“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
Life After Death
– The opening video solidly previewed the upcoming death match between Mil Muertes and Fenix as well as the Lucha Underground Championship match between Prince Puma and Hernandez, also mixing in the newest threat of one Johnny Mundo.
– The opening video as always, does a good job of reeling the viewer in to current issues and feuds, by using clips from weeks prior. Highlighted here were the Hernandez-Prince Puma, Delavar Daivari-Texano and The Crew-Ivelisse/Son Of Havoc/Angelico feuds.
A Two-Man War
– If you’ve been keeping up with the product lately, then the opening video wasn’t anything riveting, as it mainly hyped the initial moment when Alberto El Patron and Johnny Mundo met, and looked back at when The Crew lost to Angelico/Son Of Havoc/Ivelisse for the Trios Championships, subjecting Dario Cueto to threaten them with his literally caged brother if they lost again.
An Unlikely Triumph
– The opening video recapped the happenings of the Trios Tournament, Sexy Star saving Ring Announcer Melissa Santos from Pentagon Jr. and Angelico/Ivelisse/Son Of Havoc advancing. This was a good set up of what was to come.
– The opening video was a good review/blend of the latest storylines: The Crew on the rise and their interactions with Sexy Star and Big Ryck and the latest developments in the Drago-Aerostar Best-Of-Five series for a “unique prize,” emphasizing Aerostar needing one more win.
– There was a lot of Dario Cueto in this episode, but that’s far from a compliant. He’s charming, mysterious, well-spoken, devious, a whole package, basically. Quite compelling authority figure, the best in wrestling right now. This was a good time to bring Ryck into the mix, being that he heard Cueto was behind having a “hit” put on him with help from The Crew. He entered with two new big, burly guys – Killshot and The Mack, his cousin. They had an ominous presence and while their intentions appeared to be right, their actions said different, as they pretty much cornered Cueto into giving them big money. Granted, Cueto used this opportunity to introduce the Trios Tag Team Tournament to crown the first Trios Tag Team Champions, slithering out of the tense situation like a snake, but something felt off about it. Do we root for Ryck and his men or against them? Either way, the news of new tag belts is great for the promotion.
– The Angelico-Johnny Mundo match was everything like it sounded on paper – a Red Bull-inspired aerial affair. We knew this had potential when this was announced and thankfully. it lived up to it. Striker and Vampire were solid on commentary, though Vampiro commented that there was something large at stake, though never explained further what it was. Despite that, Mundo going over clean was okay – but they need to be careful in inadvertently burying Angelico, who has loads of potential, but has more losses than wins as of late.
– The Black Lotus (Angela Fong) hype video explained her history, being trained by El Dragon Azteca after he stopped her from killing the caged mystery figure, instead making her wait to deliver the long-awaited final blow to her parents’ killer when the time is right. Sure – it’s a lot to digest, but the sleek production tactics (aka Quentin Tarintino/Robert Rodriguez) made this quite fun to watch. Knowing their fingerprints were all over it, who knows exactly where it will lead?
– The interaction backstage between Mundo and Alberto El Patron was solid yet tense, keeping in mind their past relations. It was essentially them saying to each other, “Hey – don’t forget that I’m here to get the same thing you want.” It was a nice nod to the past, present and near future.
– Cueto is portrayed as a manipulator mastermind who’s in it for the dinero. On the surface, he wants big things for Sexy Star (entering her in the Trios Tag Tournament) but is making her jump through unnecessary hoops to get there – like forcing her to team with Pentagon Jr. and Super Fly, strange bedfellows themselves – and making them face Ryck/Killshot/The Mack in said tournament? The intrigue was definitely there.
– We’ve reached that portion of the Drago-Aerostar Best-Of-Five series where the pressure grows with every move, every pinfall and submission attempt. It’s beautiful storytelling of two individuals whom respect each other turning it up a notch and vying for a prize. Striker/Vampiro were great in reminding us of the “technico” relationship the two have. The story here was told in less time than their other matches, but the main interest was seeing if Drago could tie the series and that’s what happened. With the tension rising for the “unique prize,” it made sense to showcase that with the two combatants in the form of a hesitant, yet powerful handshake. May the best man win the last match.
– The trio of Ivelisse, Son Of Havoc and Angelico have been inseparable on this series this year. They’ve faced each other in a variety of matches and last we saw, Son Of Havoc was a newly single man, dumping Ivelisse to the curb. This should’ve meant big things for his character and keeping him away from Ivelisse – at least for a little while – would’ve helped him out. Cueto did his thing again – forcing the three to team up next week. At the same time, in the midst of the Trios era, we can’t think of a more entertaining dysfunctional team than these guys. Son Of Havoc’s turn is sealed, so their dynamic should be interesting to see now. They could even become a top team in the tournament.
