Lucha Underground 3×34: Career Opportunities

still my favorite camera angle


Drago beat The Mack for an Aztec Medallion (4:43, Dragon’s Tail, good)
Cortez Castro defeated Joey Ryan (13:02, fireman’s carry bomb onto riot shields, good)
Matanza beat Saltador Paul London & Mala Suerte (4:40, Wrath of the Gods on Saltador, ok)


An old issue was wrapped up, a new one was started, and a couple existing ones were made bigger, but the focus was mostly on lining up the pieces for Lucha Underground.

The big news came in a showdown between Prince Puma and Johnny Mundo. Puma was there to reveal his team for an atomicos match next week, but never got to it before Mundo interrupted. Mundo successfully baited a confident Puma into putting his mask on the line in their title match at Ultima Lucha 3. Dario put a stop to it – not because he didn’t like it, but because he already has a mask on the line (Fenix) and he didn’t want to seem like he was running out of ideas. Dario proposed putting Puma’s career on the line instead, and Puma agreed.

Dario was busy on the show. He also informed Rey of his match with Matanza next week’s, but told him to leave the building before Matanza’s match tonight. Rey didn’t like being ordered around, but relented when Dario threatened to fire Dragon Azteca if Rey didn’t bail. Matanza was in a bit more trouble than usual against the Rabbit Tribe, with the trio using confetti eggs to set up a London Shooting Star Press, but Matanza kicked out of that and destroyed them all. Rey threatened to end the Cuetos next week, but it’s hard to see how he’s going to pull that off – he holds that pin over Matanza, but only after a lot of people got in shots on Matanza.

check mate

Since Rey left, Dragon Azteca will still be with Lucha Underground to face Pentagon Dark for the final Aztec Medallion next week. Two more were given out on this show. Cortez Castro beat Joey Ryan to get one and possibly finally shut up (ex?) partner for a while. Drago won the other medallion, defeating The Mack with distraction help from Kobra Moon. The Mack attack attacked both of them post match, only for Pindar & Vibora to go after him. The Mack could use a couple of friends.

Rest of The Season guide

announced matches
episode 100 (September 13):

  • Rey Mysterio vs Matanza
  • Johnny Mundo, PJ Black, Taya, Ricky Mandel vs Prince Puma, ?, ??, ??
  • Dragon Azteca vs Pentagon Dark for the final Aztec Medallion

episode 101 (September 20):

  • nothing yet

episode 102 (September 27, Ultima Lucha Week 1)

  • nothing yet

episode 103 (October 4, Ultima Lucha Week 2)

  • Fenix vs Marty the Moth, mask vs hair

episode 104 (October 11, Ultima Lucha Week 3)

  • nothing yet

episode 105 (October 18, Ultima Lucha Week 4)

  • Johnny Mundo (c) vs Prince Puma, title versus career for the Lucha Underground championship

Matches teased but not Dario official:

  • Gift of the Gods match (Paul London, Mala Suerte, Saltador, Son of Havoc, Cortez Castro, The Mack, either Dragon Azteca or Pentagon Dark)
  • Mil Muertes vs Cage
  • Taya vs Sexy Star
  • Killshot vs Dante Fox
  • Ivelisse vs Catrina – announced at the start, not mentioned since Ivelisse was injured
  • the Mack and partners vs the Reptile Tribe for the Trios championship?
  • That Famous B/Texano thing is probably still happening

There’s things that are going to change; it’d be hard to have Ultima Lucha with Pentagon or Dragon Azteca not being involved. Matanza and Rey have a match next week but not the actual Ultima Lucha shows. Jeremiah Crane is out there as an important name who doesn’t have a spot. There were no vignettes on this show, perhaps they’ll have a bunch to start putting some of those matches down in pen next week.


Drago DDT

I didn’t get much out of this one and that was so much different than reactions I was reading that I wonder if it was me and not the show.

I think I’m least off from everyone on the Mack/Drago match, in that it’s hard not to have the same opinion on it: the few minutes they went were fine, wish they went a lot longer, another cheap distraction finish felt like the Cueto Cup was back, maybe it’s not great they didn’t go long if that was going to be the ending. The upside was they at least seemed to set up a direction for the Mack, who hasn’t had one since the Mundo matches. The Reptiles haven’t had much to do either, so it’s more just interesting figuring out who could be the Mack’s partners. He’s friends with Sexy Star, but she’s got Taya. He’s friends (or at least was at one point) with Killshot, but he’s got Dante Fox.

The Matanza/Rabbit Tribe is entirely dependent on how much time you’ve got for the Rabbit Tribe antics. I had a minimal amount of time. I was surprised how much they got on Matanza, even if it was 3 on 1. I expected them to be tossed around and destroyed impressively and quickly, and it took a while to get there. Everyone gets something in and the Rabbit Tribe had a lot of fun, but setting up a match the level of Rey/Matanza didn’t seem the right place for it – something more like Argenis/Fenix would’ve worked for me.

the spot whined about below

The police brawl played a lot more to the gimmick than last week’s biker brawl, but it felt to me like them just going from one pre-arranged scenery spot to another. Neither man is as exciting as Son of Havoc can be, but also neither man was all that much trying to win, instead just running through every cop joke spot they could think of. It felt too artificial at times, like when the riot gear guys suddenly stopped standing around the ring and got into a tight circle around Joey Ryan for no real reason (except the next spot was them getting spectacularly taken out.) I checked out around the time when a tazer shot to the groin was sold for the length of a crowd cut and was the set up for a donut toss, but it wasn’t getting me much before that. It wasn’t as fun or inventive as the Máscarita/Famous B brawl either, it just felt like stuff to me. And that’s to me – this match seemed to be way over with other people, so don’t let my disregard totally turn you away. I understand Cortez & Ryan did more and worked harder, but I still kind of enjoyed Mack & Drago more (at least up until the finish.)

