By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Jack Evans def. PJ Black
Evans is quickly becoming one of my favorite competitors in Lucha Underground. I thoroughly enjoyed his work last season, but I'm very happy to see him getting more direction in Season 2. Despite his flashy in-ring offense, he really knows how to get a crowd to boo him, and his pre-match promo was excellent. He reminds me of Kevin Owens in that respect. The match was equally excellent and I liked how Drago inadvertently cost Black the win. I'd say losing his first two matches in Lucha Underground makes Black a loser, but it looks like they have a story set up for him with the way the camera focused on him afterward. Meanwhile, the Evans vs. Drago feud was well furthered.
Gift of the Gods Champion King Cuerno def. Killshot (Non-title)
Killshot has this cool mystique about him that draws me to his matches, but I can see why some fans feel indifferent toward him because we know next to nothing about his character. This was another enjoyable outing from him and Cuerno never ceases to impress me. I was slightly skeptical at first of him winning the Gift of the Gods title, but it has made for a fun feud with Fenix before the latter sets his sights back on Mil Muertes.
Chavo Guerrero and The Crew def. Texano in a Gauntlet Match
There are very few things I don't care about in Lucha Underground and this angle with Chavo and The Crew is one of them. I realize that one of the Crew members (whose name escapes me at the moment and I'm too lazy to look it up) is actually on the inside working with Joey Ryan, but the rest of this rivalry has bored me to tears, this match included. It wasn't terrible by any means, but it barely held my interest because nothing about Texano intrigues me and Chavo is just, well, Chavo.
Johnny Mundo def. Cage
I loved the dynamic these two had with Cago as the dominant babyface with Mundo doing everything he could to dodge his power moves. He plays that heel role so well, hence why these two are perfect rivals. I was nearly convinced Cage would win, but I was pleasantly surprised by the debut of Taya and her involvement in the finish. I don't know too much about her, but what I do know is that she ripped it up down in Mexico and therefore is a valuable asset to Lucha Underground, especially to the growing women's division. Mundo winning was the right move as it keeps the program alive.
I don't think I've ever referred to an edition of Lucha Underground as bad, and this wasn't bad by definition either, but it wasn't up to par with other episodes on the whole. That said, the opener was exceptional and the main event was well wrestled, so I'd give this show more of a thumbs up than a thumbs down for those two bouts. The Gauntlet match was obviously a miss for me, but Killshot vs. Cuerno was a treat while it lasted and the upcoming Ladder match between Cuerno and Fenix has me highly anticipating next Wednesday.
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