Hey, it’s Lucha Underground! It’s gone trios crazy!
The show started with a re-cap of the recent storylines featuring Ivelisse & Son of Havoc, Sexy Star & Pentagón Jr, and Price Puma & Hernandez. So that’s your line-up for tonight.
In Dario Cueto’s office, Konnan and Prince Puma were told by Cueto that they should find two partners for the trios tournament. They would face King Cuerno next week, and he’d already got his partners.
Also, Prince Puma would be facing King Cuerno tonight. And it would be for the Lucha Underground title. Sweet.
The announcers welcomed us to the show and Vampiro gushed about Sergio Arau, our musical guest for the week.
Hey, it’s Melissa Santos! She introduced the team of Angélico, Ivelisse & Son of Havoc – and then Drago, Fénix & Aero Star – for the opening trios tournament bout.
The story of this match was partners not getting along. Drago and Aero Star, torn apart by their best-of-five series, bickered and came to blows, and cost their team the match.
Ivelisse wanted little to do with either Angélico or Son of Havoc, and outright walked away when Havoc tried to make a tag. It didn’t matter, because he made his own save and got the win with a shooting star press.
This was very spotty, as you’d expect, and suffered a little for that. Still, I’ve seen worse. This week.
Backstage, Prince Puma was training and was interrupted by Konnan. Konnan said he’d found Puma a partner – Hernandez – which Puma didn’t seem to like. It’s weird, because Hernandez has done nothing wrong to Puma yet, so he’s acting like a jealous child.
Johnny Mundo appeared and said that Puma had already found a partner, so I guess that’s their trio. He said he’d have Puma’s back in the main event tonight.
Hey, it’s Melissa! She introduced Super Fly, who was already in the ring, and then Sexy Star, who made her way down the steps in a very short skirt.
The announcers told us that this match had been made for reasons. I’m really not sure why. Does it matter?
Dario Cueto leaned out of his office and told them that he wanted a fight tonight, and that because they were friends he’d have to add something to the mix. He made it a máscara contra máscara match – loser has to unmask – and they both lost their shit.
Now here’s a thing: luchas apuestas, as these stipulation matches are known in Mexico, are usually pretty big deals. The loser often gets a HUGE pay-off to compensate for losing their mask or their hair, and they come at the end of months of feuding.
This was made just now, with no prior tip-off, and thus is contrary to luchas apuestas tradition. BUT Super Fly lost his match in Mexico last year, and has wrestled a few times here without it, which really shouldn’t happen. So think of this as simply putting the universe straight…
I guess I gave away the winner there, didn’t I? Yeah, Super Fly lost, when Sexy Star pinned him with a roll-up of all things. It wasn’t a great match, truth be told. Functional. After the match, he offered his mask to Sexy Star, who reluctantly took it, and we all got a good look at Super Fly – he’s one of the rare luchadores who looks better without his mask so he’ll be okay.
Suddenly, Pentagón Jr appeared, and knocked Sexy Star out of the ring and then broke Super Fly’s arm. Sexy Star stopped him from doing it last week so payback’s a bitch. I suspect this isn’t over…
Pentagón Jr rules so hard.
Hey, it’s our main event! Melissa Santos introduced the champion, Prince Puma, who came to the ring with Hernandez & Johnny Mundo, and wearing a puma skin as a headdress.
King Cuerno then came out, wearing his deer skin headdress, and we waited for his partners to emerge. They soon appeared, and it was Texano & Cage! This is BIG TIME.
They locked up and King Cuerno caught Prince Puma in an armlock. They went back and forth, with Puma trying to escape, but Cuerno kept it on.
Puma launched into some kicks but Cuerno rolled out of the ring. He tried to come back in, but Puma kicked him out again and then hit a dive. Unfortunately, he was caught by Cage and Texano, who threw him to that mat, and Cuerno hit a neckbreaker on the outside.
Cuerno brought Puma back into the ring and hit some kicks, and stomps, and a clothesline in the corner. Cuerno distracted the referee and Texano & Cage attacked Puma. Puma fought back with a Superman Punch and a flurry of punches, and then threw Cuerno to the outside.
Puma dived onto Cuerno and then Mundo hit a corkscrew onto Cage and Texano. Cage dragged Cuerno back into the ring and Hernandez told Puma to get back in, too.
Puma botched a springboard into the ring but then hit a side slam for a nearfall. Puma missed a 450 splash, then Cuerno hit a series of German suplexes. Hernandez got up on the apron and clapped Cuerno round the ears, and Puma kicked him to set up the 630 splash.
Puma seemed to scold Hernandez for his interference, and then hit the 630 for the win.
After the match, Hernandez got in to celebrate with Puma, who wanted nothing of it. Jealous child. He eventually acquiesced into letting Hernandez raise his arm but they were attacked by Cage, and an all-out brawl ensued as the show went off the air.
This was a Good Show. Not a great show, but a decent effort. Storylines are moving forward and we’ve got another big show next week. And it’s all moving towards Ultimo Lucha in a couple of months. Great stuff.
(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…)