Lucha Underground on El Rey Network (01.27.16)


Lucha Underground
January 27, 2016

Los Angeles, CA
The Temple

The current Lucha Underground champs are as follows:
Lucha Underground Champion: Mil Muertes (8/5/15)
Lucha Underground Gift of the Gods Champion: Fenix (8/5/15)
Lucha Underground Trios Champions: The Disciples of Death (7/29/15)
AAA Mega Champion: Vacant (11/9/15)

From the Psychotic Break Division at the Yousseff Floro Clinic, Ian Hodgkinson is being evaluated concerning his release from the place. In his mind, he wants to go completely nuts on everyone around him. In reality, he’s as cool as a cucumber. The doctor gives him some meds and he’s free to go. Does he have a ride? Of course he does. It’s Matt Striker. Matt unveils a black low rider and they bounce up out of there. Striker warns him that things have gotten much darker at the Temple. Vampiro doesn’t seem to mind as he eyeballs his pills. I’VE MISSED THIS SHOW.

Back at the Temple, it appears the always lovely Catrina has taken over Dario Cueto’s office. Fenix shows up with the Gift of the Gods championship. He wants Mil Muertes and his title. Since he has the GOTG title, Fenix can face him next week – assuming he still carries the gift next week that is. Catrina gives Fenix a real challenge in King Cuerno. He really wants the gift. By the way, Mil Muertes will be watching from his awesome Mortal Kombat-style throne up in the Temple.

Your hosts are Matt Striker and Vampiro.

  • Lucha Underground Gift of the Gods Champion Fenix vs. King Cuerno

If Fenix wins, he gets Mil Muertes and the LU title next week. Some fancy armdrags and headscissors to start from Fenix. He trips up Cuerno and lands a standing moonsault, but the man immediately pops back up. Cuerno bails out and baits Fenix into a DDT from the apron to the floor. Ouch. Cuerno delivers the tope suicida he’s been known to do. Back in, Fenix nails him with a springboard dropkick. He follows up with a double jump springboard armdrag on Cuerno. Handspring cutter catches Cuerno and we’re back on the floor. Fenix shows off this time with a TORNILLO of sorts. Back in the ring, they trade some strikes and kicks. Fenix lands another handspring cutter and rolls back into a dragon sleeper! Cuerno escapes and applies a surfboard and dragon sleeper hold. Once he’s done with the hold, he knocks Fenix face first into the corner. Up on the top rope, Fenix delivers a double stomp to the back of Cuerno’s head as he’s sitting on the top buckle! WHAT. Cover, 1-2-NO! Fenix makes a mistake though and ends up on Cuerno’s shoulders for the THRILL OF THE HUNT. Cover, 1-2-NO! Cuerno gets antsy and charges into a superkick, but rolls away from a springboard 450. Cuerno considers the Thrill of the Hunt again, but changes to a PACKAGE TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER that ultimately awards him the match and the title. (7:48) Muertes and Cuerno share a look. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Cuerno really needed this victory over a guy like Fenix. Say what you will about Prince Puma from season one, but I felt Fenix was really the number two guy behind Mil Muertes. ***

Angelico, Son of Havoc, and Ivelisse are here! But first, commercials!

When we return, Catrina tells these three that they must fight each other tonight. When they refuse due to finally getting their crap together, Catrina says the winner can have a LU title shot – TONIGHT. Okay, they immediately change their minds now. Ivelisse vows that when she wins the LU title, she’s coming for Catrina.

Catrina then comes out to ringside to tell ring announcer Melissa Santos what the next match is because this just happened backstage. At least that’s what we’re led to believe that was what she was told. I wish WWE would think little things like that through. Striker and Vamp have no clue who the opponents are and rightfully so.

Meanwhile in the locker room, Catrina confronts King Cuerno about being the new Gift of the Gods champion. Cuerno is looking so Mexican with his cowboy hat and rodeo shirt. I love it. She mentions something about a deal. Cuerno tells her she has nothing to worry about and neither does Mil. COLLUSION~!

