Lucha Underground 1×26: Best in the Business

Angelico caught in a bad spot

the matches

Cortez Castro & Mr. Cisco [O] DQ Havoc [x] & Angelico (5:24, Psycho Realm)
DelAvar Daivari DQ Texano (0:12, Texano refused to break from the corner at a count of five)
Cage [O] & Cuerno b Puma [X] & Hernandez (7:24, Weapon X)
Alberto el Patron b Johnny Mundo (12:17, Rompe Destinos armbreaker kick to the head)

the developments

The show started and ended with Alberto el Patron and Johnny Mundo. They met Dario together to start the show, turning their ongoing back and forth about who was better into a declaration that they were both better than Hernandez (or “Fernandez”, if you’re Mundo) and he shouldn’t have been the #1 contender. Dario acquiesced to their demands, offering them a match to settle who was best, with the winner facing Hernandez next week to determine the true #1 contender.

more flipz

The match took up the last quarter of the show. Alberto used some rudo tactics early. Mundo may have hurt his knee on a bad fall out of the ring. Mundo landed the Fin de Mundo, but Alberto got the ropes. Alberto got his armbreaker, but Mundo also turned out of it and got the ropes. Alberto was able to land the big kick to the head one more time and put on the armbar for the clean win.

The first match on the show continued the Crew/trios champions issue: the Crew won a 2v2 match by beating Havoc. Bael got punched off the apron late, but it was otherwise a fair win for the rudos. Ivelisse spent the match yelling criticism to her team, who mostly ignored her and were back to not working well with each other.

Cage doing Cage things

Delavar Daviari debuted, after first meeting with Dario in his office. Davari spent most of his meeting messaging on his phone and not looking at Dario, to Cueto’s obvious annoyance. This segment and the match established Davairi has become a real estate mogul in recent years and was now so rich that he didn’t need to wrestle. (He’s nicknamed the Goldn Warrior, and wears all gold.) Daviari claimed he still is wrestling because he inflicting violence. He didn’t get to inflict much, as Texano rushed the ring and refused to stop punching Daviari until he was quickly disqualified. Daviari escaped the beating after the bell.

Dairo continued to stir things up with Hernandez and Puma, but they were pretty much stirred up on their own. Puma would’ve attacked Hernandez in the locker room if not for Konnan’s intervention. Hernandez made it clear he’s no friend of Puma, but stated his intention was to help Puma keep the title long enough for Hernandez to win it from him. Hernandez and Puma weren’t thrilled when Cueto made them a tag team against Cuerno & Cage, and Hernandez was even less happy when Dario informed him he’d have to defend his #1 contendership next week. Hernandez antagonized Puma during the match before pulling him in front of Cuerno’s Flecha del Infierno, then outright turning on him with a kick to the head. Konnan, who had been trying to forge a partnership, backed off Hernandez after the attack. It was too late for Puma, who was easily beat by Cage.

Mundo lands badly, gets landed on

In non match segments, Black Lotus continues to believe she’s ready to face the monster but can’t get past Dragon Azteca. And, to close the show, Catrina stood by the coffin of Mil Muertes, opened it, and ordered him to rise to life once again. Mil Muertes’ eyes reopened to start the show.


That’s a lot of text already. There was a lot of different stories packed into the show, especially the first half of it. Everything was easy to follow, but there was so much going on that not all of it was retained. They had so much to work in that only the main event got a proper entrance; two matches started with everyone in the ring and the other had Texano running in and not lasting longer. Maybe that’s the one story (Texano/Davaiari) that could’ve been moved to a different week to give it more time. They advanced the story a bit by explaining Daviari’s back story, but the match itself was a letdown.

Or maybe other things could’ve been moved. The trios feud was just there to remind us what the status quo was for that feud, and the Black Lotus feud just repeated what we had seen prior. Both exist to build anticipation for what’s coming, but the effect is less when there’s so many other things going on.

