Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lucha Underground 5/4/16 Review

Opening video package shows the people that have won medallions so far. It then moves to Sexy Star's issues with Mariposa.

Catrina comes up to Dario Cueto who is fixing his ceiling. They both claim that their man almost destroyed the other. Catrina thinks that Dario doesn't want to give Mil a rematch. Dario denies that, admitting Mil is scary but nowhere near as scary as his brother. Next week, Mil gets his rematch but it will be a fucking Grave Consequences match! Oh my god, they're going to kill each other. There will be four coffins this time and it'll be GRAVER CONSEQUENCES!

Gift of the Gods Aztec Medallion Match: The Mack def. Marty Martinez in 3:44
Marty was his usual creepy self behind Melissa Santos during her introduction. The Mack charged to the ring and started hot, playing into their feud. They had some solid back and forth but this was kept short. Mack nailed a stunner and TKO to capture a medallion. Decent enough and a fine little sprint. **1/2

Catrina is back at it, meeting with the returning King Cuerno in the back. She says that Siniestro de la Muerte will beat him to get a medallion. Cuerno disagrees and says that he will win the medallion, the Gift of the Gods Title and then, if Mil Muertes is champion, he'll go after him and capture his biggest trophy yet. In a cool moment, he sniffed her to get her scent, really playing into the gimmick.

Sexy Star enters Dario Cueto's office. He knows they haven't always seen eye to eye but he respects her. He realizes that something happened to her to change her. He recognizes the look in her eyes because he had it as a kid when his "evil bitch" of a mother would torture him. They stopped her by standing up to her and saying no more. Tonight, he gives her a chance to make Mariposa pay in a "No Mas" match, which is basically an "I Quit" match. He tells Sexy that if she makes Mariposa say "no mas", she shouldn't stop there. She needs to continue to make Mariposa feel what she's been feeling for months.

Gift of the Gods Aztec Medallion Match: Siniestro de la Muerte w/ Catrina def. King Cuerno in 1:52
King Cuerno has been one of the most consistent performers in Lucha Underground. He's also probably the most underutilized. He started hot but, Catrina hit him with that rock and allows Siniestro to win with a fameasser. I understand that, with Siniestro being the last remaining Disciple of Death after ripping out the hearts of his former teammates, they may want to push him, but Cuerno deserves better. None of the Disciples have really ever done anything for me. To make matter worse, Catrina teased the lick of death, only to level Cuerno. NO RATING

Mascarita Sagrada is working out in the back when Famous B shows up. Some great music plays too. Famous B set up a huge match for Mascarita against a man that already has a medallion. That man will be putting the medallion on the line. Famous B is awesome.

Chavo Guerrero comes into Dario's office to complain about not getting a medallion match. Dario says that he doesn't deserve one so he's done giving him opportunities. I mean, I get it. Chavo is one of the worst things about the show.

Gift of the Gods Aztec Medallion Match: Cage def. Mascarita Sagrada w/ Brenda in 0:50
Famous B did the intro for Mascarita Sagrada. When Sagrada heard that Cage was his opponent, he, the crowd and commentary reacted in fitting fashion. Mascarita attacked and Cage kicked him off. There were "please don't kill him" chants. Mascarita got on his back but was quickly thrown off. Cage caught him and beat him with a ridiculous F5. Too short to rate. NO RATING

Cage, Famous B and Brenda all check on Mascarita after the bell. Chavo Guerrero runs in and steals Cage's medallion. Famous B tells Cage, who chases Chavo. Famous B hilariously tells Mascarita that he'll get him next time.

Gift of the Gods Aztec Medallion No Mas Match: Sexy Star def. Mariposa in 15:25
When this began, I was heavily disappointed. For an feud involving one woman mentally destroying the other, starting this out as a straight wrestling match was dumb. Things began to pick up as they went for submissions, making sure to add little things, like extra wrenching and kicks to the head. Mariposa brought weapons into play, violently throwing chairs at Sexy outside. Sexy responded by using a chair to hit another chair into Mariposa's vagina. I shit you not. Mariposa dragged Sexy up the steps and ripped at the mask, violently tugging at it. Both women climbed high into the scaffolds of the Temple, which we've never seen before. While up there, Vampiro left the booth out of concern. Sexy got cut open and Mariposa made her blood drip over the crowd. Sick! Sexy climbed down as Marty Martinez showed up to get in on the attack only for the Mack to show up and even things out. Mariposa slammed her into the announce table relentlessly while Sexy was just gushing blood. Mariposa applied a submission in the ring and when the referee asked Sexy if she quit, she responded with a loud "FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU MARIPOSA!" She applied a choke but that damn Marty came back in to stop it. Mack took him out once again with a stunner. Sexy locked in an armbar and Mariposa shouted NO MAS! Oh man, that was far better than I expected. Sexy never felt like a major player in season one but this was her breakout match. Mariposa was the right kind of vicious and Sexy was the right kind of resilient. My only gripe was the start but other than that, this was tremendous. The storytelling, violence, LU production and atmosphere all delivered. ****1/4

She continued the attack after the match like Dario Cueto advised before throwing Mariposa out. She hugged the Mack with her medallion to end the show.

Overall: 7.5/10. Most of the show featured matches that weren't really good or great. The opener was decent fun but the next two were short and did more to advance angles. Then the main event came and blew everything else out of the water. It was one of the better matches in a season chock full of them. I hope we get more from Mariposa but if she was only around to help get Sexy Star more over, she did a masterful job in this match alone.

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