SPOTLIGHTED PODCAST ALERT (YOUR ARTICLE BEGINS A FEW INCHES DOWN)...
Lucha Underground Report
June 21, 2017
Taped in Los Angeles, Calif.
Season 3 Episode #23 aired on El Rey Network
Report by Joel Dehnel, PWTorch contributor
The show opened with a recap of the Cueto Cup matches and Cage.
Outside the temple: Melissa Santos met with Fenix as he arrived at the temple. Fenix said he would win the Cueto Cup for her. The camera then panned over to Marty Martinez who was upset about the situation.
Announcers: Vampiro welcomed the audience to the show. Striker said that this will be the second night of the Cueto Cup then threw to Santos in the ring.
In ring: Santos introduced Vinnie Massaro followed by Cage.
(1) VINNIE MASSARO vs. CAGE – Cueto Cup first round match
Massaro taunted Cage to start the match. Cage threw him to the ground then beat him down in the corner. Cage slammed Massaro onto the ring apron. Massaro came back into the ring. Massaro tried to fight back and eventually slammed Cage to the ground. Massaro grabbed Cage’s glove. Cage stopped him from an attack then hit a brain buster for the win.
WINNER: Cage at 3:29 to advance in the Cueto Cup.
Post match: Cage beat down Massaro with the metal glove.
Promo: Mundo vs. Mysterio
In ring: Santos introduced Marty Martinez followed by Saltador
(2) MARTY “THE MOTH” MARTINEZ vs. SALTADOR – Cueto Cup first round match
Saltador and Marty traded arm locks to start. Saltador began to take advantage. Marty rolled to the outside then caught Saltador from a dive and threw him into the barricade. Marty was in full control back in the ring. Marty got distracted then Saltador began throwing Marty around the ring. Saltador hit a super kick for a two count. Marty made gestures toward Santos as he got fired up in the match. Marty then drove his knees into Saltador for the win.
WINNER: Marty Martinez at 7:24 to advance to the second round.
Backstage: Paul London and the Rabbit Tribe interupted Sagrada while he was working out. They told him that he can still carry on the Rabbit Tribe. Sagrada then walked past them.
Backstage: Marty talked to himself as he looked at his collage of photos of Melissa Santos. He then sniffed a piece of her hair that he kept. Mariposa snuck up behind him. She said his lust for Santos has made him weak. She said that it will be her and him in the next round. Marty asked her about how they used to play, then she slapped him.
[JD’s Reax: Definitely inscest. Ew.]
In ring: Santos introduced Pindar followed by Sagrada.
(3) MASCARITA SAGRADA vs. PINDAR (w/Kobra Moon)
Sagrada ran at Pindar. Pindar just threw Sagrada around the ring. Sagrada kicked Pindar in the leg then flipped him over. Pindar fell to the outside then Sagrada dove onto him. Pindar hit a neck breaker from his knees. Pindar continued the onslaught. Moon made several attacks on Sagrada while the referee was distracted. Sagrada flipped around Pndar and hit a head scissors. Moon came into the ring Sagrada dodged her then dove onto Pindar then slapped Moon. Sagrada hit a moonsult from the top for a two count. Pindar flipped over Sagrada for an inverted sitdown power bomb.
WINNER: Pindar at 5:56 to advance to the second round.
In ring: Santos introoduced Mariposa followed by Fenix.
[JD’s Reax: Vampiro acted like this was a surpise. They had been advertising this match for the entire show. We had also seen the bracket for several weeks. I don’t know why Vampiro acted like Mariposa and nobody else knew it was Fenix coming out.]
(4) FENIX vs. MARIPOSA
Fenix tried to shake hands with Mariposa. They locked up to start. Fenix countered mutiple strikes. Fenix tried to avoid hitting kicks then landed a tiff drop kick. Mariposa came back and hit a DDT. Mariposa then drop kicked Fenix to the outside. Mariposa hit a bulldog back in the ring. Fenix then hit a German followed by a kick to the head. Mariposa countered a powerbomb into a pin attempt. Mariposa fell to the outside. Mariposa came back to th ring quickly to avoid the dive. They fought on the top turnbuckle then Fenix caught a crossbody for a Fenix Driver and the win.
WINNER: Fenix at 5:50 to advance to the second round.
Post match: Marty beat down Fenix. Fenix escaped the beat down then dove onto both of them outside the ring.
FINAL THOUGHTS: This week was definitely a step down from the other episodes in the season 3 return. I expect some the next few episodes to be similar with short mediocre first round matches. Once they get to the second round, I would expect things to pick up a little more.
NOW CHECK OUT LAST WEEK’S REPORT: 6/14 Lucha Underground TV Report (Season 3, Ep. 22): Drago vs. Aerostar, Suerte vs. The Mack, Pentagon Dark vs. Argenis