By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Son of Havoc, Ivelisse and Angelico def. Chavo Guerrero and The Crew
The trio of Havoc, Ivelisse and Angelico was one of my favorite parts about Season 1 because of their amazing chemistry together. I really like that after bickering for pretty much the entirety of last season, they're virtually on the same page by this point and now work as a cohesive unit. This wasn't the same style of match we are used to seeing from them, and I'm infinitely less excited for anything involving Chavo Guerrero, but it was a solid six-man tag bout for what it was worth. Cisco (?) as the undercover cop is an intriguing hook, so at least he'll be one to watch in the weeks to come if he continues to team with the other (living) member of The Crew and Chavo.
Cage def. Joey Ryan
One week removed from his Lucha Underground debut, Ryan wrestled his first ever match in The Temple on this show and it was instantly evident he fits perfectly within the environment. I didn't care for him too much during his time with TNA, but his over-the-top mannerisms are hysterical and he can knows how to connect with a crowd with his character. To boot, he's a competent wrestler, but Cage was the one who shined here. He made short work of Ryan and his feud with Johnny Mundo was well furthered after the match, though I would have rather seen Mundo get the upper-hand on the drained Cage.
Prince Puma def. Pentagon Jr.
Was there a reason why this match was held? The last time we saw them together, they teamed up, and I don't remember if anything aired last week to promote this match one week in advance. Maybe there was something and I simply can't recall it. Either way, they contested a fairly fun match that could have benefited from a few more minutes. Even still, they work extremely well as opponents and I would love and hope to see them have more matches in the near future. I imagine that's the direction they're headed in considering Puma refused to break Pentagon's arm afterward, but a title rematch with Mil Muertes is obviously the long-term goal for Puma.
I wasn't sold on this show at first because the opening tag match didn't meet my expectations (which admittedly were higher than they should have been), but the hour got increasingly better as it progressed. Ryan's in-ring debut for the promotion was a treat, the main event was great in the time it was allotted, and the build for next week's main event between Cage and Johnny Mundo was excellently executed. I'm also looking forward to seeing who will be revealed as the one who has been torturing Sexy Star (other than Marty the Moth, of course).
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