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    Friday, June 29, 2018

    Good Lucha Things (6/27/18): It's Okay, When It's In A 3-Way

    As always, Lucha Underground delivers when Casket matches are involved.

    The majority of this week’s show was dedicated to the three-way casket match between Jeremiah Crane, Mil Muertes, and Fenix. I like the addition of Crane to spice things up, as he brought a frenetic energy to the match. Crane’s destructive, violent style paired off nicely with Mil’s power and Fenix’s speed, and we got a fun brawl on the outside for the first half of the match. Crane’s elimination resulted in the classic Mil-Fenix clash we’ve come to know and love, and while this match wasn’t as good as the original Grave Consequences, it's still a fine match.

    One thing worth noting out was how the supporting cast played their roles so well in this match. Ivelisse’s return plays off the events of Ultima Lucha Tres, and gives her some much-needed payback against Jeremiah Crane. Crane’s quest to win over Catrina’s affection was stopped by his ex-lover, which is sweet, sweet poetic justice. It’s also funny that Ivelisse’s involvement led to her rival’s (Catrina) victory, considering that history that those two have also had. On the other hand, Melissa’s continuous support of her lover Fenix (and their short vignette before the match) is a nice way to continue that angle from last season. I was afraid they’d drop it and act as if nothing happened, but it’s good to see it continuing.

    I like Mil Muertes winning this match, mainly because of the storyline implications it has moving forward. They continued to tease tension between him and Catrina, and that was all the more obvious this week as Catrina seemingly ignored Mil after the victory. When and how all of this will come to a head remains to be seen, but it’s nice to see them doing something new with the pair after three seasons’ worth of getting along. The win also means that Catrina gets what she wants—her full life back. As I mentioned last week, we’re not exactly sure how this works yet, or if it’ll have any big effect, so we’ll have to look out over the next couple of weeks.

    As for the two losers in this match, I’m looking forward to seeing how the show brings them back. Fenix has the obvious out of having a thousand lives, but Jeremiah Crane doesn’t have that luxury. He doesn’t even have any friends in the Temple, which makes me think that he’s going to be in that casket for a long, long time.

    Quick Hits:
    • Outside of the main event, this week’s big news is Cage kicking off his season by challenging Pentagon Dark for the Lucha Underground Championship. I like the matchup and the premise they’re going with it (Cage being unbreakable because he’s a machine), and this should make for a fine match. 
    • The influx of new faces continued this week, with XO Lishus picking up a nice debut win over Jack Evans. XO Lishus looked good in the ring even if commentary was playing up the inexperience, and I’m looking forward to having an exotico that can wrestle regularly on the show. 
    • Speaking of Jack, it feels really, really good to hear him running his mouth again. It's just right, you know?
    • Ricky Mandel’s little doll friend might have been the scariest thing this show has produced to date, which is saying something when you’re in a show with creepy reptiles, undead wrestlers and a god/monster hybrid. The Isla de las Muñecas is a really cool source of inspiration, and I'm excited to see what this'll bring us.
    • Okay, these Modelo commercials are brilliant. It’s nice for Lucha Underground to find a sponsor they can easily integrate into the show (beer tends to go well with an ice house), while serving as a way for them to flesh out what Antonio Cueto thinks of the roster. I’m going to be sad if that Modelo mascot doesn’t make his in-ring debut this season.
    • Speaking of Cueto, we finally found out what that key was, seconds before Matanza Cueto destroyed it. Presumably, that erased any trace of humanity the Monster had left, which probably raises his power level by some amount. Papa Cueto’s out here putting on a show on responsible parenting, guys.
    This week’s show was a nice change of pace from the season’s first two episodes, shifting the spotlight from Pentagon Dark onto some of the Temple’s other big names. We got a pair of solid matches this week, with XO Lishus making a solid impression in the opener and the Grave Consequences main event delivering as expected. B

    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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    Item Reviewed: Good Lucha Things (6/27/18): It's Okay, When It's In A 3-Way Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Anthony Cuello
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