"The Match Before Xmas" (also known as "A Mucha Mucha Christmas" or "A Mucha Lucha Christmas") is the Christmas episode of the Warner Bros. animated television series ¡Mucha Lucha!, originally aired as the eleventh episode of the show's third season, on Kids' WB! on December 11, 2004.


The annual season of Lucha Christmas is nearly upon the students at the Foremost World Renowned International School of Lucha, and they celebrate the day before Lucha Christmas break with a three way Tag-Team match between what the Headmistress calls Rudos and Tecnicos. The Rudos win by cheating throughout the match, and when Buena Girl protests this, the referee—as well as the Headmistress—explains that it's in their nature for Rudo wrestlers and children to cheat and be bad. The Headmistress takes it a step further by explaining that Rudo children never get any presents from Santo Claus during Lucha Christmas, because, as Buena Girl explains, "He knows who's been Rudo and who's been Tecnico."

During Lucha Christmas Eve, Rikochet, Buena Girl, and the Flea all settle down for the night, but the next morning, neither Rikochet nor Buena Girl receives any presents—but for some strange reason, the Flea has received all sorts of Rudo cheating devices and practical-joke icons. Soon, the three Maskeritas discover a baby Chupacabra, whose tag explains to return him to 13 Rudo Lane, where they believe Santo Claus is now living. However, this Chupacabra — who is named Pinkle, the Pink-Eyed Reindeer — actually belongs to Santo Claus's evil twin brother, Rudo Claus, who has declared himself the new "King of Lucha Christmas".

Rudo Claus convinces Rikochet and the Flea to turn bad.

After being convinced that being bad is good, Rikochet and the Flea join Rudo Claus on a crusade to insure the entire town has a rotten Lucha Christmas, and then, Rudo Claus offers the twosome a place as honorary Rudo Elves in his group, but only if they can beat the Rudo wrestler students at their own game. They eventually prove their worth, and before too long, the entire town ends up turning from Tecnico to Rudo.

Buena Girl finds and frees Santo Claus and his reindeer.

Meanwhile, Buena Girl, who has become a victim of Pinkle's Pink-eye, laments over the fact that Lucha Christmas may be ruined forever, when she suddenly sees an oddly-wrapped package in the alley where she has taken refuge from the Rudo mob. After some insistent encouragement to unwrap the package by the person trapped within the wrappings (the tag read, "Do not open until Christmas in 2047"), she frees the real Santo Claus and his reindeer, and he reveals that his evil brother Rudo had attempted to dispense with him in an attempt to gain control over Lucha Christmas.

Santo Claus defeats his evil brother.

The twosome find Rudo Claus in a dark alley behind the shopping mall, and Santo confronts his evil brother with a wrestling challenge for the absolute control of Lucha Christmas. The audience is one-sided for the evil Claus brother, however, as Rudo uses several cheating tactics to gain the upper hand and the near-win, until Buena Girl laments that the spirit of Lucha Christmas may be gone forever. This gives Santo some incentive to turn the tide—and the audience the spirit to root for Santo Claus instead of Rudo—and Santo Claus ultimately wins the Grudge Match with several Christmas-themed signature moves.

The day after Lucha Christmas, Rikochet and the Flea reveal to each other the presents Santo Claus left for them, with the Flea not even knowing what deodorant is, and Rikochet receiving a Dream Casa ("for boys", as he puts it), but Buena Girl had revealed the greatest gift of all — a thank-you note from Santo Claus... along with so many presents that they would not all even fit down the chimney.


  • Chewpie the tall Chupacabra, one of Rudo Claus' "reindeer", previously appeared (without an actual name) as the antagonist in the episode "I was a Pre-Teen Chupacabra".


Santo Claus with Buena Girl.

Voice actor Character
Kimberly Brooks Buena Girl
Snow Pea
Jason Marsden Rikochet
Candi Milo The Flea
Kathleen Barr Primadonna Hodges
Michael Donovan Megawatt
El Haystack Grande
Old man
Matt Hill Timmy of a Thousand Masks
Terry Klassen Abuelito
Pinkle the Pink-eyed Reindeer
Fred Tatasciore Rudo Claus
Santo Claus
MC Goat Lover
Lee Tockar El Loco Mosquito
Private Rienhardt
Tabitha St. Germain Penny Plutonium

Note: Señor Hasbeena, Coco Demento, Ensalada De Frutas, El Perrito, El Gundamo, Mr. and Mrs. Flea, Pulgita, Francisco of the Forest, Potato Potata Jr., El Dolor de Kurtz, El Haystack Grande, Lone Star, Dragonfly, French Twist, Double Ninja Ninja, Tic-Tac-Toe, La Flamencita, Heavy Traffic, Pierre Del Fuego, La Piñata, Electricity, the Monkey, and numerous other characters appear (many in background cameos), but do not have speaking parts.

