“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
A Famous Opportunity
– The opening video recapped current storylines – Angelico returned to cast revenge against Lucha Underground Champion Johnny Mundo, only to have a restraining order against him. Cage and Texano battled in a Best-Of-Five Series to determine who’d get Dario Cueto’s “Ultimate Opportunity,” as Cage currently had a 2-1 lead. Jeremiah Crane wanted to get his hands on Mil Muertes, as a way to get back at Catrina, whom was a former love interest. Lastly and most interesting, after weeks of declining Vampiro’s advice, Prince Puma finally listened and paid Grave Consequences. In the afterlife, Vampiro called for him to follow.
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 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.
Final Medallion Melee
– Ultima Lucha has become a stacked card with eight announced matches. It’s a lot for a two-hour special, so the announcement that it’d start a week earlier made sense with a two-hour special still on August 5 with the rest of the show. It’s going to be a great show if it lives up to the matches’ buildup thus far. The opening video did a decent wrap-up of The Aztec Medallions and their significance (a big focus on this episode; the one loophole left that finally got closed), the Chavo Guerrero Jr/Blue Demon Jr. alliance and where Big Ryck counted into things as the man who fights where the money is.
– The opening video looked back at the unlikely trio of Angelico/Ivelisse/Son Of Havoc overcoming the odds to become the first-ever Trios Champions and Drago getting a Lucha Underground Championship match with the stipulation that he would be banned from the Temple forever if he loses. This episode had its share of intrigue to say the least.
– 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