Lucha Underground Season 4, “The Circle of Life”
The leading ladies of Lucha Underground have always had tension, but it erupted when it came to their main men. Will Melissa or Catrina be THE Lady of LU?
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- Sacrifice to the Gods: Matanza Cueto VS Joey Wrestling; Matanza wins and Joey is sacrificed.
- Killshot VS Big Bad Steve w/ Beautiful Brenda; Killshot wins.
- Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS ???; Pentagon wins and retains the Lucha Underground Championship.
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Catrina tries to make Mil Muertes understand.
After putting Fenix in a coffin and taking his life force, the Femme Fatale is once again part of the land of the living. In other words, she’s done. She has her life back, and is done wasting it in the Temple, and with him. They ruled the Underworld, but she never loved him. She loved the very man who gave her this freedom. She won’t throw it away any longer. But here’s something to remember her by: the stone! She has given Muertes the item of power that represents his rebirth, and now walks away. But in her path is Melissa Santos! “Where do you think you’re going, bitch?” Melissa wants payback for both what Muertes did to Fenix, but also for what Catrina did to her before the Haunted House Match! And she starts off with a swift right and a left.
Catrina blocks Melissa’s third strike but Melissa goes low with knees. Catrina powers Melissa out of the inner sanctum just as Muertes becomes aware of Catrina’s “Dear John” gift. The ladies have moved to the backstage area, and Catrina counters Melissa to then put her into a wall! Then into glass! Melissa keeps fighting, using a headbutt to send Catrina into cabinets. The two stare down but Melissa eggs Catrina on. Catrina throws body shots, but Melissa bobs ‘n’ weaves when she goes high. Melissa sends Catrina into glass, but now Catrina throws a chain. She shoots a look of “Really?” back.
Melissa blocks and body shots back, to then have Catrina against a wall. Catrina pushes her away then escapes into the upper levels. Melissa pursues, and trips Catrina up as they reach an attic area. Melissa hops on for a sleeper but Catrina rams her into a wall. So Melissa grabs hair and rams Catrina into that same wall. She bangs Catrina off a pipe, then backs off. Both Melissa and Catrina throw boots, and knock each other down! They clear their heads and Melissa springs up first, but runs into Catrina’s kicks! Catrina gets up but Melissa splashes her with water. They brawl again, and Melissa gets a takedown. Catrina counters right into an armbar.
Catrina says Fenix never loved Melissa, his heart burned for another. “He gave me a thousand of his lives so I could live again!” Melissa accepts that while Fenix died for Catrina, Catrina will die for her! Melissa pries her way out, but Catrina retreats. Catrina busts her way through a wall and out to the fire escape. Melissa pursues, and now the jackets come off. Catrina throws hers at Melissa while backing away, but Melissa still pursues. They’re on the roof now, and Melissa gets a facelock. She gives Catrina body shots, but Catrina counters with power as she lifts and punches Melissa. Melissa gives shots, Catrina gives knees. Catrina grabs hair, and sees the medallion is still around her neck. Catrina uses the necklaces to CHOKE Melissa! But Melissa fights back, with throat punches!
Melissa judo throws Catrina over the side! Catrina holds on, and Melissa looks down at her. Catrina loses grip with one hand, but then Mil Muertes appears! He tells Melissa to leave, and Catrina thinks he’s there to save her. He takes her hand, but then says he has something for her to “remember me by.” Muertes gives her back the stone, and then DROPS her to her death! Yet Catrina smiles, because she knows death is only a beginning. Melissa walks over to the lifeless Catrina, as does Aerostar. She didn’t do it, but Aero knows. Now he needs her help with something. He needs the necklace, and he will give her back the one her heart desires. Melissa agrees, and hands it over to him. Aerostar uses the combination of it and the dark magic of the stone, and promises “I’ll be back.”
Flashback to 10 weeks ago!
Catrina tells Fenix that while his life is gone, her life begins again. And as the Lady in Red takes her leave, Aerostar appears! The time-traveling luchador stands by his friend, and imbues him with the powers of light and dark, life and death! Fenix… LIVES! “Come with me.”
Back to the future!
