Lucha Underground Season 4, “The Ranks of the Reptiles”
The fight over the Lucha Underground Championship takes a new twist as Pentagon Dark and the Machine Called Cage must find themselves tag team partners!
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- Daga w/ Kobra Moon VS PJ Black; Daga wins.
- Lucha Underground Trios Championships: The Mack, Son of Havoc & Killshot VS The Rabbit Tribe; Mack, Havoc & Killshot win and retain the Trios Championships.
- Pentagon Dark & ??? VS Cage & ???; rescheduled as…
- 2v1 Handicap: Cage & King Cuerno VS Pentagon Dark; Cage & Cuerno win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Antonio Cueto issued a statement.
Pentagon Dark and The Machine Called Cage have been fighting tooth and nail so hard, that El Padre del Jefe wants them to take it easy. Instead of another 1v1 match, they are to find themselves one partner each for a 2v2 tag match for tonight’s main event! Who will join the Bone Collector and #Swolverine in their war over the Lucha Underground Championship?
Daga w/ Kobra Moon VS PJ Black!
The Reptile Tribe and the Worldwide Underground are still at war in the Temple over which stable shall rule Lucha Underground. Kobra’s King is ready to fight, but Johnny Mundo sends out his Darewolf knight instead. Will PJ make the Reptile King look more like a pawn tonight?
The two circle and tie up. PJ gets a wristlock but Daga rolls and handsprings through. Daga gets a headlock, but PJ powers out. Daga runs PJ over with that shoulder, then covers. TWO, but Daga keeps on PJ with a wristlock. Daga goes after the arm with a wrench and even a headbutt. He whips PJ but PJ reverses. Daga comes back with a tilt-o-whirl into a guillotine. PJ powers out for a suplex! PJ flexes then covers, TWO. He keeps Daga down by going after the legs. PJ works to turn Daga over, and gets a pendulum surfboard! He adds insult to injury as he bumps Daga’s head into the buckles. Kobra protests but PJ lets Daga go, so that he can stomp on him.
PJ drags Daga up and around for a back suplex. He rolls back to bring Daga up again for another suplex. Another roll through and he puts on a modified Rings of Saturn. Fans rally up and Daga feeds off the energy. PJ makes it a backslide, TWO! PJ gives a stiff forearm, then takes off a glove for a sharp chop. Daga chops back, so PJ gives a foerarm. Daga brawls with PJ and kicks a leg, but PJ pokes him in the eyes! The referee reprimands PJ but PJ just drags Daga out for a whip. Daga rolls off his back, but PJ does the same. PJ rocks Daga with a roaring elbow! PJ springboards from the top rope for a Wolfsault, but Daga avoids it with a roll. Daga kips up then runs for a shotgun kick!
Both men stand as Believers rally up. PJ hits first with forearms, then body shots in a corner. He chops sharp and overhand, then backs up to run back in. Daga goes up and rolls PJ back, to then somersault for a DDT! Daga rolls PJ into the guillotine! Kobra grins while PJ fades. PJ gets his legs back for a ropebreak. Daga lets go but rallies the fans up. Daga runs at PJ, but into the mule kick. PJ springboards into a dragon sleeper! Inverted suplex, but then roll back into the dragon sleeper hold! Daga endures while Believers duel. Daga slips back so PJ goes to a normal sleeper.
They stand up, and Daga puts PJ into buckles. Daga elbows, chops and repeat. He sweeps the legs, then runs in corner to corner for the hesitation dropkick! Cover, TWO, but into a crossface! PJ slips out and rocks Daga with a haymaker. Daga staggers while PJ stalks him. PJ throws more forearms, but Daga throws them back. They brawl again, and PJ heel kicks Daga down! PJ climbs up top, gets the fans fired up, but Daga trips him up! Daga climbs up to join PJ, hits PJ more, then SUPER STEINERS! But PJ holds on to sunset flip it! TWO and Daga sits, TWO! Daga rolls PJ, gets the legs to roll him, then puts on a crucifix clutch! PJ taps, Daga wins!
