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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 11/9/16: Gravest Consequences

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/9/16)

Gravest Consequences 

– The opening video featured the Son Of Havoc/Mascarita Sagrada-Famous B/Dr. Wagner, Jr. feud that led to a “Believer’s Backlash” match where any weapon was legal as well as Prince Puma’s challenge for Mil Muertes in Grave Consequences. This seemed to be the culmination of their feud that rechristened this season. Let the fun begin.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 9/14/16: WMD

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 9/14/16)

WMD

– Lucha Underground’s third season has shown potential to the throwback days of when it kicked ass in the first season, so we’d welcome more of that. The opening video focused on Dario Cueto as he reopened the Temple. Also highlighted was Famous B’s betrayal of his first client, Mascarita Sagrada in sinister fashion. We also were thrown back to the announcement of the “Weapons Of Mass Destruction” match to take place on the show between Killshot and Marty “The Moth” Martinez.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 5/18/16: A Not-So-Nice Gift Of The Gods

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 5/18/16)

A Not-So-Nice Gift Of The Gods

– It’s that part of the Lucha Underground season where we get development in different areas. This particular episode focused on the Gift Of The Gods concept – somewhat of a WWE ripoff, but done more logically. Seven people fight for separate medallions that all magnetically connect into a belt to give it its “power,” a shot at the Lucha Underground Championship whenever the winner chooses so. The opening video highlighted the medallion holders – Sexy Star, Aerostar, The Mack, Joey Ryan, Texano, Sinestro De La Muerte and Cage, though he had his medallion stolen by Chavo Guerrero. Also brought up were the early seeds of a long-term feud between LUG Champion Matanza Cueto and Pentagon Jr., as we saw highlights of when the man of “cero miedo” was manhandled by the beast.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 4/13/16: The Trios Heats Up

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/13/16)

The Trios Heats Up

– Season two of LUG has now become synonymous with Dario Cueto, a Trios Tournament and now LUG Champion Matanza as this unstoppable force. Sure, everything sans Matanza is hints of season one greatness, but there are many new characters on the scene, namely from the AAA promotion. Things feel fresh even if the formula per se, isn’t. That said, the opening video concentrated on the seven medallions of the ancient Aztec tribes being released again for the LUG Gift Of The Gods Championship, the story so far on the Cage-Johnny Mundo feud and the latest on Matanza and the Trios Tournament.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 3/23/16: Aztec Warfare II

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 3/23/16)

Aztec Warfare II

– Nobody can deny the similarities between Aztec Warfare and WWE’s Royal Rumble. It’s almost like an homage to what remains WWE’s most popular annual happening. LUG benefits because they get to advance individual feuds, create moments and build stars. Last year was intriguing because it was the first time we got to see Prince Puma emerge as a big name, which paid off by the end, since he ended up being LUG Champion for the majority of season one. Aztec Warfare II comes around and we’ve gotten used to the way season two has rolled out, but with LUG Champion Fenix getting settled in as Champion, he already faced an insurmountable obstacle in being the match’s first entrant having to defend the Title and then have Mil Muertes as the final entrant. Much like in the past, Fenix always “rises” to the occasion, but that wasn’t the story they wanted to tell and the short-term booking might’ve hurt this in the long run. More on that below.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 7/22/15: Final Medallion Melee

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 7/22/15)

Final Medallion Melee

– Ultima Lucha has become a stacked card with eight announced matches. It’s a lot for a two-hour special, so the announcement that it’d start a week earlier made sense with a two-hour special still on August 5 with the rest of the show. It’s going to be a great show if it lives up to the matches’  buildup thus far. The opening video did a decent wrap-up of The Aztec Medallions and their significance (a big focus on this episode; the one loophole left that finally got closed), the Chavo Guerrero Jr/Blue Demon Jr. alliance and where Big Ryck counted into things as the man who fights where the money is.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 6/3/15: A Sacrifice Unfulfilled

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

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(Aired 6/3/15)

A Sacrifice Unfulfilled 

– The Chavo Guerrero Jr.-Dario Cueto segment in the office revealed that Guerrero was out to assist Cueto in informing him of Black Lotus’ intentions to kill the caged brother “Matanza” at all costs, while working with El Dragon Azteca to wipe off his debt, but his loyalty to the highest bidder fit the character and if we know anything about Cueto, he had money galore. This set the tone for the later segments as Cueto summoned Guerrero to bring back Lotus to him in exchange for round-the-clock protection from Mexico.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 4/29/15: Last Dance

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(Aired 4/29/15)

Last Dance

– The opening video looked back at the unlikely trio of Angelico/Ivelisse/Son Of Havoc overcoming the odds to become the first-ever Trios Champions and Drago getting a Lucha Underground Championship match with the stipulation that he would be banned from the Temple forever if he loses. This episode had its share of intrigue to say the least.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 3/11/15: Caged Aggression

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(Aired 3/11/15)

Caged Aggression

– The opening video did a decent job of recapping the intense rivalry grown over time between Johnny Mundo and King Cuerno. Nothing new to add here about that.

– The Argenis-Pentagon Jr. match continued the trend of Pentagon’s delve for his darker side whilst going up against a tougher opponent in Argenis. Alas, the result remained the same; as Pentagon added Argenis to the broken arm list and called out to his master again. Good, simple progressive stuff.

