5/20 Moore's Lucha Underground Review: The Crew vs. Son of Havoc, Ivelisse, and Angelico in a Ladder Match for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship, Marty The Moth vs. Prince Puma, Daivari vs. Texano
By John Moore
Taped in Boyle Heights, California at "The Temple"
Aired May 20, 2015 on El Rey Network
Included in the video package this week, was Dario Cueto telling Marty Martinez (Martin from WWE Tough Enough), that he couldn't be a part of the temple. Puma's growing troubles with Hernandez was featured. The Crew being freaked out by Dario Cueto's brother monster was also spotlighted.
Vampiro introduced the show as coffee-infused as ever as Sergio Mendoza's band pumped energy into the temple. Striker noted Vampiro's extra energy as Vamp bobbed his head up and down like an ostrich. Striker said the Trios Championship Ladder Match was our main event while Prince Puma would be opening the show.
Melissa Santos was handling ring introductions as Marty "the moth" Martinez was invading her personal space during the intro. Marty kept flapping his arms and smelling on some Mellissa Santos hair in a very creepy-fanboy way. Striker told us this match was happening because Marty (sporting his Aztec Pride shirt) claimed to have Aztec heritage in his blood, so he was going to face a "legit" Aztec descendant in Prince Puma who walked to the ring accompanied by Konnan.
1. Marty "The Moth" Martinez vs. Prince Puma. Marty looked on in awe at Puma. Puma wanted to start of the match with a respectful handshake but Marty wanted to dig in and lay in an intimate hug with the Lucha Underground Champion. Marty then took Puma to a corner to get a photo op with the champ. Right as Konnan yelled "FOCUS! PUMA!", Marty nailed the distracted Puma with a short-arm clothesline, as he struck a vile look in his face.
Marty mounted the grounded Puma with stomps and punches to gain the initial advantage. Puma tried to counter the momentum but Marty nailed Puma with a dropkick, following up with a kip up. Puma eventually ended the attack of Marty with a springboard flying kick. Puma followed a snapmare with a jumping kick to the side of Marty's head. Marty dodged Puma's corner attack with a dropkick. Marty dodged another Puma strike with a front dropkick.
Marty went to the top rope where he flapped his wings, like a moth. The wing flapping wasted too much time as Puma easily dodged a moonsault and hit Trouble in Paradise on Marty. Puma planted Marty with his extra-rotation Blue Thunder Bomb. Puma then topped off his showcase with the 650 Senton as he pinned the debuting Marty for the victory.
Prince Puma defeated Marty "The Moth" Martinez via pinfall in 3:47.
Vampiro continued to talk lowly of Konnan on commentary as has been the running thing with Vamp. Konnan joined Puma celebrating in the ring as Hernandez approached from the top of the seats with a look of confidence. Konnan said that he thought Hernandez was "his boy" but was instead "a sorry son of a bitch". Hernandez nodded with a whatever-like look. Konnan said that Hernandez made lambs look dangerous and that he had baby nuts. He then challenged Hernandez to a fight that Puma would gladly take on at this moment. Hernandez struck the come-at-me-bro pose. After teasing ring entry, Hernandez backed off as the crowd chanted "Baby nuts" and a Spanish obscenity that I couldn't understand... [C]
John's Thoughts: Good debut for the character of Marty. I like the hidden fanboy character with an edge as it reminds me of Tyler Breeze a little bit where the fanboy-ness is just a front to distract his opponents. The post-match stuff was standard, but I do think that Hernandez's facial expressions and mannerisms come off as a bit too hammy.
Back from the commercial, we had "Ringside with Vampiro" with the special guest, Johnny Mundo, fresh off throwing Alberto El Patron through glass last week. Johnny Mundo was shirtless and had an "evil" smile as he shook hands with Vampiro. Vampiro drew the attention to Dario Cueto's broken window, asking why Johnny did such a thing to El Patron. Mundo said he came to the Temple to prove that he's the best in the world, and that no one was better than him.
Wisely, Vamp responded by saying that Johnny Mundo didn't really answer the question (he should listen to older John Hunnigan interviews as this is pretty much the norm, sorry Morrison!). Vamp said he likes Mundo's confidence. Vamp then asked the question again. Mundo said that he knew Alberto for a long time. Mundo said he did it to make a statement. To make him realize. Vampiro said he's seen hundreds of guys in the business get overlooked ahead of himself (Vamp). He then said a similar thing might be happening where Mundo feels like he's getting passed over by El Patron. Vamp said not to punch vamp, and if Mundo was jealous of El Patron.
Mundo said he was busting his ass since day one and that El Patron was overconfident, overpaid, and overrated. Vampiro sensed a breakthrough that Mundo might actually answer his question. He then asked again, why? Mundo said El Patron was done. He said El Patron pushed his hand, like Mundo was just some guy that El Patron could slap around in catering. The camera zoomed in with a sound effect at Vampiro's face to show you that this was a WWE reference.