Winner: Daga, by submission
Daga heeps PJ down, and the Queen of Snakes slithers in. She screams, and ehre comes Drago and Vibora! The entire tribe is here, surrounding the downed Darewolf. They all stomp away the vulnerable WWU soldier, then feed him to the Luchasaurus in Tombstone position. But to the rescue, it’s Mundo and Taya! The WWU’s Guru of Greatness springboards in to dropkick Vibora down! The Valkyrie goes after Drago and Kobra while Mundo goes after Daga. Daga is thrown out, then so are Daga and Drago. Ricky “Mundo” Mantel appears fashionably late, but he stumbles into Vibora. Ricky chops, but it does nothing! Vibora headbutts Ricky down, then grabs Mundo. PJ returns with TWO kendo sticks! PJ smacks away on Vibora, then hands a stick to Mundo. They both SMACK and SMACK Vibora, then double clothesline him out!
The Reptiles regroup while the WWU hold the ring! But Kobra speaks, saying “It is simple, Johnny Mundo. The Reptile Tribe is in your future.” Mundo either accepts it, or perishes. Mundo counters by telling “Medusa” that before she turns the crowd to stone with her face, he has a better idea. If Kobra wants him so bad, just try and take him. The Reptile Tribe challenges Mundo and his “minions” to an 8 Person Tag. And when the Reptiles win, Mundo pledges allegiance to Kobra, and bows before her for the rest of his days.
And what if WWU wins? Well if they win, the Queen will grant him any wish he desires. Not that the Reptiles will lose. Challenge accepted. It’ll be a win-win, because when WWU wins, the wish will be the Reptiles going to Slam Town! Kobra has the last word, saying Mundo better enjoy his freedom while he can, because he will soon belong to her.
The Mack prepares backstage.
But Catrina surprises him! She needs to start wearing a bell or something. The Lady in Red brings good news for him, though. Mil Muertes beating him down last week wasn’t enough? Mack crossed Mil Muertes, and Muertes doesn’t forgive nor does he forget. He’ll come for Mack soon enough. Mack admits Muertes scares the hell out of him, but the Man of 1000 Deaths better back off or Mack will “drop his ass and not give it a second thought.” Catrina sees “death swirls around” The Mack, so just breathe it in. “Your cousin certainly did.” What is she… OH SNAP! Is that Big Rick’s skull in there?! The eye patch and big cigar certainly give it away. Will Mack suffer the same fate? Or are these mind games of the Femme Fatale Reborn?
El Dragon Azteca Jr. is in the ring!
The Heir of the Eagle Tribe says last week was the most difficult fight of his career. But he came through it the proudest moment of his career, because he is the new Gift of the Gods Champion! This title gives him a guaranteed match against the Lucha Underground Champion, and Azteca plans to win that match, too! Azteca would be dishonoring his ancestors and the mask he wears if he doesn’t. His Eagle Tribe was the most legendary of the seven tribes, and he’s ready to mix both the tribe’s legacy and the legacy of El Dragon Azteca.
Azteca vows that while Ultima Lucha 4 is a long way’s off, he will defend his title against any and all challengers who think they can take it from him! He won’t back down from any fight. And the only time he plans to give the belt up is when he cashes it in for his shot at THE LU Championship, at Ultima Lucha Quatro!! This is for everyone who has supported him, gracias. The young eagle vows to fly high all the way until the biggest event of the season! Can he do it? Or will he be like Icarus, and fly too close to the sun, only to crash and burn?
Lucha Underground Trios Championships: The Mack, Son of Havoc & Killshot VS The Rabbit Tribe!
Only so many teams have held the Temple’s tag titles, but more often than not, the championship teams have been plagued by dysfunction. That is still true with this team, as the Man from the Open Road replaces Killshot’s Brother in Arms, Dante Fox. Meanwhile, the Mad Hatter, Paul London, and his jumpy amigos have found a new ferocity after meeting the White Rabbit. Can the current champions put their differences aside to keep from losing the gold?
