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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 4/20/16: Battle Of The Monsters

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(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 4/13/16: The Trios Heats Up

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/13/16)

The Trios Heats Up

– Season two of LUG has now become synonymous with Dario Cueto, a Trios Tournament and now LUG Champion Matanza as this unstoppable force. Sure, everything sans Matanza is hints of season one greatness, but there are many new characters on the scene, namely from the AAA promotion. Things feel fresh even if the formula per se, isn’t. That said, the opening video concentrated on the seven medallions of the ancient Aztec tribes being released again for the LUG Gift Of The Gods Championship, the story so far on the Cage-Johnny Mundo feud and the latest on Matanza and the Trios Tournament.

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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 2/3/16: New Battles Brewing

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 2/3/16)

New Battles Brewing

– Lucha Underground’s second season has brought us the same elements that continue to make it can’t-miss television; cinema-esque cutscenes, notable names and logical storylines yielded in a believable “universe,” this time with a “darker” temple ruled by the age of death – Lucha Underground Champion Mil Muertes, Catrina and the Lucha Underground Trios Champions, The Disciples Of Death. The opening video to the show seamlessly recapped how we got to this point, with big emphasis on Ultima Lucha highlights, tying in the original El Dragon Azteca’s death.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 8/5/15: Ultima Lucha Part II

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 8/5/15)

Ultima Lucha Part II

– The opening video was essentially a “celebration” of Lucha Underground as a whole, since its future is uncertain as of this writing. We can hope that there is a second season with all of the positive buzz it has garnered amongst new and hardcore fans alike with the way that the product meshes both reality and fantasy with Lucha Libre. It also essentially took what failed with Wrestling Society X and Lucha Libre USA and made it work with a roster full of established veterans and new faces. The video package highlighted the very first segments of the show from Dario Cueto introducing himself, to Prince Puma becoming the first Lucha Underground Champion, wrapping its way into all the main feuds coming to a payoff – Texano-Blue Demon Jr., Johnny Mundo-Alberto El Patron and Mil Muertes-Prince Puma. It was fitting that the video closed with Cueto’s “brainwashing” message to Black Lotus that El Dragon Azteca was the one who killed her parents.

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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 7/22/15: Final Medallion Melee

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 7/22/15)

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.

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Notes In Observance – Lucha Underground 7/15/15: Vampiro Comes Alive

Lucha UndergroundBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 7/15/15)

Vampiro Comes Alive 

– Ultima Lucha is on a fast approach and to no surprise, Lucha Underground cranks out another quality show, this one more focused on the on-and-off saga of the Ancient Aztec Medallions, which are supposed to promise immortality when they all come together. Also a hot topic headed into the show was the Pentagon Jr.-Vampiro mini-feud, and that wasted no time getting to the point as to what Vampiro’s answer would be.

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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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