Following arguably the first good episode of season three so far, there was a plethora of drama occurring this week. With tension in The Temple at the highest its been in months, Dario Cueto took advantage of the tension and pitted warring factions and foes against each other for the money, the blood and pure sadistic enjoyment.
Prince Puma defeated Sinestra de la Muerte (***¼)
Pentagon Dark defeated Cortes Castro (**)
Johnny Mundo, Taya, Jack Evans and PJ Black defeated Aerostar, Fenix, Drago and Sexy Star (***½)
El Dragon Azteca Jr defeated Chavo Guerrero (***)
Sexy Star sat in the locker room, caressing her Gift of the Gods championship as Dario Cueto walked in and joked about Sexy Star’s chances against Matanza Cueto. El Jefe, after mocking the champion, placed her to fight alongside the trios champions tonight. Once Cueto left, Mundo arrived and introduced himself in the sleaziest fashion, only for his sleaziness to backfire as it turned out Sexy Star had the stronger grip in their handshake. I know, I don’t ask why either.
First match of the night featured Sinestra de la Muerte squaring off against Prince Puma. Whilst de la Muerte was formerly aligned with Puma’s current rival, Mil Muertes, the silent masked figure stood as an individual in the match. Following some great athleticism by both, Prince Puma interestingly played to the crowd less and focused more on the opponent in the ring than firing up the Boyle Heights crowd. Perhaps anticipating a future encounter with Muertes, Puma certainly looked to be a lot more aggressive tonight, unleashing a few new moves to his arsenal, whilst primarily channeling his offence on the head and neck of De la Muerte. This was a very even bout for the most part, at least until Mil Muertes walked in. Sending a brutal message to Muertes who stood at ringside, Puma used Muertes’ finisher, the Flatliner, to pick up an important win.
Returning into Cueto’s office, Cortes Castro walked in and Dario Cueto offered him a hug of death, setting a match for him and Pentagon Dark. I’ll put a lot of money on the fact that Cueto knows that Cortes is a leech.
Cortes started the match well, getting offence in that didn’t inflict too much to Pentagon Dark. The black hearted, black attired Dark unleashed some of the loudest backhand chops before delivering a Package Piledriver to pick up another victory. Following the match, it was a normal night for Mr Cero Miedo as he broke another arm. Following the match, Pentagon grabbed a mic and ensured that regardless of tonight’s main event, the winner will suffer the same fate. Pentagon, to enforce his brutality, went on record saying he doesn’t even respect his own mother in the ring. What a promo, and needless to say, Officer Reyes has been disarmed.
The trios champions, Aerostar, Fenix and Drago stood in the ring accompanied by Sexy Star as they squared off with the Cantankerous Quartet, Johnny Mundo, PJ Black and Taya. Whilst Jack Evans was with the three, yet again he looked disinterested and timid. Taya and Sexy Star got the match underway, still having their troubles with each other. Fenix, tagged in and unleashed a barrage of devastating moves before naively tagging in Sexy Star who ended up in the wrong part of town as Mundo played possum to get her in his corner, only for his team to decimate the Gift of the Gods champion. Star, after absorbing some solid offence, tagged in Drago just before the match embroiled into chaos. Customary to every big tag match, the high flyers threw caution to the wind and launched themselves into their competitors. Taya laid in a heap of pain, which caused Sexy Star to be distracted and Jack Evans took advantage of this with a roll up pin with a little assistance from Mundo. These big tag matches never seem to disappoint, always very good to watch.
Catrina and Muertes stood over Sinestra de la Muerte who was kneeling in an apologetic stance following his defeat to Puma. Catrina broke the neck of Muerte as Muertes absorbed the power from his fallen former ally. The rivary between Puma and Muertes is abouts to get very interesting!
As we got set for our main event, the matches competitors went face to face before the bout. Out came Rey Mysterio Jr, the special guest referee who would no doubt struggle to call the match right down the middle as one of his long time best friends squared off with Dragon Azteca, one of his students that he mentored. Guerrero started the match fairly strong, combining his strength with his veteran knowledge to outwork the young Dragon Azteca only for the aged Guerrero to be matched by Azteca’s speed and agility, which made for a solid Lucha Underground match tonight.
Mysterio was clearly relishing his role as referee, perhaps the best, most reasonable referee in Lucha Underground’s short history. Azteca really had his work cut out for him, the witt and intelligence of Chavo allowed him to remain on top of the action for long periods of time. Guerrero continually insinuated that Mysterio was counting slow or not calling it down the middle which came as no surprise. Chavo punched Mysterio who fought back and Azteca took advantage of this, winning the match with a Hurricanrana pin, a pinfall that Mysterio very conspicuously counted very quick for.
After the closing sequence, Black Lotus was kneeling in front of a shrine and vowed to send members of the Black Lotus tribe to take out Pentagon Dark, as revenge for all that has happened.
As predictable as it seems, season three has been a slowburner. Everything is gearing up for a big crescendo at some point. Lucha Underground draws criticism for opening the seasons with fairly dull action which is nonsensical really, I don’t know any tv series with 40 episodes per season that will produce 40 stunning episodes. Patience, my fellow believers.
Show Grade: B