Killshot doesn’t help things by insisting Havoc move aside. Paul London starts for his team to face the Lucha Weapon of Mass Destruction at the bell. London kicks low and clubs away. He drags Killshot over but Killshot resists. Saltador reaches out to tag in, then so does Mala Suerte, and they both jump in. The Mack and Havoc reinforce Killshot, and the six men stand face to face. Saltador blows a kiss, and a brawl breaks out! They pair off as Mala throws Havoc out. Killshot chucks Saltador while London and Mack scrap. He and Mala circle now as fans build to a rally.
Mala lunges in but Killshot evades to put on a waistlock. Mala reverses to a wristlock, but Killshot reverses it back. Mr. Bad Luck runs and acrobatically arm-drags Killshot. Killshot manages to roll through, then ducks under the clothesline to swing capoeria kicks. Mala avoids one bu gets caught into a headscissor throw. He rolls out of the ring, and Killshot keeps his eyes on the squirrelly rabbit. Mala slides back in, but Havoc tags himself in! Killshot grimaces but has no choice but to exit. Havoc circles with Mala now as fans rally up. Havoc kicks low then whips Mala, but Mala rolls for a cover! TWO, and Havoc speeds up to sunset flip. Mala rolls through and dropkicks Havoc down. Cover, TWO, but Mala keeps on Havoc. London tags back in, and climbs up for rabbit stomps.
London drags Havoc up for headbutts, then kicks away in a corner. He gives Havoc a hadouken, then runs in only to miss the corner splash. Havoc swing kicks London, then whips him across the ring. London reverses but Havoc reverses back to then sweep the legs and drop the elbow. Cover, TWO, and London flounders to a corner. Havoc runs into boots, but counters with a backbreaker. Saltador tags in, but Havoc drop toeholds. Havoc brings him over and tags in Mack! Mack and Havoc whip but Saltador holds ropes. Mack runs into boots, and Havoc is thrown out of the ring. Saltador and Mack speed up, but Mack hits a leaping shoulder! Mack fireman’s carries Saltador, Samoan Drop and kip up to moonsault! Cover, TWO!
Saltador rolls out of the ring and regroups with the Rabbit Tribe. Mack builds speed but is tripped up by London and Mala. They drag Mack out and shove him into the apron. Mala goes back in and builds speed. Killshot intercepts and shoves Mala into London! Killshot then runs to the apron, but is tripped up by London. He goes down, but Havoc climbs up top. Saltador shoves Havoc down, and he bowls everyone over! Saltador takes aim now, and springboard swantons onto everyone! The Believers are loving it! Saltador puts London, and goes to put Mala in. London tells him to instead put one of the champions in. Saltador puts Mack in and London climbs up. Mala tags but is tripped up by Killshot. London is kept from flying by Killshot.
Killshot climbs up to join him, as does Mack. The OG members of this trio prepare a superplex, but Mala & Saltador join them from behind. Havoc somehow slides in under London, and it’s an INSANE Tower of Doom!! A Double Superplex Powerbomb for London, but Killshot & The Mack suffer Super Russian Leg Sweeps! The Believers are thunderous and losing their minds! Havoc gets up and double dumdum stomps Saltador and London! Standing Moonsault! London writhes but Mala throws Havoc out. Killshot comes in but gets a roaring elbow. Mack gets a forearm, too, but then Killshot retaliates with a knee trigger! Killshot is fired up but London grabs him from behind. Killshot fights out and sweeps London’s legs to the SUPERKICK him down. Mala runs back in but Killshot side-steps to 619 the gut! Things keep speeding up, Killshot rolls through the sunset flip to double stomp!
