Lucha Underground 4×3: Rest in Pieces

hiromu bumps


XO Lishus beat Jack Evans (5:53, super split legged faceslam, good)

Mil Muertes won a Three to Grave Match (20:24, great)
– Jeremiah Crane out (12:42)
– Fenix out (20:24)

Status Check

Champion: Pentagon Dark
Gift of the Gods: vacant
Aztec Medallions: Dragon Azteca + 6 TBD
Trios Champions: Killshot, the Mack, Son of Havoc
Died This Season: Jeremiah Crane (casket), Fenix (casket)


could’ve just asked

Jeremiah Crane & Fenix have joined Dario Cueto in the great beyond, as people who get stuffed in caskets in Lucha Underground are dead. At least for now. At least for one of them. Fenix is now the man of about 999 lives, so he should be back if he’s lucky. Jeremiah Crane does not appear to have a 1000 lives. He leaves us with a lot of questions – how did he know Catrina when they were kids? How did he leave something in the old Temple that long ago? – but also answer how quickly LU was going to move on from people who didn’t want to be with the series any longer.

Crane’s death did give one important revelation: never ever make Ivelisse angry because she will keep coming after you until you are literally dead. Ivelisse made her season debut attacking Crane with the same sort of hammer that Crane attacked her with at Ultima Lucha 3, hitting Crane enough times to actually break the hammer. Ivelisse closed the casket on Crane, apparently closing the door on his Lucha Underground career.

Fenix’s elimination had a bit less outside interference to it. Melissa watched from ringside, not a fan of the idea and heartbroken when her man lost, but never actually crazy enough to get involved. Mil, in an angry mood for most of the match took some cues from their previous Grave Consequences match to destroy Fenix again and send him packing. If Catrina’s correct, Fenix losing his life should restore her. She’ll be a human, no longer a ghost. Being a ghost has kept her out of some trouble, so this a win today and maybe an L to come.

Mil can get around quick

We know what is in Pentagon’s future: a challenge from Cage. Penta felt pretty big time, having kept the title thru an Aztec Warfare and a match with Matanza, and challenged anyone. He got cage laying him out from behind, and pointing out he wasn’t in either of those matches. Penta had threatened to break everyone. The Machine doesn’t believe he can be broken.

In a Put Up or Shut Up Challenge, Jack Evans lost to the debuting XO Lishus. Lishus seems to be taking over the exotico role with Pimpinela not around, but we didn’t find out much about him (pronoun used by Striker) as a person. We did find out Lishus has a lot of cool offense.

We did learn a bit about Ricky Mundo’s doll. He realized the photos Dario Cueto handed him back in Season 3 of an Island of Dolls was a real place, decided to go there, and met Rosa. Rosa is the doll. Rosa the doll has a string that causes it to speak when pulled. Rosa is a little bit too on point with her words to be a normal doll. The rest of the Worldwide Underground is understandably weird out but don’t want to know too much about it. Also, it’s definitely left implied that Ricky & Rosa are why Angelico is nowhere to be found. The Worldwide Underground has more immediate matters than the doll at the moment – Johnny Mundo fills the rest in on starting a war with the Reptile Tribe and asks for backup. Jack Evans, no fan of snakes, decides to find something else to do for the moment.

About three seasons after everyone stopped wondering about, Lucha Underground did give a resolution on the giant key the Cuetos have been carrying around. It seemed explained at one point that it was the simply the key that held Matanza in his cage. It also appears to be the figurative and spiritual lock on the god that’s possessed Matanza’s body. Antonio Cueto monologues that he asked the Order, as a father, to preserve a sliver of Matanza when the transformation took place. They placed Matanza’s soul in the Key. It appeared last week, and in previous matches, that the Key made Matanza strong but Antonio felt that soul has kept Matanza from reaching his full strength. Antonio demands Matanza break the Key himself. Matanza does, and become strong enough to break thru his bonds. This was a very clear scene of powering Matanza up after he was beaten shockingly easy last week. It’s also one person losing a soul in the same episode where Catrina may be regaining hers.


whatever works

I thought the opener was alright. XO/Jack was mostly about getting XO over a lot in a debut. XO (referred to as he, but it is Matt Striker so who knows) has a lot of unique offense and was best in that part of the match. The timing on some of the selling wasn’t great, but there was enough there to make a positive impression. The editing was strange – it was very abrupt for the announcers to have said Jack made a challenge without having seen it.

