Lucha Mutante, CHIKARA & ROH win in ChilangaMask, Acero/Pequeno Violencia

CMLL (SAT) 07/18/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Aéreo b Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Magnus b El Rebelde
3) Soberano Jr. b Inquisidor
CMLL recap says Soberano fast counted Inquisidor.
4) Nitro b Starman
Nitro won with La Roca.
5) Tritón b Okumura
450 splash.
6) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Hechicero & Luciferno
Tecnicos took 2/3.
7) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Blue Panther, La Máscara, Máximo

CMLL (SUN) 07/19/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Metatrón & Robin b Espanto Jr. & Espiritu Negro
2) Acero Aereo DQ Pequeño Violencia [lightning]
Pequeno Violencia fouled Acero Aereo.
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Stuka Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b Artillero, Hijo del Signo, Súper Comando
Stuka replaced Starman.
4) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus b Fuego, The Panther, Tritón
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Atlantis, Blue Panther, Titán
Rudos took 2/3, Mephisto beating Atlantis.
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja b Dragon Lee, La Máscara, Volador Jr.

No mention of any Volador/Mascara issues. They’re really doing Violencia vs Acero as the random summer minis feud. I dunno.

photo by Black Terry Jr.

Lucha Mutante (SAT) 07/18/2015 Deportivo 18 de Marzo, Gustavo a Madero, Distrito Federal [@TKD_117, +LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Imparables del Ring, Kronosport, Masno a Mano]
1) Ekuz DCOR Payaso Loco
Lots of mask ripping and bleeding (especially for an opener.) Reports differ if Ekuz won or if it was a double countout after a Spanish Fly.
2) Pólvora b Jinzo
Jinzo replaced Hijo del Pantera. Polvora Driver for the win. Good match.
3) Titán & Tritón (CMLL) b Aeroboy & Violento Jack
very good match. Compadre Extremos wanted a rematch
4) Metaleón & Mr. Leo b Dragosth & Juana La Loca and Mike Segura & Toxin Boy and Leo & Rafy
Segura replaced Fly Star. Mike & Teelo were listed on the poster, but the Ninja Turtles appeared to be Rafy & Leo. Leo took the loss. Rain soaked the mat, but did not seem to stop the luchadors from diving.
5) Wotam b Core
Ludark appeared but could not wrestle due to a knee injury. Core replaced her, was stretchered out after a hard hitting match.
6) Último Guerrero b Black Terry
They were able to dry the ring before the main event. very good match, money thrown in.

Main event sounds like it went very well, with the tag match being the other standout. This wasn’t taped by the usual source.

Chilanga Mask (SUN) 07/19/2015 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, TKD_117]
1) Dragonfly b Ironía and Hijo Del Angel
Dragon Fly was added to the match and won.
2) As Charro & Toxin Boy b Dragón Celestial & Electro Boy
As Charro replaced Toxin Boy, Dragon Celestial replaced Saru.
3) Dorada Jr., Reggae Boy, Sangre Jr. b Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Iron Kid
Dorado Jr. gave Fulgor I three german suplexes for the win
4) Caifan & Dr. Cerebro b Trauma I & Trauma II
very good match
5) Pantera I b Aero Boy
6) Impulso & Juana La Loca b Freelance & Suicida and Alas de Acero & Aramis [semifinal]
tournament was split into 3 team semifinals. Good match. Juana beat Freelance with a Destroyer. Best match of the tournament.
7) Ophidian & Silver Ant b Saru & Teelo and Emperador Azteca & Psico Kid [semifinal]
Saru replaced Rafy. Psico Kid replaced Dragon Celestial and betrayed Emperador Azteca.
8) Ophidan & Silver Ant b Impulso & Juana La Loca [final]
Team CHIKARA won the tournament, to boos.
9) Ray Rowe b Bárbaro Cavernario [submission]
good match. Rowe wanted a bigger opponent (somewhat literally), throwing out challenges to Rush and Masada.

Foreigners won both big matches. I’d guess that means it’s Masada who’s coming in to face Ray Rowe, becuase he’d be the stranger name to pick if there wasn’t already a plan. Sounds like Traumas vs Cerbero/Caifan was the best match, but there were many good matches.

Ultimo Guerrero says his win over Rey Escorpion is revenge for losing his mask and the start of a new story for him. He’s not going anywhere for a long time.

SuperLuchas looks back to Bronco and Mikro being unmasked (on separate shows.)

Imposible, Centvrion and Emperador Azteca will be representing Naucalpain in Guadalajara on 08/09.

