By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Son of Havok def. Angelico
I love how they've slowly executed a double turn with Havok and Angelico by endearing Havok to the crowd more and more by the week. The build to him splitting from Ivelisse has been excellent and they teased it tremendously early on by showing the cracks in the relationship. The match itself was very fun, only getting more entertaining as it progressed with the crowd gradually getting behind Havok. It was slightly far-fetched for him to cut a promo before going for the win, but it was still a great moment. Havok seems like a natural babyface given his likability, so I'm looking forward to seeing how he fares on his own.
AAA Champion Alberto El Patron def. Texano in a Texas Bullrope Match
Typically, I'm not a fan of Texas Bullrope matches for the reason that they often feel limited in terms of what the competitors can do. However, not only did the stipulation fit the feud, but they went all out and delivered a strong match that exceeded my expectations. They utilized the extreme environment very well, put each other through hell by hitting each other hard with the rope, and provided a handful of stellar spots. The use of the table was very good and Patron locking in the armbar out of nowhere to score the win was a pleasant surprise. This goes without saying, but Patron looked more motivated in this match than he ever did in his four years with WWE and it's not hard to see why.
Lucha Underground Champion Prince Puma def. Cage in a Boyle Heights Street Fight
The matches between Puma and Cage only get better every time they clash and this was no exception. Given that this match, similar to the previous bout, also had a no disqualification stipulation, I really liked how they switched it up a bit and didn't make it feel like a repeat. Puma showed great heart and Cage was as dominant as ever, making for a very interesting dynamic throughout. I was waiting for Konnan to turn on Puma and reveal Hernandez as his latest client, but it didn't come to be. Perhaps what they're building to down the road? Either way, Cage was protected in defeat since it took three people to beat it and Puma was able to live to fight another day as champion.
This was another stacked show from Lucha Underground that lived up to my lofty expectations. The opening match was highly enjoyable and the subsequent title matches were excellent , making for a must-see night of TV on the whole. The arrival of Hernandez was also noteworthy and I'm intrigued to see what role he will have in the promotion going forward. I'd strongly suggest going out of your way to watch this show as it's been consistently entertaining each week for as long as I can remember and this episode the most exceptional one yet.
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