Lucha Underground 3×30: Bloodlines

one man thought he bought tickets for Disney on Ice


Paul London [O], Saltador, Mala Suerte beat Ricky Mandel [X], Taya, PJ Black to win three Aztec Medallions (4:27, Paul London Shooting Star Press on Mandel, ok)

Mil Muertes beat Jeremiah Crane (7:05 from the time they got to the ring, 13:25 if you count the main segment, 14:04 if you go back to first contact, flatliner, great)

Pentagon Dark beat Texano Jr. (6:09, Golden Horsehoe to the face, ok)


this was not Jeremiah Crane’s day

If last week was heavy on matches, light on mythology, this was nearly the reverse. There was one big match, but there was a lot of heavy mythology.

It’s a coin toss where to start, but the end is as good place as any. The episode closed with Captian Vazquez following up on the tease from last week: no man alive could take the gauntlet from Cage, but noted dead person Mil Muertes might have a shot. She summed Catrina to her (more spookily lit than normal) office for a test confrontation. It was clear from the start that they had some strained relationship, but they were both powerless compared to the Gods they know are coming. Catrina was angry enough at Vazquez to refuse to help, and Vazquez mentioning she “gave [Catrina] life twice” seemed to just tough a nerve. Vazquez apparently gave half of the amulet to Catrina, but Catrina’s not happy about it, feeling she’s stuck between life and death. Vazquez offered the other half of the amulet, trading away her own immortality, if Mil can get the gauntlet away from Cage. Catrina testily accepted the deal, and revealed the first time Vazquez gave her life – Vazquez is Catrina’s mother.

The other mythological moment happened in Dario’s office, where a lot of these moments seem to happen. Dario was visited by FBI agent Winter, who claimed to be representing The Order and is replacing Councilman Delgado. (He’s introduced as a new character, but I believe he’s the same guy we saw in a limo scene much earlier this season.)

Dario knew about The Order, the group that’s behind all this gods descending semi-nonsense, but Dario didn’t know they had people in the FBI and he definitely didn’t know Councilman Delgado had been killed by Cage. Winter wasn’t really concerned with that, chalking it up to just one of those things that happen when a vessel is being prepared for a God. (That answers the question of why there was no quick follow up – the people who knew Delgado was dead didn’t care, and the people who did care didn’t know.) Winter seemed to be just there to establish his role, update Dario on the plot, speak threateningly about a war, and mark out for Pentagon Dark. On the other hand, Dario seemed quite concerned about how disposable his boss turned out to be and what that means for his own lifespan. His grabbing the red bull seemed symbolic; maybe he’s going to make sure to care of his family first.

all I wanted was the hat to fly off and it did

In a third, lesser obvious plot line note, Worldwide Underground’s agent Benjamin Cooke threatened to fire all the underlings after they lost a winnable match against the Rabbit Tribe. (It was Ricky’s fault, of course.) He credited Johnny for being the only reason they were still allowed to be around, but seemed to be separating Mundo from the rest of the group. There’s something up. In an episode with immortal police detectives and FBI agents who are part of a secret cult, it’s unlikely Benjamin Cooke is just an agent. A reveal is coming, probably in the next ten episodes (maybe that last one), but right now we’re just looking for signs of which way it’s going to go.

There were also matches! As mentioned, the Rabbit Tribe picked up three Aztec Medallions, leaving four more to be decided before they hold a match. Pentagon Dark beat Texano when Famous B’s unwanted help finally backfired: the golden horseshoe ended up in Pentagon’s hands and then Texano’s jaw. Pentagon is locked in, but mostly locked in breaking arms. Famous B saved Texano at the cost of getting his own arm broken again, and Brenda got her arm broken just for checking on B (and maybe to remind us that Pentagon’s actually not a good guy no matter how many people chant Cero Miedo, because this was some straight up not good guy stuff.)

Jeremiah Crane versus Mil Muertes was the match of the night. This felt the most like end of Season 1, early Season 2 ultimate destroyer Mil Muertes. He destroyed Jeremiah before the match started, he destroyed Jeremiah for the length of the match, and he destroyed Jeremiah after the match for good measure. Crane looked competitive at times, but he was man who’s best pitches were getting knocked out of the park – he showed the most by just staying alive as long as he did. It was crazy brawl, complete with the usual moment where someone fed Striker a line about Dario having told everyone it was no DQ to explain how there hadn’t been 50 of those already. Catrina gave Crane a Kiss of Death after the match, to set up a Mil Head Kick of Death and a DDT of Death.

