Lucha Underground 2×14: Cage in a Cage

pizza DDT
pizza DDT

Matches

Cage defeats Johnny Mundo (13:28, Drill Claw, GREAT) for an Aztec Medallion
Rey Mysterio Jr., Prince Puma and El Dragon Azteca Jr. win the Lucha Underground Trios Championship over Fenix, Jack Evans, PJ Black and Ivelisse, Son of Havoc (c) and Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco and Joey Ryan
– Ivelisse small package on Joey Ryan (7:43)
– PJ Black kick to the head → Jack Evans pin Ivelisse (11:04)
– Rey Mysterio rope flip moonsault Jack Evans (15:31, GREAT)

Developments

Supermoon light drive
Supermoon light drive

The announcers briefly noted Mil and Matanza would return to action ‘soon’ (and were not dead from the fall last week.)

Despite Striker noting the cage matches were originally designed to keep the wrestlers in and everyone else out, Taya interfered often in the opener. She blocked Cage’s path from escape a few times, snuck weapons in and eventually climbed in herself when it was going bad enough for Mundo. Johnny needed the help. Mundo did pass up a chance at escape for a – missed – top of the cage Fin de Mundo variation on Cage, but took the worst of the battle. Taya attempted to handcuff Cage to the cage, but was trapped in the handcuffs herself and Cage dropped Mundo with the Drill Claw screwdriver on a chair to win.

(Of note, the announcers mentioned Mundo had previously been in a cage match, but never said King Cuerno’s name. He’s not been brought up since Aztec Warfare.)

Cage threw Mundo around easily
Cage threw Mundo around easily

The main event was 3 v 3 v 3 v *2* match; Dario announced Angelico had been severely injured by an unknown assailant and had been rushed to the hospital, but Ivelisse & Son of Havoc would continue without him. (In reality, Angelico was out with a knee injury in Mexico and may have not even been at this taping.)

The first team was eliminated when Cortez refused to tag Joey Ryan back in to face Ivelisse. Ivelisse had just gotten the better of Ryan, so Joey wanted revenge and Cortez had good reason not to let him in. Cortez immediately being cradled and beat by Ivelisse made it seem like a very bad decision. The two police officers continue to not get along.

Ivelisse & Son of Havoc eventually lost out due to the numbers. Fenix took out Son of Havoc by knocking him from the apron. Ivelisse had Jack beat with the same Code Red she used to defeat Kobra Moon, but PJ Black was able to kick her and turn over the pin with no Angelico to stop him.

Mundo's dive off the top of the cage was tricky, but I was most impressed by Cage catching the cane!
Mundo’s dive off the top of the cage was tricky, but I was most impressed by Cage catching the cane!

Fenix was a little bit more rudo in the final, but the Mysterio, Puma and Azteca team was just way too much for the competition. Puma & Dragon took out Fenix & Black with dives as Rey got the pins. Mysterio’s team are the fourth champions.

In a show closing scene (and one that was seemingly supposed to take place some time after the match ended), Vampiro met Pentagon Jr. in his evil dojo. Pentagon is in a motorized wheelchair. Vampiro ordered Pentagon to stand, but he couldn’t. Vampiro poured hot wax on Pentagon and knocked over his wheelchair, but Pentagon still couldn’t get up.

Thoughts

I liked the action on this show. Both these matches were fun, and it was as good an all action show as some of the best ones they’ve had.

I could've picked one of a million dives, but her'es one of them
I could’ve picked one of a million dives, but her’es one of them

The cage match turned an impressive showcase for Cage by the end. Cage took all the cheating and tricks Taya & Mundo had, and still completely and clearly defeated Mundo at the end. The metric ton of interference got to be a bit much, and would’ve really been annoying if it worked and this was going on and on. Instead, this felt like the usual bit of a Lucha Underground gimmick match being the end of a feud, Cage got his big move, and Mundo is going to have to come up with yet another way to finally win a belt here.

