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    Thursday, May 10, 2018

    A Look at Lucha Underground's Season Four Trailer

    We're about a month or so away from Lucha Underground's fourth season, and late last night they finally released a full trailer. You can check it out here:

    Alright, that's a lot to unpack for a two-minute trailer, or we might just be that hungry for new Lucha Underground content. It's been a while since we've heard of the Temple, and there's a lot of juicy stuff here.

    Let's take a look at the major takeaways from this video, which might give us clues as to how the upcoming season will pan out.

    Who Says the Infinity War is Over?

    Look, I know all of you are still hung up on Avengers: Infinity War, but that's so yesterday. Here's the new trending gauntlet, folks.

    The mysterious gauntlet of power was introduced last season, a device Dario Cueto and his partners are hinting will bring a new kind of power to the fore. So far, we've seen it grant the wielder immense strength, at the cost of seemingly losing one's mind. We saw this happen with Cage, who lost the gauntlet before anything bad could happen to him. Currently, the gauntlet is in the hands of King Cuerno, who came back at Ultima Lucha Tres to steal it from Mil Muertes.

    Speaking of Cuerno, there's an intriguing scene of him in the trailer with El Dragon Azteca Jr. and Aero Star. It looks like they're trying to convince him to give up the gauntlet to Aero Star, to prevent it from ending up in the wrong hands. These are three men who haven't really interacted in the Temple that much, so to see them being brought together by the gauntlet offers some fresh storylines. We even see a glimpse of Johnny Mundo holding the gauntlet, and guys like Cage and Mil Muertes will surely look to get it back. 

    With the show's mythical narrative focused on the ancient Aztec gods and the impending doom they'll bring, look for this to become one of the show's key plot points this season.

    Meet the New Temple

    Yes, you read that right—we're getting a new Temple.

    Lucha Underground's new home is still in Los Angeles, but it's a little further downtown from the old Boyle Heights location. The new location is in a cold storage facility, and as you might have expected from a place that holds lots of ice, things look a little blue.

    The whole Temple is lighted in a blue shade, which paints a stark contrast from the darker, grindhouse-style motif we've had for the first three seasons. It'll take some time to get used to, and whether or not this will indicate a shift in the season's themes remains to be seen. Going off the trailer alone, it feels like a mix of the old set-up and a new one. You still have the central stairs as the pathway to the ring and the announcer's table to the left of it, as well as the upper level where Believers were perched around the ring. It also looks like they've moved where the band will be, and the small room beside the ring that served as Dario Cueto's office is gone. Also, those blue-and-yellow ropes look weird, but I suppose they fit more with the new Temple's icy environment.

    New Season, New Faces

    An old man looking at a picture of Dario Cueto and vowing to open a new Temple? Things don't look good for the boss, and it looks like we'll have a new proprietor of Lucha Underground this season. If you've forgotten, Dario was shot at the end of season three, and this brief scene doesn't give us good hopes that he made it out alive. Cueto has been the show's driving force since season one, and it's hard to imagine the show without him, so hopefully this is just a temporary thing.

    As for the identity of the man, last season's ending gives us a pretty good hint as to who this is—Antonio Cueto, Dario and Matanza's father. Looks like papa is going to pick up the family business. This should also mean some interesting things in store for the monster Matanza, especially the unique dynamic he had with his brother Dario.

    Welp, that doesn't look good.

    This is one that should be familiar to most of you – the Heart and Soul of ECW, Tommy Dreamer. Dreamer has been all over the wrestling world in the past couple of decades, having had stints in WWE, ECW, Impact, ROH, his own House of Hardcore, and a ton of other promotions. Seriously, where hasn’t he shown up? This is as perfect a fit as we can get, and I can’t believe no one thought of this sooner. How did Dario Cueto not think of inviting the Innovator of Violence to a place where violence is the norm?

    As to what we’ll see from Tommy this season, I’m less concerned with who he’ll be facing – what matters is that they let this man do what he does best. Give him every steel chair, barbed wire bat, rusted pipe and kendo stick in the Temple, and it’ll be fine.