Three Way To The Grave was the best match this season has had so far, by a fair margin. I wouldn’t put it above the other big casket matches on the show, but it’s no discredit to the idea. The strength of the match was Fenix/Mil Muertes sequences, especially as they played off their match from Season 1 in interesting ways. Fenix has grown greatly since then and is even better at getting the emotion from the crowd. They also gave more (TV) time to the final two sequence, an improvement over the similar three-way gauntlet match at the end of Season 3. Crane was the weak link of the match, not doing a great job on catching dives and not having as strong an overall performance as his best Season 3 stuff. Allowing Ivelisse to get involved was a tidy way of finishing up that plot, assuming people still remember it.

Fenix didn’t get a lot of help on the landing

Forastero/Flyer, Lucha Underground, upcoming Crash/Mexa lineups

Mistico & Euforia

CMLL (TUE) 06/26/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Apocalipsis & Cholo b Bengala & Leono LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Oro Jr. b Cancerbero, Nitro, Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
3) Estrellita, La Jarochita, Marcela b Dalys, La Metálica, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicas took 2/3
4) Hechicero b Felino [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Hechicero submitted Felino to Magia Negra in just over 9 minutes
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora b Esfinge, Titán, Tritón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3, Luciferno staying winning leading into his big title match
6) Dragón Lee, Flyer, Mistico DQ Euforia, Forastero, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Forastero unmasked Flyer for the DQ.

Post match promos: Bengala & Leono (random apuesta challenges), Hechicero, (wants more challenges) OneAtos Style (patching things up after Esfinge was not in Titan’s corner on Monday), Forastero (going to cut Flyer down to size), and Flyer (will take Forastero down if he gets in his way). CMLL setting up a non-title feud between Flyer/Forastero is atypical. The winner of the Gran Alternativa getting a singles feud itself isn’t odd, but I guess since there’s no suitable rudo singles champions for him to face, Forastero is getting his own big chance.

Hechicero/Felino seemed good. Haven’t seen a lot of the rest.

CMLL (TUE) 06/26/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Micro, Principe Daniel, Vaquero Jr. b Demonio Maya, Frezzer, Relámpago Azul
2) Retro, Robin, Sangre Imperial b Akuma, Inquisidor, Príncipe Odín Jr.
3) Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus b Drone, El Audaz, Fuego
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. DQ Cavernario, Ephesto, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Cavernario unmasked Soberano for the DQ. Cavernario felt this action granted him a title match next week.
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr. b La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
Terrible back wrestling two days after a concussion. Tecnicos took 2/3.

The Twitter recap mentions Terrible, though I didn’t see him in any of the photos they posted. Maybe he was feeling fine. Maybe he took it easy. I don’t know. I know Mexico isn’t where the US is about head injuries. Cavernario’s reasoning about getting a title shot seems a little flimsy but everyone seemed sure it was happening.

Lucha Underground 4×3, “Rest in Pieces”, has two matches

  • Jack Evans vs a mystery person, which LU social media has revealed to be the debuting XO Lishus (Sonny Kiss)
    • This is billed as a Put Up or Shut Up challenge. Either a video will be posted on social media explaining what that means or we may never know.
  • Jeremiah Crane versus Fenix versus Mil Muertes in a Three Way To A Grave match

I’ve seen this episode. It’s easier just to acknowledge that instead of talking around it. I’m not under an NDA or anything, so I can try to thread the needle between giving you information which may interest you about the show and spoiling the thing.

