Lucha Underground 4×13: The Circle of Life

Hernandez doing a dive is the lead GIF, a telling sign


Matanza beat Joey Wrestling
(2:53, Wrath of the Gods, ok)

Killshot beat Big Bad Steve
(7:42, Killstomp, ok)

Pentagon Dark beat Hernandez for the Lucha Underground Championship
(7:04, Fear Factor, ok)

Status Check

Champion: Pentagon Dark (5 defenses)
Gift of the Gods: Dragon Azteca (2 defenses)
Trios Champions: Reptile Tribe (Kobra Moon, Daga, Jeremiah Snake) (0 defenses)
Died This Season (14): 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) , Saltador (sacrificed), Benji the Agent (murdered by Ricky), Angelico (implied to have been murdered by Ricky), Catrina (fell off a roof), Joey Wrestling (sacrificed)
Resurrected (2): Jeremiah Crane/Snake, Fenix


a Joey Wrestling highlight

That’s a wrap on Catrina. She’s gone this season from half alive to totally alive to totally dead. Totally alive really was her undoing: it made her an enemy of Melissa Santos for taking that life from Fenix, and gave her a sour attitude towards Mil Muertes. Catrina was in the process of breaking up with Mil for good, giving him his stone and leaving the Ice Temple, when she was confronted by Melissa. The two fought around and up the Temple, ending up on the roof. Melissa threw Catrina over the side, where Catrina grabbed onto a bar to save her from her doom. Melissa had a moment to ponder what to do next. She didn’t get a choice. Mil scared Melissa off, grabbed Catrina by the one arm still hanging from the bar, put the stone in her hand, and dropped Catrina to her death.

Melissa found Catrina’s body on the ground near the Temple. Aerostar found Melissa, and asked for a favor – Melissa’s half of the amulet for the thing she loves the most. Melissa quickly agreed. Aerostar appeared to suck the life force out of Catrina into his circular Arc Reactor thingy, traveled back ten weeks to when Catrina had sucked the life out of Fenix, and put that life back in Fenix. Aerostar brought Fenix back to the present to reunite with Melissa. Fenix looked out of it, with something strange going in with his eyes, and Aerostar warned he might not be back to normal right away. Melissa gave Aerostar her half of the amulet – the same amulet Aerostar might have been responsible in giving away in the first place.

Melissa did the ring announcing for the rest of the show, with no hint of anything had happened.

The rest of the show was much less dramatic. Joey Wrestling and Beautiful Brenda appear to be the only non-injured members of the wedding party. (Vampiro went as far as to tease that Mundo’s career may be over, which seemed like a giant stretch even on an episode where time travel and resurrections just happened.) Joey made poor use of his health, challenging Matanza to avenge his friends. Wrestling got in more offense than anyone else against the powered-up Matanza, though he was still ultimately defeated and sacrificed.

Brenda was healthy enough t second Big Bad Steve, who did not fare much better against Killshot. Killshot is a full rudo now, and has changed his style to a slower, targeted attack. Son of Havoc watched the match from the bleachers. Killshot confronted him post match. Their fight led to Killshot getting unmasked. Vampiro was emphasized how mysterious Killshot was and how no one had seen his face.

Pentagon had been scheduled to defend his title against Johnny Mundo, and was disappointed not to give Mundo a wedding gift of a broken arm. Pentagon offered an open title match challenge which was meant by previous arm break victim Hernandez. Hernandez got in some offense, but Pentagon retaining was in no real doubt. A more interesting challenge was set up afterward when King Cuerno attacked Pentagon with the belt and gave him the Thrill of the Kill on the title.


a big bad steve highlight

None of the matches really clicked, and all existed just as set up matches for stuff later in the season. The Wrestling/Matanza was weirdly competitive. Wrestling hasn’t been slotted in as a bottom tier guy like many of the other Matanza victims but, he’s also Joey Mercury obviously here for a one-off and no more. It didn’t even go for three minutes, so maybe I’m making too much of very little. It also could’ve been fine going no minutes – Mundo coming back for revenge against Matanza was already set up last week.

