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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 12/28/16: A Famous Opportunity

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 12/28/16)

A Famous Opportunity 

– The opening video recapped current storylines – Angelico returned to cast revenge against Lucha Underground Champion Johnny Mundo, only to have a restraining order against him. Cage and Texano battled in a Best-Of-Five Series to determine who’d get Dario Cueto’s “Ultimate Opportunity,” as Cage currently had a 2-1 lead. Jeremiah Crane wanted to get his hands on Mil Muertes, as a way to get back at Catrina, whom was a former love interest. Lastly and most interesting, after weeks of declining Vampiro’s advice, Prince Puma finally listened and paid Grave Consequences. In the afterlife, Vampiro called for him to follow.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 12/14/16: A Worldwide Documentary

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 12/14/16)

A Worldwide Documentary 

– The opening video highlighted Angelico’s airborne return as he sought revenge against Lucha Underground Champion Johnny Mundo, who beat Sexy Star for the Title with help from his Worldwide Underground mates, one of which (“Darewolf” PJ Black) lost to Sexy Star after, which earned her a rematch (and bypass the Battle Of The Bulls Tournament) in a steel cage. Also shown was snippets of the Drago-Kobra Moon storyline.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 12/7/16: The Battle Of The Bulls Commences

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 12/7/16)

The Battle Of The Bulls Commences 

– The opening video recapped Lucha Underground Champion Johnny Mundo’s journey to become Champion, as he uncrowned Sexy Star with help from Taya and his Worldwide Underground “bandmates.” We were also shown the moment where Angelico returned and vowed revenge against Mundo, to which the Champ apparently had a restraining order put forth. The “Ultimate Opportunity” Best-Of-Five Series between Cage and Texano was also shown where last left off, Texano staved off elimination and was still down two matches to one.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 11/16/16: Aztec Warfare III

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/16/16)

Aztec Warfare III

– Aztec Warfare time’s typically exciting in the Lucha Underground universe. The match, which lasts the whole episode and is the promotion’s pinfall/submission-only elimination equivalent of the Royal Rumble, came at the right time. While the first one set the standard and gave Prince Puma his breakthrough moment, the second one faltered as Lucha Underground Champion Matanza Cueto debuted and destroyed everybody. This time around, Matanza still stood as Champion, but had many contenders in his way. He was slated to start as #1 to defend his belt. The opening cutscene with Lucha Underground Gift Of The Gods Champion Johnny Mundo, Taya and Dario Cueto was a good set-up. Mundo’s narcissism was so strong that he had Taya tape a documentary. Mundo had #12 and bragged to Cueto that he’d win the belt and look to become the first-ever man to hold the LUG/GOTG Championships simultaneously. He revealed his backup plan was to cash in his LUG Championship shot next week. Cueto delivered his best “screw you” to that as he changed Mundo’s number to two and told him it was “Put Up Or Shut Up” time. Made sense for Cueto to do that since Mundo stood a big threat to his brother and we didn’t mind it happening to the rudo Mundo. It was funny when he told Taya to turn the camera off afterwards.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 9/7/16: Back In Business

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 9/7/16)

Back In Business 

– Anybody familiar with Lucha Underground will tell you that when they’re on, they’re on fire. Such examples would be season one and all it entailed. From the rich cinematic cutscenes to the extensive jaw-drop performances in the ring, it was clear LUG was out to change the pro wrestling status quo. Then, season two happened and some of that got lost along the way. Luckily, this was the start of season three and where we already heard rumors that this season got things back “on track,” we’d have to see it for ourselves to believe it. The opening cutscene with Dario Cueto and Councilman Delgado recapped how he got bailed out of jail with his previous charges dropped. He received back his money clip, gold watch, cell phone and a giant key. He had a conversation in a car with Delgado and an unnamed figure who flashed an iron glove (or something similar) and threatened Cueto not to waste his time again. To sum it up, Cueto officially announced that the beloved Temple was back in business. Well by golly, color us excited.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 7/20/16: Ultima Lucha Dos Part III

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 7/20/16)

Ultima Lucha Dos Part III

– We wish we could write about Lucha Underground’s second season with more enthusiasm, but we cannot. Now don’t get us wrong. In terms of what makes the show work (cinematic elements, outrageously stellar in-ring action, diverse roster, etc.), we still had plenty of that here. Where things didn’t go as smooth was in the long-term storytelling. Where season one ended with Catrina/Mil Muertes in a stranglehold of the Temple branded a “Much Darker Place” was perfect as a start for season two and the show carried on like it usually does, until we hit the abomination that was Lucha Underground Champion Matanza Cueto and his disappointing debut where he simply and senselessly took down LUG’s greater warriors (Pentagon Jr., Fenix, Cage to name a few) and his slow, no-sell style began to affect the top of the card and in turn, the show. The fact that Matanza is still involved with this Championship was sickening. Albeit, one thing handled correctly was the use of Pentagon Jr. to this point. He disappeared after being destroyed by Matanza and Vampiro began to torture him to prepare for another battle, to which then he won his way to the one-on-one match. Pentagon is arguably LUG’s hottest act and it was no surprise he’d be involved with the Title. At least they got that right. Anyways, this episode left us a bit helpless, but we’ll get to all that excitement shortly. The opening video reminded us of season two’s good parts and set up how we got matches like the Lucha Underground Trios Championship battle between Champions The Worldwide Underground against Drago/AeroStar/Fenix, Ivelisse against Taya, Pentagon Jr. against Matanza and then the “Dream Match” in Rey Mysterio and Prince Puma.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 4/20/16: Battle Of The Monsters

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/20/16)

Battle Of The Monsters

– With the Trios Tournament in full effect and several intriguing undercard storylines, it has been enough to deter us from Lucha Underground’s tame little monster, LUG Champion Matanza Cueto and his boring squashes. On this episode, we saw an impending clash between LUG’s two biggest forces – Matanza and former LUG Champion Mil Muertes in a rematch for the belt. The twist here was that Muertes stood as the lesser of two evils in this situation.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 3/30/16: El Jefe Is Back

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 3/30/16)

El Jefe Is Back 

– As the above words will declare, this was sort of a “homecoming” for LUG, reverting to what made Season one memorable – live bands, an intriguing heel authority figure and surprise announcements. This was all attributed to one “El Jefe,” aka Dario Cueto. Yup, he’s back in his Temple. The opening video chronicled this, as well as reminding us of the Sexy Star/Mack/Marty “The Moth” Martinez/Mariposa feud, Ivelisse/Son Of Havoc/Angelico getting their Trios Championship back and how Matanza Cueto single-handedly eliminated seven individuals from Aztec Warfare to become the new Lucha Underground Champion.

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

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(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.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 3/9/16: Three-Way Temple Havoc

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 3/9/16)

Three-Way Temple Havoc 

– The backstage segment with The Mack and Sexy Star hyped the opening match, as he requested her company for his match against Marty “The Moth” Martinez. She initially refused, but he convinced her otherwise. For fearless Sexy Star to be scared, “The Moth” had to do some mental number on her.

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