By John Moore
Lucha Underground Hits
Prince Puma vs. Mil Muertes: As expected, this was a splendid match between two of the top workers in the Lucha Underground promotion. What’s cool is they have different approaches. Mil Muertes is the example on what a monster heel should be, even though I believe he’s playing tweener/babyface now. Mil is a great monster and he never has a boring match these days. He can even have a great match with Matanza (minus the terrible Matanza powerslam in the end of last year’s GC match). Lucha Underground main events have upgraded this season with Prince Puma back in them. I don’t think this is Prince Puma’s last match since Matt Striker didn’t sell it as such and they did do that camera shot of Vampiro with a smile. Another positive for this match is that it was an upgrade over last year’s Matanza vs. Mil match mostly due to the talent involved.
Lucha Underground Misses
Famous B vs. Mascarita Sagrada: A miss due to it being the second “Believers Backlash” match and it paled in comparison to the one between Hernandez and Drago. It was actually a different match and this iteration did not seem as interactive as the first one. The first one had fans actually hitting Hernandez with belts. This match the crowd were given goofy props to hold and they couldn’t hit the wrestlers. These props included popcorn and pies which really screamed WWE Sports Entertainment madness. It reminded me of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows vs. Enzo and Cass with the pumpkins.
Ten Person Aztec Warfare Qualifying match: This was a five minute match with ten people in it. Seriously, a majory of the wrestlers got one move and had to tag out because of the short time allocation. The only storyline that got development was the AR Fox vs. Killshot story, but even that took up about two and a half of the five minutes leaving nothing else for the other eight wrestlers. I’ve witnessed Lucha Underground dark matches and this screamed bad dark match since I’ve actually seen many better Lucha Underground dark matches than this. They could have done the show more of a service with a slick cinematic. Where this also hurt was it just wasted Fox’s and Jeramiah Crowe’s in-ring debut. It also took away the surprise factor of Aztec Warfare which was a bit fun the last two seasons.