That leaves next week’s Cueto Cup semifinals as

Fenix vs Prince Puma (a rematch from episode 1×10, where Puma won)

Mil Muertes vs Pentagon Dark (never a 1v1 match on this show, though they have met in multimans)


don’t remember Kramer doing this one

There’s a sense of momentum with the season at this point. The tournament is moving to the close – with the four favorites all advancing – and the plot lines seem to be moving on. That amulet was introduced 28 episodes ago and someone finally did more with it than stare. The Agent Winter stuff is a lot of the same end of times war that’s been mentioned for three seasons without anything anchoring it to a wrestling match, but at least we found out Councilman Delgado’s death was mostly about the shocking visual of exploding Lorenzo Llamas’ head and not a lot more. The Aztec Medallions give me a sense of impeding conclusion in the conventional wrestling plots, and it’s nice to see some of that urgency mirrored a bit in the mythological too – maybe some of it actually gets concluded in season 3 too.

Mil Muertes/Jeremiah Crane was fun. It’s mostly a style preference to pick this or Fox/Puma as the best match in this round, and they’re both pretty great. I enjoyed how Crane’s tricks just wouldn’t work – the cannonball got cut off, the table backfired, even repeating the chair but wasn’t enough to beat killing machine Mil Muertes. Mil Muertes is back to being way too much for anyone and Crane’s over-eagerness cost him in the end, jumping right into the flatliner. It was almost so definite that it felt like the end of the issue, only it’s a feud in Lucha Underground so there’s got to be a stipulation match coming for that.

this seems fun

I didn’t think much of Pentagon/Texano. It was alright but it never found the extra levels the Pentagon/Drago match did. Both here and in his much more recent matches in AAA, Texano really hasn’t found that extra gear to make matches feel important. Famous B costing Texano the match concluded his tournament story well but made for the least exciting of the four quarterfinals. Pentagon snapping Brenda’s arm just for being there felt a bit uncomfortable, but maybe was supposed to feel a little bit uncomfortable.

You probably don’t watch much El Rey outside the show. Some weeks, they air an episode specific commercial for next week, which is helpful if you’re a dork on the internet who’s trying to be the first to figure out what matches are airing in that episode. They haven’t been doing one of those recent weeks. They’ve instead aired one of two episode unspecific Strong Female Characters commercials. It’s never outright said to be that, but it’s just highlights of the LU women doing and saying impressive things. (There’s even a highlight of a spot that I’m pretty sure hasn’t aired yet, and won’t for some time.) I was thinking about that Strong Female Character commercial when this week’s opener had the Rabbit Tribe seeing Taya less as an opponent and more as a pretty girl they hope would touch them. They’re wacky crazy guys as an excuse, except I think the announcers are not supposed to be wacky and crazy and they were going with it too. I so hoped Taya would just blast them with a running dropkick like the person the commercials portrayed, but she carried out with a running double knee smash anyway because that was the show it actually is. It didn’t look all that good, and neither was the match outside of Jack’s whiteboard. Can’t win them all.

The Crash: 2017-05-05 

Daga & ZSJ counters

Recapped: 08/07/05

All matches took place in Auditorio de Tijuana on May 5th. I switched between MAC Vazquez & MegaKakashi619’s videos depending on the match. Kakashi has better sound and picture, but also the head of the person in front of them blocking the action sometimes.


Douglas James, Oráculo, Serpentico beat Black Danger, Jonathan, Último Maldito
(10:17, Oraculo reverse rana Black Danger, good, via

A more coherent version of a The Crash opener, where they were clearly doing the normal A-B-A structure – but then just kept on going to do more stuff. (You need really need to do the tower of doom superplex, trust me.) Douglas James is not a name that seems to be on these shows a lot but looked impressive here, and this was generally better held together action than usual. Oraculo’s finish looked messed up and he had a headscissors before it that didn’t go well, but they’ve got many months more to get better chemistry.

