Hey, it’s Lucha Underground! It’s that show that all the cool kids talk about when they groom their beards!
The show started with a re-cap of recent events featuring Pentagón Jr, Ivelisse & Son of Havoc, and King Cuerno & Johnny Mundo. These pieces do a great job of keeping you up with the relevant bits without swamping you with too much information. It was also good to see King Cuerno’s sweet cowboy outfit again, too.
The announcers welcomed us to the show and plugged the main event – King Cuerno versus Johnny Mundo in a STEEL CAGE! Amandititita was the band once more.
Hey, it’s Melissa Santos! She introduced Pentagón Jr, already in the ring, as the announcers talked about his run of breaking area jobbers’ arms with his deadly submission finisher.
Tonight, though, he’s fighting Argenis, an out-of-area jobber, and he came down to the ring wearing a swank skirt. Argenis, remember, is Myzteziz’s brother. That must suck.
But not as much as being dropped on your head must suck, which Argenis was uniquely positioned to reveal after Pentagón Jr, well, dropped him right on his head early doors in this match. Ouchy.
Despite the head knack, Argenis got more against Pentagón Jr than the area jobbers did, but still did the job to a package piledriver and that whacky – and painful – submission, before having his arm broken by the kung-fu demon.
After the match, Pentagón Jr again pledged his loyalty to his master, and said no-one could stop him because he was prepared and he was “zero fear”. Okay!
Backstage, Fénix was getting ready for a match that never came when Catrina appeared out of nowhere. She told him that he may be the man of a thousand lives, but that Mil Muertes would not stop until he had taken all of them. She told him he had to bury Mil Muertes, and then vanished into thin air…
They showed another video of Konnan in a leaky warehouse, this time preparing a steel cane, presumably in order to exact his revenge on Cage.
King Cuerno was shown driving to the temple in an old-timey pick-up truck. Everything that guy touches turns to gold.
Hey, it’s Melissa! She introduced Angélico, who was already in the ring, for his match with Ivelisse. The announcers speculated who the special guest referee might be, despite Dario Cueto saying on last week’s show, which was repeated in the opening video. DO THEY NOT WATCH THEIR OWN SHOW?
Anyway, the referee was, of course, Son of Havoc. Who is Ivelisse’s boyfriend. Hey, it’s better than having el Hijo del Tirantes!
They did a funny bit where Angélico would call for the test of strength lock-up and then kiss Ivelisse’s hand. The story of this match was that he did not want to fight a woman. Which is fine except that it’s been an acceptable part of Lucha Underground since show one.
So, yeah, they had a match, and Ivelisse and Angélico looked good without it necessarily being a great match, if that makes sense. After Angélico putting himself in situations where he could be – ahem – close to Ivelisse, he went to end it with a Razor’s Edge, but Son of Havoc stopped him.
Angélico made to kick Son of Havoc, who moved, and he kicked Ivelisse instead. He made a sleazy pin and Son of havoc made a quick count and pulled him off. Well, he didn’t pull him off. You know what I mean!
Backstage, Mil Muertes was putting on his mask, also for a match that would never come. Catrina appeared in his mirror and told him about the day they first met, when he crawled out of the darkness that was the rubble of the earthquake that killed his family.
She said that Fénix was going to put him in a coffin next week and send him back to that darkness. I can’t be sure, but I think she’s some kind of bruja.
Hey, it’s Melissa! She introduced our main event – King Cuerno versus Johnny Mundo in a steel cage!
King Cuerno came out first, wearing his whacky deer headdress. Johnny Mundo followed, and they were locked into the cage to start the match.
This was a very old-school cage. Chain-linked, about ten feet above the mat, and with no roof. Wins could be secured by pinfall, submission, or escape.
They traded back and forth early doors, with neither man coming out on top. Both climbed the cage and hit moves from it, rather than escape. This is a blood feud!* (*May not actually involve blood).
Mundo was the first to try and escape the cage, after a standing shooting star press had only gained a nearfall, but King Cuerno stopped him, and then hit a powerbomb.
King Cuerno kicked Mundo in the head and then himself tried to escape, but Mundo caught just caught him, holding him by the mask as he dangled above the floor.
Mundo pulled him back into the cage as the announcers speculated that King Cuerno could have removed his mask and escaped but that the honour of the mask was worth more than that.
Inside the cage, and on the top turnbuckle, they traded kicks and then both fell, face-first, onto the mat. After a while down, they both got back up and slammed each other into the cage. King Cuerno hit an uppercut and then Mundo hit a spear.
Mundo again tried to escape but King Cuerno caught him, until Mundo knocked him back to the mat. Rather than escape, though, Mundo hit the End of the World off the top of the cage for the pinfall victory.
This was a good match. It wasn’t a cage-match classic, by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a solid bout which only strengthened both men. Thing is, it didn’t feel like the end of their feud, even at the rate they burn through feuds in Lucha Underground. Ho hum.
And the main event was a microcosm of this week’s show – a Good Show with nothing spectacular. There are still so many plot lines unresolved – around Black Lotus, Matanza, Big Ryck, Cage, and more – that the show will plough on into the distance for some time. Godspeed!
(Lucha Underground airs in the US on the El Rey Network on Wednesdays at 9pm ET, and en Español on Unimas on Saturdays at 4pm ET. It does not currently air in the UK but you can probably find it somewhere out there in the ether…)