Killshot hurries to the apron, where he double stomps London off the apron! The One Man Army is roaring as he climbs back up. Saltador goes after him, but gets a swing kick off the top! Killshot sets him up in the Tree of Woe, for more double stomps! The Believers are fired up as he aims at Mala. Step in, but stunner! Mala is fired up, but he gets a MACK Stunner! Havoc DIVES on Saltador and London! Mack climbs up, but Killshot tags in! Frog Splash hits, but Killshot covers. Mack is shocked but his team still wins!
Winners: The Mack, Killshot & Son of Havoc, Killshot pinning; still Lucha Underground Trios Champions
Dysfunction was put aside, but apparently ego was not. Killshot made sure he was responsible for the cover, as well as most of the action. He even makes sure to be the one that collects the belts from the ref. Killshot gives Mack his belt with little friendship behind it, and he just tosses one to Havoc. He wants to make it clear he’s the ace of the team, but will that ego only serve to break this team apart in the end?
Pentagon Dark & ??? VS Cage & ???
The Believers have waited all night to see who the Lucha Underground Champion and the strongest contender have recruited for tonight’s match. First out is the Swolverine, who says that when Antonio told him to pick a partner, Cage knew he’d need a cold-blooded killer. Cage chose none other than the King of Hunters, King Cuerno! This is a rather dangerous duo, but who will they face? Pentagon appears, and reminds both Cuerno and Cage they’re in his Temple. Pentagon doesn’t need anyone, he’ll go it alone! The Temple will witness him break both men in half. That’s because Pentagon has #CeroMiedo! Pentagon may have no fear, but does he have too much pride to think he can win all by himself?
2v1 Handicap: Cage & King Cuerno VS Pentagon Dark!
Lucha Underground returns from break as both opponents stand before the Lucha Underground Champion. The bell rings and they both rush him. Pentagon ducks under to then come back with chops on both of them. He kicks Cuerno off his feet then kicks Cage. Cage stays standing and Cuerno gets back up, they both kick Pentagon in the stomach. Cage runs into a SUPERKICK, then Cuerno is put on the apron. Pentagon baits Cage, Cage swings but clotheslines Cuerno as Pentagon evades. Pentagon Slingblades Cage, then Slingblades again. Cage rolls out and regroups with Cuerno while Pentagon builds speed. Pentagon FLIES and takes them both out!
Believers fire up for the champion as he drags Cuerno up. Pentagon throws Cuerno into railing, then goes back to Cage. He kicks Cage’s leg again, then stalks him around the corner. Pentagon clears fans out, then goes bowling for chairs! Believers are thunderous for Pentagon and he feeds off the energy, CERO MIEDO! But Cuerno returns to barrel Pentagon down on the steps. Cuerno drags Pentagon to the ring and feeds him to Cage. Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES Pentagon up and in! Cage keeps going, climbing up top again. Cuerno is on the other side, and hits a frog splash! He moves aside for Cage to add a Macho Elbow! Cover, TWO, to Cage’s & Cuerno’s surprise. Believers still rally for Pentagon, even as Cage tags to Cuerno.
Cuerno stalks Pentagon to a corner, then drags him to the center. Fans rally up while Cuerno runs and hits a splash. Cover, TWO, but Cuerno does not let up. He drags Pentagon up to whip him, then dropkick him down! Cage likes what he sees as the Hunter whips Pentagon again. Pentagon kicks back and fans rally up again. Pentagon takes off the glove but Cage lurks. Cage trips Pentagon on the run and Cuerno kicks Pentagon’s face. Fans boo and jeer, but Cuerno and Cage grin. Cage tags back in, and Cuerno puts Pentagon in their corner. Cuerno tricks the referee, and gets a cheap knee to the groin on Pentagon. Fans boo but Cuerno gets away with that. Cuerno whips Pentagon corner to corner, but Pentagon goes up and over for the backstabber!
