Lucha Underground 2×13: Monster meets Monster

Matanza is a strong monster
Matanza is a strong monster


Aerostar defeated Drago for an Aztec Medallion (good, springboard splash, 6:36)

Jack Evans, PJ Black, Fenix defeats Disciples of Death (good, springboard 450 splash, 9:05)

Matanza and Mil Muertes went to a no contest (good, referee stop, 7:03)



The Mil Muertes/Matanza match took place, though we didn’t quite get a result. Mil did far more damage to him than anyone had done in the last month, beating him to the ground earlier and taking him down off a dive. (That one legit injuried Matanza, who was noticably hobbling around the rest of the match. Dario and Catrina each took a turn getting involved to give Matanza recovery time, and there was a noticable edit.) The two battled up the steps and onto Dario’s office roof, teasing throwing each other off. Finally, Mil gave Matanza flatliner on the roof, which collapses the roof and caused them both to go to the floor. Striker explained the referee stopped the match that point. Both Catrina and Dario helped up their objects and signaled this wasn’t over for them.

It is over for the Disciples – or at least two of them. They lost again, this time in the trios tournament, and Catrina demanded to know why she shouldn’t end them. Siniestro de la Muerte (purple) gave her a reason, by ripping out the black heart of Trece (gray). Catrina said that wasn’t enough, and Siniestro did the same to Barrio Negro (gold), who must’ve been the dumbest member of the crew if he didn’t see that coming. This satisfied Catrina, and either she or the black hearts themselves seemed to give Siniestro new powers and a new look. He’s a solo act now for sure.

Fenix tornillo
Fenix easy into the springboard tornillo

The team which defeated the Disciples, and did advance, was Fenix, Jack Evans and PJ Black. This was another Dario concept. He had considered putting Fenix, Drago and Aerostar together in the tournament, but noted he had done so last year and Drago & Aerostar fought leading to their elimination, making them undeserving of another shot. Dario did find them deserving of another fight, and instead put Drago and Aerostar against each other in the second Aztec Medallion match. Aerostar stumbled badly at one point, falling hard to the floor, and Drago perhaps took it a little easy on his friend instead of capitalizing. Aerostar seemed to be hurting thru the match, but came back to win and claim the second medallion. He and Texano await five more winners.

One of those winners will be decided next week. A vignette at the Johnny Mundo Dojo (I’m assuming) revealed Taya had called Dario on Johnny’s behalf to demand a shot at a Medallion – he hadn’t gotten the chance last year. Taya explained Dario agreed to the idea, but the opponent would be Cage. In a cage match. Johnny’s high self confidence seemed a bit damaged by this news.

Going back to the trios match from earlier: Jack declared himself leader of the trio, loudly ordering around his teammates. PJ got pushy with Fenix as well. Neither PJ or Jack wanted to much to do with Fenix after the win, but the team looked pretty strong when they were working together and would seem to have a decent chance to win the final.

how is this possible?
how is this possible?

They weren’t the only team to advance to the last round. Angelico, Son of Havoc, and Ivelisse were informed they would not face the winners of the tournament, but would be defending their titles against all three teams who’d won so far in a four way match. Dario poked at champs and their issues, pushing them against each other again.

Next Week:

  • Angelico, Son of Havoc, Ivelisse (c) versus Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco, Joey Ryan versus Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio, Dragon Azteca Jr versus Jack Evans, PJ Black, Fenix for the Lucha Underground Trios championship

  • Johnny Mundo versus Cage for an Aztec Medallion

There was one last moment to close the show. Captain (Maureen) Vazquez – the superior officer of Castro & Ryan – was visited by a mystery councilman named Delgado who said he was representing Boyle Heights, warning her back off Dario Cueto (which seems to be working in secret.) Delgado and Vazquez appeared to have some history together. Vazquez said she was unconcerned about the Mayor, but Delgado said he was working for someone bigger. Vazquez seemed worried she’d gotten herself into a bad situation after the councilman left.

see, it is a good superkick
the superkick I mention in a few pargraphs

This was a really fun show. I felt like 90% of the conversation is going to end up about the unrealistic nature of electrified zombies pulling out each other’s hearts, but there were also some good wrestling matches here.

Mil Muertes versus Matanza was the more exciting Matanza match yet. He took far more damage than in the previous few weeks while they were in the ring, but still looked like a complete monster by how he was able to thru Mil Muertes around. And everything after the dive was interesting. I knew both the injury and the non-finish going in, which probably greatly affects my view of the overall match – it was impressive how much Matanza was able to still do with a leg injury which they had to be fearing would end him for the season, and the flatliner thru the roof looked incredible enough to mitigate the lack of a finish. I can understand if that lack of outcome detracted for other people, but this gave me more than expected and the eventual rematch should be super.

