Lucha Underground 1×28: Shoots and Ladders

welcome to the Temple

matches

Prince Puma b Marty the Moth Martinez (3:49, 630 senton) [OK]
Texano Jr. DQ Delavar Daviari (3:52, interference from Big Ryck) [OK]
Angelico, Son of Havoc, Ivelisse (c) defeated The Crew (Bael, Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco) (13:42) for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship [good]
– first defense

developments

Marty the Moth got his match after all, against the champion in a non-title match. Martinez claims to be a descendant of one of the seven Azteca tribes and was creepy around Melissa. It wasn’t a total squash, but Puma wasn’t in much danger. Hernandez appeared on the stairs after the match, Konnan taunted him, but Hernandez wouldn’t come to the ring.

can’t a man have quiet when he’s on the phone?

Texano and Delavar lasted a lot longer this week, but nothing was settled. Announcers positioned Daivari as the rich spoiled kid and Texano Jr. as the hard working one. The story has changed from Daviari being successful post-WWE to Davairi’s family being successful and Daivari himself being a spoiled rich kid. Striker made it very clear that Daviari had used the money to buy Big Ryck’s help.

Black Lotus finally checked out from Dragon Azteca’s dojo/warehouse, though without Dragon Azteca approving or knowing. He only found out by reading her diary, left behind. Chavo Guerrero returned, agreeing with Azteca that Lotus would be killed if she went up against Matanza. Chavo offered a deal, protection for Lotus against Matanza for protection against the ‘all of Mexico’ he’d angered by attacking Blue Demon 20 some episodes ago. Azteca agreed.

Catrina, with ghost powers this week, tried to take Dario’s key right off him. This did not work, even with ghost powers, but Catrina still managed to convinced Dario to sign Mil Muertes versus Fenix in a death match. Dario was briefly weirded out by Catrina being Catrina, but liked the idea of violence.

The ‘shoot’ in the title refereed to Johnny Mundo opening up on on his actions last week. Mundo called Alberto overrated, overconfident and not that good. Mundo blamed Alberto for causing everything and suggested Alberto would not be back. Mundo said this is his world, and stole Alberto’s catchphrase (including the wink).

that table spot went ok

The ladders were in the main event, though not as many ladders as you might think. The windows that were broken by Alberto’s head were boarded up, but the boards were pulled off and used in the ladder match. Members of the crew were thrown into Dario’s office, allowing the match to be 2 on 2 for periods. Ivelisse barely participated except for climbing up at the end, and Angelico ended up above Dario’s office again for a sequel to his plancha (this time a dropkick), so the bulk of the match was Crew beatdowns and Son of Havoc comebacks. Son of Havoc attempted to put one member of the Crew thru a table via shooting star press, but didn’t hit the table right and the table didn’t break for him. Angelico took out another member with the giant flying dropkick and Ivelisse climbed up the ladder on one leg to remove a title belt (which felt to the ground where Havoc grabbed it) for the win.

Dario earlier reminded The Crew that losing would mean bad news for them. The Crew flying into his office also interrupted a phone call he was on, so rude.

The commercials promoted Hernandez/Puma and Muertes/Fenix for next week.

thoughts

…this one not so well

This was a distracting night with a lot of competition for attention even as I watching this show; ladder match might be better on a quieter rewatch, though there were a few things going wrong that not even editing could save. The parts that were good were very good, but it seemed a slower match than previously and the hot finish they were hoping for didn’t quite work. Havoc’s SSP landing looked super brutal. The Angelico crazy dropkick was great, but I hope he’s not thinking he’ll be doing those every match. The belt drop bit seemed like it was the bit that went wrong and angered as mentioned in the taping results. Son of Havoc broke character a little bit by consoling her before she climbed back down.

Marty Martinez/Prince Puma was what it needed to be. Martinez weirdo character translated well to a match. He’s essentially sliding into Son of Havoc’s old role, and that ended up well for him.

Texano/Daivari didn’t click. Texano’s now a face, something the announcers hammered home during the match. Hammered home so annoyingly hard. There was a lot of dubbed in commentary to emphasize that change and Big Ryck being paid off (though Striker couldn’t reference the skit last week since announcers don’t see those), and it came off as a bit overbearing and forced.