James dropkick

Arkángel Divino, Astrolux, Black Boy beat Diamante (Elite), Famous B, Látigo
(7:00, Arkangel Divino C4 Diamante, good, via

Anoher good action match, thought his one suffered from feeling too sameish, as if I was seeing the same moves everyone does, but it happened to be with these guys instead. This is one that actually came thru a lot better on the 126f hard came than the ringside, because the moves just look more impression from a typical camera angle. (And because no one’s head was in the way).)

Astrolux headscissors
Latigo gets some revenge

Garza Jr., Jack Evans, Último Ninja beat Bestia 666, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Jeff Cobb
(12:55, Jack Evans bridging backslide Bestia 666, good, via 
MAC Vazquez)

Review: [good] another solid enjoyable match, though it suffers a bit from being the same style of match three in a row (and more coming) and being a little bit slower match. Cobb throwing people around is definitely different, but the match feel is the same and they didn’t go as crazy as the other matches. A fair bit of the Tijuana crowd is very eager to boo Garza, the show after they used him as the big hero and months before they actually turned him.

Cobb is strong
Jack Evans dive

Flip Gordon & Ricochet beat Mr. 450 & Sammy Guevara
(20:25, Ricochet shooting star press Sammy Guevera, good, via
MAC Vazquez)

The best version of this year, helped by having less people (so less turns needed to be taken) and Ricochet coming off as a cut above everyone else on the show. The other guys were not far behind him but he radiated as the big star here. There was a bit of the sameish feeling here again but they did a lot more flying in this one to stick out. This one felt like it connected a lot stronger live than it did for me, but it was still good.

Guevera SSP
Sammy swung at the king, missed.

Daga beat Zack Sabre Jr.
(20:46, anklelock + cruz nipona, good, via
MAC Vazquez)

Review: [good] this is the match you want it to be, Daga trying to figure out a way to fight ZSJ’s match and beating him. They didn’t stay just on that mat but it looked good when they did and the finish was a nice big of entanglement, and it felt like a lot of people had to work very hard for the win. I think the people for videotaping this show but I couldn’t take the fans commentary during the match. This is one where I’m sure I would’ve liked it more pro shot because it was just too distracting this way.

Daga forearm

Penta Zero M & The King vs Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson
(19:25, spike package piledriver on Nick, via
MAC Vazquez)

Review: [great] Just like the other matches, it’s a lot of action for quite a while. The two teams match up pretty well, and I think the Bucks ended up doing a couple lucha spots they probably don’t do normally (unless they’re always doing the headscissors/ardmrag combo and I’m mistaken.) This was a generally smooth match up and one of that gave the fans what they wanted to see. It did feel a little all star exhibition and not as if it was big match at times, but they weren’t taking it easier.

lots of moves and the only GIF I took was the mid match dancing


Mistico/UG, Lucha Underground, TripleMania on Televisa (but only one match?)

Rush is no help

CMLL (TUE) 08/08/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b La Seductora, Metálica, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Sugehit replaced Sanely. Tecnicas took 1/3
3) Rey Cometa b Forastero [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cometa won in 7 minutes.
4) Ephesto, Felino, Luciferno b Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Titán LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3
6) Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero b Mistico, Rush, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3. Rush pulled out Tirantes when UG had Mistico pinned, so UG just unmasked Mistico and pinned him immediately after anyway.

I haven’t seen this one yet. The main event ended with Ultimo Guerrero and Mistico agreeing to a singles match next week. They won’t be having a singles match next week, but maybe the one after that. The only things I heard about this one was Cometa/Forastero was good and not to watch the show entirely. I probably will watch the show.

Today’s Lucha Underground episode is 3×30, “Bloodlines”. Matches announced for the show

No one has any Medalions; Mundo cashed in the Gift of the Gods belts to beat Sexy Star and then there were tournaments and they’re just getting back to it now. I wrote Jack Evans was on the team, but they did say it was Ricky. It means either Ricky finally wins or the Rabbit Tribe finally wins.

The two quarterfinal winners meet in their semifinal next week, as do Fenix & Prince Puma. Roku is offering a free month of Lucha Underground via DirectTVNow.

