By John Moore
Lucha Underground Hits
Graver Consequences: This was a good match that covered up a lot of the weaknesses that Matanza has as a character and a wrestler. Mil Muertes not only shines in these hardcore matches, but he also shines as the one true monster that Lucha Underground deserves (Overpowered Matanza just isn’t working). It’s tough at first sight to imagine the purpose of having four coffins, but these wrestlers found creative ways to utilize multiple caskets in creative ways. The highlight of the match was the presentation, which included a ceremony containing Dia de los Muertos skeleton people and floral wreaths with the wrestlers’ names on it. The low point of this match was the finish that included Matanza flubbing his finisher with Mil being forced to sell Matanza tripping over himself. That and Matanza’s overall weaknesses in the ring make this match pale in comparison to last year’s “Grave Consequences” between Fenix and Mil Muertes.
LAPD Storyline: This gets an intriguing hit due to the introduction of a “higher power” into the storyline that started off as a comedy buddy cop drama involving Ricky Reyes and Joey Ryan. Now we got a lot of LA City Councilman Delgado talking about and to this man with a Cuban cigar. I’m honestly not sure who it is. This man is supposedly stronger than Matanza and hopefully Lucha Underground sees the weaknesses they have in Matanza and are trying to find a way to supplant him as the heel monster who destroys main eventers. Hopefully this new guy can fit the role better.
Lucha Underground Misses
Son of Havoc, Ivelisse, and Johnny Mundo vs. Team Mysterio: This was a solid match from an in-ring perspective, but there was just something missing with all of these wrestlers being capable of so much more. To pull out a comparison, these teams (sans Mundo) both had better showings against one another in that four-way match for the title and trimming the match down should have spotlighted all of these athletic wrestlers. Adding Mundo and his parkour, you would have thought more flashy moves would have been included.
Dragon Azteca Jr’s Gear: This is going to be the last week that I put this in the Miss column, but that thing is hilariously terrible. As Dot Net staffer Will Pruett has put it, he’s a human watermelon with a budget dragon pelt. When I was at The Temple and I first saw him wear this at the tapings, I couldn’t hold back the laughter and I wasn’t the only one laughing in the crowd.
Mr. Cisco vs. Cortez Castro vs. Joey Ryan: This was an odd match in an odd trend with the Aztec Medallion distribution. Combined with last week’s medallion matches, they are really rushing through to the Gift of the Gods match. Striker also announced the match as an off-comment with no emphasis which is uncharacteristic with the promotion as Lucha Underground usually builds strongly to big matches week to week.