Lucha Underground 3×6: The Open Road to Revenge

Aerostar is the highlight of the show he's on for a minute
Aerostar is the highlight of the show he’s on for a minute


Famous B [O] & Dr. Wagner Jr. beat Son of Havoc & Máscarita Sagrada [X] (6:23, Wagner Driver->Famous B stethoscope press, good)

Sexy Star defeats Jack Evans (9:13, swinging neckbreaker, good)

Pentagon Dark [O] beat Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Rey Mysterio Jr. [X] (8:37, good)


Sagrada scissors
Sagrada scissors

Remember early season 1, where it looked like Chavo Guerrero Jr. was going to be the main heel of Lucha Underground? That didn’t last all that long. If it had, I’d guess it would’ve looked something a lot like tonight’s episode, where Chavo was all over the place.

The scheduled main event was Dragon Azteca Jr. versus Pentagon Junior. It didn’t happen. Chavo could not defeat Azteca in the ring (thanks a bit to Rey), so he beat him up in the locker room with a chair. Rey was a little too late to help out this time and – after Azteca was sent to the hospital – stormed into Dario’s office to demand a match with Chavo. Chavo was already in there to demand the match with Pentagon himself. They fought in Dario’s office, which Dario enjoyed, and Dario decided they should fight in the ring too, in a three way match with Pentagon. There were no alliances in the match, but trip by Chavo left Rey hanging off the top rope, and Pentagon pulled Rey off into a package piledriver for the clean win. (Pentagon wasn’t distracted by Vampiro’s existence, a difference from episode 1.) Chavo lost his mind after the finish, destroying Rey’s knee with a chair and taking out referee Marty Elias when he tried to intervene.

Chavo Guerrero Sr. – or “Chavo Classic”, as they used his WWE name – was mentioned a lot during the show. Dragon Azteca Jr. had a poster of Dragon Azteca versus Chavo Guerrero, which Chavo Jr. claimed was a resounding win for his father. Striker & Vampiro brought up Chavo Classic a lot in commentary, with Vampiro talking about Chavo KO-ing (an unnamed) Rey Mysterio Sr. in a locker room fight years ago. It was too much to be incidental, and more like they were introducing the concept of Chavo Classic before we saw him.

Jack broken

The other two matches didn’t have any vignettes, but they did have some story. Máscarita Sagrada rode in a side car to Son of Havoc’s bike on the way to the ring, and Sagrada was more effective as a tag partner than he has been on his own. Still, he was cleanly beaten by a Wagner Driver. Wagner tagged in B to allow him to get the pin, which the announcers noted was B’s first in Lucha Underground. (Son of Havoc seems to be friends with Sagrada off of Famous B & Wagner costing him his title shot at the end of Season 2, but it wasn’t brought up in commentary.)

Sexy Star survived the challenge of Jack Evans – and some other people – to remain Gift of the Gods champion. PJ Black used a kendo stick to play air guitar/distract the referee late, allowing Johnny Mundo to spear Sexy Star on the outside and send her in for a near fall. Mundo seemed to have no issue with Jack winning the title he so desperately wants, despite Vampiro predicting the opposite. Aerostar & Drago ran off Black & Mundo, and Fenix distracted the referee from a pin when Jack tried using the ropes on his usual bridge. In the confusion, Sexy got the kendo stick, fouled Jack with it, and beat him with a swinging neckbreaker.

There was another vague Rabbit Tribe teaser. They’re coming, but they’re not here yet.

Maybe they’ll be here next week. Two matches were announced during the show definitely for next week: another Dial of Doom title match against Matanza, and Mil Muertes vs Prince Puma.


fall to nowhere
fall to nowhere

I liked all three matches, though all in very separate ways and with different expectations attached. They’re all rated the same up there, but the main event was the best for me – and still a little disappointing. It never found a great rhythm, with Chavo/Rey feeling a lot different than Pentagon/Rey (and Chavo/Pentagon not really feeling all that much.) It was great to see Pentagon pick up a win, and a pretty definite won, to come back after his early loss. It’s a little weird to realize this Dragon Azteca storyline was all a setup for a Chavo/Mysterio feud, but that seems where they’re at.