Angelico is on point

Chavo hooking into the Black Lotus storyline felt so random. I mean, at least they’ve got someone who’s actually wrestling on the show a part of it now, but he’s been away from the Temple even longer than she has at this point.

Not a bad episode, but there’s definitely ones I liked better than this one. Still, that Angelico dropkick was crazy.

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En Busca de un Idolo cibernetico announced, Lucha Underground

photo by Alexis Salazar-CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 05/19/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Molotov b Espanto Jr. & Inquisidor
Bengala replaced Metatron.
2) La Vaquerita & Marcela DQ Reyna Isis & Tiffany
Marcela replaced Skadi. Isis pulled Vaquerita’s mask for the DQ.
3) Puma, Raziel, Sangre Azteca b Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr., Súper Halcón Jr.
4) Virus b Guerrero Maya Jr. [lightning]  (posted by YouTube Help)
Virus won in 8:06.
5) Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Stuka Jr. b Boby Zavala, Ephesto, Hechicero
Straight falls
6) La Sombra, Máximo, Mistico b Felino, Terrible, Vangellys
Felino replaced Shocker on Monday. Sombra didn’t get along with his parnters, as always.

A filler show.

Rush did end up working last night in Guadalajara. Since he worked in Puebla too, could it be he’s just prevented from wrestling in Mexico City from the time being? Or maybe they just let him work thru that show? At this point, he’s not listed anywhere next week.

CMLL’s card for next week announced a cibernetico to determine the 8 luchadors in En Busca de un Idolo. Last year’s version of this tournament was the best tournament I’d ever seen in Mexico. This year’s field is underwhelming simply by normal standards, and harsh following last year. There are some good wrestlers, though fewer in number. There’s no one as new and exciting as the top four finishers from last year (Barbaro Cavernario, Hechicero, Dragon Lee and the Panther.) Star Jr. & Soberano Jr. would be ahead of most of this field as well.

The 16 wrestlers eligible for this new stars tournament fit into a few different buckets.

definitely not new, and have been treated as non stars for all that time: Pegasso, Raziel, Cancerbero

already stars and definitely not new: Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Sagrado

new, not yet stars, but not very good: Blue Panther Jr., Gallo, Canelo Casas, Akuma

too new to be ready for these matches: Flyer

new stars who actually belong in this tournament: Stigma, Esfinge, Boby Zavala, Disturbio

who even knows: Joker

Even putting Stigma & Esfinge in the belong category is a reach. The decision not to repeat luchadors from previous tournaments narrows the choices, but there’s still exciting guys (Hombre Bala, Rebelde, Magnus, not-Stigma Puebla luchadors) who were passed over for people who don’t belong or who aren’t going to be much good. The volume of good matches themselves are unlucky to hold a candle to last year’s show; there should still be some good ones (especially if Maya or Raziel advance), but it looks like a couple months of a blah matchups.

Since the only mention of this tournament was listing on the poster for next week, there remains all the questions about how this is going to work (the extended format from last year?) and how or if it’ll be transmitted. The cibernetico will probably air on CadenaTres. The tournament matches themselves have aired on Fox Sports 2 and Terra, neither of which broadcast CMLL matches currently.

This all may be discussed on CMLL Informa today, or they’ll mention it for about 15 seconds after interviewing two people who are having a meaningless match on Saturday for eight minutes.

Lucha Underground’s episode tonight is the 28th, titled “Shoots and Ladders”. Matches scheduled

  • Marty the Moth Martinez vs Prince Puma
  • DelAvar Daivari vs Texano – actually happening this time.
  • Angelico, Ivelisse, Son of Havoc vs Bael, Mr. Cisco, Cortez Castro in a ladder match for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship.

Only three matches leaves plenty of time for talking, so we might learn more about Johnny Mundo’s actions at the end of last week’s show, Puma’s upcoming title match with Hernandez, and the return of Mil Muertes. There’s no video teasers this week, which is strange. Live results mentioned something didn’t go right with the main event finish; given LU’s editing, you probably won’t notice it. Tonight’s Lucha Underground goes up against a NXT special, and so might end up being the least discussed Lucha Underground show on Twitter in a while.