Er, present. But yes, Aerostar has brought Fenix forward in time, to reunite with Melissa! She hugs him, and he hugs back. But he won’t be himself for a time, given both resurrection and time-travel. Melissa’s fine with that, because “We have all the time in the world.” She thanks Aerostar, and he takes the necklace for his own. Aerostar leaves while Fenix returns. But is there more to this than meets the eye?
Joey Wrestling is in the ring!
The long-time best friend, tag team partner and even “Bestest” Man at Johnny Mundo’s wedding, the Man of Mercury is itching for a fight after what The Monster God did to the wedding of the century. However, Antonio Cueto walks out to address Joey. Seems Joey is “upset” with Antonio’s son. Good news: Joey will get his chance at revenge. Because tonight, Joey’s having his first ever Lucha Underground match. If only Antonio had called the paparazzi, because the headlines will read, “Joey Wrestling Arrives in Lucha Underground, and becomes the next… SACRIFICE TO THE GODS!!”
Sacrifice to the Gods: Matanza Cueto VS Joey Wrestling!
Joey’s first match in the Temple might very well be his last match anywhere! Because here comes Matanza! Joey swings on him right away but Matanza shoves and boots Joey down. Matanza lifts Joey for standing knees and a toss. Joey gets to a corner and manages to boot Matanza away. Joey throws hands, fireman’s carry, but Matanza fights his way out. Matanza stalks Joey to a corner, then whips him corner to corner. He whips Joey again, then runs in for a big corner splash! Fans are on Joey’s side, but it might not matter. Joey drags himself up, but Matanza puts him in a bearhug! Matanza squeezes Joey but Believers rally up. Joey fights out with haymakers, but Matanza blocks the whip. Matanza whips Joey but Joey dodges! Joey lifts Matanza, for a Death Valley Driver!
But Matanza doesn’t stay down for long, so Joey blasts him out of the ring! Joey pursues, clearing the timekeeper’s table. He bounces Matanza off it then puts Matanza in the ring. Joey whips Matanza but Matanza reverses and redirects Joey at the ref. Joey stops himself, and mule kick low blows Matanza! The ref didn’t see it, but then Joey low blows Matanza again. Joey SUPERKICKS Matanza, then kicks low. He double underhooks, for a Pedigree! But Matanza gets up!? Well Joey isn’t exactly the Game… Matanza headbutts Joey down, then whips him to a corner for another splash. And finally, WRATH OF THE GODS!! Cover, Matanza wins!
Winner: Matanza Cueto, by pinfall
The lights go red, the lightning flashes, and Joey Wrestling is no more. Matanza continues his path of destruction, will anyone hope to stop him?
Killshot VS Big Bad Steve w/ Beautiful Brenda!
The Luchador of Mass Destruction was Lucha Undergrounds Trios Champion alongside The Mack and Dante Fox. But when Dante went MIA, Antonio Cueto let fate decide his replacement. In entered Son of Havoc, who The Mack was on good terms with, but Killshot refused to accept. And when it was all on the line, Killshot chose his grudge with Havoc over keeping the gold. Now he’s on his own again, an army unto himself. What will come next for the Soldier of Fortune?
Meanwhile, Famous B’s mean mechanic is also a gentleman as he helps Brenda down the stairs. He’s still limping from what The Savage Jake Strong did to his ankle, but he’s still in wrestling capacity. The bell rings and he powers Killshot to a corner. BBS backs off but Killshot tests that bad leg already. They egg each other on, and Killshot goes right for the ankle! Killshot has a target and does NOT let up, as he curb stomps the foot! But wait, Son of Havoc appears! He even has popcorn and a drink to watch this. Brenda coaches BBS up but Killshot kicks him down. Havoc walks his way down, getting all the attention, and even sharing his snacks. Killshot only grows angrier, and he takes it out on BBS’s head.
The referee checks on BBS but he’s okay to continue. Killshot trash talks Havoc on the outside, continuing to blame Havoc for losing those trios titles. Killshot rocks BBS with palm strikes, then aims at the ankle. He runs and dropkicks it out! BBS clutches the bad leg, but Killshot grabs it for a modified Indian Deathlock. Killshot stares Havoc down while stomping and tweaking BBS’s bad knee! BBS crawls but Havoc says Killshot better pay attention to his real opponent. Brenda rallies the Believers behind Steve’s “hot rod”, and the Believers chant “Steve! Steve!” Killshot eggs the fans on, too, but BBS dares Killshot to give him more. Killshot throws hands, but BBS keeps coming back for more! They stand up, BBS ducks and blocks, only to get a back hand. Killshot swings but ends up in a saido suplex!