Jack shows you how to do it
Jack shows you how to do it

The Disciples went out on a good note. Well, before the death scene. The Jack Evan, Fenix and PJ Black team were the stars of the match and intended to be so, but the DoD kept up with them well and looked as effective as they have been all season before taking another loss. Jack & PJ Black came off as annoying but really good, and Fenix got in a Brillo Cometa. Striker always talking about the different personality of each henchman seemed to accidentally drive home the problem: we never actually saw those personalities, wtth them coming off more as if they had been told not to show different personalities. On a show with a lot of big characters, they didn’t seem to have one. Maybe one will work better than three – at least the one with the best superkick survived.

They left in an Aerostar springboard mishap, which was a very different way of doing things. It turned into one of Striker’s better perfomances, as he tried to weave it into a big story about the gambles of the lucha libre style and a specific one about how Aerostar was suffering from the fall to make sense of it all. The problem was Aerostar didn’t seem to know they were doing that story, not selling as much as you’d need to really tell it. It was still a fun match and at least an interesting experiment.

Councilman Delgado is Lorenzo Llamas, of all people. Definitely an unexpected bit of casting. It seems like the police story is going to explain how/why Dario’s able to run an underground fight club without getting shut down, but I was not expecting the star of the Renegade to be part of that story.

Mundo’s cage match with Cuerno (who’s vanished here) was really good last season, and the four way trios match should be great if they can keep all the bodies out of the way. I hope it’s a fun as this episode.

the end
the end

Liga Elite & Lucha Underground tonight, Lucha Victoria 2016

daily Dorada tope
daily Dorada tope

CMLL (TUE) 04/19/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Cholo & Inquisidor b Leono & Metatrón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:29. Rudos took 1/3. Metatron replaced Sensei on Saturday
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Metálico b Magnus, Robin, Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
18:17. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b Disturbio, Nitro, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
17:44. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Esfinge b Sagrado [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:45. Esfinge won via powerbomb.
5) Blue Panther, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Hechicero, Morphosis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:12. Tecnicos took 2/3. Morphosis’s first match since November.
6) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:18. Rudos took straight falls, the last when Mephisto fouled Mascara Dorada and pinned him. Dorada. Dorada demanded a singles match. Mephisto agreed, but also pulled off Dorada’s mask. Dragon Lee said he wasn’t wrestling on this show, then said he was.

The strange Dragon Lee situation was the most interesting part of the show. Lee appeared to injury a knee last Wednesday and was taken off weekend shows. He was still listed as appearing on Tuesday, but – a few minutes into the show – posted on Twitter an apology for not working the show. A half hour later, he said plans had changed and he was on driving to Arena Mexico at that moment. Dragon Lee did very little in the match itself. It came off as Dragon Lee really shouldn’t have been wrestling but CMLL had failed to get a replacement and needed him to just be out there.

Otherwise, it’s clear CMLL is setting up a lot of big matches for next week and everyone’s kind of taking it easy this week. It might be because so many of these matches don’t mean much, or because no one wants to get hurt and miss their bookings during Kid’s Day.

Tonight’s Elite show features Atlantis versus Caristico in a battle of top tecnicos. It’s their second match in their tournament, and their first singles match against each other. They wrestled a few times when Atlantis was a rudo, with (then) Mistico winning five times and Atlantis only winning a match in Guadalajara in 2008. The other singles match is Mascara Dorada versus Negro Casas, which is nearly as one sided. Casas has won twice, Dorada six times, the last back on March 1st in Guadalajara. Casas is the only person who hasn’t had a match in this tournament, Dorada has a win already, so it seems like the vet will get a win to balance things out. Atlantis/Caristico is tougher to guess.

CMLL has a full preview here. The trios match which probably will air is Rush, La Mascara & Toscano against Cibernetico, Mephisto and Shralie Rockstar, but I’d rather see Super Crazy, Rocky Lobo & Jinzo versus Felino, Tiger and Puma. Hijo de LA Park debuts in the segunda.

SuperLuchas posted a review of the first few weeks; the announcers have generally not gotten great reviews everywhere, and they helpfully explain the context for Senorita Cometa bits. (Someone did the same thing in Spanish for the World Cup and Olympics.) The big news is early in the post, where they say “apparently” CMLL caused the time slot move because they were upset about the TV shows hurting their own Friday night ticket sales.