A four way title match in Veracruz, with four different titles on the line, ended with everyone counted out. They did mask match challenges after. It seems so dumb to me; if they’ve shown you how willing they are to get out of one stipulation, why would you buy in on a bigger one?

The Crew are booked in New York on September 12th, so Lucha Underground isn’t back that weekend. Really, Wrestling Observer Newsletter said some guys were told they were free to take bookings in September, so this isn’t a big surprise. I believe they’ve said it takes 3 weeks to turn around an episode. Assuming that doesn’t change for season 2, the latest they could start taping and still air an October debut is October 4th. In reality, we’ll know a lot sooner than that (people will start taking bookings for October, no announcement of positive deals), but that’d be the deadline for a start even close to what was originally planned.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update

This is one annoying column.

Payaso Pretextos, who has only existed for about a month, puts his mask on the line in Arena Aficion. Can’t imagine what’ll happen.

Lucha Libre In Japan

07/19 NOAH: Super Crazy defeated Hajime Ohara [GJHL]
Crazy also gets off to a winning start. Ohara appeared to have a knee injury after the match; if he had to forfeit, that would hope Bengala & Crazy’s chances (as they’re both in the same block.) Their next match is the match against each other, on the 22nd.

NJPW also said some vague things about unifying wrestling around the world, which may include CMLL.

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Ultimo Guerrero takes Rey Escorpion’s hair, Sombra/Volador, Hernandez

Rey Escorpion, loser – photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 07/17/2015 Arena México [CMLL, SuperLuchas]
Sin Salida, 2015
1) Ángel de Oro & Stuka Jr. b Misterioso Jr. & Pierroth Ángel de Oro & Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. & Pierroth (posted by luchablogdos)
16:07. Tecnicos took 1/3. Angel de Oro shoved Stuka at one point, but it didn’t seem to go anywhere.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit Dark Angel, Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis (posted by luchablogdos) SEGUNDA LUCHA CMLL 17 DE JULIO 2015 (4) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
21:36. Rudas took 2/3, Dalys using the ropes to beat Dark Angel for the second straight week.
3) Delta b Hechicero [En Busca de un Idolo] Cuarta temporada de torneo (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:03 Hechicero replaced Blue Panther (no reason given; he received 0 points and will be last place); Hechicero specifically did not get any points in the tournament and was not judged. Delta won with a pin after Hechicero missed a moonsault (with about 30 seconds left; finish looked odd but it may have been a time issue.) Diamante Azul was guest judge. Delta scored a 6 (Diamante Azul), 6 (Gladiador), 5 (Shocker), 6 (Tirantes) for 23 and will finish in seventh place.
4) Esfinge b Canelo Casas [En Busca de un Idolo] Cuarta temporada de torneo (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5:43. Esfinge used Nudo Egipico again for the win. Esfinge scored a 8 (Diamante Azul), 8 (Gladiador), 8 (Shocker), 10 (Tirantes). Canelo Casas scored a 7, 7, 7, 8 for 29, and will finish sixth unless something strange happens.
5) Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas b Dragon Lee, Mistico, Valiente Dragon Lee, Mistico, Valiente vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas (posted by luchablogdos) EVENTO ESPECIAL CMLL 17 DE JULIO 2015 (3) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
21:30. Rudos took 2/3, Casas beating Mistico clean with a casita.
6) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush b Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. vs La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush (posted by luchablogdos) LUCHA SEMIFINAL CMLL 17 DE JULIO 2015 (2) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:00. Ingobernables took 2/3, Sombra fouling Volador after earlier fouling Atlantis (and Rush getting away with unmasking Diamante Azul.) Ingobernables worked as complete rudos. Volador & Diamante Azul challenged Sombra & Rush to lucha de apuestas. Sombra responded without directly answering.
7) Último Guerrero b Rey Escorpión [hair] LUCHA ESTELAR CMLL 17 DE JULIO 2015 (1) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
22:01. Rey Escorpion took fall 1 with the sit down powerbomb, Ultimo Guerrero the second with a Pulpo Guerrero and the third with a Guerrero Espcial. UG bled from the nose after an early punch exchange. Escorpion had to be held in place by referees to take his hair cut.

Attendance looked surprisingly good. The lower bowl appeared to be full and there were people in the upper section. Maybe they broke five digits? This also was a crowd who came to see Ultimo Guerrero, loudly supporting him in the main event, even more than the two Anniversary matches.

Rey Escorpion says he won’t rest until he retires Ultimo Guerrero. Ultimo Guerrero says that’s not happening.

