Lucha Underground 2×19: Judgement Day

superplex onto everyone
superplex onto everyone


Son of Havoc vs Daga (6:57, shooting star press, good)

Jack Evans, PJ Black, Johnny Mundo [O] defeated Rey Mysterio, Dragon Azteca, Prince Puma [X] by disqualification (9:31, DQ for foul kick, great)

Matanza beat Cage to retain the Lucha Underground Championship (13:28, Wrath of the Gods, great (though I’m on the fence to higher with this one))
– the Gift of the Gods championship and the 7 medallions are now vacant.


this looked like a special effect
this looked like a special effect

This was a big in-ring show, with not much time on those who didn’t have matches tonight.

Kobra Moon wasn’t in the match this time, but again tried to help Daga by stopping Havoc from the shooting star press. It didn’t work, and Daga was unaware it was going on, and he ended up losing. Kobra attached herself to Daga after the match, but Daga was very clear he didn’t want anything to do with her.

Rey Mysterio, Prince Puma and Dragon Azteca were not on the same page going into their trios title match. Dragon Azteca wanted to make a run at Matanza, Mysterio wanted to focus on the trios title argument, and Azteca accused Mysterio not being sincere about avenging Dragon Azteca. Puma saw this and tried to get involved, only to rudely get shut down by Rey. Puma wasn’t having that, and did get them redirected to their match, but there was a bit of tension with him and Mysterio. Meanwhile, the rudos looked more unified after one week with the titles, all with matching red bandanas and sunglasses and work well as a team. It was Puma who couldn’t control his emotions in the title match, blatantly fouling Johnny Mundo after the rudos had gotten away with multiple fouls, including one moments prior on Dragon Azteca. Puma lost it post match, angry at the rudos, superkicking Taya (when Mundo ducked out of the way), and having to be talked down by Rey. Neither Rey nor Dragon Azteca seemed happy with Puma as he walked off. That team may be done.

Rey sneaks in a DDT
Rey sneaks in a DDT

Dragon Azteca didn’t let Rey’s warnings or the loss stop him from confronting Matanza at his cell. Before he could act, he was discovered by Black Lotus, and questioned why she was protecting the man who killed Dragon Azteca Sr. and her parents. Lotus told Azteca he was wrong, her parents were killed by Dragon Azteca Senior. The younger one didn’t believe this, but Black Lotus sure appears to, and put Junior in an armbar as if she was going to feed him to Matanza. She ended up letting go, but Junior might have finally realized they’re not on the same side.

Cage and Matanza threw everything at each other, with both men no-selling German supelxes in a memorable exchange, Cage reversing a Wrath of the Gods setup into a small package, and Matanza surviving the F5. Cage tried more flying moves to counter Matanza’s size, but nothing he could do was enough and Matanza racked up another win. As noted by Matt Striker, this match meant the Gift of the Gods championship was now vacant and the seven Medallions will be handed again.


triple kick
triple kick

I don’t have a lot of deep things about the show. It was just really good. The opener was good, the trios title match was better than last week’s match (up to the finish) and the main event completely lived up to it’s potential.

Daga’s now lost every match he’s in where a jewel thief snake lady has not gotten the win. It’s take a while for me to realize here as a Super Fly replacement (not that I think it was something wrong with Super Fly, but someone they could start off fresh.) I with they could do more with him, but it’s going to be fine as long as they just throw him in matches like this.

They did the very subtlest of Rey Mysterio versus Prince Puma in that backstage statement, and more emphasized that Puma’s not going to back down to Mysterio. (Dragon Azteca didn’t either, now that I think about it.) This seemed like possibly the end for the trio, which has been very good and was enjoyable tonight. This match felt like it had more time to develop and more near endings than last week, even if the ultimate finish was unsatisfying.

Matanza is strong
Matanza is strong

Main event was all you could want from those two guys, and a match which would’ve worked in any environment. Matanza did have a few character moments (like the flailing punches while Cage was on the mat), but

This was all out, nothing held back, and full of gigantic look moves between two monsters. The only determent is I’m not sure the fans ever totally believed Cage would be the one to finally stop Matanza; Cage hasn’t been big enough of a protagonist (and this where Cage going seven minutes with Chavo Guerrero last week didn’t help him.) Still, I thought this was one of Cage’s best matches of the show, up there with the matches with Prince Puma, and easily Matanza’s best match in this run. Vampiro comes off as really invested in the Matanza match, to the point where I wonder if he’s got a greater hand in putting them together than some of the other ones.

They’ve got seven episodes left, which should be enough time for Dario to start handing out those Medallions and hold another Gift of the Gods match on Ultima Lucha 2. It seems crazy we can already talk about Ultima Lucha 2, but it’s closer than you’d think and I’d suspect they start talking more about it next week.

very strong!
very strong!

