Lucha Underground (1×38, Ultima Lucha, Part 1)

why not?


Cage defeated the Mack in a falls count anywhere match (7:42, curbstomp thru a concrete block, GREAT)

Trece, Barrio Negro, Siniestro de la Muerte [O] defeated Angelico, Son of Havoc, Ivelisse [X] (c) to win the Lucha Underground Trios Championship (6:19, pinfall, OK)

Drago defeated Hernandez in a Believer’s Backlash match (8:46, top rope splash, good)


I’d hate to be that wall

Black Lotus related story book-ended the show. The show began with Lotus revealed to still be in a cell, working out in preparation of freedom it doesn’t look like she’ll ever get. Dario Cueto checked up on her, and relayed quite a bit of plot. Lucha Underground isn’t the first experience his family has had with combat sports: his father made his money in underground fightning, using Matanza “the Monster” Cueto as his fighter. Dario also claimed it wasn’t Matanza who killed Lotus’ parents, but Dragon Azteca himself. (Black Lotus’s father led a triad in Hong Kong, who were at war with Dragon Azteca’s mercenaries, and set this all up for the irony of using one enemies’ daughter to kill another.) Lotus seemed like she might believe Dario’s story.

Dragon Azteca showed up at the temple to close the show, but was prevented in from a mystery man in a white hoodie. (The white hoodie guy was taller than Dragon Azteca and appeared to be light skinned.) Dragon Azteca blamed himself for Lotus being captured, White Hoodie told him Puma had freed Lotus once and could do it again, but Dragon Azteca said Puma had other things to do now. White Hoodie offered to do it himself, but Dragon Azteca insisted on doing it himself. The White Hoodie warned ‘the prophecy’ said Dragon Azteca would die if he entered the temple. Dragon Azteca said he may die, but “El Dragon Azteca” would never die.

A lot less plot in the matches, which were just good matches where people won or didn’t win. There’s nothing you need to know from Cage and Mack, besides Mack has a good Stone Cold impression. There’s nothing you’d be surprised by in Hernandez and Drago: the lumberjacks all refused to attack Drago and very enthusiastically attacked an overwhelmed Hernandez. Angelico made his big leap in the trios title match, but the match turned on the stone. Catrina used the mystical power of the stone to raise her team from death (or semi-consciousness), and she used the physical aspect of it being a STONE to whack Ivelisse in the head to set up the win.

Ultima Lucha matches remaining

Angelico flies

Prince Puma (c) faces Mil Muertes for the Lucha Underground championship
Alberto del Rio versus Johnny Mundo
Fenix vs Sexy Star vs Aerostar vs Big Ryck vs Jack Evans vs King Cuerno vs Bengala for the Gift of the Gods
Pentagon Jr. vs Vampiro in a Cero Miedo match
Texano Jr. versus Blue Demon Jr.
(they also taped a battle royal; the commercial for next week indicated it’ll air.)


Hernandez takes a shot back at the internet

Cage dropped down a little bit after his really big start. Most of that has come on the two losses to the Mack. This win, and how it came about, should raise him right back up and maybe bring Mack with him. Both guys looked outstanding, destroying each other and any door that happened to be in the way. The beer bash was hilarious and the cinderblock finish looked brutal, and this was a really good start to UltimaLucha.

LU is not most wrestling promotions, so this may be a vast coincidence, but the original story of LU letting Hernandez amicable leaving the promotion after season one made complete sense. Hernandez had a title program, lost to a midcard, and really didn’t have any direction left for him in Season 2. This didn’t have to be it, but it wouldn’t cause any problems if it was it. But then everything had to get messed up.

It’s pretty cruel the match where Angelico, Son of Havoc and Ivelisse won the trios titles also may have ended their reign. Ivelisse still hadn’t gained any mobility back at this point – in real time, she just starting wrestling again this past week – and even limping over to face off against Catrina look like immense struggle. The tornado rules allowed the Angelico dive to happen organically, but it also made this match a harder to take seriously competitive. (The numbers didn’t feel as overwhelming in the ladder match, for whatever reason. It felt like it hard more form to it.)

Hernandez had a really bad day

The Disciples sharp new masks looked great. Striker really emphasized the power of the stone, telling us how Catrina raising the stone raised them up, and Catrina dropping the stone made them drop. He said all this, but we mostly just saw Catrina during it. I don’t mind looking at Catrina, but it was very odd we didn’t see the Disciples actually doing those things (which seemed to be actually happening, but off camera.) I do enjoy the stone as a punching people device.