Luchadors in the tournament are already heading into Mexico: Masusme and Tiger Mask III were traveling in early today, Drew Galloway mentioned he’s coming Thursday. Maybe the idea is to get most everyone there in time for the matchup selection press conference on Friday? Given AAA’s recent poor luck in getting foreigners there in time for big shows (and ACH’s own run of bad luck in making flights), people coming early seems like a wonderful idea.

MLW Radio is doing a series of podcasts to hype the Lucha World Cup. Dorian Roldan was interviewed on Tuesday’s edition, talking about the competition. He again said they just started working on this in February, so it really seems like they had no outside teams locked in when they held that press conference and pulled it all together about 2.5 months. (That’s a remarkable achievement.) On Lucha Underground, Dorian said those involved recently had a very improtant set of meetings and will have more soon. He can’t announce anything right now, but was very positive on the chances of a second season, and hopeful they’d have something to announce in about two weeks, maybe June.

Also, AAA current wrestler count: 92.

Dorian Roldan also gave a presentation at a sports innovation conference in Mexico, talking about AAA & Lucha Underground. Among those things shown was an early character model sheet for some Lucha Underground characters. Early enough that the names were changed. They figured out how the characters should look (in and out of the ring) not just for the TV show, but for graphic novels and other media forms. Those haven’t shown up yet, but hopefully would be part of any second season announcement. There are seven characters shown in that picture; there were fourteen when I saw those pictures last year…

Hijo del Fantasma/King Cuerno is on Wrestling Observer Live today, probably to talk Lucha Underground and the Lucha World Cup. He’s probably also on MLW Radio this week.

+LuchaTV has highlights of the Bestario I quarterfinals –  Wasson vs Heredero, Puma Galactico vs Principe Aereo, Centella Atomica vs Pegasus and Rey Fenix vs Aramis – including the judging.

Hechicero says he’s still looking for a name for his new hold (you need to tell it to him on Facebook) and credits Alexis for coming up with the idea.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Rey Horus vs Aeroboy.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Toro Bill Jr. & Rey Apocalipsis want to face all the CMLL DF guys to prove Puebla luchadors are better. Also, it was Fuerza Chicana who wrestled on Monday, not Furia.

SegundaCaida reviews Cavernario, Euforia, Mr. Niebla vs Maximo, Titan and Valiente.

SuperLuchas looks back to Canek vs Blue Blazer, with GIFs!

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 05/24/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Aeroman & Alas de Acero vs Magnum 44 & Power Bull
2) Metaleón, Mr. Leo, Yakuza vs Araña de Plata, Dowki, Hip Hop Man
3) Dragón Celestial, Leo, Mike, Teelo vs Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Electro Boy, Imposible [super libre]
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro vs Diva Salvaje, Estrella Divina, Miss Gaviota
5) Máscara Sagrada, Pantera, Veneno vs Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Negro Navarro

Terrible Cerebros are back together. There’s a combined Lucha Libre Boom & DTU show on June 17.

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great match roundup, week of 2015-04-11

Good/Great/Excellent matches

Lucha Underground: 2015-04-15
taped 2015-02-08 @ Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
Cage, King Cuerno, Texano vs Hernandez, Johnny Mundo, Prince Puma [LU TRIOS, tournament]: great
the Mack vs Son of Havoc, Cage: good
Drago vs Aerostar: great

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-04-11
taped 2015-04-07 @ Arena México
Blue Panther, Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno: [good]

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2015-04-11
taped 2015-04-03 @ Arena México
La Sombra, Negro Casas, Rush vs Euforia, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match:[good]

CMLL Titanes del Ring: 2015-04-11
taped 2015-04-05 @ Arena México
Virus © vs Dragon Lee for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship: [great]

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile

AAA on Televisa: 2015-04-11
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-04-11

Matches To Watch Later

got nothing.

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Shocker & Rush off CMLL cards, Guadalajara title matches

CMLL (TUE) 05/12/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Flash II & Magnum
Flash II replaced Metatron (double booked in Arena Mexico)
2) Goya Kong, Lluvia, Silueta b Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
Lluvia beat Amapola
3) Esfinge & Gallo © b Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado [OCCIDENTE TAG]
Tecnicos took 1/3, Esfinge sneaking in a mask pull on Misterioso to retain. first defense for Gallo & Esfinge.
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Super Porky DQ Euforia, Kráneo, Thunder
Kraneo fouled Super Porky.
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
Gran Guerrero replaced Mr. Niebla. Atlantida on Ultimo Guerrero.

