Lucha Underground 1×35: Fuel to the Fire

the Mack should be the new Surfer Sting – my proof


The Mack beat Cage (4:00, cradle, GOOD)
Mil Muertes beat Son of Havoc (7:08, flatliner, GOOD)
Johnny Mundo [O], Hernandez, Jack Evans, Super Fly beat Alberto el Patron, Aerostar, Sexy Star [X], Drago (9:25, tights pull cradle, GREAT)

all the gifs from the show


Ivelisse had my reaction

The big story of the show was not in any matches, but some segments which surrounded them. The show opened with Pentagon back at the dojo from his personality vignette, asking his (off screen, voice modulated) mentor what he should do next. The mentor encouraged Pentagon, and Pentagon decided his next sacrifice must be Ian Hodgkinson. A sit down interview with Ian – Vampiro to you and me – and Pentagon aired later on. Vamp apologized for getting involved, but Pentagon didn’t seem so interested in that or in naming him mentor. Pentagon instead called Vampiro a coward for backing down and not fighting him, even though Vampiro was once like Pentagon. Vampiro insisted he’s no longer that man, that those days were in his past, but Pentagon insisted Vampiro was just fearful while Pentagon had no fear. Pentagon got in Vampiro’s face before storming off.

As the show was wrapping up, Pentagon came thru the crowd behind the announcers and laid out Vampiro with a kick. Pentagon left, and returned with a can marked Gasoline, dumping the liquid all over Vampiro. Pentagon teased setting Vampiro on fire, but instead warned Vampiro that he had only one more week to accept the challenge, or this would await him. The show ended with Pentagon snuffing the flame.

The rest of the show was not as crazy intense, but issues continue to progress towards Lucha Underground. Catrina confronted Son of Havoc backstage to warn/taunt him about Mil Muertes and was about to lick him when Ivelisse interrupted. Ivelisse threatened Catrina and swung, the lights went out, Catrina disappeared, and Son of Havoc ended up on top of Ivelisse right as Angelico walked in. Angelico asked if they were back together. They are most definitely not. The dysfunctional trios champions, with Ivelisse back on crutches, supported Havoc during his match. Havoc fought Mil at least as well as Drago and Fenix have in recent weeks, but that’s still a losing effort. Catrina made a move on Angelico, which again caused Ivelisse to get involved. Angelico watched that confrontation, and not the Disciples of Death sneaking up on him. That trio laid out Angelico while Catrina got the better of Ivelisse. Son of Havoc made the save for his partners with a big dive, but Mil Muertes finished him when Havoc returned to the ring.

how is this even possible?

The main event featured four sets of rivals – Alberto/Johnny, Sexy Star/Super Fly, Aerostar/Jack and Drago/Hernandez – with that last one being officially added to Ultima Lucha. It also featured a whole lot of action in the main event, with Aerostar looking impressive early, getting stuck in the ring by the rudos for a long stretch, and then making the tag to his team. Johnny ran from Alberto at almost every chance, though he did break up Alberto’s armbar on Jack with a Fin de Mundo. Johnny also won by rolling thru a Sexy Star cradle and pinning her with a tights pull, so it was a(nother) good day to be Johnny Mundo.

Texano didn’t wrestle on the show, but did appear before the live crowd to explain his actions from last week. In a mostly English language promo, Texano explained he wasn’t a good guy, but he was definitely a Mexican. Texano says he couldn’t be trusted – even by his own brother – but he was loyal to the Mexican people, and he was offended by how Chavo Guerrero disrespected the Mexican wrestlers (even if he still didn’t like them.) Texano challenged Chavo to fight, saying that even if Chavo had one broken leg, he wanted to break the other. Texano got the Crew instead, and Demon making the save. Cisco strangely threw in a chair to Demon, who smacked Texano in the head. The three beat up Texano, as the announcers were generally baffled about what had happened. Striker “speculated” that Demon was angry Texano trying to take his place as representing Mexico and fighting Chavo, though both announcers repeatedly acknowledged this was a strange turn of events. Demon challenged Texano to a match for Ultima Lucha.