Killshot’s style fits his new personality and matches some things he’s been doing outside of Lucha Underground. It also seemed like a total waste of Big Bad Steve to be a pseudo-tecnico selling body part damage. He can do more interesting things, and so can Killshot. This was effective, just not anything interesting. The Havoc/Killshot eventual match – mask vs mask? – will probably be good but it already feels like they’re stalling that out until the end of the season.

That end of the season isn’t really that far away. There’s nine more episodes after tonight. With that in mind, it felt like a waste of time to do a Hernandez/Pentagon match. Hernandez was fine, the match was alright as everything else, but Hernandez has been on this show twice in the last three seasons. Perhaps this was another spot designed for an AAA guy who couldn’t get a work visa and Hernandez was the last minute fill in, but it’s an issue of depth of the Lucha Underground roster that Hernandez has to be propped up as a challenger. I don’t know why the Marty the Moth vignette aired with no follow up so far – he would’ve been more interesting. King Cuerno just getting the title shot tonight would’ve been something. The inevitable Jake Strong match would’ve at least paid off those squashes. This just felt like killing time in a season where there isn’t a lot less to kill. This show needed at least one actual competitive match.

I didn’t enjoy the Catrina/Melissa fight as much as people on Twitter seemed to. It was intentionally cut to hide most of the action, which is a weird thing on a wrestling show. (Melissa tossing Catrina off the roof is more Catrina falling off-screen and a cut to her hanging from the pole.) The Aerostar time travel was authentically goofy Lucha Underground, though it kind of left the viewer wondering why all of this happened anyway. I think they just needed a way to write Catrina off this season, but the narrative arc – Catrina gets her life back, starts being a jerk to Mil for no clear reason, Mil causes her death – was not a particularly satisfying one. This vignette is the reason to watch this episode, but I’m not sure it all added up to something satisfying.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-08-13 

Soberano & Hechicero

Recapped: 08/16/2018


Joker & Mercurio beat Meyer & Shockercito  
(11:59 [4:22, 2:18, 5:19], 2/3, ok,

La Jarochita & Mistique beat La Metálica & Reyna Isis
(12:31 [5:05, 4:01, 3:25], 1/3, ok,

Drone, Stigma, Tritón beat El Malayo, Kawato San, Okumura
(14:52 [4:33, 3:33, 6:46], 1/3, ok,

Hechicero, Mr. Niebla, Shocker beat Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr., Valiente  
(12:17 [3:17, 2:58, 6:02], 1/3, ok,

Atlantis, Matt Taven, Octagón beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(8:18 [1:31, 2:31, 4:16], 2/3, ok,

What happened:



This show was sponsored by a local Ford dealership and parts seller, including their logo on the mat and on some of the walls. It goes back to normal the following week.

Joker challenged Shockercito to a title match after beating him


The Matt Taven sections of the main were easily the best. He looked great running thru the Dinamtias in the third fall, and surprised everyone with his dive at the end. Atlantis and Octagon did about as much you’d expect. The NGD were overqualified for this sort of match and there was no follow up to last week’s finish, but the fans liked this match as they did pretty much everything on this show.

Mr. Niebla & Shocker can get over doing not that much, and so the semifinal was them doing not that much. Diamante Azul isn’t over except in the ways all CMLL técnicos are over but it doesn’t seem to matter much to him. Hechicero & Soberano had some good brief moments here and could have more if CMLL would have them match up more often.


Tercera was a serviceable trios match with no great highlights. Kawato and Okumura – struggling with the hang on the ropes spot to end the first fall – both looked less than sharp. The major of the match was normal stuff done fine without being memorable at all.

The women’s match at least has a different feel than the usual women’s matches without those usual people involved. It wasn’t much improved by the action itself – there’s still timing and impact issues – but it was pleasant simply to see different moments than usual in these matches. Metalica was the best of the bunch; Mystique wants to do a lot of agile offense she can’t quite pull together, but she had a better chance of it with Metalica around.

