Lucha Underground 1×6 (2014-12-03): “The Key”

happy Pentagón Jr. two year anniversary!

the matches

  • Pimpinela Escarlata b Son Of Havoc (4:49, beso de la muerte)
  • Mil Muertes b Famous B (1:09, flatliner)
  • King Cuerno b Drago (4:24, “the thrill of the hunt” fireman’s carry sit down powerbomb)
  • Fénix & Sexy Star [O] vs Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Pentagón Jr. [X] (9:16, Fenix top rope double knee drop)

the developments

Big Ryck signed a contract to work full time. He requested to be paid in cash. That always seems like a good idea with a fledling promotion. Later, Cueto was grabbed by Mundo (in the bathroom), who demanded revenge. Cueto didn’t want to offer that, but did offer 100K if Mundo would not kill him. Mundo agreed, but took Cueto’s Key as collateral. Mundo later came to the ring and demanded the money right then and there. Ryck told Mundo to get out of the ring. Mundo dove onto Ryck and took him out. Mundo came to the ring to continue his demands, but was again interrupted – this time by Konnan, who said all friendship/alliances were off after Mundo clocked Puma with a chair last week. Ryck recovered to attack Mundo from behind in the meantime. Puma arrived and fought off Ryck, only to start brawling with Mundo too. Referees and security tried to keep them out, while Ryck and his men watched from the outside. Cueto finally put an end to it by bringing out a briefcase with 100K and declaring it’d be on a line in a ladder match next week, with Puma, Mundo and Ryck.

Super Mundo tope

Son of Havoc, who signed a 7 year contract that prevents him from going to Nashville, complained about facing too many weird people. His open challenge was met by the debuting Pimpinela. Pimpi hurt a shoulder on an accidental fall to the floor; they tried to work it as story, but it was clearly limiting. Mascarita Sagrada ran interference and Pimpi kissed Havoc to set up the pin. (The kiss was shot from as far away as possible and even then seemed edited.)

Mil Muertes won a quick squash.

Drago got a video package (he’s got his nunchucks! a little girl did a dramatic reading!) before his match, but Cuerno beat him to even up their feud. Cuerno told Drago “THE HUNT – HAS JUST – BEGUN”. The mystery woman appeared during the match, looked annoyed, and left.

Pentagon’s motivations remain unclear; announcers emphasized that Pentagon was not necessarily with Chavo. (Pentagon’s win-loss record is very clear.) Sexy Star still wants to face Chavo.

thoughts

get really close to the screen and you can almost see it

Pimpinela’s debut was OK. They did good work to make the shoulder injury the story but it obviously limited the match. The kiss being cut away from is surprsing and weird when I’m used to seeing it twice a week with Maximo (on US TVs.) I wonder if it’ll air the same way on Unimas. It was nothing but awkward here.

Mil Muertes squash was a squash. That and the main event were two segments where it felt like they were running in place, waiting for other things to line up to move on. They got much more of a match of the main event. Chavo slowed it way down early, but it paid off with them speeding up at the end. Pentagon is awesome and it’s fairly obvious.

Drago/Cuerno and the three way stuff inched stuff along with those storylines. The ladder match feels like a big deal and either turning point or the straight ending for a story that’s been going on since episode 1, and it’ll also be a crazy match with 3 (but really 5) people around. Drago & Cuerno were established as long term rivals instead of just guys passing each other by. Cuerno, out of anyone of the show, seems to be trying to re-invent his style. The deliberate attacks of King Cuerno are unlike what I’m used to with Fantasma but it was better this time out than the first.

Next week: matches where I don’t know the results! matches where I don’t know the matches! I’m scared.

Lucha Underground 1×5 (2014-11-26)

Son of Havoc career highlight

the matches

Mil Muertes b Drago (3:59, Flatliner)
Mascarita Sagrada b Son of Havoc (w/Ivellise) (5:18, front headscissors roll)
Chavo Guerrero Jr. DQ Sexy Star (2:14, ref attack)
Big Ryck b Prince Puma [street fight] (11:17, urange thru a table)

the developments

Konnan talked Dario into the street fight, then stole his drink.

King Cuerno watched Drago’s match, then gave him a fireman’s carry powerbomb after the match.

A mystery woman [ex-WWE Angela Fong] watched the Havoc/Sagrada match. Announcers could not identify her and she left before it finished.

Catrina told Dario she and Mil Muertes know the truth behind “the darkness [you’re] keeping locked up with the key”

Ryck clens Puma’s clock

The Chavo/Sexy match barely got going before Sexy got a chair as revenge. The ref tried to stop her so Sexi threw her down, earning a disqualifaction. Pentagon Jr. ran in to help Chavo, much to the announcer’s confusion. Fenix made the save.

Johnny Mundo dove into the ring to save Puma from an attack by the Crew (who worked the main event 3 on 1). Mundo later smacked Puma with a chair by a mistake, which led directly to the rudos winning. Mundo was apologetic about the mistake but Puma was out. Vampiro took shots at Konnna for letting Prince Puma go in to the street fight 3 on 1 (and generally seemed to be playing more heel.)

thoughts

there are stairs, Mundo!

Another solid show. Two straight weeks with Big Ryck main events is a bit rough, though he got a lot of help. Castro and Cisco wrestled about half the match, with Ryck sitting in a chair and everyone playing up the numbers advantage. It was a decent way to work around what would’ve been a tougher singles match. They created a few highlights even if it wasn’t on the level of some of the other matches. Mundo’s leap into the ring was crazy and spectacular and they keep ticking that story along. One of my early concerns with this format was long matches not being possible because they have a lot of stuff to accomplish in an hour, but they’ve found ways to have 8, 10, 12 minute matches weekly and that’s a good sign for matches coming up which could use that time.

Mil Muerte versus Drago was a good TV match, and my pick for the best match on the show despite not getting a lot of time. They played big man/little man well (outside of the one ugly powerslam spot.) Mil Muertes looked impressive winning with his undefeated streak noted, and Drago got in enough to still look like a star. I liked how Cuerno took his time getting to the ring to get in the extra shot after the match, it felt like Cuerno was more in control of the situation.

I choose to believe Pentagon saw a chance to be evil and jumped at it, and that’s all the motivation he has. Announcers suggested there was more to it. That angle was probably better than match was going to be and they’re setting up a match next week so fine.

pretty bad miss by Mundo

I understand Mundo left another place because politics, but the Lucha Underground promoter paid hit men to end Mundo. Are politics worse than that? [Checks Twitter this week reconsiders position] Mundo’s bit about almost being on top and coming to Lucha Underground to break all the way thru were better.

Sagrada/Havoc came off as as a Mascarita Sagrada exhibition and it worked as that, but Striker interstingly pointed out how Cueto’s been putting Havoc in odd match ups. That may just be his role in reality, the guy they trust to work against untradional opponents, but it made it feel like a storyline arc for a character who didn’t seem likely to get one. (And it’s one continuning next week.) On the other hand, the mystery woman’s appearance seemed completely random and inconsquential. Enjoyed two people teaming up to try and cheat a mini, that’s some strong evil work.

Announcers were less annoying this week!

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