– The Fenix-Catrina segment had her in his head to seek her revenge and bury Muertes. This has been one of the highlight feuds in the company for quite some time now and it’s mainly because of the slow, yet fluid storytelling of both sides with Catrina thrown in the mix, going from one guy to the other in convincing fashion. It still remains to be seen exactly where Catrina will end up in the end, but for the meantime, she seems firmly with Fenix. Being that Muertes has seemingly abandoned and grabbed her by the throat, we can assume she would stick with her newfound “savior.”

– The same video ad for Konnan aired, again making him look about as badass as you can in the rain.

– The little cutscene of King Cuerno driving in his car to the arena was sort of cool and unique for the camera shot itself, but for a guy who prides himself on being a “hunter,” what does him driving around exactly accomplish for his character’s image? Does he drag race in between all this supposed hunting he does?

– The Angelico-Ivelisse match with Son of Havoc as Special Guest Referee continued their ongoing storyline with a new twist. It’s sort of hard to root for Angelico when he comes off as a self-centered, pretentious jerk, but him purposely using Ivelisse in compromising body positions to get under Havoc’s skin at least made sense. Havoc was pretty favorable to Ivelisse, not surprisingly and it led interestingly into the finish, in that Angelico inadvertently kicked her, furthering tensions between her and Havoc.

– The Mil Muertes video segment with Catrina’s presence/voiceover was made to look like a figment of Muertes’ imagination and it was pretty cool to see it done in a way that didn’t make the viewer have to suspend much disbelief. Lucha Underground has WWE beat here in terms of production detail. If WWE tried this on Raw, you know it’d look so campy.

– The hype video for next week’s casket match between Muertes-Fenix was well-done, in a way without spoiling the current episode. Take notes, TNA and Destination America.

– The Cuerno-Mundo cage match already sounded like a marquee match beforehand, though promos from either guy putting over the ferocity of the cage itself would’ve been appropriate, except all we got was Cuerno “coming to the kill.” Either way, this turned out to be an excellent match especially towards the end, and this was a cage match in every aspect; with it not being just senseless four walls but actually being used in the match as a weapon. Mundo getting the win clearly paves the way for a push towards the World Heavyweight Championship and if it’s against Prince Puma, that’ll be a treat and a must-watch for everyone.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Pentagon Jr. def. Argenis via submission

– Son Of Havoc as Special Guest Referee – Angelico def. Ivelisse via pinfall

– Steel Cage Match – Johnny Mundo def. King Cuerno via pinfall

Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 2/11/15: The Revolution Begins

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(Aired 2/11/15)

The Revolution Begins

– The interaction between Alberto El Patron and Dario Cueto in Cueto’s office was a decent way to set up Patron’s eventual debut in-ring promo. It could’ve been looked at as him as the next big heel out to do Cueto’s dirty work, but it turned out to be the opposite.

– The Argenis-Fenix match seemed to go through the motions as friendly competition until Catrina made her appearance in the stands, cheering Fenix on “in silence.” From that point, Fenix winning was predictable. Catrina made herself seductive as she gave the “Lick Of Death” on Argenis for Fenix, something she previously did for Mil Muertes. Transition style match that will lead to some kind of interaction between Catrina, Muertes and Fenix down the road.

– The scene between Mil Muertes and Catrina in the cell with the up-close shot of Catrina’s shoes off the ground, suggesting she was being held by her throat may had been a bit on the misogynistic side, but it made sense with their relationship. Chavo Guerrero coming into the shot to be assaulted being told he’d pay his debt was an interesting development that we can assume will be settled… next week.

– The “confession” segment with Big Ryck was a creative way to show his yearning for payback on The Crew. Of course with the eyepatch, he now looks like a bootleg Nick Fury, but it follows the continuity of the storyline perfectly that makes us want to see how he follows through with that promise.

– Son Of Havoc’s pre-match promo set forward his love of Ivelisse and having some “real competition.” This led into the match well and made Havoc appear confident, as if this may be the first time he gets a big win.

– The Johnny Mundo-Havoc match was given enough time to please and told a good story. Havoc was surprisingly over with the fans, who wouldn’t have minded a victory from him here, but with the recent storyline being his “struggle,” it wasn’t likely. The finish was good in capturing this – that Havoc took too long to go for his finisher trying to impress Ivelisse and it cost him, which likely makes Ivelisse more angry. The postmatch attack by King Cuerno on Mundo also put Cuerno over well.

– The Ricky Mandel-Pentagon Jr. Match showcased more of Pentagon Jr’s darker side, wanting to impress his “master.” Mandel had no chance here, so it was pretty much the same as last week, which kept Pentagon’s momentum going. It’s over with the crowd too. The reveal of the “master” will be interesting down the road.

– The El Patron in-ring promo definitely had the fans go crazy, as he played the fan favorite. The attack by El Texano Jr. which carried over their AAA feud was random, but it’ll be cool to see what comes from this on an American platform. For Lucha Underground itself, say someone like Cage could’ve gotten over big with the spot of attacking El Patron, but alas, what we got was still good enough to roll with.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Fenix def. Argenis via pinfall

– Johnny Mundo def. Son Of Havoc (w/Ivelisse) via pinfall

– Pentagon Jr. def. Ricky Mandel via submission