Totally forgot there had been no results for this show, though the tag title defense was mentioned by Fuego en el Ring. At least three of this matches air next weekend.

CMLL (SUN) 05/17/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Explosivo & Meteoro b Guerrero de la Muerte & Relampago
2) El Piraña, Gitano, Thunder Boy b Frezzer, Linterna Verde Jr., Star Black
Thunder snuck a foul on Freezer
3) Metatrón & Pepe Aguayo DQ Furia Roja & Gran Kenut
Match was scheduled as Calavera/Metatron vs Pitbulls. Pepe pulled Furia’s mask for the DQ – it was unclear if Pepe meant to do it or not.
4) Esfinge, Gallo, Magnum DQ Maléfico, Ráfaga, Sádico
Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Espectrum randomly ran in and attacked Esfinge. Espectrum took Esfinge’s mask.
5) Virgo © b Exterminador [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE]
Virgo took falls 2/3 to keep his the title, the last escaping a cavernaria and pinning Exterminador with a hurracanrana. first defense. This title had changed hands the last five times it’s been defended in this building.

None of the DQs/fouls in the middle three matches appear to lead to any matches on next week’s show.

CMLL (MON) 05/18/2015 Arena Puebla [Peridico Enfoque]
1) Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. b Leono & Sensei
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Furia Chicana b Black Tiger, Oro Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr.
Tigre Rojo Jr. & Oro Jr. replaced Lestat & Starman. Furia first match here in nearly a decade (or maybe a typo for Fuerza Chicana)
3) Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany b Estrellita, Goya Kong, Marcela
Amapola used the ropes to beat Estrellita. Estrellita demanded a rematch.
4) Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Titán b Hechicero, Morphosis, Ripper
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Marco Corleone b Rey Escorpión, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Rush DQ Último Guerrero
Ultimo Guerrero replaced Shocker and fouled Rush in the third.

I’m convinced Furia Chicana didn’t actually work the segunda, but there’s no picture of him in the recap. Also, it doesn’t actually matter.

Shocker & Rush are both off the CMLL DF shows this week. Shocker was scheduled for Sunday’s show and didn’t appear in what appeared to be a last minute substitution (since Nitro took his place) and didn’t make his match last night. Rush missing shows seems related to investigation into his attack on a security guard since he wrestled just last night, but CMLL & Rush still haven’t said anything about the situation.

Felino is in for Shocker today, with Polvora filling in on Saturday & Sunday (with some other card shuffling today.) Maximo is in for Rush on Sunday. The Guadalajara lineups are not updated, but Rush probably isn’t working there tonight either.

Octagon vs Atlantis is off the next big Chilanga Mask show. It’s said to be a total bit of CMLL playing favorites: All Elite wanted to have them together first, so ChilangaMask can’t run the match anymore. Chilanga Mask also has an explanation of the Hechicero/Pagano match – both men came to the promoter and said they wanted to prove they weren’t one dimensional fighters.

Today’s CMLL show is headlined by Mistico, Sombra, and Maximo versus Felino, Terrible and Vanglleys, in a show existing because they run shows every Tuesday. Guerrero Maya vs Virus is the lightning match, which is always good.

There are two new commercials for the Lucha World Cup. Rey Jr. was continuing the media rounds today, including taking part of Televisa Teleton activities with other AAA wrestlers. Reforma has a breakdown of the tournament. The media has bought into the idea of this being a big deal tournament and given it that level of attention, which should help fill up Palacio de los Deportes on Friday.

The Arena Lopez Mateos anniversary show lineup changed, with “Richard Swam” replaced by Sadico. That was quite random. Dinamic Black is also off the show among other early match changes.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, this week’s Poster-Mania, and a report on the FMLL show.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Rey Horus vs Flamita

RobViper has highlights of 01/20/15 CMLL

+LuchaTV posted their full interview with Rey Escorpion.

Lucha Libre in Japan

05/17 Stardom: Starfire b Koguma (c) [NEO HIGH SPEED]
Mildly interesting, because Koguma was scheduled to defend this title in Arena Lopez Mateos on Saturday.