They’re still trying more in the minis match and not killed as much time, but this week’s match felt like there was a less to this match. It was strange how much they worked in the CMLL/CMLL and Puebla/Puebla pairs with Joker/Shockercito coming up. They might not have great confidence in Joker basing for Shockercito, which seems like a problem for them actually having the match. Finish looked good at least.

CMLL Tuesday results, Titan out with hand injury, LU preview

Cometa stage dive

CMLL (TUE) 09/04/2018 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Sangre Imperial & Sonic DQ Apocalipsis & Camorra LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Apocalispis fouled Sangre Imperial.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. b Akuma, Espanto Jr., Espíritu Negro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, La Comandante, Metálica LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicas too 1/3.
Tiger won via backcracker in about 8 minutes.
5) Felino, Rey Bucanero, Shocker b Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Niebla Roja LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
6) Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Volador faked a foul from Cavernario. Cavernario asked for a singles match.

CMLL has promos from Tiger and Cavernario. Tiger/Cometa sounds worth a watch.

CMLL (TUE) 09/04/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Frezzer, Furia Roja, Guerrero de la Muerte b Black Sugar, Guerrero Samurai Jr., Mágico
2) Príncipe Odín Jr., Sangre Azteca, Tyson La Bestia b El Rielero, Fugaz, Reyko
rudos took 1/3
3) Audaz, Drone, Pegasso DQ Dragón Rojo Jr., Okumura, Pólvora
tecnicos took 1/3, the last by DQ when the rudos unmasked the tecnicos.
4) Black Panther, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Kráneo DQ La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
straight falls, the last when Caristico tossed his mask to Rush to draw the DQ. Caristico asked for a singles match with Rush next week.

A singles match here next week would be asking a lot from Rush a few days before the biggest match of the year. CMLL’s waiting until after 09/14 to the do the singles match in Puebla, and might do the same in Guadalajara.

In a Facebook video, Titan announced he’ll be out a month with a fractured hand. He believed he picked up the injury last Monday in Puebla. Soberano will replace Titan on Friday.

CMLL also now has Blue Panther in the Saturday semi-main instead of Stuka Jr.

Lucha Underground 4×13, “The Circle of Life”, airs tonight. Matches announced

The preview doesn’t announce any of those matches, but they’ve all be mentioned on social media in one way or another. The preview does mention Son of Havoc watching Killshot and a Catrina/Melissa fight, which appears to be the scenes seen in the season 4 Trailer.

RIOT has Fanboy on 09/29. Matches announced

Lucha Memes has the Coliseo Coacalco 21st anniversary show on 10/21:

Mr. Electro hit a +LuchaTV cameraperson with a chair on Sunday’s IWRG show.

AAA continues their series of sit down interviews with Yo Soy Faby Apache.

CMLL looks back at the 1966 Anniversario show, with two hairs matches.

+LuchaTV has a sit-down interview with Volador.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Segunda Caida made it to episode 2 of season 4 of Lucha Underground. They’re not making it thru this season.


CMLL (MON) 09/10/2018 Arena Puebla
1) El Hijo De Centella Roja & Millenium vs Ares & Rey Apocalipsis
2) Lestat, Pegasso, Rey Samuray vs El Malayo, King Jaguar, Sangre Azteca
3) Esfinge, Flyer, Tritón vs Kawato San, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volcano vs Felino, Shocker, Terrible
5) Cavernario, Diamante Azul, Rush vs Atlantis, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]

Main event is another way not to do Ultimo Guerrero/Rush. Volcano gets a match without Kraneo. This is not a promising card.

DTU (SUN) 09/09/2018 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Aero Panther & Destino vs Danny Latino & Devil Boy
2) Drolux, Luigi, Vengador Radioactivo vs Hard Boy, Hermes, Mandala
3) Jimmy vs CobreExotico (Hidalgo)Hormiga
4) Kaleth & Tiburón vs Moira & Último Gladiador
5) Danny Demanto vs ParanoikoFly Star
6) LuFisto vs Zeuxis
7) Masashi Takeda vs Crazy King

LuFisto hasn’t gotten her match with Faby Apache yet, but a singles match with Zeuxis should be pretty good.