Lucha Underground 1×39: Ultima Lucha, Part 2

the matches

Johnny Mundo defeats Alberto el Patron (fin de mundo, 13:35, great)
Pentagon Jr. defeats Vampiro (rock bottom thru table on fire, 11:08, good)
Fenix wins the Gift of the Gods (Fire Driver on Jack Evans, 12:03, great)
Blue Demon Jr. defeats Texano Jr. (pinfall, 3:00, below average)
Mil Muertes defeats Prince Puma to win the Lucha Underground Championship (super flatliner, 17:39, excellent)

49 gifs can be seen here.


A few!

Universidad de 0M

Johnny Mundo and Alberto el Patron has much more of a brawl this time around, with literal dirt being thrown in faces. After a long even fight, Mundo knocked out the referee with a kick. (No referee was calling a DQ on this show.) Alberto put Mundo in the armbar and Mundo taped, but there was no ref to count it. Mundo eventually slipped free. Alberto tried the armbar again over the ropes, but it was broken up by Melina. Mundo landed the Fin de Mundo for the win. Mundo & Melina made out in the ring until an enraged Alberto broke it up. Alberto smashed Mundo’s face into the glass window of a door (replacing the one Mack & Cage broke last week), gaining revenge for Mundo’s similar act and blooding Mundo badly. Melina tried to break it up, but instead was spanked by Alberto.

Pentagon Jr. almost beat AntiPope Vampiro very quickly, destroying him with chair shots. Vampiro rose from a stretcher to continue, and the two had an insane thumbtack and light tube filled brawl. Vampiro appeared to be imperious to pain at various points Vampiro brought a table and fire into play, but it was he who went thru it courtesy of a bloody and ripped Pentagon. Pentagon demanded his Master reveal himself as a reward for his win. Vampiro instead revealed he was Pentagon’s master all along, even unknown to Pentagon. Pentagon did not question this, and immediately bowed down at Vampiro’s feet.

The Gift of the Gods was a crazy seven person match which included a more than seven people. An obsessed Marty ran into the ring and attacked Sexy Star at one point, but tapped out to La Mistica. (Sexy Star disappeared from the match after taking Big Ryck’s urange.) DelAvar Daviari surprisingly attacked Big Ryck, possibly for Ryck’s failures of late. Fenix put an end to the craziness with a Fire Driver on Jack.

not exactly smooth, but Vampiro got in there

Blue Demon Jr. is now an aging legend, near the end of his career willing to do anything to hold on and was not residing in South Beach. The announcers pushed the idea that Demon was a guy lived off his family’s name, while Texano (Jr.) had surpassed his father. The match, made no DQ, saw Texano dominate until Mr. Cisco and Cortez Castro got involved. Chavo Guerrero ran in as if for an incredibly unlikely save, until to instead ally with Demon and attack Texano. (The announcers emphasized the symbolism of Chavo attacking Demon way back in episode 2, then helping him here.) Demon ended up with an easy iwn.

Konnan was not present for the Prince Puma/Mil Muertes match, still removed from the board after the attack in earlier episdoes. Catrina was there, but was actually used as a weapon by Prince Puma in her only physical interference in the match. The Puma match against Mil Muertes had aspects of Mil’s other post return matches, with a fair amount of brawling around ringside, but it also had a lot of in-ring fighting as well. Muertes escaped the first 630 attempt, landed the second but Muertes kicked out, and missed a third. Muerte seemed to have the win with a Flatliner, but Puma kicked out. Puma went to the top again, but was pulled off in a super Flatliner for the title change. Mil, Catrina and The Disciples of Death stood in the ring together with all the belts to end the season.

the real reason for a new Temple: need new high places to jump off of

Dragon Azteca did make it into the Temple to save Black Lotus, but it was too late. Dario Cueto walked in before Azteca could free Lotus, and noted their deal (?) meant Dragon Azteca would forfeit his life if he stepped foot in Dario’s Temple. Dario teased using the cage to free Matanza, and Dragon Azteca begged him to stop. Dario did, because it was a fake out – Black Lotus grabbed Dragon Azteca from behind and choked her one-time mentor out. Dragon Azteca told Lotus not to believe Dario, but Lotus instead gave Azteca the heart punch to the back, apparently killing Dragon Azteca. Dario freed Lotus, who now planned to leave this all behind, but Dario warned Lotus she started a war and only Dario could protect her. Lotus reluctantly agreed. Dario said they’d need a new Temple, and unlocked Matanza’s cage (with the Key) as they all perepared to flee.

