By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Mil Muertes def. Chavo Guerrero by Disqualification
The commentators brought up the history between these two before the bout, but it still couldn't make me care about it. As much as I like Muertes, I couldn't care less about Chavo, and what incentive was the viewer supposed to have to cheer for either guy? It had a slow and plodding pace and the disqualification finish made it meaningless. Non-finishes are rarely done in Lucha Underground, but this just felt sloppy. Thankfully, the storytelling afterward with Fenix saving Catrina from Muertes was well done. However, I'm confused as to when she and Muertes split up; wasn't she only kissing other guys so she could get in their head and soften them up for Muertes?
Ivelisse def. Angelico
I've liked in the past how the women were protrayed as equals to the men in the ring, but this seemed like a step backward. Angelico didn't take her seriously as a threat whatsoever and it was all fun and games until Son of Havoc got involved and helped her win. Ivelisse has held her own against the men in the past, so I'm not sure wy this couldn't have been a more competitive match. At the very least, they furthered the story with Ivelisse and Son of Havoc with her not acknowledging his assistance.
Texano def. Super Fly
The sit-down interview with Texano and Konnan that aired prior to the match was our first real glimpse at the Texano character and he came across well in the segment. Granted, he spoke Spanish the entire time, but based off the translation, he has valid reasoning for wanting to exact revenge on Alberto El Patron. While the match was a complete squash, it was all about the post-match brawl between Texano and Patron. The crowd ate it up and it made them want to see Patron get his hands on Texano.
Sexy Star, Mascarita Sagrada and Pimpinela Escarlata def. The Crew in a No Disqualification Match
The aggression The Crew showed early on was excellent with their decisive decimation of Sagrada and Escarlata. Initially, I didn't like how Sexy Star was paired with the two comedy acts because I think she's better than that, but it made sense toward the end when she was the last one standing for her team. That said, The Crew not taking advantage of Star in the handicap situation was ridiculous. As previously noted, I like how she's on the same level as most of the men, but they're trying to build this trio, they did a poor job of making them look intimidating by instead making them look incompetent here. Their eventual showdown with Big Ryck would mean more if they won more matches, and this was one they should have won.
This was easily one of the less satisfying editions of Lucha Underground since the promotion's debut, which is unfortunate because it's been consistently entertaining for most of the last few months. The presentation of the women on this show in particular was especially peculiar and none of the matches were memorable. On the bright side, a few feuds and programs were effectively furthered, so hopefully this was just an off-week for Lucha Underground and they'll be back to being above average next week.
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