Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 3/16/16: Brute Mortality

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 3/16/16)

Brute Mortality 

– Catrina and Fenix certainly have a tangled history. When we thought she abandoned Lucha Underground Champion Mil Muertes for him, everything seemed to come together, before she ultimately sided with Muertes and screwed Fenix over. Sometimes we can’t tell if she still has a thing for Fenix or is simply manipulating him by getting in his head, but the opening cutscene with the two was good hype for the big main event. Catrina kissing him and then boldly claiming that Muertes would destroy him once and for all was like a “hot damn” moment.

– The Trios Championship match between Champions, The Disciples Of Death and Ivelisse/Son Of Havoc/Angelico provided enough tension without going overboard, with the babyfaces agreeing to walk away from the Temple forever if they lost. Given these guys are highly popular amongst the “believers” and LUG fans in general, we highly doubted they’d lose, but with LUG, you never know. Maybe they’d have to leave the Temple and would cross paths with Dario Cueto/Black Lotus. That’s the awesome thing about LUG. It’s so far into its own universe that it creates scenarios that don’t sound outrageous. WWE prides itself on the “reality era” yet we were forced to believe El Torito was a real bull. Now, that’s real bull. As for the match itself, it had all the expected action, with the brief momentum switch in a great near-fall where the deathly heels almost won, but that quickly switched back to the babyface’s momentum and before you knew it, they were Trios Champions once again. DOD weren’t built up as much as a threat this time around, so that makes you wonder whether they’re silently burying them, no pun intended.

– The Prince Puma-Johnny Mundo cutscene gave us more solid hype for Aztec Warfare II, combining Puma’s determination to get back on his throne atop LUG with Mundo’s sky-high confidence that it was his time to shine because the Temple was his “world.” Liked the dramatic effect of Puma’s rage being enough to actually penetrate through his punching bag.

– The Rey Mysterio-El Dragon Azteca II cutscene also did more Aztec Warfare II hype while advancing their own storyline, with Mysterio telling EDA II his training was complete and it all led to an invitation to the Temple for Aztec Warfare II, while also revealing that he himself was also coming. If that’s not a selling point, we don’t know what is.

– The Texas Bullrope match between Texano and Chavo Guerrero Jr. was hopefully the end of this god-forsaken storyline. Chaco is annoying in that “go away” kind of way and it’s not helping Texano get any more over as a babyface. Did like the idea of The Crew finally abandoning Chavo, but wondering where it goes with “Officer Romero” as far as catching Chavo. The match itself was okay, at least trying some different stuff, incorporating chairs and the rope itself, but nothing we haven’t seen before. The end of the story tells us that Texano finally got revenge on Mexico. We think.

– In one swift cutscene, we seen Muertes clobber his mortally immortal clan of groupies known as DOD backstage, laying them out. Maybe he killed them. Couldn’t quite tell, but we don’t think anybody will miss DOD. They seemed to be placeholders for a bigger purpose anyways.

– Finally, Matanza was revealed with the cutscene involving him, Cueto and Lotus. The gist of it was that Cueto was ready to “take back his Temple” and opened the door to his fake Temple that lured victims in to Matanza for a hearty meal, as he then walked out, his muscular shape blood-covered in black attire. He certainly looks like no friendly figure and it was all believable too.

– Given how much we raved about Grave Consequences, we knew from that point that Fenix and Muertes have a certain in-ring chemistry that comes together so well because of their varying styles and straight-up babyface-heel dynamic. Fenix always “rises” to the occasion and his endless flurry of aerial-based offense is offset by Muertes’ burly power and sheer brutality. The LUG Championship main event here went above and beyond our already high expectations, adding some new wrinkles to what they started a year prior. This went all over the Temple and had both guys literally tearing at each other’s masks and bloody faces. Some incredible spots, with Muertes knocking Fenix off the barricade as he landed on some fans below and then later on when Fenix performed a crossbody onto Muertes below. The second half of this match was brilliant, between the brutality, the intense near-falls, stiff strikes and kicks, everything coming together. Given how Muertes was being built up as the unstoppable Champion (who pretty much demolished Puma and Pentagon Jr. last week), we expected Fenix to be the one to uncrown him, but we thought this was something being saved up for Ultima Lucha II, but we were fine with this playing out earlier. That can only mean one thing. Maybe something even bigger happens and it all culminates at Ultima Lucha II. Fenix winning was a big shocker and gave LUG’s second season its best match and biggest moment to date. Also liked the instant turnaround of Aztec Warfare II hype, as Catrina announced that the match was now for the LUG Championship and Fenix would have to start as the first entrant and Muertes would be the last. People will probably say this ripped off this year’s WWE’s Royal Rumble, but this was taped November last year, so it’s the other way around. That said, great main event and Aztec Warfare II sounds simply dope.

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

  • If Ivelisse/Angelico/Son Of Havoc Lose, They Must Leave The Temple Forever – Trios Championship – Angelico/Ivelisse/Son Of Havoc def. The Disciples Of Death (Champions) (w/Catrina) via pinfall to regain Title 
  • Texas Bullrope Match – Texano def. Chavo Guerrero Jr. (w/The Crew) via pinfall
  • Lucha Underground Championship – Fenix def. Mil Muertes (Champion) (w/Catrina) via pinfall to become new Champion 

About Nicholas Jason Lopez

Just a 27-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, BrooklynFans.com and Yahoo Voices. He has also interned for The Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator based out of Brooklyn, NY.

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