By John Moore
Lucha Underground Hits
Prince Puma vs. Mil Muertes: This match was already in the Hit column before they rang the bell. Mil and Puma are just so damn reliable in putting on good matches against a multitude of opponents that when they are in the ring together they put together some magic. Mil’s good at working the monster heel style without relying on rest holds. Puma is Puma. He’s like Dante from Devil May Cry come to life. What Lucha Underground should have done a better job was in hyping this as a huge deal alongside the Lucha Underground title match.
The Mack vs. Johnny Mundo: Mundo and Mack have really good chemistry together and they put together yet another really good hardcore match. Mack continues to shine from an agility standpoint. He got a lot of horizontal air with that cannonball to the point you would have thought that it was a Puma or Mundo cannonball. Mundo is also getting better as a heel leader of Worldwide Underground where the interference isn’t costing the opponents the win but rather supplementing Mundo’s attack. Early Worldwide Underground attacks were just too cheap with nutshots or weapon shots that make Johnny fluky. Mundo is performing the moves now that picks up the win like the Sunset Flip bomb onto the pile of chairs. Mack and Mundo also deserve a lot of credit for doing a hardcore style match that also looked to be completely safe from a wrestler health perspective.
Lucha Underground Misses
The Reptile Tribe vs. Fenix, Aerostar, and Drago: Aerostar was really good in this match. The Trios action was solid. These type of heel turns are just clunky where you have the tag partner transfer teams mid match. The mid-season break also hurt this in that it’s tough to remember how we got to this point. I get that Drago’s brainwashed but it would have been better if we had a few more cinematics or even a few non-title matches to set this up. The Trios championships are also dead in the water at this point because they just keep being transferred from team to team. It’s not fully Lucha Underground’s fault because of Team Havoc’s constant injuries but you can see why a wrestling promotion would vacate a title due to injury. Rapid Fire title changes also hurt the prestige.
The Cueto Cup: I know this is going to put together some good matches because of being attendance for the first round, but I don’t like how Lucha Underground is constantly coming up with gimmicky titles for their number one contenderships. Dario Cueto even named off a few. There’s the Six-to-survive, Dial of Doom, 4-a-unique-opportunity, unique opportunity, Battle of the Bulls, and probably a few others I’m forgetting. Where is the Gift of the Gods? I had a chat with Jack Evans early in Season 2 and we thought it was cool that Lucha Underground has their own version of the DBZ Dragon Balls. That was a fun variation of the Money in the Bank that has gone by the wayside and wasn’t even utilized creatively.
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