Lucha Underground Notes (10/19/2016)

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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Results

Lucha Underground Championship match: Matanza (c) defeated Killshot (***)

Triple Threat match: Drago defeated Aerostar and Fenix (***¾)

Prince Puma defeated Mil Muertes (***¾)

Notes

Puma was gearing up ahead of his big match with Mil Muertes tonight, Vampiro interrupted and offered his services, only for it to be quickly refused. Puma stated he would rather die by Muertes’ hands than live by Vampiro’s.

It was time for Dario’s Dial of Doom. With the undefeated monster, Matanza, stood in the ring, Dario spun the wheel and the crowd stood in anticipation. Slowly but surely, the dial landed on Killshot. One hell of a match ahead!

Lucha Underground Championship match: Matanza Cueto (c) vs Killshot

The soldier versus the monster, this match featured both men carrying an injury or two. Killshot wasn’t in the best shape following his pyrrhic victory against Marty Moth a few weeks ago, and Matanza was quick to exploit this. Still with visible tape and cuts all over his back, Killshot immediately reverted to his superior speed, only for it to be often outdone by the ruthless aggression of Matanza. The Champion went to deliver a tombstone to Killshot and end proceedings, only for Killshot to wriggle out and after a few neat strikes, got absolutely bodied by a flying uppercut from Matanza, which was followed up by Matanza’s patented Wrath of the Gods to end the match. Short but sweet, solid match as Matanza struggles against the rest of his roster.

Out of nowhere, Dante (AR Fox) arrived and proceeded to layeth the smackdown on Killshot. My assumption is that Dante is the man that Killshot left for dead on the battlefield during his tour of duty.

Another vignette ran for White Rabbit, announcing that who, or whatever, it is will be here soon.

Fenix, Drago & Aerostar came down to the ring and Cueto announced that in 4 weeks time, Aztec Warfare III will take place. In addition to this, Matanza would be defending his title in Aztec Warfare, entering the competition at number one. To find out who enters the big title match at number 20, Cueto decided the three stood in the ring will face off against each other. Who ever won this match would enter Aztec Warfare at number 20 (The equivalent of the Royal Rumble number 30 spot) whereas the two losers would be out of the competition.

Fenix vs Drago vs Aerostar

Immediately, Fenix left the ring, letting Aerostar & Drago got at it for a short while as they sized each other up. The three best high flyers in the temple, despite teaming together, have never been in a situation where they’ve all faced off so this came as an exciting match.

As Drago had his back turned, Fenix raced in to capitalise on the situation and the three heated up the crowd with some immense moves. Whilst this matchup was going on, Vampiro gave an interesting opinion as to why it may not being a good idea entering last, suggesting that the other 19 will be running full of emotion and ready to drop anyone after them, especially the entitled number 20 spot. Interesting logic.

This match was packed full of good lucha things as the fight spilled to the outside and Fenix took charge of the match. The three battled it out, the friendship between the trio had flown straight out the window as the unique opportunity was laid out in front of them. Aerostar took charge, delivering a lung blower to a bloodied Fenix. The three traded backhand chops before the stiff strikes came in large quantities. The crowd erupted as the three simultaneously locked each other in submissions and Fenix took a leaf out of his brothers book, hammering Drago and Aerostar with some punishing blows. From seemingly out of nowhere, Drago won the match with a rolling neckbreaker. Fantastic match.

Backstage, whilst Drago proudly looked at himself in the mirror, Kobra moon appeared and demanded that Kobra bring the title back to their tribe to which Drago insisted he left their tribe 1000 years ago and will never return.

Mundo stormed into Cueto’s office, and demanded a title shot. Mundo offered Cueto $100,000 for a match with Sexy Star. Finally, Cueto succumbed to Mundo’s persistent advances and confirmed the match. It will be Sexy Star vs Johnny Mundo for the Gift of the Gods Championship, possibly next week or the week after.

Mil Muertes vs Prince Puma

Arguably the biggest and most destructive feud in Lucha Underground, these two finally got their highly anticipated rematch. These two wasted little time in trying to destroy each other, Muertes’ size and punishing aggression squared off with the speed and agility of Prince Puma, and it did not disappoint. Puma went to backflip off a wall once the fight spilled to the outside but as he turned back around, Muertes hit Puma with a gut busting spear to instantly take control of the match. As Catrina stood watching in silence, the fight spilled onto the bleachers as the devastating brawl ended up in the crowd. As Muertes turned his back, Puma caught some serious air time, flying from the crowd to down the man of a thousand deaths. Puma rolled Muertes back into the ring before Muertes narrowly rolled out of the way of a 630 flip from the top rope. Mil came flying back into this match by reversing a discus boot with a devastating forearm.

Just as the match looked like it would be over, Puma worked his way out of a flatliner and utilized that speed to find himself in a position to land the 630 once more, only this time he nailed it and picked up the victory. Another fantastic match to close the show. This is the weakest Mil Muertes has looked in a very long time, it seems his stint in Cuerno’s office really took it out of him.

In the closing segment, Rey Mysterio was talking to Chavo Guerrero Sr. Mysterio was discussing some form of a last resort, that ended with Mysterio saying: “Either he leaves, or I leave” which Chavo Guerrero Sr nodded in agreement after some brief thought.

Final Word

A really excellent show. We were gifted with three good matches, two of which were really good to watch for different reasons. There’s a few things that the average Lucha viewer watcher wouldn’t spot. For instance, AR Fox is Dante, the man that Killshot left for dead. Matanza is looking weaker as they build towards Aztec Warfare, it feels like they’re building towards something big for Matanza at Aztec Warfare, especially as Cueto acknowledged the fact that his brother is getting slightly weaker when competing in Dario’s Dial of Doom. I’m also interested to see where the Trios Champions go from here, they put on one hell of a match and whilst I did initially predict Fenix to win the triple threat match, I doubt many people have an issue with Drago entering at number 20. Also, I get the impression that the White Rabbit thing is Paul London’s character? Don’t quote me on that one!

Overall, a very good show, well worth the watch.

Grade: A

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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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