Current En Busca de un Idolo standings

470 Boby Zavala*
466 Guerrero Maya*
376 Esfinge

344 Flyer*

329 Disturbio*
321 Canelo Casas
300 Delta
253 Blue Panther

Flyer was given 3 extra points in the judging for no particular reason. He continues to lead the polling, and will pass Esfinge as long as he shows up on Tuesday. It remains a Disturbio/Esfinge battle for the last second round spot. Disturbio trails Esfinge by 47 points, which is a win and typical judging number. Normally, we’d think he would get another edge from the fan polling, but Esfinge actually leads him by a decent amount as of Saturday afternoon. Disturbio may catch up, but it’s hard to see him picking up 20+ points in fan poll; if CMLL simply wants Esfinge to advance, then all they need to do is have Boby Zavala defeat Disturbio on Tuesday. The polls usually close early on the final week; Disturbio has until Wednesday noon to move ahead.

Blue Panther Jr. not showing up for one of the biggest shows of the year seems totally unprofessional. (Even if he was injured, he should’ve been there to say he was injured. It’d almost have to be some extreme family reasons not to show up.) If this was a major company in the United States or Japan, he wouldn’t be working for them any longer; probably many minor ones too. It’s a different culture in Mexico, where promoters (and fans) are expected to be accept luchadors not showing up, with no real reason ever given.

On that same note, Mr. Niebla no-showed a card he was scheduled to main event in Nuevo Laredo last night, and was replaced by Hijo de LA Park.

AAA announced the Villanos will face the Psycho Circus at TripleMania. This plays off the otherwise unexplained Villano IV/Psycho Clown interaction on TV last week. It’s being billed as Villano III’s farewell match. It’s lucha libre, so it probably isn’t his last one (and Villano V is coming back from his own farewell matches to be involved.) If the media and fans buy in on the idea of Villano III actually retiring, it could be a big deal.

PWInsider followed up their story on Hernandez’s contract issues with more details, including some from the Lucha Underground side. It appears TNA never checked themselves if Hernandez actually had a release, only made Hernandez sign a contract stating that he did. Hernandez might have thought he did, or thought the verbal release he got was good enough. Lucha Underground says they were actually in the process of working on his release, but it had not been issues and definitely would’ve included Hernandez staying off TV until after Ultima Lucha. (It might have also included him staying off TV for a longer period after.) It’s Hernandez appearing on both shows at once which set all off this off. TNA told Hernandez that he needed to sue Lucha Underground if he really believed he was released; Hernandez did not, and TNA cut him and cut his footage at that point. Lucha Underground says they were never offered money to buy Hernandez out, which TNA claims they were. (That part is weird – if TNA is losing guys because they can’t afford to pay them the same as they used to, why would they bother to buy a guy out of their contract right now?) The net effect is TNA’s not going to use Hernandez and LU is probably also not going to use Hernandez – he tried to work both and ended up with neither.

Today is the first Lucha Mutante show, with Ultimo Guerrero main eventing against Black Terry. ChilangaMask runs on Sunday, with a Raymond Rowe/Barbaro Cavernario submission match. The Guadalajara trio of Sangre Fria Jr., Dorado Jr. and Reggae Boy have a promo talking about their match versus the Fulgors and Iron Kid.

CMLL’s Sabado Retro main event is La Mascara, Maximo and Blue Panther versus Rey Bucanero, Terrible, and Vangellys.

Mil Mascaras won in Arena Aficion on Thursday.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Pierrothito is wrestling in Chicago today. He hasn’t been in Arena Mexico since April; he was advertised for Tuesday in Guadalajara but was replaced by Pequeno Nitro.

SuperLuchas looks back to Vampiro taking Pirata Morgan’s hair.

DJ Spectro looks back at the time Solitario got in trouble for winning a mask match.

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/18 NOAH: Bengala b TAKA Michinoku [GJHL]
Bengala gets a win to start of the tournament.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 07/24/2015 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs Akuma & Espiritu Negro
2) Acero, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro
3) Dragon Lee, Máximo, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Felino, Rey Bucanero
4) ?, Guerrero Maya Jr., Negro Casas vs ??, Boby Zavala, Virus
5) Volador Jr. vs La Sombra
6) Diamante Azul, Shocker, Último Guerrero vs Rey Escorpión, Rush, Thunder [Relevos Increíbles]

It’s been three months since the last Volador/Sombra match so CMLL could wait no longer. Rush & Azul are matched up in the main event.

