Lucha Underground 1×18: No Escape

landing is the worst part

the matches

Pentagon Jr. b Argenis (5:03, standing surfboard armbar)
Angelico b Ivelisse (6:12, spinning kick to the head)
Johnny Mundo b King Cuerno in a cage match (13:40, top of the cage tornillo moonsault)

the developments

Dr. Striker updated us on the injury status of Pentagon Jr.’s past victims
Famous B – UCL reconstruction
Ricky Mandell – humerus, clavicle, scapula reconstructed
Vinny Massaro – no info known yet

Argenis controlled the early portion of the match, but Pentagon came back to destroy him and broke his arm.

Ivelisse makes head spin

Announcers were unaware Son of Havoc would be referee until he appeared for the match. Ivelisse got in some nice offense, but was helped by Angelico not wanting to hurt her adn Son of Havoc blatantly helping her. In the end, Iveisse got annoyed by the help, and an Angelico kick meant for Havoc got her instead. The story seemed more about Angelico foiling Havoc & Ivelisse’s plans than any breakup between them.

Mundo and Cuerno destroyed each other in the cage. Cuerno had a chance to escape, but it would’ve taken falling out of his mask to the floor and he did not do it. Mundo had a chance to escape, but instead pulled off the moonsault to win.

Catrina warned Fenix that the only way to get rid of Mil Muertes would be to bury him. In a separate segment, Catrina reminded Mil Muertes that they first met on the day of the earthquake, the day Mil embraced the persona of Mil Muertes, but told him all must come to an end. Catrina told Mil Muertes she would have Fenix put him in a coffin in a Grave Consequences match next week, trapping him again like he was in the earthquake. Catrina seemed to appear and disappear like a phantom in these segments

Another Konnan Vengeance promo aired.


just craziness

Argenis actually looked better with Fenix than Pentagon, which is not something I would’ve ever bet on. He was still fine and they got the purpose of the match over.

Angelico/Ivelisse was not near as bad as suggested in the reports. It was also definitely edited; they left a little bit of Angelico flirting in there, but played down or edited out other elements. (His suggestive cover on Ivelisse was about partly got the far away video camera treatment.)

Main event was Great, easily among the best matches they’ve had on this show. Putting them in a cage would seem to take away some of their usual offense, but they did a lot of fun side of the cage spots that made it worked. They took advantage of the environment and the tight spaces to pull off moves that wouldn’t normally work. It was worked as a completely even match where either man could’ve won. Mundo is clearly on a higher tier than Cuerno and did decisively won in the end, but not before both men looked great.

that needs to be on the King Cuerno all time highlight reel

The Grave Consequences match was played up in a special commercial for the episode. All the reports from the show suggested this was a big deal match and we got to see a little tease of it.

This was another quality show.

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Astral vs Mercurio for the minis title, Lucha Underground

photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (TUE) 03/10/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Leono & Sensei b Camorra & Inquisidor
2) Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito b Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito
Mercurio challenged Astral for a title match, and Astral challenged for a title shot.
3) Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro b Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Delta b Sagrado [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Delta with with his Delta Formation submission in 6:59
5) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Fuego b Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Gran Guerrero
6) Kráneo, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión b Mistico, Titán, ValienteExcited for the title match. Mercurio has been really good of late.

Lucha Underground today has

There’s also a Fenix/Catrina interaction, judging from this teaser video.

Tonight’s show starts a run of three straight episodes with big stipulation main events. The Fenix/Muertes, Alberto/Texano, Cage/Puma matches all take place the next two weeks, all in big stipulations matches which end their feuds. The Crew/Big Ryck/Sexy Star feud also resolves. It’s kind of a pseudo-PPV, it’s kind of a deck clearing bit with most of April being taken up with other feuds. This should be a fun run of shows.

Pentagon Jr. says he’ll make Myzteziz and Rey Misterio suffer at Rey de Reyes.

Hijo del Fantasma is sure he’s keeping the cruiserweight championship, and wants to win all the AAA titles.

