“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
Always Bet On Mack
– The opening video highlighted ongoing storylines – The Mack’s Battle Of The Bulls Tournament victory which guaranteed him a future Lucha Underground Championship match, Paul London got jiggy with his Rabbit Tribe, Sexy Star and Mariposa were destined to meet again and Kobra Moon also had Drago hostage in her Dragon Chamber Of Doom or something like that.
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.
– The opening video featured the Son Of Havoc/Mascarita Sagrada-Famous B/Dr. Wagner, Jr. feud that led to a “Believer’s Backlash” match where any weapon was legal as well as Prince Puma’s challenge for Mil Muertes in Grave Consequences. This seemed to be the culmination of their feud that rechristened this season. Let the fun begin.
Loser Leaves Lucha
– As the title suggests, we were back to fun and high stakes in the Temple. There’d be no other way to have it. The opening video focused on Joey Ryan’s reveal of Cortez Castro to be an undercover cop against Dario Cueto and the “Loser Leaves Lucha” feud between Rey Mysterio Jr. and Chavo Guerrero Jr., as it got to the point where Mysterio couldn’t advance with his career unless him and Guerrero reached a formidable conclusion.
Chair-Vo Guerrero Jr.
– Based off the opening video, we knew the episode would focus on Dragon Azteca Jr., as he defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr. to get a turn at Pentagon Dark for revenge. Also shown was Famous B’s “infamous” turn on his first client, Mascarita Sagrada, to recruit Dr. Wagner, Jr. as Son Of Havoc was cost an opportunity at big cash because of it. We were reminded that SOH/MS were buddies now. Last thing shown was Dario Cueto, who slighted Johnny Mundo a chance at Championship gold, as his suggested Title shot instead went to fellow Worldwide Underground stablemate Jack Evans.
The Ultimate Opportunity
– Lucha Underground’s third season has been a successful tale of “back to basics” if there ever was one. Highlighted in the opening video was Dario Cueto’s latest “original” concept, the “Dial Of Doom” (we like to call it the Wheel Of Torture) that was designed to randomly select opponents for his brother, Lucha Underground Champion Matanza Cueto, to defend his belt against. Son Of Havoc was the first unlucky victim, as we also saw Dragon Azteca Jr. run off Pentagon Dark when he threatened to break Rey Mysterio’s arm. Lastly, we saw the four-on-four standoff between Lucha Underground Trios Champions Drago/AeroStar/Fenix/Lucha Underground Gift Of The Gods Champion Sexy Star and The Worldwide Underground. Pleasantly, this hour focused on everybody shown there.
– Lucha Underground’s third season has shown potential to the throwback days of when it kicked ass in the first season, so we’d welcome more of that. The opening video focused on Dario Cueto as he reopened the Temple. Also highlighted was Famous B’s betrayal of his first client, Mascarita Sagrada in sinister fashion. We also were thrown back to the announcement of the “Weapons Of Mass Destruction” match to take place on the show between Killshot and Marty “The Moth” Martinez.
– After Cage’s unsuccessful attempt to uncrown Lucha Underground Champion Matanza Cueto via a “cash-in” of the Gift Of The Gods Championship, it was apparently decided that the GOTG needed to come back into play again for an episode’s purpose. Okay, that’s fine, but giving away all seven in one hour could be exhausting. That’s what we were in for, as evidenced in the opening video. Also highlighted were Mascarita Sagrada’s slump since under the managerial wing of Famous B/Brenda as well as the El Dragon Azteca Jr.-Black Lotus storyline, as Dario Cueto played both of them like a fiddle.
– 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.
A Not-So-Nice Gift Of The Gods
– It’s that part of the Lucha Underground season where we get development in different areas. This particular episode focused on the Gift Of The Gods concept – somewhat of a WWE ripoff, but done more logically. Seven people fight for separate medallions that all magnetically connect into a belt to give it its “power,” a shot at the Lucha Underground Championship whenever the winner chooses so. The opening video highlighted the medallion holders – Sexy Star, Aerostar, The Mack, Joey Ryan, Texano, Sinestro De La Muerte and Cage, though he had his medallion stolen by Chavo Guerrero. Also brought up were the early seeds of a long-term feud between LUG Champion Matanza Cueto and Pentagon Jr., as we saw highlights of when the man of “cero miedo” was manhandled by the beast.