Lucha Underground on El Rey Network (02.03.16)
February 3, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
The current Lucha Underground champs are as follows:
Lucha Underground Champion: Mil Muertes (8/5/15)
Lucha Underground Gift of the Gods Champion: King Cuerno (1/27/16)
Lucha Underground Trios Champions: The Disciples of Death (7/29/15)
AAA Mega Champion: Vacant (11/9/15)
In case you missed it last week, here are some highlights:
NOW ONTO THIS WEEK:
In the locker room, Prince Puma is working those biceps while reflecting back on the time he lost the Lucha Underground title to Mil Muertes back at Ultima Lucha. Pentagon Jr. interrupts his workout to thank him for helping him make another sacrifice to his Master last week. Referring as if Prince Puma already knows this, Pentagon Jr. mentions he and Puma will team up tonight against the Disciples of Death. Together they will continue to break more bones and when the DOD are defeated, the next sacrifice will be Prince Puma. O RLY? Puma turns away and drops the barbells. Pentagon Jr. says it will happen because he is CERO MIEDO. This culminates in a movie style fight sequence. Pentagon gets kicked in the chin as Puma does a backflip. Puma backs Pentagon Jr. up against a wall and looks in his eyes to send him a message. I forget – has Prince Puma ever spoken a word in Lucha Underground? I don’t think he has.
The champ Mil Muertes is sitting up on his throne watching the show again this week. His right arm is in a leather sling.
Your hosts are Matt Striker and Vampiro. Striker asks Vamp if it was his call for Pentagon Jr. to snap Mil Muertes arm. Vamp denies it all. His explanation is that just because a guy takes a dark path doesn’t mean there isn’t a light at the end. Yeah, lighten up Matt. SHEESH. What a drama queen!
- Johnny Mundo vs. Killshot
In a rare situation for Lucha Underground, this *feels* like a squash match, right? However, Killshot controls to start being one step ahead of Mundo with a few kicks that send him to the floor to show off his moonsault plancha. While he’s busy showboating and playing to the crowd, Mundo regroups and spears the crap out of him. Back inside, Mundo gets a little too cocky and bullies him around thinking he’s done. Killshot hits a cutter out of nowhere. Mundo fires back with an elbow smash and hits the C4 for 1-2-NO! It could be time for the End of the World, but Killshot rolls away before that can happen. He gets Mundo stuck in the ropes in the corner and DDTs him down. Killshot delivers the 450 SPLASH for 1-2-NO! Mundo looks like he’s in trouble here. They trade shots on each other until Mundo falls back into ref Rick Knox. That allows Mundo to get fancy with a kick to the nads. Flying Chuck leads to the END OF THE WORLD for the win. (4:26) This was fine, but nothing amazing and puts Mundo over as a heel to watch. Afterwards, Mundo gets on the mic and tells Mil Muertes that the earthquake he faced as a child will feel nothing like the End of the World. CAGE shows up and says he’s at 100% unlike our champion who sits on his throne. If Mil Muertes wants a real challenge, Cage is that real challenge. He won’t just break his arm, he’ll break Mil Muertes in half. Why? Because he’s not a man, he’s a MACHINE. Mundo doesn’t feel like Cage is in his league, but Cage begs to differ because he’s beaten Mundo before. If Mundo wants to throw down, Cage is down for it right now. Cage and Mundo go nose to nose. Before any punches are thrown, Mundo pusses out and leaves. He’s got his eyes on Cage, but Cage has his eyes on Mil Muertes. When Cage turns his back, Mundo returns and attacks him. Cage NO-SELLS and drills Mundo with a running shoulder block. He tries to press Mundo, but Mundo slips away to fight another day. **
Elsewhere, Sexy Star is still being kidnapped by Marty the Moth for his sister. Unless he’s really been doing something maniacal (besides squashing a moth in his hand), her reactions are definitely OVERREACTIONS. His sister feels it’s almost time for Sexy Star to spread her wings and fly back to the Temple. But don’t worry, they are coming with her. So yeah, Sexy Star is having a rough time.