The show closed with a scared Dario and Lotus cleaning out the cash, papers, and red bull from his office and leaving in a hurry. They were last scene escaping in a truck, pulling a horse carriage – where Matanza was breifly glimpsed inside.

Other characters also got individual epilogues.

  • Fenix left in a firebird (car), being stalked by King Cuerno in his truck.
  • Marty Martinez, more crazy than we’ve seen him before, threatened an apparently kidnapped Sexy Star that “you won’t like me when you meet my sister”
  • Angelico, Son of Havoc and Ivelisse vowed to win the trios championships back before driving off on motorcycles (Ivelisse and Havoc together.)
  • Aerostar and Drago shared an intense handshake before exiting the temple. Drago again appeared to turn into flame as he flew away, and Aerostar blasted off like a rocket.
  • Pentagon asked his master where they were going now, and Vampiro told him it was a dark place.
  • the white hoodie character was seen putting on the Dragon Azteca mask, and spray painting a question mark on the Lucha Underground billboard.

The season ended with the lights coming down on the Temple as Dario looked pained, then smirked.

one more for the road


A fantastic finale. There were four strong matches, and an even stronger finale few minutes. We still don’t totally know if Dario was lying to Black Lotus, but we sure know she belives it. We even got a little hint on the behind the scenes of season 2: the Lucha Underground Temple we knew is the past, and they’ll be somewhere new next year. The question mark on the Lucha Underground sign struck people as a clear Rey Mysterio Jr. teaser during the filming. It may end up that way, but it seemed to be more about the mystery of where Lucha Underground would be next.

Michael Schiavello was the fill-in for Vampiro and did well in the role. It’s a different mix than Vampiro, but Schiavello was very prepared. He knew the characters, knew the backstory, and seemed as excited about the show as someone who’d watched the season to this point. It’d be strange, though not imposible, for Vampiro just to flip back to being Ian the Wacky Announcer after tonight’s match and Schivello would be fine in the role.

Fenix finishes Jack

I assume Hugo’s calling the two hours on his own on Unimas. I hope he made it one piece.

Puma/Muertes was an epic title match. It had a good amount of brawling into the crowds, and super natural characters, but it also felt the most like something which would fit at Wrestlemania among all the matches on this how. It’d be the main event, a pretty strong main event, and they didn’t really kick out of finishers enough to be a recent WWE match, but they did pretty much everything else. Prince Puma looked incredible in this match, and Mil’s done the best possibly the best work of his career in this run. This match might not be placed above Grave Consequences, and Puma/Mundo might be the better Puma title match, but it also might not be. I could see it either way. It’s worth rewatching easily.

Mundo/Alberto was a great hate filled match which took surprising advantage of the dirty scummy nature of the temple. (Both men could’ve used a shower about 3 minutes in.) It’s a little hurt from being a out of control brawl on a show with a lot of out of control brawling, but it felt superior to their previous match up until the finish shenanigans. Crowd reacted well to Melina’s return, but having Johnny win and then be destroyed by Alberto was very 50/50. It’s a tough spot – Johnny’ just turned, Alberto needs to get revenge if he’s a top guy, and maybe the indecisive nature of the finish will set up a rematch in season 2. I don’t know what’s the blow off stip for putting faces thru glass – maybe it’s first blood, maybe Pentagon has some scarier ideas.

get out of here, Puma

The Gift of the Gods match was last never ending chain of spots match to end the season on. Just a cacophony of moves by everyone. I think this did more for Bengali than any match he’s had so far, just looking spectacular on his giant tornillo. Aerostar has climbed to a lot of high places and jumped off them all this year. Cuerno got in his tope one more time. Jack didn’t seem to get as much time as everyone else, but he looked good in what he did. The match was built around a surprising amount of Big Ryck early on, and the urange on Sexy Star looked rough. (In real life, it’s said she was hospitalized. No idea what happened, but it looked like he didn’t do much to protect her at all on the move.) They tried to do the big guy fending off a lot of little guys bit with him, and there was some mixed success. The ending sequence with Fenix & Jack Evans was superb. This was the third different single elimination 4+ man match Fenix’s won this season (pre-Aztec Warfare & for the Medallion, plus also the three way in his debut), which feels like it should be a thing. On the tapings, they had done more teasing a Big Ryck/Davairi issue than had made the screen, and it really felt random. Marty at least is random, so his actions make as much sense as ever. Similarly, they teased Cuerno versus Fenix when the show was filmed, but only the briefest glance made air at the end of this match. The ending vignette made up for it.