AAA has an audio preview of the 04/01 card in San Luis Potosi.

AYM has an interviews Faby Apache.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Alas de Acero & Adrenalina vs Power Bull & Magnum from Sunday’s IWRG show.
Segunda Caida starts a look at Sin Salida 2010.

Flamita’s March 6th match from Dragon Gate is up on DailyMotion

SuperLuchas looks back at Ray Mendoza winning the NWA Middleweight Championship for the first time on a past March 10th.

CMLL has highlights of the 03/06 show.

An headline saying Terrible & Rey Bucanero are the favorite at Dos Leyendas, but the article does not really make the case at all. To be fair, that’s a hard case to make.

Perro Mocho took Gitano’s hair in Xalapa’s Club Apolo.

Draego won the Arena Jalisco Light Heavyweight championship over Rayman and Makabre.

A new restaurant inside of the Minnesota Twins stadium has a wall of luchador masks.


IWRG (SUN) 03/15/2015 Arena Naucalpan
Guerra del Golfo, 2015
1) Omega vs Atomic Star
2) Emperador Azteca & Metaleón vs Hip Hop Man & Imposible
3) Black Terry, Chicano, Hijo De Dos Caras vs Negro Navarro, Rayan, Spector
4) Cien Caras Jr. vs Eterno, Danny Casas, El Hijo del Diablo, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Hijo del Fishman, Veneno, Oficial 911 [cage, loser advances]
5) Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. vs X-Fly, Relámpago, Universo 2000 Jr., Hijo de LA Park, Apolo Estrada, Oficial AK47, Máscara Sagrada [cage, loser advances]
6) ? vs ?? [cage, mask, hair]

Annual weird IWRG cage match (not to be confused with the two other annual IWRG weird cage matches.) The great thing about IWRG is there are so many guys who lose these matches all the time that it’s really hard to figure out which one exactly is going to lose. X-Fly’s there, for sure, but so are the Oficials and Apolo, and Eterno and Diablo are definitely capable of losing this. So many options.

CMLL (TUE) 03/17/2015 Arena México
1) Angelito & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Flyer, Magnus, Robin vs Disturbio, Espiritu Negro, Metálico
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón vs Puma, Sangre Azteca, Tiger
4) Astral © vs Mercurio [CMLL MINI]
Astral’s 3rd defense.
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Euforia, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
6) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

so the new Hijos del Infierno are teaming up on the Friday and Tuesday prior to H2L, just not on the show itself. Polvora & Rey Escorpion continue to run into Angel de Oro & Dragon Rojo in the semimain.

No Tuesday lightning match means Angel de Oro vs Hechicero from Sunday will probably be uploaded by CMLL itself.

CMLL (TUE) 03/17/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Reycko vs Demonio Maya & Relampago
2) Leo, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Artillero, Ráfaga, Súper Comando
3) Goya Kong, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
4) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
5) Negro Casas & Shocker © vs Marco Corleone & Rush [CMLL TAG]
Shocker & Casas’ fifth defense, all versus Ingobernable teams

Canny move by the Ingobernables to add Marco – three new combinations to get title matches!

Guerreros vs Sky Team comes to Guadalajara (probably six days before a title match in Puebla.)

Reyna Isis gets a match! Zeuxis being injured opened up a spot. This would be Isis’ first match on a main CMLL show.

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Guerreros versus Sky Team in Puebla, free admission to CMLL shows, new AAA sponsor

CMLL (MON) 03/09/2015 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque, Periodico Enfoque (fotos)]
1) King Jaguar & Toro Bill Jr. b Arkalis & Paris
2) Asturiano, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito b Espíritu Maligno, Pierrothito, Saurón
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther b Cancerbero, Okumura, Raziel
Okumura replaced Virus (personal issue?)
4) Kráneo, Morphosis, Terrible b Blue Panther, Máximo, Super Porky
Dos Leyendas talk followed.
5) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Guerrero pulled his Mistico’s mask to beat him. Clearly headed to a trio title match.

