Lucha Underground 4×2: Darkness and the Monster

welcome to Lucha Underground Sammy

Matches

Son of Havoc, Killshot and the Mack beat Big Bad Steve, Sammy Guevera, Jake Strong for the Lucha Underground Trios
(5:28, Killshot shooting star press Big Bad Steve, good)
– first defense

Dragon Azteca beat Drago for an Aztec Medallion
(6:08, casadora bomb, good)

Pentagon Dark beat Matanza for the Lucha Underground Championship
(7:44, package piledriver, good)
– second defense

Status Check

still cool

Champion: Pentagon Dark

Gift of the Gods: vacant
Medallions: Dragon Azteca + 6 more
Trios Champion: Killshot, the Mack, Son of Havoc

Happenings

Drago DDT

No one’s gone in and out of an Aztec Warfare as champion. No one’s beaten Matanza in a singles match. Pentagon Dark has done both in back to back weeks. Matanza remains a force but maybe a more beatable opponent with Dario around. Antonio Cueto only got involved after the match was over, seemingly preventing Pentagon from getting his arm broken by bringing in the key. Antonio was very upset by Matanza’s performance, saying Dario had spoiled Matanza and made him weak.

In one of the lingering questions from last week, King Cuerno does NOT have the Gauntlet of the Gods. Catrina found this out the hard way, sneaking in Cuerno’s lair only to discover the gauntlet glass case empty. Cuerno revealed he knows how strong the gauntlet is – “it could strike down the descendants of the 7 Aztec tribes” – so he’s keeping it safe and out of reach. Cuerno gave it to someone else – “I don’t where or when he hid it” – which sure points the finger at a time traveling Aerostar.

Catrina wasn’t pleased. She wants the gauntlet to get her full life back. Apparently, she has multiple ways of achieving that: she proposes a Grave Consequences match with Mil Muertes and Fenix. This plan involves Catrina getting Fenix’s life force when he’s put in the casket. I’m not sure how that worked, and Antonio was surprised to find out Catrina really was a ghost but decided it was violent enough to go with. Antonio was also surprised to later find Jeremiah Crane demanding to be added to the match. Crane explained he really wanted to impress Catrina, because Catrina is really hot. Antonio bought that as reasoning an added him. That match will take place next week.

Guevara superkick

This week, the matches included Famous B getting his guys a trios title match. His guys are not Wagner and Texano; they’re written off as working for him in Mexico. Famous B’s new trio is Big Bad Steve (a mechanic who also happens to be Steve Pain, no longer masked as Pindar), Sammy Guevera and Savage Jack Strong. Jake Strong is ex-WWE’s Jack Swagger, which they carefully point out. He’s a cut above the rest of his teammates, and has the titles won with an ankelock on Killshot. Unfortunately, the referee is busy arguing with Famous B (who had been trying to help but lingered on the apron too long.) The trios champions really to beat Steve. Strong savagely attacks his teammates and his now ex-manager, breaking Famous B’s ankle.

The middle match on the show saw Antonio Cueto returning the seven Aztec Medallions back to play. As with Dario, the seven holders of the Medallions will battle for the Gift of the Gods championship, and that gives the winner a shot at the Lucha Underground Championship when they want it. Dragon Azteca pulled a slight upset over the Kobra Moon controlled Drago for this Medallion. Kobra Moon was upset with Drago over the loss. She was probably more upset after Taya attacked him from behind, thanks to a distraction from Johnny Mundo. They’re still upset about Vibora and Kobra costing Mundo Aztec Warfare last week.

In a statement seemingly for only existing for the most obsessed, Striker goes out of his way to say Dragon Azteca Jr. is part of the Eagle tribe. I need to go mark that one down.

Thoughts

Drago dive

This was a better episode than the last week. The match quality was a lot better than the first half of the Aztec Warfare even without having a standout match. Aztec Warfare wasn’t great for starting new feuds; the limited time means you had to know what was happening already or you’d get lost. Issues got more time to breathe this episode and came off stronger for them.

“Strong” is a good word because that’s how they put over the former Jack Swagger. He nearly won the trios titles single handily and destroyed his partner. That match gave me the same vibe as the first couple episodes of the first season – same visa issues, same people being thrown in odd places just because they needed to find a way to make it work with some people MIA. It didn’t feel like Strong was ever meant to be a Famous B guy, because Strong was immediately established as a top contender for the top title and that’s not where Famous B normally dwells. Sammy Guevera fits the expected Lucha Underground style better and did well even though he was slotted in the midcard. Big Bad Steve also existed. The makeshift nature of the trios champions was way downplayed, probably because getting over the new guys was the priority, but the match flowed pretty well.

