11/5 Lucha Underground live review: Johnny Mundo and Prince Puma vs. Mr. Cisco and Cortez Castro, Sexy Star and Chavo Guerrero vs. Ivelisse and Son of Havoc
By Jason Powell
Taped in Boyle Heights, California
Aired on El Rey Network
A recap video kicked off the show, then the opening credits were shown... Matt Striker and Vampiro were on commentary... Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco, and Big Ryck (Ezekiel Jackson) delivered a brief promo in the ring about taking out Johnny Mundo after last week's main event. Mundo hit the ring and fought all three men.
After Mundo cleared the ring, Prince Puma came out and joined him in the ring. Promoter Dario Cueto appeared and booked a tag team match...
1. Prince Puma and Jonny Mundo vs. Cortez Castro and Mr. Cisco (w/Big Ryck). Puma and Mundo isolated Castro and worked him over with tag moves early. Ryck sat on the steps and smoked a cigar while watching the match. The broadcast team agreed that Konnan would not be happy about Puma making friends. Vampiro said Konnan is just using Puma.
Mundo and Puma were dominant until Mundo missed a twisting dive over the top. The heel duo worked over Puma while Mundo struggled to get back to his feet. They were setting up for a tag move, but Mundo broke it up by pulling Cisco from the ring. In the end, Mundo and Puma performed simultaneous 450 splashes and scored simultaneous pins...
Prince Puma and Jonny Mundo defeated Cortez Castro and Mr. Cisco in 8:15.
Powell's POV: A much better opening match than we got last week from Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Blue Demon Jr. Mundo and Puma were opponents last week and the broadcast team told the story that they developed mutual respect, which is why Puma came out to help him.
In a locker room, Konnan told Puma that he was right about him. "You are Lucha Underground," Konnan said. He told Puma to stay away from Mundo because it wasn't his fight. Konnan told him that he is the only friend Puma has in the business...
Striker said Mil Muertes translates to one thousand deaths... A vignette aired on Mil Muertes. A female voice narrated and said one thousand deaths are coming. The masked Muertes was shown at the end of the vignette... [C]
Powell's POV: Good backstage exchange with Konnan and Puma. Konnan does all the talking. I like that Puma respects Mundo, yet is being pulled in a different direction by Konnan, as that presents some interesting storyline potential. The Muertes introductory vignette was solid and was a nice hook for his debut later in the show.
2. Son of Havoc and Ivelisse vs. Sexy Star and Chavo Guerrero. Striker noted that the mixed tag rules in Lucha Underground let men and women wrestle one another. Vampiro said it's 2014 and it's equal opportunity. The broadcast team also invited viewers who think they have what it takes to show up at "The Temple" (the venue). Um, okay.
Chavo and Havoc started the match, and then Star got some offense in on Havoc. Ivelisse checked in and got the better of Star. Havoc tagged back into the match and performed a standing moonsault, but Star put her knees up. Late in the match, Chavo went up top. Striker said whenever he performs the frogsplash he goes as high in the air as he can "to touch the hand of his uncle." Chavo tagged in Star, who used her legs to roll up Havoc for the win. The fans chanted "Eddie" afterward... [C]
Sexy Star and Chavo Guerrero defeated Son of Havoc and Ivelisse in 5:40.
Powell's POV: Just in case you missed it the 800 times it's mentioned, Chavo is the nephew of the late Eddie Guerrero. Ugh. Striker's line about Chavo trying to touch his uncle's hand was really bad. Striker even said that as long as the show is on the air the people will not forget the name of Eddie Guerrero. I loved watching Eddie as much as the next guy, but this feels exploitative and gross. On a positive note, the match had plenty of action and Star shines. She lost to Havoc last week and thus I would have waited longer to give her the payoff of pinning him for the first time.
Backstage, Blue Demon Jr. was shown and then an attractive woman approached him. She introduced herself as Catrina, and said Mil Muertes had a message. She licked his face and said it was a taste before a thousand deaths...
A video package showed Puma working out while Konnan talked about his background. Konnan said "someone you may know" told him about Puma. He said Puma is a descendent of the Aztecs. "His past may be dark, but his future is very bright," Konnan said while Puma was shown knocking down a punching bag... [C]
Powell's POV: Two good video packages. I am already warming up to the telenovela style of the video packages. They are doing a great job of making Prince Puma feel like a star.
3. Mil Muertes (w/Catrina) vs. Blue Demon Jr. Muertes knelt down in the ring and kissed a red cloth(?) that Catrina gave to him. Muertes kissed her before the match and then attacked Demon before the bell to star the match. He took the fight to ringside and slammed Demon's head into the broadcast team's table and then brought him back to the ring. Demon came back and had a run of offense. In the end, Muertes used a Flatliner to get the win.
Mil Muertes defeated Blue Demon Jr. in 4:25.
Afterward, Muertes roughed up Demon until Chavo Guerrero Jr. ran in and chased him off with a chair. When Demon stood up, Chavo blasted him with a chair and was booed by the crowd.
Chavo also knocked out a couple of referees who tried to intervene. A couple of wrestlers ran in to help, but Chavo hit them with chairs. Sexy Star ran out and pleaded with Chavo while Striker told the story that Star knew Chavo since she was a girl. Chavo hit Star with a chair to the head. EMTs came out to tend to Demon. An ambulance was shown leaving the building to close the show...
Powell's POV: It was an odd call to have the two masked wrestlers with similar builds face one another in Muertes's first match. The Chavo turn was weird. There was really no setup for it. I guess they were going for shock value. They got it with this viewer by using chairshots to the head in 2014. The final match and the Chavo turn were weak points of the show, but I'm all for anything that will move Chavo away from being the traveling Eddie Guerrero memorial show. I enjoyed week two for the most part and I love the way Puma and Star already feel like breakout stars of the promotion just two episodes in.
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