Lucha Underground on El Rey Network (04.27.16)

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Lucha Underground
April 27, 2016

Los Angeles, CA
The Temple

The current Lucha Underground champs are as follows:
Lucha Underground Champion: Matanza (3/23/16)
Lucha Underground Gift of the Gods Champion: Vacant (3/16/16)
Lucha Underground Trios Champions: Son of Havoc, Ivelisse & Angelico (3/16/16)

In case you missed last week, here are some highlights:

NOW ONTO THIS WEEK:

HIPSTER BAND OF THE WEEK: Bang Data. Is Edward Snowden in this band?

Your hosts are Matt Striker and Vampiro. Since Dario Cueto’s office was caved in last week by Matanza and Mil Muertes, I don’t think we’ll be spending much time there this week.

  • (Cage Match) Gift of the Gods Aztec Medallion Match #3: Cage vs. Johnny Mundo (w/Taya)

This is the second cage match in Lucha Underground. The first one took place last March when King Cuerno lost to JOHNNY MUNDO. So yeah, Mundo has a little streak going. They meet in the middle of the ring for a slugfest. Obviously being the more powerful of the two, Cage ends that nonsense and throws Mundo in the corner to keep on punching him for a ten count. Mundo tries a quick escape and can’t quite make it. Cage pulls him down and delivers a dropkick. We get some violent old school cage match tossing by Cage. Reverse TKO to Mundo gets two. With Mundo in between the buckles, Cage climbs up in the corner and applies a Boston crab to brutally stretch out Mundo. Cage tries climbing out when he’s done, but Mundo stops him and crotches Cage on the top rope. With Cage stuck between the ropes and the cage, Mundo hits him with a series of running knee strikes and a hesitation dropkick. As they struggle to climb out, Mundo brings Cage down to the mat with a SUPER C4! Cover, 1-2-NO! Mundo abuses Cage in the corner stomping on his face, but then charges into STJOE. Cage climbs up top again, but Mundo drills his back and brings him down this time with a SUPER MOONLIGHT DRIVE for 1-2-NO! Taya tries sliding a kendo stick into the ring, but Cage stops her. The Flying Chuck by Mundo gets blocked for a wheelbarrow suplex. The buckle bomb from Cage leads to a CAGE BOMB by CAGE! When Cage climbs up the wall, Taya tries to whack him with the kendo stick. I mean, she can’t really do much with that stick up there. It’s enough to stall Cage until Mundo can yank him down. Taya tosses the kendo stick to Mundo. He works over Cage for 1-2-NO! Mundo swings again, but Cage catches the stick and starts threatening Mundo all over the ring. Because of PARKOUR, Cage gives up trying to connect with the stick at least for now and spears Mundo into the corner. The Alabama Slam rocks Mundo enough that now Cage can wear out Mundo with the stick. After a whack to the skull, Cage breaks the stick over his knee and covers Mundo for 1-2-NO! Discus Lariat gets two as well. Now Taya is climbing the cage like Sherri Martel at Halloween Havoc 1994. She tosses a chair to Mundo and Cage gets his wig split for 1-2-NO! Mundo misses the END OF THE WORLD from the top of the cage, but Taya flies onto Cage with a flying body press. NICE. Together, Mundo and Taya give Cage the MAGIC KILLER. Both cover Cage for 1-2-NO! Taya pulls out some handcuffs because of course Taya has handcuffs. Cage knocks Mundo away and handcuffs Taya to the bottom rope. Mundo grabs the chair and whacks Taya by mistake. Ouch. DRILL CLAW on the chair! Cage covers for the win. (13:29) Holy crap, this was fun. I liked that it wasn’t your typical lucha style match inside the cage. These two went to war. A little too reliant on the off the top rope spots maybe, but Mundo had to kick it up a notch to beat somebody like Cage. Yeah, I’m a big fan of this one. ***¾

  • (Elimination Match) Lucha Underground Trios Championship: Son of Havoc & Ivelisse (c) vs. Prince Puma, Dragon Azteca Jr. & Rey Mysterio vs. Joey Ryan, Cisco & Cortez Castro vs. Fenix, PJ Black & Jack Evans

