Lucha Underground 2×6: Gift of the Gods Ladder Match

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The Matches

Kobra Moon defeated Sexy Star (2:59, Snake Sleeper, below average)
Pentagon Jr. DQ Prince Puma (4:57, Mil Muertes interference, good)
Fenix defeated King Cuerno in a ladder match to win the Gift of the Gods championship (16:40, grabbed the belt, great)

Puma, with ease
Puma, with ease

The Developments

This was a less busy show than last week’s, since the main event took up a lot of time. (No show closing vignette either.)

Fenix winning back the Gift of the Gods championship was the biggest news. Cuerno seemed more interested in destroying Fenix for much of the match. There were relatively few attempts at climbing a ladder to win the match, with most of the time actually spent at ringside or in the crowd. Fenix won cleanly in the end, after putting Cuerno thru a table via springboard frankensteiner. He and Mil pointed at each other to end the show.

Mil had a busy night. He started out saying a quiet prayer and a loud threat to Catrina – he was tired of her manipulating everyone and wanted to destroy people himself. Their relationship seems stunted at the same dynamic it had when they met, Catrina still treats him like Pascal the kid, and Mil didn’t seem happy about it. Catrina again urged patience. The apparent solution was for Mil to reveal his broken arm had healed, and he destroyed both Pentagon Jr. & Puma to end their match prematurely. Muertes later declared he’d fight both of them next week in a title match to finish them off.

this wasn't enough
this wasn’t enough

That wasn’t the only big Mil Muertes announcement. Matt Striker had revealed Catrina & Mil had decided to hold the second Aztec Warfare in three weeks (March 23rd.) Striker made it sound as if it was invite only match.

There were a few other times, but it was more just keeping plates spinning. Sexy Star had her first match of the season, but lost when she was distracted by Marty. Willie Mack was at ringside. Whatever Willy and Sexy saw two episodes not revealed. Kobra Moon just happened to be the opponent. Moon is 2-0 with no obvious sign of a storyline, a remarkable situation in LU.

The episode also touched in on Famous B and Rey & Dragon Azteca, but didn’t advance their plots in any way. And that’s about it.


Fenix tope con giro OVER a ladder
Fenix tope con giro OVER a ladder

This was all about the ladder match. Again, like the last man standing match, it defying the expectations of a lot of leaping off high points or even falling off the ladder a bunch. Instead, it was a brutal fight, with Fenix taking some sizeable punishment. The fall off the balcony was the most painful looking moment, but there were other shots (like the fall from the hanging ladder holder) which were nearly as bad. Announcers always talk about ladder matches taking months off of people’s lives and careers, and that felt very true in this match. It was a slower match than I thought, especially in the early going where Cuerno went to set up for some spots and Fenix just was slow getting up or in the wrong position. Maybe it was a clever tease for later, but I wonder if Fenix might have got banged up early – he was definitely limping by the time they ended it. If there was one flaw, it’s the frankensteiner thru a precut table at the end didn’t look as nasty as a lot of stuff which came before it. Fenix crawling over Marty to get to the ladder was pretty great though.

Both men looked incredible in this match and Cuerno’s not really hurt much by losing, but it also came off as the definitive end of this issue for the time being and the moment to move onto something else.

The other matches were not much. The quality in them differed, but the end product was really not as far apart as you’d think. Puma & Pentagon essentially started in the middle of a longer match, and didn’t really get to the big near falls before Mil Muertes ran in. The first match was a much deeper match than between the two, and that one left you wanting more. It was for the best that they announced the three way for next week immediately after this match to stifle some of the disappointment. People really want that match, and weren’t thrilled with what they got.

Not sure people really wanted Sexy Star & Kobra Moon. It was better than Kobra Moon’s first match; the embarrassing strikes were more on Sexy Star’s side with whatever kneelifts she was doing at one point. The entire match felt like the production was trying to get thru it as quick as possible, with Willie Mack and The Moth coming off as as much a distraction of the viewers as the luchadors. Sexy Star’s reason for being at least is clear – there’s a mixed tag match or feud coming – but her opponent’s existence is a mystery. Perhaps it’s just an availability thing, but it’s strange they have Kobra Moon getting wins without giving her some sort of story – there are more experienced people they could throw out there to get wins for win’s sake if that’s the was the only purpose. Maybe there’s another shoe about to drop, but they’re not hinting at anything.

The two best matches this season have been Fenix versus King Cuerno. It’s time for other people to get involved. They’ll surely get there in three weeks, but hoping for more before then.

