Before we jump into the crazy world of professional wrestling, I want to congratulate The Patriots on winning this year’s Super Bowl. In an ending that baffled and ticked off Seahawks fans – including Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella – many are calling it the worst ending in Super Bowl history. Similar sentiments were felt at the conclusion of last week’s Royal Rumble event, which if you haven’t read “Didn’t Like the Royal Rumble? Better Call Paul” you should definitely go back and read it as wrestling fans attempt to change the fate of this year’s WrestleMania.
Following the events of Aztec Warfare, the Lucha Underground champion Prince Puma has had a tough road in the temple, proving himself as a champion, while adding prestige to the promotion’s first title. But the inaugural champion has hit a massive road block as The Machine known as Cage has targeted Prince Puma and the Lucha Underground championship. The charm that Lucha Underground has is a very old school sense of storytelling.
Reminiscent of when Shawn Michaels went into his first WWE championship match, Prince Puma went into Aztec Warfare under the tutelage of Mexican legend Konan and–against 19 other luchas–came out on top as the Lucha Underground champion. And as the white-meat babyface champion, Prince Puma took on all comers including the challenge from Fenix. But as soon as one challenge was met, another suddenly emerged. The King Kong Bundy to Hulk Hogan’s championship reign if you will, The Machine known as Cage decimated Puma with powerhouse moves and demanded a championship match. Amd even though Cage has a clear weight advantage and is noticeably much stronger, Prince Puma doesn’t back down.
Much like the early days of WWE, Lucha Underground is feeding Puma his first monster heel. Despite the statistics that would argue that Puma doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of defeating the much larger Cage, it’s the heart of a champion and of a lucha that rallies the support of the fans, and gives the champion the strength needed to overcome adversity. But all the warrior pride in the world cannot block a shot to the grapefruits.
Cage was on the losing end of that championship match and needed to keep his heat going. So from the pages of “The Dirtiest Player in the Game” Ric Flair, Cage went for the low blow: standard heel tactic. He then attacked the Mexican legend Konan: average heel tactic. And finally, he ripped apart the Lucha Underground championship: SUPERHUMAN heel tactic!
Frankly, as cool as it might have been on paper to have the monster heel rip apart the promotion’s championship, the Lucha Underground title shouldn’t have been ripped apart because it made the title look cheap. With gold plates supposedly melted down from Aztec gold, the insides of the title itself looked as legit as Damien Mizdow’s stunt title.
After such a humiliating beat down, how will Prince Puma enforce his status as a champion without a championship?
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