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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 8/5/15: Ultima Lucha Part II

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 8/5/15)

Ultima Lucha Part II

– The opening video was essentially a “celebration” of Lucha Underground as a whole, since its future is uncertain as of this writing. We can hope that there is a second season with all of the positive buzz it has garnered amongst new and hardcore fans alike with the way that the product meshes both reality and fantasy with Lucha Libre. It also essentially took what failed with Wrestling Society X and Lucha Libre USA and made it work with a roster full of established veterans and new faces. The video package highlighted the very first segments of the show from Dario Cueto introducing himself, to Prince Puma becoming the first Lucha Underground Champion, wrapping its way into all the main feuds coming to a payoff – Texano-Blue Demon Jr., Johnny Mundo-Alberto El Patron and Mil Muertes-Prince Puma. It was fitting that the video closed with Cueto’s “brainwashing” message to Black Lotus that El Dragon Azteca was the one who killed her parents.

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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 7/1/15: For Mexico

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

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(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.

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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 5/20/15: Unlimited Heights

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(Aired 5/20/15)

Unlimited Heights

– 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.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 5/13/15: The Shot Heard Around The Mundo

Lucha Underground

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

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(Aired 5/13/15)

The Shot Heard Around The Mundo

– The opening video highlighted Alberto El Patron’s victory over Johnny Mundo last week to get the right to face Hernandez in a number one contenders match on this episode. Seemed insignificant, but loomed large by the conclusion.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 4/22/15: An Unlikely Triumph

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(Aired 4/22/15)

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.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 4/1/15: Trios Company

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(Aired 4/1/15)

Trios Company

– 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.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– 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 

Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 3/18/15: Grave Consequences

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(Aired 3/18/15)

Grave Consequences

– The opening video did a good job of putting into retrospective the stories surrounding the feuds of Big Ryck-The Crew and Fenix-Mil Muertes, with Catrina mixed in. The idea of this show was one of “payoff,” and that was indeed what happened.

– With every match they have, it seems Aerostar and Drago tighten up their in-ring chemistry – scouting each other’s moves and taking it up a notch, as we saw in the third match of their best-of-five series, with Aerostar getting the nod here in another evenly contested bout. Also like that they’re dragging this series out, not having them fight every single week for the repetition. You have to know this will likely go to a fifth match, but we have to wonder just what the winner of the series will get and if the respect between the two remains intact.

– The latest Konnan hype video compared his struggle to chess and combat. Well-shot in terms of camera work as usual, but sort of random. The insertion of Prince Puma as his chess opponent was a great metaphor of him as Puma’s mentor and possibly making a message of wanting to chasing for the Title, which his protege holds. Either way, it makes Konnan’s return feel more anticipated. Seems like he will be the next big heel, even though Cage took him out, so he could even go the face route.

– So, Big Ryck essentially won a chance to fight in a 3-on-1 elimination handicap match (who wants that?), but the story here was Ryck vowing for revenge, which has been handled well so far, even making Sexy Star look good in the process. The only problem with The Crew is that while they make a strong unit together, since Ryck left, no one has stepped up as a “new leader,” so they come off as a pack of three followers. Mr. Cisco would make a good leader, if they let him step up more. Ryck eliminated Bael first after good use of the kendo stick, which broke upon impact. He eliminated Cortez Castro next. If you’re going to tell this story right, it would come down to Ryck and Cisco and that’s what happened. Sexy Star coming out to send Cisco back to the ring upon an escape attempt was a great way to tie her into the match. The finish with the chair was brutal-looking and was appropriate as Ryck got his revenge. What happens from here, as this seemed like the big payoff?

– The announcement of the AAA Championship bullrope match between Alberto El Patron-Texano and a Boyle Heights Street Fight between Cage-Prince Puma for the Lucha Underground World Heavyweight Championship already makes next week sound like a huge show, on top of an already newsworthy show here.

– It was cool seeing the nod to Mexican death culture (Dia De Los Muertos) with the “Grave Consequences” match between Fenix-Muertes which turned out to be one of the best Lucha Underground matches in its short history. Seriously. Check it out. Fenix gave in probably his most memorable performance and both guys literally took it all over the arena, even using the coffin in the ring as a weapon. Brilliant. Even the brutal touch of Muertes biting Fenix in the face and spitting out his blood fit the brutality, as he tried to rip Fenix’s mask off. The finish was excellent with Catrina helping Fenix bury Muertes, so perhaps this is a way of writing off Muertes, though his character was great. Can’t say enough good about the match. Fenix got his big moment here and we hope the followup is as satisfying as the payoff.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Best-Out-Of-Five Series – Aerostar def. Drago via pinfall to gain 2-1 series advantage

– 3-0n-1 Handicap Elimination Match – Big Ryck def. Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco, Bael via pinfall

– Grave Consequences Match – Fenix (w/Catrina) def. Mil Muertes

Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 3/4/15: Alberto Vs. Texano I

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(Aired 3/4/15)

Alberto Vs. Texano I 

– The opening video was solid in wrapping up the more noteworthy storylines, as it highlighted Mil Muertes, The Crew losing, and Alberto El Patron’s attack by Texano.

– The segment between Alberto and Dario Cueto in Cueto’s office had Alberto completely bent on getting his hands on Texano and the dramatic effect of pushing off objects on Cueto’s desk expressed that. Just in this scene alone, we could see their characters laid out: El patron was enraged to get what he wanted and Cueto was hesitant to give him it and still looked out for what was best for him at the same time. Perfect storytelling.

– The Mil Muertes-Fenix match was a good follow-up to last week’s happening with Catrina. Muertes getting the win was interesting development and set up Fenix making the save decently once Catrina was again held by the throat (again questionable) but this time, Muertes was given the lick of death and we have our next chapter in the feud.

– The Konnan hype video made him look utterly badass in the dark.

– The segment with Angelico, Ivelisse and Son Of Havoc in Cueto’s office provided the next chapter for their storyline, putting Havoc in an interesting position. Angelico didn’t say anything, but his gestures said enough for him. Ivelisse remains one of the top women on the show.

– The segment with El Patron telling Prince Puma to pay close attention to his match and said he’d come for the Title he had made sense for both characters. El Patron was clear in his quest for the Title and while he didn’t talk to Puma in a condescending way, you got the feeling of tension between the two.

– The Big Ryck-Sexy Star match had an obvious “David vs. Goliath” aspect to it, and put Ryck in a tough position where he had to win but not dominate. The Crew getting their revenge was expected and Ryck getting the better of the exchange was good. The winner of the match gets to fight in a three-on-one handicap match, so what do you really win? However, we can chalk this up to Cueto protecting The Crew for his best interest.

– The El Patron-Texano match was preceded by a solid hype video for El Patron, which wasn’t necessary, but gave new viewers a great glimpse into his family history. Something for Texano would’ve also been nice, as there’s not much American viewers know about him to want to root against him more than they already do. The match itself was lengthy and good while it lasted and the Blatant DQ finish explained the storyline well and will work out if there is another match. You have to wonder if El Patron got too much of Texano here. Texans hasn’t looked very threatening besides his initial attack on El Patron upon his arrival.

– The segment between King Cuerno-Cueto was straight-forward and kind of brutal sounding, with Cuerno determined to hang Johnny Mundo’s head on a wall after he beats him in a steel cage match. We already know that match will be good.

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Mil Muertes def. Fenix via pinfall

– Winner Faces The Crew – Big Ryck def. Sexy Star via pinfall

– Texano def. Alberto El Patron via DQ