Lucha Underground: This Time, They Mean It
September 7, 2016 2:15 PM - Season 3 (Full Season) - Subscribe

The third season of El Rey's wrestling/mythology/crime story. It's not a wrestling show, it's a show about a wrestling show.

The Monster Matanza (with a god inside him) is still the champion, but Sexy Star holds the Gift of the Gods belt, giving her a title shot whenever she wants. LU jefe Dario Cueto was taken away in cuffs at the end of Ultima Lucha Dos, but he didn't seem too broken up about it. Pentagon Junior Dark has turned on Vampiro and somehow gone even crazier.

Forty episodes of drama, thrills, nunchaku, and LUCHA await.
posted by Etrigan (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Interesting note by Striker that the GotG belt had never before been successfully defended.

All in all, a strong first episode. Good setup of potentially six plotlines without feeling like they were cramming in too much. Plus that was the MFin' Honky Tonk Man as the jailer.
posted by Etrigan at 8:33 AM on September 9, 2016

Had to wait a while to see the second episode, and it was so very worth it.

In-Ring: Two squash matches, one of which advances a storyline. Good enough, but barely.

And then, holy fuck. They didn't top the "No Mas" match between Sexy Star and Mariposa (my own personal MOTY for 2016), but damn if Marty The Moth didn't bring the thunder, even though like 3/4 of the match was him getting his ass kicked. Killshot/Shane Strickland can go. We know this. But Martin Casaus? The guy who got injured out of Tough Enough? The guy with a Series 7 license?

Seriously, what is it about big dudes wrestling way under their weight class? Matanza, Mil Muertes, The Mack, Marty... I'm beginning to think that the Temple legit has some kind of antigravity device that works best on dudes whose name starts with M.

Backstage (and Backtime): The undercover-cop storyline returns, with Joey Ryan* and Cortez Castro both getting good exposition and plot work, and Captain Vasquez being revealed as having her own dark plans, which appear to involve a relationship of some kind with Katrina thanks to each of them having half of a BFF medallion from "a millennia" ago.

* -- Ryan is probably my favorite cumulative-work wrestler in the world right now, between the DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship, indie work, his YouPorn sponsorship, and this show.

Also, I am gonna keep talking about LU here even if I'm the only one ever because LU is that damn good.
posted by Etrigan at 10:31 AM on September 21, 2016

In-Ring:Dario's Dial of Doom gives us The Mack, and it was good enough, but didn't sparkle.

Wow. It is MFing HOSS NIGHT at the Temple. Texano is boring. Let's just accept that. Cage is suprisingly not-boring, though, and a Dario Cueto "Ultimate Opportunity" is always entertaining enough. Oh, wait. A best-of-five? Nope. Checking out. I don't see Cage being able to change things up against the same opponent well enough to keep me interested.

I was kinda bored by the Trios match, but Sexy Star as the Superfriends' new Wonder Woman? Okay, that'll work.

Backstage: Son of Havoc and Mascarita Sagrada? Well... sure, I guess... Oh, there's Mom of Son of Havoc with Bagel Bites? I'm in.

Taya working around Johnny Mundo? I am intrigued.

Ricky Mandel? I had totally forgotten he existed.

Nice to see Dario straight-up explaining his plot to Rey, complete with SUPAH DRAMATIC PEN MUSIC.

Overall, a comedown from last week, but much more plotty, as it had to be after last week's almost pure in-ring.

Oh, and by the way, if you want a really great talk about why last week's WMD match was so good, check out Facelock Feministas.
posted by Etrigan at 7:07 AM on September 22, 2016

« Older Special Event: Rio 2016 Paraly...   |  The Strain: The Strain... Newer »

You are not logged in, either login or create an account to post comments