Lucha Underground 4×9: A Match Made In Heaven

Aerostar wastes no time


Matanza b Mala Suerte (0:43, Wrath of the God, NR)

Joey Ryan & Jack Evans vs XO Liscious & Ivelisse (6:51, modified gogoplata, ok)

Dragon Azteca b Mariposa (3:06, casadora cradle, ok)

Johnny Mundo, Taya, PJ Black, Aeorstar b Kobra Moon, Daga, Drago, Jeremiah Snake (8:43, Fin de Mundo, good)

Status Check

Champion: Pentagon Dark (3 defenses)
Gift of the Gods: Dragon Azteca (1 defense)
Trios Champions: Killshot, the Mack, Son of Havoc (2 defenses)
Died This Season (9): Jeremiah Crane (casket)*, Fenix (casket/lifeforce absorbed), Mr. Pec-tacular (sacrificed), Cortez Castro (sacrificed), Máscarita Sagrada (murdered by Rabbits), Vinnie Massaro (sacrificed), Pizza Guy (sacrificed), Vibora (beheaded), Mala Suerte (sacrificed)
Resurrected (1): Jeremiah Crane


convoluted but interesting

Most of the news in the show was wrapped around the main event atomicos. That 4v4 match was not quite like it had been set up last week. Vibora is confirmed dead, which Kobra Moon applauded as “cold-blooded” move. It’s not really clear what dead means on this show since his replacement was the suddenly resurrected Jeremiah Crane. He’s now known as Jeremiah Snake. Johnny Mundo was not expecting that, but did see the issue everyone figured last week: Ricky Mundo actually wrestling in this match would certainly mean a loss. Ricky was benched (just as he was in last year’s atomicos), and Aerostar was introduced as the unlikely replacement. That set up Worldwide Underground as the técnicos in this match, and Aerostar helped the team get the win. Johnny repaid Aerostar by using his one wish to free Drago from Kobra Moon’s control. Moon left Drago behind, and Aerostar unchained his confused ex-friend.

(There’s some loose ends tied up here, but only never spelled out: Crane/Snake was in the casket in the Reptile Tribe throne room, and Mundo never attacked Drago because he was planning on freeing him.)

Taya was very unhappy by Johnny’s wish decision. They had fought a war against the Reptiles, risked Johnny freedom, and ended up getting nothing out of it. Mundo explained his own wish was something Kobra Moon could not give him, but Taya could. PJ Black pulled a ring box out of his tights and Johnny used it to propose to Taya. She said yes, he said “oh yeah!” and carried her around on his shoulder as familiar music played. Backstage, Ricky Mundo seemed to be taking this news badly – except the “till death due us part” line.

Jack on point

Not a lot of huge news on the rest of show. Mariposa teased seducing Antonio Cueto for a Gift of the Gods title shot but offered him money instead, maybe $20,000 worth. Cueto accepted the cash, and it might have been his preferred option. Mariposa wanting the Gift of the Gods title match was a little peculiar given how strongly she believed her brother Marty should be going after Penta instead, but the match didn’t really last long enough to consider it. As long as Dragon Azteca Jr. defends his title against people who never win on this show, he stands a good shot of actually making it intact to Ultima Lucha 4.

The problem for Dragon Azteca is the people who don’t win on this show are a vanishing breed. They’re not winning, they’re just vanishing. Mala Suerte was the bottom dweller to be sacrificed to the gods. He had the distinction of being chosen for his fate not directly by Antonio, but by Rabbit Tribe leader Paul London. Antonio told the London to pick one person for the match, and London offered up Suerte for losing last week. Saltador desperately wanted to helped his friend both in the match and before he was sacrificed, but London wouldn’t allow him.

The other match on the show was a tag match continuing the XO Liscious/Jack Evans beef, with Ivelisse & Joey Ryan as partners. The announcers were stuck on Ivelisse & Liscious not working together smoothly, though it didn’t get anywhere except for their loss. XO got trapped in Jack’s choke, would not give up, and passed out instead. The referee stopped the match, which didn’t stop Jack from applying the choke. Joey Ryan uncharacteristically attempted to talk Jack down. It took Ivelisse kicking Jack to actually get it done. Ryan was still upset with Jack after, and that might be the other unlikely técnico turn of the night.


a tight 450 from a good angle

About a half hour into this show, when Kobra Moon announced the Vibora replacement was Jeremiah Crane with a new jacket and a sillier name, I was forced to evaluate my relationship with Lucha Underground. Or what this show was in that moment. “Jeremiah Snake” seemed like a comedy gimmick a wrestler would do on an indie show where no one was really getting so they decided to have fun instead. It was silly, yet not nearly as silly as dubbing in Hanna Barbara sound effects as Mala Suerte’s offense. The Dragon Azteca/Mariposa match, a three minute special where the crowd reacted like the wrestlers had gone ten meaningful minutes (and maybe actually did in their version) was silly in it’s own way. This show must be working for someone. I don’t like abandoning things halfway thru, but watching them do “Jeremiah Snake” felt like it was going to be time to leave the show to people who were still enjoying after the next dozen or so episodes.

