Lucha Underground Gift of the Gods Championship

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Lucha Underground Gift of the Gods Championship
Lucha Underground Gift of the Gods Championship.jpg
The championship belt with all seven medallions in place
Details
PromotionLucha Underground
Date establishedApril 19, 2015
Current champion(s)Vacant
Date wonMarch 18, 2018
(aired July 25, 2018)

The Gift of the Gods Championship is a professional wrestling championship promoted by Lucha Underground. Unlike most traditional professional wrestling championships, the Gift of the Gods Championship is promoted by what it grants the champion instead of being the main prize in itself; holding the Gift of the Gods Championship entitles the champion to a match for the Lucha Underground Championship at a time of their choosing, provided they give a one-week notice to properly promote such a high-profile match. The concept is similar to the WWE Money in the Bank contract that also grants a title match at the winner's option, but unlike Money in the Bank, it does not allow for an immediate championship match. If the Gift of the Gods champion redeems the championship for a Lucha Underground Championship match, the medallions are removed and redistributed to determine the competitors for the now vacant title.

The championship is currently vacant after previous champion Jake Strong cashed it in and won during a television taping on March 18, 2018.

Background[edit]

In season 1, episode 27 ("Ancient Medallions") Dario Cueto, the storyline owner of Lucha Underground, revealed that he had gathered seven ancient Aztec medallions during a taped segment.[1] He explained that they represented the seven tribes of the ancient Aztec world and that whomever held all seven of them would gain a "gift from the gods". Later on he ordered seven wrestlers to come to the ring; Cage, Fénix, Killshot, King Cuerno, Pentagón Jr, Sexy Star and The Mack. The winner of the seven-way match would win the first of seven medallions. Fénix won the match and the first of the medallions.[1] In episode 30 ("Submit to the Master") Cueto announced that Jack Evans and Argenis would wrestle for the second of the medallions in a match that Jack Evans won.[2] Episodes showing how the remaining five medallions were awarded has not yet aired, but reports from the taping of the final match revealed that Aero Star, Bengala, Big Ryck, King Cuerno and Sexy Star win the remaining medallions at some point prior to episode 39 Ultima Lucha.[3] During Ultima Lucha Cueto revealed that the seven medallions all slotted into a wrestling championship called the "Gift of the Gods Championship", which would grant the champion a match for the Lucha Underground Championship any time they wanted, provided they gave Cueto a week's notice so he could promote the match. Fénix outlasted the other six competitors and won the Gift of the Gods Championship[3] After the Gift of the Gods Champion is vacated to challenge for the Lucha Underground Championship, the medallions are redistributed among the roster and the seven winners face off to determine a new champion.[4]

Title history[edit]

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Fénix April 19, 2015 Ultima Lucha Boyle Heights, CA 1 209 Defeated Aero Star, Bengala, Big Ryck, Jack Evans, King Cuerno and Sexy Star to become the inaugural champion. This episode aired on tape delay on August 5, 2015. [3]
2 King Cuerno November 14, 2015 Lucha Underground Boyle Heights, CA 1 7 This episode aired on tape delay on January 27, 2016. [5][6]
3 Fénix November 21, 2015 Lucha Underground Boyle Heights, CA 2 1 This was a ladder match. The episode aired on tape delay on March 2, 2016. [7]
Vacated November 22, 2015 Lucha Underground Boyle Heights, CA Vacated when Fénix cashed in his shot at the Lucha Underground Champion Mil Muertes. This episode aired on tape delay on March 16, 2016. [8]
4 Chavo Guerrero Jr. January 10, 2016 Lucha Underground Boyle Heights, CA 1 6 Defeated Aero Star, El Siniestro de la Muerte, Joey Ryan, Sexy Star, Texano, and The Mack for the vacant championship. This episode aired on tape delay on May 18, 2016. [9]
5 Cage January 16, 2016 Lucha Underground Boyle Heights, CA 1 1 This episode aired on tape delay on May 25, 2016.
Vacated January 17, 2016 Lucha Underground Boyle Heights, CA Vacated when Cage cashed in his shot at the Lucha Underground Champion Matanza Cueto.
6 Sexy Star January 31, 2016 Ultima Lucha Dos Boyle Heights, CA 1 48 Defeated Daga, El Siniestro de la Muerte, Killshot, Mariposa, Marty Martinez and Nightclaw, to win the vacant championship. [10]
7 Johnny Mundo March 19, 2016 Lucha Underground Boyle Heights, CA 1 22 This episode aired on tape delay on October 26, 2016. [11]
Vacated April 10, 2016 Lucha Underground Boyle Heights, CA Vacated when Johnny Mundo cashed in his match for the Lucha Underground Champion Sexy Star. This episode aired on tape delay on November 23, 2016.
8 Pentagón Dark June 25, 2016 Ultima Lucha Tres Boyle Heights, CA 1 1 Defeated Son of Havoc in a ladder match for the vacant title. This episode aired on tape delay on October 11, 2017. [12]
Vacated June 26, 2016 Ultima Lucha Tres Boyle Heights, CA Vacated when Pentagón Dark cashed in his match for the Lucha Underground Champion Prince Puma. This episode aired on tape delay on October 18, 2017. [12]
9 El Dragon Azteca Jr. March 1, 2018 Lucha Underground Los Angeles, CA 1 9 This was a Three Way Match including Dezmond X and King Cueno for the vacant title. This episode aired on tape delay on July 25, 2018. [13]
10 Marty Martinez March 10, 2018 Lucha Underground Los Angeles, CA 1 <1 This episode aired on tape delay on September 19, 2018. [14]
Vacated March 10, 2018 Lucha Underground Los Angeles, CA Vacated when Martinez cashed in his match for the Lucha Underground Champion Pentagón Dark. This episode aired on tape delay on September 19, 2018. [14]
11 Jake Strong March 17, 2018 Ultima Lucha Cuatro Los Angeles, CA 1 1 Defeated King Cuerno, Big Bad Steve, Aero Star, Hernandez, PJ Black, and Dante Fox for the vacant championship. This episode aired on tape delay on October 24, 2018. [15]
Vacated March 18, 2018 Ultima Lucha Cuatro Los Angeles, CA Vacated when Strong cashed in his match for the Lucha Underground Champion Pentagón Dark. This episode aired on tape delay on November 7, 2018. [15]

List of combined reigns[edit]

Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Fénix 2 210
2 Sexy Star 1 48
3 Johnny Mundo 1 22
4 El Dragon Azteca Jr. 1 9
5 King Cuerno 1 7
6 Chavo Guerrero Jr. 1 6
7 Cage 1 1
Pentagón Dark 1 1
Jake Strong 1 1
10 Marty Martinez 1 <1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Submit to the Master". Lucha Underground. Season 1. June 3, 2015. El Rey Network (US), UniMás (MX).
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  10. ^ Boutwell, Josh (February 8, 2016). "Viva La Raza: Lucha Weekly (2/8/16)". WrestleView. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
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  14. ^ a b "SPOILERS: Lucha Underground Tapings For 3/10 & 3/11: BIG Title Change".
  15. ^ a b "Major Spoilers For Lucha Underground Season 4; Top Star Sacrificed to the Gods & New Champions Crowned".