Catrina betrays Mil again!

Pentagon & Vampiro was less enjoyable for me than most because I was unhappy about how much it much it was about Vampiro – like, almost all about Vampiro’s heart for continuing, for taking the shots and for being tough enough to keep going. It makes sense for Striker to call it that way, Vampiro’s been at his side for the last eight months, but the point of this felt should’ve been to make Pentagon and instead he was a lesser part of his own match. I want to see Pentagon as a top guy, not as guy falling at his knees to salute someone else. This may be the long road to get to that point, but there’s still a while to travel. The match itself was the sort of insanity seen in the Mexican hardcore feds, with Pentagon pulling out the same gouging technique he used on Arez on Vampiro’s forehead this time. Vampiro’s zombie like no-selling worked for his character in this match and definitely worked for the crowd. The match itself was as strong as it could’ve been, and stronger than would’ve been expected, but it’s also something I don’t want to see more than once a year.

Prince Puma may be Bruce Lee

Demon/Texano was the weakest match by far. All the character stuff they threw in with Blue Demon and the suit wearing Crew was great, but the problem is it’s still Blue Demon in the ring and that’s not much. A Demon & Chavo union against Texano is the least interesting teaser for season 2. Chavo & Demon being part of the on screen part of the show made a certain amount of sense for season 1, when they were potentially recognizable faces to new viewers (and new investors) regardless of what they had to offer, but a season 2 wouldn’t seem to need those sort of crutches – or, maybe the given the state of things, they need more of those.

The epilogue was fantastic. It wrapped up a lot, gave a few needed teases (we had to see a glimpse of Matanza and we did) and it did a great job of setting up mysteries for the future. CHIKARA’s done bits like this at the end of their seasons with mysteries set up, but we got a bit of conclusions and a bit of spacemen blasting off to parts unknown.

blast off

I don’t know where Aerostar is headed. I don’t where any of this is headed. I hope we see each other again when we get there.

Ultima Lucha, TripleMania, Niebla & Sombra trade places, Anniversary card next week?

 CMLL (SUN) 08/02/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Johnny Dinamo b Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Mr. Apolo & Mr. Brisa b Capitan Cobra & Meteoro
3) Nube Roja & Rey Halcón b Gitano & Relampago
Rey Halcon replaced Toro Negro, Gitano replaced Evola.
4) Frezzer, León Blanco, Neutrón DQ El Yaqui, Furia Roja, Thunder Boy
Yaqui fouled Freezer for the DQ. Those two are challenging for a mask match.
5) Metatrón, Super Calo, Súper Caló Jr. b Maléfico, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
Super Calo’s first known match in three years. Said to be Calo’s return to Guadalajara; unclear when he fought here previously. He was back to wearing his mask, and got the win over Super Calo. Malefico.

Calo wearing his mask is predictably cheesy.

CMLL (TUE) 08/04/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Mercurio & Pierrothito b Fantasy & Último Dragoncito
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Okumura, Sangre Azteca b Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr.
3) Blue Panther, Soberano Jr., The Panther DQ Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
straight falls, Pierroth fouled Blue Panther.
4) Fuego b Tiger [lightning] Match Relámpago del 4 de Agosto de 2015 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Flashina for the win.
5) Cavernario, Felino, Gran Guerrero b Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
Sky Team won clean.

A show. The Panthers seem to be back to feuding with Comando Boricua. The lightning matches are back, and back to being posted on YouTube channel.

It appears Mr. Niebla was suspended and Sombra unsuspended by CMLL. Niebla appeared to be drunk on Monday’s Puebla card, and might be gone from the promotion again. Sombra takes his place in a reconfigured main event. It’s now a relevos increibles with unlikely partners Volador, Sombra and Cavernario taking on Atlantis, Marco Corleone and Negro Casas. This is the third different Friday night card they’ve had this week already.

Sombra’s also hosting the TuriLuchas bus on Friday. (He was promoted for Tuesday, but that turned out to be Cavernario instead.)

Furia de Titanes says CMLL will announce the full Anniversary card next week. Three weeks out seems the right timing, but it also seems pretty quick. It seems meaningful that Sombra’s added back to Friday’s card, since that’s the night to set up matches if they’re really announcing the card on Wednesday.

