Lucha Underground 1×24: Trios Champions

this spinning DDT is Pentagon’s biggest weakness

the matches

Sexy Star beat Pentagon Jr. (7:01, spinning headscissors into a backcracker)
Angelico, Ivelisse and Son of Havoc defeated Cage, Texano, King Cuerno and Big Ryck, Mack, Kill Shot in an (retroactive) Lucha Underground Trios tournament semifinal
– 8:03, Killshot top rope double stomp on Texano Jr.
– 13:50, Angelico Fall of the Angels Killshot
Angelico, Ivelisse and Son of Havoc defeated the Crew (Bael, Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco) to win the Lucha Underground Trios tournament, become first champions (6:38, 20:28 total, Angelico top rope double stomp Cortez Castro + Son of Havoc shooting star press on Mr. Cisco)

the developments

the Mack says hi

The focus was on the trios tournament, but there were a couple of non-tournament segments:

Black Lotus has now been training with Dragon Azteca for eight weeks and believes she’s ready to take on Matanza. Dragon Azteca believes her anger will cost her. Lotus is able to dispatch assialnts in the dark, but Azteca gets the better of her in the lights.

Johnny Mundo and Alberto el Patron had another testy exchange. Alberto poked Mundo about losing in the trios tournament and not winning the singles title. Johnny Mundo made a slap joke. They will not be hanging out.

The one non-tournament match was Pentagon Jr. taking on Sexy Star. Melissa Santos, with a foot taped, announced much more positively for Sexy Star and rooted for her from her chair. Pentagon dominated the match, but maybe took Sexy Star too lightly (or his run of success too highly) and didn’t really try to put Sexy Star away. Sexy rallied back at times, and eventually caught Pentagon with a headscissors into a backcracker for the upset win. Pentagon was beside himself.

The Cage, King Cuerno, Texano Jr. team lost when Texano Jr. collided with a front row seated Daivari after being hit by a Havoc dive. Daivari spilled his drink on his shirt and went mad, beating up Texano and posting him. Ryck’s team took advantage to beat Texano. Cuerno & Cage looked annoyed.

Ivelisse was limping early on and never came much in. Announcers belived it happened on a silla, but it appeared she might have suffered the injury earlier. She struggled thru the match, and Angelico spent a long time trapped in the ring 1 on 3. He was eventually able to tag out. Havoc finally turned it around by giving Killshot a reverse huracanrana and knocking over Mack & Ryck with a tope after they had caught Ivelisse on a plancha. Angelico took out Killshot with his Fall of Angels crucifix powerbomb for the win.

Son of Havoc takes out everyone

Melissa did not finish her winner announcement before Dario appeared to interrupt. He congratulating the misfit trio on getting so far, but said the tournament wasn’t over. He introduced the Crew as the final competitors and made it a no DQ match. Announcers pushed the idea that the Crew had been recovering and relaxing fur four weeks, while the other team had been fighting each other and the the other teams. Second match was a total brawl, mostly out of the ring, and with Ivelisse very limited in what she could add. Mr. Cisco dragged Angelico upstairs to separate him from the rest of the team, and the rest of the Crew destroyed Havoc & Ivelisse. Ivelisse was able to escape away from a cane shot, and Angelico wiped out two of the Crew with a running giant plancha from a top Dario’s office all the way into the ring. Ivelisse took out the Crew with cane shots of her own, and Havoc & Angelico landed top rope moves for the victory.


Show was very good!

Angelico has wings

The trios tournament story came across as well on TV as it did live. Maybe more so live, because Angelico’s big dive to end it came as a bigger surprise live, and Striker did a great job telling the stories of all the winners after the match. Still, it was really really good live – I got this week’s show and last week’s show in the course of a few hours, one of the best live experiences I’ve had watching wrestling.

One of the challenges with doing this show, which I’ve mentioned a few times, is they’re always going to be taping episodes months ahead and so they won’t quite know the TV crowd reactions to their stories while they’re filming it. It seems to have worked out great with the trios champions, something that might have looked unimpressive on paper but came thru strongly on TV.

I wonder if they would’ve made a different decision with Pentagon Jr. if they were doing it live; Pentagon got over strong live, but even more so with the TV audience. I think the Sexy Star story makes sense, and the match they had worked, but maybe that wouldn’t have been priority at other times. On the other hand, Sexy Star really needed a serious win if she’s meant to be taken seriously (and she is), and Pentagon didn’t feel hurt that much.

Both the taped pieces came off well. The Black Lotus story is being paced well for something that’s going to last 39 (or so) episodes. Mundo/Alberto will be big when they get to it.

2014 Lucha Libre Win/Loss Records

This is the usual match record listing, much later than usual. I’ve noted previous years results were heavily biased to shows that shows which get a lot of attention (major DF promotions) and had weird quirks where a small promotion could show up a lot if their lineups just happen to be some place I could easily find. It’s 2015, many (but not all) groups are on Facebook and sharing their posters, streamlining the process. For over a year, Kris Zellnar’s been collected posters from everywhere he can find them. I started transcribing them all into the database arond Feburary. It’s so much work, much of it focusing on luchadors I’ve never seen and will never see, and I’m likely to give up doing it at any point, but it’s provided a much larger data set for this time around.