Azteca wins!

Drago/Dragon Azteca seemed intended to be a proper lucha libre match on a show that hasn’t had many of them (and might not have any soon.) They pulled out a lot of flashy moves and kept up a good pace. I thought they meshed pretty well, though Drago could’ve used showing a bit more of a rudo side. I’m not sure who I’m supposed to be rooting for in this Taya/Johnny vs Drago/Kobra feud, though team Worldwide Underground has the cooler jackets.

Pentagon’s match kind of showed how much had changed since he won the title two years ago – it was less of an adventurous match and more his indie showcase bit for a long way. It got more competitive in the last third, and Matanza suplexes were pretty cool. Still, this didn’t feel like an epic rematch of an Ultima Lucha main event as much of the challenge of the week. They tried to explain it by Matanza powering up once Antonio showed up with the key, but the character felt less scary than in years past. Penta feels completely different, having beat nine people in two weeks. I guess the answer to “how do you book Penta?” is you have him just beat everyone. Crowd seemed to like it and it’s a pretty decent idea.

Atlantis keeps title over Rey Bucanero, LU preview

still champ

CMLL (TUE) 06/19/2018 Arena México [CMLL, ESTOLucha CentralOvaciones]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro b Angelito & Fantasy LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Sangre Azteca b Bengala, Leono, Príncipe Diamante LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Disturbio, Espanto Jr., Virus b Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 2/3.
4) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón b Kawato, Okumura, Templario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Atlantis b Rey Bucanero [MEX LHLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Atlantis took falls 1/3 for his fifth 5th defense

Atlantis & Bucanero tried their best to make it not a bad match and so it wasn’t a bad match. I’m not sure it was a good match by any measure except for the low expectations we had fo rit, but probably it was good enough for CMLL to keep justifying doing more Atlantis singles matches.

Post-match promos: Titan (hyping his Soberano match and his recent rudo antics), Oneatos Style (Esfinge & Triton want to make sure Titan is still with them), Soberano (ready for Titan), and Atlantis. There’s also media interviews with Rey Bucanero (felt he should’ve cheated more) and Atlantis. Because CMLL can’t just do tecnico/tecnico feuds, they’re playing up heavy the idea that Titan’s rudo antics against Soberano could be the prelude to a permanent change of sides.

CMLL (TUE) 06/19/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Guerrero Samurai Jr., Luminoso, Tigre Blanco b Guerrero de la Muerte, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
2) La Comandante, Metálica, Tiffany b La Vaquerita, Maligna, Princesa Sugehit
Rudas took 2/3.
3) Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Warrior Steel b Audaz, Fuego, Pegasso
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Cuatrero, Felino, Negro Casas b Blue Panther, Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Kráneo, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla
tecnicos took 1/3

Doesn’t seem like there’s any new feuds. Warrior Steel is rarely seen. He’s a rookie by CMLL standards but it seems like they think he’s too large to wrestle in openers, so there’s not a spot for him. It could’ve been that match spot was intended to be Arkangel at one point.

Dragon Lee declared war on Caristico. He’s also declared war on Hiromu Takahashi, Penta el 0M, El Desperado and SHO. He may actually wrestle some of those people.

Daniel Aceves posted photos of him at CMLL’s offices yesterday. He mentioned a new project coming up. He’s usually part of the Copa Bobby Bonales, which honors his father.

DTU (TUE) 06/19/2018 Arena Aficion
1) Josh Sniper b ZarcotCorazón LatinoDestinoDayami
2) Aaron Sykes, Helio Guerra, Muerte Infernal vs Black Fire, Paranoiko, Pesadilla and Devitt Rodríguez, Hard Boy, Luigi
3) Drolux & El Exótico b Billy & Hermes
4) Jimmy b AeroboyKalethCrazy King
Jimmy challenged Aeroboy to a title match.
5) Draztick Boy b Low RiderDinastía
billed as Draztick Boy’s farewell to DTU.
6) Cíclope b Miedo Extremo

The main event was a death match rematch, but maybe the semi-main is the most interesting. I don’t see anyone saying Draztick Boy is headed to AAA full time but that seems to be the idea.

Lucha Underground episode 4×2, “Darkness and the Monster” air tonight. Matches announced

  • Pentagon Dark (c) vs Matanza Cueto for the Lucha Underground Championship
  • a match for an Aztec Medallion
  • The Mack, Killshot, and Dante Fox Son of Havoc (c) vs ?, ??, ??? for the Lucha Underground Trios championship.

