11/12 Lucha Underground live review: Fenix vs. Drago vs. Pentagon Jr., Mascarita Sagrada vs. El Mariachi Loco
By Jason Powell
Taped in Boyle Heights, California
Aired on El Rey Network
A recap of the second episode opened the show... The opening credits aired... Matt Striker and Vampiro were on commentary...
Backstage, Konnan told promoter Dario Cueto that he was bringing in Fenix, Drago, and Pentagon Jr. Konnan said Cueto didn't have much of a league without those three wrestlers. Konnan admitted he had some minor problems at the border. Cueto said he was going to put all three men in a match. Konnan said that would be "real good"...
Cueto came to the ring and welcomed viewers to his temple. He said he's heard complaints that there wasn't enough lucha in Lucha Underground. He mock whined, but said if fans want lucha then they will get it. Cueto introduced El Mariachi Loco, who was already in the ring. The female ring announcer introduced Mascarita Sagrada as Loco's opponent...
1. Mascarita Sagrada vs. El Mariachi Loco. Striker put over the mini Sagrada as a star. He noted the size difference, pointed out that men wrestle women, and said they don't discriminate in Lucha Underground. Sagrada got off to the fast start and received a strong reaction from the crowd.
Loco came back with a twisting slam and seemed to have Sagrada pinned, but he arrogantly pulled off and shook his head no. He went for another cover by placing one foot on Sagrada and posing to the crowd. Sagrada kicked out again and then dodged Loco's swanton attempt. Sagrada came right back with a tilt-a-whirl DDT for a two count. He followed up with a hold and turned it into a small package for the win...
Mascarita Sagrada beat El Mariachi Loco in 4:35.
After the match, Chavo Guerrero Jr. hit the ring and attacked Sagrada. Chavo got the better of Sagrada. Striker said Chavo had done it again and was continuing his rampage in Lucha Underground... [C]
Powell's POV: A crowd pleasing opening match. Striker's call of Chavo attacking Sagrada was weak. Chavo's heel turn was made out to be a huge deal at the end of last week's show, but his attack on Sagrada was nothing special and Striker seemed accepting of Chavo's actions rather than outraged.
A Vampiro sit-down interview with Chavo Guerrero was shown. They were pleasant to one another, then Vampiro said it seemed like Chavo has always tried to live on the Guerrero name. Chavo said he's been doing it the family way out of respect, but he's doing it his way for the first time.
Vampiro pointed out that Chavo lost the first ever Lucha Underground match to Blue Demon Jr. and then attacked him on the second show and put him in the hospital. Chavo said Demon Jr. is only a legend because his father passed on his mask to him. Guerrero said that if the Guerrero family doesn't like you, they put you out.
Chavo said El Rey Network thought Blue Demon Jr. was a cash cow and that Chavo was someone that people know who could bring in some viewers. "They can kiss my ass," Chavo said. Chavo said he will be a champion in Lucha Underground and he doesn't mind putting a legend in the hospital to do it. He looked into the camera and told Demon Jr. that he is better than him and is in Lucha Underground to dominate... [C]
Powell's POV: Vampiro comes off cool in the backstage interview setting, which is the best thing I can say about this. I like that Chavo is no longer the one-man Eddie Guerrero Memorial Tour and I really wanted to like this promo. Unfortunately, it did nothing for me and I don't like the way he heeled on the network rather than on the fans. Why should viewers give a damn if Chavo doesn't get along with the network executives?
Backstage, Konnan told Chavo Guerrero that he's always been like family to him. Konnan said people in Mexico found out about what Chavo did to Blue Demon Jr. and it's only a matter of time before they find out about what he did earlier in the show. Konnan told him to "become extinct like a comprehensive immigration bill or like a ghost." Konnan told Chavo that "they are coming" and walked away.
After Konnan walked away, Mil Muertes walked by Chavo, then Catrina told Chavo that he took something that doesn't belong to him. She said that one day Chavo will belong to Mil Muertes...
Ring entrances for the next match took place, then a Mil Muertes and Catrina video package was shown. Catrina narrated the video and talked about an earthquake that rocked Mexico City and took Mil's entire family. She said he was left alone in the rubble at age seven and thought he was going to die. She said he felt comfort being at the brink of death, and later brought all that death with him once he emerged from the rubble. She said his name was Pasqual Mendoza before the earthquake and is now Mil Muertes. She closed by saying a thousand deaths are coming...
2. Mil Muertes (w/Catrina) vs. Ricky Mandel. Mandel had a hope spot, but Muertes dominated the match and put him away with a Flatliner. Mil kissed Catrina afterward and was cheered by the crowd.
Mil Muertes beat Ricky Mandel in 2:40.
Powell's POV: I really like the backstories they give the new characters. They cover the basics in a short period of time very well. The Mil Muertes character is compelling. I wish he had ring gear that fit with the vibe of the character. The powder blue tights don't cut it.
Backstage, Johnny Mundo was trying to speak with Cueto when Mr. Cisco and Cortez Castro got in his way and asked for the password. Mundo beat them both up and then entered Cueto's office. Mundo asked for a match with Big Ryck. Cueto granted him the match. Mundo started to leave, then turned around and told Cueto that he's next... [C]
Powell's POV: The backstage fight scene with Mundo felt like something out of a cheesy '80s action flick complete with all the grunts and groans from the villains. I was happy to hear Mundo tell Cueto that he's next. As silly as it is that he wouldn't just kick his ass on the spot, at least Mundo's character hasn't forgotten that Cueto didn't make good on the $100,000 he was supposed to pay him in episode one.
Backstage, Big Ryck, who had a bunch of cash in his hand, told Cueto that he doesn't fight for free. Cueto gave him another stack of hundreds. Cueto told Big Ryck that next week Mundo goes to the hospital...
Striker and Vampiro spoke at ringside about how the doors were open for anyone who wants to compete. They set up a video package on Prince Puma... Ring introductions for the main event took place... [C]
3. Fenix vs. Drago vs. Pentagon Jr. in a three-way. Fenix performed a twisting dive onto both opponents on the floor. The wrestlers took turns working in pairs while one man sold at ringside. They delivered good, fast-paced spots and Fenix continued to shine with some cool high spots, including a great Frankensteiner/huracanrana. A "This Is Awesome" chant broke out. Late in the match, Fenix hit a "reverse huranrana piledriver brainbuster" on Pentagon Jr. and pinned him...
Fenix beat Drago and Pentagon Jr. in 7:45.
Backstage, Cueto was shown pacing back and forth inside a cell. He recalled being threatened by Mundo. Cueto said he won't be intimidated by anyone, "not even you," he concluded to close the show...
Powell's POV: There were some really wild spots that brought back memories of the first time I watched a Rey Mysterio vs. Psicosis match. The crowd was really fired up for the acrobatics and it came off well from an athletic standpoint. I was worried that none of the three would stand out with unfamiliar viewers because they were all wearing masks, but Fenix was positioned nicely as the star of the star of the match. I didn't care for the Cueto and Mundo campiness, but they served their purpose in setting up next week's main event.
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