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    Monday, December 21, 2015

    31 Days of Wrestling (12/21/15): Angelico, Ivelisse and Son of Havoc Win the Trios Titles

    Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the three-week mark of our 31 Days of Wrestling feature! For those who don't know, the 31 Days of Wrestling is our special year-ender feature where we try to highlight the matches, events and moments that we think best defined what wrestling in 2015 was like.

    We're going back to Boyle Heights for today's entry, taking a look at Lucha Underground's most feel-good moment in its maiden season.

    #21: The Trios Championship Finals, Lucha Underground

    For so long, trios tag team matches have been a staple in the world of Mexican wrestling. Promotions such as AAA and CMLL have long featured 6-man tag team matches, with a trios championship regularly being featured on their live events. Thus, it came as no surprise when Lucha Underground, which borrowed heavily from lucha libre, announced that it would hold a tournament to crown its inaugural Trios Champions.

    Enter Ivelisse, Angelico and Son of Havoc. Initially coming in as a team with no real chemistry to speak of (they actually had romantic tension, even), they managed to qualify for the tournament finals by defeating the masked trio of Fenix, Drago and Aero Star. They were regarded as massive underdogs heading into the final, as they would be up against stiff competition — they would have to eliminate both trios of Big Ryck, Killshot and the Mack, as well as Cage, King Cuerno and Texano, Jr. in order to become the inaugural champions.

    Once again defying the odds, Team Son of Havoc managed to beat the two other teams in order to win the Trios Championship. Just when it seemed that they finally overcame the odds, Dario Cueto came out and announced that that was not the tournament finals. Instead, they would have to overcome one more team en route to the title — Dario's hired muscle, the Crew. Exhausted and beaten down, it seemed that the road was over for these three underdogs, as the Crew easily beat them down.

    In one of the poster moments of Lucha Underground, Angelico dove off an office roof nearly 20 feet above into the ring, helping his team fend off the Crew and become Lucha Underground's inaugural Trios Champions. It was one of those shocking moments that got people talking about the show, and from then on became a hallmark of Angelico's matches (he would go on to do similar spots a couple of other times).

    Now, the match itself was not the 5-star Meltzer spectacle people expect when you say that a match is "good". Rather, it was the emotional gravitas the match had that pushes it into "special moment" territory. It was seeing Son of Havoc, who was struggling to make his mark at the Temple, finally get his time in the spotlight. It was seeing Ivelisse, who was known as the baddest bitch in the Temple, finally get something to back up her claim. It was seeing the talented Angelico finally rewarded for all his efforts to entertain the fans. Through their storylines, Lucha Underground was able to make these three characters matter in the eyes of fans, and identify themselves with the struggles they went through on the show. For many of us, wrestling is a form of escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Seeing these three underdogs win the Trios Championships made us all feel warm and fuzzy on the inside, because we identified with their struggle.

    All in all, part of what defined wrestling in 2015 was it was a year when underdogs continued to shine. From Daniel Bryan winning the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania, to Grado becoming British wrestling's biggest name, to our very own Ralph Imabayashi overcoming the odds to become PWR Champion, it was a year full of moments for the underdog.

    Cover photo taken from The Underground Luchador.


    31 Days of Wrestling is Smark Henry's way of celebrating the matches that helped define wrestling in 2015.

    Read our previous entries:

    #1: Seth Rollins cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase at WrestleMania
    #2: Kazuchika Okada faces Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship atWrestle Kingdom 9
    #3: Sasha Banks vs. Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Respect
    #4: Fenix vs. Mil Muertes, Grave Consequences
    #5: The Rise of Kevin Owens
    #6: Johnny Mundo vs. Prince Puma, All Night Long
    #7: Jake de Leon vs. Bombay Suarez for the PWR Championship, Wrevolution X
    #8: Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Lashley for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship on Impact Wrestling
    #9: Jay Briscoe vs. Jay Lethal in the Battle of the Belts, Best in the World
    #10: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, Wrestle Kingdom 9
    #11 Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE World Title at Royal Rumble
    #12: Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship, NXT TakeOver: Rival
    #13: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma, The New Beginning in Sendai
    #14: Seth Rollins vs. John Cena, Champion vs. Champion, SummerSlam
    #15: Vampiro vs. Pentagon, Jr., Cero Miedo
    #16: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, G1 Climax 25 Finals
    #17: Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship, Beast in the East
    #18: Peter Versoza vs. Ralph Imabayashi Quarterfinal Match for the PHX Championship, PWR Live
    #19: John Cena vs. Cesaro for the United States Championship, RAW July 6, 2015
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