Luckily, Aerostar came out as the surprise Worldwide Underground member. Aerostar didn’t save things as much as Fenix did in Azteca Warfare, but he was nice breath of fresh air and a reason why I liked this show to start with. The rest of the match was enjoyable, easily match I liked on the show the most, and it restored a little faith in this process. The post-match wasn’t my favorite – the Drago story ending seemed incidental after how long it went, and doing an extended homage to an 80s WWF angle (complete with referencing it in the show title) is an odd way to go for a lucha libre show – but at least it felt like things happened, and things I was not interested in were no longer happening.

Still, most of this show was doing stuff I wasn’t interested in seeing. The Evans/Ryan vs Licious/Ivelisse match served a purpose I understood, and I’m sure they’ll have something creative for the blowoff match, but this match was just a match. I’m not sure why crooked cop Joey Ryan is now a good guy, or why he’s here at all. (I am increasingly sure there’s more four-match shows this season because a fourth match is most cost-effective than a vignette, and that’s leading to a lot of people walking around with unclear motivations.)

one more tornillo

I do not understand why the Mariposa/Dragon Azteca match was what it was, something out of the WWE Attitude era of three minutes and rushed finishers for reactions. The crowd seemed to react to a lot more than we were seeing, so maybe there’s a cut of that action that’s actually worthwhile to see.

I definitely do not understand this Matanza concept. Even if this is just something to side drain him until whoever his real next opponent is free to face him, an invulnerable monster sacrificing people to the gods should be a fearsome thing. It’s instead now a comedy bit, with sound effects to get amuse someone while the people actually involved in the match are trying to act like it’s a scarier moment. I don’t understand the point of the big Key vignette if Matanza was going to be in a match with Fred Flintstone sound effects a few weeks later. I don’t understand the point of the big White Rabbit vignette if the Rabbit Trine are exactly the same characters they were before, and the White Rabbit doesn’t seem to have anything to do with it. While I’m thinking of it, I don’t really understand where the overarching plot with Agent Winter, the gauntlet, the tribes, the Order, the guy in the limo, has gone since the second episode of this season.

Lucha Underground has thirteen episodes, fourteen hours left. Maybe they can pull it together. I’m not exactly confident that a wedding broken up by Ricky Mundo is going to be what I’m looking for, but maybe a lot of stuff will get paid off in the second half of the season and make more care a bit more about what’s going to happen next. Right now, I feel just slightly less confused and disoriented than the newly freely Drago, and neither of us need to be slaves to this show.

Mephisto keeps title over Titan, LU, AAA in Toluca lineup

Audaz getting in the ring like no normal person would do

CMLL (TUE) 08/07/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha CentralR de Rudo, The Gladiatores]
1) Acero & Angelito b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero, Disturbio, Nitro b Astral, Eléctrico, Súper Astro Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 2/3.
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
Luciferno unmasked Audaz for the DQ.
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Hechicero, Mr. Niebla LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Stuka beat Hechicero to set up a title match again. Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo b Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3

CMLL promos are Audaz wanting a super libre rematch (probably not) and Hechicero and Stuka again talking up the possibility of a title match. Show did not sound good

CMLL (TUE) 08/07/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara]
1) El Alteño, Magnum, Vaquero Jr. b Frezzer, Furia Roja, Guerrero de la Muerte
tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Príncipe Odín Jr., Sangre Azteca, Yago b Leono, Príncipe Diamante, Robin
Leono replaced Magnus. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Templario
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Mephisto © b Titán [CMLL WELTER]
Mephisto took 1/3. 12th defense (last at a small show in April.) Titan’s third challenge in this reign.
5) Matt Taven, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
tecnicos took 2/3.

Mephsito/Titan will air Saturday.

Lucha Underground airs episode 4×9 tonight, “A Match Made in Heaven”. That’s a spoiler. They’ve announced these matches:

  • Dragon Azteca Jr. (c) vs Mariposa for the Gift of the Gods championship
  • Worldwide Underground (Johnny Mundo, Taya, PJ Black, Ricky Mundo) vs Reptile Tribe (Kobra Moon, Daga, Drago, ?)