Marty is a hero for moving the ladder
Marty is a hero for moving the ladder

Hijos del Infierno retain championship, DTU in Aficion, LU

Stigma celebrates too soon
Stigma celebrates too soon

CMLL (SUN) 02/28/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Capitán Cobra b Diplomático
Cobra took 1/3
2) Demonio Rojo & Gitano b El Alteño & Reycko
Reycko replaced Linterna. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Frezzer & Guerrero de la Muerte b Carlos Rogi & Mr. Apolo
Guerrero de la Muerte replaced Cosmos and got along with his tecnico partner to take falls 2/3.
4) Espectrúm, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno b El Divino, Mágico, Vaquero Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, Espetrum sneaking in a foul on Vaquero Jr. Mask/hair challenges followed.
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Omar Brunetti bJoker, Niebla Roja, Puma
tecnicos took 2/3.

Espectrum/Vaquero Jr. continues on.

DTU (TUE) 03/01/2016 Arena Aficion [Function Estelar, Mas Lucha]
1) Jimmy & Kevin b Adrenalina Fly & Niño De Cobre
2) El Exótico b Johnny Idol and Lokillo and Tony
3) Aeroboy & Violento Jack b Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako (Distrito Federal)
Gio el Malkriado replaced Violento Jack. No Chato & Nene, so a tag match instead of a three team one.
4) Fujin & Raijin b Drastik Boy & Pesadilla
Crowd liked the match.
5) Titán (CMLL) & Tritón (CMLL) b Lanzeloth & Rocky Lobo
Said to be a good match, money thrown in. Titan & Triton asked for a Nexo (TAG) title match and the champions accepted.
6) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett b Cíclope & Miedo Extremo [TLC]
Ovett wanted a shot at Ciclope’s DTU title, which Miedo reminded him he was still the #1 contender.
7) Sharlie Rockstar b Súper Mega © [DTU Consgrado]
Mega asked for a rematch

Fourth & fifth matches stand on as really good in the reviews. Crowd was good.

CMLL (TUE) 03/01/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Acero & Fantasy b Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000 LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:09. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico b Magnus, Robin, Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
18:21. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Stigma DQDisturbio, Puma, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:32. Straight falls, ending when Puma fouled Stigma.
4) Sagrado b Delta [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:24. Sagrado won via powerbomb.
5) Boby Z, Rey Bucanero, Vangellysb Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:11. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © bBlue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther [MEX TRIOS] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:24. Hijo del Infierno took 2/3 in a very good match. Hijos del Infierno 3rd defense

Main event is the match worth watching; they worked very hard and they had the usual Blue Panther creativity in match layout. Nothing much going on the rest of these shows, and you’re better off watching these on delay and filtering/speeding thru the slow stuff at this point.

Flyer replaces Magnus on Saturday against Raziel.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground episode is #6 of the 2nd season, “Gift of the Gods Ladder Match.” I stopped reporting the upcoming LU episode names when this one came up because it’s a slight spoiler. Matches announced:

  • Sexy Star vs TBA
  • Pentagon Jr. vs Prince Puma
  • King Cuerno (c) vs Fenix in a ladder match for the Gift of the Gods championship

The ladder match in particular got strong reviews live. There was also a significant announcement made during the taping, but it might have been something only for the live crowd. You’ll find out soon enough.

The Chairo 2 card will be released tonight on MasLucha’s YouTube channel. It’s been a while, but that was the Christmas Day Naucalpan show: Atlantis/Caifan, Casas/Cerebro, Navarro/Virus.

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara says there’s an Elite card coming to an upcoming Sunday. Maybe the 03/20 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show?

Sexy Star as wrestling in Tennessee on March 13th, with Texano, Taya, Fantasma, and Texas luchadora Candy White. It’s possible this was scheduled before Sexy Star ‘retired’ a couple weeks ago.

Bxb Fly returns with a music video of IWRG 01/17/16.

Segunda Caida reviews last week’s Lucha Underground episode and Hijo del Diablo & Gringo Loco vs Black Terry & Dr. Cerbero

WrestleCon announced an Andrew Everett, Fenix, and Aerostar vs Jack Evans, Flamita and Drago trios match for their show. That leaves Pentagon without an announced match so far.

Eric Mutter previews Friday’s CMLL show and ranks the Kamitachi/Dragon Lee matches.

Mamba want Casandro’s hair.


CMLL (TUE) 03/08/2016 Arena México
1) Flyer & Leono vs El Rebelde & Inquisidor
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Star Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Sangre Azteca, Sansón
3) Estrellita vs Zeuxis [lightning]
4) Esfinge, Stigma, Tritón vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Máscara vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
6) Marco Corleone, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mr. Niebla, Ripper

Just back to random matches. Zeuxis is on every show except the Puebla show. All the young rudos make the show – including the return of Rebelde.

CMLL (TUE) 03/08/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) León Blanco & Neutrón vs Demonio Rojo & Mr. Trueno
2) Mágico, Soberano Jr., Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Furia Roja, Metálico
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Puma, Skándalo, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla

Mr. Niebla in both buildings! That’s going to be tough.