KO kick

Second tag match was good and took care of all they needed to. Puma got to do some stuff, Hernandez got to be highly annoying, and Cage & Cuerno won in a situation where they really should’ve won. It’s clear the Puma/Hernandez match is happening at some point, whatever happens with next week’s Alberto/Hernandez match, and they’ve set up everyone well for it.

Main event was very good, easily Great. It felt more like a WWE style match (two chinlock will do it for you), but Alberto working as a rudo went well with how they could set the match up. Alberto never did anything so rudo that he couldn’t still be a good guy by the end of the match. Mundo looked in trouble after taking the flip out of the ring onto the steps, but seemed fine the rest of the way. The finish was really great: it was a clean one after a bunch of recently screwy ones (all seemingly for storyline reasons), Alberto’s kick prior to the end looked awesome, and it’s something Mundo has to address going farther – he tried to get to the top and fell short again.

CMLL (apparently) lost it’s main TV outlet; few notice

CMLL’s main live event of the week is the Friday night show. Matches from that show air in Mexico on Fox Sports 2. That may need to be changed to the past tense. The show did not air last week, is not listed as airing on the schedule for this week, and it’s unclear if they’ll be back on the network again. Those Friday night matches will still air on Azteca in the United State. It means the only way Mexican fans can watch the main CMLL stories is by being at an Arena Mexico show or by finding my YouTube channel and hoping I upload the show. (Obviously, this is a poor idea.)

CMLL has said nothing about the situation. CMLL Informa, the weekly in-house show dedicated to talking about about all that’s going on in CMLL, did not directly talk about the situation. The only reference was saying the Reyes del Aire match would air on Azteca (America) and omitting the usual mention of it also airing on Fox Sports 2. Fans asking CMLL about the situation on social media have been ignored in usual fashion.

It may also be only a temporary situation: when small indy promotions like AULL and FULL have found TV outlets this year, it seems likely someone will take in CMLL. It’s still embarrassing – both in losing the TV and how they’ve not addressed it. (The counterpoint is these sort of TV issues play a much lesser role in the discussion of wrestling in Mexico as compared to the US; I’m not sure anyone else is going to report this, but perhaps that’s an even bigger issue with CMLL’s reach.)

This is also not an entirely unexpected development. CMLL’s was bounced from Televisa for reportedly not improving their TV product and low ratings, and seemed to be bumped down from Fox Sports Mexico 1 to 2 for similar reasons. Fox Sports Mexico acquiring the TV rights to WWE in Mexico last year meant they had little need for CMLL. The show was frequently moved around and treated as a filler program and now they’ve got other wrestling for the same purposes.

CMLL still has plenty of TV: 2 hours on Cadena3 (available over the air on Mexico City and in other locations, but not nationwide) and 1 hour each on Canal 52MX and Claro Sports (available on limited systems.) Any of those programs could now start airing the big Friday night matches, but the last two are too small to do much good. Cadena3 has seemed like a better outlet for CMLL’s main action for quite some time, but CMLL’s never made that change. The hold up might be about Cadena3 producing their TV broadcast themselves, while CMLL’s been producing the Friday TV shows completely on their own. (From the outside, there doesn’t seem to be much difference except for the announcers, but it could be the announcers who decide these things.)

Casas & Shocker keep tag titles, Lucha Underground, Puebla

CMLL (MON) 05/04/2015 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. b Black Tiger & Paris
2) Lestat, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. b Hijo del Signo, King Jaguar, Nitro
3) Hechicero, Kamaitachi, Okumura b Dragon Lee, Esfinge, Pegasso
Dragon Lee was stretchered out after taking a Kamaitachi suplex.
4) Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper b Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Super Porky
5) Rey Bucanero b Dragón Rojo Jr. [lightning]
6) Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Máximo, Rush
Shocker beat Rush.

