Lucha Underground Notes (10/06/2016)

Robbie Radford

Robbie Radford

Robbie covers NJPW, Lucha Underground and a few other promotions as well as various other articles. He is also a co-host of the PuroLads podcast. Robbie lives in Leeds, England.
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Ivelisse defeated Mariposa (with Marty Moth) ***

Best-Of-Five series match 2: Cage Defeated Texano Jr. (Cage is 2-0 up in the series) ***½

Lucha Underground Championship: Matanza Cueto (c) defeated Prince Puma ***¾


Dario appeared with his intimidating Dial of Doom as the crowd anticipated who would be fed to the Monster Matanza this week. Fortunately for us but unfortunately for Prince Puma, it would be his turn to square off with Matanza Cueto with the Lucha Underground Championship at stake. Despite the fact this was all taped in March, these two squaring off may be compensating Lucha fans following a mild last few shows.

Opening the show, Ivelisse squared off with old rival, Mariposa. Surprisingly, Marty the Moth was in good enough shape to accompany his fellow twisted minded sibling following his brutal encounter with Killshot a fortnight ago. Vampiro commented that he thinks Mariposa wears a mask due to years of psychological terror, I mainly thought it was a warrior tradition passed down through generations.

This match got underway with a physical feeling out stage, with Mariposa having the height advantage but Ivelisse is far superior as far as in ring skills is concerned, that feat showed with Ivelisse using that superior skill set to outwit Mariposa for a short while. Following interference from Marty Moth, Mariposa took advantage of the distracted Ivelisse to dominate proceedings for a few minutes at a time. The numbers game as well as the height and weight advantage in Mariposa’s corner only worked for so long as after the match was quickly won by the valiant Ivelisse following a sunset flip pin.

Dario Cueto was interrupted during a phone call by Johnny Mundo, who was still disgusted at Cueto’s continual refusal for a Lucha Underground Championship match. Hilariously, Mundo made a flippant comment about demanding an opportunity at the Gift of the Gods Championship, only for it to remind El Jefe that Jack Evans pinned Sexy Star last week, so it would be Jack Evans squaring off with Sexy Star this week for the Gift of the Gods Championship, much to the disgust of Mundo.

A vignette ran that told us to “follow the white rabbit.”  Are Jefferson Airplane debuting in the temple?

We had our second match of the night, Cage vs Texano in match 2 of their Best-Of-Five series. I saw Cage this past Sunday at a show in Sheffield. Not only is he larger in person, he’s definitely one of the best wrestlers I’ve ever seen live.

This match spilled to the outside straight away, with the pair using the dangerous temple environment to get inflict further damage on each other. Texano looked a little out of shape, although that may be because he competed against Cage, a man literally chiseled out of stone. Cage struggled to get into the match in the early stages, the slow and methodical pace of Texano cancelled out the fast athletic style of Cage, although it would be the brute power of Cage that turned the tables. The big man took charge following a sitout Alabama Slam, only for it to be met with a superkick from Texano. Following a hugely impressive middle rope suplex, Cage won the match with a pretty brutal looking move. This means Cage is 2-0 up in the Best-Of-Five series.

Ivelisse was nursing her injuries in the changing rooms, to be met by her psychotic lover Jeremiah (Sami Callihan). Jeremiah was angry that someone attacked her and demanded to know who did it, but the valiant Ivelisse insisted she could handle it herself.

Prince Puma emerged to a thunderous reaction from the believers. The first Lucha Underground champion hoped to retain what has escaped the fan favourite for a very long time.

The immense strength and bloodthirst of Matanza squared off with the seasoned veteran speed and agility of Prince Puma in this match and it produced some serious fireworks. The fight spilled outside of the ring and the pair tried to utilise the destructive environment of the temple to inflict further damage to each other, similar to Texano vs Cage from earlier tonight. Puma slapped Matanza, which caused the beast to grow stronger and unleash a barrage of powerslams to the lumbar of Puma, taking the wind out of the former champions sails.

Cueto demanded Matanza ripped the mask of Puma but the monster preferred to wreak further damage on the lower back region of Puma. Paying tribute to his mentor, Prince Puma used a 619 and a standing shooting star press to try ground Matanza which didn’t work so Puma reverted to using a combination of deadlift suplexes to both shock Dario Cueto and the Believers beyond belief! The sheer strength of Prince Puma is fantastic. Puma then reversed a Wrath of the Gods into a DDT before nailing a 630 splash. Mil Muertes ran in and flattened Puma who looked poised to win the Lucha Underground Championship. Muertes attacked Puma, delivering a flatliner before Matanza took advantage of his former adversary and delivered a Wrath of the Gods to pick up another victory. Fantastic match.

During the credits, Joey Ryan interrupted Killshot who was hitting the weights, handing the former marine some documents that read “you left me for dead.”

Final Word: A great show, signs that the good times have returned for Lucha Underground. I won’t say or expect too much for future Lucha shows in this series but you’d really have to be splitting hairs to find legitimate reasons to dislike this week’s show.

Grade: B+

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Robbie covers NJPW, Lucha Underground and a few other promotions as well as various other articles. He is also a co-host of the PuroLads podcast. Robbie lives in Leeds, England.

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