The strap match is now obviously the end for Hernandez, but it didn’t seem as clear as a ending for him as I had pictured. He still got to look strong, he still got to escape Drago’s cradle, he could’ve come back pointing out he had the numbers way against him (and maybe that inspires him to start a trio or something.) It still does work as an end, and it worked as the match. The lumberjacks did not hold back at all, didn’t seem nervous, and appeared totally dedicated to their job of strapping Hernandez just as hard as they possible could. I don’t know if this match was Hernandez’s idea or someone else’s idea, but Hernandez seemed to pretty much regret the idea after just the first time out. It was some good relief in the match and it set up Drago’s comeback well. I don’t think that match works nearly as well without the lumberjacks out there and maybe that’s a first time ever thing for a lumberjack strap match.

Progression, even sometimes confusing progression, is a welcome sight. I’m not sure who the white hoodie man is, but I’m guessing he’ll end up being the new Dragon Azteca by the time next week is up. Saying the Cueto’s were involved in underground fighting actually weirdly grounds Matanza and this whole storyline more to reality (or at least comic back reality?) more than it has in the past. That’s a good thing. They moved the story far enough along that it feels like they get a good conclusion out of it, though I also suspect it’s something intended to carry into season 2.

Hernandez has to get out of this temple!

Angel de Oro keeps his title, Ultima Lucha preview

Angel de Oro, still champ/Alexis Salazar-CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 07/26/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Rey Halcón b Micro
2) Black Sugar & Demonio Rojo b Javier Cruz Jr. & Star Black
3) Metatrón & Neutrón b Gran Kenut & Relampago
4) El Yaqui, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno DQ Frezzer, Magnum, Virgo
Frezzer and Yaqui are feuding. Yaqui faked a foul for the DQ.
5) Gallo, Omar Brunetti, Pepe Aguayo b Joker, Ráfaga, Sádico
Pepe Aguayo replaced Esfinge. Gallo beat Rafaga for the win.

Frezzer & Yaqui face off again in the trios this week.

CMLL (TUE) 07/28/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Mercurio b Último Dragoncito
Angelito replaced Stukita and Nitro replaced Olimpico on Monday, then Angelico and/or Nitro didn’t show so they just did a singles match. Pompin may have screwed up the three count.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi
3) Leono, Pegasso, The Panther DQ Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
Straight falls, Metalico fouling Leono.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Rey Escorpión b Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Good match.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Atlantis, La Máscara, Titán
Titan replaced Sombra (suspension) on Monday. Mr. Niebla did wrestle.
6) Ángel de Oro © b Pólvora [MEX LH]
Angel de Oro took falls 1/3, the last with his mecedora. Angel de Oro’s 4th defense

CMLL coverage raved about the main event. That’ll air on Saturday. This might be the first show in a while where C3 won’t be airing all the episodes (the stretch of second match entrances is over.)

Angel de Oro said he’d challenge Polvora to a mask match if he lost the title, so maybe Polvora won by losing.

Lucha Underground

Episode 38 tonight, named Ultima Lucha, Part 1. I wonder what will be next week’s episode! (I really do, the guide doesn’t list a show name or description, but does list it as two hours.)

  • Cage versus The Mack in falls count anywhere match
  • Drago versus Hernandez in the Believer’s Backlash match
  • Angelico, Ivelisse, Son of Havoc (c) versus the Disciples of Death for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship

Cage versus the Mack will lead off the show. I have a very strong suspicion they’ll have some progress on the Black Lotus plot. I know I’ve been thinking this for weeks, but I feel very confident this week.

People you may know from Twitter will be lumberjacks in the Believer’s Backlash. I hope they talk about the experience after the show.

There’s no teaser clip this week – you don’t need a teaser clip for Ultima Lucha – but there is the 37 episodes in 37 minutes video if you haven’t seen it. There’s also Ivelisse talking about her road to Ultima Lucha.

Chris DeJoseph was on the Like Father, Like Son podcast talking about this show. Ultima Lucha will have Mil Muertes versus Prince Puma for the championship, but DeJoseph mentioned that early plans had Muertes & Puma being friends. Mil would’ve been Puma’s sidekick! I can not imagine that version of Lucha Underground. DeJoseph said those characters were designed first and then casted. DeJoseph was among those pushing hard for Ricochet to be Puma, feeling he’d be a mega star. (Cage is also brought up as a guy who DeJoseph had been impressed with previously and wanting to bring him into this.)

There was talk about the style of the show. Lucha Underground wanted to wait to create a title, focusing on the style and feel of the show before throwing a belt in a mix.. They had Aztec Warfare in mind as the means to determine a champion all along, just not sure when they were going to do it. DeJoseph says Ultima Lucha will tie up all the loose ends, specifically mentioning the Dario/Black Lotus/Dragon Azteca storyline. The podcast also has DeJoseph talking about the electrified Disciples of Death and Famous B’s run of moves in the battle royal, it’s worth checking out.