    Former World Heavyweight Champion and ECW Champion Jack Swagger is another new face to the Temple this season, and it’s been a while since we’ve seen him! Swagger had a rough end to his run in the WWE, where he was stuck with the Real American gimmick long after everyone stopped caring about it. Notably, he doesn’t seem to be wearing anything America-inspired here, so this looks to be a fresh start for him.

    Where he fits into the greater Lucha Underground narrative remains to be seen, of course. Swagger hasn’t exactly managed to get the world raving with his wrestling, so we’ll see how this one turns out. At the very least, he's another hoss to mix around with the show's existing big boys, such as the Mack, Cage and Mil Muertes.

    One of the cooler shots from the trailer features Pitbull Kevin Kross, fancily suited up in some dark earthen lair. Kross is part of the AAA roster and has also wrestled for Global Force Wrestling (yeah, they actually existed). He also seems to have someone else locked in a cage of vines, which is both cool and scary at the same time.

    Another one joining the Temple this season is Sonny Kiss. Kiss is known for a flamboyant style and attire in the promotions he's been wrestling in, and he's the perfect character to play an exotico in the show. It's a long time coming for Lucha Underground to feature another exotico, and also because the first one, Pimpinela Escarlata, has played a diminished role in the second and third seasons. Just imagine what a Sonny Kiss vs. Joey Ryan matchup will look like.

    This one isn't a new face, but it's still a surprise to see him back. Chavo Guerrero looks set to make his return to the Temple after being exiled by Rey Mysterio Jr. last season. How does he come back? It might have something to do with the fact that the guy responsible for his exile and the head honcho then (Dario Cueto) are gone from the Temple, meaning that there's no one around to keep him out. Okay, El Dragon Azteca Jr. is still around, but Chavo kicked his ass around last season so he probably isn't scared of him. Finding a loophole to get back to Lucha Underground is a very Guerrero thing to do, I guess.

    Aside from these guys, there's a ton of new faces in the trailer as well. We won't go over all of them to keep a couple of surprises, but if you have a keen eye you might be able to recognize some of them.

    The Rest of the Family

    Despite the the influx of new characters, we still have a majority of the old crew back for the show. The trailer hints at what some of them will be up to this season, which is always fun to speculate on. Here are a couple of the more interesting shots we saw from the trailer:

    We saw Drago rejoin the Reptile Tribe midway through last season, and it seems he won't be getting away any time soon. With Drago still in chains, and Daga siding with Kobra Moon, what will be the Reptile Tribe's next step?

    Talk about ruining a nice suit. The Rabbit Tribe weren't really up to much in their debut season, but now look to be getting their hands dirty this time around. Notably, we see Paul London holding what looks like the same staff we saw Kevin Kross hold above. More deaths in the Temple? Yes please.

    This is somewhere we've been before—it's King Cuerno's lair, and it loos like Catrina is paying him a visit. With Cuerno pulling off a heist by stealing the fabled gauntlet from under Mil and Catrina's noses, I'm assuming this is Catrina asking for it back.

    In what looks like a scene straight out of Uncharted, we see Johnny Mundo and Taya looking down a pit. He may or may not want to be picking up whatever is lying at the bottom, though. Mundo's storyline in Lucha Underground has largely steered clear of the show's mythology, instead revolving around a more Western, heel faction in the Worldwide Underground. Is Mundo finally going to dive into the show's deep end? Alternatively, this could just be Mundo filming some Tomb Raider knockoff film. That actually sounds more likely.

    "From Concord, California, comes the most stylish, elegant, bewitching, eternally beguiling, contentiously charismatic, and fantastically fascinating woman to appear in this or any arena. Allow yourself to be seduced, enchanted, dazzled, and entranced by All Red Everything herself, Ivelisse!"

    Hold on, that doesn't sound right.

    We've already gone through a ton of the trailer, but there's still a lot more to unravel beyond this. How will Pentagon Dark's long-awaited reign as Lucha Underground Champion turn out? Will Trios Champions Killshot and Dante Fox manage to work together with Mack as a unit, or will their past prove to be too much to overcome? What's next for Fenix and Melissa Santos' blossoming relationship?

    Fortunately, we won't have to wait long for the answers. As Dario Cueto once said, it's time to ring the bell.

    Photos taken from luchablog.
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