“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
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.
Can’t Cheat Death
– The Mil Muertes-Chavo Guerrero match was already billed as Muertes seeking revenge on Guerrero. Catrina’s absence was first noticed with crowd chants. Lucha Underground has this bad habit of putting a giant spotlight on anyone who makes an appearance during a match, it can distract the viewer from in-ring action. The blatant DQ finish with the chair was lame, but the story here was bigger than the match. Muertes developed his own heat by pulling Catrina by the hair, grabbing her by the throat (questionable) and was about to do his finisher on her on the chair. This was a great spot for Fenix to make the save and it was sealed with Catrina’s tongue kiss to make Muertes jealous. This tied everything together and we now know a showdown with Fenix-Muertes over Catrina is in the cards.
– The segment with Dario Cueto and The Crew in his office was decent in that it established Cueto’s ruthless nature in making The Crew want to “eliminate the weak” as he targeted Sexy Star, Pimparnela Escarlata and Mascarita Sagrada. This would be natural heat, as this was seemingly easy pickings for The Crew.
– Having Ivelisse fight Son Of Havoc’s battles, calling out Angelico was a good way to progress the ongoing storyline of her relationship with Havoc, challenging his manhood. Angelico was in a tough spot as he was popular and couldn’t put too much offense on her to risk drawing heat for attacking a woman, but he sold well enough for her to make his retaliations believable. The match was okay, nothing special. The finish made sense as Havoc interfered to help Ivelisse win, with her practically ignoring the fact. Angelico’s proposal to fight Ivelisse without Havoc around could be something to look for in the future. Could Ivelisse turn on Havoc for Angelico?
– The interview with Vampiro and Tejano put over Tejano’s focus to destroy Alberto El Patron and take back what he felt was stolen from him. Showing footage from AAA also helped a lot here, to show fans the magnitude of their feud elsewhere and how it has now spread to Lucha Underground.
– The Super Fly-Texano match served as enhancement to put over Texano as a big threat. The attack by El Patron on Texano with the bullrope was well-done and believable that this was indeed personal. Having this early in the feud was also a wise call.
– The segment with Cage and Cueto in his office hyped his match next week with Prince Puma well, as it’s no secret Cage looks to be World Champion, demanding to be called Champion and wanting a better belt. This established Cage as fearless to get what he wants. Chavo coming in quitting was a ho-hum development. Have we really seen the last of Chavo in Lucha Underground?
– The segment with Angela Fong by the cage was too vague to make anything of.
– The No Disqualification Trios match with The Crew and Mascarita Sagrada/Pimparnela Escarlata/Sexy Star had good storytelling, as The Crew systematically eliminated it down to Sexy Star, who gave fans hope in the match. Big Ryck making his appearance in the arena and coming down, distracting The Crew long enough to see Sexy Star pull out the win makes you want to see how Cueto will punish The Crew for not getting the job done and then obviously, the showdown between Ryck and The Crew will be the ultimate payoff. Keep in mind The Crew needs a slight pick-me-up, as they couldn’t even beat Sexy Star, though they clearly had moments in the match they could’ve pinned anyone. They could use this to push Sexy Star, but how far could her character really go? The Crew could’ve won this match and nothing would’ve changed in terms of that.
– Mil Muertes def. Chavo Guerrero via DQ
– Ivelisse (w/Son Of Havoc) def. Angelico via pinfall
– Texano def. Super Fly via pinfall
– No Disqualification Trios Match – Sexy Star/Pimparnela Escarlata/Mascarita Sagrada def. The Crew via pinfall
Right In The Eye
– Matt Striker and Vampiro seemed to be on their game on this episode, with exceptional commentary work. These two just gel and constantly push the product. All you can ask for. They solidly hyped the Last Luchador Standing match between Drago and King Cuerno.
– Cortez Castro/Mr. Cisco (w/Bael) took on Pimpinela Escarlata and Mascarita Sagrada in a match that showed off Pimparnela’s sleekest assets, among other things. Some imaginative spots here, but decent action overall, with Castro/Cisco going over. Big Ryck, who observed the match from the crowd, put out a fierce promo that declared his quest for the Big Gold no matter who held it. His disrespect towards Castro, Cisco and Bael prompted them to attack him unexpectedly and silence him, as Cisco put out Ryck’s Dutch cigar on his eye. He kind of had it coming to him, but it was still shock-worthy and as we would find out later, put out by Dario Cuerto, who paid them all in his office.
