19th Oct2018

‘Lucha Underground’ Review (Oct 17th 2018)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Lucha Underground review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the Gift of the Gods battle royale, as well as a big main event, so let’s get to it, before I croak.

Match #1: Jake Strong beat Big Bad Steve, Aerostar, PJ Black, Hernandez, Dante Fox and King Cuerno – Battle Royale Match For #1 Contendership To The Gift of the Gods Title

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a squash that made the other wrestlers look weak, but made Strong look like an embodiment of his name. There isn’t much to say about all of this, other than I hate it when other athletes get ignored for one person. Strong doesn’t need to be put over other people like this and would have been better off being booked based off of his successes in the WWE. Strong could have easily been booked to fight for the Gift of the Gods Title without having to humiliate the other wrestlers. Why would I want to see a match filled with losers and one over-qualified winner? They could book an angle where each loser wants to prove their worth by avenging the loss, but why should any wrestler have to be made to look weak to do that? Then, we have the main event, which further negates the need for Strong to be in this match or have this assemblage of talent under these circumstances. I’ll say this over and over again, but smart booking matters, not just successful booking. Having Strong dominate this match and this card makes every-one else look inferior and is the same dumb thing that TNA/Impact used to do in 2007-2008. I once heard that Vince Russo tried to get a job in Lucha Underground and with booking like this, it might have been more than just a rumor, because this was terrible.

Match #2: Killshot versus The Mack (No Contest)

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a lot of fun and featured some excellent action. These guys were all over the place and made the most of their brief time in the ring. This match ended with one of those terrible run-in finishes, but at least Mil Muertes was the one who did it. Having the monster screw these guys out of a good match at least fits the character of Mil Muertes, but it’s one of those tired ideas that only works once a year, not as a monthly thing. Why is it that Lucha Underground feels like it has to re-invent the wheel every-time they try to book any-thing? Just feature complete matches between people that are talented.

Match #3: (Main Event) Jake Strong beat Johnny Mundo

My Take: 4.5 out of 5 – This was a fabulous match. Don’t I sound stupid when I talk like that? I could cut hair better than Vidal Sassoon with talk like that. It’s fabulous. Any-way, this is one of those matches that makes Vince McMahon look like an idiot, because both of these guys never had a match this good against each other in the WWE. I was hesitant to give this such a high rating, but this match really deserves it. In what could be the purest wrestling match of the entire season, which may not be saying much, this whole match was a taut, grueling conflict that went from move to move at a furious speed. No, I’m not going to do any Fast and Furious jokes, like “What do you get when you combine sports cars with Vin Diesel? A movie franchise that still needs The Rock to make money.” No, we’re not doing that. If the earlier battle royale was the Halloween 4 of wrestling, then this match was the actual Halloween. I did it. I’m doing movie references… like an idiot. I could go on and on about this match, but you could just go watch it and enjoy, so just do that instead.

News Of The Night:

  1. Sammy Guevara attacked his manager, Famous B, and aligned himself with XO Lishus and Ivelisse to challenge for the Trios Titles.
  2. Mil Muertes attacked The Mack and caused his match to go to a No Contest.
  3. Joey Ryan is injured… for now.
  4. Jake Strong will fight all of his battle royale competitors, next week, for the Gift of the Gods Title.
  5. Jake Strong might be possessed by a demon.
  6. Jake Strong gave Johnny Mundo to Matanza Cueto and the latter destroyed Mundo and his wife, Taya Valkyrie.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

The main event was too good to not give this show a good rating. On paper, this card was a great idea, but the execution of the first two acts left me a bit cold. The main event is the thing to watch from all of this and the possibility of the Gift of the Gods Title is still tantalizing. This promotion needs to work on the booking, as they just keep focusing on the monster heels, rather than the whole roster.


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