By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Cage def. Texano, Joey Ryan and Dr. Wager Jr. in a Fatal 4-Way First Round Match in the Battle of the Bulls Tournament
Seeing Cage and Texano reminded me of the Best of 5 Series they were having for a few weeks. That never concluded, right? Perhaps I don't remember because I never cared. Meanwhile, Ryan felt completely out of place in this match after being cast as a comedy character for so long, but he fared well for himself here. In fact, all four guys had their time to shine and this was a great way to kick off the show and the tournament. Cage was really the only logical winner considering the rest of the three just aren't world title contenders in my opinion.
Sexy Star def. PJ Black to Earn a Lucha Underground Championship Match
I may have been a little too harsh on Star in the past when I called her a terrible wrestler becaue the truth is she isn't; rather, she simply isn't on the same level as almost everyone else in the Temple. Black helped carry her to a competent contest, but I just can't excited over Star reentering the title picture. Here's hoping her Steel Cage match with Johnny Mundo not only blows off their rivalry but also leads to her exit from the promotion (as has been rumored).
The Mack def. Marty "The Moth" Martinez, Dragon Azteca Jr. and Mil Muertes in a Fatal 4-Way First Round Match in the Battle of the Bulls Tournament
I'm confused as to what Azteca is supposed to be. He apparently broke Pentagon's arm last week, but he came off like a babyface in this bout. And then Matanza attacked him toward the end, so I suppose he still is a face for now. At any rate, this was just as enjoyable as the first Fatal 4-Way and this one had a bit more star power. I was surprised to see Mack win over Muertes, but he should be an entertaining addition to that final Fatal 4-Way.
I really like the idea of this Battle of the Bulls Tournament, as it gives the next few weeks of television something to look forward to. Both Fatal 4-Way matches on this episode were well-worth checking out and Matanza getting loose was the story of the night, as well as setting up the Steel Cage match between Mundo and Star for the title. Thus, this was a solid show on the whole with plenty of storyline progression and quality in-ring action.