7/29 Moore's Lucha Underground Ultima Lucha Night One Review: The Black Lotus Saga continues, Hernandez vs. Drago in a Believers Backlash Match, Team Havoc vs. The Disciples of Death in a Tornado Tag match for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship, The Mack vs. Cage in a falls count anywhere match
By John Moore
Taped in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California at The Temple
Aired July 29, 2015 on El Rey Network
In the Ultima Lucha introduction package, we saw the same video of The Cage beating up The Mack that one time that made Big Ryck show remorse. Also heavily featured, was the feud between Hernandez and Drago. Hernandez's beef with the fans was shown when he ripped the belt off one of the fans to whip Drago and tonight they have a chance to whip Hernandez back. The video also showed Catrina's quest in getting the Trios Titles put on the waists of Mil's Disciples of Death...
In the secret room hidden within Dario Cueto's temple, Black Lotus Angela Fong was doing pull up in her jail cell set up alongside Mantanza. Accompanied by music that sounds like Steve is writing a Blues Clue, Dario Cueto offered Lotus a flute of Champagne, Lotus offered him a middle finger while high kicking the light bulb to halt its swinging. After downing the flute, Cueto said he thought that Lotus spending so much time with his brother would give her a change of heart.
Cueto went into a monologue about pitbulls not being inherently evil and aggressive, yet they have that reputation. Cueto said that men beat pitbulls so badly that they had to let out the beast. Cueto said that his brother had to unleash his inner pitbull in the underground fighting scene that Cueto's father ran. Dario Cueto said that his brother was billed as "The Monster" Mantanza Cueto. Dario claimed that while Mantanza has hurt a lot of people, the real culprit behind the deaths of Lotus's parents was El Dragon Azteca.
Dario mentioned that there was a war between the Black Lotus tribe of Hong Kong who was against Azteca's mercenaries. Cueto said that Azteca was a snake that blamed Mantanza so that he can have the last laugh. Dario said the truth may hurt but the truth can also set her free. As Cueto exited the room, Black Lotus did Wing Chun moves against a chalked outline of a man on the wall; Dario Cueto's words rang repeatedly through her head which fueled her anger while also showing that she might be buying into Dario Cueto's claims that El Dragon Azteca was the true enemy...
John's Thoughts: Sweet! I was actually afraid that we were ditching this storyline until Season 2 and I'm happy we get a continuation of it right here. Dario Cueto is playing the stereotypical evil villain role so well and he's even doing the stereotypical brainwashing of the hero bit very well (not to mention, El Dragon Azteca might be a hidden enemy so the intrigue is awesome).
Melissa Santos introduced us to the Ultima Lucha show while Sergio Arau provided the jams for this mega event. The event was so mega, Vampiro couldn't contain himself. Striker and Vampiro went through the card which included the Disciples of Death vs. Angelico, Son of Havoc, and Ivelisse (a.k.a Team Havoc), Drago vs. Hernandez in a "Believers Backlash" Match, and "They [no longer] call him Cage" The Machine vs. The Mack in a falls count anywhere match...
1. The Mack vs. The Machine. Cage couldn't wait for his entrance, so he came in through the babyface entrance to blindside Mack. The crowd rallied Mack back into the match. Cage took the fight to that one roof that Fenix got powerbombed through where Cage slammed him. As the two luchadors fought through the stands, Mack suplexed Cage on the benches leading to a two count. Cage found a chair and hit Mack a few times. Mack fought through and speared Cage through the storage door. In that storage room, Cage found a fire extinguisher that he shot off into Mack. Cage also found a Stop sign to hit Mack in the head.
After a DDT on the stop sign, Cage got a two count. Mack found a random wooden plank that he used to hit cage on the back. Mack also found a random igloo cooler that he used to take down Cage. We found out that that igloo had the power of Miller Lite contained in it because Mack took out two Miller Lites from it to continue the trend that Hernandez started last week (are we going to see Miller Lite easter eggs every week from now on?). Mack used the Miller Lite to give Cage a Stone Cold Stunner. Cage kicked out at two.
Mack hit Cage with what looked like a non-Miller-Lite glass bottle that did nothing to Cage and cage came right back with a clothesline. Cage slammed Mack on a turnbuckle to get him in the vicinity of a table. Mack fought Cage on the ring apron and with a Pele Kick, he powerbombed Cage through the table. Mack got a good nearfall. Mack chased Cage to the top of the fan area, to the top of Dario Cueto's office. Mack hit a powerbomb on a trash can to get another nearfall.
Mack went for a powerslam, but Cage countered into his discus clothesline. Cage used his core strength to lift Mack a foot over the barricade to the top of Cueto's office. Random cinder blocks appeared, and Cage put the Mack on top of it. Cage "Curb Stomped" Mack's face through the blocks and got the pinfall victory.