Believers fire up for BBS as he powers through the pain. BBS fireman’s carry, but Killshot counters the pop-up into double stomps! Killshot has his own fans, and drags BBS by his nose. Killshot boots, boots, but BBS slaps! That fire actually amuses Killshot, and he boots BBS down again. Killshot drags BBS up by his nose again, then runs, but BBS stops him. Killshot pries free and sweeps the leg! Brenda wants BBS to kill Killshot, and BBS counters Killshot into a pop-up cutter! Killshot is dizzy and Havoc rallies the fans behind BBS. They both stand, and BBS has Killshot in a package, swing out for a facebuster! Killshot gets to ropes and BBS crawls to a cover, but ROPEBREAK with those long legs. BBS thought he had this, too.
Killshot flounders to a corner and Brenda keeps coaching BBS up. Believers are behind him, too, and BBS rocks Killshot with haymakers. BBS chops Killshot, then hoists him up top. BBS climbs to join him and throws some elbows. He prepares Killshot on the top rope, but Killshot slips out! To sweep the legs! BBS is a sitting duck as Killshot hits Tree of Woe stomps! Then he hops up, KILL STOMPS! Cover, Killshot wins!
Winner: Killshot, by pinfall
The mechanic put up a good fight, but it wasn’t good enough. Killshot trash talks BBS on his way out, and then returns to staring Havoc down. The Believers are on Havoc’s side, but Killshot slaps the popcorn away! Havoc fights back with forearms and chops! Killshot knees low, but Havoc bowls Killshot into the bleachers! Havoc puts Killshot on the apron to rip at the mask! The mask comes off!! Killshot covers his face to keep his identity anonymous. He runs away to the back while Havoc claims a trophy! Will Havoc be the victor when this war is over?
Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS ???
The Collector of Bones was meant to face Johnny Mundo, as Antonio’s wedding gift to the Worldwide Underground’s power couple. But after what Matanza did to the entire wedding party, perhaps the Guru of Greatness won’t be able to cash in that opportunity. What does this mean for our main event?
Pentagon speaks, saying he had hoped to give his own wedding gift to Mundo & Taya, in the form of a broken arm! But the “doctors” say Mundo can’t wrestle for the foreseeable future. That makes Pentagon sad. He’s in the mood to break bones. So he makes an OPEN CHALLENGE to anyone who has “the balls” to face him. They can fight for the title right now! And it’s HERNANDEZ who appears!
Super Mex returns to the Temple, and says if Pentagon is looking for someone with balls, then he has the man with the biggest balls around. Hernandez claims that if Pentagon hadn’t been “a little bitch”, Hernandez would be LU Champion right now. Believers disagree, and Pentagon mocks Hernandez’s mannerisms before shouting “Screw you and get down here!” Hernandez still claims that he’ll become the next champion, but Pentagon says he’ll just be Pentagon’s bitch! Hernandez swaggers down to the ring, and we have our match! Will it be Super Mex or the Temple’s own Deathstroke that holds the title in the end?
Lucha Underground returns from break, and the bell rings on this surprise main event. Pentagon mocks the swagger, and declares “CERO! MIEDO!” He ducks Hernandez’s punch, gives back kicks, then runs. He throws Hernandez with a huricanrana, and Hernandez bails out. Hernandez avoids the baseball slide, but then gets another huricanrana! Believers fire up already as Pentagon kicks Hernandez’s leg. Pentagon pursues Hernandez as he sits down, and chops him in his seat! Pentagon brings Hernandez up and bowls for chairs! The referee checks on Hernandez, but he gets up on his own. Pentagon brings him to a post, hushes the crowd, and CHOPS him on the chest. Fans want “Otra! Otra!” aka another one. Hernandez slowly stands, and Pentagon kicks that leg again!
They go back in the ring and Pentagon climbs up top. Believers echo “CERO! MIEDO!” but Hernandez avoids the double stomps. Pentagon sees Hernandez on the apron, and rocks him with forearms. He tells him to his face, “CERO! MIEDO!” but he runs into the slingshot shoulder! Hernandez swaggers while Pentagon bails out. Hernandez runs and FLIES! He wipes out the champion and swags about again. Fans let him know what they think of him, but he clubs Pentagon down. Hernandez wants fans to clear out, but they refuse, so he brings Pentagon around to another spot. Those fans refuse to clear out, so Hernandez just puts Pentagon in the ring. Cover, TWO!