If you were paying super close attention during the trailer, you can figure out how who’s getting the trios title shot. Famous B & Brenda appear to be involved. Dragon Azteca and Drago are both teased as appearing, which makes that the likely Aztec Medallion match. Catrina is also busy looking for the gauntlet, which pairs nicely with the really good King Cuerno promo late last week.

July 4th, US Independence Day, is a Wednesday this year. That’s pretty terrible from a holiday perspective, what are you doing with a day off in the middle of the week. It’s also not so great from a TV perspective, since it’s usually one of the least watched days of the year. I don’t know if LU will air a new episode that week. Hope they don’t.

At the San Diego ceremony honoring Rey Mysterio, he said he had an offer of a 3 year deal from WWE. Three years seems like the standard WWE term, and Mysterio hinted before that he wanted some non-standard parts about how many dates he’d be working, so that might not end deal. It does seem more likely than not that he’ll be back in WWE eventually.

AAA held a Q&A on Facebook. Most of the questions were “when are you coming back to [X]?”. The answer is soon. Of note,

  • The Poker de Ases match is no longer a cage match because the wrestlers asked for that change. They’re the true heroes.
  • Someone asked if Faby would actually get her head shaved this time if she lost the hair match and AAA said yes. I don’t think that’s going to be an issue.
  • The Zona Ruda show quietly disappeared from being posted on YouTube and AAA says it’ll only be on TDN for the time being. Perhaps it has something to do with the TV situation.
  • Guadalajara was said not be getting a TV taping until next year. They haven’t taped TV in Guadalajara since that disastrous Rey de Reyes show (though they are still running a match at a theme park every weekend.)

Rush says LA Park is not going to lose his mask at TripleMania.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 06/24/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Eclipse Jr. vs Frenético
2) Cosmos & Johnny Dinamo vs Destructor & Quca
3) Fugaz, Neutrón, Reycko vs Gran Kenut, León Blanco, Linterna
4) Bobby Black, Carlo Roggi, El Chakal, Mr. Apolo vs Exterminador, Príncipe Kisho, Terremoto King Jr., Thunder Boy
5) Joker vs Sádico [hair]

Joker and Sadico were rudo friends until they weren’t, and they’re settling it here.

CMLL (MON) 06/25/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Meyer, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar, King Rocker
2) Astro, Asturiano, Stukita vs Joker, Mercurio, Saurón
3) Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola [lightning]
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
5) Soberano Jr. © vs Titán [MEX WELTER]
4th defense
6) Flyer & Volador Jr. vs Templario & Último Guerrero

A bigger than usual card, with both the Gran Alternativa rematch and a tecnico title match. The “Black Panther” name seems to have stuck, which is no doubt going to confuse future generations. Sugehit/Amapola are headed to a title match on 07/04. The second match may be one of those situations where a feud is being set up in the cards (Asturiano/Sauron?) but no one’s bothered to tell the people involved.

The Crash (SAT) 06/30/2018 Palenque de Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala
1) ? vs ??
2) Hantar, Kronoz, Savage vs Capricornio, Karma I, Karma II
3) Torito Negro © vs TiagoToxin (Estado de México) [The Crash JUNIOR]
first defense
4) Lacey Lane © vs Lady FlammerKeyraZeuxis [The Crash WOMEN]
second defense
5) Daga vs Rey HorusBestia 666
6) Penta Zero M & The King vs Garza Jr. & Mr. 450 and Pierroth & Rush [cage]

We don’t have a July date for the next Tijuana show but we do know there is a next show. Zeuxis makes her Crash debut, on the same card where Pierroth & Rush are working without having left CMLL. Notable that Toxin’s still here after appearing in AAA. Lucha libre is confusing.

CMLL Domingo: 2018-06-17 

team Munoz

Recapped: 06/17/2018

Matches: 

Akuma & El Coyote beat Astral & Eléctrico
(12:11 [5:25, 2:59, 3:47], 1/3, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gallito, Micro Ángel, Microman beat Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
(14:02 [5:25, 1:27, 7:10], 2/3, ok, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Princesa Sugehit beat Estrellita, MistiqueMarcelaMalignaDalysReyna IsisMetálicaLa SeductoraAmapola in a cibernetico match
(28:59, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

13:15 Metalica sit down piledriver La Maligna
15:24 Seductora armbar Mystique
16:01 Estrellita star cross Metálico
18:26 Amapola Devil’s Wings Estrellita
20:16 Marcela double stomp La Seductora
21:44 Princesa Sugehit armbar Amapola
24:34 Marcela tapatia Isis
26:54 Dalys scorpion Marcela
28:59 Princesa Sugehit armtrap armbar Dalys