But he forgets Cage is legal, until Cage swings on him. Pentagon kicks the leg out to then mule kick Cage’s face. Cuerno gets up but gets a SUPERKICK! Pentagon aims at Cage as he runs the ropes, for the flying Destroyer! Cover, TWO! Cage survives, but Pentagon knows it took more than that last time. Fans rally up as Pentagon throws forearms. Cero Miedo, but Pentagon runs into a flapjack and knee trigger! Cuerno drags Pentagon up, scoops him, for Thrill of the Kill! Cage wants to finish this, though, and dismisses Cuerno. Seems Cuerno was only needed to make Pentagon more manageable for the Machine. Cage suplexes Pentagon up, for the Weapon X driver! Cover, Cage & Cuerno win!
Winners: King Cuerno & Cage, Cage pinning
Pentagon’s ego may have cost him the win tonight, but Cage’s ego is the one that swells here. But Cage is not done yet, as he brings in steel chairs. He stalks the vulnerable Lucha Underground Champion. Terminator drums echo out as he places Pentagon on one chair, to then take the other. Cage mocks Cero Miedo, before giving Pentagon a Con-CHAIR-To!! The Machine gives an encore Con-Chair-To, too! The Breaker of Bones is the one left for dead tonight. Will Cage crush Pentagon once and for all when the title is again on the line?
Somewhere in the desert…
The Worldwide Underground goes Indiana Jones as they hurry down a mine shaft. This has to be the Reptile Tribe’s secret lair, given that stench. Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? Mundo & Taya dive down into the throne room, ready to cut the head off this serpent before next week. Drago is there, but chained up. Vibora is there, too, and he SUPERKICKS Taya!
Mundo tries to fend him off, but Luchasaurus is more like Luchazilla at this point. Vibora headbutts Mundo, then grabs him by the throat. He squeezes Mundo like a constrictor, but Taya comes to. She takes up the bat, and swings away on Vibora! Vibora goes down, and Taya gives Mundo the Serpent Sword. She doesn’t want to lose Mundo to anyone, let alone Kobra Moon. They kiss, then behead Vibora! “That was hot.” They take their trophy, and Mundo’s Indiana Jones hat. What will be the fate of the Reptile Tribe now that they’re down their most powerful weapon?
A pretty solid episode of Lucha Underground, but with a disheartening ending. Daga has a good match with PJ Black, and despite both teams being Heels, neither side tried to cheat. I like the idea of this leading to a match where if WWU loses, they lose their leader. However, not only was that Indiana Mundo skit cheesy by even Lucha Underground standards, it clearly (and literally) cuts what would’ve been a Quatros (4v4) match down to a Trios. Vibora was probably if not THE most over part of the Reptile Tribe and now he’s just gone. The only way this could turn around next week is if Vibora is revealed to be a hydra and can regenerate his head. And with Taya & Mundo so confident they won’t lose, I bet that means they will.
I really like Azteca’s declaration that he’ll wait until Ultima Lucha 4 to use his Gift of the Gods cash-in ability. It’s a daring move that gives him a great story for this season, such as a string of open challenges for the title similar to Matanza’s string of Sacrifices to the God. Actually, thinking about it, I would love if “Antonio” eventually pits Matanza and Azteca against each other. The Monster either sacrifices Azteca while gaining a way back to the Lucha Underground title, or Azteca finally conquers the demigod that almost killed him last season. Azteca would gain major momentum if that were the case, and could use that to roll right into a match with the top champion at UL4.
The Trios title match was great, lots of story on the championship side. With Mack having to worry about Muertes, I wonder if this results in some strange match where Killshot sides with Muertes & Catrina to challenge The Mack, Havoc and a third of their choosing that will turn out to be Ivelisse. Then in the main event “tag” match, for a moment I was hoping Pentagon would bring out his real-life Lucha Brother, but then I remembered Fenix is still kayfabe dead. Therefore, it was actually fine that he went it alone against both Cage and Cuerno. And it was also therefore fine that he lost. I wouldn’t be surprised if Cuerno wanted in on the title match, as a show of gratitude for his help. And whether Cage will oblige, I’d hope Antonio would make it happen.
My Score: 8/10