Lucha Underground 1×37: PenUltimaLucha

Prince Puma


Texano Jr. defeated Johnny Mundo (5:50, DQ when the Crew ran in, GOOD)
The Mack defeated Cage (0:42, corner sunset flip, OK)
Fenix regained his Aztec Medallion (OK)

  • Ricky Mandell eliminated (0:42, thrown by Famous B)
  • Argenis eliminated (0:53, thrown by Famous B)
  • Killshot eliminated (1:50, shoved off the top by DelAvar Daivari)
  • Vincenzo Massaro eliminated (2:34, stunner by DelAvar Daivari)
  • Super Fly eliminated (2:47, monkey flip by Mascarita Sagrada)
  • Mascarita Sagrada eliminated (2:47, self elimination)
  • Famous B eliminated (3:30, slid out by DelAvar Daivari & Marty Martinez)
  • DelAvar Daivari eliminated (4:01, by Fenix)
  • Fenix pinned Marty Martinez (“huracanrana” 7:09)

17 gifs from the show


Famous B wrecking people

The mystery of the medallions was finally explained on this show. Dario Cueto explained the seven medallion holders would fight at Ultima Lucha for a new belt, the Gift of the Gods. The holder of the belt can challenge for the Lucha Underground championship at any time, though they must inform Dario to give him at least a week to promote it. (“No cash-ins.”) The belt can be defended and the title shot can change hands. The medallions come back off the belt once it’s used, and begin being handed out again to repeat the process.

Six luchadors stepped in to attach their medallions to the belt. (Magnets!) Jack Evans, Aerostar, King Cuerno, Sexy Star, Bengala and Big Ryck all placed their medallions on the belt. Ryck was given his Medallion earlier in the show, as part of Dario trying to patch up their relationship. (Big Ryck also took some money.) Fenix was not there, with Dario happily noting Fenix had been destroyed by Mil Muertes.

Dario announced a battle royal (with the final two going to pinfall/submission) to determine the new holder of the Medallion. Fenix came out before Dario went any farther. He did not get the Medallion back, but did get placed in the battle royal – which he won, against some of the lower ranked LU competitors. No one quite explained why Fenix was late.

Dario had a busy night. He explained Ultima Lucha would in fact begin next week. (The August 5th show remains two hours; they’re expanding it.) Cage versus the Mack will be added to that show in falls count anywhere match, after Mack’s flash pin over Cage led to them brawling around the arena and laying out security. Dario promised to put any stray item he had laying around at ringside so they could use it too.

the CGI on this show is so life like

That wasn’t all for Dario: he informed Hernandez that the Lucha Underground fans on Twitter hated him. Hernandez wasn’t concerned until Dario decided to let those fans participate. Next week’s match will be a lumberjack strap match with the fans as lumberjacks (“Believer’s Backlash”.) Hernandez main concern was Dario having good insurance, suggested he wouldn’t be afraid to fight back.

The opener of the show was a competitive match between Texano & Johnny Mundo. Texano looks to have a chance to win until Mr. Cisco and Cortez Castro ran into attack him. Alberto made a surprising save, wanting to get after Alberto himself. Alberto and Texano were left alone in the wrong and had a testy staring contest before Alberto left.

The show was to end with a Prince Puma promo. Of course, that didn’t happen – Catrina and Mil Muertes interrupted before Puma said one word. They were the distraction to a Disciples of Death attack, but Puma fought them out and challenged Muertes to take him on right now. Muertes did, but Puma also took him out and landed the 630 senton to end the show. Striker pushed the idea of Konnan not being around; it’s unclear if he’ll be back for the title match.

Ultima Lucha Card (07/29 & 08/05)

Fenix launches himself into a tope con giro
  1. Prince Puma (c) versus Mil Muertes for the Lucha Underground championship
  2. Aerostar vs Jack Evans vs Bengala vs Big Ryck vs Sexy Star vs Fenix vs King Cuerno for the Gift of the Gods championship
  3. Johnny Mundo versus Alberto el Patron
  4. Angelico, Son of Havoc and Ivelisse (c) versus the Disciples of Death for the Lucha Underground Trios championship
  5. Vampiro versus Pentagon Jr. in a Cero Miedo match
  6. Hernandez versus Drago in a Believer’s Backlash match
  7. Blue Demon Jr. versus Texano
  8. the Mack versus Cage in a falls count anywhere match

The Mack/Cage was explicitly said to be taking place next week. They were less clear on the other ones, but they’re listed in the preview for next week. It probably will not be announced, but there will also be a ‘everyone who doesn’t have a match’ battle royal along the way.


springboard kick on target

If the last one was kind of simple, this one was extremely busy. New belt, new match, new stipulation, new extra hour to the finale. There were matches too. Texano/Mundo was really fun while it lasted and something I’d enjoy seeing again down the road. They mixed well together, with Texano looking the best he’s been as a face and Mundo’s rudo antics working. They gave the Alberto/Texano staredown a moment to make sure everyone saw, and understood they weren’t still friends, which was nice. It’s like them going over the UltimaLucha card one more time, just giving time to make sure everyone knew what’s going and what’s coming up.

