By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Cage def. Johnny Mundo in a Steel Cage Match For an Ancient Aztec Medallion
This was the perfect type of match for the slimy Mundo to try to escape the wrath of Cage, but as is usually the case with cage matches, Taya got involved more than I would have liked. Interference was expected (anyone else think cages invite interference instead of prevent it these days?), but it seemed as if she was helping Mundo at every turn, and it got to the point of ridiculousness when she eventually entered the ring. That said, it built nicely to the climax of the contest with Cage giving Mundo his comeuppance with the chair and her getting hit with it as well (albeit inadvertently). Some people might have cringed at that spot, but she has proven in the past she can take a (brutal) bump, so it didn't bother me too much. I don't know if all the close kickouts made it a very good match or too unrealistic (Cage kicked out of pretty much everything), but I thoroughly enjoyed it on the whole, and if this was the payoff to the program, it was well done.
Rey Mysterio, Dragon Azteca Jr. & Prince Puma def. Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco & Joey Ryan, Ivelisse & Son of Havoc, and Fenix, Jack Evans & PJ Black in a Four Team Elimination Match in the Finals of the Trios Tournament to Win the Trios Championship
The early goings of the match weren't as exciting as I initially hoped, but that's not to say it was bad by any means. Granted, there was never a dull moment, but they hit all the spots you would assume they would (i.e. everyone jumping out to ringside one by one, etc.) and it was slow-paced at points. Once the first two teams were eliminated, that was when things got great and the remaining two trios kicked it up a notch. I would have liked to see them go at it a little longer, but those final few minutes were a ton of fun. Mysterio, Dragon Azteca and Puma are the ultimate dream team and I look forward to their eventual rematch with the former champs (if Angelico is healthy, that is).
Anyone who has followed my reviews for a period of time knows I tend to like the "less is more" approach with wrestling shows, and both bouts sold me on this edition of Lucha Underground, so I'm happy they didn't try to crap needless filler in between them and instead they gave each of the matches the time they deserved. I had my gripes with both bouts, but on the whole, they were very entertaining, especially the closing moments of the main event. Plus, I was glad to see Pentagon Jr. resurface in the show's ending segment. I've been wondering where he's been as of late, and it appears he had his back broken or something at the hands of Matanza Cueto. That should be interesting. Anyway, definitely check this episode out when you get the chance.