In a night of wrestling, Lucha Underground delivered with its first night of Ultima Lucha. The show opened with a killer Falls Count Anywhere match between The Mac and “The Machine” known as Cage, with weapons placed throughout the temple. It followed up with a Tornado Trios Tag Team championship match pitting the defending champions Son of Havoc, Ivelisse, and Angélico vs The Disciples of Death. And the night finished off with Drago and Hernandez in a “Believers’ Backlash”: Think of a typical lumberjack match, but with fans holding leather straps and wailing on Hernandez whenever he was outside the ring.
Ultima Lucha: Night One brought a sense of finality between The Mac and Cage, and Drago and Hernandez storylines; and a twist to the trios title scene. It’s fantastic exactly what a pay-per-view should be, a series of matches culminating in a big payoff. And next week, Ultima Lucha will conclude in a 2-hour season finale with Prince Puma defending the Lucha Underground championship against Mil Muertes.
The concept of a wrestling show running on seasons is unheard of because it has always been an all-year-round gig with no off-seasons (as WWE has phrased). Even Steve Austin on The Steve Austin Show was perplexed because he believes that the product should be on every week so as not to run the risk of losing its audience. Plus it gives the boys a steady paycheck.
As a wrestling addict, the thought of not seeing Lucha Underground for the next couple of months is devastating. But it does allow a reprieve for the writers to come up with more storylines to keep the product fresh. Next season it is rumored that ECW-WCW-WWE famed Rey Mysterio, Jr., will compete in the temple. We’ve seen his battles with Johnny Mundo (John Morrison) and Alberto El Patron (Alberto Del Rio) in WWE; imagine Rey paired up against King Cuerno, Cage or Mil Muertes?
Lucha Underground, to me, is the best of both worlds: it has phenomenal wrestling and entertaining storylines. Although some of the storylines are a little out there, meaning that you kind of have to give in to the supernatural. But if fans have been able to follow Paul Bearer controlling The Undertaker with a mystical urn, then Catrina controlling Mil Muertes, and the Disciples of Death, with a mystical stone shouldn’t be that big of a leap of faith.
Again, Ultima Lucha will culminate on Wednesday, August 5. The silent champion Prince Puma will indeed be the underdog going into his title defense. Throughout the whole season of Lucha Underground, Puma, as the inaugural champion, has defended it against the likes of Cage, King Cuerno, Johnny Mundo, Drago, Hernandez, and Chavo Guerrero. But Mil Muertes is definitely his gravest challenge to date. And with his mentor Konan locked away in Mil’s coffin, Puma will be alone. And if the Trios championship match from Night One has shown us, the odds are against you when Catrina is around.
Will Lucha Underground end its season with a new champion, or will Prince Puma prove why he is the temple’s greatest warrior?
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