By Will Pruett, ProWrestling.net Senior Staffer (@itswilltime)
Lucha Underground Hits
The Mack vs. Killshot vs. Son of Havoc: The Trios Champions meeting in a triple threat is interesting. Meeting in a triple threat where only the man who is pinned truly loses is more interesting. This is was a great storytelling device used well. The conflict between Killshot and Son of Havoc is building well. This was the highlight of the show for me.
Cage vs. Mil Muertes: Two monsters in a referee murder parade! Add in some great Pentagon Dark interference and you’ve got a recipe for for fun. This was just as wild and ridiculous as one would expect it to be. Mil Muertes continues to be the unheralded MVP of Lucha Underground.
Pentagon Dark: The continued highlight of this season is how great and dominant Pentagon Dark is. The people love him. The show is built around him. He’s the topline star of this whole enterprise. His main event interference with crowd reveal and post-match promo was a great way to end the show. I’ll ignore the logic gap of rewarding Cage with a Lucha Underground Championship shot because Pentagon can fight who he wants as a fighting champion.
Joey Ryan vs. Ivelisse: This was fun for what it was. Ivelisse is still super over with the LU crowd and worth using when she’s not injured. Ryan is always going to pop up and put in a good performance. This was a good opener.
Matanza absorbs another human: A very minor Hit. I don’t mind rebuilding Matanza. It’s necessary. Sadly, Matanza was only the third most interesting monster on this episode, which is the continuing problem in Lucha Underground.
Lucha Underground Misses
Where’d the cinematics go?: I know season four has been produced with a smaller budget, but it feels like Lucha Underground completely cut out the best thing they had going for them. Where are the unique and artistic cinematic scenes? This episode was action-packed and fun, but it needed something more than just a post-credits scene for comedy. What’s the point of Lucha Underground without these? Did all of the cinematic money get spent on Papa Cueto’s makeup?
The White Rabbit post credits scene: This is so not what I had in mind in writing about a lack of cinematic touches. This was absurd and not very fun. Paul London murdering Mascarita Sagrada just makes me sad, not intrigued. The White Rabbit character might be fun, but Lucha Underground has a lot of non-wrestling manager types running around. I’m not sure adding more is a great call.
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