Lucha Underground

Tonight’s episode is 39 (of 39), Ultima Lucha Part 2. Matches announced:

  • Prince Puma (c) versus Mil Muertes (w/Catrina) for the Lucha Underground championship
  • Alberto el Patron versus Johnny Mundo
  • Vampiro versus Pentagon Jr. in a Cero Miedo match (clip)
  • Fenix vs Aerostar vs Jack Evans vs Big Ryck vs Sexy Star vs Bengala vs King Cuerno for the Gift of the Gods championship (clip)
  • Texano Jr. versus Blue Demon Jr. (clip)

As noted repeatedly, they also taped a battle royal including everyone in the promotion who does not have a match tonight. It hasn’t been said if it’ll air, but probably will. There’s got to be something with Dragon Azteca & Black Lotus too. With Vampiro wrestling, MMA commentator Michael Schiavello joins Matt Striker as announcer.

They’ll generally be hinting at storylines which we’d see in a season 2. They may be even hinting at the existence of season 2.

Alberto versus Mundo opens the show; Alberto’s made it clear he’s not happy about that. Alberto’s also not happy about the editing. Twitter Alberto seems like an an unhappy person lately.

The Vampiro returns vignette is worth a second look (or a first one if you’ve missed it.) Comic Book Resources notes it’s a little bit of a homage to a scene on the recent Daredevil series.

The Last Real Heels have a review of their main event appearance on last week’s show. They made a great point: Dragon Azteca dying tonight is totally believable because we’ve already seen one guy lose his life. You can’t say it won’t happen because it totally has already happened. They’ve also got a fun podcast with Marty the Moth.

Rolling Stone has a piece on visiting the Ultima Lucha tapings, reveals the graffiti on the building is part of the story telling. Literally.


Konnan was on Wrestling Observer, Rudo Radio and a Reddit AMA. Rey Jr.’s been on a ton of outlets: here’s him talking on WrestlingInc: Part 1 and Part 2. The Rudo Radio also has a recap of how the Ultima Lucha part 1 matches changed from live to TV.

There’s a lot of Konnan and Rey Jr. interviews leading into TripleMania. There’s a lot of similar questions, as you’d expect. Rey is saying only positive things about his time in WWE, even going as far as saying he’d be open to going back (though that’s if his son wanted to wrestle there and Rey Jr. going back would help.) He tuned out on the wrestling business while he was in WWE, preferring to spend the not-enough time he had away from work focusing on his family. All the young AAA guys are new to him and he’s impressed in what he’s seen, specifically bringing up Pentagon sometimes. He’s excited for Sunday’s match with Myzteziz. Rey says he’s not signed with Lucha underground and people were making too much of him hanging out with Konnan at the shows, but he’d be happy to work with them in season 2 if the deal was right.

There were four important news notes on the Wrestling Observer podcast. Konnan claimed 70% of TripleMania’s tickets have already been sold. (The ticket map backs that up.) Konnan also said Flamita’s current Dragon Gate tour is his final one, and he’ll be with AAA full time. Konnan said Flamita didn’t come in earlier because they wanted to have something ready for him, not just be on cards. Konnan also used mentioned in passing that this was the same reason Holocausto group took so long to start, he didn’t want them to get lost in the mix. (Konnan listed Parka Negra in that trio, which might be just forgetfulness or might be bad news for Kronos.)

The other news is Perro news. Konnan mentioned that the plan for this year’s TripleMania was Perro versus Rey Misterio, not the Myzteiz/Perro match that had been rumored. Going back farther, Konnan said the big surprise that never happened back at Guerra de Titanes 2013 was a Perro Aguayo Jr. tecnico turn. (This might have come up in the past.) Perro was actually on the tecnico side in the main event, they did a bunch of run-ins which led to the La Sociedad being back as the big ‘surprise’, then Konnan hinted on podcast that it only came back because they needed some surprise after the original plan fell thru. Perro would’ve been with Ciberentico, La Parka, and Mesias, which would’ve left a massive gap on the rudo side. The story was really about Perro, so there wasn’t a lot of talk about what AAA would’ve looked like. Texano was champion at that point, but appeared to already be feuding with Psycho Clown. Maybe new people would’ve been elevated (though it’d be tough to get wins over that crew) or Jeff Jarrett would’ve been used more. As it turned out, Perro staying on the rudo side set him up to face Myzteziz and Alberto el Patron, and that was working out OK.

On the Rudo Radio podcast, Konnan mentioned Machine Rocker as part of a list of guys who he’s high on that Americans haven’t seen it. Konnan said Machine Rocker was in the TripleMania opener, which is a surprise – he’s on the Colombia trip. Maybe just a mistake, but I’m holding out hope there’s a secret dark match with everyone on the Colombia tour in a battle royal.