The four way match was a dizzying at first. Striker emphasized how hard it was to call and it was a just about as hard to follow with all four teams in. Getting the Crew & Ryan out of there helped, and they did it while following up on their own story (and playing off the not acknowledged story of Joey versus woman.) Ivelisse & Havoc have now lost the trios titles twice when a team member was too hurt to go on – they’ve got as much bad luck as dysfunction, and they smartly played off that in their elimination. I could’ve gone for much longer with the final two teams (in particular, 15 seconds of Dragon Azteca versus Fenix made me want 15 minutes of Dragon Azteca versus Fenix), but that segment and the ones prior had a crazy amount of huge spots. This is the most GIF-able wrestling show in the US, and that was a main event of non stop GIFs it ought to have been.

The closing segment takes a bit of faith, or some reading ahead. Pentagon looked far weaker here than he did against Matanza. Pentagon isn’t going to be in that wheelchair and he’s not going to get wax poured on him forever. They’re putting Pentagon at a low point so we can watch him climb back up again. I’m just not really sure Pentagon was in need of a tear down and build back up or a softening. He was up pretty high! Maybe this might also be read as just as something to keep him on a side track while he’s not in the title picture – something along the lines of Dragon Azteca and Black Lotus training for weeks. I’d just be as ok with more Pentagon Jr. matches.

The good thing is there eventually will be a payoff to the Pentagon Jr. stuff, and – as seen with both of these matches – the Lucha Underground payoff matches are usually a lot of fun.

and here's two more!
and here’s two more!

AAA on Televisa: 2016-04-16 

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Bengala 2.0

Recapped: 04/16/2016

What happened: La Parka beat Texano cleanly in the main event. Cage & Mesias, new Trump buddies who were justifiably upset about that ludicrous result, destroyed Texano and gave him a martinete. A new Bengala debuts, though we’re supposed to be under the impression it’s the same Bengala and a new Ricky Marvin (who really is supposed to be part of a maybe named Averno/Chessman faction.) Venum and Apache have issues, but they didn’t go anywhere.

What was good: First two matches had some good moments. Main event was an angle and not a well done one.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel.

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CMLL Arena México: 2016-04-26 

Zeuxis wins!
Zeuxis wins!

Recapped: 04/26/2016

What happened: Mephisto defeated Mascara Dorada in a title match, and asked for another title match. Dorada agreed. Zeuxis won a 60th Anniversary cibernetico. The show went very long.

What was good: The main event turns into a fun Dorada exhibition in the third fall. The cibernetico had it’s moments, but was tedious at times.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel (more…)

CMLL Puebla: 2016-04-25

Rush is the best
Rush is the best

Recapped: 04/25/2016

What happened: The last three matches all ended in some sort of issue. Ultimo Guerrero used a ref bump to beat Rush, and La Mascara used a ref bump to beat Carístico (then unmasked him a second time after the match.). The tercera ended with no finish, with Rey Bucanero & Felino coming back in after being eliminated for no real reason. It appeared we’re getting a rematch of the rudos versus rudos match and maybe a Carístico/Mascara singles match next week.

What was good: The Rush/Ultimo Guerrero was exactly what a lot of fun and should be watched.

Where can I watch it: It’s on YouTube now, and will be on 52MX in about 2 weeks. (more…)

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-04-15

bad times for monito
bad times for monito

Recapped: 04/18/2016

What happened: Mistico & Mephisto made the final of the Incredible Pairs tournament. Marco Corleone & Rush and Super Crazy & Felino turned on each other. Cavernario fouled Rey Cometa in the second.

What was good: The minis match and the tercera were the two most watchable matches on this show.

Where can I watch it: I found it on this channel. (more…)

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-15 

Park plancha
Park plancha

Recapped: 04/16/2016

What happened: LA Park and Cibernetico went to a draw in the first match in the tournament. Xtreme Tiger picked up a win in his second tournament match over Ultimo Guerrero. Rush cheated to defeat Argos & Caristico, though Dragon Lee suffering a knee injury during the match seemed a bigger deal.

What was good: The main event is the one match worth watching.

Where can I watch it: It’s on YouTube and on Azteca’s website, if you’re not in the US.

The show begins with a recap of the LA Park angle from last week. The open is now focused on the 12 people in Liga Elite, instead of just everyone who was mentioned.

