By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Ultima Lucha Dos Part II
– We were in week two of Ultima Lucha Dos‘ three-week spectacle, as the opening video showed us that here we’d see Night Claw’s impending debut and a Death match between Mil Muertes and King Cuerno, which was demanded by Catrina after Cuerno cheated his way to pin Muertes upon their last bout.
The Prince Vs. The Student
– It’s everybody’s favorite time of the year – Ultima Lucha time. At least Ultima Lucha Uno had us that way. Season two has been a mixed bag of ups and downs, but the train’s near a solid stop, it’s up to LUG to take it upon a smooth sail. The opening video focused on Mil Muertes’ “rebirth” thanks to Catrina in spite of King Cuerno’s hunter mentality to take him down and a battle was set for them. Also in that package was highlights of what closed last week’s show – a bold challenge from Prince Puma to Rey Mysterio and Mysterio’s humbled acceptance. Ultima Lucha Dos was upon one week’s wait and the hype was on.
Six To Survive
– Lucha Underground was back on the prowl with one of those “whole hour” matches, which when worked correctly, goes smooth to perfection. The opening video focused on the LAPD storyline as well as how Vampiro built up Pentagon Jr. after he was decimated by Lucha Underground Champion Matanza Cueto to take out Chavo Guerrero and earn a spot onto the winning team last week, which put him in a “Six To Survive” elimination match which would also involve Ivelisse, King Cuerno, Johnny Mundo, Taya and Fenix. The winner of that match would go on to fight Matanza for the LUG Championship at Ultima Lucha Dos. Oh and as well as the fact that Catrina reawakened Mil Muertes once more and he was probably out for blood, at least by the sight of his eyes…
– 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.
– This episode’s focus was primarily upon the Gift Of The Gods and Trios Championships, which more or less, meant that it’d be another Lucha Underground Champion Matanza-less episode. Three cheers.
– The opening video decently hyped elements of this episode’s focus – the Trios Championships, the LAPD storyline and of course, the “Graver Consequences” main event between Lucha Underground Champion Matanza Cueto and Mil Muertes for the Title. Yup, nothing like tag teams, cop drama and coffins to make your blood boil.
– We had much Ancient Aztec Medallion progression, with every match within the hour being contested for one. The opening video hyped this, along with the seeming payoff to the ongoing storyline between Sexy Star, The Mack, Marty “The Moth” Martinez and Mariposa. For those of you catching up, Sexy Star was abducted by Marty to end last season. Though she escaped and formed a friendship with The Mack, she was forever scarred by the torture and mental advantage held over her by Marty’s sister, Mariposa. This was easily one of this current season’s best storylines. Everybody has come in to their own, especially Marty.
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.
Climbing New Heights
– The opening video did a good job of recapping ongoing storylines, like seeing who Marty “The Moth” Martinez’s sister was and why he was obsessed with Sexy Star, with The Mack getting thrown in and the biggies – Catrina looking to get in Prince Puma’s head and granting Pentagon Jr. a matchup against him at her joy, as well as how the ladder match main event for the LUG Gift Of The Gods Championship was formed, with Catrina diverting Champion King Cuerno’s request to fight LUG Champion Mil Muertes to making him defend against Fenix.
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.