05th Oct2018

‘Lucha Underground’ Review (Oct 3rd 2018)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week’s Lucha Underground review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more weird stuff from the Drew Carey of wrestling leagues. Let’s go, Idaho! Also, we will use Larry Csonka’s review of Lucha Underground, which you can find every week on 411Mania, for further context.

Match #1: Paul London, El Bunny, & Killer Kross defeated Joey Ryan, Ivelisse, & XO Lishus

The following is courtesy of Larry Csonka and 411Mania:

London and Bunny attack before the bell, but Ivelisse fights back and works over London. Bunny tags in and so does Xo Lishus. Bunny hits a springboard head butt and kicks. Bunny follows with a broncobuster as London tags back in. He delivers knee strikes, but Xo Lishus gets a sunset flip for 2. London cuts him off but Xo Lishus gets the tag anyway as Ivelisse runs wild and sends London into Bunny and Germans them both. Ryan tags in and the faces work London over and cover for 2. Bunny takes out Ivelisse and Xo Lishus. London & Bunny hit dives as Ryan lays in superkicks on the Rabbit, who no sells him. The Rabbit hits a Saito suplex, puts on a white glove and applies the mandible claw on Ryan for the win.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a decent match that didn’t quite get to the next level, but it did have a few moments worth of good action. There wasn’t really any ambition here, but the idea was to establish this new version of the Rabbit Tribe as a credible threat. I don’t know that I’m quite sold on this faction, but there’s plenty of talent in it, so I can be easily persuaded to give them chance.

Match #2: Son of Havoc defeated Killshot

The following is courtesy of Larry Csonka and 411Mania:

Killshot attacks at the bell and tries to rip off his mask. Havoc picks up the pace and dumps Killshot but Killshot cuts him off and tosses him into the barricade. Back in and Killshot slows the pace, ripping at the mask and stomping on Havoc’s hand. Killshot now stomps the shit out of Havoc’s arm, lays in chops, and Havoc fires up and fire back with rights. Havoc low bridges Killshot to the floor and follows with a suicide dive. Back in and Havoc heads up top, and hits the double stomp for 2. Killshot rips at his mask, but Havoc hits a rebound cutter for 2. Havoc back up top and jumps back down and Killshot cuts him off and traps him in the tree of WHOA and hits the kill stomp. The butterfly slam follows for 2. They trade kicks, and Killshot hits a jumping knee strike. Killshot follows with an arm bar, but Havoc rolls out and counters the cradle and picks up the win.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a fun match that had some nice transitions that were fast and fierce. I liked watching these guys get aggressive in such a short period of time and it bodes well for more fights between them later that they could get right to the point so quickly.

Match #3: Main Event – Marty The Moth Martinez defeated Mariposa – Lucha Underground World Title Match

The following is courtesy of Larry Csonka and 411Mania:

Mariposa head butts Marty and Marty attacks. Marty then works her over in the corner, and starts ripping her mask open before slamming her down and laying the boots to her. They spill to he floor and Marty tosses her into the chairs and then the announce table. Striker says there is blood everywhere, but it’s just a trickle. Marty again slams her to the table again and then rolls her into the ring and covers for 2. Back to the floor and Mariposa counters back and slams Marty to the fencing. Marty quickly cuts her off and powerbombs her to he fencing and then to the floor. Back in the ring and Reklusa gives Marty a chair. Mariposa fights back and superkicks the chair into his face and kicks him in the balls. Mariposa gets the mic and says, “lets play, bitch” and then beats him with chair shots and buries him under a pile of chairs. Back in and Mariposa sets up a chair but Marty attacks, but gets tripped into the chair. Mariposa up top and flies in with a missile dropkick and covers for 2. Mariposa then hits a Samoan drop onto the chair and that gets 2. Reklusa makes the save, allowing Marty to hit a package piledriver and finishes his sister.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – As a match, this was all about going from one moment of suspense to the next. You could argue that this was a high-light reel from a much better match, but this was fun, while it lasted. The idea was these two are demented siblings who play rough and fight harder. This match will be remembered as a teaser for what Marty and Mariposa can do to each other and if this match is any indication, that there a stronger matches to be had between these two.

News Of The Night:

  1. Aerostar revealed that when Catrina stole Fenix’s soul, it replenished by evil.
  2. Aerostar claimed he has seen the end of all life when he saw Fenix’s future, which is bound to evil.
  3. Son of Havoc had his mask ripped off by Killshot.
  4. Killshot will fight Son of Havoc at Ultima Lucha in a Mask versus Mask match.
  5. Reklusa (Chelsea Green) was revealed to have been the spider stalker from last season that hunted down Sexy Star.
  6. Sexy Star was beaten, possibly to death, by Reklusa.
  7. Marty has sworn vengeance against Pentagon for breaking his arm.
  8. Pentagon broke his sister’s arm to show his resolve.
  9. Marty will fight Pentagon in a Ciero Miedo match for the Lucha Underground World Title at Ultima Lucha.

Final Verdict: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a solid card with a good main event that turned a dull title match between a great star and a jobber into a very interesting bout. Good booking has the power to fix many things and that was evident tonight.

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