Edgar continues to be the sole referee for Liga Elite matches. He wore a CMLL logo shirt the first two weeks, but is wearing an Elite shirt now. The CMLL logo on the stage is covered up. The CMLL logo is still visible on the sign boards on the upper deck on the announce desk, but you’d have to be looking for them to see them. After the second match, when Rush goes over by the announce desk, the CMLL logo is bizarrely blurred out. (more…)

CMLL on ClaroSports: 2016-04-22 

new dream team
new dream team

Recapped: 04/22/2016

What happened: Cibernetico & Caristico won the second block of the incredible pairs tournament, and will face Mephisto and Mephisto in the final. It will be the first match between the two different Misticos. (Also, the two Hell Brothers.) Dragon Lee & La Mascara and Gran Guerrero & Atlantis turned on each other during the match.

Dragon Lee showed he still has a significant right leg injury, and was limping around in his appearances. The rudos eventually caught on and started attacking the leg to cover it up.

The first tournament match, Carístico & Cibernético versus Tiger and The Panther, was the best of the block.

What was good: The first few matches were good, and the main event may be more enjoyable if not coming after a long pointless tournament.

Where can I watch it: The main event is on Claro’s site, the matches will be on my channel Tuesday, and the show itself will air on Azteca (US) in mid May

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Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-08 

La Mistica
La Mistica

Recapped: 04/16/2016

What happened: Atlantis (over La Mascara) and Caristico (over Volador) picked up their first win in their first Liga Elite matches. LA Park & son, watching the show from the front row, got involved in the trios match and fought with Cibernetico. They’ll have a singles match next week, with LA Park added to the tournament as the 12 man.

What was good: The main event was the only match I really liked, a big spot exhibition. The LA Park angle is good, but you can skip the rest of the match.

Where can I watch it: It’s on YouTube and Azteca’s website. (more…)

Lucha Underground 2×13: Monster meets Monster

Matanza is a strong monster
Matanza is a strong monster

Matches

Aerostar defeated Drago for an Aztec Medallion (good, springboard splash, 6:36)

Jack Evans, PJ Black, Fenix defeats Disciples of Death (good, springboard 450 splash, 9:05)

Matanza and Mil Muertes went to a no contest (good, referee stop, 7:03)

Aerotornillo
Aerotornillo

Developments

The Mil Muertes/Matanza match took place, though we didn’t quite get a result. Mil did far more damage to him than anyone had done in the last month, beating him to the ground earlier and taking him down off a dive. (That one legit injuried Matanza, who was noticably hobbling around the rest of the match. Dario and Catrina each took a turn getting involved to give Matanza recovery time, and there was a noticable edit.) The two battled up the steps and onto Dario’s office roof, teasing throwing each other off. Finally, Mil gave Matanza flatliner on the roof, which collapses the roof and caused them both to go to the floor. Striker explained the referee stopped the match that point. Both Catrina and Dario helped up their objects and signaled this wasn’t over for them.

It is over for the Disciples – or at least two of them. They lost again, this time in the trios tournament, and Catrina demanded to know why she shouldn’t end them. Siniestro de la Muerte (purple) gave her a reason, by ripping out the black heart of Trece (gray). Catrina said that wasn’t enough, and Siniestro did the same to Barrio Negro (gold), who must’ve been the dumbest member of the crew if he didn’t see that coming. This satisfied Catrina, and either she or the black hearts themselves seemed to give Siniestro new powers and a new look. He’s a solo act now for sure.

Fenix tornillo
Fenix easy into the springboard tornillo

The team which defeated the Disciples, and did advance, was Fenix, Jack Evans and PJ Black. This was another Dario concept. He had considered putting Fenix, Drago and Aerostar together in the tournament, but noted he had done so last year and Drago & Aerostar fought leading to their elimination, making them undeserving of another shot. Dario did find them deserving of another fight, and instead put Drago and Aerostar against each other in the second Aztec Medallion match. Aerostar stumbled badly at one point, falling hard to the floor, and Drago perhaps took it a little easy on his friend instead of capitalizing. Aerostar seemed to be hurting thru the match, but came back to win and claim the second medallion. He and Texano await five more winners.