Angelico as Shaggy from Scooby Doo

To start the show, the Mack/Cage battle was closer than it has been in the past, with Mack having his best singles outing so far. Mack caught Cage with an inside cradle with all of Mack’s weight on top for the surprise win.

A Prince Puma/Mil Muertes face to face confrontation was advertised for next week.

Ultima Lucha lineup So Far

Aerostar is the best
  • Alberto el Patron vs Johnny Mundo
  • Prince Puma (c) vs Mil Muertes for the Lucha Underground Championship
  • Drago vs Hernandez

Demon/Texano was challenged for, but not officially announced. You don’t need 20/20 vision to figure out some other matches coming, but we’ll wait for the show to catch up..


One of the better episodes of television they’ve done. There are shows with better matches than the main event and this one didn’t have any payoff like the trios tournament final, but this was so strong as far as building towards an upcoming big show while delivering in every match and skit. I think some of – probably most of us? – thought Pentagon being used to give Sexy Star a rivalry win was not a great use of Pentagon. No one was thinking about Pentagon’s win/loss record against Sexy Star at the end of the show, they were thinking Pentagon is the greatest/scariest man alive. The “old veteran pulled out of retirement to fight one last time” storyline is one of the easiest storylines to do right, and Lucha Underground has done it perfectly. The main event that preceded it gave you a lot of match, and left you wanting to see Alberto finally get his hands on Johnny Mundo. Mil Muertes continues to be an unbeatable machine, on a different level than anyone he faces. He could not look any stronger going into the title match.

The Jack Evans physics engine

The one iffy moment of the show was the Texano segment. The original plan appeared to be Chavo versus Texano (or some variation with Demon involved) at Ultima Lucha, but Chavo really did get hurt last week and they did not believe Chavo was going to be back in time for the show. This also took place closer to the finale than it appears – they’re a little out of order at the moment – which meant everyone who was going to mean something was already penciled in for an Ultima Lucha match and there wasn’t time to make someone new. I’m not sure, haven’t been told, but looking at the playing board, the best options were either turning Demon, or bringing back the Texano/DelAvar feud. We’d seen the latter, might as well try the former.

The announcers calling out the sudden and hard to understand change of perspective of Demon helped the segment (much better than pretending nothing strange was happening), but this still came across so fast and abrupt that it was hard to really care. The whole segment was done as well as it could be given what that they had to get across – Texano did much better in his promo than I would’ve expected, Demon threw himself into the heel character – it was just a big reversal in a short time. The Demon/Chavo vignette last week was a good start to this direction, but there really needed to be 2/3 weeks more of those to prepare it better.

tough crowd!

Cage & Mack probably gets overlooked from everything that happened after, but it was a really good match that seemed a lot longer than I have it timed. It was a nice mix with everything else; you can guess that things probably aren’t done between the two, but there wasn’t much you had to absorb and retain. There was a lot going on, adding some simple makes it easier to follow.

This was a nice one. I’m not sure how much it’d mean to people who don’t follow the show, because it’s a lot of building on what’s happened over the last month or more, but it was a great one for people who’ve been watching all along.

CMLL will begin airing Arena Puebla shows live on YouTube

CMLL will air their weekly Monday Arena Puebla shows on their website (via YouTube) for free starting this upcoming Monday. The shows will air live and are believed to be airing complete. The local start time is 9pm Central and shows usually wrap up around 11pm. (This page will convert that to your time.) The broadcasts will begin with this upcoming Monday’s Arena Puebla’s show…

CMLL (MON) 07/13/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis & Black Tiger vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Saurón
3) Flyer, Lestat, Soberano Jr. vs Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar, Nitro
4) Stigma, Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Pierroth
5) Dragon Lee © vs Kamaitachi [CMLL SL]
second defense for Lee (both against Kamaitachi)
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

Dragon Lee and Kamaitachi is the semimain, but has been the feud of the year in CMLL and is the match worth going out of your way to see. At the same time, it’s also going to be the first try at doing this for real for CMLL, so there’s absolutely no guarantee any of it will work.

