28th Oct2018

‘Lucha Underground’ Review (Oct 24th 2018)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Lucha Underground review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have one match that rules the card. Will that match be enough to give this show a good review?

Match #1: (Main Event) – Jake Strong vs. Dante Fox vs. Hernandez vs. Aerostar vs. Big Bad Steve vs. PJ Black vs. King Cuerno – Gift Of The Gods Title Match

My Take: 3.5 out of 5

This was good stuff. The bout is a long one, which is the right way to go, since it’s the only one booked on the card. Strong dominated the match, even though every-body got their moment to shine, even if they were only in it for a moment or so. Hernandez is lucky to have gotten this recent jolt of life to his career and with being able to finally work in Impact Wrestling and Lucha Underground, he might be able to make the best out of his final years in wrestling. Steve did quite well here and could be a suitable successor to the Matanza Cueto gimmick if Cobb does leave LU for Ring of Honor rather than find a way to work both. Cuerno worked really hard and was a definite success in this match, so much so that you could wonder why he hasn’t been a champion more often. Hell, I don’t think Cuerno is even on the Ultima Lucha card for next week. PJ did quite well and was just as exciting as ever. I hear that PJ will start with Ring of Honor soon, so perhaps this means he leaving as well, or it’s possible he could work both, just like Jeff Cobb/Matanza Cueto still might. Aerostar got Drago to bring in a fork-lift, which the former used to leap off of, so he could land a cross-body on two of his opponents. Aerostar was a real one-man high-light machine here, which served as a reminder that he has had one of the best years of his career in 2018. Fox did very well and played the part of the final foe for Strong with poise and dignity.

Each of these athletes worked as hard as they could execute a meticulously planned spectacle, with each move being dependent on the next in order for the whole machine to function, which was precisely what seven wrestlers were able to accomplish. Strong as the winner of the title is interesting and could make him into a big deal at Ultima Lucha: Cuatro, but since he isn’t on the card and we have a few dull match for that card, it just make me curious as to why they couldn’t just do a battle royale for Ultima Lucha to get more folks on the show? In any case, Jake Strong will do well with this victory and may just become a big deal for next season.

News Of The Night:

  1. Aerostar and Drago gave Johnny Mundo “The Gauntlet”, so he could vanquish Matanza Cueto at Ultima Lucha: Cuatro.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was an excellent episode that probably should’ve done a bit more to firmly promote Ultima Lucha: Cuatro, but did feature a big match and a surprise twist that gives one bout for Lucha Underground’s most important card of the year an extra punch or two.


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