  • Winner face Mil Muertes: Angelico vs. Son of Havoc vs. Ivelisse

Striker calls this a “ménage a trois of brutality”. Everybody trades nearfalls on each other to start. That goes nowhere. Angelico and Son of Havoc join in for a test of strength, but Ivelisse is too short to join in, so she slaps Angelico and Havoc around. She appears to ruling the ring with a headscissors on Angelico. They start charging each other in the corner and Angelico wipes out Ivelisse with a running knee. Concerned for her, Havoc capitalizes with a handspring elbow. He catches Angelico with a springboard body press as well for two. Angelico comes back with the spinning kick while lying on his backside for a nearfall on Havoc. Ivelisse is caught up top, but Havoc is there to pull Angelico out of the corner on his shoulders. Angelico hops down and gets wiped out by a flying body press by Ivelisse! Havoc pulls her off the cover and gets slapped. She unloads on Havoc with some Daniel Bryan kicks. Step-up enziguri to Angelico! Cover, 1-2-NO! Havoc stuns her with a backbreaker and kicks her to the floor. Havoc nearly gets tossed out by Angelico, but does that thing where he bounces off the top rope using his strong shoulders. Just epic. He sidesteps a charge from Angelico who goes flying out to the floor. Tope suicida to Angelico! Tope suicida to Ivelisse! HAVOC IS RULING THE RING! Back in, he kicks Angelico back and lands the flying double stomp and standing moonsault gets two. Angelico fights off Havoc and Ivelisse in the corner, but gets taken down to the mat by Havoc. Is it time for the Shooting Star Press?! Nope, Ivelisse trips up Havoc. Ivelisse applies La Magistral cradle on Angelico for the win! (6:09) When Charlotte faces Triple H for the WWE world title, then those other guys can talk about a true revolution. I knew it was coming knowing this promotion like I do, but it’s definitely different. She was the wild card in this scenario. Fun match as anything with these three have been fun. **½

Oh and yes, Mil Muertes is still watching everything from his throne.

375 miles from Boyle Heights, some douchebags are driving around looking for the Temple. The Black Lotus walks by and asks if they’re lost. How could they be *that* far off and think they’re in the neighborhood? Black Lotus tells them to follow her.

  • Lucha Underground Champion Mil Muertes (w/Catrina) vs. Ivelisse

The Disciples of Death come out and beat up Angelico and Son of Havoc before carrying them off. Catrina hands Ivelisse over to Mil as if he’s about to sacrifice a virgin, but IVELISSE IS NO VIRGIN, mi amigos. Mil owns Ivelisse like a jabroni to start. Ivelisse manages to find a guillotine choke, but he won’t go for that and throws her away. She tries a triangle choke, but Muertes lifts her up and over the ropes where she can apply a cross armbreaker. He knees her to the floor though. While Mil is shaking his arm loose, Ivelisse climbs to the top and catches Mil with a tornado DDT! Cover, 1-2-NO! Catrina senses trouble and gets in the ring with the stone in her hand. When she lifts it up (just like Paul Bearer and the urn), Mil gets up. Ivelisse grabs Catrina by the throat and steps away as Mil runs down Catrina with a SPEAR. Confused by what just happened, Ivelisse rolls up Muertes for 1-2-NO! OH MY GOSH. More drama in that nearfall than during the entire Royal Rumble PPV! Just as she starts to capitalize, Mil catches her charging him with a powerslam. He picks Ivelisse up by her throat and delivers the FLATLINER for the win. (4:34) Catrina pretends like she’s about to give Ivelisse the lick of death just as she has for every other opponent for Mil. Not this time. She orders Mil to give Ivelisse another Flatliner, but then PRINCE PUMA RETURNS and superkicks Mil Muertes away! He grabs Ivelisse and they exit the ring in a hurry. Prince Puma locks eyes with Mil from the floor. Meanwhile, PENTAGON JR IS BEHIND MIL. WHAT. Backcracker to Muertes! Catrina is completely helpless! He then makes a SACRIFICE OUT OF MIL MUERTES by snapping his arm! Awesome. CERO MIEDO! What does it all mean? You must return next week to find out. The match was about **½ with loads of drama, but the post-match activities included would bring it up to like ***½ or higher.

Outside the Temple, the three douchebags assume the Black Lotus has led them to Boyle Heights. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear they are anywhere near the Temple as Dario Cueto is waiting for them. He lets them in through a door for $20 a person. We hear screaming and violence ensuing, so apparently Dario Cueto has just fed these three losers to his caged up freak show monster of a brother?

Oh I love this show. Until next time, so long for now.

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