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The 7 - Pro Wrestling - Lucha Underground #4 - 11/19/2014
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#1 Posted on 23.11.14 1956.18
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Did everyone suddenly get tired of the show? Or is everyone like me and just too lazy to recap after watching it on Wednesday? This will likely be an abbreviated recap, strictly because of my own ennui, not because of the quality of the show.

We start out with a rundown of Johnny Mundo's time in Lucha Underground, starting with him getting screwed out of $100,000 by Big Zeke and then defeating Cortez Castro and Cisco in a tag match with the help of Prince Puma, followed by beating them down again in a hallway brawl after which he demands a match with Big Zeke. (For no apparent reason, other than to possible establish that Prince Puma isn't Konnan's only interest, they replay highlights of the lucha threeway last week.)

Sexy Star is already in the ring but still gets a full introduction complete with music. She cuts an English-subtitled promo in Spanish, calling out Chavo Guerrero for attacking her with a chair. She vows to embarrass him for what he did to Blue Demon, kick his ass for what he did to Octagoncita, then threatens to end the entire Guerrero dynasty for putting his hands on her.

Ivelisse is introduced and cuts a promo while walking down the stairs. She makes fun of Sexy Star and says she deserves what she got for trying to belong with the boys. Ivelisse accuses Sexy Star of wearing the mask to hide her ugly face, then declares herself the "baddest bitch in Lucha Underground", which draws a slap to the face and the fattest ref I've ever seen calls for the bell. (He's not amazingly obese, only moderately, I just don't think I've ever seen a fat ref before.)

The match is fine, a couple of awkward moments but nothing approaching NXT Season 3 highlights. Much more of a brawl than a technical bout, with dueling chants for both luchadoras. I wouldn't go out of my way to see this match, but I wouldn't suggest fastforwarding if you're going to watch the entire show, either. Sexy Star wins with a fancy roll through.

Back from commercial, Drago is in the dressing room when Dario Cueto approaches him. Cueto notes that Drago was uninvolved in the finish of the threeway last week, so he doesn't know what to think of him. He puts Drago in a match with Dario's own man King Cuerno.

Pentagon Jr, the loser of last week's threeway, is in the ring. Like Sexy Star, he gets a full intro with music and then cuts a subtitled promo about how nobody in Mexico respects him, so he's going to earn that respect by beating Fenix tonight.

Fenix becomes the first luchadore to shut the hell up and not cut a promo on his way to the ring. They start off with a series of back and forth offense and two counts. Fenix finally gets an advantage with a head scissors out of the ring, followed by a twisting tope conjilo (that's probably not the right name at all), then a springboard leg drop back in the ring. Pentagon comes back with a series of kicks, then they go back and forth again. Fenix then goes Old School but springboards off the top rope from a sitting position to a full springboard into a missile drop kick. Fenix then hits a springboard spinning tope to the floor.

Back in the ring, Pentagon Jr hits a beautiful lungblower/reverse monkey flip, but Fenix hits a springboard handstand koji cutter that was a thing of beauty, but then Pentagon hits a driver that Striker calls "Death To You". Fenix lands a missile dropkick on the ring apron, then punts Pentagon's face back to Mexico. Pentagon comes back with a picture perfect tamahatchi(?) then hits some move that I have no idea what it's called but was some weird combination of a hurracanrana and a Canadian Destroyer. Pentagon starts to go up, but Fenix kips up and immediately leaps up and kicks Pentagon in the face while he's standing on the second rope. Fenix then goes up top with him and hits the Spanish Fly for the win. This match is worth watching if you enjoy the flippy stuff with a deficit of psychology.

Next up is a promo for King Cuerno. He's like a non-cheesy lucha version of Real Man's Man Steve Regal.

Drago is already in the ring but gets a full introduction. No promos in this match as Cuerno comes to the ring wearing a full deer head as a helmet. Apparently Cuerno means "Horn" in Spanish, and King Cuerno is supposed to be a hunter in search of trophies.

Considerably slower pace to start this match off as they go back and forth. At one point, Drago begins a comeback and as he runs the ropes, Cuerno pushes the referee to the ground. Drago responds by leaping off the ref's back to land a head scissors which had twice been rebuffed. Apparently the referee decided they were both to blame and didn't disqualify either of them. Dragon follows up with a somersault senton to the floor, but Cuerno catches him on the way in, then nails him with a high speed tope suicida. Cuerno looks to be setting up for some sort of finisher and stops to pose. Dragon catches him with a roll up fancy enough to impress Matt Striker.

Prince Puma is working out. Konnan comes in to remind him to stay out of Johnny Mundo's business during the main event tonight. Prince Puma no sells him and Konnan saves face by saying he must be too focused on his workout to pay attention. Konnan walks away as Prince Puma seems pensive.

Main even time as Big Ryck is already in the ring, music playing, cigar in his mouth, wearing some of the lamest looking tights I've seen outside of an indie show in quite some time. Mundo comes out from the tunnel, doing his slow motion entrance without the slo-mo. Not surprisingly, this starts out as a brawl. Power vs speed as Big Ryck keeps clubberin' Mundo while Mundo tries to dodge and land kicks when possible.

