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Good Lucha Things (8/1/18): Death of the Luchasaurus


So, uh, there's really only one way to describe the ending of last week's Lucha Underground:


Things between the Worldwide Underground and the Reptile Tribe have been escalating, with a match between Daga and PJ Black kicking things off this week. Daga picked up the win over the Darewolf, and as expected, things went to shit again with everyone coming out. That led to next week's atomicos match, with some huge stakes. If the Reptiles win, they get Johnny Mundo to join their ranks. If the Worldwide Underground wins, Kobra Moon has to grant them a wish. I didn't even know Kobra Moon had some genie-like powers, which seems kind of weird to just bring up now, but it looks like things are finally set to end next week.

Of course, the Worldwide Underground had to get a leg up, and that they did. Johnny Mundo and Taya's quick visit to the Reptile lair paid off big. In one of the coolest lore scenes this season, they went full Indiana Jones in paying a visit to their foes. They found Vibora waiting, eventually getting the best of the big snake and cutting his head off.



Yes, you read that right. Mundo and Taya just killed off the Reptile Tribe's enforcer, proving that there isn't anything they would do to get ahead. It's a little bit surprising that they'd go this far, considering that killing hasn't been their style—but then again, Vibora has been the thorn on their side so far. This just shapes up the Worldwide Underground to be that more dangerous, which fits with Lucha Underground's theme this season of violence being turned all the way up.

I'm a little bummed that they killed off Vibora, though—especially after that great match he had recently. I was looking forward to seeing him in action again, but we're definitely not getting that soon. Next week's high-stakes showdown should be fun, even if the Worldwide Underground got a huge leg up at this point.

Trios in Tribulation

Elsewhere on the show, the Trios Champions tried to get on the same page (again) after a rough couple of weeks.



Well, they didn't, but we did get a nice match from them against the Rabbit Tribe. Having Son of Havoc and Killshot at each other's throats makes for good matches since they seem to be always trying to one-up the other. Heel Killshot looking to carry the team on his own is fun to watch, since he just goes around destroying everyone with stomps. The Rabbit Tribe's unconventional style is always fun to watch, with both Mala Suerte and Saltador having their own moments in this match. Killshot "stealing" the pinfall at the end is a nice way to continue the tension between him and his teammates. He obviously believes he's the LeBron James of this team, and I expect this to continue and eventually bite him back in the ass.

As nice as a match this was, though, I feel like this was the perfect moment to shake things up and make the Rabbit Tribe the new champions. They've recently been played up to be more dangerous after aligning with the White Rabbit and killing off Mascarita Sagrada, but they're 0-2 ever since that dark turn. How are we supposed to take these guys seriously if they still can't win? They might have a fresh coat of paint on, but in-ring they're still in the same position as they were last season. As much as they needed a win, our reigning Trios Champions could have also done with a loss here. Losing the Trios Championship would have brought about the implosion they've been teasing from Killshot since the start of the season.

Quick Hits

  • It's weird to see the Lucha Underground Championship be here, but despite being the main event, I felt it was outshone by the other things going on this week. Cage and King Cuerno took on Pentagon Dark and no one, since he apparently doesn't need a partner. Obviously, the duo won, as Cage continues to slowly break apart the champion. I'm glad because this allows King Cuerno a way into the title scene, since he did technically beat the champion.
  • New Gift of the Gods Champion El Dragon Azteca Jr. announced that he'll be cashing in his title shot at Ultima Lucha Cuatro, which just sounds like a terrible strategy. We're still far away from the big show, and he has now opened himself up to everyone trying to pry the title off him to steal that unique opportunity. Think NJPW's G1 Climax winner having to defend his title match contract up until Wrestle Kingdom, only that Azteca is going to have to deal with crazier shit. I'm guessing he doesn't hold on to it until then.
  • Was that a coffin in the Reptile Tribe's lair at the end? There are two people that we know are in coffins right now..
  • Talk about a throwback! Catrina's gift for Mack was a very, very familiar skull—Big Ryck! Fans of the show since season one will remember Big Ryck, who was an integral character that never made it to season two. This was actually explained in a comic series Lucha Underground released—Ryck was killed off by the Disciples of Death. This is the first time we see a reference to that in the television show, though, which is a really cool point of continuity.
Last week's episode of Lucha Underground was once again solid, but not jaw-dropping. That seems to be the theme of this season so far—there isn't really anything bad, but they haven't really been hitting that high notes that they have in seasons past. C

Photos taken from Lucha Underground.


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Anthony Cuello is an HR professional and training designer. When he’s not sleeping or reading the Harvard Business Review, he covers Lucha Underground for Smark Henry. A psychology nut, he tends to watch wrestling looking for these small nuances of in-ring behavior. He dreams of a wrestling business with good people management practices, and hopes to help make that happen one day.

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