By Graham "GSM" Matthews
The Mack def. Cage
These two had a backstage segment not too long ago where Cage roughed up Mack, so it was nice to know this match wasn't totally random. Cage can still impress the hell out of me with what he can do, but he's cooled off as of late because he hasn't been involved in anything notable and doesn't have much direction going into Ultima Lucha. Despite this, this was a clash of two competitors who can do the unimaginable in the ring for guys of their stature and it made for a very fun opener. It was weird seeing Cage lose clean, but perhaps this is the start of a feud between the two going into Ultima Lucha.
Vampiro Interviewed Pentagon Jr.
From Sexy Star to Vampiro, I'm shocked Pentagon Jr. hasn't been involved in storylines with people on the same level as him. No offense to those two, but Pentagon should be feuding with wrestlers higher on the totem pole, but I'm enjoying this rivalry with Vampiro for what it is. Vampiro has done a great job of expressing he doesn't want to get back into the ring and the build to him finally reaching his breaking point has been well done. I don't know how good the actual match will be, but the feud so far has me optimistic.
Mil Muertes def. Trios Champion Son of Havoc
At first, this felt like a random match to do, but then I remembered the relation between Catrina and the skeleton dudes who are currently gunning for the Trios Championships. Plus, the actual match was very good with Havoc playing the underdog role to perfection per usual. Muertes was super dominant throughout and this was a great showcase for him as he heads into his Lucha Underground Championship match against Prince Puma. Thus, this match was successful on several fronts.
Blue Demon Jr. and The Crew Attacked Texano
This wasn't as passionate of a promo as some of Texano's past promos, but it was still short, sweet and to the point. He's done a solid job of getting over as a babyface, so the crowd should side with him during his new feud with Blue Demon. Demon didn't do much for me in his matches against Chavo Guerrero, but I'm hoping his heel turn will rejuvenate his character a bit.
Team Johnny (Johnny Mundo, Jack Evans, Super Fly and Hernandez) def. Team Alberto (Alberto El Patron, AeroStar, Sexy Star and Drago) in an Atomicos Tag Team Match
Multi-man matches have been to done death in WWE and other promotions, but because we had yet to see one in Lucha Underground until now (to my knowledge), this felt special. I also appreciated how the selected combatants made sense since each of them are feuding with each other and all eight competitors put forth a strong effort and delivered a highly entertaining match. Mundo winning put good heat on him (and the rest of the heels) in his rivalry with El Patron and having to resort to dirty tactics to score the victory was a nice touch. My only complaint was that it didn't go as long as it could have, but they made most of the time they were allotted. Oh, and Pentagon Jr. attacking Vampiro to close the show was badass.
As we get closer and closer to Ultima Lucha, Lucha Underground continues to make more matches official for the event as well as plant seeds for potential matches we could see. This show was effective in furthering all the key storylines and featured a ton of excellent action from start to finish. There was more to digest than usual, but everything served to purpose and it was an enjoyable our on the whole.