Cage defeated The Mack via pinfall in 7:45.
Cage celebrated by flexing on the top of Cueto's office. Clips of Angelico's classic crossbody played which signaled that the Trios Championship match would happen next...
John's Thoughts: Okay... That was a pretty good Falls Count Anywhere match that I honestly had low expectations for due to Cage and Mack having such a lackluster feud, and so many lame matches. The fact that the Lucha Underground audience hasn't been overexposed to gimmick matches and retreads, made this match stand out in a good way (learn from this TNA). Mack and Cage also have both power and athleticism that give them the potential to have great matches. Now if they want to continue this feud to Season 2, they have to find a better backstory other than that one time Mack wanted to be a part of Daivari's trio. Also, more Miller Lite product placement.
Matt Striker and Vampiro went through the card of next week's two hour Ultima Lucha special. The first match hyped was Bengala vs. King Cuerno vs. Sexy Star vs. Big Ryck vs. Jack Evans vs. Fenix vs. AeroStar for the Gift of the Gods Championship. Texano Jr vs Blue Demon Jr for Mexico (?), Johnny Mundo vs. Alberto El Patron, Vampiro vs. Pentagon Jr in a Cero Miedo Match, and the Main Event of Prince Puma vs. Mil Muertes for the Lucha Underground Championship.
Striker said that Catrina's conquest for power starts right now with the Trios Championship Match. Catrina summoned the Disciples of Death who now wore Ceramic (or most likely plastic) Skull Masks that made them look like Skullomania from Street Fighter EX. The Trios Champions Son of Havoc, Ivelisse, and Angelico came out next. Ivelisse was still in crutches.
2. The Disciples of Death (w/ Catrina) vs. Team Havoc in a Tornado Tag Match for the Lucha Underground Trios Championships. Because it was tornado rules, everyone fought each other. The Gold guy fought the injured Ivelisse. Ivelisse escaped to ringside, which gave the Disciples a three on one advantage on her teammates. The Gold guy eventually took the crutch and started fighting Ivelisse on the outside. Son of Havoc gained some advantage over the Silver and Purple guy with two tope's. Angelico hit a Tope con Hilo on the Silver guy.
After a pin attempt from Havoc, the Disciples regrouped. The Purple Guy got the Brock Lock on Ivelisse which she didn't tap out to. Havoc tried to save her but the Disciples recovered. Son of Havoc turned the tide a bit with flying elbows on the two Disciples in the ring. Angelico fought the purple guy on the top of the steps and got backdroped by the purple guy. The other two guys sent Havoc into the turnbuckle. Son of Havoc used his quickness to escape the two Disciples.
As per awesome tradition, Angelico found the top of the office area and did one of his amazing high crossbodies that gave even Catrina a look of shock. Angelico was bleeding from the mouth after the move. Catrina approached the Ivelisse with the magic rock in hand. Catrina used the power of the death rock to restore the life force to the Disciples of Death (the gold guy looked like he really liked that life force). Ivelisse entered the ring and threw her crutches to the side, in a miracle like moment. Though she was still limping, Ivelisse managed to mount an attack on Catrina.
Ivelisse started with rapid punches on Ivelisse. Catrina found her magic rock and hit Ivelisse in the head with the Stone of Death. The gold guy entered the ring and pinned Ivelisse for the victory.
The Disciples of Death defeated Team Havoc via pinfall in 6:24.
Post-match, Catrina gave Ivelisse the lick of death. Catrina held up her Stone of Death while the Disciples held up their newly won Trios Championships...[C]
John's Thoughts: I'm of two minds on this one. Everything Team Havoc did was amazing. Son of Havoc provided the great ring work, Angelico provided his amazing jumps from the second story, and Ivelisse provided her amazing heart and fire. The Disciples on the other hand haven't caught on with me yet. They are just mooks who need magic powers to even stand a chance against anyone. They are kinda like the Crew just with the power of a magic rock. Well at least the Stone of Death is slightly better than a Book of Truth.
Back from the break, more Miller Lite love was to be had as Vampiro and Matt Striker joined in on the Miller Lite party. Striker and Vamp had a toast over their Millers as Striker went above and beyond to tell us how refreshing it was. Vampiro claimed that "it was good beer dude" even though his face sold that the beer probably wasn't that good...
John's Thoughts: I'm getting a huge crack out of the not-so-subtle Miller Lite product placement in the past two weeks, but I hope that they get all of that cheesy stuff out of the way this week so we don't get that in the two hour special next week. At least go back to Daivari's Johnnie Walker Scotch product placement!
Out first for the Believers Backlash Match, were the Believers who were serving as the Lumberjacks for this match, armed with belts. Hernandez entered the ring first sporting a smaller version of that scar paint that The American Wolves use in TNA. Drago did his usual Dark Knight entrance as he had the full support of the fans. The fans chanted "Drago's gonna kill you" as we went to commercial...