Otherwise, it’s a lot of stuff Konnan has said on his MLW podcast (which he made sure to promote!) He says Lucha Underground is coming back for a second season and says TV networks sometimes just take a while to make a second season, but also said it should be back soon. He also noted he’s not the one who’d announce something like that. He’s excited about the young talent in AAA and really likes what he sees on the US indies, both in how the wrestlers interact with the fans and how the veterans are fine putting over younger wrestlers. Konnan says there are plans for AAA’s Mexico show to come back to US, but no specifics.

AAA had it’s annual pre-TripleMania pilgrimage yesterday. More photos and video here. It looks pretty well attended by fans. Of those who were there, Psycho Clown, Cibernetico and La Parka seemed to get the most autograph and photo requests.

A story in El Economist talks about AAA’s business model, says they hope to reach 4,000 to 8,000 internet PPV buyers. I recall the Observer reporting Ring of Honor got around 2,000 buys for it’s iPPVs before the tech imploded, but that’s years ago. CMLL is getting around 350 concurrent viewers for it’s free YouTube stream.

A story about AAA to Colombia trip got picked up by Notimex.

Other Notes

IWRG’s changed their Sunday card around; Dr. Wagner Jr. was double booked, and now he’s just not booked. His son will take his place, though his team with Veneno & Danny Casas now fight the Capos. The Navarros move up to challenge the Piratas for the trios titles; it’s the first trios title match since October.

This was the third newspaper recap I read of Arena Puebla’s show. None have even mentioned Mr. Niebla looking drunk. (Some places will says someone a bad performance, without saying why. Not even that here.) I appreciate all newspaper coverage of lucha libre shows, but it’s depressing for smart people to go out of their way not to mention the obvious. I’m not sure if they’re concerned about losing access or if they just feel like they’re an extension of the team (or if it’s people who actually work for the promotion sending the recap to the newspapers for them), but it’s not that much more embarrassing than Niebla’ behavior.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and KrisZ’s news update from today! At least the site’s back up.

Matt Farmer has some past lucha libre results in August.

Apolo Valdes asks what punishment happened to the fans who threw objects at Sombra and Rush?

Fantasma del Espacio took Juventud Rebelde’s hair in Xalapa.

Los Tortugas Ninja went to a draw against Emperador Azteca, Metaleon, Mr. Leon and Golden Magic in Aguascalientes.

Familia de Tijuana lost to Black Abyss Jr., Scorpio Jr. and Zumbido in Arena Popo. El Pancracio interviews Famalia de Tijuana.

Box Y Lucha has a bio of Corsario Jr.

Fuego en el Ring talk to Niebla Roja.

Rey Escorpion keeps telling everyone that he’s going to retire Ultimo Guerrero.

Segunda Caida checks out Blue Panther versus Satanico.

CaraLucha has the Sky Stars talking about their match against the Magnificos this weekend. Also: a blooper reel.

+LuchaTV has highlights of Mr. Aguila, Halloween, Mr. Tempest versus Venum Black, Rey Horus and Huracan Jr. among lots of Tijuana clips.

Lucha Temple writes a bio on Salvador Lutteroth.

Latin Lover says he’s suffering from polymyositis (muscle loss and weakness) after his wrestling career. He says he’s had eight operations.


Chilanga Mask (SUN) 08/16/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Astro Rey Jr., Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Psycko Kid vs Extreme Fly, Luz Clarita, Rey Apocalipsis, Tony Cisneros Jr.
ChilangaMask vs Bella Ariosa (Arena Pepe Cisneros in Oaxaca)
2) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid vs Ciber Punk, Disturbio, Garrobo Punk and Arez, Belial, Impulso and Aeroboy, Magnifico, Super Mega [last man standing]
3) Pagano vs Trauma I [super libre]
4) Keira vs Zeuxis
5) Dr. Cerebro vs Virus
6) Trauma II vs Blue Panther
7) Avisman & Caifan vs Hechicero (CMLL) & Último Guerrero
8) Guerrero Maya Sr. vs Guerrero Maya Jr.

Full card for their Naucalpan debut. The last match added is the one listed second, a four way trios match listed as last man standing. This looks like a really good card.


CMLL (TUE) 08/11/2015 Arena México
1) Acero & Angelito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Molotov, Oro Jr., Robin vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
4) Pegasso vs Virus [lightning]
5) Dragon Lee, Rey Cometa, Valiente vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
6) Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Thunder vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

A rudo/rudo main event is very strange for a Tuesday. Any CMLL Anniversary card announcement press conference would be the following day. Semimain looks fun.