The battle royal had some good moments and some not as good. We got to see the alternate universe where Famous B was one of the top guys in the promotion, and it was not bad. It’s surprising to see Marty get the spotlight at the end instead Killshot or Daivari. It didn’t quite work out with the finish at the end (which looked like it was originally something much more complex, and even the cover up cradle they did should’ve been retried.)

Big Ryck getting a medallion like he did felt like they just ran out of time. Fenix got a big win after his long absence seemingly just to re-establish him as an important figure after his long absence. Big Ryck hasn’t been gone, but – as Dario noted – he hasn’t been a big figure since those early episodes. Ryck’s just been winning a lot of matches for Dario’s opponents.

I didn’t like doing the Prince Puma promo fakeout. It acknowledges how weird it is that he never talks, which doesn’t seem like something they’re going to ever address. They needed an excuse to do the fight and didn’t want to do the faceoff, but it’s a bait and switch. (And since the Mack/Cage match was a bit of a nonmatch, it was the second one on the show where they also had a DQ.)

Vinny made the GIFs!

It’s probably not as much an issue for most people, but I hope there’s an explanation of why Fenix was late and had to be in the battle royal (besides “they wanted to do a battle royal”.) That seems like too inexplicable to be ignored, and they usually go somewhere with those sorts of things.

The Mack/Cage post match brawl was good, but probably suffers a little bit by having the bad timing to come a couple days after Undertaker & Brock did a similar deal. (I think there’s a good chance Cage & Mack have a better match.)

The whole idea of the Aztec Medallions/Gift of the Gods title is interesting and opens up possibilities for the future. There are very clearly defined ways to get a title shot in Lucha Underground, and this opens up a new one without needing Puma to get beat or laid out to do so.

The fight at the end was fun. Mil Muertes is the killer, but the one big change they’ve made with Mil v2.0 is Catrina’s more obviously the one running the show. She’s not his valet, he’s her weapon.

TripleMania on US PPV, Flyer misses show (and 2nd round), Lucha Underground preview

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 07/21/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Angelito & Fantasy b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Canelo Casas, Metálico, Okumura DQ Leono, Pegasso, Delta Starman
Delta replaced Starman. Canelo Casas replaced Puma on Tuesday. Metalico fouled Leono
3) Disturbio b Boby Zavala [En Busca de un Idolo] Cuarta temporada del torneo (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Disturbio got the big win over Zavala. Atlantis was guest judge, and gave 10s to everyone (like Brazo de Plata, though it wasn’t intentional comedy.) Both Disturbio & Zavala scored a 10 (Atlantis), 8 (Gladiador), 8 (Shocker), 7 (Tirantes) for 33.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Tritón [En Busca de un Idolo] Cuarta temporada del torneo (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Triton replaced Flyer, who said he had a foot injury. Guerrero Maya won with a double underhook piledriver, and scored a 10, 8, 8, 8 for a 34.
5) Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger
Tiger, Puma and Kamaitachi replaced Euforia, Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja.
6) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Pólvora, Terrible
straight falls. Polvora demanded a title shot against Angel de Oro.

All Flyer really need to do last night is show up. 10 total judging points, lower than anyone else has cored, would have been enough for him to advance. All the focus on the Disturbio versus Esfinge assumed Flyer would get those easy points. Since he didn’t, both Esfinge & Disturbio going to advance. Flyer hasn’t wrestled since last Monday in Puebla – the show that didn’t air live. He did have some problems in that match, but did not appear to suffer a foot injury. Flyer was pulled from last Tuesday’s show, and that change was made some days in advance. Star Jr. suffered his injury in training, it’s possible Flyer may have done the same, if he’s actually hurt.

Flyer posted on Facebook about his injury during the show last night. CMLL (as usual) just gave the usual fuerza majore non-explanation.

If Flyer’s really hurt, then any concern about him advancing may be moot – maybe he’s not able to wrestle next round anyway. The timing is suspicious at the very least: Esfinge was thought to be the in-house favorite by people who know things, and Flyer missing the show seems ensure Esfinge advancing. Of course, they could’ve also just as easily had Disturbio lose, but Flyer’s the guy who the judges and the guy who decides the finishes have thought was the worst. Worth noting that it would’ve been Disturbio, not Esfinge, who would’ve been out had Flyer shown up.

Lucha Underground

Tonight’s Lucha Underground is episode 37, PenUltimaLucha. It’s the final episode before Ultima Lucha. (There is an episode next week. They’ll explain the deal during tonight’s show.) Matches announced on the show

  • Johnny Mundo versus Texano
  • the Mack versus Cage
  • a match for the final Aztec Medallion

There’s also a vignette from the show out which shows the last Medallion being handed out. It’s a pretty big spoiler, you may want to wait. It’s also a totally different medallion than the match. That again will make much more sense on the show.