Mundo said he was here since day one because he wanted to be not because he was forced to. He then said he didn't care about El Patron's storied heritage. Mundo said that he hopes the message is clear, that Johnny Mundo was the biggest star in Lucha Underground and this was his world. "But you already knew that" [wink... sparkle noises]...
John's Thoughts: This segment did what it was supposed to establishing some bad blood between El Patron and Mundo. I did chuckle at the evil smile and shirt-lessness though, but Johnny was just being Johnny. That's what he does.
Dario Cueto was in his newly boarded up office talking about human sacrifices to The Crew. Dario Cueto said that the Ladder would be like the pyramid in his story and that the Trios Champs were the sacrifices that would get their hearts ripped out. Dario said that if The Crew failed, they won't only disappoint him, they would disappoint the Gods. The Crew agreed that they didn't want that. Dario then threatened to sacrifice The Crew to "someone" (the brother monster)... [C]
John's Thoughts: Okay... When he got to the part about ripping out the hearts of people and throwing them down, I thought of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Aside from that, good symbolism.
Already in the ring, was Delavar Daivari, who was lounging on the ring apron, sipping his whiskey. Texano was his opponent who came out to his awesome theme and cowboy gear (what can I say, I love Texano's theme, but hate that the guy can't win a single match).
2. Delavar Daivari vs. Texano. Texano made chase to Daivari as Daivari kept running around the ring. Striker noted how Daivari grew into riches while Texano had to fight for everything he got. Texano managed to get a hold of Daivari and mounted strikes on Daivari. Daivari turned the tables and laid in chops. Daivari dodged Texano and worked on Texano's left arm, even pinning him holding the left arm.
Texano tried to escape a hammerlock but Daivari countered. Texano tried a top rope dropkick, but Daivari dodged. Daivari went for the top rope, but Texano ran up to execute a superplex on Daivari. Texano and Daivari traded punches for a bit with Texano. Texano grounded Daivari with a high angle leg-lariat. Daivari kicked out of a pin at two. Daivari tried to do the Kurt Angle triple suplexes but Daivari countered at three. Texano hit Daivari with the codebreaker leading to another nearfall. Big Ryck came out of nowhere and clotheslined Texano for the DQ.
Texano defeated Daivari via DQ in 3:45.
Daivari stomped on Texano with Ryck following up. After a shot to the got from Ryck, Daivari planted Texano with a Frankensteiner. Daivari grabbed his whiskey and forced the referee to do an unofficial three-count. Daivari and Ryck shook hands as Ryck made it clear that he was all about that cheddar...
Dario Cueto was watching the action from his office blinds, as a finger poked him in the back. As he turned around, no one was there. Dario Cueto sat in his chair with his fist emoting nervousness. A female hand then reached around Cueto's chest as Catrina entered the fold and as she showed last week, she has the power to teleport. Catrina told Cueto that he knew that Mil Muertes could not be stopped. Cueto acted extra protective of his cage key as Catrina seductively ran her hands all over his body. Dario said if Mil was coming back? Catrina said more powerful than ever, and that he should face "The man who cannot die" Fenix. Dario booked a match for next week, Fenix vs. Mil Muertes, and asked for a stipulation. Catrina said "Death" Match. As Cueto turned his head, she teleported. Cueto was spooked for a bit, but then since this is the norm in his temple, he just glared ahead in anticipation...
John's Thoughts: Wait? "Death" match? so to lose, you have to kill the other person? Well... Mil Muertes did get sent to the underworld by a bunch of Dia De Los Muertos demons in the match where Fenix just kept resurrecting. And Muertes was resurrected by Fenix's Phoenix powers contained in his foundation rock. only in Lucha Underground folks! And I love it!
Black Lotus Angela Fong was walking along the Union Station train tracks. She ran away from her master in order to kill Dario Cueto's monster brother as soon as possible. She left El Dragon Azteca a letter explaining her unexpected exit. As Dragon finished reading the letter a mysterious figure walked up from the light. (Oh gawd!) It was chavo Freakin' Guerrero (LOL!). Chavo said if you didn't want her to die, "You're going to need my help!". El Dragon stared at Chavo...
John's Thoughts: What the hell? I laughed hard when they revealed that this mystery assistant was Chavo Guerrero. Chavo Guerrero, seriously? Not to knock on the guy, but I'm not sure why I'm cracking up at this. I ultimately hope that this very intriguing "Kill Bill" angle, was not ultimately to build up Chavo Freakin' Guerrero. I just don't see Chavo as a superhero, maybe he should don the Swagger Eagle costume again.
After shots of the 6th street bridge and the waning moon. Chavo was talking with El Dragon Azteca. Chavo said the said the Dragon tribe, the Cuetos, and the Guerreros had a rich history mostly covered in blood. El Dragon said that the Guerreros were liars, and cheaters. Chavo said yes, but they were also familia. Chavo then said that his familia was danger. Chavo said that El Dragon had influence in Mexico and could make "this" stop, and in return, Chavo would protect Black Lotus. Dragon agreed on the condition that Chavo protect her with his life. chavo said, "like my familia", as he passed Dragon his liquor glass...