This show has those two matches and a third brief in-ring segment, plus a couple of vignettes. One of is this Worldwide Underground bit, which leads off the show. The casket match gets plenty of time and a definite ending. It’s an elimination match – there are actually three caskets around the ring, and two people will be put in them and be Lucha Underground dead – so they needed that time to do it justice. Lucha Underground social media posted a photo of Cage with no explanation, in the way they post photos for everyone who’s going to be doing something, so don’t come at me for spoiling things.

As mentioned before, Lucha Underground will be airing a new episode next week on July 4th, US Independence Day. That’s obviously going to be a problem for live viewing. El Rey appears to be handling this by adding an additional replay of that 4th episode on July 11th, just before the new 5th episode airs.

A highlight of the post-AAA/ELITE press conferences interviews is Faby Apache saying she doesn’t know who Zeuxis is. I have no trouble believing this. Mr. Electro wants you to know he’s really an AAA guy who happens to be on Team Elite.

Segunda Caida reviews the Parkas/Munoz IWRG tag match.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update, including a recap of +Lucha’s interview with Daga.

Latigo de Acero Jr. took Ultimo PIcazo’s hair in Monclova.

Muerte Guerrera took Big Lover’s hair in Monterrey.

Criterio Hidalgo notes there are only three luchadoras currently wrestling in Pachuca (Pumara, Princesa Amazona) and Tulancingo (Chica Dinamtia) combined.


The Crash (SAT) 07/14/2018 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Oráculo, Torito Negro, Xperia vs Búfalo Ayala, Tiago, Zarco
2) Daga vs Matt Riddle
3) Lacey Lane © vs Tessa BlanchardSantana Garrett [The Crash WOMEN]
3rd defense
4) The King vs ACH vs Rey Horus
5) Blue Demon Jr., Hijo De Octagon, Octagón vs ?, Garza Jr., Mr. 450
6) Penta Zero M vs Bestia 666 [cage]

I guess Penta is the match Bestia wanted? It’s the match he’s getting. Daga is getting the match he wanted with Matt Riddle, but I’m unsure why it’s being treated as a second match. The Crash feels like it’s down to a handful of stars who are primarily with them – Garza (who’s expected to go to WWE at any moment), 450, Bestia, Rey Horuz, Daga, and Lacey Lane – and it would seem to be to their advantage to make them bigger stars since they’re sticking around. Instead, the bigger stars of this show are the annual appearances by Octagon and Blue Demon.

Mexa Wrestling (SAT) 07/14/2018 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Medieval & Pumita vs Fulgor I & Fulgor II
2) Lady Pink & Lilith Dark vs Chica Pantera & Lady Cat and Kelly Star & Reina Oscura
3) Terremoto, Tromba, Yoruba vs Baby Star, Príncipe Aéreo, Tyson La Bestia
4) Metálica & Reina Dorada vs Baronessa & Mystique
5) Lady Flammer vs Chik Tormenta vs Lady Maravilla
6) Mary Apache vs Keyra
7) Marcela vs Rossy Moreno

This is billed as an Amazonas del Ring show being co-promoted by Mexa Wrestling, but that’s too many characters for my promotion field. It’s not the usual Mexa Wrestling show but it makes some sense not to have the usual show. They’ve already announced the Toxin/Fly Star mask match on 08/04 (and will have them sign that contract at this show), so any normal show would be a bit skippable and you might as well go abnormal. These particular matchups just aren’t particularly interesting, outside of the semi-main where Keyra is putting her 4-0 streak on the line against currently independent Mary Apache.

Mexa Wrestling also announced they’d be sending representatives to the next RIOT show, as part of a strengthening relationship between the two indies. They also announced Bandido & Flamita vs Eterno & Steve Pain for 08/04, which should be great. I want to tell Mexa Wrestling they should stream their shows online themselves, there’d be a market for these things, but that conversation never seems to go well for me. Or anyone.