By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Texano def. Delavar Daivari
The roles of this rivalry were slightly unclear early on when it appeared Daivari was the babyface and Texano was the heel (which he was originally when he came to Lucha Underground), but they've done an effective job of establishing Texano as a fan favorite as of late. The crowd was solidly behind him throughout this bout and he and Daivari contested a good match. I figured they'd hold back a bit and have a rematch at Ultima Lucha, but that doesn't appear to be the case since Texano moved on to other opponents later in the show. Regardless, this was a fun way of kicking off the show and it leaves me wondering what they have planned for the pairing of Daivari and Big Ryck now that they're apparently finished with Texano.
Drago def. Hernandez by Disqualification
This was another match I figured they would wait longer before getting to since it was just last week that the angle started, but it was executed in such a way that unlike the previous match, you know this wasn't the end of the line for this feud. It was fine for what it was and I enjoyed the dynamic they had together, but with more matches to come, it was wise to hold back and save their better matches for later in the rivalry. It will be interesting to see whether Hernandez will continue to pull double duty on TNA and Lucha Underground (which was taped a while ago) until next month's season finale.
Alberto El Patron def. Marty "The Moth" Martinez
I remember reading El Patron was injured earlier this year which was why his in-ring time has been limited in recent months on Lucha Underground. While I'm not completely certain he's 100 percent healed, you wouldn't be able to tell from this match since it lasted only a minute or two. That's not a bad thing, however, as this was pretty hot for a simple squash match where the crowd absolutely adored El Patron and also during his good post-match promo. As for The Moth, I'm a big fan of his skills, but he's also excellent in the enhancement role he currently holds in Lucha Underground.
Lucha Underground Champion Prince Puma def. Chavo Guerrero in a No Disqualification Match
I can't be the only one who just doesn't care for Chavo Guerrero at all, right? He's much better at being heel than a babyface (when he isn't constantly doing tributes to Eddie Guerrero), but he doesn't do much for me. Even still, he and Puma had a pretty passable match where all the interference from The Crew actually benefited them, though the ending outcome was never in doubt. I was also glad they kept it short and sweet and gave Puma a rare decisive victory.
While this wasn't the usual great show from Lucha Underground, it was solid on the whole with plenty of storyline progression and more build for Ultima Lucha next month. The matches were decent, but the backstage segments were even better (the production continues to be top-notch) and I'm very much intrigued by several feuds going on right now. I'm even more excited to see how everything ties together by the time the season finale comes around, so these next few weeks should be worth watching to say the least.
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