Shocker beating Rush should lead to something, but no lineups for next week yet.

photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (TUE) 05/05/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Notimex, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Bengala & Molotov b Cholo & Espanto Jr.
2) Eléctrico, Shockercito, Stukita DQ Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
Originally a women’s match (Vaquerita/Marcela/Skadi vs Amapola/Dalys/Comandante). Straight falls, with Mercurio fouling Shockercito.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther b Canelo Casas, Tiger, Virus
4) Titán DQ Gran Guerrero [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Gran Guerrero DQed for unmasking Titan
5) Máximo, Super Porky, Valiente b Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper
6) Negro Casas & Shocker © b Atlantis & Blue Panther [CMLL TAG]
Champs took falls 2/3 clean to keep the titles. Shocker & Casas’ 6th defense

That seems like they’re setting up Mercurio/Shockercito in a hair match sometime soon. Main event is said to be a good techinical match.

Lucha Underground

Today’s Lucha Underground episode is #26, “The Best in the Business.” The title comes from an Alberto, Mundo and Cueto segment that’s already up. (As chui noted, that segment is one hat away from accidentally referencing a luchablog injoke.) Matches on the show

  • Texano vs DelAvar Daivari
  • Son of Havoc & Angelico vs Mr. Cisco & Cortez Castro
  • Prince Puma & Hernandez vs Cage & King Cuerno
  • Alberto El Patron vs Johnny Mundo

DelAvar is the man in the crowd who attacked Texano. There’s a shorter clip of his meeting with Dario. There’s also a clip of Black Lotus’ continued training, and an extra on Johnny Mundo’s parkour skills.

Main event is a pivotal moment in this season. It’s also said to be very good.

Other News

No news on the remaining empty spots on the Lucha World Cup today. There’s six spots left to reveal (the other Mexico indy guy, the ROH team, the non-Galloway Rest of the World members.) I’ve heard educated rumors about all the spots, nothing strong enough to confirm names, but also nothing that would also be big news if revealed either. All “names that make sense but aren’t going to change your impression on the tournament one way or another.

There will be a male luchador dance show on Sunday’s show in Arena Mexico as part of Mother’s Day celebrations.

Esfinge was interviewed in Puebla about his debut in that arena. It reads as if he’s training under Ultimo Guerrero in Mexico City now. (Maybe that answers Alexis’ question?) Esfinge says he wants to be part of two big competitions which are coming up, doesn’t name either one.

Aerostar reveals he dreamed of being a football player or a rock star as a kid until fell in love with lucha. I can not imagine rock star Aerostar.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of last week’s Gym Zeuz vs Gym IWRG match. Doesn’t look like that one’s going to air on TV.

+LuchaTV talked to Hijo de Dr. Wagner about his injury.

Enrique and Oscar recapped the AAA show in Aguascalientes.

Segunda Caida watches Damiancito el Guerrero vs Cicloncito Ramirez and and more random CMLL, is excited to see Pierroth.

SuperLuchas writes about the opening of Arena Poza Rica and an El Toreo show.

A story on lucha libre in Portland.

Martha Villallobos campaign ad.

Lucha Libre in Japan

05/05 REINA: Princesa Sugehit b Narumiya [CMLL-REINA INTL] via La Mistica.
First defense. Unclear if she’s staying for more shows.

I’ve read the NJPW Best of Super Juniors is going to be announced tomorrow. I don’t see anything officially saying that, but it would make sense with NJPW’s tour ending earlier today. My original, way back in January, guess was Triton would end up in this year but that was thinking they’d bring back Cavernario at some other time. They haven’t brought back Cavernario, so maybe they were saving him fro this – but maybe Cavernario’s knee injury will put a wrench in those plans. Maybe it’ll just be only Mascara Dorada as the CMLL representative.


CMLL (TUE) 05/12/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Fantasy, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro vs Ripper [lightning]
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Vangellys
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible

TGR vs Ingobernables, sort of. Shockercito and Mercurio face off again in the segunda.

CMLL (TUE) 05/12/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Metatrón vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Goya Kong, Lluvia, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
3) Esfinge & Gallo © vs Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado [OCCIDENTE TAG]
first defense for Gallo & Esfinge
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Super Porky vs Euforia, Kráneo, Thunder
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

That semifinal is a weird combination of people. Tercera is both sets of secondary tag team champions with only the local titles on the line. Lluvia’s been working random spot shows but this is her first main CMLL show since February.