CMLL announced the Okumura for Virus sub ahead of time (!) and wrote this:

Y nuestro apoyo para el pequeño maestro en el difícil momento por el que está pasando.

That sounds serious. Hope all turns out fine.

The only other CMLL match change so far is Pequeno Violencia being pulled from Sunday’s show. He must not have been as close to return as was hoped. Pequeno Universo replaces him.

Today’s CMLL Arena Mexico show has Mistico, Titan and Valiente versus Kraneo, Polvora and Rey Escorpion, which has some promite. CMLL has an interview with Rey Escorpion which affirms he and Polvora are still grand amigos. Best news possible. Maybe they can recruit Mije to be the new third member of the Revolucionarios. Escorpion says some people suggested he didn’t belong in CMLL and those people are idiots. He is correct. Delta versus Sagrado is the lightning match, good odds on the rolling suplex making an appearance.

Guadalajara has all four Ingobernables, but split among two matches. Mascara is in a semimain with little hope, while the other three face Casas, Shocker and Terrible in the main event. The tercera is another Panthers/Cats battle, with Esfinge & Okumura as the third wheels.

CMLL’s website has announced a deal for fans who purchase tickets to watch Dos Leyendas in Puebla and Guadalajara. Those fans can use those tickets as free admission to a shows in Arena Puebla and Arena Coliseo Guadalajara for the rest of March and April. (It’s unclear if you get in free just for one show during those months or for all shows in those months. It’s got to be one show but it’s not translating well for me.)

Essentially, they’re not making anything on those showings, but hoping to get people going to the arena. Except, if you’re so into CMLL to go to a movie theater to watch Dos Leyendas, you’re probably either already going to the arenas or have chosen not to go. Maybe this is a much a gesture to the people who run those arenas – if they’re scared of TV driving people away from arenas, maybe they’re scared movie theaters will as well and are trying to do something to help them out.

AAA referees will be wearing new shirts courtesy of new sponsor Cementos Moctezuma. The sponsorship was announced before Friday’s TV taping. I don’t know how effective this is, given I can’t remember who was the last referee shirt sponsor – Comex? – but they’re also getting ad banners and such. Pepe Casas was included as a referee; he hasn’t been on TV since about TripleMania, but he is still around.

Psycho Clown says he’s dreamed of making the Rey de Reyes finals and is visually holding the sword. I’m visually that too and it doesn’t end well. The man goes off on mad stomping rampages, I don’t trust him with sharp objects.

AYM Sports caught up with Taya, Psycho Clown and La Parka at the Rey Misterio Jr. press conference. Ads for the Rey de Reyes iPPV have been airing pretty regularly on the TV channel.

+LuchaTV has the after the show video from their return show, highlights of Arez, Belial & Impluso vs the Neza Kings, La Resistenca vs Tortugas Ninja and Kriminal Boys vs Sky Stars and talks to the newly expanded Kriminal Boys after the match.

Mr. Niebla lost the main event trios match to Big Neurosis and the Ninja in Arena Coliseo Monterrey.  The last paragraph of that recap mentions a marriage proposal was accepted at the show.

San Luis Potosi luchador and trainer Rudy Valentino passed on Monday. He was 73. SuperLuchas has an obit. El Sabor del Ring has a video interview with him from last year.

RobViper has highlights of 11/14/14 CMLL.

Damian, Halloween and Nicho reunited for a win in Tijuana.

This weekend’s Coliseo Coacalco show has Gronda XXX and Guerrero Maya Jr. teaming up.

Update: Hijo del Santo has downgraded lucha from “in agony” to “dead“. Guess he’s not promoting a show this year since lucha libre is dead and all.

The usual periodic story about lucha libre in Laguna not doing well. This article is accompanied by a picture of Pierroth, which is just way too easy. They focus on Arena Olimpico Laguna’s shows, which are drawing very few people on Thursdays. There’s at least 9 different arenas in the area – including Arena Coliseo Corona, which Ultimo Guerrero either runs or has some involvement with – which may also be an issue. The show not being good may also be an issue.