– Vampiro’s interview with Cage set him out to be someone who was there for the Title, no matter what anyone thought of him or the “heat” he had backstage. Vampiro was a great interviewer here, clearly no pushover. Cage has good mic skills too. He’s definitely got the muscles too. He can go far.
– The Super Fly-Pentagon Jr. Match was all about Pentagon trying to break out since he was eliminated by Chavo Guerrero Jr. in Aztec Warfare. The loudest chop in history may had happened here by Pentagon on Super Fly. Pentagon won with a brutal-looking small package piledriver. He cut a promo on Chavo about being betrayed by him and having someone willing to join him, which provided a hook for viewers.
– The Sexy Star-El Mariachi Loco match was entertaining, but not just for the mere fact it was an intergender match. Star had a good showing and Mariachi Loco held his own with no regard, chopping her at one point. Star won the match with no harm or foul.
– The Last Luchador Standing match between Cuerno and Drago was expectedly a great way to end a blood feud, as they tore each other apart to get to a 10 count. Or so it seemed. Cuerno used his brains to beat Drago by using a rope to tie him to the ring multiple times. Cuerno put the deer’s head on Drago to add insult to injury. Kind of a disappointing finish, but the action was good.
– Cortez Castro/Mr. Cisco (w/Bael) def. Pimparnela Escarlata/Mascarita Sagrada via pinfall
– Pentagon Jr. def. Super Fly via pinfall
– Sexy Star def. El Mariachi Loco via pinfall
– Last Luchador Standing – King Cuerno def. Drago
– The opening video was sleek and dramatic as it introduced the “Aztec Warfare” match concept; basically a glorified version of the Royal Rumble with entries by wrestlers every 90 seconds, but different in that eliminations were by pinfalls and submissions and “anything goes” rules.
– Off the bat, Matt Striker and Vampiro sounds like an odd pairing for a commentary booth, but it works. Could it be better? Of course. However, Striker’s expertise – both of the subject and as a wrestler, combined with Vampiro’s in-ring experience, makes them credible to both the casuals and diehards.
– The Dario Cuerto promo was straight-forward about the match, with a heelish confidence in being the match’s mastermind. His delivery was similar to the former Alberto Del Rio in WWE.
– The match itself had action aplenty with a little bit of everything. The concept of the Pimpinela Escarlata drag queen character was definitely an eye-opener, but that’s good for a company that is making strides for being different. Women were even in the match, so gender was no factor. Katrina even took a kick to the face on the apron. The final sequence between Mundo and Puma was superb athleticism with great near falls. Konnan even showed up at the end. All in all, the match showcased many – Puma, Mundo, Ryck, Chavo and Muertes had memorable performances.
– Entries: #1 Fenix (pinned by Chavo), #2 Johnny Mundo (pinned by Puma), #3 Mr. Cisco (pinned by Mundo), #4 King Cuerno (pinned by Mundo), #5 Son Of Havoc (pinned by Puma), #6 Pimparnela Escarlata (pinned by Son Of Havoc), #7 Prince Puma (winner), #8 Ivelisse (pinned by Cuerno), #9 Drago (pinned by Big Ryck), #10 Bael (pinned by Puma), #11 Cortez Castro (pinned by Mundo), #12 Ricky Mandel (pinned by Big Ryck), #13 Big Ryck (pinned by Fenix and Chavo), #14 Pentagon Jr. (Pinned by Chavo), #15 Super Fly (pinned by Chavo), #16 Chavo Guerrero Jr. (Pinned by Sexy Star), #17 Mascarita Sagrada (pinned by Big Ryck), #18 Sexy Star (pinned by Mil Muertes), #19 El Mariachi Loco (pinned by Mil Muertes), #20 Mil Muertes (w/Katrina) (pinned by Mundo and Puma)
– Prince Puma Becomes New Lucha Underground Champion