CMLL announced this over during last night’s Arena Mexico show. More details should be coming today on CMLL Informa.

The shows will air live; if you’re not around, you will not be able to rewind and rewatch. I was told that CMLL’s plan is to also put them up for on demand viewing on CMLL’s YouTube channel about a week after the events take place, but that has yet to be officially confirmed. (That timeline would mean they’re up on YouTube before the matches, in more edited form, will air on 52MX under the current scheme.)

My understand is this idea has been in the works for a while – the mysterious airing of Arena Puebla matches on their channel previously was a test run for this. That test broadcast did not include announcers and I’m not sure if they’ll have them on the live broadcast.

Polvora/Angel de Oro, En Busca de un Idolo, Lucha Underground, lots of indie notes

Zavala clinches the second round

CMLL (TUE) 07/07/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Robin b Cholo & Espanto Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Leono, Star Jr., Stigma b Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
Stigma replaced Pegasso. Star Jr.’s first match since April 7 (hand injury in training). He struggled here, botching his first big spot. Leono struggled at the end of the not good match, won by the tecnicos in a quick two falls.
3) Boby Zavala b Esfinge [En Busca de un Idolo]
Zavala beat Esfinge with a tricky cradle in a good match. Esfinge attacked Zavala after he was judged for no discernible reason, and was criticized for it by the judges. Ripper was the guest judge, and Shocker returned to the panel. Boby scored a 8 (Ripper), 8 (Gladiador), 8 (Shocker), 9 (Tirantes) for a 33. Esfinge scored a 6, 7, 6, 2 for 21.
4) Flyer b Blue Panther Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
Panther seemed to be working harder Flyer looked good at times, but almost ended his tournament with a misaimed Brillo Dorada to the floor. Judges didn’t think much of either man. Panther won with a Canadian Destroyer. Panther scored a 4 (Ripper), 6 (Gladiador), 5 (Shocker), 5 (Tirantes) for 20. Flyer scored a 3, 6, 5, 3 for a 17
5) Fuego, Super Porky, Volador Jr. b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pierroth, Vangellys
6) Kamaitachi, Mephisto, Pólvora DQ Ángel de Oro, Dragon Lee, Mistico
Angel de Oro fouled and pulled Polvora’s mask for some reason.

Shocker returned as a judge, but appears to still be off shows. He was listed for Sunday’s Arena Mexico show, but has since been replaced by Euforia.

It’s very tight around that last spot for the moment, but Flyer will likely surge to 3rd once the fan polling is added in. They’ve reduced the impact of the fan voting – “40” points are on the line, but they’ve changed it so you can pick up 25-30 on last place – but even that much should help Flyer move ahead of the cut line. CMLL does not seem to like Flyer, but they may have no choice in him getting thru.

Blue Panther Jr. (and Delta, in theory)’s problem is not just being 42 points out, but having to pass up three people at the same time.

Lucha Underground

Today’s Lucha Underground episode #35 (Fuel to the Fire). There are three matches on the taping, and all have been advertised.

  • Aerostar, Alberto el Patrón, Drago, Sexy Star vs Hernandez, Jack Evans, Johnny Mundo, Súper Fly
  • Cage vs the Mack
  • Mil Muertes vs Son of Havoc

There’s also a Pentagon/Vampiro sit down interview; they’ve posted it on YouTube and it went a bit how you would think. They’ve also posted a bonus feature, one of their Warriors of Lucha Underground character features, this time on Jack Evans. It’s also great. I hope we get one of these on Bengala too, mostly because I have absolutely no idea how that would go.