Nice parkour moment as Ryck attempts to hair toss Mundo diva-style but Mundo flips in the air and lands on his feet.

Vampiro: As my friend the late, great Eddy Guerrero would say, go for the ankles.

Striker: Well, there's no ankle machine in the gym.

Johnny hits the Moonlight Drive but Big Ryck kicks out easily. Ryck goes for the Book of Ezekiel but Mundo floats out and lands a springboard kick. Meanwhile, back stage, Cortez Castro and Cisco jump Prince Puma unprovoked, then run out to grab Mundo just as he's about to go up top to finish things, drawing the DQ. Mundo spears Castro, then lands a standing Spanish Fly/C4 on Cisco, only to be plastered by Big Ryck. As Ryck lays in the boots, his minions get a table, which Big Ryck shatters with Johnny Mundo's body. Credits roll as Mundo lays prone, half a table covering his face.

Nothing special, wrestling wise, from the main event, but it pushed the storyline along and will likely lead to interesting things.

Overall, a decent show. The middle two matches were both worth watching and the curtain jerker and main event were wholly unoffensive. If you've enjoyed the previous episodes, you'll likely enjoy this as well. If this were the first episode you've watched, you might be a bit confused about all the hype, but probably wouldn't be turned against the product at all. Will chalk this one up as a win, albeit a bit mediocre in comparison to the first three episodes.
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#2 Posted on 23.11.14 2155.53
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I only downloaded it last night. I'm hopeful I'll watch it before the next show is available!
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#3 Posted on 24.11.14 0844.54
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Those smaller luchdaores are maniacs. That Drago pin was crazy. Cuerno moves the way I wish Mil Muertes did.

Seems like Ivelisse carried Star through that match, and I hope we have more than just those two women on the roster. I don't have much hope for a Chavo/Star match being good in comparison to the acrobats.

Puma needs to get back into the ring soon. He's getting lapped by Fenix, Drago, and Pentagon (whose flipping wheelbarrow facebuster was eye-popping).
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#4 Posted on 24.11.14 1907.10
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Since I don't get El Rey and am usually working shows on Saturdays, I have to wait for someone to post on youtube to watch episodes ( even though people who were there told me about basically everything that happened ).
Justin is a big dude, even for a ref, but he's still recognized as one of the best in SoCal and he gets a lot of work. There are a few other bigger refs around here too, but they're all cool cats. All the refs on LU are actually guys I know and have worked with most of them.
I've seen a lot of Ivie matches,including being there live and really haven't seen her have a bad one ( & I don't just say that because she's always super cool to me ). Without giving out spoilers, she's going to be the featured luchadora from the first set of tapings, so we'll be seeing relatively quite a bit of her.
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#5 Posted on 25.11.14 2344.16
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King Cuerno is known in Mexico as Hijo del Fantasma. Fantasma was for years the guy I'd always bring up as someone who should be grabbed by a US promotion. His work is good and better this year, but he also has a degree in International Business and speaks fluent English. (That was him you heard in the promo, not a Son of Havoc like voice substitution.) It shouldn't require someone to be able to speak English to succeed in US wrestling promotions, but it was obvious that wrestling writers don't know how to use a character who doesn't speak English. Or are just not interested in figuring it out. At any rate, Fantasma/Cuerno would've better fit the mold of what WWE (and TNA) want than Sin Cara and it confused me why he was never picked up.

He finally made it to US a promotion where it doesn't really matter if you speak English! Though it's a nice tool to have.

    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    Seems like Ivelisse carried Star through that match, and I hope we have more than just those two women on the roster.

Angela Fong, who was on WWE TV briefly, keeps getting mentioned in association with the show but I can't figure out what she's actually doing on the show. But otherwise I think you're just left with the few they have.

The intergender matches fit what they're going for, but I think they're also really happening because they can't just have Ivellise and Sexy Star face each other every other week. Random AAA men make cameos later on in this season, so hopefully AAA women get used to create new matches in the next batch of episodes.

    Puma needs to get back into the ring soon. He's getting lapped by Fenix, Drago, and Pentagon (whose flipping wheelbarrow facebuster was eye-popping).

The secret backstory here is Puma didn't appear on these shows (and couldn't make the save) because he was actually working in Florida for Evolve when they were taping these. He gets a big match on this Wednesday's show to make up for it, but I'm really happy with what they've done with Fenix and Pentagon. They eventually need some background pieces like the other characters, but they're getting over by just being allowed to have good matches without anything else getting in the way. And Pentagon's looked so good that losing both matches hasn't really hurt him yet.
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#6 Posted on 26.11.14 1418.25
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Drago's mask is kinda odd. When King Cuerno was hitting him in the head, I found myself wondering why the horns or spikes didn't hurt his hands. That mask looks more like a weapon, but ut is cool. Also, Cuerno's deer crown wasn't goofy at all and he wore it like a fucking boss! No, I'm not being sarcastic. I hope they let him talk a lot with perfect english; give him a elitist gimmick and he'd be awesome.

Pentagon is quite awesome as well, even if he isn't winning a match. Why can't the WWE do this with people.

That ref was pretty big, but I kinda remember Tim White being about the same size.

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