Lucha Underground 2×23: Phoenix, Dragon and Spaceman

Fenix combo
Fenix combo


King Cuerno vs Mil Muertes (4:32, head into the chair + inside cradle w/tights pull, good)

Prince Puma beat Dragon Azteca (8:44, 630 senton, great)

Johnny Mundo beat Fenix (7:47, belt shot, great)


The last show before Ultima Lucha Dos was mostly about firming up the last few matches, as well as previewing some of the bigger ones.

death has a grip on Cuerno

Four matches were added to round out the UL2 card. Two were made outside of matches. Dario is pitting Ivelisse and Taya against each other to determine who’s the baddest…woman in the Temple. (Catrina, who certainly might have an argument for that honor, had a brief run-in with Ivelisse after. They’re still not friends.) A quick in-ring segment set up a Unique Opportunity Tournament with Texano, Cage, Son of Havoc and the Mack – the four people of note who hadn’t yet been assigned a match. We don’t know how the tournament works, only the winner gets the biggest Unique Opportunity ever.

King Cuerno and Mil Muertes will also be fighting at Ultima Lucha, after a less than clean result in their match tonight. (Of note, Striker believes this feud goes back to Catrina costing Cuerno a match against Siniestro, while we know it’s been a season long story.) Muertes shrugged off a chairshot to the head, but knocked himself silly by spearing a chair in the corner, and Cuerno used the ropes to get the win. Dario initially refused Catrina’s demand for a rematch – citing the entire first half of this season as a reason – but when Catrina upped it to a Death Match, Dario was seduced by the prospect of violence.

Azteca saved from the steps, introduced to the post

The main event furthered the final match to be included. A trios title defense, Mundo/Evans/Black (now Worldwide Underground) against Fenix/Aerostar/Drago was announced at the start of the show, and the biggest stars of each team faced off. Fenix and Johnny Mundo never had faced in a singles match before, which is a shame because this was pretty good. An even battle saw Fenix have a real shot at a win via top rope Spanish Fly disrupted by Taya taking the referee. Mundo took his trios belt, and took out Fenix with a shot to the head for the win. Jack & PJ came to the ring for an impromptu “stomp on Fenix” party. Drago & Aerostar tried to make the save, but it was really Ivelisse spearing Taya which turned the tide.

The middle match was between former trios champions Prince Puma and Dragon Azteca. The third member of the trio, Rey Mysterio, coached on Azteca from ringside. This was easily Azteca’s best performance since his debut at Aztec Warfare, but it was not enough to beat Prince Puma. Puma and Misterio had a tense confrontation leading into their match. (Vampiro hinted at the parallels between Rey & Azteca and himself & Pentagon, which might be something important later.)


top rope bodyscissors bomb
top rope bodyscissors bomb

This was an excellent show. Muertes/Cuerno was the weakest match, but it’s also one that would’ve been one of the better matches on another show. It’s also one where they seemed to be holding back a bit since they’re coming back for the rematch pretty quick, but showed enough that match should be exciting. I’m not exactly sure what a Death Match will mean in the context of Matanza murdering people on the regular, but the in-ring part has great potential.

Prince Puma versus Dragon Azteca Jr. had cross purposes: Puma’s got to stay rolling to into facing Rey, but Dragon Azteca is teetering on the edge of relevance and needed a strong performance to establish himself more firmly. (No offense to Black Lotus, but that’s obviously got to be a storyline match.) This was that match, this was Azteca coming off the level of where Fenix was when he debuted, a talented guy who can push the top guys very far and only needs to get a little bit better to be a top guy. And still Prince Puma looked like a million dollars in this match at the same time, while working a bit more arrogantly to set up the dynamic against Rey next week. The build up that match didn’t need a turn or a big angle to make it work, the little moments have built the tension fantastically.

Fenix gets his jaw adjusted
Fenix gets his jaw adjusted

Striker make a point about how Fenix isn’t the same guy as he came into the temple. I’m reluctant to agree with Striker, but it kind of felt right in this match: I’m not sure the Fenix of 18 months ago has a match this solid and still spectacular with Johnny Mundo as this one did. There were so many great looking spots, and they built to the big moves at the end really well. This match, plus four other people, sounds like an outstanding idea.

Even beyond the matches on this week’s show, they really got me excited for the next few weeks. Most everything seems like a big deal or a really promising match or even both. This is a good looking card with a good build to it, and a really strong go home show to build it up.