The in-ring segments were fine. Except, the Dario/Rey one felt like one that was written up to be a Dario’s Office vignette, only they suddenly realized Rey wasn’t going to be available to film it so they reworked it as an in-ring skit. I have more I want to say about the main event, but not until it happens – I think I need to start writing a post about all the stuff I want to write but can’t for altering how you watch episodes. Let me just point out for context that when this was being taped (way back in early June 2016), the same stories about Ricochet leaving LU existed and this is an intentional wink at them. I may have not gotten into this episode, but I’ll at least say they had a pretty idea where they were going.

Heroes Inmortales lineup, LU, The Crash to WrestleCon

photo by CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 09/05/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Espíritu Negro & Grako b Fiero & Magia Blanca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Starman b Cancerbero, Forastero, Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Forastero replaced Arkangel
3) Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely b Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicas took 1/3
4) Misterioso Jr. b The Panther [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora b Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Johnny Idol LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. b Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Mr. Niebla replaced Shocker.

I didn’t see a thing from this show. Opener sounded like Fiero was back to normal. No angles at all.

I have been a bit too obsessed with the latest crazy GFW story this morning, but I assume this will have no short term affect with their relationships with AAA or The Crash in the short term. Sales or whatever else take time to happen if one is even going to happen here and they’ll probably continue working with the Mexican promotions in the meantime. AAA wrestlers continue to appear on Impact – Pagano debuts either tonight or rather soon.

WrestleCon announced The Crash will have a show in New Orleans on Friday of WrestleMania weekend. (That’s April 6th.) It’ll be their first show as part of the weekend and in the US at all. There have been attempts at an AAA or Lucha Underground or a The Crash show for years, so it’s an achievement to get it actually done. I’m figuring there will be a bunch of luchadors working shows that weekend, with CMLL wrestlers working at least the ROH shows and probably indie guys also appearing.

AAA on UDN switched to showing one hour highlights from past TripleManias with last night’s show. They aired matches from 2013 last night, which means probably the next three to finish the week and this year’s show to on Sunday. I wonder what they’ll do with 2015, since the big matches all involve people who are not working there and aren’t going back any time, but are big names.

+LuchaTV talks to Princesa Sugehit about her mask match. Here’s a thing I’m going to hide here: I have no strong feeling on who’s going to win that match. I had a strong feeling about Wagner/Psycho (and was totally wrong), and I have a strong feeling about Niebla Roja and Gran Guerrero (and may be wrong again!), but I don’t have any idea on the women’s one.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground episode is the 34th of the season, 99th overall, titled “Career Opportunities”. Matches announced on the show:

  • Cortez Castro vs Joey Ryan in a Five-O Street Fight for an Aztec Medallion (video)
  • the Rabbit Tribe vs Matanza

I believe there will be at least one more Aztec Medallion match on the show. There will also be Dario with an announcement for Rey Mysterio (recall, he hasn’t told Rey he’s facing Matazna next week) and Johnny Mundo adding something to his match Prince Puma.

CultIcon writes about the Cortez Castro/Joey Ryan feud.

The ROH London show with the Kushida/Titan match that got really strong reviews is up on ROH’s site as a $15 PPV. I think it’s up on NJPW World too, but only for people with Japanese IPs.

Puma King will be back on Powerbomb.TV as part of their 10/22 show, facing John Silver.

This week’s Zona Ruda has Dragon Solar & Ashley on as guests.

CMLL writes up Octagon’s debut. He’s on Informa today.

Gran Kenut & Leon Blanco won the Pacific Coast tag team titles.

The Gladiatores has interview with Eterno, Bombero Infernal, and Demonio Infernal following the hair match.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

The newest edition of Lucha Talk is up.


AAA TV (SUN) 10/01/2017 Domo San Luis, San Luis Potosi
1) Johnny Mundo © vs Máscara de BronceVenumLanzelothHijo Del VikingoSolarisDragón SolarHijo Del Villano IIIAngelikalTiger Boy [AAA CRUISER]
fourth defense
2) Aerostar, Drago, Raptor vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker [AAA TRIOS]
final match of five match series
3) Johnny Mundo © vs La ParkaRey WagnerRey EscorpiónPimpinela EscarlataHernandezPsicosisMambaMurder ClownDark CuervoEddie EdwardsMonsther ClownEC3Estrella DivinaHisteriaMarty MartinezDinastíaDave The Clown [AAA LA]
sixth defense
4) Texano Jr. vs Hijo del FantasmaJohnny MundoKevin Kross [AAA HEAVY]
sixth defense
5) Argenis, La Parka Lanzeloth, Ricky Marvin vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly [domed cage]
6) El Mesías vs PaganoJoe Lider [death match]

Looks like I talked about this lineup but didn’t post it. We already know the original one was wrong, but it might be simple as a typo since Parka is already listed in the Latin American mess. I’m guessing this lineup was mostly figured out before TripleMania, but they’ve got large group matches all over the place after the large group match at TripleMania was a mess, and Mesias & Pagano main eventing after the TripleMania match was not any good. And I’m really not sure why Texano & Hijo del Fantasma needed to club each other in the head if they’re just doing a four way again.

WWE tropes, which seem heavily in play here, would suggest Mundo either keeps all three titles or loses all three titles, nothing in between. (It would be to AAA’s benefit to play up the idea Mundo’s leaving after this show.) Maybe Mascara de Bronce, La Parka and Kross as new champs? Dinasita being involved with Marty and in the Latin American division might be the promotion out of the near dead minis division we’ve hoped for. Guessing Ricky taking the loss in the cage match.