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    Monday, September 11, 2017

    Good Lucha Things (9/6/17): Pare, Pulis Ako

    Now with 100% less shitty ads before movies, it's another edition of Good Lucha Things!

    Police Violence (The Kind We Approve Of)

    This week’s big match was the 5-0 Street Fight for an Aztec medallion, with Cortez Castro finally getting his hands on former partner Joey Ryan.

    This was possibly Cortez Castro’s best moment in Lucha Underground to date, finally getting one over his nemesis Ryan in an entertaining match. They made good use of the theme, with riot police blocking all exits and police tools everywhere. The riot shields were used well, and they even had donuts and coffee beside the ring! Despite how serious the feud was, they still found time to put in a Joey Ryan penis spot and some other funny moments. It’s a solid feud-ending match with a balance of comedy and no-nonsense beatdown, which is nice middle ground when Lucha Underground usually goes one way (Mascarita Sagrada) or the other (literally every Mil Muertes and Matanza match.)

    I’m looking forward to seeing what Cortez Castro can do in a more chaotic environment, especially in the upcoming Gift of the Gods match. He needed this win more than Joey Ryan did, especially since Castro hasn’t been featured much this season.

    Go Get Some Friends, Mack

    Another medallion was put up for grabs in a match between Drago and the Mack. The match was going along fine until a Kobra Moon interference led to Drago catching Mack in the Dragon’s Tail pin for the win. This could’ve been a fine match had they been given the time to do so, especially since these two haven’t been featured all that much recently. I’m fine with the ending, though, as it seems like they’re going to start building Mack as a contender once he finds two other guys to team up with. The obvious buddy is Sexy Star, but she’s busy with Taya right now, so Mack’s going to have to do some recruiting first. Nevertheless, Drago should be a fine addition to the Gift of the Gods match given his skill, though I don’t see him winning it as he’s got the Trios Championship to keep him busy for now.

    This match highlights a problem from the Cueto Cup that is worth talking about, though. The tournament warped Lucha Underground around it to a point where we haven’t had enough time to develop other things that should matter. The Trios Championship is the best example of this. The Reptile Tribe have been Trios Champions for a couple of months now, and they haven’t really done anything noteworthy with the belts. Drago, Pindar and Vibora all competed in the cup, and then did nothing after they were eliminated. Not even a trios match as a breather during the latter stages of the tournament, or even some vignette backstage to remind all of us they exist.

    There isn’t much time from now until Ultima Lucha Tres, and Lucha Underground has given us no reason at all to care about the Trios Championship picture until now. We’re a long way gone from the days when guys like Son of Havoc, Ivelisse and Angelico made the Trios Championship matter.

    Title or Termination

    With the Cueto Cup done and dusted, we also got our first preview of the upcoming match between Lucha Underground Champion Johnny Mundo and his challenger, Prince Puma.

    I’ve mentioned countless of times why Lucha Underground is very good at continuity, and that was in full display again here. These two have a history dating back to the very first episode of Lucha Underground, and they made it well-known here. Mundo is confident because he’s beaten Puma before, but Puma counters right back with the fact that he won the last match they competed in. Prince Puma was so confident that he even put his career on the line. Either he wins the title, or he gets the boot—it takes a lot of balls to agree to something like that.

    Let’s talk about the (now obvious) elephant in the room, then—the fact that Prince Puma is leaving Lucha Underground once the season ends. He’s made it very obvious at times that he’s just waiting for contractual obligations to finish before moving on, and unfortunately that means the end of Prince Puma in the Temple. It’s easy to see the stipulation and conclude that this is the obvious setup for his departure, making a Johnny Mundo win the obvious outcome.

    It’s so obvious, in fact, that I hope they find a way to put in one final twist come Ultima Lucha Tres. If Prince Puma is going out one way or another, then let him leave with a bang. If there’s any show that can shock us, it’s Lucha Underground—I have a feeling they will here.

    Quick Hits:

    • Welcome back, Matanza! The Monster made his return to in-ring action since falling through the Temple’s bleachers, destroying the Rabbit Tribe in a handicap match. Did we really have to get three guys who are in the Gift of the Gods match to be fed to the monster? Was there no one else?
    • Pentagon Dark vs. El Dragon Azteca Jr. is set for the final Aztec medallion next week. Okay, I can get behind Pentagon as Gift of the Gods Champion where he breaks your arm, cashes in his title shot, and then breaks your other arm after winning the title. Wrestling gods, please let this happen.
    • Lucha Underground’s next episode is #100! Holy shit, have we really come that far? It hasn’t felt like it at all given that we’re only three season in, but the numbers don’t lie.

    This episode of Lucha Underground was alright. Cortez Castro and Joey Ryan had their big payoff match, but most of the screen time was spent setting up things for episode #100 and Ultima Lucha Tres. It's hard to care for something like the Trios Championship scene given how they're barely featured, though, and this episode brings that side of Lucha Underground to light. The 5-0 Street Fight was still fun on its own, though, and is worth watching just to see some scalding hot coffee thrown right at Joey Ryan’s penis. 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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