Leo Riano says the current plan is to air Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr. on Televisa’s channel 5 after Mayweather/McGregor. Riano goes on to talk about how great this is while ignoring that he’s been hyping up the entire TripleMania show airing on Televisa; it sounds like only the one match is going to air as a plan to keep people tuned in a while longer.

Airing that match on TV would give great attention for AAA, but would also make those PPVs a tougher sell. The show has been built on one match, and if that match is going to air on TV (likely on a few hour delay), people will be persuaded just to watch that one match. AAA probably should be making announcement sometime in the next week or so, and we’ll actually know what’s going on then.

The really important news is Riano’s calling the boxing match so we won’t have to hear him on TripleMania. Hooray.

Konnan put up a new edition of Podcast Boom. He says Rey Horus no-showed The Crash over being booked in a second match, which was the rumor going around about Horus splitting up with the promotion. Horus is a Tijuana based guy and was being booked in main events before being in The Crash, and I’d guess some other promoter convinced him he’d get to be in main events again if he left. Konnan announced LAX will be facing OVE (the GFW/Impact gimmicks for the Crist Brothers) and a local team for GFW Tag Titles on the 09/02 show. Low Ki & Shane Strickland will also be on those shows, so they are able to find outsiders even with BOLA on. He also says Zorro is still with them, but out injured, and NOAH’s contacted Rey Fenix & Garza Jr.

Cholo de Tijuana’s shows on 08/17 in Ensenanda and 08/18 in Tijuana have been canceled.

EN+CARADOS #35 has Hip Hop Man & Emperador Azteca on, plus MDA & The Crash reports.

The latest episode of Lucha Talk is up.


CMLL (MON) 08/14/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Millenium & París vs Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja
2) Espíritu Maligno & Lestat vs Disturbio & Metálico
3) Princesa Sugehit © vs Zeuxis [MEX WOMEN]
3rd defense
4) Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr., The Panther vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Olímpico
5) Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Sam Adonis
6) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Diamante Azul, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Main event is a rematch.

Sugehit/Zeuxis will be good. It’s the third straight defense for Sugehit against Zeuxis (including the last defense, in this same arena), and the four title matches before that were Zeuxis defending against Sugehit, so they’re really running the same matches seven straight times. It’ll also be Zeuxis’ second title match in two days because coordination is over rated.

CMLL (TUE) 08/15/2017 Arena México
1) Fiero & Retro vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Metatrón, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
4) Drone vs Puma [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Carístico, Titán vs Luciferno, Mr. Niebla, Pierroth
6) Mistico, Rush, Valiente vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Main event is a rematch. Drone/Puma should be fun, because it was fun when they did the same match just a few weeks ago.

Box Y Lucha published an interview with El Consejo, with the pretense of explaining why he changed names but never really doing and it doesn’t really matter, because he’s back being Nitro until the next time a trademark needs to be serviced.

CMLL (TUE) 08/15/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Micro vs Difunto & Furia Roja
2) Lady Maravilla, Silueta, Skadi vs Dalys, La Comandante, La Seductora
3) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Fuego vs Hechicero, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Shocker, Terrible
5) Diamante Azul vs Euforia

CMLL can’t remember to have Diamante Azul defend his title, even though he’s surely going to win anyway. Universo 2000 Jr. is back after about 6 weeks out with a shoulder injury. Maravilla is getting steady bookings for a new comer (though maybe Jarochita not being around is part of it.)

Super Astro (FRI) 08/18/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Astrolux, Hijo del Alebrije, Pegazus vs Demonio Infernal, Kamikaze, Kratoz
2) Cinthia Moreno, Diva Salvaje, Lady Apache, Taylor Wolf vs Cerebro Negro, Demasiado, Muñeca De Plata, Rossy Moreno
3) Boby Zavala, Epydemius, Eterno vs Demus 3:16, Dr. Karonte Jr., Fishman Jr.
4) Aeroboy, Extreme Tiger, Golden Magic vs Jack Evans, Séptimo Dragón, Último Ninja
5) Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Oriental, X-Fly vs Antifaz del Norte, Fresero Jr., Mr. Águila
6) Ciclón Ramírez, El Bandido, Emperador Azteca vs Imposible, Metaleón, Templario
7) Dark Ozz, Dark Spíritu, Hijo De Dos Caras vs Silver King, Trauma I, Trauma II
8) Rey Escorpión & Sharly Rockstar vs Cibernético & Hijo de LA Park and Máximo & Mr. Electro
9) La Máscara & Rey Fénix (US) vs Daga & LA Park and Hernandez & Zorro

56 luchadors on the show, plus Mr. Niebla signing autographs before the show. Hernandez & Zorro used to be friends in AAA, I don’t know why I remember that.

