12/10 Lucha Underground live TV review: Johnny Mundo vs. Prince Puma vs. Big Ryck in a three-way ladder match for $100,000
By Jason Powell
Taped in Boyle Heights, California
Aired on El Rey Network
A recap video kicked off the show... Matt Striker and Vampiro were on commentary... Awesome actor Danny Trejo was shown in the crowd...
1. Super Fly vs. King Cuerno. Cuerno continued to be PETA's most hated wrestler by wearing a dead animal on his head to the ring. Super Fly was making his debut. He's a masked luchador with longer hair. Drago was shown watching the match in the crowd. Super Fly performed a nice cartwheel into a flip over the top rope and onto Fly at ringside. Back inside the ring, Cuerno stared down Drago before hitting his sit-out slam for the win... [C]
King Cuerno beat Super Fly in 3:20.
Powell's POV: There was no doubt that Cuerno was going to win unless Drago interfered. Still, Super Fly had a couple of impressive spots. Cuerno vs. Drago have traded wins in two strong matches, so it's cool to see them keeping their rivalry alive.
A video package aired on Pentagon Jr. It said he was born in Mexico and thought he had it made because he was in the mecca of lucha libre, but he had to travel to the far east to learn how to not only fight but win. It noted that the poor were not allowed to carry weapons in Japan and that they had to learn to fight with their hands. He is at the apex of the best training in the world, and he has zero fear...
Ring introductions for the next match took place... [C]
Powell's POV: A good vignette that I wish we had seen before Pentagon Jr. wrestled for the first time. It's also odd that it aired prior to a match where he's only appearing in the corner of Chavo Guerrero, though perhaps it will make more sense once the match is finished.
2. Fenix (w/Sexy Star) vs. Chavo Guerrero (w/Pentagon Jr.). Fenix caught Chavo with a dropkick and an arm bar early on. Chavo caught Fenix in a half-crab and then worked over his left knee by wrenching it into the ring post. Fenix came back and hit a cool corkscrew dive onto Chavo and Pentagon at ringside.
Late in the match, Fenix went to the top rope, but Pentagon pushed him off while the referee was distracted. Chavo followed up with a frogsplash for the win...
Chavo Guerrero beat Fenix in 5:45.
After the match, Sexy Star took the mic and told Chavo that "he's coming back for you, pendejo." Striker said she could only be talking about one man, Blue Demon Jr... [C]
Powell's POV: Note to Pentagon Jr. You can't be a cool ninja type while wearing any t-shirt, let alone one that has your own name on it. It just doesn't work. Anyway, I like the Sexy Star vs. Chavo feud and I can't say I'm very excited about Blue Demon Jr. returning, but maybe that's just me.
The broadcast team spoke at ringside and set up a vignette for Cage... Cage stated in the vignette that he's not a superhero. He said he doesn't come from a family of warriors. He said he's not strong because he works out or quick because he runs fast, he wins because he wants it more. "I'm not a man, I'm a machine," he concluded...
Ring entrances for the main event took place... [C]
Powell's POV: I'm not strong because I work out? I'm not quick because I run fast? Um, okay. Cage is Brian Cage, who has worked for TNA and in WWE developmental in the past.
3. Johnny Mundo vs. Prince Puma (w/Konnan) vs. Big Ryck in a ladder match for $100,000. The money belong to promoter Dario Cueto, who has screwed Mundo and Ryck out of it already. It was hanging above the ring in a briefcase. Ryck took an early powder, allowing Mundo and Puma to work. A couple minutes in, Ryck pushed the ladder over while Mundo and Puma were fighting on it.
After slamming the ladder into both opponents, Ryck called for help. Cisco and Cortez ran out while Striker said there are no DQ's in a ladder match. Mundo and Puma quickly got the better of the henchmen and dumped one off the ladder and down to the floor. Mundo backdropped Puma onto a ladder that was leaning on the top rope, then flipped onto the three men at ringside.
Mundo set up a pair of tables in front of Danny Trejo and then positioned a ladder next to it. Mundo placed Cortez on the table and then climbed the ladder, but Puma was there and they fought. Puma got the better of it and then flipped toward Mundo, who ducked, causing Puma to land on Ryck and his henchmen at ringside. Mundo pushed the tall ladder of and it fell so that Puma was in the middle of it and was never touched, which he sold as being lucky.
After Puma and Mundo crashed and burned, Ryck returned to the ring along with his henchmen. Mundo was catapulted into a ladder that was set up on the top rope. The fans chanted "this is awesome." Later, Mundo fought off the henchmen and threw one off the ropes and through the two tables at ringside.
Mundo and Ryck grabbed ladders and had a standoff. Mundo threw his ladder at Ryck's ladder. Ryck dropped his ladder while selling hurt fingers. Puma returned to the ring and ended up fighting with Cortez. Puma ended up performing a double knee press onto Cortez only to have Mundo run a ladder into Puma.
Mundo set up a ladder and made a play for the briefcase, but Ryck broke it up and pushed the ladder into Mundo in the corner. Mundo came right back and set up for the End of the World. Once Mundo hit the move, Puma followed up with a crazy flip move that looked light because he didn't make much contact with Ryck.
Later, Ryck press slammed Puma from the ring and through a ladder on the floor. Wow. Ryck climbed a pair of ladders. Striker tried to act like the show was ending. Mundo returned to the ring and ended up kicking Ryck in the balls in between the ladders. A masked wrestler ran to the ring and attacked Mundo. He took the mask off and Striker said, "I've seen this guy around." Okay.
Mundo and the now unmasked man fought to ringside. Mundo eventually returned to the ring, climbed the ladder, and pulled down the briefcase to win the match.
Johnny Mundo defeated Big Ryck and Prince Puma in a ladder match in 19:30.
After the match, promoter Cueto came out and said he hopes that Cueto will return the insurance policy (a key that he took from Cueto last week). Cueto entered the ring and demanded that Mundo put the key around his neck. Mundo punched Cueto out and then dropped the key on top of him to close the show...
Powell's POV: Puma and Mundo were great and this was an entertaining and action-packed train wreck. Still, it was disappointing to see so much interference. This felt like the biggest Lucha Underground match going in and it was just an overbooked clusterf--- in a lot of ways. The masked man who unmasked at the end was B-Boy, though his name was never mentioned. Mundo winning hurt B-Boy's debut and made him look almost as bad as the henchmen. Mundo and Puma deserve a ton of credit for their hard work, but this was a mess.
It was an odd night for the broadcast team. Striker was hoarse throughout the show, and Vampiro was siding with the heels more than I've noticed him doing in the past. Striker just kind of accepted the henchmen interfering in the main event. Granted, it was legal given the rules, but as the play-by-play voice he should have been bothered by what the heels were doing so that viewers would be more likely to feel the same way.
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