TV REPORTS DEHNEL'S LUCHA UNDERGROUND REPORT 11/5: Second episode features Johnny Mundo & Prince Puma, inter-gender tag match, chair shot to the head, more
Nov 6, 2014 - 11:30:33 PM
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Lucha Underground Report
November 5, 2014
Taped in Los Angeles, Calif.
Episode #2 aired on El Rey Network
Report by Joel Dehnel, PWTorch contributor
Announcers: Matt Striker and Vampiro.
Lucha Underground opened with a video package recalling the events of last week including Dario Cueto's $100,000 offer to the most impressive wrestler.
Opening credits rolled which brought us to The Temple to begin the show.
In-ring: The men who came last week to take down Prince Puma and Johnny Mundo were in the ring to explain their actions. The leader of the group said they were her to beat people up and he introduced himself as Cortez Castro. He then hand the mic to the man next to him, who introduced himself as Cisco. Finally, the last member introduced himself as Big Ryck (former WWE superstar Ezekiel Jackson).
Big Ryck said that Johnny Mundo (former WWE Superstar John Morrison) knows his face, but last week he found out exactly who he is. Mundo then hit the ring and attacked Castro and Cisco. Big Ryck left the ring. Cisco and Castro escaped the ring and grabbed chairs for defense. As Mundo was about to attack them once more, Prince Puma ran down to help Mundo. Dario then walked out from a side door and requested that a referee come down and make the tag team match official. Big Ryck sat in the stands and smoked a cigar.
1 -- JOHNNY MUNDO & PRINCE PUMA vs. CISCO & CORTEZ CASTRO (w/Big Ryck)
Puma and Cortez started out the match. Puma hit two early huracanranas on Cortez and Cisco. Cortez hit a closed fist but Puma came back with a dropkick. Mundo was tagged in and hit a few kicks and got a two count. Cortez went for a roll-up then tagged in Cisco. Mundo dragged Cisco to the side of the apron and kicked his chest. Mundo went for a dropkick off the ropes but Cortez grabbed his legs to knock him down. Cisco landed on Mundo and went for a pin. Cisco tagged in Cortez and Cortez landed a leg drop on Mundo. He continued to aggressively attack Mundo, then tagged in Cisco for a double team. Cortez came back in and landed an elbow to take control of Mundo.
Puma tagged and knocked over Cortez and Cisco. Puma hit a neck breaker on Cisco and went for the pin. Puma then hit a standing shooting star press. Mundo then got involved and dove to the outside but missed Cortez. Cisco hit a swinging neck breaker on Puma for a close two count. Cisco and Cortez went for a finishing move but Mundo pulled Cortez outside and Puma hit a sunset flip. Mundo then hit the moonlight drive on Cisco for a near fall. Puma dove to the outside and hit Cortez. Puma and Mundo went to the top rope and consecutively hit 450 splashes on Cortez and Cisco for the win.
WINNER: Prince Puma & Johnny Mundo at 8:22 with a 450 Splash.
Backstage: Konnan was in the locker room with Prince Puma. Konnan told Puma to stay away from Johnny Mundo because he is not his friend and Puma's only friend in the business him (Konnan).
Announcers: Matt Striker and Vampiro said that the man Dario spoke about last week who will take down Blue Demon, Jr. is Mil Muertes, and we will meet him tonight. A video package then aired to promote Mil Muertes.
In-ring: The announcer introduced Son of Havoc and Ivelisse for their upcoming match. Chavo Guerrero then made his way to the ring. Shortly he was joined by his partner Sexy Star.
2 -- SON OF HAVOC & IVELISSE vs. CHAVO GUERRERO & SEXY STAR
Chavo and Havoc started out the match. Both men locked up until Chavo took down Havoc. Chavo grabbed at Havoc's beard. Ivelisse then attacked Chavo and Havoc took control. Ivelisse tagged in and gave some vicious kicks to Chavo. Chavo threw her down, but Ivelisse maintained control. Havoc then came back in, but Chavo made the tag to Sexy Star. She hit a huracanrana on Havoc and dodged his clothesline. Star hit a few kicks on Havoc then Havoc knocked her down
Ivelisse then tagged in and stomped on Star. They traded blows back and forth until Ivelisse knocked her down. Havoc then tagged in and went for a standing moonsault which Star countered and crawled over to Chavo to make the tag. Chavo attacked Havoc and went for a pin, which was broken up by Ivelisse. Star came in and attacked Ivelisse. Chavo then hit a frogsplash on Havoc and tagged in Star who hit a sunset flip for the win.
WINNER: Chavo Guerrero & Sexy Star at 5:37.
Backstage: Blue Demon was backstage preparing for his match. A woman associated with Mil Muertes interrupted him and licked his lips.
Announcers: Striker and Vampiro talked about the opening match and Prince Puma. A video package then aired highlighting Puma.
In ring: The ring announcer introduced Blue Demon, Jr. for the next bout. Mil Muertes and Catrina (formerly Maxine in WWE) then made their way to the ring.
3 -- BLUE DEMON, JR. vs. MIL MUERTES (w/Catrina)
Muertes attacked Demon from behind and beat him down. Demon left the ring and the men brawled outside until Muertes threw Demon back in the ring. Demon began to make his comeback with a few chops. Catrina distracted Demon and Muertes took him down. Demon hit a bulldog on Muertes for a two count. Demon climbed to the top rope, but Muertes dragged him off and hit a back breaker. Demon countered Muertes and landed a DDT. He then hit multiple chops on Muertes in the corner. Muertes landed a right hand then speared Demon to the ground. Muertes then hit a face planting move for the pinfall.
WINNER: Mil Muertes at 4:23.
After the match, Mil beat down on Demon, but Chavo came down for the save. Chavo then hit Demon of the head with a chair. Other luchadors came down but chair knocked then out with the chair. Sexy Star ran down and tried to convince Chavo to stop, but then he hit Star with the chair. Paramedics then attempted to put Demon on a stretcher, but Chavo continued his beat down. The closing shot was Demon driving away.
FINAL THOUGHTS: The wrestling on this show improved from the last one. The opening tag match was a good high=energy contest to start the show. I'm still not a fan of mixed gender matches, but it appears as it's something we will just have to live with for now. I was utterly appalled by the chair shots to the head at the end of the show. Especially when Chavo hit Sexy Star over the head, I just cringed. I find it ridiculous that anyone still does chair shots to the head in 2014. I also continue to agree with the popular opinion that Matt Striker is not the right play-by-play guy for Lucha Underground. He had almost no emotion when Chavo turned on Demon. He acted as if he was reading off a script in a production meeting. It takes more than just saying Chavo is sick and twisted. The announcers should react the same way that the fans would. Matt Striker should be outraged that Chavo would beat down all the luchadors including Sexy Star. I'm against ever using chair shots to the head, but if you're going to do it, you should treat it like a big deal and it wasn't here.
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