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

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(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 7/8/15: Cero Miedo

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 7/8/15)

Cero Miedo 

– Lucha Underground is doing an excellent job on the build to Ultima Lucha, as you feel the presence of a new era is upon us from our friends at the Boyle Heights Temple. Of course, the big match is Mil Muertes vs. Lucha Underground Champion Prince Puma for the Title and that is coming along great, as Mil Muertes is an ultimate, revamped badass. You can almost sense a change coming where he’ll take reign of the company and we welcome it. Puma has been a fun fighting champion in every facet and it’ll be interesting to see how he approaches the challenge. Another large focus of this particular episode involved the conflicts between Pentagon Jr. and Vampiro, but we’ll touch up more on that below.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 7/1/15: For Mexico

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

(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 6/10/15: Return Of The Banished One

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

(Aired 6/10/15)

Return Of The Banished One

– The opening video did a good job of summing up the two biggest storylines that would be delved into deeper; Dario Cueto and Chavo Guerrero Jr. working together to capture Black Lotus and the disappearance of Drago.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 1/14/15: A Man Called Cage

Lucha Underground“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

(Aired 1/14/15)

A Man Called Cage

– The opening video which featured a look back at Chavo Guerrero’s turn on Blue Demon Jr./attack on Sexy Star with a steel chair and Prince Puma’s victory in Aztec Warfare was well-done. Also note that Lucha Underground’s backstage segments are sharply produced a la “Reality Television.” The interaction between Fenix and Dario Cuerto pretty much set the stage that Cuerto wanted someone to uncrown Puma as Champion and embarrass Konnan and that Fenix would only do it for himself, not for Cuerto. Off the bat, we knew this match would be a good main event.

– The four-way elimination match between Aerostar, Argenis, Angelico and Cage was a smart way to introduce all four men to new viewers. Everyone essentially had their own character – Aerostar was branded as the high-flyer, Argenis was the one who could adapt to many styles, Angelico was the crowd-pandering one and Cage was the “jacked-up bad boy.” When personalities clash, it makes for good competition. Everyone had their time to shine, as Aerostar in particular had a great outing, bouncing off the ropes without effort. At one point, Cage caught Aerostar in mid-air during a Lariat and turned it into a Brainbuster Suplex. Angelico even leaped over the ring post onto the men below on the mat in a breathtaking spot. Cage pinned Argenis, Aerostar and Angelico. That’s about as strong as you can look. He looks like a more ripped Robbie E. His post match promo was decent as he called himself a “machine.” The ending of the show would only back this up.

– The segment/brawl between Guerrero and Blue Demon was solid, as it appeared that Blue Demon got the best of the exchange after seemingly being outwitted to be Guerrero’s victim in a brass-knuckled ambush, hitting Guerrero twice with the chair. The initial focus of the promo started with the chair for a nice touch, as Guerrero sat in the ring. Even so, we kind of got the feeling Guerrero wasn’t done for good with Blue Demon Jr.

– The Drago-King Cuerno match was a bit more slowed down than the opener match. Matt Striker and Vampiro solidly put Cuervo over as a hunter and emphasized the deer head that was placed in the corner. The table spot off the balcony was excellently done, but the referee counted both men out to a draw, which wasn’t the pretty part.

– The hype video for Fenix made him look determined and like someone who comes back from anything, and there was a lot of fire in there too.

– The Lucha Underground Championship match between Fenix and Prince Puma had a very strong start as both competitors literally danced around each other’s maneuvers and it was Suicide Dives galore. The finish was well done as Puma kicked Fenix off the top rope after Fenix walked along it and then hit his finisher. The post match attack by Cage on Puma was well done and it established Cage as someone to deal with, sort of taking notes from the WWE NXT playbook.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Four-Way Elimination – Cage def. Aerostar, Argenis and Angelico, eliminating all three opponents 

– Drago and King Cuerno to a Draw/Double Countout 

– Lucha Underground Championship – Prince Puma (Champion) def. Fenix via pinfall to retain