Lucha Underground 2×5: The Machine

Edit: Here’s Famous B’s voice mail message

Johnny Mundo double springboard tornillo
Johnny Mundo double springboard tornillo

The Matches

  • Jack Evans defeated PJ Black (3:50, Jack backslide PJ, OK)
  • King Cuerno defeated Killshot (5:28, Thrill of the Hunt, OK)
  • Texano defeated Mr. Cisco (0:09, superkick,)
  • Texano defeated Cortez Castro (2:26, powerbomb)
  • Chavo Guerrero defeated Texano (2:33, Cortez trip, entire segment OK)
  • Johnny Mundo defeated Cage (7:53, lead pipe, Good)

The Developments

There were a lot of different plots moving forward tonight. Let’s see if I can get them all.

The main event saw Cage and Johnny Mundo have their rematch. It was a back and forth match and one of the longer matches of this season so far. Cage evaded the Fin de Mundo and dropped Johnny with Weapon X, which seemed to mean another win (and one step closer to Mil.) However, Cage was distracted by the debuting Taya, who argued with Cage from the apron while also slipping in some sort of pipe to Mundo. Mundo smacked Cage right in the face with the hard looking object, and Cage was knocked out. Mundo got the win, and he and Taya put the boots to Cage after the match. Taya is in her AAA persona and appears to be Mundo’s new ally.

the full Jack Evans experience
the full Jack Evans experience

The main event for next week was set up thru the night. King Cuerno got back on the winning side by beating Killshot with the Thrill of the Hunt. Announcers heaped praise on Killshot despite the loss. After the match, Cuerno went to add in his new piledriver move (called the Thrill of the Kill), but Fenix made the save. The show ended with Cuerno complaining to Catrina about being the hunted instead of the hunter because of the Gift of the Gods belts, and wanting to change things immediately – he wanted Mil Muertes next week. Catrina reminded Cuerno of their deal, but Cuerno wanted no part of that. Catrina switched tactics, revealing she’d already set up a match for Cuerno next week: he’ll defend the Gift of the Gods championship against Fenix, in a ladder match.

King Cuerno wasn’t the only luchador getting on Catrana’s bad side. Pentagon confronted Catrina, demanding a match with Prince Puma after being beat last week. Catrina and Pentagon actually fought, with Pentagon getting Catrina in the armbreaker but Catrina using her vanishing powers to escape. (This segment was a lot of video edits/Catrina vanishing.) Catrina gave Pentagon his match, while warning him he’d pay for attacking her.

The show also caught up with the old boss of the Temple. Dario Cueto and Black Lotus were still setting up people to be thrashed by Matanza, with Dario explaining Matanza had to get ready before they could return to the Temple (and blaming Lotus for this situation.) Dario talked about how much Matanza meant to him. Their mother was an awful person who beat them both. Dario tried to stand up to her one day and would’ve likely been murdered by his mother if not for Matanza making the save – by beating their mother to death with the red bull Dario had on his desk all last season. Dario still has the bull with him as a reminder of that day. Not because of his mother’s death, because that moment made him realize how much he loved violence. Black Lotus did not seem comfortable with this story.

Killshot tornillo
Killshot tornillo

There were actually matches on this show too in between the drama. The opener saw Jack Evans continue to win and PJ Black continue to lose. Jack Evans boasted about being the Dragon Slayer once again, which drew out Drago to watch from the upper level. A distracted Jack threw a water bottle at Drago. It missed, and Jack nearly lost to PJ in the process. Drago came down to ringside, but his mist attack got PJ instead of Jack, and Jack’s all powerful backslide got the three count. Jack escaped. PJ angrily stared at both Drago and the pair of nunchuks he brought to the match, but didn’t attack Drago.

Texano got his hands on Chavo Guerrero, though he had to go thru the Crew to get there in a gauntlet match. Texano beat Mr. Cisco (in a shoulder sling) in seconds, when Cisco was distracted by Chavo’s advice. Cortez Castro lasted longer, but taunted before running into the powerbomb. Chavo didn’t seem a match for Texano either, but Cortez used the bullrope to trip up Texano and hold him down while Chavo got the pin. There was still discord among the rudos after the win, but Texano ran them off before they could act on it.

To start the show, Ian/Vampiro explained his behind the scenes actions from season 1. Vampiro is a personality Ian had locked away for many years, but Vampiro used Pentagon to get out. Vampiro ordered Pentagon to make the sacrifices so Ian would feel no choice but to give in to his darkside, and Vampiro would be fully in control again. (This seemed to fit together with similar scenes in the comic book released today.)

A commercial during the show had Famous B giving out a phone number and promising to make the someone who called famous. It came off a bit like a used car commercial, but the message on the phone had Famous B explaining that he wanted to make the right deserving person famous – kind of like a manager or an agent.

I think that’s everything! No sign of Sexy Star, Willie Mack or any moth. Rey, Dragon Azteca and the ex-trios champs also had the week off. Puma was mentioned on the show but not seen. Mil was on his throne the whole show but didn’t react much.