Gran Prix field announced, Ultimo Guerrero retains over Stuka, Cage/Matazna tonight


CMLL (TUE) 05/31/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Wrestling With Words]
1) Demus 3:16 & Mercurio b Acero & Aéreo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:43. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro b Flyer, Magnus, Sensei LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:29. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr., The Panther b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:38. Tecnicos took 2/3. Fujin, Raijin, Okumura replaced Cancerbero, Virus and Raizel in the preview, but not actually in the match.
4) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa DQ Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Kráneo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:57. Straight falls by DQ when Dragon Rojo fouled Rey Cometa.
5) Último Guerrero © b Stuka Jr. [NWA MIDDLE] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:22. UG took 2/3, the last when he absorbed the torpedo splash and used Stuka’s momentum to cradle him for the win. Fifth defense.
6) Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy, Mistico b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:56. Tecnicos took 2/3.

The idea of the title match finish is similar to catching a crossbody and rolling thru for the pinfall. It struck me as silly, because those cross bodies are not meant to be finishes in most matches, and Stuka’s splash is supposed to be a devastating blow. It also turns Stuka’s bounce after landing from a fun addition to his move to a dumb opening he’s leaving for his opponents. (I’d prefer Stuka just missed and got cradled, but maybe Stuka’s ribs prefered this way.) They gave a lot to Stuka, including the rare kick out of the Guerrero Special, and a Tuesday title match is not going to break or make him, but the way they did the finish makes Stuka look dumb if he keeps doing the fun finish he’s been doing.

Third match has good moments. Fourth match was good but seemed to get away from him. Main event worked for the crowd. The first couple matches were not so good.

CMLL held a press conference to announce the return of the International Gran Prix. It will take place on July 1st, a Friday one month from today. They were only able to announce the Mexico team today:  Volador Jr., Diamante Azul, Shocker, Rey Escorpión, Mephisto, Ultimo Guerrero, Máximo Sexy and Rush. CMLL initially said the international team would be announced some future day, but aired a video announcing them to close the press conference: Sam Elias (American Sweetness on DTU shows, from the US), Johnny Idol (from New Zealand, in DTU since January), Tama Tonga, Tanga Roa, Michael Elgin, Kushida (all four from NJPW), Okumura and Marco Corleone.

Tama is a former tag team CMLL champion; he and Terrible beat Atlantis & Diamante Azul, who may win the titles back on Sunday. Tonga is IWGP tag teams with his brother Tanga Roa, who was Camacho in WWE and Micah in TNA for a half a minute. Kushida was in Mexico in 2008 and 2009, but on indie and IWRG shows; this will be his debut in Arena Mexico. (Hopefully he’ll get to do more than this cibernetico.) Michael Elgin is debuting in Mexico; he’s in as a NJPW rep, and there’s still no deal between CMLL & ROH despite this being the obvious place to use them.

The rest of the press conference was more catching the media up to speed rather than reveal new news. Caristico & Mephisto talked about their impending title match in Puebla. Rey Cometa & Cavernario talked about possibly having a hair match, though Cavernario insisted on a title match first, and they didn’t have any idea when that would be. The annual Father’s Day will be on June 19th, a Sunday.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground is episode 19, Judgement Day. Tonight’s matches

That looks like a really good show.

Extreme Tiger says Bobby Lashley is a formidable opponent, but not invincible. Extreme Tiger may be cut in half on Thursday.

Bobby Lashley says he feels like he’s the best wrestler in the world, and some of his fellow American wrestlers don’t give the same commitment he does. He liked his debut match against Rush.

The latest Winter Palace podcast has TKD talking about the CaraLucha Anniversary show, and Matt D also talking some lucha.

RIOT on 06/11 in Arena Femenil Monterrey
1: Belial vs Drastick Boy
2: Arez vs Jinzo
3: Violento Jack vs Byron vs Tony Rodriguez
4: Erik Ortiz vs Rico Rodriguez
5: Sammy Guevara vs Dralion
6: Kamikaze & Kratoz vs Larry Miranda & Dulce Kanela

LG Promotions/Lucha Memes in Arena Xalapa on 07/10
1: Black Terry vs Poseidon
2: Marcela vs Keira
3: Maximo vs Demasiado


CMLL (MON) 06/06/2016 Arena Puebla
1) París & Vega vs Ares & Guerrero Espacial
2) Asturiano & Millenium vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.
3) Black Tiger, Pegasso, Rey Samuray vs Cancerbero, Espíritu Maligno, Raziel
4) Esfinge, Stigma, Tritón vs Bobby Z, Puma, Tiger
5) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Último Guerrero
6) Mephisto © vs Carístico [CMLL WELTER]
first defense

Caristico isn’t likely to get another Welterweight title after just winning this one, so Mephisto’s win streak might go on. Fourth match is the rematch. Rey Samuray back around, though maybe not in the greatest match for him. Second match could be fun. Vega is a Puebla indie guy of no particular note prior.