3. Hernandez vs. Drago in a Believers Backlash Match. Hernandez gained the initial advantage by crotching Drago in the top rope. Hernandez did a springboard dropkick to Drago to send him to the outside. The Fans helped Drago much to Hernandez's chagrin. That caused Hernandez to not think and rush Drago, only to get owned by the belts of the believers. Hernandez called for a time out as he climbed the steps. His head was an extreme shade of red due to the belt strikes. (Maybe that's the reason he ran to TNA right after this was taped).
Drago hit Hernandez with a corkscrew shoulder block on Hernandez. Drago followed up with close quarters martial strikes next. Drago clotheslined Hernandez over the top again and the belts showered him. Hernandez tried to call time out, but a long hair fan didn't obliged. Hernandez snatched the belt from that man. Hernandez reentered the ring with his signature springboard shoulder block. Drago tried a crossbody, but Hernandez caught him into a sit-out powerbomb.
With a halo of red on his head, Hernandez signaled that he was going high risk. Hernandez tried a splash, but Drago got his knees up. Drago grounded Super Mex with a tornado DDT. Hernandez was then tripped by Drago's sweep kick. Drago tried a sunset flip, but Hernandez was too strong. Drago instead staggered Hernandez with a kick. Drago tried a body slam, but Hernandez was too heavy. Hernandez tried the Boarder Toss, but Drago countered into his Dragon's Gate pinfall/submission, but couldn't lock in due to the large size of Hernandez. Hernandez boarder tossed Drago into the believers.
Drago tried a top rope dive, but Drago caught him midair with the green mist. The Believers followed up with their belt strikes. Hernandez hid under the ring which allowed Drago to set up a table. As Hernandez emerged and got hit by the fans again, Drago also emerged with a pair of nunchaku. Hernandez actually turned the tide on the fans, but got spooked by Drago's amazing nunchaku katas (Big Bossman would be proud). Drago hit some precise strikes on Hernandez with the nunchaku, setting him up on the table. Drago hit the splash on Drago through the table. Hernandez was placed in the center of the Aztec emblem as Drago hit the splash on top of it for the victory.
Drago defeated Hernandez via pinfall in 8:47.
Drago stood in the middle of the ring as he was showered by the cheers of the believers. Matt Striker recapped the card of next week's Ultima Lucha two hour card to close the show...
But Wait!?! Outside of the Temple, El Dragon Azteca approached as a hooded man stopped Dragon in his track (since he did not have a beard, I can confirm that it was not Luke Harper). The Hooded man met each of Dragon Azteca's strikes blow for blow in a Jeet Kune Do stalemate. The hooded man said that the prophesy states that El Dragon Azteca is not allowed in the Temple. Dragon demanded that he'd be let in because he failed Black Lotus (well... what did you expect, Chavo Guerrero kinda fails everyone, including Cueto when it counts). The hooded man wanted to summon Prince Puma since Puma delivered Lotus to Dragon once. El Dragon Azteca said that Prince Puma is a bit preoccupied on another patch. The Hooded man volunteered to go. El Dragon Azteca refused that and told the man he wasn't ready yet. The Man said that the prophesy states that if Dragon entered the temple, he would die. Dragon said "I may die, but El Dragon Azteca lives on forever!" El Dragon Azteca entered the temple to the sounds of some very heroic music. The doors of the temple closed, showing a huge "Keep Out" sign. As the hooded man disappeared, the showed officially ended...
John's Thoughts: Oh My! Oh Mah goodness! That was a really entertaining final quarter of the show. Hernandez has put on some really good matches in this run in Lucha Underground and this one with Drago was no exception. Hernandez also played well with the fans that hit him with belts which made the stipulation acceptable. Drago is just pure fun to watch and they told a good and positive story showing that the fans were behind him every step of the way. Good match to close the show.
Now, That ending though! I'm very intrigued as to the possible identity of this guy in the white hooded sweater. The Paladin-esque warrior had me thinking Mistico's CMLL character or Rey Mysterio, but the guy was clearly towering over Dragon Azteca so I'm pretty sure he's not them. He can also be a new "apprentice" to Dragon Azteca which would be good too, but why would they hide his identity. As long as this man is not Chavo Guerrero Jr or Texano Jr, I'd be fine with the reveal.
Solid show overall, even though the title Ultima Lucha title was still pointlessly tacked on to this episode. It was cool to have the Black Lotus saga continue and bookend the show as it has been one of the persisting storylines that has carried on throughout the entire Lucha Underground Season. This show also should have the viewers extremely excited for next week's show given that none of the matches disappointed and aside from Blue Demon, I'm looking forward to next week's show alongside with the prospects as to what El Dragon Azteca might do to save Black Lotus inside of the temple that the prophesy forbidden.
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