Reina Isis is headed to REINA on 05/29. Their upcoming show poster also lists Silueta headed for shows on June 13th & 23rd.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 05/25/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Meyer & Paris vs Akuma & Espiritu Negro
2) Arkalis, Lestat, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Espanto Jr., Metálico
3) Estrellita vs Amapola [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger
5) Ángel de Oro, Máximo, Valiente vs Felino, Negro Casas, Ripper
6) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Naito vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Thunder

A midcard feud actually gets followed up on. Naito continues to be teamed with the Ingobernables.

Sanchez FED (SUN) 05/31/2015 Arena Neza
1) Brillit, Davina, Guerra Isis vs Brillo De Luna, Princesa Legna, Star Queen
2) Casandra, Diosa Maya, Quimera vs Diosa Quetzal, Diva Virtual, Lady Sensación
3) Black Fury, Felina Metalica, La Hielera vs Big Mama, Cristal, Reina Dorada
4) Cachetada, Chica Ye-Ye, Demasiado vs Diva Salvaje, Estrella Divina, Miss Gaviota
5) Esther Moreno, India Sioux, Lady Apache vs La Diabólica, Miss Janeth, Rossy Moreno
6) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany

“FED” is a three letter acromyn and I’ve been watching just enough Mexican TV to assume this was a political party sponsoring this show. It’s actually the Lady Apache/Rossy Moreno women’s union, putting on women (and exotico) show.

Main event is the Sexy Team, actually together as a trio and promoted as a big deal. It’s also Dark Angel’s first announced match in Mexico since April, since her NXT trainer tryout. (NXT promoted two trainers today, which may mean there’s now open spots for others.) Dark Angel’s mentioned being back in Canada recently.

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new video releases for the weekend of May 15-16

No AAA because the feed died. (It’s already up on YouTube.) No AULL because I had the recording set up wrong.  Cadena3 had feed recording issues that took me a couple of days to get right and I’m still not totally sure.

IWRG is back on AYM, but the web feed was atrocious. Going to wait to see if it reairs better before posting two matches with giant buffering issues.

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7TXgZoeEUjyOQ_TkMOJh_PR

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IWRG, Rey Mysterio

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 05/17/2015 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Aeroman & Alas de Acero b Araña de Plata Jr. & Atomic Star
2) Picudo Jr. & Pleve b Canon & Dragón Celestial
Debuts for Pleve and Canon.
3) Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Electro Boy, Imposible b Dragón Celestial, Leo, Mike, Teelo
Dragon Celestial replaced Rafy. Leo and Imposible fought late, with Impossible ripping up Leo’s mask and causing him to bleed significantly. The doctor took Leo out of the match and the rudos took advantage to win.
4) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Hijo De Dos Caras, Roller Boy, Metaleón, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Danny Casas, X-Fly, Relámpago, Mr. Leo, Emperador Azteca, Hip Hop Man, Freyser, Veneno, Eterno, Canis Lupus, Golden Magic, Máscara Sagrada,Hijo de Mascara Sagrada, Pantera I, Pantera II [Guerra Revolucionaria]
luchadors become lumberjacks with straps when they’re eliminated from the match (over the top rope). Roller Boy & Freyser replaced Super Nova (still injured?) and Black Terry (in Guadalajara.) Roller Boy was first out. Match of course came down to Dos & Mascara 2000 again, with Mascara tossing Dos over the top for the win. Mascara 2000 wants a title shot.

Rey Misterio Jr. made appearances on various Televisa TV shows this morning to promote the Lucha World Cup. On Televisa, he was asked about Perro Aguayo Jr., thanking the public and Perros’ family for their support and said time moved so slow when everything was happening.

Segunda Caida reviews Blue Panther, Cachorro, Titan vs Cavernario, Felino and Mr. Niebla.

Ingobernables defeated Negro Casas, Felino, Ultimo Guerrero in a slightly attended Arena Neza. A Mistico headlined show in Oaxaca seems to be drawing better. Edgar Noriega was referee for the show, maybe he’s the Mistico traveling referee.

A story about a lucha libre group of prisoners in a Mexico City prison; this is the one Pentagoncito started, before being moved to a different jail (which now has it’s own lucha group.)

SuperLuchas looks back at a night of title match challenges in El Toreo.

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