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    Friday, June 23, 2017

    Good Lucha Things (6/21/17): A Whole Bunch of Weird

    Welcome to another edition of Good Lucha Things!

    That’s Really Weird, Guys

    So, who thought that Marty “The Moth” Martinez could get even weirder?

    This week’s episode highlighted the Moth’s obsession with resident ring announcer Melissa Santos, which took on a whole new level of weird. For one, he has an entire corkboard of Melissa’s pictures, with the words “Marty and Melissa forever” cut out from magazine clippings, serial killer-style. Also, he keeps pictures of Melissa Santos in his crotch, and just licks them so they can stick on the board. His relationship with his sister, Mariposa, is even weirder, because their interactions this week had that kind of awkward tension siblings shouldn’t have with each other.

    Yeah, this isn't creepy at all.

    I’m a fan of the darker, more sinister undertones to Marty’s character development, because it allows him to be taken more seriously as the deranged heel. For the most part of the show, Martinez has come off as a bit of a harmless creep. Showing a much, much creepier side of him should make for some fun television, and it might give us a much more credible heel to work with.

    On the other end, Melissa Santos had a little moment with Fenix, as we saw when she welcomed him to the Temple this week. She’s rooting for him to win the Cueto Cup, so our dear luchador dedicated his incoming cup triumphs to her. We had an idea that this would happen thanks to this season’s trailer, so expect some more moments between them in the weeks to come. It’s something that’ll take a while to get used to, considering how Melissa has always been on the sides throughout the show. It’s a nice way to get non-wrestlers involved in the storylines, and you can expect her to at least incorporate this into the way she does her job. Heck, she still doesn’t introduce Pentagon Dark with as much gusto, dating back to when he tried to break her arm ages ago. Seeing how she’ll introduce Fenix the next time he has a match should be interesting.

    But Wait, Even More Weird!

    The Moth’s machinations weren’t the only weird things going on this week, since this episode was full of all sorts of weird.

    First up, there’s Saltador, the third member of the Rabbit Tribe. Saltador lost his match against the Moth in the first round of the Cueto Cup, but he’s certainly made an impression for having a unique look. He’s right up there with Mala Suerte in terms of having a weird wrestling style, although he seems to be fonder of gyrating than the other guy. His outfit is a literal migraine waiting to happen, which I hope comes into play in a future match. Imagine someone fighting Saltador only to suddenly have a seizure mid-match, because he’s had to look at him for far too long. That’ll be a highlight.

    Then we have Pindar, one-third of the Trios Champions, who also won his opening round against the esteemed Mascarita Sagrada. This was more fun than I expected it to be, mainly thanks to Mascarita taking no shit from the reptiles and slapping Kobra Moon around. So many faces have fallen victim to the dastardly heel manager, so it’s nice to see someone actually putting them in their place.

    My problem with this match was that it made Pindar look like a complete chump for having a hard time dispatching a mini. This is a guy who’s supposed to be centuries old and is one of his tribe’s greatest fighters, and here he is struggling to put away a little man. At this point, he pales in comparison to both Drago and Vibora, so I hope to see more from him in the next round. Being the reptilian version of Erick Rowan is not somewhere you want to be.

    Even Erick Rowan doesn't wish you would end up like Erick Rowan.

    The Cueto Cup Update, Mid-1st Round

    We’re now halfway through the opening round of the Cup, which means we’re starting to cut out the (literal and figurative) deadwood from contention.

    Unfortunately, there wasn’t really anything to talk about from this week’s matches. Cage destroyed Vinnie Massaro, which everyone knew was going to happen anyway. Marty “The Moth” Martinez and Pindar both moved on in a pair of decent matches. I had high expectations for Fenix vs. Mariposa, but the match itself was disappointing. I think part of it is due to the fact that Fenix never seems to take female adversaries seriously, as shown by how hesitant he was in locking up with Mariposa from the start. The match never really took off, which is a shame because both Fenix and Mariposa have put on some solid stuff in the past.

    Even Fenix doesn't know what to tell you about that.

    Despite the below average matches we’ve seen so far, I’m at least hopeful that we’ll see some better matches in the back half of the first round. Killshot, Jeremiah Crane, Dante Fox and El Dragon Azteca Jr. should be fun to watch, and I’m even looking forward to how Mil Muertes and Prince Puma murder their weaker competition. I’m also going to keep an eye on the Joey Ryan vs. Taya match, because that has the potential to be very entertaining.

    Quick Hitters

    • Vinny Massaro surviving all those punches Cage threw at him makes sense. Look, he’s a wrestler, which means he should be tougher and can take more physical punishment than your average politician who spends all day sitting behind a desk. Having him not go the way of poor Councilman Delgado is something I can appreciate.
    • Whatever the Rabbit Tribe is smoking, I want some of that. Now they need to start following Mascarita Sagrada around in his matches, just so we can see them prance around more. This is one hell of a trip Paul London’s having.

    This week’s episode felt like last week’s show, but without the highlight that was Cage blowing up Councilman Delgado. Nothing really caught my attention on this show, which is unusual for a Lucha Underground episode. Hopefully, things pick back up next week. C-

    Photos taken from Lucha Underground.


    Anthony Cuello is an HR professional and training designer. When he’s not sleeping or reading the Harvard Business Review, he covers Lucha Underground for Smark Henry. A psychology nut, he tends to watch wrestling looking for these small nuances of in-ring behavior. He dreams of a wrestling business with good people management practices, and hopes to help make that happen one day.
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