A man-machine episode 12 of Lucha Underground is in the books. In case you're still trying to find it, the show airs Wednesdays at 8pm ET/PT on El Rey and Saturdays at 4pm ET/PT in Spanish on UniMas. Catch up on last week's episode and also watch the last luchadore standing match between Drago and King Cuerno.
Good news alert. The El Rey Network is now available on Dish. Channel 253. There are plenty of reasons to give Lucha Underground a shot. Spread the word.
Now, on to the show...
Cage & Dario Cueto gym segment
Cage is pumping iron. "I like a man who takes the bull by the horns, but, you my friend, you take the bull by the huevos." Cueto makes a championship bout tonight for Cage. Cage declares that he will win the title tonight, and he is a machine. Cueto flicks his tongue like he has a terrible case of dry mouth, then smirks at Cage's confidence. Either that or he also thinks Cage is a dork for continually saying that he is a machine.
Pops Wayans plays the rhythm stick as the temple band jams away. Vampiro hams it up.
Fenix vs Mil Muertes
Fenix started with some quick rollups, until Mil Muertes hossed it up by feeling none of Fenix's strikes. Mil crushed Fenix for the rest of the match with some highlights being an overhead suplex into the corner, a release German suplex, spear, and a neck toss off the top turnbuckle.
Mil took Fenix up to the top turnbuckle. A superplex is executed, but Fenix hooked Mil's legs after impact. Fenix wins! Fenix wins! Fenix wins!
Cage hype video
Cage is a machine. Footage of a 1-on-3 street fight is shown. Cage took a bottle to the head and didn't flinch. He then proceeded to tool some schmucks. Cage is a machine.
Argenis, Super Fly, Aerostar vs Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco, Bael
Melissa Santos emphasized the Mr. for Mr. Cisco with a sassy head tilt. It appears that she has taken Mr. Cisco's constructive criticism under consideration.
The match is what one would expect from these six. Fast, furious, and high flying chaos. Super Fly hit the first huge maneuver from the top turnbuckle with a moonsault to the outside.
Highlights include: Aerostar leaping off the shoulders of Argenis as he was standing on the middle rope; Bael biting Aerostar on the head; sunset flip powerbomb from Argenis to Mr. Cisco; and Aerostar performing a top turnbuckle hurricanrana to flip Mr. Cisco to the outside atop bodies aplenty.
The finishing sequence began with a ferocious chop fest between Aerostar and Mr. Cisco. After some rope running reversals, Aerostar got popped with a 3D into Codebreaker. Pin by Cortez on Aerostar for the win.
Ringside with Vampiro, featuring Prince Puma & Konnan
Vampiro asked Puma questions, but Konnan stepped in to answer each time. Based on Puma's hand gestures, he seemed to be a little annoyed with this. Konnan hyped his boy and smack talked Cage. Vampiro had enough of Konnan butting in, which led to an intense confrontation. Watch the full interview here and enjoy Konnan's vocabulary.
Championship match: Prince Puma vs Cage
Konnan accompanied Puma and was present ringside for the first time. Cage entered the temple walking through gas clouds. From personal experience of smelling farts of my protein pounding friends, it probably stinks right now in the temple. He was immediately splashed on by Puma. The match is underway.
Cage gained the upper hand after a brutal shoulder block on a springboard maneuver attempt by Puma. Cage controlled the pace with an array of power smash maneuvers, such as a sitout Alabama slam. Puma got back in the game with a tornado DDT. The match was back and forth after that.
The finish started when Puma executed the always awesome Northern Lights suplex roll through into a vertical suplex. Cover for a two count. Puma went up top for his 630 back splash, but Cage pushed the ref into the ropes. Puma went tumbling down. Cage then kicked Puma in the cojones. DQ.
After the match, Cage beat on Puma some more. Konnan cracked his cane across Cage's back, but Cage is a machine. A championship belt shot to the head caused Konnan to bleed. Cage tore the belt in half. Boo you, Cage. Screw you, too.
Dario Cueto & mysterious lady office segment
Cueto is shown peeping through his office window with a Grinch-like grin over the events that just transpired. The lady grabbed Cueto from behind and tossed him into his seat. "What the hell are you doing? Who are you?"
"I'm looking for a man. A man that owes me." "Well, what man? Not me. I pay my debts." "I know he's here in your temple." "Well, then, feel free to question anyone on my roster. I can help you. Do you have a name?" "I only have one word. Mozzarella." (Or Mutunza. I'm not quite sure what she said.) "I'm sorry. The word means nothing to me." The lady looked displeased and vanished with catlike quickness. Cueto had a mixed look of concern and relief. Is he hiding something?
Thumbs up for Puma vs Cage. Cage was impressive in the ring. I enjoy his repertoire of power suplexes and finesse moves, such as a middle rope moonsault. He is obviously not the best promo, but he makes up for it in other ways by making me want to boo him.
It appeared to me that Puma was more saddened by the destruction of the championship belt rather than the destruction of Konnan. How much longer will their relationship last? Will Cage's antics pull them together or drive them apart?
Vampiro and Konnan have some deep-seated bad blood, and that intrigues me. Against better judgement, I really want to see them fight. At least, just once. Both guys look limited due to wear and tear, but the emotion would be through the roof for good storytelling.
I love the tenacious teamwork maneuvers from the Cortez, Cisco, and Bael. That match showed why a trios title would flourish in Lucha Underground. There are tons of combinations for teams that would keep the scene feeling fresh for a long time.
Fenix's upset win was a real shocker. I was sitting back and enjoying Mil's decimation of Fenix, then they got me with a, "Whoa!" moment for the finish. That feud has high potential. I'm excited.
The crowd had interesting reactions for this episode. There was a, "Let's go Fenix/Fenix sucks," chant and a dueling, "Let's go Puma/Let's go Cage," chant. I can understand the support for Cage, since the crowd may not have been aware of his bad attitude at the time of viewing. However, the, "Fenix sucks," chant is confusing. Is it a negative reaction for Fenix or a positive reaction for Mil Muertes?
Last week's voting proclaimed Drago vs King Cuerno as the match of the night with 54% of 78 votes. Super Fly vs Pentagon Jr. got 19%, Mascarita Sagrada & Pimpinela Escarlata vs Cortez Castro & Mr. Cisco received 17%, and Sexy Star vs El Mariachi Loco had a strong 10% for being in last place.
Thoughts? Theories about Mutunza? Are you down for a trios title? Do you cheer or boo Cage? Do you want to see Konnan and Vampiro fight? Enjoy video of Prince Puma's championship defense against Cage.