Fourth match is the usual midway trios match for En Busca de un Idolo. Maya & Casas are clinched. Two of Flyer, Disturbio and Esfinge will fill the other spots – so, whatever happens, it’ll be three of Virus’s students and only one of Casas’.

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Cara Lucha: 2015-05-30

Volador doesn’t know who he’s messing with

Recapped: 06/20/15
(I did the whole show! I’m probably not going to do that any more in hopes of actually getting these done. ChilangaMask has been sitting on my TV to watch for weeks…) There’s 27 GIFs to follow…

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Sin Salida, En Busca de un Idolo, Lucha Libre Boom

photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL BOOM (THU) 07/16/2015 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Mano a Mano]
1) Comando Negro Jr. & Robin Maravilla Jr. b Esparta & Kid Jaguar
2) Kilvan, Rey Lobo Jr., Shadow, Yoruba b Aramis, Atomic Star, Fly Star, Toxin Boy
Listed as Resistencia vs Turtles, but it ended up as Kriminal Boys and friends instead. Match had problems, still got money thrown in.
3) Freelance, Mike Segura, Pantera I b Arez, Belial, Impulso
Money thrown in. Both teams agreed to a team versus team apuesta match.
4) Black Terry, Brazo de Oro, Brazo de Plata b Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera and Ángel o Demonio, Eterno, Ovett[super libre]
Fantasma and Terry feuded and bled. Terry’s team beat Fantasma’s.
5) Crazy Boy & Pesadilla DQ Felino & Negro Casas
Crazy fouled Casas
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Marco Corleone b Máximo, Último Guerrero,Volador Jr.
Ingobernables took falls 1/3. Sombra snuck in a foul on Volador.

Looked like another good turn out for Boom in this arena. They’re running about one a month on a Thursday, which would put the next show around August 13th.

Today is CMLL’s second major show of the year, Sin Salida. It’s a one match card, Rey Escorpion versus Ultimo Guerrero. It’s been the focus of CMLL’s main TV show the last month, which is great except for the part that no one in Mexico can watch their main show. They’ve done their best anyway, but it doesn’t feel like there’s a great bit of anticipation for this match; it should be the biggest turnout for CMLL in Arena Mexico since Dos Leyendas, but tonight does not seem like a huge event.

CMLL’s preview quickly mentions Escorpion & UG’s partnership and breakup, and Ultimo Guerrero’s history of groups and bad breakups. They’re trying to push the idea that Ultimo Guerrero always loses the breakup rivalry. He’s going to win tonight. He’s just not going to lose in his first hair match. Rey Escorpion will lose hair matches, and probably had expected to lose his hair to Maximo sometime last year before that feud just stopped. Escorpion was gone from CMLL before this feud started. I presume he’s staying around, but he’s got no big feud next and CMLL continues to bring up Ultimo Guerrero & Thunder.

There’s not much of not on this card. The semimain is Diamante Azul, Voaldor Jr. & Atlantis vs Rush, Sombra and Mascara. (CMLL seems aware tecnicos versu Ingoerbnabels is better than rudos versus Ingobernables, but still don’t want to do it much.) Mistico’s required appearance has him in a trios with Dragon Lee & Valiente versus Mephisto, Ephesto and Negro Casas. CMLL’s begun promoting Lee & Mistico as a tag team, and this could start them going towards Shocker & Negro Casas. The women remain locked in the segunda spot even on a bigger card, and the opener sees Pierroth booked at appropiate level for once, joined by Misterioso against Stuka & Angel de Oro.

Tonight’s En Busca de un Idolo Week 7, the last week of the first round. Delta versus Blue Panther is a battle for last place, largely irrelevant. Esfinge versus Canelo Casas is critical. The loser of that match is virtually eliminated, the winner will have a shot depending on what Disturbio looks on Tuesday. Esfinge is in a much stronger position (Canelo needs a lot to go right to advance), but he’s not getting near the poll support as Disturbio this week and it might be the same the next week. Esfinge’s path to advacning is a win here, a Disturbio loss, and a much better judging score. Esfinge needs to see 8s and 9s tonight to have a hope of overcoming the poll result.

Segunda Caida reviews Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Kamaitachi, Okumura, Virus from last November.

Fenix is happy for his trip to London.

Lady Apache and Rossy Moreno hype up a show today in Orizaba with a hair match challenge that’s probably not happening.

SuperLuchas looks back at Mil Mascaras’ debut in Arena Mexico, 50 years ago today.

