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Lucha Underground Report: “Macho Madness”
June 28, 2017
Taped in Los Angeles, Calif.
Season 3 Episode #24 aired on El Rey Network
Report by Joel Dehnel, PWTorch contributor
The show opened with a recap of the Killshot-Dante Fox and Jeremiah Crane-Catrina.
Backstage: Catrina told Mil Muertes that he must get back on the path to winning the Lucha Underground championship. Mil said he would do it for her then she gave him a kiss and demanded the Cueto Cup.
Jeremiah Crane stood alone.
Announcers: Vampiro welcomed the audience to the show. Striker and Vampiro built up the Cueto Cup matches coming up tonight
In ring: Santos introduced Veneno followed by Mil Muertes.
(1) VENENO vs. MIL MUERTES w/Catrina – Cueto Cup first round match
Mil speared Veneo and beat him down to begin the match. Mil hit a power bomb and a clothesline in his domination. Mil hit a choke slam followed by a Flatliner for the pin
WINNER: Mil Muertes at 1:08 to advance in the Cueto Cup.
In ring: Santos intrduced Paul London followed by Vibora.
(2) PAUL LONDON vs. VIBORA w/Kobra Moon – Cueto Cup first round match
London dropkicked Vibora to the outside to begin the match. London tried to run from Vibora. London grabbed his carrot and grabbed Moon. London pushed Moon into Vibora then dove onto Vibora. Vibora hit an upper cut then threw Londo back into the ring. Vibora hit London from behind and tossed him around the ring. London dodged a big boot then hit a super kick. Vibora lipped London off the top turnbuckle. Members of the Rabbit Tribe ran through the ring briefly. London got Vibora out of the ring then jumped from behind onto Vibora. London hit the floor hard. London was able to crawl into the ring. The Rabbit Tribe grabbed Vibora’s legs from under the ring. Vibora was then counted out.
WINNER: London at 3:55 via countout to advance in the Cueto Cup. This has to be the first time ever that a count out has been enforced n Lucha Underground.
In ring: Santos introduced Taya followed by Joey Ryan.
(3) TAYA vs. JOEY RYAN – Cueto Cup first round match
Ryan rubbed his sucker on his hairy chest then offered it to Taya. Taya beat down Ryan until he fled the ring. She ollowed him to the outside. Ryan ran back into the ring and hit Taya with a super kick on the ring apron. Vampiro acknowledged that fans were cheering for Taya. Ryan went back to the outside to fight Taya. Ryan threw Taya into the ring then climbed the turnbuckle. Taya threw him off the top then hit a double stomp. Taya ran ater Ryan, but he moved out of the way. Taya suplexed Ryan then hit a double stomp for the win.
WINNER: Taya at 3:33 to advance in the Cueto Cup.
Backstage: Mil Muertes adjuste his tie in the bathroom mirror. He was attacked by Jeremiah Crane who had a chair. Crane looked at Muertes an said “She’s mine.“ He then set a chair on Muertes‘ neck and whacked it with another chair.
Promo: Johnny Mundo vs. Rey Mysterio.
In ring: Santos introduced Jeremiah Crane followed by Killshot.
(4) JEREMIAH CRANE vs. KILLSHOT – Cueto Cup first round match
Killshot kicked then dove onto Crane to start the match. Then Crane dove onto Crane. The Killshot hit a moonsault to Killshot. Crane then hit another dive. They brawled with each other on the outside. Killshot entered back into the ring to reset the count then went back on the attack. Crane chopped Killshot on the chairs. Crane ran around the ring then cannonballed onto Killshot. Crane threw Killshot back into the ring. Crane climbed the turnbuckle. Killshot caught him on the turnbuckle. Crane tried to set up a sunset flip. Killshot rolled out and landed several head kicks. Crane kicked Killsot in the head then Killshot got up and hit a diamond cutter. Crane rolled over Killshot for a pin attempt. Crane hit a brainbuster but Killshot kicked out at 2. Killshot hit a forearm followed by a big boot from Crane. They exchanged strikes center ring until bot were knocked over. Crane spit in Killshot’s face. Killshot then hit a flurry of strikes. Killshot hit a DDT then went for a submission. They fought on the ring apron until Killshot lifted Crane onto his shoulders and slammed him. Killshot climbed the top rope and hit a kill stomp for a two count. Dante Fox called out Killshot rom the top of the temple. Crane was then able to hit a piledriver for the win.
WINNER: Jeremiah Crane at 13:03 to advance in the Cueto Cup.
Post match: The lights went off then Catrina stood at the top of the temple and stared at Crane.
Backstage: Dario talked about how well the Cueto Cup has been going. He told this to a man who looked like Son of Havoc but with a bigger beard. He said his name was Son of Madness. Dario said then next week it will be Son of Havoc vs. Son o Madness.
FINAL THOUGHTS: This was a well-built show. It started off with a couple squash matches. Things got going a little more between Taya and Ryan, but rightfully so Taya won quickly since Ryan has not been built as a legitimate threat. The final match was very good for the 13 minutes that they had. It felt like a New Japan match with all the hard strikes. I know it won’t last forever, but I am a fan of this format. Have 1 or 2 squash matches, a mid-sized match then leave time for the main event. This makes the main event feel more special rather than when they try to spread out time equally.
NOW CHECK OUT LAST WEEK’S REPORT: 6/21 Lucha Underground TV Report: Cueto Cup continues with Fenix vs. Mariposa, Marty Martinez vs. Saltidore, Sagrada vs. Pindar