By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Pentagon Jr. Interrupted Dario Cueto
Words can't begin to describe how happy it makes me to see Dario back in the temple where he belongs. It's been too long! I'm excited at his announcement of another Trios tag team tournament because last year's was incredible. Pentagon nearly breaking Cueto's arm to get a title match was perfectly in line with what his character would do and the crowd ate it up. Lucha usually strays away from doing talking segments to kick off the show, but because they are far and few between, they are effective whenever done, as was the case here.
The Crew def. Johnny Mundo and Taya
Well, this was a weird matchup. Who was the crowd supposed to cheer for in a match with two heel teams? And are The Crew no longer aligned with Chavo Guerrero? I probably missed something in the last few weeks that explained that. Anyway, the match was decent for what it was, but at least it helped further the feud between Mundo and Cage and Cage was able to exact a measure of revenge by costing them the contest.
Trios Champions Son of Havoc, Ivelisse and Angelico def. The Disciples of Death in an Elimination Match
Although I liked this matchup slightly more than their last meeting a few weeks ago, it was strange that The Disciples of Death were made to look more like a threat here after they came across as enhancement talent when Havoc, Ivelisse and Angelico won the belts back. The elimination stipulation was well done and it made everyone involved looked good in the end. They have never been booked strongly, so here's hoping the babyface trio move on to fresh challengers here on out.
The Mariposa def. Sexy Star
I've been impressed with how Mariposa has been built up via video packages throughout the season and this was a strong debut for her. The match was short-lived, but it might have been for the better because it successfully told the story of Marty the Moth getting inside the head of Star. I've never been a big Sexy Star fan, but she has been nicely utilized throughout this program thus far.
Lucha Underground Champion Matanza Cueto def. Pentagon Jr.
As noted, I really liked how they built up this matchup to mean something in the starting segment, but in retrospect, why blow off a potential money match so early? Matanza just debuted last week and he now he has a clean win over the only person who he didn't dominate in Aztec Warfare. The match wasn't anything special compared to the recent main event matches we've gotten, but Matanza's weaknesses were glaring in this singles match. He seems to be better in mutli-man matches where he's limited, so if his reign is filled with one-on-one matches, we have a long rest of the season ahead of us.
The last three editions of Lucha Underground were phenomenal with the Triple Threat title match, Mil Muertes vs. Fenix and Aztec Warfare, so I wasn't shocked this show paled in comparison. There was plenty of storyline progression in the undercard, but the main event was mediocre at best and didn't give us any indication what's next for Matanza. We'll see where the direction of the program takes us next week.
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