Wow, no backstage vignettes or anything. We go right back to the ring. Dario Cueto takes the mic away from Melissa Santos and says Angelico has had an accident and is being rushed to the hospital. Hmm. The match will take place without him though. Members of all four teams are in the ring at the same time. We start with Ivelisse, Rey Mysterio, Cisco, and Fenix. Lots of people are missing their spots to start, but then hitting their marks right after that culminating in a powerslam by Cisco on Fenix. Everyone switches out and we have Puma, Black, Castro, and Havoc. They go from a four-way knucklelock to just beating the heck out of each other. Havoc and Puma rule the ring with their corner splashes and whatnot. Tag to Azteca, he and Puma double-team Castro for a standing SSP from Havoc for two. Black flies in with an elbow drop intended for either Havoc or Castro or both and misses. Castro recovers and tags Cisco for a backbreaker/legdrop combo to Havoc for two. Vamp wonders whatever happened to Bael. HA. The Crew continue to control the ring for a bit. Cisco presses Azteca and drops him for an X-Factor. Fancy pinning roll by Castro gets two. Havoc wakes up and does his shoulder bounce off the top rope to crash into the Crew with a double back elbow. Always LOVE seeing that. Tag to Ivelisse, Ryan gets a tag and baits her to the floor to smash her face on the apron. In comes Fenix, he catches Cisco not looking with a corkscrew plancha to kickstart a plancha train. Just tons of fun. Even Rey leaps on the pile. Ivelisse wants to dive too, but Joey Ryan cuts her off with his chest hair. She slaps him across the chops. Joey grabs her by the throat only to be lucha armdragged away. Ivelisse continues to abuse Ryan with a whole bunch of short slaps to the face. Awesome. Joey pushes her away, but takes a release German suplex! YES! Castro comes back inside and gives Ivelisse a brainbuster. Joey wants a tag to finish her off, but Castro refuses and gets rolled up by Ivelisse for our first elimination at 7:44. Commercials!

When we return, we have Havoc versus Evans versus Puma. Naturally, Puma and Havoc work together to beat up Evans. Double dropkick sends Evans to the floor – thus ending the alliance. Havoc enziguri kicks Puma from the apron and hits the flying double stomp and moonsault for two. Evans stomps them both, but Havoc goes over and tags Ivelisse. She elbows Evans back into the corner, but runs into a boot. Evans now calls himself the BADDEST BITCH IN THE BUILDING. What happened to being called the dragon slayer? Evans dumps out Puma thinking Ivelisse is easy pickings. She’s not. She chops and boots him down. Havoc climbs to the top without a tag, but gets shoved down by Fenix. Now Fenix tries going up top and Ivelisse kicks him down. HA! With Evans doubled over, Ivelisse gives him a wonderful CODE RED. However, Black hops in the ring and superkicks her head from the side. He turns Evans forward and gets the three-count to eliminate the trios champs at 11:28. One more break!

AND WE’RE BACK! It’s now down to Team Battlebowl versus the Dream Team. Fenix meets Azteca in the middle of the ring. Nice sequence as they run the ropes ending with Fenix double stomping Azteca when he’s not looking. Some cool back suplex counters there. Azteca does that tilt-a-whirl DDT spot on Fenix. For some reason he tries it again right after and eats a superkick while in mid-air. Puma tags in and springboard clotheslines Black down. Enziguri kick to Fenix! Bridging suplex and vertical suplex takes out Evans. BENADRYLLER (kind of) drills Black! The 630 SENTON connects as well! Evans runs in and kicks Puma in the dick when the ref is busy with Rey. Tag to Evans, he whips Puma into his corner. Black forces Fenix to help him hold Puma in the corner. Of course this is going to backfire. Evans doesn’t mind because he kicked Fenix and they don’t get along. In comes Mysterio for the hot tag. He’s got 619s for both Black and Evans. With Evans supposedly staggering, Puma shoots Azteca into the ropes and tilt-a-whirls him into a DDT on Evans. Now STEREO TOPE SUICIDAS to Black and Fenix. Meanwhile in the ring, Rey lands a split-legged moonsault on Evans for the win. (16:54 shown) Ladies and gents, we have *NEW* Lucha Underground trios champions. As for the match, I think eleven people in the ring was just too many and hindered the match a little bit for me. I would have preferred more of a 3-on-3 tournament final instead of a four-way match, but that’s just me. I feel like six is just enough wrestlers in the ring so it doesn’t feel overcrowded. This just felt like a quicker way to get to the end and didn’t seem quite as satisfying to me. Tons of fun and a very good contest overall, but I’m afraid people will overrate the crap out of it. ***½

Before we go, we arrive at Vampiro’s lair. He calls for Pentagon Jr. to appear. He wheels over to him like Professor Xavier and gets told to “get up”. He can’t do it although Vamp continues to order him to. Vamp starts pouring hot wax on him from a black candle. Pentagon comes close to standing up, but falls on his face. Vamp picks up Pentagon’s head and tells him he’s weak before pushing him back down on the floor. Vamp lays the candle down and walks out of the room leaving Pentagon behind as the room starts to fill with smoke. OOOOOO!

Good night everybody!

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