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Ultima Lucha (part 2) – August 5th, 2015

The first season of El Rey Network’s breakout program, Lucha:Underground, comes to a conclusion with its first two-hour spectacular from the Temple in Boyle Heights, California. It’s time for the big night. It’s time for Ultima Lucha!

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The night would boast torrents of blood, shocking developments, upset victories, outstanding feats of athleticism, and more blood.

But did the show live up to the expectations set by a season full of high-octane thrills?

Did the believers both in the Temple and watching at home get the show they wanted to see?

And perhaps the biggest question of all: will LU return for a second season?

Before daring to predict the future, let’s run down and break down the explosive television event that is Ultima Lucha (part 2).

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Lucha: Underground – July 22nd, 2015

The bravest, the boldest, the very best of lucha libre to be found anywhere on television. From The Temple in Boyle Heights comes Lucha:Underground!

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Last week’s episode saw the champion Prince Puma in dire straights after an attack from Mil Muertes and Catrina’s Disciples of Death, which left manager Konnan laid out inside a coffin. Prince Puma is set to stand alone and for the first time address the believers. What will his message be? Also, the boss Dario Cueto unveils the fate that’s in store for the worthy competitors who have attained a sacred ancient Aztec medallion so far. With the Ultima Lucha mega-event just two weeks away, it’s time for the show.

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Lucha: Underground – July 15th, 2015

The summer reaches its peak as the temperature inside the Temple gets critical.

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The focus for weeks has been the super-card that is Ultima Lucha, coming up on August 5th. The main event sees a face to face confrontation between the participants of the¬†championship main event match; Prince Puma and Mil Muertes. Also, the challenge set forth by Pentagon Jr. to colour commentator and industry veteran Vampiro is addressed this week. And finally, Dario Cueto puts a spotlight on the seven ancient tribal medallions. Of the four which are still up for grabs, three will be given away by the end of the show. Who will join Aerostar, Jack Evans and Fenix? Stay tuned…

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Lucha: Underground – July 1st, 2015

With its first big event a little over a month away, and with rumours casting doubt on whether or not it will be renewed for a second season, the best and only showcase for Mexican-style pro wrestling brings its unique brand of violent drama to the El Rey Network!

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Tonight’s episode devotes itself to building major feuds going into Ultima Lucha, including the battle for the Lucha: Underground Championship. Prince Puma and his belt are wanted men, with everyone clawing for a title shot before the big event. However, the immense shadow of Mil Muertes looms over all, champion and challenger alike, as he is guaranteed his match at Ultima. Peripherally, Alberto El Patron returns to action after his revenge attack on Johnny Mundo weeks ago. In what state of mind did the Temple crowd find him? Also in clashes to settle personal scores: Texano and DelAvar Daivari with Big Ryck at his side, and former number one contenders Drago and Hernandez.

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Lucha: Underground – May 27th, 2015

The sun sets over Boyle Heights and the hungry crowds gather inside The Temple for intense lucha libre action!

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There is a heavy shadow over tonight’s episode, which features a double main event. First, Prince Puma defends his Lucha: Underground Championship against No. 1 Contender Hernandez, in the culmination of a bitter feud which was birthed out of a partnership of trust and friendship some months ago. Has Puma finally met his match, or will the brave lucha warrior overcome the odds yet again? Also, Mil Muertes makes his much anticipated return to face arch-rival Fenix in a Death Match, a plot conceived by the evil muse Catrina and El Jeffe Dario Cueto. All this, Johnny Mundo, Sexy Star and more.

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Lucha: Underground – May 6th, 2015

The Temple in Boyle Heights is the venue of choice for post-Cinco de Mayo, pre-Lucha Libre World Cup action!

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After successfully defending his championship title against Drago last week in a hard-fought and controversial contest, Prince Puma must focus on his next challenge: the talented but two-faced Hernandez, whose number one contender spot is placed in jeopardy. Two top luchadores vie for their right to compete for the Lucha:Underground Championship in tonight’s epic main event.

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Lucha: Underground – April 29th, 2015

Boyle Heights, California is home to a dark place of blood and sweat called simply the Temple, and inside is some of the hottest wrestling action in the world today!