There definitely is something going on with Elite and CMLL. Edgar was wearing a CMLL referee shirt the first two shows, and was wearing an Elite one by the third. All mentions of CMLL were covered up on the stage – you’d have to look for them being on the signboards underneath the upperdeck to spot it. After the tag match, Rush went over to the announce desk to scream at Shocker, and the CMLL logo on the announce desk was blurred out.


The other stuff is minor, but you don’t start blurring out logos unless there’s some issue.

CMLL’s lineups now show Mercurio in for Pequeno Olimpico and Shockercito for Angelito on Friday and Vaquerita in for Princesa Sugehit on Sunday.

There’s also the 100th edition of CMLL Informa tonight. They haven’t announced guests. Mistico says he’s appearing.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground is episode 2×13, “Monster meets Monster”. Matches announced for the show

  • Fenix, TBA, TBA versus the Disciples of Death in the trios tournament
  • Drago versus Aerostar
  • Matanaza (c) versus Mil Muertes for the Lucha Underground championship

There’s usually more time for vignettes on three match shows. There may be even more time than usual this week and crazy things are said to be happening. This Aerostar’s only second match of the season, having previously only shown up in the Aztec Warfare match. It’s only Drago’s third.

Victoria beer announced a Lucha Victoria 2016 campaign. They had more than 40 different luchador designs on bottle caps. This year, they’ll have eight designs on cans and plastic tops: Atlantis, Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Santo, Mistico, Pentagon, Rey Misterio Jr., and Sexy Star. There’s pictures of some of those on this press release, though not all of them. This is a Mexico only promotion, and no word when they’ll start appearing in stores, but the caps and bottles from last year’s campaign found their ways to the US last year.

Sexy Star is surely going to wrestle in Mexico again at some point this year, if for no reason to keep Victoria happy. (There had been talk about a women’s Lucha World Cup in companion to the men’s one, and that would be the logical spot.) The lucha libre default is attractive woman should be unmasked, but no one’s made more money or had more fame primarily by being an attractive woman wearing a marketable mask. It feels like there’s a lesson here. I’m just happy Pentagon made the cut – he’s the only full time AAA guy to do so.

There was a Victoria sponsored in Aguascalientes last night, as part of an annual fair. There’s no card or results but Daga says he beat Apache for his hair. Blue Demon Jr. appeared, so maybe he’s back on good terms with AAA again or maybe Victoria just wanted him in.

Pentagon Jr. defeated Fenix in 17:41 via Fear Factor package piledriver on the Oudou debut show. It sounds like the match went well.

Liger Fever has a one two three part translation of a Demus 3:16 interview with Elisa Tudon from Divinas de la Lucha. It’s really good.

The Gladiatores talked to Astro, who seemed to be in good spirits despite losing his mask and having a very red chest

Rocky Lobo is apparently heading to Germany in May.

Segunda Caida reviews Atlantis, La Sombra, Triton vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

LuchaWorld has the top 10 rankings for the last week.

Box Y Lucha #3229 has Psycho Clown & the Octagons.

La Union has a an interview with Cuernavaca lucha trainer Elfego Silva/Circulo Rojo

Krazy Star talks about her trip to Panama.


CMLL (TUE) 04/26/2016 Arena México
1) Aéreo & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Leono, Sensei, Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Silueta vs Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, La Vaquerita, Skadi, Dalys, Zeuxis, Reyna Isis, La Seductora, La Comandante [cibernetico]
Arena Mexico 60th Anniversary cibernetico
4) Dragón Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Sagrado
5) Máscara Dorada vs Mephisto

Women’s anniversary cibernetico on this show suggests they won’t be on the officially Friday night Arena Mexico show.

CMLL (TUE) 04/26/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo & Metatrón vs Carlo Roggi & Ráfaga
2) Reyko, Robin, Soberano Jr. vs Hijo del Signo, Maléfico, Metálico
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Súper Halcón Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo
4) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Gallo, The Panther, Tritón vs Bobby Z, Disturbio, Tiger, Vangellys, Virus [cibernetico]
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Rey Escorpión vs Atlantis, Euforia, Kráneo [Relevos Increíbles]

Another cibernetico here. Main event program appeared to be Marco/Bucanero, but Bucanero isn’t around so who knows.

IWRG (SUN) 04/24/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Dragón vs Keshin Black
2) Dragón Fly & Shadow Boy vs Galaxy & Hip Hop Man
3) Dinamic Black, Emperador Azteca, Freelance vs Cerebro Negro, Golden Magic, Killer Jr.
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
5) Danny Casas, Hijo del Alebrije, Veneno vs Herodes Jr., Negro Navarro, Trauma II
6) Trauma I © vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [IWRG IC HEAVY]
first defense

Fourth match is the Mexico State trios versus crafty ninja turtles.