DTU XLAW (SAT) 08/26/2017 Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) Erwing & Irving vs Masizito & The Black
2) Drolux, Hard Boy, Paranoiko vs Crazy Boy, Devitt Rodrigeuz, Toto
3) Kevin vs MoriaLokill
4) Cobre vs Drastik Boy
5) Hormiga © vs Camuflaje
6) Exotico, Jimmy, Ovett vs Gio, Halloween, Junior

DTU & X-LAW at the carwash (so there’s a chance we’ll see it.) Cobre gets a big match with Drastick Boy.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-08-01 

Rey Bucanero just trying to stroll around the ring with his friend and keeps getting toped

Recapped: 08/01/2017

All matches aired live from Arena México


Apocalipsis & Inquisidor vs Bengala & Magia Blanca 
(11:54 [5:48, 2:33, 3:33], 1/3, n/r, via 

Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia beat Fantasy, Stukita, Último Dragóncito  
(15:26 [6:06, 4:28, 4:52], 2/3, n/r, via

El Consejo, Oro Jr., Star Jr. beat Arkángel de la Muerte, Luciferno, Metálico
(13:15 [5:34, 3:41, 4:00], 1/3, n/r, via 

Drone, Fuego, Stigma beat Misterioso Jr., Raziel, Sangre Azteca
(14:14 [3:49, 4:43, 5:42], 1/3, n/r, via 

Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas beat Mistico, Stuka Jr., Valiente
(11:13 [3:07, 2:37, 5:29], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro © vs Rey Bucanero for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship
(18:19 [3:16, 1:52, 13:11], 1/3, good, via

  1. Angel de Oro Skayde Special (3:16)
  2. Rey Bucanero sit down powerbomb (1:52)
  3. Angel de Oro mecedora (13:11)

What Happened in the main event:

this seemed like a better idea in Bucanero’s head

Tirantes refused to count the first fall pin because Bucanero didn’t have his shoulders down enough. Angel de Oro adjusted it slightly, and yelled at Tirantes after the fall, which is played as Tirantes being a rudo. Tirantes is spectacularly late starting a count later for no obvious reason, which causes a similar reaction. For the second straight day, Tirantes screws up a “rudo grabs hand to stop the count” spot. Angel de Oro spends most of the match limping after Bucanero drives one of his knees into the match, but Bucanero himself seems to be having a left shoulder issue after doing a dive off the ramp. He tries to catch Angel de Oro’s moonsault one armed as a results and it doesn’t go too great. They do a few more stops in the ring before finishing up, so it doesn’t seem to have derailed things.


moonsault to a one armed man

I took my own advice and skipped everything but the main event. The fourth match looked god, fun in the usual crowd pleasing way of an active Tuesday match, but nothing to separate from the ones that are done weekly.

The bit that actually stood out the most in the title match was Angel de Oro selling a body part, an exotic event in CMLL. He kept at it for a long portion of the match and even sort of tampered down selling it, adjusting the knee pad a bit, as if to note it was feeling a little better to start running again. That was something interesting we got of Angle de Oro and it didn’t seem like there’d be anything interesting out of him; he was still doing largely the same moves, some looking better (moonsault) than others (embarrassing kick to set up the stunner, which I’m convinced Angel de Oro has never watched on video because it always looks bad), but at least it gave a different feel. Bucanero is willing to throw himself around, to his own detriment in the end here, but can’t move at a great pace. Slowing down Angel de Oro helped compensate for that, but this was just a good match and not the crazy miracle of the match with Hechicero.

Tirantes was terrible in this match, the second straight day of him being terrible. CMLL knows he’s bad, they know enough about all their referees to make sure Edgar is the one in charge of the truly important matches, but they don’t care enough to get some better people in here or get people to pay attention. Tirantes was messing up counts in this match, and wasn’t paying attention in others, and it happens regularly.