Dragon Lee, Chico Che, Oriental versus Los Traumas and Mazambula, a real match.

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lucha TV preview for the weekend of July 16th

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Look at how I just give up by the end.

  • AAA is week two of a taping, so that’s a solid lineup.
  • There’s a big puzzle piece I’m still missing for this week’s Lucha Underground; I don’t know if it’s a missing match or a vignette. Prince Puma will also appear on the show.
  • 52MX has the lightning match to set up the title match you might have already seen. Not me so far, but maybe you.
  • this week’s Tuesday CMLL on Terra is the final one for the year, as far as we know.
  • FULL is out of tapings. AULL didn’t air last week. I don’t know.

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Team Eterno wins again, Maximo keeps title with help from Guerrero, Cara Lucha

IWRG FILL (TUE) 07/14/2015 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Blue Metal, Canario, Sexy Ángel b Demonio Imperial, Orquídea Azul,Sexy Girl
2) Charly Boy & Vampiro Metálico b Chicanito & Voltar
3) Acero, Adrenalina, Centella Oriental b Guerrero 2000, Matrix Jr.,Power Bull
4) Rey Terco Jr., Roller Boy, Troll b Aeroman, Dragon Fly, Hijo del Alebrije
5) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Araña de Plata, Atomic Star, Chapulín, Electro Boy, Kanon, Super Jack b Corsario De Fuego, Crazy Man, Master (Xalapa), Maximus, Pitufo, Rey Infierno, Totem I, Totem II [Copa High Power]
Gym FILL (Eterno’s team) versus Gym Skayde (this time, guys from Xalapa). Match came down to Kanon versus Corsario de Fuego & Maximus, with Kanon overcoming the odds to give the win to the home team. Skayde’s team gave the winners credit but asked for a rematch.

This building is busy again tonight, with a Lucha Libre Boom/CMLL show.

CMLL (TUE) 07/14/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Temblor b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
Debut of Temblor.
2) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito b Meteoro, Stukita, Último Dragoncito
3) Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper b Fuego, Stuka Jr., Super Porky
4) Máximo © b Rey Escorpión [CMLL HEAVY]
Seconds were Stuka and Olimpico. Maximo took 1/3, the last when Ultimo Guerrero distracted Escorpion to set up a Maximo win. Maximo’s second defense
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Guerreros took 1/3.

Fuego en el Ring has clips of the title match, and promos from Maximo and Ultimo Guerrero. They mentioned the interference on CMLL Informa.

Isamel Ramirez, who wrestled as Charles Bronson Mexicano Charles Bronson Mexicano’s wife, passed away according to Hijo del Santo.

Record discovered there’s wrestling matches which allow light tubes and ladders. I know I’m shocked. They visited the Salon Citali show in XMW (where the promoter didn’t want to give his full name, always a good sign) and were concerned fans might be hurt. That building is tiny; there’s barely enough room for the ring and the wrestlers and putting in barriers would take out a big percentage of seats.  El Fantasma is quoted as saying that style of wrestling is banned in Mexico City; Salon Citali is just over the border.

The Flamita vs Dragon Lee match is canceled.  The show was already rescheduled once.

Arena Queretaro will host a Dance Boy versus Ursus mask match on 08/07. Logically, they’ll be having a fight on an MMA show six days prior in the same building.

ESTO interviews Marco Corleone and edecan Miroslava about their relationship (it all happened because her nephew wanted an autograph) and Marco’s career.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

SuperLuchas looks back to shows (and deaths) from past July 15s.

Voices of Wrestling has a Lucha of the Hidden Temple of the last 3 episodes.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 07/19/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Celestial & Mr. Leo vs Araña de Plata & Imposible
2) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Emperador Azteca vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
3) Coloso Chris & Príncipe Orión vs Eterno & Hip Hop Man and Hijo del Pantera & Pantera and Golden Magic & Súper Nova and Canis Lupus &Negro Navarro and Danny Casas & Veneno and Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. and Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 [IWRG IC TAG]

Chicano & Danny Casas were tag team champs; every Chicano stint in IWRG seems to end with him just vanishing and it must’ve happened again. The Crazy Americans winning all the time makes more sense now; they’re either winning this tournament or someone (most likely Casas & Veneno) are finally beating them in the final.