Hernandez keeps on Pentagon with a camel clutch. He hears the fans jeer and boo as he lets Pentagon go. Hernandez drags Pentagon up but Pentagon kicks that leg! Pentagon runs, but into Hernandez’s solid tackle. Hernandez drags Pentagon up for the dominator lift, flips Pentagon off, then drops him with a Canadian backbreaker. Hernandez continues to swagger about, then drags Pentagon back up. Believers are thunderous for Pentagon while Hernandez chops him. Hernandez whips corner to corner but Pentagon dodges, to then SUPERKICK! And slingblade! Cover, TWO! Pentagon argues with the count, but the Believers are still behind him.
Hernandez gets to a corner and catches his breath. Pentagon stands him up to hush the crowd and… CHOP! Hernandez already has a hard time breathing, that only makes it tougher. He wants a time-out? There’s no time-outs in the Temple! Pentagon whips him corner to corner and hits a big corner clothesline. Pentagon runs in again, but Hernandez boots him away. Hernandez pulls himself up to the top rope, but Pentagon stops him with a chop. Pentagon climbs up, throws forearms, and prepares a superplex. Hernandez fights back and ear clubs, for a Super Mex splash! Cover, TWO!
Pentagon gets himself to a corner, and Hernandez lines up his shot. Hernandez runs in, but Pentagon puts him on the apron. Pentagon rocks him with a swing kick, then runs back. Hernandez shoulders, then slingshots, but into a SUPERKICK! Pentagon drags Hernandez back up but Hernandez shoves him away. Pentagon still gets Hernandez in a pumphandle piledriver! Cover, Pentagon wins!
Winner: Pentagon Dark, by pinfall; still Lucha Underground Champion
And as always, Pentagon puts Hernandez in the Dark Armbar. However, this keeps him from seeing King Cuerno coming in! Cuerno takes the belt and shoves the ref, to then clobber Pentagon with the title! Hernandez escapes, and Cuerno calf kicks Pentagon! Cuerno scoops Pentagon, brings him over to both the Aztec seal and the championship, for Thrill of the Kill! Inverted package piledriver, on the belt! The King of Hunters has sent a message to his new prey. Will Cuerno finally get the biggest and best trophy of all?
I love Lucha Underground. That cinematic opening was perfect. I was hoping they’d do some of that stuff for the Haunted House Match, but getting all this made up for it. Melissa and Catrina had a great fight, and I knew Muertes was going to drop Catrina like that. I’m also very curious about how Fenix’s character will be now that he’s risen from the dead this way. Perhaps he will become a darker Fenix, wearing darker gear and using more aggression. I wonder if Melissa will need to become his Catrina, using that stone to rein him in when he goes too far.
Poor Joey Mercury. He shows up to Mundo’s wedding, but that gets ruined. He fights for Mundo’s honor but gets “sacrificed”. And in the real world, he’s been arrested! This literally may be the last time we see Joey Mercury anywhere for a long time. But it’s good story for LU, as I’m sure Mundo will want even more revenge on Matanza now that he took Mundo’s best friend. I’m thinking now maybe Mundo is the man to stop the demigod’s streak of sacrifices, with some help from Taya. And that makes me wonder where El Dragon Azteca Jr. has been lately. He wants to be a fighting champion, but he’s gotten a couple weeks off already.
Killshot VS Big Bad Steve was great, especially because of Havoc’s appearance and reception. Killshot getting unmasked was shocking, and I bet now this grudge between him and Havoc becomes a Mask VS Mask match. I’m thinking Havoc wins that, he’s the hero in this, and Killshot having to reveal himself to the world would be a nice twist to his story. Then it was great that Pentagon still wanted a match, no matter who the opponent was. Hernandez gives him a good fight, but of course Pentagon wins. Cuerno coming out and attacking was another great surprise, and a match between him and Pentagon is going to be great. I bet if anyone takes that title off Pentagon, it’ll be Cuerno, who is just as ruthless and cunning.
My Score: 8.5/10