The opener was heavily comedy. I enjoyed it, not just because the comedy was good, but because Dr. Wagner had to sell for a mini and that made me happy. It doesn’t take much, sometimes. That seems to be building to a Famous B/Mascarita Sagrada match, and I think the fans are actually going to be into it.

In fact, if you hit pause right now and ran a Lucha Underground PPV this Sunday, you’d be able to put together a card without thinking too hard

  • Matazna vs Dial of Doom winner
  • Puma vs Mil
  • Rey vs Chavo
  • Mundo vs Sexy Star for the Gift of the Gods
  • Texano vs Cage
  • Famous B vs Máscarita Sagrada
  • Ivelisse/Jeremiah vs Mariposa/Marty?
  • Maybe a trios title match?
  • some sort of payoff for the Cortez/Ryan & Killshot storylines

LU is definitely going places with these feuds, it’s just without the mile markers of a traditional PPV cycles. You’re kind of stuck waiting each week to see if this is the episode they’ll get there. Announcing Puma vs Mil for next week helps.

(And as seen tonight with Pentagon/Azteca, sometimes they don’t actually get there.)

neckbreaking piledriver
neckbreaking piledriver

Sometimes you just are required to have faith things will work out. I know I didn’t have any faith in Jack Evans versus Sexy Star at all, and I still wouldn’t regard it as a great match by any means. Jack’s offense had to be dumbed down or done away with – in some ways, he would’ve been able to do more than with the proverbial broomstick – but it was amazing he was able to get 9 minutes out of mostly selling for Sexy Star. She was not so great, but Jack went beyond the call of duty to make her look like an equal or better. The entire match wasn’t Jack bumping around, but it would’ve been nothing without him doing it. There’s not many people who could’ve done this as well as he did.


Rush cheats Diamante Azul, LU preview, Jack Evans, Alberto


CMLL (TUE) 10/11/2016 Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon, Notimex, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Akuma & Camorra b Flyer & Leono LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Nitro b Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Robin LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Disturbio, Okumura, Virus b Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Titán b Pólvora, Sagrado, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Titan replaced Rey Cometa (because Cometa was added to Friday’s show) Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Mistico b Dragón Rojo Jr., La Máscara, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Rush b Diamante Azul LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush took 1/3. La Mascara distracted Tirantes, Rush stole Diamante Azul’s mask, fouled him, put on the mask, and covered him for three. It was impossible for Tirantes to not see Rush had the mask on, and he even stopped counting after one, but then continued counting. Diamante Azul pulled the mask off of Rush’s face and put it back on.

The main event, and the finish, got strongly negative reviews.

Lucha Underground’s episode tonight is “The Open Road With Revenge”, the 6th of the week. Matches advertised for tonight, some more vague than others:

  • Sexy Star defends the Gift of the Gods Championship against Jack Evans (video)
  • something with Dr. Wagner, Famous B, Mascarita Sagrada and Son of Havoc
  • Chavo Guerrero vs Dragon Azteca Jr.

The previews says Rey Mysterio get involved with the last match.

Den of Geek has a recap of the NYCC Lucha Underground panel.

Today’s also the first Lucha Ilimitado show, in Yakima, Washington. Matches include Jeff Hardy vs Rey Misterio, Hijo del Santo & Santo Jr. vs Juventud Guerrera & Psicosis and Jeff Cobb vs Rey Fenix vs Sonjay Dutt vs Jonathan Gresham.

There’s no sign of an Elite lineup for this week, so they must not be running (and I have no idea what airs except repeats.) Many of their usual wrestlers are in Tijuana this Friday instead.

Jack Evans says he’s off the AAA Star Battle show. This probably has to do with the interview he did in Spain and there’s probably more going on beyond him being off one show. Hope it gets worked out in a positive way for everyone.

