From the temple comes the latest thrilling episode in the drama that is Lucha: Underground.
We begin with Alberto El Patron discussing his debut. The boss, Dario Cuerto, suggests opponents but Alberto will not accept anything but a match with his arch enemy, former heavyweight champion Texano. After some re-decorating of the office area by the irate champ, Cuerto agrees to put the two stars in a match on his show.
MIL MUERTES vs FENIX
The lady Katrina is absent at the match’s onset, but her involvement with Fenix has the blood of the dangerous Mil Muertes boiling, as he jumps the bell and approaches his opponent in the aisle. His plodding pace, however, gives Fenix plenty of time to react and Muertes gets a hurricanrana to the floor to gain the early advantage
.Muertes uses brute strength to get an edge, but is foiled again as Fenix back flips off the apron to escape and delivers a superkick to the face. Muertes rolls into the ring as the crowd cheers for Fenix.
Muertes again uses pure power to resist an Irish whip attempt and jars the jaw of Fenix with rock hard fists. Muertes punishes Fenix with a DDT, chops and a fall-away slam into a diamond cutter for a near fall.
Fenix attempts to rally back from a rear chin lock as Katrina makes her way down to the ringside area carrying the mystical stone that has magical powers (Or something… I guess it’s like the Undertaker’s urn… maybe…).
Fenix mounts a comeback with dropkicks and then a beautiful over the top rope aerial flip. He somersaults into the ring and hits a diamond cutter on a running Muertes but only gets a two count. Fenix attempts to come off the top rope to no avail as Muertes surprises him and the announce team with a codebreaker from the top.
Muertes locks eyes with Katrina and hits the flat-liner for the win. He beckons the sultry vixen to enter the ring and performing the “Lick of Death” on the fallen foe, but Katrina defies him. Muertes clamps his hands around her throat, pulls her over the rope into the ring and smashes her back into the corner. During the attack, the rock Katrina previously held is dropped and picked up by Fenix, who bashes Muertes with it before hitting him with a spin kick.
Fenix rushes to help Katrina, who performs an extended Lick of Death from the navel of Mil Muertes to his unconscious face, as Matt Striker on commentary attempts to compose epic poetry: “The stone from the rubble from which Mil has once emerged now may be the ashes from which Fenix flies.” Meanwhile, Vampiro manages; “He just got whacked with the stone!”
In Dario Cueto’s office, Ivelisse complains that she’s not a contender. Cueto puts her in a rematch with Angelico next week, with Son of Havoc as guest referee. I smell a sitcom!
In the gym, the champ Prince Puma hits the heavy bag when Alberto El Patron interrupts to give some sagely words of wisdom.
BIG RYCK vs SEXY STAR
Winner gets a match with The Crew
It’s strange that these two are fighting for a chance to be the one in a three on one match, but oh well.
Sexy Star has established herself as a real talent, and she looks courageous and strong after standing up to the crew and even earning a victory on a previous show, but one cannot expect a man of Big Ryck size or demeanor to do the job for her.
It’s a difficult position to be in, and one that many indie promotions are tackling: the increase in mixed gender matches. It is a difficult position for the men, who need to appear strong to remain a credible competitor, but risk character sabotage by engaging in borderline bully-like behaviour. Although easier for smaller competitors with a slightly effeminate edge, like Angelico, it’s considerably more difficult for especially large athletes like Ryck, but he did an alright job.
Ryck refused to fight at first, trying to convince Star to simply “lay down” and take the loss. Star defiantly hit Ryck with feeble forearms across the chest, but finally got his attention with hard kicks to his knees and thighs. Ryck, feeling a bit of anger, charged Star in the corner but missed, allowing the blonde bomb to hit a cross body from the top rope for a fall nowhere near close.
Continuing to defy Ryck’s orders to take a dive, Sexy Star comes at him full speed ahead and slaps him across the face, finally getting to the man. He picks her up for a big slam, but pauses, and gently lowers her to the mat, where he holds her shoulders down for a three count, getting the victory without turning to excessive violence that would get him no love from the believers.
Big Ryck gets the win but has no time to celebrate as The Crew sneak up and begin beating on the big man. Sexy Star lends a hand but gets some rough treatment for her troubles. Ryck eventually gets the upper hand and clears The Crew from the ring and the cockroaches scatter as he holds his injured eye.
ALBERTO EL PATRON vs TEXANO
We are treated to a promo package that gives a career retrospective on El Patron, including his AAA lineage, his passion and love for both lucha and Mexico, and why he is now in Underground.
Texano is introduced as not only the youngest ever AAA Heavyweight Champ but also the longest reigning. Quite the accomplishments. Too bad his costume looks like that of a male stripper.
Alberto wrestles wearing a tee shirt, which tells me he doesn’t feel very good about the state of his body, and that’s just a shame.
The match begins with posturing, pacing, pushing. Usual early stage spots; rope running, leap frogs, hip toss, shoulder block. Tex goes old school and goads Patron to chase him around the ring only to jump him on re-entry – classic heel move. You can tell these two have worked together a lot, that they are pros at constructing a lengthy contest in the ring. Not a lot of flash, although Patron does hit the odd hurricanrana and a beautiful suicide dive between the ropes, just a lot of sound lucha basics and excellent story telling.
Texano takes the advantage with a whip to the steel guard-rail and a DDT on the floor. He gets great heel heat but kills a bit of it with a head lock. He hits Patron off the second rope with a dropkick counter but can’t score a pin. The pace drags a bit as the two heavyweights struggle to keep the crowd’s attention, which they do with a superplex.
Patron wins a slugfest and hits a big clothesline and tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. A backstabber gets a near fall, but he misses a superkick and suffers a spinebuster from Texano.
A bit of ring psychology and trickery, as Texano removes a turnbuckle pad while Patron is caught in a tree of woe. The ref sees this and intervenes, fixing the turnbuckle. Meanwhile, Texano wraps his bull-rope around one hand and beats Patron mercilessly with it. Patron escapes a superplex attempt and instead hits a top rope double stomp into Texano’s chest.
Patron feeds off the energy of the crowd and takes off his shirt. He doesn’t look bad at all. Oh, Alberto, you old tease.
Patron calls for the cross armbreaker submission, but Texano reverses the attempt and hits a sit-out powerbomb for the two. Patron comes back with an arm-breaker drop and superkick. A tornado DDT brings the bull-rope into the match, and Patron decides to opt on the side of revenge. He whips Texano repeatedly with the rope, getting himself disqualified and getting payback for the attack he suffered his first night on the program last month.
This week’s episode ends with King Cuerno and Dario Cuerto discussing a match with Johnny Mundo in a steel cage.
Duhn duhn duhhhhhhhhhhn…
Not the best show I’ve ever seen from the folks at El Rey, but no slouch either.
The opening match between Mil Muertes and Fenix was solid and packed with sexy intrigue thanks to Katrina.
Big Ryck’s kind-of-a-match with Sexy Star wasn’t much to see, even with the shmoz after the bell – which, by the way, did not serve her character as well as it served Ryck’s, and he doesn’t exactly need an awful lot to make him look strong.
The main event between two seasoned pros was good despite dragging a bit at times, which more than made up for any shortcomings the show possessed.