External links

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. Pictures Christmas in ConnecticutGremlinsLethal WeaponNational Lampoon's Christmas VacationBatman ReturnsJack FrostNational Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island AdventureThe Polar ExpressKiss Kiss Bang BangThe Year Without a Santa ClausFred Claus
New Line Cinema ElfThe Nativity StoryFour ChristmasesA Very Harold & Kumar 3D ChristmasThe Conjuring 2Shazam!
Blue Ribbon Content A Christmas Story 2A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
Live-action television episodes
Friends and Joey "The One With Phoebe's Dad" • "The One Where Rachel Quits" • "The One With the Girl from Poughkeepsie" • "The One With the Inappropriate Sister" • "The One With the Routine" • "The One With the Holiday Armadillo" • "The One With the Creepy Holiday Card" • "The One With Christmas in Tulsa" • "Joey and the Plot Twist" • "Joey and the Christmas Party"
DC Comics "Season's Greedings" • "Home is Where the Hurt Is" • "Twas the Night Before Mxymas" • "Lexmas" • "Gemini" • "Year's End" • "Three Ghosts"
Other shows "A Semi-Merry Christmas" • "Mel, the Magi" • "Mel's Christmas Carol" • "'Tis the Season to Be Jealous" • "A Christmas Story" (Growing Pains) • "A Christmas Story" (Just the Ten of Us) • "Santa on the Lam" • "Miracle on Elm Street" • "The Christmas Show" • "Fa La La La Laagghh!" • "The Man Who Canceled Christmas" • "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" • "Deck the Malls" • "Christmas Day-Ja Vu" • "A Country Christmas" • "How the Finch Stole Christmas" • "Meet the Cuban Parents" • "Christmas Punch" • "A Clear and Presentless Danger" • "George Is Being Elfish and Christ-Misses His Family" • "Santa's Secret Stuff" • "A Very Supernatural Christmas" • "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" • "Christmas" (The Middle) • "It's Beginning to Stink a Lot Like Christmas" • "The Maternal Congruence" • "Jolly Red Elf" • "The World Ain't Over 'Till It's Over" • "The Santa Simulation" • "Give Santa a Tail-Hole" • "Home for Christmas" • "Jingle Bell Glock"
Animated productions
Looney Tunes and related shows The Shanty Where Santy Claus LivesBedtime for SnifflesGift WrappedBugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales • "It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special" • "'Twas the Day Before Christmas" • "Jingle Boo" • "The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert" • "A Christmas Plotz" • "Little Drummer Warners" • "No Time for Christmas" • "A Pinky and the Brain Christmas" • "It Happened One Night Before Christmas" • "In Arms Way" • "The Twelve Days of Christmas" • Christmas Eve with Yakko, Wakko & Dot • "Noel" • "The Christmas Tree" • "The Banks of the Delaware River" • "Feather Christmas" • "Yule Be Sorry" • "Christmas in July" • Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas • "A Christmas Carol" • "Tis the Seasoning" • "Winter Blunderland" • "The Legend of Burrito Monday" • Bugs Bunny's 24-Carrot Holiday Special
DC Comics "Christmas With the Joker" • "Holiday Knights" • "Frozen Out" • "Comfort and Joy" • "Storybook Holiday" • "Invasion of the Secret Santas!" • "Second Christmas" • "The True Meaning of Christmas" • "Halloween v Christmas" • "Teen Titans Save Christmas" • "Beast Boy on a Shelf" • "Christmas Crusaders"
Hanna-Barbera co-productions "A Dickens of a Christmas" • A Scooby-Doo! Christmas • "Ho Ho Horrors" • Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker TaleScooby-Doo! Haunted HolidaysTom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers • "The Plight Before Christmas" • "Scary Christmas" • "Scroogey Doo" • "It's a Wacky Life" • "Dashing Thru the Snow" • "Signed, Sealed and Wacky"
Other cartoons "Yuletide and Redtide" • A Cool Like That Christmas • "Santa Mask" • The Polar Express • "The Match Before Xmas" • A Miser Brothers' Christmas • "Da Grinchy Code / Duck" • "FROST / Undercover Claus" • "Fantastic Four Christmases / Red and White Collar" • Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas • "Christmas in Oz" • "Top of the Naughty List" • "Mandora Saves Christmas"
Have Yourself a Looney Tunes ChristmasA Hip-Hopera ChristmasMerry Christmas: Animaniacs & Looney TunesThe Looney Tunes Kwazy ChristmasA Looney Tunes Sing-A-Long Christmas
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