Ultima Lucha Dos (7/6 & 7/13 & 7/20)

  • Pentagon Jr. vs Matanza (c) for the Lucha Underground Championship
  • Aerostar, Fenix, Drago vs Johnny Mundo, Jack Evans, PJ Black (c) for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship
  • Rey Mysterio vs Prince Puma
  • Night Claw, Daga, Marty the Moth, Killshot, Siniestro de la Muerte, Mariposa, Sexy Star in a Gift of the Gods championship match
  • King Cuerno vs Mil Muertes in a death match
  • Taya vs Ivelisse
  • Dragon Azteca Jr. vs Black Lotus
  • Texano, Son of Havoc, Cage and the Mack in the Unique Opportunity Tournament (winner gets a unique opportunity)

Dalys/Estrellita, LU preview, AAA press conference, Rush/Monterrey

UG with an Angelito variant
UG with an Angelito variant

CMLL (TUE) 06/28/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Bengala & Leono b Apocalipsis & Artillero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:12. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:54. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Lluvia b Dalys, La Seductora, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:52. Staright falls, setting up Estrellita versus Dalys for the CMLL Women’s Title next week.
4) Fuego b Virus [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:22. Fuego won with La Guelaguetza.
5) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Súper Porky b Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:22. Tecnicos took 2/3. Maya beat Dragon and asked for another title match. Dragon Rojo only wanted a mask match.
6) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Titán LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:46. Rudos took 1/3. Best match of the show.

The Monday/Tuesday streams have settled into an unhappy pattern of one really good match and a lot of ok/not even OK matches. This kind of fit that as well. Esterllita & Dalys seemed worse than usual and I’m not looking forward to that title match. Guerrero Maya & Dragon Rojo may have been doing their own angle, which is perfectly fine – someone ought to be doing angles.

We got new move names on the show: Esterllita’s bridging pin is Star Gate, Fuego’s cradle is La Guelaguetza. Puma’s submission move also finally got a name over the weekend, the Kingdom.

Esfinge defeated Furia Roja in their mask match in Guadalajara. Furia Roja is Ivan Alejandro Lemus Pérez.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground is episode #23 of the season, “The Phoenix, the Dragon and the Spaceman”. Matches scheduled

  • Dragon Azteca Jr. versus Prince Puma
  • Mil Muertes versus King Cuerno (video clip)
  • a third match which hasn’t been announced.

The title is a reference to Fenix, Drago and Aerostar, a trio many have guessed are teaming up once again to go after the trios championship. That – and anything else for Ultima Lucha – would figure to be set up tonight. Ultima Lucha Dos begins next week.

Eric previews the episode.

AAA held a press event yesterday to promote the tapings in Ecatepec (Sunday) and Ciudad de Mexico (next Friday.) During the interviews, Faby Apache again challenged Averno & Chessman for a tag team title match, and it turned into a brawl. Given the pace of this feud, maybe we ought to start penciling that in as a TripleMania match. The Gladiatores has video from all the interviews at the press conference.

Taya mentioned yesterday that she’s moving to the US. She says she’s going to continue working AAA TV while also working her own schedule in the US. That’s a hard schedule to keep up, for both sides, so this might be the beginning of the end (but that end also seems far off.)

In a Facebook video, Roberto Figueroa explains what happened with Rush missing his flight to Monterrey, from his side. LigerFever translated the monologue. It seems part the Juarez promoter’s fault (for not getting Rush to the airport as planned), part Rush’s fault (for not getting on the second flight) and part whoever decides there’s only two flights from Juarez to Monterrey on Sunday. Rush posted a video (on Mistico’s Facebook of all things) where he’s very much not happy about how public Figueroa has made this situation. Rush is scheduled in Monterrey again this Sunday and says he’ll have a chat with Figueroa.

+Lucha has video of last week’s Gran Prix press conference. Marco says it’s his favorite event; it certainly helped him enter CMLL, which has changed the course of his life. CMLL has notes from the press conference and talks about the history of the event. Mugs Noticas starts a series introducing all the Gran Prix luchadors before Friday.

Elite announced they were off this Thursday, but would return next Thursday. That’s what we assumed, but they didn’t announced it last time they did this.

Guanajuato luchador Sobredosis has passed away.

NorteDigital has the beginning of a feature on lucha libre in Juarez.

Volador Jr., Marco Corleone and Valiente main event the normal Coliseo Coacalco show this week, with a great sounding Puma/Tiger vs Aramis/Alas de Acero semimain event.

NJPW released a DVD covering this year’s FantasticaMania tour today.


CMLL (TUE) 07/05/2016 Arena México
1) Leono & Robin vs Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Stigma vs Cancerbero, Canelo Casas, Raziel
3) Dalys © vs Estrellita [CMLL WOMEN]
4th defense
4) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Olímpico, Ripper
5) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
6) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin vs Kráneo, Shocker, Terrible

If you couldn’t go a Tuesday without Leono & Apocalipsis, you’re in luck!

Honestly, I didn’t now I wanted to see Michael Elgin versus Kraneo until they booked that match. But the other matches they booked aren’t so interesting.

CMLL (TUE) 07/05/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Vaquero Jr. vs Furia Roja & Linterna
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Sensei, Star Jr. vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
3) Blue Panther Jr., Starman, The Panther vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
4) Máscara Dorada, Súper Porky, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Mephisto, Pólvora
5) Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Kushida vs Euforia, Tangaroa, Último Guerrero
6) Volador Jr. vs Tama Tonga

Volador/Tonga sounds fun. Still annoying how they’re kind of wasting Kushida on these shows, but that’s slightly better than usual.