The last episode of Lucha Underground was action-packed from top to bottom. The show began with the introduction of Killshot as an actual character with an in-ring style and backstory that meld together wonderfully. Personally, I, like Matt Striker, have always been a fan of Killshot and am very happy to see him given a more active job than “glorified jobber”. I can’t help but be interested in where this military backstory is going to take us and am absolutely in love with his new, absolutely devastating finisher.
From there, we saw the debut of Daga in a hotly contested match with Texano. One of the things I love about Lucha Underground is that they’re never afraid to reference other promotions and they used to good effect in building the long-standing rivalry between Daga and Texano in AAA. That history immediately builds interest in the pairing and gives us a reason to care beyond “I like or dislike Texano”. Going into the match, we knew almost nothing about Daga. After it was over, Dage became a character I care about and that’s thanks to Matt Striker and Vampiro’s excellent commentary.
And the show ending with an incredible Trios match between the teams of Cage, Johnny Mundo, and Taya and Dragon Azteca Jr., Rey Mysterio, and Prince Puma. It was a hard-hitting, high-flying affair between some of LU’s most gifted in-ring technicians. I was particularly impressed with the work of Cage and Dragon Azteca Jr. Mysterio was a little sloppy early, but even he quickly locked in and demonstrated why he’s the best-known luchadore in the history of the business. Expect big things for all six contestants in the coming weeks.
10) Killshot (1-2)
As mentioned above, I love that Killshot has an actual character. Up until this point, he’s simply been a good hand. Someone they could bring in to put on a great, competitive match that got his opponent over. I don’t know if they have “big plans” for Killshot, but I’m ecstatic that the Killshot character is being given some room to grow.
9) The Mack (1-2)
Nothing for The Mack this week. He just stays on the list because he’s my personal favorite character on the show and had a great match in week 11. Moving on.
8) Fenix (3-2)
Like The Mack, Fenix wasn’t on the show this week. His early season run as one of the front-runners seems to have cooled quite a bit in recent weeks. I’m still really high on his ability, I just wonder where he fits into the current storyline. If I was betting, I’d say he latches onto a Trios team to keep him in front of the viewers while they figure out how to move forward with his singles story.
7) Cage (2-2)
Cage had a great showing this week. He was sold as a monster that no sold almost every move. Some people get annoyed by things that, but I thought that it was a great move if you’re trying to build up a gigantic babyface to take on Matanza. There simply isn’t a wrestler as physically impressive as Cage and it would be a mistake to not put him in a program with Lucha Underground’s resident Monster at some point in the near future.
6) Mil Muertes (2-1)
Muertes’ involvement was pretty minimal this week. He had a vignette that mostly consisted of Catrina talking. Which is pretty par for the course with those two. Muertes kills people and Catrina talks/licks them to death. Will the tradition continue when Muertes meets Matanza for the title? We’ll find out.
5) The Unlikely Trio (Ivelisse: 5-1, Son of Havoc and Angelico: 3-1) Trios Champions
I would really like to see The Unlikely Trio at ringside at some point during this Trios Tournament. You know, scouting their next opponent and whatnot. It’s a little detail that I think adds a sense of legitimacy to the proceedings. And that’s how you fill a post for a team that did nothing this week.
4) Rey Mysterio Jr. (1-0)
I said Rey looked a little sloppy in my intro and I think it’s worth mentioning again. He lightly botched (by which I mean no one was hurt) a few early moves and just generally didn’t look crisp. It obviously wasn’t a huge detriment to his week, but I can’t help wondering how well he’ll hold up when he ultimately moves into a singles program.
3) Dragon Azteca Jr. (1-0)
Azteca Jr.’s quick-hitting style somehow feels different in a Temple that’s filled with guys who love to flip all over the place. It feels more like he’s doing martial arts than wrestling and that’s a thing that I can dig. At the very least, he’s doing something different, which lets him stand out. That’s pretty impressive for a guy who just picked up his first victory in Lucha Underground.
2) Prince Puma (3-1)
Puma is still THE GUY for Lucha Underground. He’s the face of the company and is going to be featured prominently anytime he’s on the card. Which makes me wonder why Puma and not Azteca picked up the pin in their Trios match. It’s splitting hairs, but Puma doesn’t need to make people believe he’s legitimate. Maybe they’re saving Azteca’s big pin for the moment the team wins the Trios tournament.
1) Matanza (3-0) – Lucha Underground Champion
Still the champ. Still super scary. Still in a cage. Matanza has become one of the most intimidating wrestlers in the business in just three weeks of work. You can’t book a monster champion any better.