Year (2009 on) Shows Matches
2009: 2359 shows, 10123 matches
2010: 2580 shows, 11216 matches
2011: 2704 shows, 11972 matches
2012: 2824 shows, 12885 matches
2013: 2699 shows, 12783 matches
2014: 5495 shows, 24998 matches

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Lucha Underground trios tournament ends tonight, Sugehit/Nayumiya,

CMLL (TUE) 04/21/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Acero & Fantasy b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel b Flyer, Leono, Metatrón
3) Hombre Bala Jr. b Disturbio [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Bala won in 7:16.
4) Goya Kong, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, La Seductora, Narumiya
Vaquerita replaced Skadi. Straight falls. Sugheit challenged for a title match.
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Marco Corleone b Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Delta & Maya beat Niebla prior to their title match on Sunday.
6) Bárbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas, Shocker b Atlantis, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr.
Negro snuck in a foul on Atlantis to set up the win.

Main event will continue on. Sugehit ends up getting the title shot, which makes Saturday’s win by Silueta random.

Lucha Underground tonight (episode 24 of 39) is named “Trios Champions”. Matches announced for the show

  • Pentagon Jr. vs Sexy Star (Pentagon interview)
  • Cage, King Cuerno, Texano Jr. vs Big Ryck, Killshot, the Mack vs Angelico, Ivelisse, Son of Havoc in the Lucha Underground Trios Championship (early clip here)

There’s also another Johnny Mundo/Alberto el Patron run-in. Alberto wasn’t around for this block for tapings, but they’ve kept him around with this speech.

Those possessing an ability to count may notice that’s only two matches. The trios tournament goes longer than you’d expect. It was a fantastic live experience and hopefully will come across as well on TV. (Expect a lot of “this is what I thought when I was there” messages on Twitter.)

This is another ‘chapter break’ episode. There’s definitely things which happen here which spur things forward, but the end of the tournament and the resolution of the Pentagon/Sexy Star issue (for now) makes this feel like a mini PPV.

Aeroboy & Violento Jack won the X-LAW Tag Team championship in Tijuana on Friday. Main event saw Pagano give Nicho a martinete and the ref stop the match. AAA (ran out of stretchers in an injury angle), CMLL (Blue Panther faking a knockout) and Tijuana (match stopped due to severe injury with medics running in) have all referenced Perro Jr.’s death in their own special too soon ways. Local wrestler Angel Negro Jr. unmasked himself and announced his surprise retirement in the undercard and I’m not sure he has the wrong idea.

RobViper has highlights of 10/27/06 CMLL, 10/20/06 CMLL, 12/01/06 CMLL, 11/24/06 CMLL, 12/08/2006 CMLL and 12/15/06 CMLL.

+LuchaTV has highlights of from the DTU/Boom show: Golden Magic vs Dinamic Black vs Arez vs Belial vs Pesadilla vs Draztick Boy, Freelance & Mike Segura vs Ciclope & Miedo Extremo and Black Terry vs X-Fly vs Rocky Santana vs Tony Rivera vs Paranoiko vs Makabre.

The LA Times has an article on Lucha Underground. It’s a nice profile of the promotion from the second to last set of tapings for this season. There’s no details about the future, the subject is not brought up. There’s also a feature on a local mask maker.

Multimedios Deportes says Laredo Kid will be heading to NXT in June, as long as he passes his medical exams. WWE takes those exams serious – Willie Mack revealed (I think here) yesterday his NXT stint was cut short because his medical tests revealed a knee injury and blood pressure issues – but it’s also the last step before starting there. The common thread between Laredo and the two Hispanic wrestlers announced as signing a couple weeks ago is all have US passports.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground episode 22 and Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero vs Satanico & Averno.

A documentary on Arena Azteca Budokan and the Moreno family was shown at UNAM yesterday. There’s quotes from the family and director as well.

PBS has a short film on Irma Gonzalez. I think this was one done a few years ago because I remember seeing it before, but there are a lot of lucha documentaries so maybe I’m getting them confused.

Nitro is heading back to France’s APC promotion for a weeklong training session, July 6 to the 13th.

Violento Jack talks about his goal of being the longest reigning DTU champion ever. He’s got about 40 days to go.

LA Park on Azteca El Hormiguero, who’s been having a lot of wrestling guests.

Comando Boricua threatened to destroy all the CMLL wrestlers.

Bucanero Infernal & Fantasma del Espacio won the new XWW tag team titles in Arena Xalapa.

SuperLuchas looks back a 1974 show in Ciudad Juarez which drew 16,000 people.

Ripper talks about his career.

El Hijo del Santo is doing a lot of appearances for Victoria.

R de Rudo looks at luchadors inspired by comic books.


CMLL (TUE) 04/28/2015 Arena México
1) Acero & Fantasy vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Flyer, Magnus, Oro Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Nitro, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
4) Narumiya © vs Princesa Sugehit [CMLL-REINA INTL]
first defense
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
6) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Dragon Lee vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Vangellys

Main event repeats Casas, Shocker, Atlantis and Blue Panther, still points to a tag title match to come.

No lightning match because of the title match. There’s no lightning match on Sunday either, so I’m not sure what (or if) they’ll post anything.

CMLL (TUE) 04/28/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Flash I & Forastero vs El Cuatrero & Sansón
2) Magnum, Molotov, Soberano Jr. vs El Rebelde, Maléfico, Metálico
3) Esfinge, Gallo, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Titán vs Mr. Águila, Mr. Niebla, Thunder
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS]
first defense

Sky Team defend against almost former champions – Gran Guerrero in for Niebla Roja.

That semimain is maybe not the best use of Titan. Gran Guerrero appears to be the only rudo in his 20s in the top 2 matches on either Tuesday show.