Lucha Central has a good theory about who the fourth person could be on the Reptile Tribe team. The preview mentions Mariposa makes a proposal to Antonio Cueto, which could explain why she’s getting a title shot after not having been seen since the first episode. There’s also a mention that Paul London making a sacrifice to the Rabbit Tribe, so it seems a really bad sign for Saltador and Mala Suerte that LU’s Twitter put out photos of them this week. That usually means death this season.

TripleMania is just over two weeks away, and there’s still no full lineup. This is not the latest they’ve gone without announcing a lineup – the Rey Mysterio/Mistico year didn’t reveal the rest of the show until about 10 days before. There’s probably not anything really great on the rest of the show. The four-way match, the Shani/Faby and Fenix/Jarrett matches are the marquee matches, and everything else is usually about finding space for luchadors on the show (plus or minus an Alberto match.) Still: pretty weird not to have a full card, or a formal announcement of it airing on Space, or pretty much anything else. I’m something other than excited to listen to whoever AAA drags in to be the English language announcers, but the existence of such a thing seems like something AAA should have out by now.

The best explanation I’ve heard, and this fits with what I can find, is AAA wants to hold it’s normal press conference to announce TripleMania, only they haven’t been able to find a time to get enough people in Mexico City to make it seem impressive. You’d want some of the main eventers there, but they’re busy on shows. Check out Psycho Clown’s schedule of late:

07/27 Tijuana
07/28 OFF (or more likely we couldn’t find his Saturday booking)
07/29 Ecatepec
07/30 Leon
07/31 Toluca
08/01 Off (but the Fenix match hasn’t been announced yet)
08/02 Aguascalientes
08/03 Mazatlan
08/04 Culiacan
08/05 Nogales
08/06 Guayama
08/07 Pachuca

Psycho Clown is off today but maybe wants a nap after 6 straight days on the road. And it’s just a day: he’s got to be in both Chiapas and Cuernavaca tomorrow, which seems kind of impossible. The AAA TV taping is in Veracruz on Friday, he’s in Arena Azteca Budokan on Saturday and Tulancingo on Sunday. Maybe he, and the rest of the people working those shows, get a moment to breath and the press conference is on Monday?

Lucha libre collector Christian Cymet will be holding an exhibition at Mexico City’s World Trade Center from September 14 to the 16th. They’re going to have a thousand meters of museum space. I have no idea what that actually means, but it sounds like a lot and something worth checking out if you’re going to Mexico City for the Anniversario show.

Dr. Wagner Jr. posted a wonderfully staged video saying he’ll be on Friday’s AAA TV taping in Veracruz.

The Crash on 09/08 in Auditorio de Tijuana

AAA posted a sit-down interview with Pagano.

The Gladiatores talks to Super Muneco.

Dorada Fan has a Dragon Bane highlight video.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.


MDA (SUN) 08/19/2018 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Babe Fox & Mini Difunto vs Karares & Mini Laredo Kid
2) Demus vs Mini Hator
3) El Divo vs Trauma II
4) The Tiger vs Karateka Jr.
5) Laredo Kid vs Emperador Azteca (IWRG)
6) Daga vs Rey Horus
7) Hijo de LA Park vs Mr. Electro
8) LA Park vs Blue Demon Jr. [super libre]

Full card for their next show. I like the idea that Blue Demon & LA Park in a super libre match is going to be a lot different than their last one, which includes a garbage cart being used as a weapon and did not end in a DQ.

AAA TV (FRI) 09/21/2018 Salón Rojo, Toluca, Estado de México
1) Faby Apache, La Hiedra, Lady Shani vs Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Starfire
2) Aerostar, Argenis, Niño Hamburguesa vs Ciclón Ramírez, Demus, Emperador Azteca
3) Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. vs Trauma I & Trauma II
4) Joe Lider, La Parka, Pagano vs Hijo de LA Park, Puma King, Taurus
5) Hijo del Fantasma & Psycho Clown vs Electroshock & LA Park

This lineup is a month and a half away, so it’s very subject to change. It’s at least the third taping past TripleMania we know, joining 09/02 in Monterrey, 09/09 in Merida. Only the Merida taping is officially announced by AAA; they had a press conference yesterday in the so they wanted to announce it then. There’s been a taping every weekend, so there’s probably a 09/16? taping we’re missing – or they really are running in Cancun on 09/07 for two tapings in one weekend, and it hasn’t come out yet.

It’s another ELITE vs AAA show, so now we all know Star Fire is meant to be Elite.x Traumas versus the (current) tag champs seems like a fun fight. Demus & Emperador Azteca are making their debut in the second match, at least as far as we know at the moment. A five-match show is odd; this would be the first one of the year, because AAA likes to be able to air 3 matches per TV episode and tapes two episodes per taping. Maybe an extra match is coming.