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This week’s episode, in the aftermath of the epic Trios Championship finals last week, focuses on the Lucha Underground Championship. Inaugural champion Prince Puma defends his title against number one contender Drago, who faces banishment from the Temple if he is not successful. We also see a new talent facing an established star, a triple threat match to settle scores, and the introduction of a new potential player.

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Lucha: Underground – April 15th, 2015

The show this week focuses on Dario Cueto’s ongoing tournament to crown the Trios Champions. Last week saw two teams form, both comprised of massive, top-tier roster talent, and this week they go head to head.

Also culminating this week is the competitive series of tecnico contests between Aerostar and Drago. The tie-breaking match to their best of five series is in the main event, as one of the men stand to win not only honour but also a “unique opportunity” from the boss.

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THE RUN-DOWN

  • Dario Cueto approaches Aerostar on the rooftop. He wishes the luchadore luck in his match.
  • King Cuerno, Texano & Cage vs Prince Puma, Johnny Mundo & Hernandez: the tecnicos dominate the majority of the match. Texano knocks out Puma with a fist wrapped with bull rope, and Cuerno hits his signature move for the pin.
  • Dario Cueto congratulates the victorious rudos and orders a three-way match featuring a member of each trio that will compete for the championships as a preview.
  • Cage vs The Mack vs Son of Havoc: The contest goes back and forth with many impressive spots. It ends when Cage avoids a shooting star press from Havoc, then throws Mack into the steel barricade. He applies Weapon X on Havoc for the victory.

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  • In the bathroom, Cueto approaches Drago, offering additional motivation going into the main event.
  • Pentagon Jr is in the ring. Melissa Santos says that Pentagon has requested she announce to the audience that his “next sacrifice” will be to his master. Pentagon attacks Santos, inciting Vampiro to rush from the announce table to help. Before he can, and before any damage can be done, Sexy Star attacks Pentagon allowing Santos to escape.
  • Drago vs Aerostar: after a back and forth match, Drago takes the victory and both men embrace in a show of respect. Dario congratulates the victor. He unveils his “unique opportunity”: he will grant Drago a shot at the Lucha Underground Championship – but, if he loses, he will be banished from the Temple forever.

ANALYSIS

  • The opening contest was a prime example of how exciting trios competition can be. It was a a veritable feast of tandem and solo spots, high flying, power moves and controlled chaos. If the match was judged on action alone, it would easily be the match of the week. The area in which it fell short, however, was story. The tecnicos only lost control for brief stretches before regaining the edge on the rudos, which created no tension. It was a crowd-pleasing match, and in that it excelled. The dissension drama based on jealousy teased in weeks prior between Puma and Hernandez was not present at all, as the partners were working well with each other with no sign of friction. Puma getting pinned could cause other luchadores – like Hernandez – to question his championship reign. Hernandez himself shined in his break-out Underground match; he is physically impressive and employs humour and personality as well. I especially enjoyed his “rock-a-bye baby” spot. He comes off as confident and capable. He and Cage will no doubt be a program to look out for.

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  • The three-way match told a great story and exhibited the strengths of all three performers. The Mack is proving to be quite the surprising luchadore, and may garner quite a following with his unique style. Havoc continues to capture the people’s sentimentality, however it seemed his support was flagging during this contest. The crowd, indeed, lost their enthusiasm at times during the action. Cage showed further improvement, though he contributed the least in this match.
  • Pentagon has been breaking people’s arms and exhibiting merciless aggression for some time now and has been consistently met with the approval of the fans, much to the bewilderment of the announce team. This episode, it seems, Pentagon has finally crossed the line. Melissa is beloved in the Temple, and an attack on her got massive heat from the people. Sexy Star is becoming a champion of the underdogs, a superhero for the meek, and the eventual show-down between her and the very dangerous Pentagon will be something to see.

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  • The main event was full of great action and beautiful in-ring work from both luchadores, who are well accustomed to each other by now. I felt that Drago could have created more drama by going further into a rudo role, but seemed hesitant to do so. The reasons why became apparent in the match’s outcome: a show of mutual respect, and a sympathetic turn. Drago, being thrust into such a tight spot by Dario Cueto, has the opportunity to show a more human side, conflicted and at odds with his own ambition. Could Drago be facing the end to his days in the Temple? Or is he being groomed to become Dario’s made man?

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