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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 4/6/16: Rise Or Die Trying

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/6/16)

Rise Or Die Trying 

– As Lucha Underground’s second season continues nods on, so do the semi-enticing storylines. They haven’t been as polished as last year’s, but with Dario Cueto back, we’re as close to “throwback” as possible. It might as well be Thursday. Hardy har har. Anyways, the opening video reminded us of Sexy Star’s affected state thanks to Marty “The Moth” Martinez and Mariposa, as well as Joey Ryan/Ricky Reyes working together as underground police officers in an attempt to take down Dario, while his brother Matanza has tightly gripped the Lucha Underground Championship, downing any challengers to this point.

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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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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 2/17/16: Mucho Miedo

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/17/16)

Mucho Miedo 

– The opening video recapped the storyline between Ivelisse/Angelico/Son Of Havoc and The Trios Champions, The Disciples Of Death, tying Ivelisse into the storyline with Pentagon Jr. and Prince Puma, since Puma saved her from getting her arm broken and Pentagon broke Lucha Underground Champion Mil Muertes’ arm. We’d see Puma and Pentagon fight in the main event. All good stuff here.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 1/27/16: Temple Of A Thousand Deaths

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 1/27/16)

Temple Of A Thousand Deaths 

– Much to our pleasure, Lucha Underground has reemerged on the wrestling television schedule and the gritty, dirty Temple was back open for business. Given how last season ended, we had some questions and already one answer by the opening video. The commentary team of Matt Striker/Vampiro brought a kind of chemistry onscreen that just can’t be replicated. With Vampiro revealed as Pentagon Jr.’s sadistic “Master” after brutal hardcore action at Ultima Lucha, it appeared the team would be no more, but some storyline explanation cleared that all up, as Vampiro was “mentally cleared” by a psychiatric ward with the prescription of an antipsychotic and warning to avoid his stresses that impulsed his violent outbreaks. We liked the initial tease of Vampiro going all… “vampire” on the doctors, but was only revealed to be a part of his imagination, as it was Striker who came to pick him up, as everyone would make their way back to the Temple. Striker’s reference to the Temple as a “much darker place” set the tone to the hour nicely.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 7/29/15: Ultima Lucha Part I

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 7/29/15)

Ultima Lucha Part I

– If you’re just catching on to Lucha Underground now, you’ve either made the best decision (since it’s the peak of the season) or the worst (since you’ve missed all the stellar storytelling and buildup that has led to this point thus far) but alas, we applaud you for being here right now. Ultima Lucha – the culmination of all storylines and buildup, the “WrestleMania of Lucha Underground” (if you will) started off a week early and gave a glimpse into just what we were in for: an amped-up crowd, heightened tension in the air and the determination for the talent to go out and steal the show. All the elements were there. The pins were certainly “set up.” Could they be knocked down? As always, the opening video did a nice job of briefly hyping the matches on the show – The Mack vs. “The Machine” Cage in a Falls Count Anywhere Match, Drago vs. Hernandez in a Believer’s Backlash Match (Fans surround the ring with straps) and the Trios Championships match between The Disciples Of Death and Ivelisse/Angelico/Son Of Havoc.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 7/8/15: Cero Miedo

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

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(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 6/24/15: Aztec Pride

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

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(Aired 6/24/15)

Aztec Pride

– With the first season of Lucha Underground winding down, at least they’ve seemingly saved the best for last: Ultimo Lucha, a two-hour spectacle. Think of it like the “WrestleMania” for Lucha Underground. At least it’s being set up that way. The storyline of the Aztec Medallions is starting to take shape and the opening video highlighted the winners so far – Fenix, Drago and Jack Evans. On this episode, we would see the development of Mil Muertes and Drago, fighting for a chance to get a Lucha Underground Championship match. The key here has been that both characters have returned as a stronger version of their former selves, with completely different backgrounds, yet culminating beautifully to collide at the same time in battle. Also announced for Ultimo Lucha was Alberto El Patron vs. Johnny Mundo, which made a lot of sense from a storyline perspective. It was pretty much a set deal when we heard the “Shot Heard Around The Mundo.”

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