They air a vignette for “Darewolf” PJ Black. It’s Justin Gabriel from WWE. He’s a thrill seeker, so I’d say he’s come to the right place. He debuts next!
- PJ Black vs. The Mack
The Mack was another favorite of mine from last season. As for PJ Black, just coming to the ring for him is a HUUUGE adrenaline rush. He’s an instant favorite in the Temple right now. Black slows things down a bit to start unlike in the last match as they do a collar and elbow tie-up and work a headlock. It’s almost like a Steamboat match as he executes a deep armdrag as well. Mack hits a lucha armdrag and kicks Black down. They trade shots and run the ropes, but it’s Mack who lands the big shot with a jumping knee kick for two. Mack takes Black from corner to corner and delivers a Samoan drop before he kips up to his feet for the standing moonsault for 1-2-NO! Variety of shots are traded. Black flips out of a release German suplex and delivers the Black to the Future for 1-2-NO! I mean, Blue Thunder Bomb just sounds cooler though. Springboard Moonsault on Mack gets another nearfall. Black heads up top hoping for a 450 SPLASH, but he takes too long and Mack rolls away before any damage is done. We’ve already seen one tonight, ya know. Black tries a springboard, but flies down into a STUNNER from the Mack! STONE COLD! STONE COLD! STONE COLD! Mack picks up the win. (4:44) Seems like PJ Black underestimated these SoCal boys. **
They air a Kill Bill-style vignette for Kobra Moon. She will debut next week.
- Handicap Match: The Disciples of Death (w/Catrina) vs. Prince Puma & Pentagon Jr.
The DOD BUM RUSH THE SHOW on these boys. Pentagon gets dumped out so they can choke Puma a bunch. He cleans house on them and Pentagon does a somersault plancha to wipe them out. To make things even better, Puma delivers the SSP to take out again. Back inside, the DOD get serious and concentrate on Puma on their side of town. When Pentagon makes a save, the DOD give him their full attention. They give him a cool double hiptoss into a backbreaker. Back to Puma, he fights off a double-team attack and throws one of the DOD guys into a DDT position and gives the other a running reverse neckbreaker to take them both down at the same time. That’s always a silly move to me. No tag to Pentagon, but he’s in the ring like a house of fire. There’s Sling Blades everywhere! He starts slapping guys on the chest. Puma flies in over Pentagon trying to save him by nailing the gray skull guy with a missile dropkick. Pentagon thinks there’s a problem and the two get distracted as the DOD attack them. Rope-hung DDT to Puma wipes him out. Pentagon is sent to the floor for a somersault plancha. The golden skull DOD guy puts him in a chair for the purple skull DOD guy to hit him with a tope suicida, but Pentagon makes sure the golden skull DOD guy is in the chair when the hit comes. Meanwhile, Puma lands VERTIGO followed by the 630 SENTON on the gray skull DOD guy. Pentagon blind tags him and leaps in the ring for the cover and kind of takes away Puma’s victory. (7:33) But hey, CERO MIEDO! They come to blows. It looks like Pentagon is about to come through on his declaration of breaking Puma’s arm for his master, but Puma manages to power out of the hold (good thing he worked those biceps!) and flips Pentagon over. Puma tries for a roundhouse kick, but Pentagon is scared and runs out. Try again next week, pal. This was match of the night. It had very Attitude Era-style storytelling though. **½
Somewhere else, a new man has been chosen as the new El Dragon Azteca. Who is the one who made that choice? Why, it’s REY MYSTERIO JR. of course.
Until next time, so long for now.
Posted on February 4, 2016, in Lucha Underground and tagged Cage, Catrina, Disciples of Death, El Dragon Azteca, Johnny Mundo, Killshot, Lucha Underground, Mil Muertes, Pentagon Jr., PJ Black, Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio, The Mack. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.