CARA Lucha (SAT) 07/25/2015 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Magnetico & Puma Galactico vs Heredero Maya & Lasser
2) Hahastary vs Keira, Lady Maravilla, Ludark Shaitan
3) Pegazuz, Rayo Star, Sky Man vs Magnifico I, Magnifico II, Templario
4) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Leo
5) Bárbaro Cavernario & Herodes Jr. vs Fly Star & Toxin Boy
6) Blue Panther vs Satánico

Kind of a mixed card. Expectations should be low for Satanico after his last appearance in ChilangaMask, and it’s strange Cavernario & Herodes are teaming after feuding last time we saw them in this same promotion. On the other hand, Hombre Bala Jr. getting a good match is cool and it’s nice to see the Magnificos get on more of these kind of hsows.

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Lucha Underground 1×36: The Beginning of the End

Marty es loco

matches

Bengala b DelAvar Daivari (rolling german suplex, 3:31, OK) for the fourth Aztec Medallion
King Cuerno b Killshot (suspended Dragon sleeper, 6:07, OK) for the fifth Aztec Medallion
Sexy Star b Super Fly (La Mistica, 0:32, OK) for the sixth Aztec Medallion
Sexy Star b Marty Martinez (La Mistica, 2:20, OK) to retain the sixth Aztec Medallion

all the gifs from the show can be found here

developments

arrow from hell

Six Medallions have been given out: Fenix, Jack Evans, Aerostar, Bengala, King Cuerno, Sexy Star. One remains.

Sexy caught Super Fly in the submission super quick and out of nowhere. Super Fly immediately disappeared to nowhere. Marty stormed out, grabbing the microphone away from a startled Melissa and the medallion away from Sexy Star. Marty explained the medallion should belong to him, because it was a moth medallion, a symbol of his tribe. (The Moth Tribe.) Sexy beat him too in a longer match.

Pentagon doesn’t want medallions. he wants Vampiro. Vampiro responded, again trying ot say he was past all of this. Pentagon appeared to taunt “Ian”, who said Ian wouldn’t wrestle him – but Vampiro would. Vampiro surprised Pentagon with a chokeslam to accept the match.

Delavar Daivari again asked for Big Ryck’s help, and it back fired again.

The main event was supposed to be a one on one face off between Prince Puma and Mil Muertes, but Catrina doen’t respect the laws of Cueto or physics. She signaled the Disciples to help Muerte attack Puma. Konnan made the save with his cane, but Muertes put him down. Konnan was stuffed in a coffin (which still had a dent in it) and Muertes gave Puma the flatliner to end the show.

Current Card for Ultima Lucha

I don’t even know what this is.
  • Alberto el Patron vs Johnny Mundo
  • Texano Jr. vs Blue Demon Jr.
  • Angelico & Ivelisse & Son of Havoc vs Disciples of Death for the Trios Championship
  • Drago vs Hernandez
  • Vamprio vs Pentagon Jr.
  • Prince Puma (c) vs Mil Muertes for the Lucha Underground championship

(Obviously, we’re still missing something with the Medallions.)

thoughts

keep your eyes on the tiger

Nothing bad on this show (unless you’re a Super Fly fan), but this also might be one you can skip by and just watch a minute recap of the show. Things happened, but mostly in checklist fashion. There wasn’t a lot of depth or a great match, but pieces being moved around the chessman to put everyone in their place for the final episodes.

The Pentagon Jr./Vampiro was the most satisfying moment of the show. It was definitely edited from what had occurred, but the intensity still came thru. (The Pentagon/Dario backstage skit was pretty great too.) Puma/Muertes was a typical build up angle for a title match. None of the four matches were anything you need to see. It was good to see Cuerno in action but his match with Killshot never clicked for me. Bengala is a little better than a random mask now, but really needs some sort of background feature. Sexy Star won some matches, that was fine.

the other story

don’t touch Catrina

Hernandez and TNA probably should’ve read his LU contract a bit closer. PWInsider says Hernandez is currently prohibited from appearing in TNA in any form and the weeks worth of segments already taped with Hernandez have to be cut out, because he’s actually still under exclusive LU contract. The story (which appears to be informed mostly by the TNA side) claims TNA offered LU a payment to get Hernandez out of his contract, but LU said no. That’s weird, but pales in comparison to TNA not checking to make sure Hernandez was clear to work with them before putting him on TV for months. TNA probably didn’t go directly to LU as to surprise them about the jump, but that seems to have backfired horribly.

I’d guess this would go all away if the worst happened and Lucha Underground was turned down for a second season and ceased to be. The worst situation for Hernandez is for the show to to be in limbo, still holding out hope for being renewed for the next few months even as it doesn’t actually get turned down. This is a reminder that it’s also the worst situation for everyone else on the show.

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