Last night on the El Rey Network, Ultima Lucha concluded on Lucha Underground.
El Dragon Azteca attempt to save Black Lotus from Dario Cueto's prison, but last week, Cueto told her that it was El Dragon Azteca who killed her parents, not his brother (who still lives in a cage). When Dragon arrived, she gave him a lethal palm strike to his back.
Cueto insisted that Black Lotus leave "the temple" with him immediately because her actions will start a war that would endanger them. They took his brother with him, and the audience finally received a glimpse of the brother's face (even more intimidating than Mil Muertes').
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Current AAA Mega Champion Alberto "El Patron" sought revenge against Johnny Mundo for attacking him several weeks ago and crashing his face through Dario Cueto's office door window. The match began as cat and mouse, with Mundo escaping Alberto and soon slithering underneath the ring.
Mundo came back out and threw dirt in Alberto's face, changing the momentum of the match. The two would battle until the unexpected return of Melina to the wrestling world.
She has a long history with Mundo (part of the stable MNM with Mundo and Joe Mercury in WWE).
For the first time on Lucha Underground history, the referee got in the way and was knocked out inadvertently. Mundo hit his finisher El Fin del Mundo (formerly Starship Pain) on Alberto for the
win after Melina hit Alberto with the AAA Mega Championship belt.
Mundo and Melina shared a long kiss in the middle of the ring, giving Alberto time to regroup. Alberto broke it up and exacted his revenge on Mundo, ultimately crashing him through Cueto's newly replaced window.
Seeing Mundo's bloody face, Melina attacked Alberto, who bent her over his knee and spanked her like a child.
In the seven-competitor Gift of the Gods Match for a future shot at the Lucha Underground Championship, a melee consisting of Big Ryck's power and his competitors' agility and acrobatics ensued. Momentarily, Fénix, Aerostar, Bengala, Sexy Star, King Cuerno, and Jack Evans ganged up on Ryck.
The alliance did not last long, and whether the luchadores were rudos (heels) or tecnicos (faces) was no longer relevant in the one-fall match that saw high flying and numerous pin break ups. Fénix finally picked up the win by pin fall after hitting the Fénix Driver on Jack Evans.
Vampiro v Pentagon Jr.
Next, Vampiro accepted the challenge of Pentagon Jr. in a Cero Miedo (Zero Fear) Match.
Vampiro resembling the pope in a black and purple robe during his entrance, became the sadistic persona of old. The retired wrestler, of course, lacked his former agility but worked a brutal match with Pentagon, Jr.
The official stopped the match when Vampiro appeared to be seriously injured, but as medics rolled him out on a stretcher, he got up and insisted on finishing the match. Then, he an Pentagon endured being slammed onto thumbtacks and being cut by several lighting tubes broken against their bodies.
Pentagon also put Vampiro though a flaming table. Finally, Pentagon picked up the pin fall win outside of the ring.
Afterwards, Vampiro entered the ring with a microphone, and Vampiro crawled in behind him insisting that Pentagon break his arm (like Pentagon has done to several other wrestlers as a sacrifice to his unnamed, unseen master). Their rivalry began when Vampiro saved Sexy
Star from having her arm broken by Pentagon.
After breaking Vampiro's arm, Vampiro shocked the audience by revealing himself as Pentagon's master and proclaiming that Pentagon was now "ready."
Texano, Jr. (the youngest and longest reigning AAA Mega Champion ever) faced Blue Demon, Jr. in a grudge match. Surprisingly, Blue Demon, Jr. was escorted by his former enemies, The Crew (Dario Cueto's henchmen). Melissa Santos announced that given Blue Demon's status, he had granted him a "no disqualification" stipulation.
The Crew attacked Texano, and Chavo Guerrero Jr. entered the ring wielding the chair he had hit his rival Blue Demon Jr. with at the beginning of the season. Instead of hitting Blue Demon, he hit Texano. Blue Demon put his foot on the fallen Texano for the pin.
In the main event, defending Lucha Underground Champion Prince Puma faced Mil Muertes. Puma had been the first and only Lucha Underground Champion and had successfully defended his title several times against the likes of Cage, Aerostar, Chavo Guerrero, Hernandez, and Johnny Mundo.
This time, Puma did not have manager Konnan (injured) in corner, and was at a disadvantage since Catrina and her mysterious stone were in Mil Muertes' corner.
In a truly main-event worthy bout, Puma's speed and agility worked well with the power and mat prowess of Mil Muertes with the momentum shifting a few times. Each man kicked out of the other's finishers (Puma's 630 Senton and Mil Muertes' Flatliner), which no one else had done this season.
Mil Muertes moved out of the way when Puma tried the 630 again. Puma crashed and burned but still had some gas left in the tank.
Ultimately, Catrina's raising of the stone into the air gave Mil Muertes a surge of power. He finally won the Lucha Underground title after interrupting Puma's climb to the top turnbuckle and hitting the Flatliner from the top rope.
Overall, Lucha Underground's season finale was quite interesting. Most of "the believers" (live audience) were thoroughly entertained, but some viewers found the drama and mayhem a tad bit overdone.
Vampiro's and Pentagon's bloody match pushed the boundaries of violence a bit far, and the upside down cross emblem Vampiro wore during his entrance was offensive to some viewers.
Given an extra hour, the opening battle royal could have been aired. If it was going to be a dark match, it should not have been seen in the preview commercial.
According to Paul Jordan on PWInsider.com, producer Eric Van Wagenen stated on Steve Austin's podcast that although El Rey wants 40 more episodes, no deal was on the table
as of last month due to funding issues.
Next week, Lucha Underground will not air, according to El Rey's schedule. Check
ElReyNetwork.com later for updates.
Most of the roster also competes in the amazingly exciting AAA shows in Mexico. Yet, Lucha Underground has maintained a unique feel as it has combined lucha libre, other pro wrestling styles, and what El Rey Network calls "cinematic television."
Numerous viewers would be disappointed if the show is not brought back for another season.
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