Sagrado talks about his personal struggle of only being able to see his kids once a month. They and his (ex?)-wife are living in Acapulco now. He claims his left the priesthood (which is part of his gimmick) and instead majored in graphic design when he decided to become a luchador, and his partners thought he was crazy until he actually made his debut. The article mentions Sagrado as being from Monterrey; he’s been listed as from Guadalajara prior but that appeared to be a worked hometown.

Chilango has info and addresses for three luchador run restaurants: Scorpio Jr. (& wife), Babe Face’s right outside of Arena Mexico, and Shocker’s Che Guapo. The last one might have changed location. Every year we go, we mean to have rice from Babe Face but it hasn’t worked out yet.

Tickets for the UFC 188, on 06/13 in Arena Ciudad de Mexico (and hopefully with Cian Velasquez not getting hurt before the show this time) will run from 7000 to 350 Mexican Pesos. That’s $448 to $22.42, very pricey for Mexico but in line with usual UFC tickets (even cheaper than usual on the low end.)

Fuerza Guerrera‘s still sure the referee for his match with Negro Casas was crooked.

DJ Spectro looks back at a 1980 Ruleta de la Muerte.

Lucha Libre in Japan

This sub head has returned! It’s REINA news, you probably don’t care.

The 03/25 REINA show will have two title matches

  • Syuri defends the CMLL Women’s Championship against Silueta
  • Amapola defends the CMLL-REINA International Championship against Maki Narumiya

Narumiya is one of the pair of Japanese luchadora who came to Arena Mexico late last year – she’s the one who did not have a title match.

Silueta going from not being in Arena Mexico to being sent to Japan is odd, but no odder than usual for REINA/CMLL news. I’m struggling to come up with a scenario where Silueta could get a world title shot in CMLL against a Mexican challenger right now. She probably won’t be winning in either scenario, but she’d be better for the shot. REINA does better booking CMLL women than CMLL, generally. (They also still seem to be building to Kana vs Syuri, which makes one believe Syuri is going to have that belt until they get around to doing it.)


CMLL (MON) 03/16/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Robin vs Guerrero Espacial & King Jaguar
2) Lestat, Soberano Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Dragon Lee, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Kamaitachi, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
4) Atlantis, Máximo, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Trios title match on 03/23 unless something odd happens.

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Lucha Underground store, +LuchaTV returns, Wagners do not fight

CMLL (FRI) 03/06/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Piraña b Meteoro
2) El Alteño & Explosivo b Relampago Azul & Thunder Boy
Tencicos toko 2/3.
3) El Chakal, Évola, Furia Roja b El Tapatío, Índigo, Javier Cruz Jr.
Evola replaced Infierno. Rudos took 1/3.
4) El Divino, Magnum, Pepe Aguayo b Demonio Maya, Jocker, Sádico
Aguayo & Maya continue to feud. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Esfinge, Gallo, Omar Brunetti b Maléfico, Mr. Trueno, Ráfaga
Tecnicos took 1/3

Possibly a Maya/Aguayo title match on 03/20?

IWRG (SUN) 03/08/2015 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr),Estrellas del Ring, IWRG]
1) Adrenalina & Alas de Acero b Magnum 44 & Power Bull
Main show debuts for Adrenalina & Magnum 44.
2) Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota vs Black Fury, Dark Lady,Kamilión
Demasiado debuted, replacing Estrella Divina. Dark Lady hurt a shoulder early on; Atomic Star replaced her. Exoticos won in straight falls.
3) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Metaleón DQ Liderk, Rayan, Spector
Liderk hit the referee, got the visual win, ended up DQed.
4) Eterno, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr. b Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Hijo del Alebrije
Hijo de Alebrije replaced Danny Casas.
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Súper Nova, Veneno b Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Negro Navarro, X-Fly
Dr. Wagner’s first appearance here since August, the son’s first in a year. Nova’s team took 2/3. They teased Wagner vs Wagner the entire match, were set to fight near the end, and Negro Navarro got in the win. Navarro fouled Wagner Jr., only for Wagner III to foul him and put his father on top for the win.

