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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 11/23/16: Crutch Time

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/23/16)

Crutch Time 

– The opening video recapped Aztec Warfare III where we saw Sexy Star emerge the new Lucha Underground Champion. We were also reminded of Lucha Underground Gift Of The Gods Champion Johnny Mundo’s promise to “cash in” on whoever won the match (if it wasn’t him) the next week. Also shown was the “emotional” Dante Fox-Killshot program and The Black Lotus Triad’s attack on Pentagon Dark. As you’d imagine, this episode would revolve around this ensemble.

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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 9/28/16: Atomicos

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 9/28/16)

Atomicos 

– The opening video mainly focused on the quarrel between Rey Mysterio Jr/Dragon Azteca Jr./Chavo Guerrero Jr., The Worldwide Underground, when Joey Ryan “sold out” Officer Reyes to Dario Cueto and progression of Prince Puma-Mil Muertes feud that began when Vampiro pep-talked Puma to take out the big man.

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

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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 6/8/16: Six-On-Six

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 6/8/16)

Six-On-Six

– The opening video showcased storylines this episode revolved around – the “Los Angeles Police Department” storyline where Captain Vasquez, Officer Reyes and Officer Ryan were on a hunt to take down Dario Cueto for good to the extent of a sting operation, the “Dragon Slayer” storyline that showed a rivalry between Drago/AeroStar and Jack Evans/”Darewolf” PJ Black and lastly, “Resurrection” storyline with the anticipated return of Pentagon Jr. after the man of “Cero Miedo” was put down uneventfully by Lucha Underground Champion Matanza Cueto.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 6/1/16: Machine Head

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 6/1/16)

Machine Head

– This episode’s focus would revolve (like previous) around the Trios Championship rematch and Gift Of The Gods Champion Cage as he’d cash in to get a title shot against Lucha Underground Champion Matanza. Sure, Cage likely doesn’t stand a chance, but the potential brewed for a good battle.

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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 3/30/16: 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 2/24/16: Flight Of The Valkyrie

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/24/16)

Flight Of The Valkyrie

– The opening video chronicled the Cage-Johnny Mundo and Texano-Chavo Guerrero Jr. feuds, or to put it simply, Chavo-Mexico, because Texano’s a country or something like that. Yeah, we don’t get it either, but roll with it. At least the Cage-Mundo feud offers something different that plays to both men’s strengths.

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