Saturday, March 5, 2016

Lucha Underground Season 2 Episode 1 Review - January 27th, 2016

The show begins with Vampiro in the midst of a psychiatric evaluation that came due to what happened at the end of least season in the form of his match with Pentagon Jr. With that said, go watch that match before you even start this second season of Lucha Underground, it has to be seen to be believed.

Vampiro answers all the questions from the doctor in the exact manner he wants to hear, but just as he does that, the thoughts he claims to not have flash before his eyes such as random acts of violence and nightmares. These flashes include moments from the Pentagon Jr match as well as him actually beating the doctor and biting him in the neck thus filling his mouth with blood. Amazing visuals here, like usual. None the less, the doctor releases him and he & Matt Striker talk about heading back to the temple although Striker warns him that it is reportedly much darker than when they were last there.

It's much darker due to Mil Muertes being the new Lucha Underground Champion and Catrina being in charge as a result. In the temple, Muertes now sits on a throne in the balcony as he intimidatingly will observe everything that happens there this season. And speaking of Catrina, she is approached by Fenix, the Gift of the Gods champion. Fenix wants his title shot against Mil Muertes, but she says he has to wait until next week because this week he defends HIS title against King Cuerno.

1) Fenix (c) vs. King Cuerno - Gift of the Gods Championship Match
What a way to kick off the season with this extremely hot title match. The pace is never slowed Cuerno flurries early with a dive to the outside however Fenix soon answers with a corkscrew to the outside of his own. The two continue to showdown with aerial displays in the ring. Fenix handstands into the ropes and hits a cutter which he transitions into a dragon sleeper. Cuerno escapes and puts Fenix in a surfboard before launching him headfirst into the second turnbuckle. After an exchange of big moves for nearfalls, Cuerno drops Fenix on his head with his new variation of the piledriver and pins him to the mat for three. Not even 15 minutes in and we've already crowned a new champion. Short and sweet match here with a hyped up crowd. King Cuerno now holds the Gift of the Gods Championship, a title which can be exchanged for a Lucha Underground title match at any time.

Match rating - ***

Backstage, Catrina confronts Ivelisse, Angelico, and Son of Havoc. She says that Muertes wants to see the former Trios champions face off against each other tonight. The winner will get a shot at his title later in the evening. Havoc is hesitant, but Ivelisse insists so the match is on. As they go to leave, Ivelisse turns around and says when she gets the title, she's coming for Catrina. AW SHIT.

2) Son of Havoc vs. Angelico vs. Ivelisse - #1 Contender's Match for the Lucha Underground Championship

Hearing the crowd's reaction as each person in this match was introduced was interesting because they didn't see the backstage vignette, but they knew the next contest was a #1 Contender's Match. Ivelisse is looking phenomenal as she makes her way to the ring as the final entrant in this three-way match. A number of classic triple threat match sequences fill the early going which leads to a stalemate after a few nearfalls off roll ups. You see a bit of hesitance from both Angelico & Son of Havoc throughout the match, particularly when Angelico nails Ivelisse with a running knee in the corner that sends her to the outside. Son of Havoc even refuses to hit her, but receives a slap that changes his tune from that point forward. Havoc & Angelico end up duking it out and Havoc perches himself on the top turnbuckle only to be crotched by Ivelisse. The female of the trio then wraps Angelico up in a cradle for a quick three count. Her celebration is short as she soon makes eye contact with the man she faces for the Lucha Underground Title, next, MIL MUERTES.

Match rating - **1/2

3) Mil Muertes (c) vs. Ivelisse - Lucha Underground Championship Match
This doesn't last long at all. Muertes toys around with Ivelisse and bullies her as you'd probably expect when you look at the size difference. Ivelisse manages to create some separation and get to the top rope where she spins out and nails Muertes with a swinging DDT for a near fall. It isn't long before Catrina comes in, though, but Ivelisse meets her in the center of the ring. Muertes goes to spear her, Ivelisse moves, and CATRINA GETS SPEARED BY MUERTES! This was the last glimmer of hope for Ivelisse as seconds later a flatliner from Muertes would put her away.

Match rating - **

Things get wild after the match as Muertes continues to assault Ivelisse. Out of nowhere, PRINCE PUMA makes his first appearance this season to make the save. A superkick to the head of Muertes allows him to get Ivelisse out of danger. Muertes stares down Puma from the ring as PENTAGON JR ENTERS THE RING FROM BEHIND! OH MY GOD! BACKBREAKER! The champ is down, the crowd is roaring, Pentagon turns him over and SNAPS THE ARM! What a fucking statement. That ruled. Pentagon is so good.

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