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LUCHA UNDERGROUND – “Ultima Lucha Tres Part 2”
OCTOBER 4, 2017 (Season 3, Episode #38)
TAPED IN LOS ANGELES, CALIF.
AIRED ON EL REY NETWORK
REPORT BY JOEL DEHNEL, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
-Show opened with recaps of last week’s matches, Catrina-Ivelisse, Marty Martinez-Fenix and Crane-Muertes.
Backstage: Ivelisse was in an argument with Crane in the locker room. Crane said that he was in love with Catrina. Ivelisse said she didn’t need him and after shes done kicking Catrina’s ass she is coming after Crane. Crane called her a bitch as she walked away. Ivelisse turned around and kicked Crane into the bathroom door knocking him unconscious.
In ring: Santos welcomed the crowd to Ultima Lucha Tres.
Announcers: Striker welcomed the viewing the audience. Striker hyped Fenix vs. Marty Martinez later tonight. Vampiro built up Catrina’s first match coming later tonight. Striker then threw to the ring.
In ring: Santos introduced the competitors for the Unique Opportunity. Pimpinela Escarlata came out last and danced with audience members on his way to the ring.
1 – JOEY RYAN vs. PJ BLACK vs. SON OF MADNESS vs. THE MACK vs. SALTADOR vs. PAUL LONDON vs. MALA SUERTE vs. RICKY MUNDO vs. MASCARITA SAGRADA vs. PIMPINELA ESCARLATA vs. ARGENIS vs. CORTEZ CASTRO vs. VINNIE MASSARO – Battle Royal for a Unique Opportunity
Mundo eliminated Massaro quickly in the match. The Rabbit Tribe then tossed out Son of Madness. Ryan and Castro brawled on the apron then got knocked off by Sagrada. Pimpinela knocked out London then Mala Suerte fell to the outside. Sagrad then took out Saltador. Pimpinela eliminated himself and Argenis . Black then tossed Sagrada over the top rope. Mundo got knocked to the outside leaving Mack and Black. Mack hit a stunner then tossed Black to the outside.
WINNER: Mack at 3:33.
Post match: Dario walked out of his office and congratulated The Mack. Dario told Mack they he will got a Trios Championship match, but his partners will be Killshot and Dante Fox.
In ring: Santos introduced Catrina followed by Ivelisse. Ivelisse sprinted to the ring and attacked Catrina from behind.
2 – IVELISSE vs. CATRINA (w/Mil Muertes)
Ivelisse dominated quickly then the action was taken to the outside. Ivelisse accidentally ripped off Catrina’s shirt. Catrina ran to Dario’s office and closed the door. Iveliss ran to the door and Catrina hit Ivelisse with a bottle. Catrina hit her with a few more bottles to bloody up her face. Catrina dragged her up the stairs of the temple. Ivelisse escaped then beat on Catrina. They took the action back into the ring where Catrina hit a spear. Catrina opened up her box to grab her stone. She tried to hit Ivelisse with the stone but Ivelisse dodged it. She hit Catrina with the stone then a DDT for the win.
WINNER: Ivelisse at 6:13. Again, they are trying to raise the bar and show you something you haven’t seen before with a female being bloodied up.
Post match: Crane attacked Ivelisse from behind while Catrina grabbed her stone and escaped.
Announcers: Striker and Vampiro ran down the rest of the Ultima Lucha card.
(a.) Cage vs. Jeremiah Crane vs. Mil Muertes – Gauntlet of the Gods 3-Way Match
(b.) Matanza Cueto vs. El Dragon Azteca, Jr. – Steel Cage Match
(c.) Taya vs. Sexy Star – Last Luchadora Standing
(d.) Pentagon Dark vs. Son of Havoc – Gift of the Gods Ladder Match
(e.) Prince Puma vs. Johnny Mundo – Career vs. Title
In ring: Santos introduced Fenix followed by Marty Martinez.
3 – FENIX vs. MARTY “THE MOTH” MARTINEZ w/Mariposa – Mask vs. Hair
They battled back and forth to begin the match. Mariposa grabbed Fenix’s leg allowing for Marty to gain control. Fenix hit a superkick then climbed the top rope. Mariposa grabbed his leg allowing for Marty to hit a belly to belly suplex. Marty then exposed a corner turnbuckle. Fenix knocked Marty to the outside then went for a dive. Marty pulled Mariposa into the way so that Fenix fell onto her. Mariposa was clearly upset with Marty then left the ringside area. Marty countered Fenix then started to rip at Fenix’s mask. Marty maintained control with a power bomb then dropped him on the exposed turnbuckle busting Fenix wide open. Fenix’s face is clearly exposed at this point. Fenix hit a neck breaker followee by a frog splash. MArty came back with a big clothesline to stop Fenix’s momentum. Fenix caught Marty on the top turnbuckle and flipped him off the top. Marty went over to his lunch box in the corner and grabbed a scissors. Marty started to cut at Fenix’s mask. Santos tried to save Fenix by telling MArty that he would run away with him. Marty then grabbed Santos and pulled her into the ring. She kicked Marty which allowed for Fenix to hit a splash for the win
WINNER: Fenix at 12:18
Post match: Marty rolled out of the ring and tried running away. Mariposa waiting for Marty at the top of the temple. Marty turned around and she hit him across the head with a steel chair. Mariposa handcuffed Marty to the railing on the stairs. Santos and Fenix then started cutting off Marty’s hair with a scissors before Fenix grabbed the hair shaver and went to town.
FINAL THOUGHTS: If you like blood, this was the episode for you. I do feel that Ultima Lucha is beginning to ramp up and the next two episodes will surpass the past two parts in quality. I’m glad it feels as though we got some resolution between Fenix and Marty Martinez.