One of those winners will be decided next week. A vignette at the Johnny Mundo Dojo (I’m assuming) revealed Taya had called Dario on Johnny’s behalf to demand a shot at a Medallion – he hadn’t gotten the chance last year. Taya explained Dario agreed to the idea, but the opponent would be Cage. In a cage match. Johnny’s high self confidence seemed a bit damaged by this news.

Going back to the trios match from earlier: Jack declared himself leader of the trio, loudly ordering around his teammates. PJ got pushy with Fenix as well. Neither PJ or Jack wanted to much to do with Fenix after the win, but the team looked pretty strong when they were working together and would seem to have a decent chance to win the final.

how is this possible?
how is this possible?

They weren’t the only team to advance to the last round. Angelico, Son of Havoc, and Ivelisse were informed they would not face the winners of the tournament, but would be defending their titles against all three teams who’d won so far in a four way match. Dario poked at champs and their issues, pushing them against each other again.

Next Week:

  • Angelico, Son of Havoc, Ivelisse (c) versus Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco, Joey Ryan versus Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio, Dragon Azteca Jr versus Jack Evans, PJ Black, Fenix for the Lucha Underground Trios championship

  • Johnny Mundo versus Cage for an Aztec Medallion

There was one last moment to close the show. Captain (Maureen) Vazquez – the superior officer of Castro & Ryan – was visited by a mystery councilman named Delgado who said he was representing Boyle Heights, warning her back off Dario Cueto (which seems to be working in secret.) Delgado and Vazquez appeared to have some history together. Vazquez said she was unconcerned about the Mayor, but Delgado said he was working for someone bigger. Vazquez seemed worried she’d gotten herself into a bad situation after the councilman left.

see, it is a good superkick
the superkick I mention in a few pargraphs

This was a really fun show. I felt like 90% of the conversation is going to end up about the unrealistic nature of electrified zombies pulling out each other’s hearts, but there were also some good wrestling matches here.

Mil Muertes versus Matanza was the more exciting Matanza match yet. He took far more damage than in the previous few weeks while they were in the ring, but still looked like a complete monster by how he was able to thru Mil Muertes around. And everything after the dive was interesting. I knew both the injury and the non-finish going in, which probably greatly affects my view of the overall match – it was impressive how much Matanza was able to still do with a leg injury which they had to be fearing would end him for the season, and the flatliner thru the roof looked incredible enough to mitigate the lack of a finish. I can understand if that lack of outcome detracted for other people, but this gave me more than expected and the eventual rematch should be super.

Jack shows you how to do it
Jack shows you how to do it

The Disciples went out on a good note. Well, before the death scene. The Jack Evan, Fenix and PJ Black team were the stars of the match and intended to be so, but the DoD kept up with them well and looked as effective as they have been all season before taking another loss. Jack & PJ Black came off as annoying but really good, and Fenix got in a Brillo Cometa. Striker always talking about the different personality of each henchman seemed to accidentally drive home the problem: we never actually saw those personalities, wtth them coming off more as if they had been told not to show different personalities. On a show with a lot of big characters, they didn’t seem to have one. Maybe one will work better than three – at least the one with the best superkick survived.

They left in an Aerostar springboard mishap, which was a very different way of doing things. It turned into one of Striker’s better perfomances, as he tried to weave it into a big story about the gambles of the lucha libre style and a specific one about how Aerostar was suffering from the fall to make sense of it all. The problem was Aerostar didn’t seem to know they were doing that story, not selling as much as you’d need to really tell it. It was still a fun match and at least an interesting experiment.

Councilman Delgado is Lorenzo Llamas, of all people. Definitely an unexpected bit of casting. It seems like the police story is going to explain how/why Dario’s able to run an underground fight club without getting shut down, but I was not expecting the star of the Renegade to be part of that story.

Mundo’s cage match with Cuerno (who’s vanished here) was really good last season, and the four way trios match should be great if they can keep all the bodies out of the way. I hope it’s a fun as this episode.

the end
the end

CMLL Arena Mexico: 2016-04-19

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Bala tornillo

Recapped: 04/19/2016

What happened: Mephisto annoyed Mascara Dorada into giving him a singles match. Dragon Lee was on, off and on the card. He didn’t end up wrestling much.

What was good: Nothing really. Maybe the semimain.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel

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