– The Sexy Star/Pentagon Jr./Super Fly-Big Ryck/Killshot/The Mack Trios Tag match main event was as perfect a blend of intrigue and dysfunction you could churn. One on hand, you had Ryck and his new peeps needing to look strong and dominant and we got that, while on the other, you had the dysfunctional team of Star, Pentagon and Super Fly – Pentagon who broke Super Fly’s arm in the past and ripped his own partners in a pre-match promo – before it all went down. Overall, strong performance from all involved. Sexy Star saving Super Fly was a good hook for next week, as we can assume she is next on Pentagon’s hit list, never where you want to be.
– Johnny Mundo def. Angelico via pinfall
– Best-Of-Five-Series – Fourth Match – Drago def. Aerostar via pinfall
– Trios Championship Tournament Match – Big Ryck/Killshot/The Mack def. Sexy Star/Pentagon Jr./Super Fly via pinfall to advance
Can’t Cheat Death
– The Mil Muertes-Chavo Guerrero match was already billed as Muertes seeking revenge on Guerrero. Catrina’s absence was first noticed with crowd chants. Lucha Underground has this bad habit of putting a giant spotlight on anyone who makes an appearance during a match, it can distract the viewer from in-ring action. The blatant DQ finish with the chair was lame, but the story here was bigger than the match. Muertes developed his own heat by pulling Catrina by the hair, grabbing her by the throat (questionable) and was about to do his finisher on her on the chair. This was a great spot for Fenix to make the save and it was sealed with Catrina’s tongue kiss to make Muertes jealous. This tied everything together and we now know a showdown with Fenix-Muertes over Catrina is in the cards.
– The segment with Dario Cueto and The Crew in his office was decent in that it established Cueto’s ruthless nature in making The Crew want to “eliminate the weak” as he targeted Sexy Star, Pimparnela Escarlata and Mascarita Sagrada. This would be natural heat, as this was seemingly easy pickings for The Crew.
– Having Ivelisse fight Son Of Havoc’s battles, calling out Angelico was a good way to progress the ongoing storyline of her relationship with Havoc, challenging his manhood. Angelico was in a tough spot as he was popular and couldn’t put too much offense on her to risk drawing heat for attacking a woman, but he sold well enough for her to make his retaliations believable. The match was okay, nothing special. The finish made sense as Havoc interfered to help Ivelisse win, with her practically ignoring the fact. Angelico’s proposal to fight Ivelisse without Havoc around could be something to look for in the future. Could Ivelisse turn on Havoc for Angelico?
– The interview with Vampiro and Tejano put over Tejano’s focus to destroy Alberto El Patron and take back what he felt was stolen from him. Showing footage from AAA also helped a lot here, to show fans the magnitude of their feud elsewhere and how it has now spread to Lucha Underground.
– The Super Fly-Texano match served as enhancement to put over Texano as a big threat. The attack by El Patron on Texano with the bullrope was well-done and believable that this was indeed personal. Having this early in the feud was also a wise call.
– The segment with Cage and Cueto in his office hyped his match next week with Prince Puma well, as it’s no secret Cage looks to be World Champion, demanding to be called Champion and wanting a better belt. This established Cage as fearless to get what he wants. Chavo coming in quitting was a ho-hum development. Have we really seen the last of Chavo in Lucha Underground?
– The segment with Angela Fong by the cage was too vague to make anything of.
– The No Disqualification Trios match with The Crew and Mascarita Sagrada/Pimparnela Escarlata/Sexy Star had good storytelling, as The Crew systematically eliminated it down to Sexy Star, who gave fans hope in the match. Big Ryck making his appearance in the arena and coming down, distracting The Crew long enough to see Sexy Star pull out the win makes you want to see how Cueto will punish The Crew for not getting the job done and then obviously, the showdown between Ryck and The Crew will be the ultimate payoff. Keep in mind The Crew needs a slight pick-me-up, as they couldn’t even beat Sexy Star, though they clearly had moments in the match they could’ve pinned anyone. They could use this to push Sexy Star, but how far could her character really go? The Crew could’ve won this match and nothing would’ve changed in terms of that.
– Mil Muertes def. Chavo Guerrero via DQ
– Ivelisse (w/Son Of Havoc) def. Angelico via pinfall
– Texano def. Super Fly via pinfall
– No Disqualification Trios Match – Sexy Star/Pimparnela Escarlata/Mascarita Sagrada def. The Crew via pinfall