CMLL (TUE) 06/07/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Artillero & Inquisidor
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, La Comandante, Reyna Isis
4) Fuego vs Pólvora [lightning]
5) Dragón Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
6) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Titán

Maybe Rey Cometa/Dragon Rojo is really a thing? Dragon Lee is listed back at 8 days into his 21 day break, which is hopefully an outdated lineup and not something that’s actually happening.

CMLL (TUE) 06/07/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) León Blanco & Nautilius vs Espectrúm & Maléfico
2) Magnus, Oro Jr., Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Sangre Azteca
3) Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Stuka Jr. vs Furia Roja, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Rush vs La Máscara

This is the first full match Rush & La Mascara have had; they met in an early round Universal tournament match three years ago. It seems to possible be a big match for later in the year, so it’s surprising they’re doing it at all.

Esfinge & Furia Roja matched up again.

05/31 AAA TV Results (Pachuca)


AAA TV (TUE) 05/31/2016 Arena Aficion [AAA]
1) Apache, Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown, Soul Rocker b Atomic Boy, Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata, Venum
Apache beat Venum, then unmasked and beat him up after the match.
2) La Hiedra & Taya b Faby Apache & Mary Apache
Tirantes helped Taya defeat Mary. Despite the loss, the Apaches called Taya and also Averno & Chessman cowards.
3) Damián 666, Halloween, Nicho el Millionario b Argenis, Australian Suicide, Niño Hamburguesa
Nino replaced Bengala. Fronterizos easily won.
4) Aerostar, Bengala, Drago b Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin [#1 Contenders, AAA TRIOS]
Fenix appeared, announcing he was injured and unable to wrestle. Bengala replaced him (and appears to be getting the trios title shot with the win.) Faby & Mary distracted Averno, who appeared to have the match won; Bengala got the pin. The Apaches demanded a title match again, with Averno again declining it.
5) El Mesías & Hernandez b Dr. Wagner Jr. & Texano Jr.
Mesias snuck in a foul on Texano. Challenges followed the match.
6) Pagano b Psycho Clown, Pentagón Jr.
Pagano won the extreme match, putting the other thru a table, with all three hurting afterwards. Los Fronterizos attacked Pentagon and Taya after the match.

Air Date: probably June 11th or June 18th, though there’s always a chance they could air part of the Lucha World Cup and push these back.

AAA’s next big show is Verano de Escandalo, June 19th. There’s only one match set up for that show (they weren’t definite about the trios title match date, but it fits.) Three theories!

  1. there’s another taping before Verano de Escandalo which won’t be announced until this weekend
  2. Verano de Escandalo will be a lot like Guerra de Titanes, a TV taping with more title matches than usual, but not really a major show
  3. there will be some major surprise angle at the Lucha World Cup

I’m guessing 2. “3” definitely wouldn’t hurt, because they’re running Arena Monterrey and I’m not sure how they’re going to fill that. It does look like they filled the much smaller Arena Aficion last night, with just a few scattered empty seats visible.

Pagano winning the main event is not really that surprising after he won on the previous taping too, but still amazing. It’s not even directly about Pagano, it’s about the other people who have never been given main event wins (including the two other guys in that match) and the thought process that leads to these results. I’m guessing AAA is going to give Pentagon and/or Psycho Clown the big win at the end, when some horrifying level of violence occurs to Pagano, and feels that will make all of this worth it. I’m skeptical and feel like it’d be easier to have the guys you want to be over just win most of the time (instead of losing most of the time.) Maybe I’m just misreading the situation and the guy they want over is the guy winning.

The Apaches losing their tag match and still challenging for the tag title is bizarre nonsense, and probably a result of trying to keep people happy over making any sort of sense. Despite Averno very clearly rejecting the title challenge, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Apaches get the title shot on the next show. (If it was CMLL, it absolutely would happen. Lucha.)

There’s not much to talk about on this one. The roster is still very small and it’s leading to people working twice. It’s not helped by a handful of people working Lucha Underground (Angelico, Jack and now Fenix) out of action seemingly due to injuries on those tapings.

Next announced taping is Verano de Escandalo. Card probably won’t be out until next week; they’re moving on the Lucha World Cup today with the foreigners arriving.

CMLL Arena Mexico: 2016-05-31


Recapped: 05/31/2016

What happened: Ultimo Guerrero defeated Stuka with a devious plan: let Stuka hit his finishing move, then roll him up while he’s bouncing from the impact. It definitely worked for UG, but not so much on any realism scale.

Dragon Rojo fouled Rey Cometa to end the fourth match, which is probably not going anywhere. Whoever did CMLL’s preview thought there was a change in the third match that didn’t happen, but that’s not really a happening.

What was good: The title match was good, though you have to get past Ultimo Guerrero to enjoy it. I liked the third match and would’ve liked the fourth match had it more direction. The main event was insubstantial but served it’s purpose well.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel. Read More