If you understand who’s supposed to be a rudo or tecnico in the IWRG main events, you’re one step ahead of me. I guess Navarro turned rudo again somewhere off screen (or they just needed a cheap way out of the match.)

Danny Casas missed Arena Aficion this week too so I guess he’s hurt?

The crew behind Tercera Caida returned to television yesterday. Their new show, “Mas Lucha TV” (written as +LuchaTV) debuted Sunday on Teleformula at 6pm local time (8pm Eastern in the US.) The debut episode was their annual top 100 moments of the year countdown. Like always, the show was also posted on their YouTube channel – it’s actually an extended cut with extra bad/scary moments and 10 comedy moments.

That time slot is the old Leyendas Inmortales one. That show appears to have moved to Mexican channel Efekto at noon on Sundays. +LuchaTV is also posting that show. It doesn’t appear like I can get that channel, so that’ll be only place you can find it.

The Lucha Underground store is back up at It’s the same t-shirts and other merch I’ve seen sold at the Temple, a bit easier to get than getting to Los Angeles. Hoping there’s a fuller range of a characters represented down the line but it’s definite progress.

Tonight’s Arena Puebla show has the Sky Team versus the Guerreros in the main event. That seems likely to start a title match program, but we’ll know more after tonight.

SuperLuchas looks back at As Charro & Demonio Chino breaking up on March 9th.

Segunda Caida writes about more Hechicero and CMLL worth watching, which somehow includes the Oro Jr. mask/broken jaw match and a Felino match.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update on Monday and Poster-Mania for the week.


IWRG (WED) 03/11/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Adrenalina & Omega vs Araña de Plata & Guerrero 2000
2) Alas de Acero vs Atomik Star, Aramis, Voltar, Alfa
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Dowki, Electro Boy, Hip Hop Man [lumberjack strap]
4) Cerebro Negro, Golden Magic, Relámpago vs Argenis, Machine Rocker, Súper Fly
5) Ludxor, Niño Hamburguesa, Venum vs Eterno, Súper Nova, X-Fly

The main event (and semimain) is billed as AAA vs IWRG. The IWRG team used to be a Familia de Tijuana, until Eterno & X-Fly turned on Super Nova. They should get along well.

There was a Guerrero 2000 back here in 2012. This is probably a new one.

CMLL (FRI) 03/13/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Brillante & El Tapatío vs Demonio Rojo & Relampago
2) El Alteño & Frezzer vs Gran Kenut & Satara
3) El Divino, Javier Cruz Jr., Reycko vs El Chakal, Furia Roja, Thunder Boy
4) Hijo Del Calavera, Leo, Metatrón vs Évola, Exterminador, Sádico
5) Omar Brunetti, Pepe Aguayo, Virgo vs Demonio Maya, Jocker, Maléfico

Leo’s been listed for a few shows here without appearing. A Hijo del Calavera popped up once in Arena Palenque once last year, nothing else known about him. I’m sure people will be excited to see him.

CMLL (SAT) 03/14/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Angelito vs Pequeño Nitro
2) Robin vs Akuma
3) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Disturbio
4) Esfinge vs Sangre Azteca
5) Tritón vs Tiger
6) Dark Angel & Estrellita vs Amapola & La Seductora
7) Dragón Rojo Jr., Mistico, Stuka Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Women make it allllll the way up to the semimain. I wonder if they’re going to repeat the Rojo/Roja title match here. Third match will be on DisurbioVision, I’d bet.

CMLL (SUN) 03/15/2015 Arena México
1) Magnus & Molotov vs Akuma & Espiritu Negro
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
3) Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro vs Hechicero [lightning]
5) Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Titán vs Kráneo, Pierroth, Rey Escorpión
6) La Máscara, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas, Shocker

Take 2 for Pequeno Violencia’s return. And for Angel de Oro/Hechicero; guess that means there’s at least a chance that’ll be a title match next week. (I’m now making people panic about travel plans.) 2nd/3rd should be good.

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