Lucha Underground Notes: 11/03/2016

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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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Lucha Underground Championship: Matanza (c) defeated Cortez Castro.

Son of Havoc defeated Dr. Wagner Jr.

Loser Leaves Lucha: Rey Mysterio defeated Chavo Guerrero

Beginning the show with the infamous Darios Dial of Doom, this week the lucky.. Or unlucky victim was “Darios Choice” meaning he could pick anyone. After playing to the crowd a little, pretending to consider Rey Mysterio and Pentagon Jr, Dario Cueto decided to choose Cortez Castro. Needless to say, Rip Castro.

Lucha Underground Championship: Matanza Cueto (c) vs Cortez Castro

Clearly not healed from the broken arm suffered at the hands of Pentagon Dark, Castro came to the ring with a Kendo stick, before throwing it to the ground. As the crowd held their breath, Cortez too, the bell eventually rung and the destruction began.

Fighting Matanza with two hands is always going to be a struggle, nevermind one hand. Matanza stomped on the broken arm of Castro whilst the challenger writhed around in excruciating pain. Accompanied with the crowd chanting “holy shit”, Matanza snapped the cast, as well as the healing arm. The crowd cheered on Castro as he slammed Matanza with the shredded cast, causing the champion to stumble back a little, only to reply with the eventual, inevitable, Wrath of the Gods. Noticeably, for the first time inside the temple, the crowd turned on Matanza, chanting “Matanza sucks.”

Backstage, Cueto joked around with one of the undercover police officers, before Son of Havoc walked in and demanded retribution for what Famous B & Dr. Wagner Jr have been doing to himself and Mascarita Sagrada. Cueto agreed, after realising the possibility of blood being shed in his temple.

Prince Puma stood in the ring, demanding a Grave Consequences (casket match.. Just a lot more violent) match against Mil Muertes. At the top of the stairs, Catrina stood. Catrina agreed to the match whilst in the background, Mil Muertes tried to attack Puma from behind, however Puma was too fast and too sharp for Muertes who promptly retreated once he realised he wasn’t getting the upper hand.

Dr. Wagner Jr (with Famous B) vs Son of Havoc (with Mascarita Sagrada)

Famous B interrupted Melissa Santos, the usual ring announcer, and began berating the crowd, insisting they were all destined for mediocrity. Despite the fact he’s working on the heel team, the crowd still love Wagner, then again, who doesn’t?

As per Melissa, Dario Cueto ordered that the winner of this match was allowed to pick the stipulation for the grudge match between Famous B and Mascarita Sagrada next week.

The match got off to a flying start with an epic plancha from Son of Havoc who kept the intensity high throughout this match with his impressive lucha libre ability, igniting the Boyle Heights believers who were going crazy for their number one. As the match worked its way back inside the ring, Dr. Wagner turned the match on it’s head, Stylistically. Wagner began to utilise his powerful moves instead of trying to evade the high-flying moves. As the pair engaged in a chop battle, the match turned once again into a dominating showcase from Son of Havoc, whose speed and agility outmatched anything Wagner could produce. This proved to be vital for Havoc, as he picked up the victory following a shooting star press. This meant that Son of Havoc can pick the stipulation, in which he picked a ‘believers backlash’ match. Son of Havoc also added that the believers can bring the weapons, as anything goes. Believers Backlash means that fans surround the ring as lumberjacks equipped with leather straps.

Another vignette ran, where the mysterious character (Paul London) revealed that his destiny is inside the temple and that he won’t be coming alone.

Loser Leaves Lucha: Chavo Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio

As Vampiro explained the history of the famous Guerrero family, he was clearly emotional about the situation. The heavy boos turned to thunderous cheers as Rey Mysterio arrived, the fan favourite and another legendary name in Lucha Libre.

Due to the nature of the match, both competitors were fairly circumspect in the opening stages, despite having wrestled over hundreds of times. Interestingly enough, Vampiro added that both men were utilising moves that their respective families have introduced. Chavo Classic was watching from ringside, which the believers acknowledged loudly.

As expected, both men were countering a plethora of each other’s moves, making for a very good wrestling match. Chavo aimed to exploit the knee he badly damaged with a steel chair at the end of their triple threat match with pentagon a fortnight ago. Working the leg, Mysterio hobbled on the left leg for the remainder of the match as the damage had been done in great amounts. Both men were struggling with injuries picked up in this match so the slugfest they briefly engaged in slowed each other down promptly, only for Chavo to utilise the tilt-a-whirl backbreaker before paying homage to Eddie Guerrero with the three amigos, only for Mysterio to go for the 619.

In a huge moment, Chavo Classic raced into the ring, hitting Chavo with a steel chair, meaning he won via DQ. This meant Chavo Guerrero stayed and Mysterio left. Just as Mysterio left, Dario Cueto raced out of his office, chastising the referee for calling a disqualification in his main event. Cueto restarted the match after setting the ‘anything goes’ stipulation. As soon as the match restarted, Mysterio hit both Chavo and his father with a 619. Before Mysterio could even go for the finishing piece of the puzzle, Chavo locked Mysterio in the single leg crab, once again damaging the left knee of Mysterio.

Chavo wreaked Havoc on Mysterio, turning another three amigos into a Gory special, made famous by Chavo’s grandfather. Underscored by chants of ‘this is awesome’, Mysterio hit the 619 for the epic victory, much to the chagrin of Chavo Classic on the outside.

Final Word: Considering how much I despised last week’s show for various reasons, this show was a significant improvement. Whilst the smarter fans know the outcome of Matanza’s championship reign, it’s still interesting to see where they’re going with it until then. The main event was a great watch, despite the twist that halted the match. A good hour of fun this week as we build towards Aztec Warfare. Next week features Mil Muertes vs Prince Puma in a Graver Consequences match, which will be a lot of fun.

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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