Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 7/1/15: For Mexico

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 





(Aired 7/1/15)

For Mexico

– As always, the opening video did a good job of putting a brief “spin” on the current feuds – with this episode focusing on Chavo Guerrero Jr. and his quest to gain all the power in The Temple, as well as showing the Big Ryck/Delavar Daivari “money-inspired” alliance and then of course, everybody’s favorite deadman luchador, Mil Muertes, who will now be in the main event of Ultima Lucha fighting for the Lucha Underground Championship.

– The office segment with Dario Cueto and Chavo was brief, but set the tone for the episode really well in showing Chavo’s intentions. Having The Crew and Blue Demon Jr. handed to him practically, it fit his sleazy character to try to gain the top prize in the land, plus it made for a buyable main event challenge for Lucha Underground Champion Prince Puma. Basically, we saw Cueto be hesitant towards giving Chavo too much, but then gave in by making the match No Disqualification and awarding Chavo the Title in the event of interference by Konnan.

– A good portion of this episode was also made to make Texano look like the babyface of the common man, and it’s coming across well. He’s finally racking up wins (well starting to) and it’s the right direction to go. His match against Daivari wasn’t anything memorable besides the result, but this was more of a storytelling tactic than anything. It was good to see Texano outsmart both guys in the finish.

– Mil Muertes/Catrina also had a resounding presence on this episode in terms of the backstage segments. When it comes to making things unpredictable, Lucha Underground explores every possible option. Wouldn’t it make sense to have your number one contender haunt both the Champion and challenger of this next match, being that he’d face them? Love the cinematic elements and camera angle close-ups on Mil Muertes, as he looked like an unstoppable badass, while having the much-credible mouthpiece of Catrina doing his work for him.

– In terms of a scene showing someone talking to someone else off-camera in wrestling, it can get a bit tiresome, but that wasn’t the case with Konnan talking to who we perceived to be “Mexico.” It wasn’t bad with the reveal and at least that built that aspect to it well. You had the sense that Chavo was going to get his by Mexico, whomever that representative would be.

– When you look at TNA Hernandez and Lucha Underground Hernandez, it’s amazing the clear difference: display of charisma. Okay, Hernandez doesn’t define the word exactly, but his heel schtick in Lucha Underground is starting to boil at just the right time. Better yet, he was able to throw around the newly purposed Drago in a somewhat competitive match, though it was clear Drago was outmatched from the start. The choking finish made sense in that it allowed Hernandez to gain more heat and kept Drago protected with an easy DQ victory. Hernandez’s post-match promo was just plain bragging and had no real purpose than to hear the man speak, but it was good for what it was.

– Alberto El Patron comes across as a star in every way, and as he is being built up for his match at Ultima Lucha against Johnny Mundo, it made sense to showcase him in a squash victory, with Marty “The Moth” Martinez the victim here. Aztec Pride will catch on one day, but this wasn’t it. Alberto’s post-match promo was excellent hype for the upcoming match as well, as we can expect a more aggressive Alberto, given the nature of what Mundo has done to him in the past.

– The Lucha Underground Championship match between Puma and Chavo fed to the No DQ stipulation and was mainly done more for storyline purposes, to show the reveal of Texano as the guy who Konnan was talking to earlier. This was good because Texano fits the image of “Mexico” with his new blue-collar gimmick. Chao thought he had a win wrapped up in the bag only for things to go downhill quickly once Texano made a difference, so from here, it was another retain for Puma. Set the stage officially for Puma-Mil Muertes. Sweet.

– The interaction between Chavo and Blue Demon Jr. backstage was a good follow-up to the match, as we saw Chavo take some cold verbal shots at Blue Demon, insulting him in his popularity. Blue Demon revealing himself as “Mexico” probably hints at an Ultima Lucha match between the two with things so close to the special show. Won’t be a show-stealer, but at the least, it’s had a handful of storyline support.





Quick Results

– Texano def. Delavar Daivari (w/Big Ryck) via pinfall

– Drago def. Hernandez via DQ

– Alberto El Patron def. Marty “The Moth” Martinez via pinfall

– Lucha Underground Championship – Prince Puma (w/Konnan) def. Chavo Guerrero Jr. (w/Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco) via pinfall

About Nicholas Jason Lopez

Just a 29-year-old Brooklynite. Nothing more, nothing less. Currently a freelance journalist with two websites - Pro Wrestling Opinion and The Music Bugle - he has also been published on sites such as The Bensonhurst Bean, Sheepshead Bites, Review Fix, College University of New York Athletic Conference, Dying Scene, Brooklyn News Service, All Media NY, and Yahoo Voices. He has also interned for The Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator based out of Brooklyn, NY.

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