In this week’s Lucha Underground Renewal Watch: they aired the commercial for this show on RAW this weeks. (Which is smart, because this episode looks good and pretty much every episode left looks that way.) That seems like a positive sign to me, because it’s seems more of a significant expensive than trademarking a couple names.

the “there are a lot of super indie promotions” section

Demus brings up previously taking Yoruba’s hair (that we’ve all forgot about) to build up their match on the 07/11 CaraLucha show.

07/12 Arena Neza has Gran & Ultimo Guerrero versus Guerrero Maya Jr. & Diamante Azul (listed as returning from Japan?)

08/01 (Saturday) GIW at Arena Azteca Budokan has Aeroboy & the Traumas versus Bestia, Damian and Halloween, plus Valiente & Virus vs Solar & Black Terry. This is GIW’s second show and they’re trying to established themselves as another super indie, but I’d guess the Tijuana crew isn’t coming to Mexico City only to work that show.

07/26 Humo at Salon Citlali has Marcela versus Keira in a super libre match, following up from Keira beating Marcela last week.

ChilangaMask announced two new upcoming shows: they’re partnering with Arena Pepe Cisneros in Oaxaca on a show in August and they’ll be in Arena Naucalpan on August 16 (Sunday). Both will involve CMLL talent; the announcement of the Oaxaca show was at the CMLL offices, so things must be going well with that relationship.

other news

Heavy Metal suffered burns on his face and his eye after a gas form a heater exploded in his face. He says he’s doing better now and it was his fault; it was leaking for a while and he didn’t fix it, so all the gas was built up. Metal suggested everyone else learn from his experience.

CMLL’s recap of the Lestat & King Jaguar feud as just beginning. It’s probably ending into two Mondays.

LuchaMania’s recap of the Clutch City @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey show notes the crowd was against tecnicos Hijo del Ninja and for rudo Carlito. Ninja’s team won when he hit the ref and tricked the ref into believing Carlito did it. The two fought after the match as if they’re coming back for a rematch.

LuchaMania Monterrey also has a recap of the DTU show in Monterrey, the first extreme show in the area in a while.

LuchaWorld has a recap of Friday’s En Busca de un Idolo.

Segunda Caida reviews Rush versus Hechicero.

She Dances in the Mind has a positive review of the Luchadora short documentary on Luna Magica. I Kickstarted that one, but I don’t think I’ve still seen it. Neat that it won a lot of awards though.

Puentes has a half hour video interview with Rey Misterio.

As Charro was As Jr.? but wants to be Diamante? I’m so confused. Someone draw me a picture. In other +LuchaTV news, Crazy Boy confirms he’s an indie guy now

AAA wrestlers visited a children’s hospital.

Tiger Uno is thrilled to be X Division champion.


CMLL (TUE) 07/14/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Flyer, Leono, Oro Jr. vs Akuma, Metálico, Sangre Azteca
3) Esfinge vs Disturbio [En Busca de un Idolo]
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Blue Panther Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Ángel de Oro, La Máscara, Tritón vs Pólvora, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla

Mr. Niebla is back once again. Tell a friend. First match since May 4th, so the vacation lasted a little over 10 weeks this time. I wonder how long the return will last.

There’s still a lot of points to be given out, but the Esfinge/Disturbio 20 point decision swing might determine the last spot for round two (which probably won’t get them more than 3rd or 4th place, but still!) Angel de Oro and Polvora still matched against each other in the semimain.

CMLL (TUE) 07/14/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Temblor vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Meteoro, Stukita, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Fuego, Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) Máximo © vs Rey Escorpión [CMLL HEAVY]
Maximo’s second defense
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

On one side, Rey Escorpion really should be winning any title match he’s in leading up to the Ultimo Guerrero hair match. On the other hand, that match is happening three days later, so who besides the diehard fans who watch CMLL Informa are going to even know it’s happened either way? They really should’ve booked that match at least one week earlier, or one week later.

There is a Temblor in Texas/Tamaulipas area. I’m guessing this is not him.