By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Lucha Underground Champion Prince Puma def. Marty "The Moth" Martinez (Non-title)
I was a huge fan of Marty during his time on Tough Enough in 2011 (a season he should have won had it not been for his injury) and he seems to be settling into his "crazed fanboy" gimmick nicely. He's a very solid wrestler to boot and he got in a ton of offense over the champion throughout this match. It wasn't given much time, but it was a nice little match for what it was and a good introduction of the Marty character. Additionally, Puma needed a win, so this worked out well for him also.
Vampiro Interviewed Johnny Mundo
Vampiro's interviews are always excellent because he isn't like any other interviewer in the wrestling business: he doesn't stray away from the hard-hitting questions, he doesn't get intimidated and he gets straight to the point. Mundo was never the strongest mic worker in WWE, but he seems to have improved a bit since then. I liked his rationale for why he attacked Alberto El Patron and it made his heel turn logical. His "insider" shots at El Patron were also small little touches that made this great.
Texano def. Delavar Daivari by Disqualification
I guess I'm still getting used to Texano being a babyface because I could have sworn he was the heel when this feud started. I'm not saying he can't thrive as a fan favorite, but he needs to cement his turn (a change of morals or values?) before I can truly get invested in this rivalry. That aside, this was a decent match and the interference from Big Ryck kept the feud alive. It makes sense that Ryck would align with Daivari given that he's all about the money and Daivari has plenty of it.
Trios Champions Son of Havoc, Angelico and Ivelisse def. The Crew in a Ladder Match
The best part about the tension between Havoc, Angelico and Ivelisse is that they tell great stories every time in the ring together and this match was no exception. The babyfaces took a beating for the most part, so a good amount of heat was put on the heels. What I also appreciated was how they incorporated new spots we haven't seen before in past Ladder matches on this show. Everyone shined at one point or another and built to a fun finale with the injured Ivelisse climbing the ladder to reclaim the titles for her team.
This was a par-for-the-course edition of Lucha Underground in that it was enjoyable on the whole and worth checking out. The in-ring action was solid and the main event put it over the top. The vignettes that aired throughout the night featuring more on Black Lotus, Dario Cueto and the return of Chavo Guerrero (which didn't do much for me) were also interesting and noteworthy, leaving viewers with more questions than answers and quite a bit to look forward to in coming weeks.
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