Blue Panther beat Felino in a lightning match
(7:37 [3:06, 0:33, 3:58],
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Felino dropkick to the head (3:06)
  2. Blue Panther figure four pin (0:33)
  3. Blue Panther armbar (3:57)

Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(6:42 [2:30, 1:43, 2:29], 2/3, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico & Rush beat Cuatrero & Sansón
(11:04 [1:32, 2:29, 7:03], 1/3, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Electrico springboard headscissors

This was a special Father’s Day show, announcing as airing just an hour before it took place.

Cien Caras came in the ring and tried to help his sons in the third fall (though oddly while they were pinning the Munoz boys). Bestia pulled out Tirantes to break up that count, and his sons won cleanly soon after

The lucha libre commissioner stopped the first fall to demand Blue Panther & Felino unmask, until Felino convinced him they had permission. Felino unmasked after winning the first fall. Panther immediately pinned Felino to start the second, but the count was delayed because Tirantes didn’t seem clear it was supposed to be a finish. Panther unmasked between falls and brawled with Felino into the crowd. Panther did the multiple tope spot in the third fall, but was cut off from a third tope by Tirantes blocking his path. That allowed Felino to get in, where he was quickly submitted.

Sugehit challenged Dalys for a title match after their win.

Guapito was the referee for the micro match.

Thoughts: 

don’t mess with Microman

The main event fit the special occasion show, feeling like a simple all-star exhibition match until the last couple of minutes. It was solidly worked without having a lot to it until the finish kicked it. It didn’t quite reflect with the crowd wanted to see – Rush and Mistico worked tecnico while being solidly booed – but they kept with their normal match either way. Cien Caras looked like he was hurting just getting to the ring, so the best part of this match was not having him wrestle in it. I’m not sure what was supposed to happen at the finish but I also didn’t put a lot of thought into figuring it out.

The semi-main was the sort of main event trios match after a big singles match, though it wasn’t really following a big singles match. Maybe it was just quicker because the show was going long, but they managed to fit in a lot of impressive Guerrero offense in the short time. Volador looked good in his run, and this was enjoyable while it lasted.

it’s fun playing rudo until you get wiped out

I don’t know what happened with Blue Panther/Felino but it was all sort of a mess. Stopping the first fall to argue about the masks was weird. The second fall lasting only as long as they did because Tirantes couldn’t believe that was actually the finish was weird. Tirantes cutting off Panther from this third dive only for Felino to come in the ring and lose five seconds later was weird. The brawl into the crowd got the crowd back into it, as did the dives, but this wasn’t really all that much. Hechicero really seemed to love the match but it was just odd to me. The idea probably was to honor two of the more famous current CMLL fathers with a singles match but the confusion didn’t really do it.

The women’s cibernetico was in that range of matches which are good though I’m not sure I’d ever need to watch again. It was probably too long – they went 13 minutes before anyone it was easily a couple steps up for the usual CMLL’s matches, with more pace and better offense because of the elimination rules. It felt like they put in more work planning this out than usual trios matches too. Women like Estrellita had better nights than usual, and the crowd bought into the importance of the match. Maligna looked more confident and aggressive in the time she was in. Mystique can do some big spots but iffy on simpler moves and needs a good ruda to work with. Isis having a big run was nice for the occasion; I also just want someone new in the top mix. I guess they could not given when they were going with the result. Sugehit/Dalys is among the best possible CMLL women’s matches they could go and this was a good setup to get there.

these two might have really good matches around 2025

The micros match was not bad, but they’d done much better than that. There were more obvious mix-ups on spots and less exciting big moves than usual. I thought the actual finish had to be a near fall when it happened, because there wasn’t a lot of big Micro Man spots in this match. It was just it. He didn’t mesh as well with Zacarias this time. Micro Angel got better near the end, but he had moments where he didn’t look ready for Arena Mexico. It’s nice to see the Micros again but this wasn’t a must-see match.

The opener was noticeably better than usual openers, so much so that I’m probably overrating it because it was nice not just have the 20 minutes of a CMLL show being a waste. Coyote looked solid throughout and the announcers went crazy for his northern lights suplex at the end. Astral & Eléctrico have figured out how to do spectacular looking spots within the opening match restrictions and pulled them off well. The rudos could’ve done a bit more but otherwise, this was a good show.

you made it this far, you get a Coyote highlight