Voices of Wrestling talked to Son of Havoc. Havoc praised how the Lucha Underground people have treated him and everyone else thru the run of the series. Havoc kept waiting for some promise not to be delivered or some catch, because professional wrestling is like that, and it’s still never happened. “This group has come thru above and beyond every time.” He credits the LU team for listening and putting together a great lockerroom. Everyone hangs out together, there’s no stars separating from everyone else but instead a guy like Johnny Mundo is the first people on the other side of the curtain to congratulate people on a good match. He also liked how it wasn’t just the usual ‘old boys network’ of people in charge doing things just the way they’ve done, but new people trying new ideas.

Havoc was asked about intergender wrestling – the very first episode had him facing Sexy Star – and he said he didn’t realize it would be a big deal. He’s had matches including women on indies, but it is a different thing when it airs on TV. Havoc said he felt intergender wrestling was progressive and cited the Avengers as an example. (If there was a Lucha Underground podcast/writer drinking game, it would definitely involve taking a drink when someone brought up the Avengers.)

Havoc’s strong positive feelings really inform why people involved with the promotion are less worried about no season two announcement so far. For us on the outside, this Lucha Underground is a wrestling promotion and wrestling promotions say things they’re not going to do (or may not even plan to do) all the time, so we’re trained to disbelieve the first time something breaks logic. For the people on the inside, this is not a wrestling promotion – or not like one they’re used to – and they’ve got a history of LU being honest and upfront with them many times so it makes all the sense to continue trusting them to deliver. I’m not sure everyone believes, or believes it’ll be on the original schedule, but they still seem confident it’s happening.


Havoc’s doing a media round leading into tonight’s show; he’ll be taking questions in Reddit’s AMA section around 5pm ET today.

Voices of Wrestling had their podcast review of last week’s episode (where I did find myself wanting to shout into the void to correct; a lot of people are confused by Ultima Lucha being two but next week still being two hours), as did the Last Real Heels. I enjoyed the breakdown of how many Miller Lites they may have had over two days.

Other Notes

Sky Mexico has put up the AAA TripleMania PPV info for Mexico, which is about the same as usual; 289 Mexican Pesos and about 19 USD.

LuchaMania Monterrey writes about the CaraLuchas versus Casanova event where the Neza Boys (Guerrero Mixtico & Danger) cheated to take the tag titles from Ultimo Ninja & Epydemius. The big news is the building must’ve gotten a new door; they were prevented from holding shows until they cleared up crowd fan safety issues.

CaraLuchas says Halloween, Damian and Bestia 666 will be coming in for their 08/08 show.

DJ Spectro looks back at Solar & Halcon 78 vs the Comandos.

CMLL notes Pierrothito winning a title in Chicago.

LV talks about this week’s CMLL 52MX &  AAA TV shows. The booking of the Myzteziz/Averno match makes no sense given where they’ve ended up with TripleMania, but the match itself was very good.

LuchaWorld reviews the En Busca de un Idolo maestro trios match.

Segunda Caida reviews the 2015 parajes increible final and Lucha Underground episode 34.

SuperLuchas looks back to Hijo del Santo unmasking Aristotoles

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/28 NOAH: Genba Hirayanagi b Bengala [GJHL}
Bengala falls to 2-2.

07/29 Freedoms: Jun Kasai & Masahi Takeda defeated Ciclope & Violento Jack


CMLL (TUE) 08/04/2015 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pierrothito
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
3) Blue Panther, Soberano Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Fuego vs Tiger [lightning]
5) Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Cavernario, Felino, Gran Guerrero
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto

Main event is Sky Team versus some possible challengers. Titan & Triton are reunited in the semifinal. Blue Panther working in the tercera seems weird. Fuego & Tiger should end up on YouTube, if they’re still doing that.

CMLL (TUE) 08/04/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Metatrón & Neutrón vs Évola & Furia Roja
2) Flyer, Magnum, Magnus vs Artillero, Joker, Súper Comando
3) Esfinge, Omar Brunetti, Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Metálico, Virus
4) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Super Porky vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Thunder

Marco, Maximo, Super Porky and La Mascara are all going to be working to be working Guadalajara a lot the next 2.5 months to replace Sombra & Rush. Semimain is trios champions versus Invasors.