Arrow From Hell (and to your screen)
Arrow From Hell (and to your screen)

This was a busy show! Lots of outside of the ring stuff, plus four different match segments. (I’ve got the gauntlet match listed as individual matches, but it was one continuous stream as televised.) It’s a lot of different plots to keep straight, but it felt like they were mostly successful in getting what they needed to get over. There’s so much stuff to get over that maybe some of the minor stuff might get lost, but the really important stuff – Puma/Pentagon, Fenix/Cuerno, Dario’s coming back at some point – went well.

All the different directions meant less time for matches than I’d like, but all the matches were at least OK. I’d like to see what PJ Black and Jack Evans could do with more time, but maybe doing a short match isn’t that bad idea when it’s going to end with a mist attack anyway. Black’s losing seems to have a direction, which is much better than losing for no reason.

Killshot looked better with Cuerno then he did against Mundo to start the season. Te announcers – or those feeding them their lines – are trying to do their best to protect Killshot despite the losses.

The Chavo/Texano stuff feels like a solid early 90s story and wrestling, a different time and place than the rest of the show. It’s not hard to figure out where it’s going – Texano finally defeats Chavo, but in a way where Chavo keeps his credibility – but I think it’s supposed to be a big positive feud for Texano and feels more like killing time until something better opens up for him.

this was just impressive
this was just impressive

Cage/Mundo was obviously the match of the night, better than I had expected it to be. It could’ve been these two guys doing a lot of moves, and they did do a lot, but it felt like more of a battle. The small bit of Cage taking a look at Mil before finishing his move was a nice touch. It’s hard to believe Cage is actually getting his hands on Mil, with Puma, Pentagon, Fenix and Cuerno (and now Mundo!) seemingly all ahead of him in line, but Cage doesn’t know that – Cage thinks he’s winning and he’s getting the belt that should be his, and he acted appropriately. I wasn’t thrilled with a distraction finish – especially after they seemed to go out of their way to point out those finishes don’t necessarily happen on their show in the opener – but Cage looked like he got destroyed by the pipe shot. I’m sure they had the good sense to protect Cage, but it looked convincingly brutal on TV. It’s too quick to tell how Taya is going to with Mundo, but her first big obstacle is definitely going to be overcoming the stigma of being Replacement Melina.

No one else in wrestling could’ve pulled off the Dario’s Red Bull story better than Dario. He had to go thru a lot of different emotions in a short period of time. The Pentagon/Catrina segment was not on that level, but the way they used Pentagon’s translation captions was effectively done.

Is that everything? I think that’s everything. This felt like the best show since episode 1. Next week, with both Puma/Pentagon and Cuerno/Fenix, figures to challenge for the best episode of the season.

Metal objects finally have their revenge on Cage!
Metal objects finally have their revenge on Cage!

Rush versus Maximo and Volador versus Negro Casas in hair matches headline 2016 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas

exciting photo of man signing paperwork
exciting photo of man signing paper!

CMLL’s just completed press conference announced the top matches for Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, and it’s twice as much as anyone figured we were getting. The Negro Casas versus Volador Jr. hair match, teased since Negro Casas beat Volador’s father in the same match back on New Year’s Day, was officially signed for CMLL’s annual major spring show (taking place on March 18th.) What wasn’t expected is Rush versus Maximo, hair vs hair, will also take place the same day. These were signed as two separate singles matches, not a tag or relevos suicidas match. The Maximo/Rush feud had only really started going about a week and a half ago, and it’s quick turnaround to a hair match. Maximo most recently defended his hair on that same 01/01 show as Parka/Casas, so perhaps there was some long term planning involved that just didn’t show thru.

Volador and Rush are the heavy favorites in both of their matches. Both should be great matches regardless of the outcomes. Volador versus Rush would also be natural match up for this year’s Anniversary match, and this show may be a build to that later September show.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow. The current prices – 830MX/$46 USD for first row – are much cheaper than a comparative Anniversary show with two apuesta matches, but in line (and a little higher) than the last year’s show. The show will also likely be on iPPV, but that was not announced (and the Playstation Live Viewer thing wasn’t explained either.)

A Mexico versus Japan atomicos match was also announced for the show: Kamaitachi, Okumura, Fuijin and Rajin will take on Mascara Dorada, Mistico, Dragon Lee and Valiente. There’s really no room for another Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee singles match with two other singles matches, but that’s a very strong replacement. CMLL said the rest of the card will be announced in upcoming days.

One notable name missing from the lineup was Thunder. CMLL did address his latest disappearance, saying Thunder underwent knee surgery and they were not sure when he was going to be back. Knee probably could explain his previously unexplained disappearances. While I still expect Ulitmo Guerrero/Thunder to happen at some point, the matches CMLL laid out on this show suggest it’ll either be a secondary match at a big show, or a main event at a secondary show – there’s no danger of it main eventing the Anniversary show with everything else they’ve set up.