Alberto seems to be sticking with his newest “I got knifed because a drunk person said something rude about Paige” story, as he repeated it to TMZ at the Combates Americas press conference. A near 40 year old adult getting into a fight with a drunk person because they said something mean is not as a heroic story as he’d like it to be, if we even believe that story. This week’s MLW Radio didn’t include Court Bauer , and MSL blew off the issue with last week’s stories as “I don’t what happened, I just hope they’re ok” in about 5 seconds. I totally agree with that sentiment.

Of note, the press conference only announced Alberto’s new role (and his new Alberto “El President” Rodriguez name, since he’s president of Combates.) They didn’t announce the deal with Azteca in Mexico which the network mentioned a few days ago, so either that’s not done yet or they wanted to save it for later.

Voices of Wrestling has a really great piece on Villano III’s career.

Dragon Rojo Jr. talked about his career and being anti-bullying. He says he was bullied for his dark skin color, which eventually led to him working out at a gym to get strong enough to fight back against bullies, and then to lucha. One of his bullies later became a fan.

CMLL talks about Angel de Oro, Fuego and Titan heading to Japan. Titan notes it’s his fourth trip this year, and CMLL notes Fuego’s popularity due to his enthusiastic performances.

Lucha Memes has a 10/23 show in Coacalco (Chairo Bill Vol 2)
1: Hechicero vs Sammy Guevara Hechicero replaces Titan (NJPW tour)
2: Impulso vs Mike Segura
3: Alberto Dos Rios vs Negro Navarro
4: Dragon Lee vs Ronnie Mendoza
5: Keira vs Silueta

I don’t know this for a 100% fact, but I’m fairly sure Titan & Angel de Oro weren’t going to be on this tour until Matt Sydal disappeared. (So, thanks?)

Liger Fever has a recap of the latest Podcast Boom. There’s a long La Parka (AAA) burial. Of note, Konnan believes AAA working with Multimedios is happening at least in part to stop Konnan from working with Multimedios on his own projects. I could’ve sworn Mutlimedios and Konnan previously insisted they weren’t working on anything together.

Adictos Al Deporte is teasing Pagano versus Konnan Big on 10/23 in Monterrey (so it’s probably happening.)

Guadalajara is teasing a Rayo de Jalisco appearance. Rayo was the best person in the 09/16 main event, and you can’t say that about many Rayo matches.

Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of CMLL luchador Dr. X’s passing.

The Gladiatores has video interviews with the Hip Hop Man family, Dragon Fly, Trauma II and Imposible..

Tiger Rojo Jr. took Barbaro II’s hair in Arena San Ramon.

Mascara Dorada says he’s not on the 10/16 DTU show.

Negro Casas, Rey Horuz, Xtreme Tiger and Bestia 666 are advertised on 10/23 in Tijuana.

In Dragon Gate, Flamita’s getting the next title shot at Eita’s Brave Gate championship. (There were far more interesting things happening on that show if you’re a Dragon Gate fan.) The date hasn’t been set, but 11/03 is the next big Dragon Gate show.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.


CMLL (TUE) 10/18/2016 Arena México
1) Metatrón & Robin vs Akuma & Metálico
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Virus
3) Star Jr. vs Skándalo [lightning]
4) Ángel de Oro, Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
5) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

Luciferno in a main event! Any feud that starts now will end after the Universal tournament, so they could actually move on past the Hijos del Infierno as trios champions if CMLL wanted. Not sure if that’ll happen with a Mascara Dorada team, though.

Drone is a new name. New name completely – he doesn’t show up on indie results, so it’s likely someone getting a new personality to start higher of Fuego & Rey Cometa. (This card is really unbalanced with tecnicos and rudo.) I’m done with the Vanguard 1 jokes already.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2016-09-20 


Recapped: 10/10/2016

What happened: Mephisto kept the CMLL Welterweight championship over Titan.

What was good:  You should check out the Mephisto/Titan match, and the main event was good too.

I previously talked about the rest of the card when I saw it live; everything was OK and not really worth talking about again.

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