Chilanga Mask (SUN) 08/16/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
2) Astro Rey Jr., Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Psycko Kid vs Luz Clarita, Rey Apocalispis, Tony Cisneros Jr., Xtreme Fly
ChilangaMask vs Arena Pepe Cisneros (Oaxaca)
3) Keira vs Zeuxis
4) Trauma II vs Blue Panther
5) Avisman & Caifan vs Hechicero (CMLL) & Último Guerrero
6) Dr. Cerebro vs Virus
7) Guerrero Maya Sr. vs Guerrero Maya Jr.

They haven’t quite released the full card, but I lose track of all the matches once we get to six. The newest edition is the second, and that is the Rey Apocalipsis of Puebla and roosters. He gets around. Any of the top four matches could easily be the best match on the show, or on most shows. There’s a video with interviews Keira versus Zeuxis, pushing the Tepito versus Arena Mexico aspect.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-07-11 

Recapped: 07/07-14/15

Match 1: Bengala & Robin vs Cholo & Espanto Jr.
Arena México, 07/07/2015

triangular del Solar (or Bengala)
  1. rudos
    • Espanto top rope splash Bengala (4:51)
    • Cholo cradle suplex Robin (5:03)
  2. tecnicos
    • Bengala triangular del solar Espanto (2:23)
    • Robin senton con giro Cholo (2:55)
  3. tecnicos
    • Robin sit down powerbomb Espanto Jr. (2:36)
    • Bengala satellite armbar Cholo (3:17)

Winner: tecnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 11:15

Review: [ok] Disposable opening match. Bengala was solid as usual, but Espanto didn’t show as much as he had in other matches. Cholo’s existence is still amusing but there’s not a lot to say about this match.

satellite armbar

Match 2: Leono, Star Jr., Stigma vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
Arena México, 07/07/2015

Star Jr. :(
  1. tecnicos
    • Stigma torito Raziel (6:50)
  2. tecnicos
    • Star Jr. hammerlock Cancerbero (4:30)
    • Leono headscissors cradle Metalico (5:47)

Winner: tecnicos (2-0)
Match Time: 12:37
Notes: Star Jr.’s return from an injury in training.

Review: [below average] never really got rolling, tough return by Star, tough finish by Leono, Stigma stumbled a couple times in between, really short and wasn’t good while it lasted. There are better Cancerberos matches, and there are sure a lot of Metalico ones.

tecnicos take the match, somehow

Match 3: Fuego, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pierroth, Vangellys
Arena México, 07/07/2015

Porky (and Volador) running
  1. rudos
    • Vangelis northern lights suplex Volador Jr. (4:53)
  2. técnicos
    • Fuego Flashina Vangellys (2:52)
  3. técnicos
    • Super Porky back splash Dragon Rojo & Pierroth (5:11)

Winner: técnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 12:56
Review: [below average] a Super Porky match; crowd enjoyed it, it’s the same thing you’ve seen on TV every week, and everyone else took a night off. Fuego had a bad blown spot in the third, probably wishes he took the night off. The other five guys did very little, probably should’ve done very little, but it didn’t make for much to watch.

Volador slingshot headscissors
not quite the smoothest armdrag

Stellar Moments

La Combinacion: Pequeño Olímpico German suplex, Mercurio cradle on Astral

El Castigo: Astral & Eléctrico sliding dropkicks on Pequeño Olimpico & Mercurio

El Triunfo: Shockercito reinera on Pequeño Olímpico

La Llave: Mística on Mephisto

Lo Espectacular: triple dive by Místico, Valiente and Dragon Lee

Match 4: Ángel de Oro, Dragon Lee, Mistico vs Kamaitachi, Mephisto, Pólvora
Arena México, 07/07/2015

CMLL video thinks Kamaitachi and Naito are the same guy.
  1. rudos
    • Mephisto Devil’s Wings Místico (2:29)
  2. técnicos
    • Místico la Mistica Mephisto (2:38)
  3. rudos
    • DQ Angel de Oro [foul on Pólvora] (5:48)

Winner: rudos
Match Time: 10:55
Notes: Kamaitachi’s video includes a shot of Naito because I guess all the Japanese guys are the same. Angel de Oro and Pólvora fight during the match, and Angle de oro fouls and unmasked Pólvora to end the match.

Mistico realizes his role as set up man

Review: [ok] best match on the show, though that’s not high praise. The first of this one wasn’t that good either, as the rudos beating up the técnicos in uninspiring fashion dragged. Things picked up after the comeback. Angel de Oro & Pólvora had generic exchanges; following that up with the much better Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee battles illustrated a big difference between the two. Dragon Lee & Místico show promise as a team, if only for all the spots where Místico sets up a big Dragon Lee spot.

don’t stop to taunt!
Dragon Lee over the top headscissors