John's Concern: No El Dragon! It's Chavo! Why not give your money to Big Ryck? It's storylines like this that get you into Lucha Underground.
Matt Striker and Vampiro introduced us to the Ladder match coming up. Vampiro said that The Crew had the advantage because Ivelisse was injured. The Crew (Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco and Bael) entered the ring first. Striker noted that The Crew also had an advantage because of their experience in Ladder matches.
Son of Havoc, Ivelisse, and Angelico were out next. Mr. Cisco darted up the audience stairs as the Trios Champs entered. Bael clobbered Angelico to start the match.
3. The Crew vs. Son of Havoc, Angelico and Ivelisse in a Ladder Match for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship. Ivelisse had crutches as The Crew made sure to take Son of Havoc and Angelico down the steps. Ivelisse trudged down the steps as The Crew enjoyed a three on two advantage on the healthy Trios champions. Son of Havoc and Angelico managed to gain some offense when in the ring. Mr. Cisco punched Ivelisse with a cheap shot and went on to choke her with a crutch for a bit.
Son of Havoc tried to set up a ladder but two crew members stole his ladder. The Ladders in Lucha Underground are extra dirty. Angelico did a flying senton to take out the Crew members holding the ladder. Bael was left alone in the ring by himself. He did a baseball slide to prevent Son of Havoc from bringing a ladder in the ring. The crowd chanted "You still suck" at Bael. Angelico ran in and kneed Bael in the face. Angelico went up for the belts but was stopped by The Crew. Angelico managed to fight them off for a bit before the enziguri of Cortez Castro. The rest of the Crew took him outside with combo moves.
The Crew used a chair to push a ladder into the balls of Angelico. Striker noted that the Crew were trying to make a statement to the crowd and Dario Cueto. After bring in some weapons, The Crew stomped on Son of Havoc three-on-one. Son of havoc got a dragon screw, shooting star, and backbreaker on each of the crew members to gain the advantage. The Crew recovered and Bael double footstomped Havoc into Cisco's DDT.
Angelico stopped Bael from climbing the ladder to mount his offense. The Crew quickly disposed of him to the outside. Bael used the plywood on Cueto's window to attack Angelico. Dario Cueto was shown in his office in the middle of a telephone conversation. Angelico eventually escaped with Mr. Cisco on the top of the ladder. Angelico disposed of Mr. Cisco through the office window. Angelico went to the top of the office again causing the crowd to go nuts as Bael was laid out on a table.
Cortez Castro came in from behind with a kendo stick to quell the crowd's hopes of a high flying spectacular. Mr. Cisco flew through the office window to take out Son of Havoc. Bael and Mr. Cisco tried to keep Son of Havoc from entering the ring. Havoc took care of them and stopped Cortez Castro from climbing up. When Havoc was on the ladder the Crew dropped him into a smooth springboard moonsault.
Castro tried to nail him with a chair but Havoc stole the chair and took out Bael and Castro. Son of Havoc went up for the shooting star press as Mr. Cisco intercepted him. After some fighting, Mr. Cisco was sent falling onto some tables. son of Havoc hit the Shooting Star, albeit awkwardly and his face only touched Bael causing more damage to Havoc and the table not giving way.
Cortez Castro was standing alone and went to try to climb the ladder. Angelico didn't crossbody off the top of the office this time, instead he flew through the air with a missile dropkick from the top of Cueto's office. Ivelisse limped inside the ring as the lone person not fatigued by the tough battle. Mr. Cisco crawled to meet Ivelisse on the ladder. Ivelisse bit and slapped as Mr. Cisco's hands. Ivelisse unhooked one of the belts to win the match for her team.
Son of Havoc, Ivelisse, and Angelico defeated The Crew in 13:35 to retain the Lucha Underground Trios Championship.
Dario Cueto was shown watching the match with a look of disappointment that his guys just lost. The Trios Champions celebrated and this ended this week's episode of Lucha Underground.
John's Thoughts: Solid match as usual from Lucha Underground and they found some creative ways to tell stories in this match. They also found a way to freshen up the formula that the dysfunctional Trios utilize to retain the belts. They also built to that office-top missile dropkick very well. Lucha Underground's production is top notch. The only thing they are missing is instant replay, but I'm sure we'll see that missile dropkick in intro packages in the next couple of weeks.
When is there not a solid episode of Lucha Underground? This series delivers week after week. The only thing that took me back a bit was the return of Chavo Guerrero. I thought we were done with him a few weeks ago when he "quit" (even though he appears on a several episodes as an "executive producer"). Also, the Texano thing is a bit strange to me as Daivari attacked a Heel Texano, and now because Daivari's rich, Texano's a babyface. At least Texano has a simple and catchy entrance theme.
What does Lucha Underground do right? They pace their shows well. They don't give away too much every week. They dedicate several episodes to exposition like this one, yet these episodes don't drag because they give you something to sink your teeth into like good in-ring action. They also know their identity and weave together an amazing universe that provides some of the best "sports entertainment" in the United States. They do sports entertainment better than WWE so give this company a chance.
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