundo’s plan here was just to fly and hope he landed on something

I didn’t have any problem with it, I was amused to watch it happen before my eyes (a second time!) Striker and Vampiro really pushed the idea of Dario cheapening the mask stip by doing it at random, actually voicing the most likely complaints in the segment while trying to shift the blame for to Dario (instead of putting it on the promotion.) I think they handled it as well as possible.

Prince Puma and King Cuerno came off better on TV than it did live. There was one botched spot in (at a spot they really couldn’t take it off), and it was probably a bit slower than people would’ve expected from a Prince Puma match, but it still was satisfying and set up next week’s tournament match well.

Opener trios match had a lot of stories to juggle and had to handle a match in between. They made the most out of everything, building towards Drago/Aerostar well and continuing Havoc’s post breakup win streak. None of the matches on this show were super, but they were all very solid.

CMLL Tuesday, Lucha Underground

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 04/07/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000 b Fantasy & Último Dragoncito
Stukita originally replaced Angelito, but it was Fantasy in that spot by the time the match happened. The rudo side started out as Pequeno Universo & Pequeno Nitro, but ended up with double subs. Mercurio pulled Dragoncito’s mask to set up the win.
2) Flyer, Magnus, Robin b Artillero, Disturbio, Súper Comando
Tecnicos were calling this team MFR on social media
3) Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca b Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr.
4) Virus b The Panther [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Titán, Valiente b Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
6) Dragon Lee, La Máscara, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Kamaitachi, Negro Casas
Stuka replaced Dragon Rojo Jr. (injury) on Monday. La Mascara beat Casas with a casita.

Virus and Panther hasn’t been uploaded. CMLL’s Facebook was still promoting Stukita as appearing on this show when another part of CMLL set out a lineup without him. I dunno.

Lucha Underground

Tonight’s episode title is “[spoiler]”. Matches happening include

  • Angelico, Ivelisse, Son of Havoc vs Aerostar, Drago, Fenix in the Lucha Underground Trios Championship Tournament – entrances and first minute or so of the action
  • Super Fly vs Sexy Star
  • King Cuerno vs Prince Puma (c) for the Lucha Underground Championship

They haven’t promoted the last one as of yet. It had a couple problems live, and there’s a bit of logical problem: Striker’s been hitting “wins and losses really matter here!” and Cuerno’s getting a title shot coming off a big loss while Mundo beat him and isn’t getting a shot (at least yet.)

Maybe they’ll explain it during the show. There is a Dario/Puma meeting – they posted a bit of it already, revealing that a Prince Puma led team will also be in the tournament versus another Dario Cueto selected trio next week. That’s the third match in the tournament, with the final coming in two weeks.

The Lucha Temple site theorized Dario Cueto is running a lucha libre promotion to please the Azteca gods. I think it’s 50/50 bet this is correct.

Other News

The main event on a show Sunday in Cuernavaca was Dr. Wagner Jr., Super Brazo, and Shocker versus LA Park, Canek, Hijo del Pirata Morgan. Shocker was filling it for Mr. Niebla (so he didn’t think he’d be back in CMLL at this point), and so it was slightly CMLL vs AAA. Pirata’s still working a lot of indy shows. That show had a 90 minute delay before the main event, with the promoter eventually putting the blame on the commissioner, though he didn’t explain why.

The Perros del Mal promotion will hold a mass in memory of HIjo del Perro Aguayo on April 11th in Mexico City.

IWRG is bringing in Myzteziz on 04/16, and trying a new staggered pricing scheme. The price for the tickets will go up twice before the show, more expensive the later you wait. IWRG’s also running a ruleta de la muerte on 04/19.

Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. will be out a month after his elbow dislocation. He complimented the medical crew that helped him, but complained there was no ambulance at the venue to take him to the hospital – he had to wait until his father was done with the main event to drive him there.

All Elite LA Park & Volador Jr. will team on 04/19.

Marcela is back in New York’s WUW on 04/18. She’s pictured as champion and may be by that point.

Pegasso won the Copa Junior in Arena Coliseo San Ramon.

El Tarotista lost his mask in Xalapa.

Segunda Caida watches a 2000 CMLL Tag Team tournament and some random recent lucha.

+LuchaTV has an Psico Kid challenging Black Terry and interview with Satanico.

Lucha Libre in Japan

03/25 REINA: Amapola [O] & KANA b Silueta [X] & Narumiya

CMLL also announced La Comandante is returning to REINA again from April 22 to July 11th.


IWRG (SUN) 04/12/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Aeroman & Astro Rey Jr. vs Araña de Plata & Atomic Star
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Electro Boy, Hip Hop Man, Imposible, Picudo Jr.
3) Hijo de Mascara Sagrada, Relámpago, Yakuza vs Canis Lupus, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Oficial 911
4) Chicano, Ricky Cruz, Veneno vs Eterno, Pirata Morgan, X-Fly
5) Hijo De Dos Caras © vs Negro Navarro [IWRG IC HEAVY]
Dos’ five defense.

Navarro beat Dos a couple weeks ago.

Yakuza’s not an evil AULL invader any more, I guess.

CMLL (TUE) 04/14/2015 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Magnus, Robin, Sensei vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
4) Fuego vs Virus [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
6) Atlantis, Dragon Lee, La Máscara vs Kamaitachi, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

They’re still doing Virus singles matches, just every Tuesday. Kamaitachi and Dragon Lee repeat in the main event. Panthers/Boricuas fed is back again.

CMLL (TUE) 04/14/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Virgo vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Leo, Starman, Stigma vs Inquisidor, Maléfico, Metálico
3) Goya Kong, Marcela, Silueta vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
4) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Hechicero, Shocker, Vangellys
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Sky Team vs Guerreros.