CMLL announced some show changes as part of the lead up to Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. There’s going to be some preparatory work on Arena Mexico in the week before the show, so both the Sunday (03/13) and Tuesday (03/15) shows will be moved to Arena Coliseo. Next Sunday’s (03/06) show will also be in Arena Coliseo. CMLL also officially announced the Sunday shows, starting with the 03/06 shows, would return to being CMLL programmed events for the indefinite future. Elite shows will move to Wednesdays, though that wasn’t talked about much on this show.

The only other discussion of note was Marco Corleone and Maximo explaining their issues with Los Ingobernables and saying they were looking to find a new third for Bufete del Amor. Marco said he filled in with Los Ingobernables when Rush got hurt, but always felt more like a normal tecnico. Marco claimed he’s much more famous than Rush, La Mascara is just a copy (Marco’s dance, Sombra’s knees), and both of them are just failed tecnicos. Marco said the Bufete del Amor was created to help poor Rush get over by pairing him with Maximo & Marco, but Rush couldn’t hang with them. Maximo was (emotionally) hurt by Mascara attacking him, and said they’re searching CMLL, Elite and the indies for a third member for their trio. Marco said the third person had to have charisma, and brought up Titan, Soberano and Star as guys who deserve chances. (He brought up even more names on Twitter). They’d like to have the third member by the Anniversary show.

Zeuxis remains champ, Lucha Underground tonight

Zeuxis introduces Silueta to the commissioner
Zeuxis introduces Silueta to the commissioner

CMLL (TUE) 02/23/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Bengala & Metatrón b Camorra & Espíritu Negro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:58. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia b Aéreo, Angelito, Fantasy LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:24. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Súper Halcón Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Raziel LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
20:06. Tecnicos took 1/3.
13:20. Zeuxis took fall 2/3 in a very good match, the last via Spanish Fly. Zeuxis fourth defense
5) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5:46. Tecnicos took straight falls cleanly and challenged for a title shot. Mephisto said no.
6) Ángel de Oro, Súper Porky, Valiente b Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:56. Tecnicos took 2/3. Terrible replaced Ultimo Guerrero on Friday.

Zeuxis/Silueta is the only match worth watching, but it’s quite worth watching.

No full results from Guadalajara, but it seems Casas beat Dorada to set up the title match next week.

The CMLL press conference stuff will be in a separate post.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground is episode 5 (of 26), “The Machine”.  Announced matches:

This is a sequel to Mundo/Cage back in episode 13 of the first season. That one was called “Johnny Mundo vs. the Machine”. The names are a little less creative this time around.

The taping for this episode included a fourth match that hasn’t been announced (so they might have cut it.) There is a debut on this week’s show, though maybe not the one you’re expecting.

Prior to the Lucha Underground show at SXSW, there will also be a panel discussion at 2pm. Guests will be Dorian Roldan, Eric Van Wagenen, Rey Mysterio and Cristina Patwa of Factorymade, with Brandon Stroud from With Spandex moderating. Rey being involved confirms everything is now copacetic between him and Lucha Underground. Not sure if audio of this will turn up, but it should be interesting.

Justin LaBar writes about the experience of going to a Lucha Underground show.

There’s an charity auction for a VIP 4 ticket package for a Lucha Underground Season 3 taping. Current bid is $400.

The AAA headlined show in Arena Jose Suliaiman on Sunday didn’t seem to draw as well as the ELITE show across town. La Parka beat Texano & Wagner in the main event, and there’s video of Traumas versus Silver Star & Memo Valles. AAA announced a return date of 03/06 with Chessman & Averno defending the tag titles against Electroshock & La Parka, and also a TV taping to take place in Monterrey in the month of May.

SegundaCaida watches Black Terry vs Rey Hechicero from last November in Metepec.

A Roshfrans commercial with Fenix & Electroshock (and Arena San Juan.)

DoradaFan has a quick video of Angelikal

Super Crazy is headed back to Chile on 03/06.

Pentagon is listed working a 04/30 show near San Diego. It’s a little surprising he’d be working in the US on Mexico’s Kid’s Day.


CMLL (TUE) 03/01/2016 Arena México
1) Acero & Fantasy vs Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Magnus, Robin, Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
4) Delta vs Sagrado [lightning]
5) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Boby Z, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
6) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther [MEX TRIOS]
Hijos del Infierno 3rd defense

No one listens to Mephisto, how sad. This might be one of the better Tuesday shows in a while, with more matches with hope than usual.

CMLL (TUE) 03/01/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Magnum vs Maléfico & Thunder Boy
2) Bengala, Flyer, Leono vs Artillero, Espíritu Negro, Inquisidor
3) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
4) Máscara Dorada © vs Negro Casas [CMLL WELTER]
Dorada 2nd defense
5) La Máscara, Mistico, Súper Porky vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

Dorada & Casas should be great and should be the main event. Rey Escorpion said he’d be back in March, but March 1st is awfully literal.