Lucha Underground – S2E8: Life After Death (Cliff Notes Version)

Lucha Underground – S2E8: Life After Death
Date: March 16, 2016

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Somewhere in-between being captivated/mystified/horrified/highly amused/highly curious/a thousand other emotions about the emerging Trumptocracy, and binging Daredevil Season 2, I realized I forgot to review this past week’s Lucha Underground episode.

And that’s a damn shame, because it was a really tremendous episode.

But for continuity’s sake, I need to put something up about last week’s episode, so join me for the cliff notes breakdown of last week’s LU after the jump.

The big story of the night was Fenix defeated Mil Muertes to win the Lucha Underground Championship in a tremendous main event match that saw a number of crazy and brutal spots. I’ve spent the bulk of the season talking about how this feud has been the cornerstone of LU, and while I don’t think it’s conclusively over, I do think the show will be pivoting away from it for a while, despite the set up for Aztec Warfare (Next week!) of Fenix defending the title in the match, and entering #1, while Mil Muertes enters #20.

That’s because the number of people being introduced into Aztec Warfare next week — Rey Mysterio Jr, El Dragon Azteca Jr, and a strong, strong hint that Matanza may debut next week — just makes it more likely that we’re headed for a shakeup, rather than a continuation of the same feud.

Speaking of Matanza, behold him! In all his glory!

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I thought his introduction was about as well done as could be expected. Emerging from the darkness, soaked in blood, a pretty badass mask, looking like a complete destroyer of men. The key will be how he looks size-wise in comparison to the Lucha Underground roster. But even if he’s not as tall as everyone on the roster, he’s so thick, he should definitely be a believable killer.

If Matanza does return next week to restore Dario Cueto to power, prepare for this season to kick into hyperdrive. Anything that adds more Cueto to the mix is a huge plus for this show.

Elsewhere on the show, Ivelisse, Son of Havoc, and Angelico recaptured the Lucha Underground Trios titles in a somewhat anti-climactic, but fun, rematch with the Disciples of Death. The story of the match was basically that with their backs against the wall, they worked together in unison (as opposed to their normal dysfunction) and the three of them made quick work of the Disicples. After the match, in a vignette, an enraged Mil Muertes destroyed the Disciples in what I kind of took as a write-off of them as characters. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see. The Disciples really provided very little value outside of being an extension of Mil.

We did get another clue regarding Catrina’s backstory in her makeout vignette with Fenix, in which she talks about being dead and needing Fenix to bring her back to life. The suggestion here seems to be that Catrina is more of a ghostly apparition than an actual living, breathing person. It’s consistent with the “she doesn’t age” evidence that’s been presented in other episodes.

I enjoyed the Rey/Azteca Jr tequila shot vignette, but I also took it as a calm before the storm moment. These two haven’t really seemed to be on the same page, and I expect a rift between them shortly after entering the temple.

Lastly, Chavo and Texano continued their biblical length feud with yet another chapter. At least something kind of happened with The Crew abandoning Chavo. But the matches aren’t good, and the feud isn’t particularly good. I like Texano a lot, but they haven’t been able to figure out what to do with him since he debuted, outside of that one ranch hand vignette.

All in all a great show. If you’re a LU fan, watch the whole thing (although maybe fast-forward through Chavo/Texano), if you’re a casual fan, or casual match watcher, Fenix/Mil Muertes is definitely worth your time.

Misc. Notes

  • The show was slightly up in the ratings doing 100k first run, and 57k on the replay. I am trying to find some info on their iTunes sales numbers, but it’s not really readily available. I’m on the lookout for something to leak, though.
  • No new update on the rumored LU/Netflix deal that was “very close” last week.
  • Keep an eye on what’s going on in AAA these days. The signs are very ominous. There are a ton of dissatisfied wrestlers, and some rumored high-profile defections to other Mexican promotions coming. How this affects Lucha Underground is unclear. There is a working relationship between AAA and LU, but the nature of that relationship and whether or not performers can still work LU if they leave AAA for another promotion hasn’t really been tested yet. The closest we’ve gotten to testing it is Sexy Star quitting AAA and just working LU. But with Brian Cage allegedly leaving AAA for competitor Lucha Libra Elite, and other AAA performers rumored to be looking for a way out, the situation could get dicey really quick.

The Matches

Match #1 – Lucha Underground Trios Championship – Ivelisse, Son of Havoc, and Angelico def. The Disciples of Death (c)
Rating: **3/4

Match #2 – Bull Rope Match – Texano def. Chavo Guerrero Jr
Rating: *1/4

Match #3 – Lucha Underground Championship – Fenix def. Mil Muertes (c)
Rating: ****