Again, this is the last build to UltimaLucha. Pentagon/Vampiro is pretty much set in place from last week, but all the major matches get touched on one last time. Mundo/Texano addresses both of their matches. Prince Puma will make an appearance. The Aztec Medallions will be further explained. There are still other matches and a stipulation to be announced for UltimaLucha, and they may even move forward on the Black Lotus storyline. It’s looks to be a pretty busy show, and all reports said this was a start of a great set of episodes to close out the season.

TripleMania on US PPV

Conventional PPV! A new English language AAA site has the list of providers –  it seems like they got cleared by all the major ones. Prices

  • $30 in HD
  • $20 in SD
  • $19 if you choose the iPPV instead (which has HD/SD/3D)

The FAQ mentions there will be English language commentary.

(Price is still undetermined if you can’t find anyone who will actually sell you floor seats to the show.)

If I was home, I’d probably still just choose the iPPV. I think I’m in the minority; a lot of people would prefer paying the extra $1 or $10 to just get in straight on their current TV setup even at this point of streaming devices. This is going to open the show up to a much bigger US/Canada audience.

That’s part of a new English language AAA site and Twitter account, and all of that’s probably related to Court Bauer saying on this week’s MLW Radio that he was working with AAA to expand their English presence. There’s a roster page; I’d guess they would include people who figure to be on the show (so Dinastia has a chance, but the Mini Psycho Clown photo is wrong.)

Other News

Sin Salida will air on SamuraiTV on 08/16. That’s probably the best bet for the main event to air complete anywhere.

LuchaWorld recaps Friday’s En Busca de un Idolo.

+LuchaTV has Crazy Boy & Pesadilla looking for a tag team title shot  and a top 10 from the 07/11 CaraLucha show.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Ray Rowe vs Cavernario and the first part of the tag team tournament.

Segunda Caida reviews random worth watching CMLL form a couple months ago, a review of Lucha Underground episode 33 and Maximo, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Ultimo Guerrero. It seems strange to me to see Fox 2 sports logo on a video now.

SuperLuchas looks back at a Canek versus Dos Caras title match, and a Villanos/Brazos title change (one were we didn’t previously know the date.)

Lestat says Monday night was the first step to something big for him after 14 years of disappointment and work. That’s a lot of disappointment.

13 people (looks to be all men) were approved for lucha libre licenses in Puebla. Asturiano, Toro Bill, Policeman and Yoyo Garduno were the judges.

Rey Escorpion and Solar were filming a commercial for Domino’s Pizza.

Monsther Clown talks about his Villanos match.

Homero Simpson betrayed Minion Morado in Arena Popo.

Voices of Wrestling and Last Real Heels have audio reviews of last week’s Lucha Underground.

There’s Destructor Negro versus Gotico feud in Xalapa.

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/22 NOAH:
Bengala b Hajima Ohara [GJHL]
Super Crazy b Atsushi Kotoge [GJHL]
Both are 2-0! They’re going all the way! I apparently can’t read the tournament matches!


CMLL (TUE) 07/28/2015 Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Rey Escorpión
4) Leono vs Metálico [hair]
5) Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Atlantis, La Máscara, La Sombra
6) Ángel de Oro © vs Pólvora [MEX LH]
Angel de Oro’s 4th defense

  • 07/07 Leono, Star Jr., Stigma b Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel – tecnicos win in straight falls, Leono & Metalico botch finish
  • 07/14 Akuma, Metálico, Sangre Azteca b Leono, Molotov, Oro Jr. – rudos took 1/3, Metalico & Leono not involved in any finish
  • 07/21 Canelo Casas, Metálico, Okumura DQ Leono, Pegasso, Starman – Metalico fouled Leono

So. We’ve been watching CMLL Tuesday undercard matches for seven weeks now, and I don’t think a single person said “looks like they’re doing a Metalico/Leono match.” They’re doing a Leono/Metalico match! I have no idea why! Metalico did foul Leono last night, but there’s no indication they were building towards this match at all prior to that. It’s an all time poor build for a poor sounding match. I have no idea why you would put together a Leono/Metalico hair match and expect that to be something people would be interested in seeing. CMLL has 100+ luchadors and they’re going with Leono/Metalico as a match.

If Leono is Hulk Hogan, is Metalico Honky Tonk Man? (I don’t think Leono is Hogan because I’d bet Metalico wins.)

Angel de Oro is the greatest test of Polvora’s singles match super powers yet.

Way to bring back Stukita when there’s no internet stream any more. Given the six match lineup, that match may not air.

CMLL (TUE) 07/28/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo & Nautilius vs Joker & Relampago
2) Flyer, Magnum, Oro Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Maléfico
3) Esfinge, Magnus, Tritón vs Hijo del Signo, Nitro, Okumura
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Super Porky vs Morphosis, Olímpico, Pierroth
5) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys

Flyer back in action, or at least listed back on action. The 3/4/5 finishers are all on this show, and the 8th finisher is booked ahead of them.