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Good Lucha Things (10/3/18): Sibling Rivalry


After a quick start to building up Ultima Lucha Cuatro, the Marty “The Moth” Martinez era officially kicked off on Lucha Underground last week.

Marty is excellent at getting the crowd to despise him, and we saw that in his first promo since becoming Lucha Underground Champion. I appreciate the slight upgrade in costume, as that cape helps convey him as someone legit instead of just looking like your average wrestling fan. Having Reklusa as his new partner helps, and they immediately made her look like a real deal by revealing her as the reason for Sexy Star’s disappearance this season. That was an excellent way to tie up that loose end, and now we can finally put the lid on her time in the Temple.

Having Mariposa be the champion’s first challenger was an excellent choice. This let them close the lingering tension between these two, while at the same time giving him an excellent challenger for his first title defense. Mariposa is no stranger to these personal grudge matches, having fought in that memorable No Mas match from a couple of seasons ago. She’s shown that she can go toe-to-toe with the best, and this was no exception. The crowd responded well, sympathizing with Mariposa’s struggle against her brother. I wouldn’t mind seeing her continue as a fan favorite.

The post-match arm breaking was a nice touch to play up Marty’s craziness, before announcing that he’d take on Pentagon Dark in a Cero Miedo Match at Ultima Lucha Cuatro. Pentagon, of course, took this news very well, considering how he came out on top at the last Cero Miedo match we’ve seen. I’m legitimately hyped for this match – both men have shown they can excel in these kinds of hardcore matches, and are going to put on a show at Ultima Lucha Cuatro.

Tick Tock, They’re Here

The new Rabbit Tribe made their in-ring debut this week, taking on Joey Ryan, Ivelisse and XO Lishus after last week’s altercation.

There’s an interesting dynamic going on with our rabbit friends, going off how they fought in this match. Paul London (now auditioning to be the next Sting) and El Bunny are the ones doing most of the dirty work, with the White Rabbit taking a step back and only coming in at the end. I do wish that they gave the White Rabbit a more imposing/unique in-ring look, though, because right now he basically looks like a bootleg version of Cesaro. The gloved Mandible Claw as a finisher pairs well with the creepy vibe, especially with how Joey Ryan coughed up blood afterwards.

This was a decent match to let the new Rabbit Tribe win and establish themselves as the next terror in the Trios division. You do have to feel for Ivelisse’s team, though – they have yet to actually win a trios match together, making their choice to team up look very questionable. Then again, this kind of ragtag underdog team is exactly where Ivelisse shines, so let’s see where they go with this.

Quick Hits: 

  • The Killshot-Son of Havoc rivalry continued this week, with both men finally getting a singles match to beat the crap out of each other in. Havoc won, but Killshot got him back by ripping his mask off. Antonio Cueto then waxed lyrical about the importance of masks, before setting up the two in a Mask vs. Mask match at Ultima Lucha Cuatro. Called it. 
  • Aerostar caught up with Melissa Santos, admitting to the latter that he did fuck up by bringing Fenix back. No shit, man. Why do people keep thinking that they can get away with messing time? Have they never read any Flash comic or watched the TV series? That’s literally the entire lesson of that franchise! 

Ultima Lucha Cuatro Watch

With the big show only four weeks away, it’s time we started tracking our season-ending match card. Every week until the finale, we’ll take a look at the confirmed matches so far, until we get the full card heading in:
  • Cero Miedo Match for the Lucha Underground Championship: Marty “The Moth” Martinez (c) vs. Pentagon Dark 
  • 2 Out of 3 Falls: Fenix vs. El Dragon Azteca Jr. 
  • Mask vs. Mask: Killshot vs. Son of Havoc 
  • Deathmatch: Mil Muertes vs. The Mack 
Aside from these, I’d expect Johnny Mundo vs. Matanza to find its way onto that card, as well as a Jake Strong match. The Gift of the Gods Championship and Trios Championships will also likely get their own matches, but past that, there isn’t a whole lot more to feature. They’ve actually done some slimming down in terms of storylines, it seems, which does allow the existing feuds more time to flesh out and develop. Considering how this season is shorter than previous ones, that works.

This recent episode of Lucha Underground was fun, and it sets the tone nicely for a pair of Ultima Lucha Cuatro matches as we head towards the finale. The main event was a nice showcase for our new champion, and even the undercard matches were good despite the limited time. B

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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