The Mack def. Mala Suerte in a Cueto Cup First Round Match
It was a nice touch to have Mack be the first one to advance in the tournament considering he's coming off a hard-fought loss against Lucha Underground Champion Johnny Mundo. While this was a good match, it probably lasted longer than it needed to. It was extremely obvious that Mack was winning, so why bother entertaining the idea that Suerte had a chance? It's not as if Suerte will be focused on as a singles competitor going forward; he's a part of a trio. It's a minor complaint, but they merely delayed the inevitable.
Pentagon Dark def. Argenis in a Cueto Cup First Round Match
Oh, how I have missed Pentagon Dark in Lucha Underground. The timing was funny seeing as how I just got the chance to meet him and see him compete in person last Friday at a Northeast Wrestling event (you check out the photos here). At any rate, this was a very fun match and the crowd was crazy behind Pentagon. It suffered from the same problem the opener did in that Argenis was hardly a threat, but I enjoyed every second of this. I also liked how Matt Striker pointed out that Pentagon previously broke the arm of Argenis a few seasons ago, and then again after this match.
Texano def. Famous B in a Cueto Cup First Round Match
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Texano is the Alberto Del Rio of Lucha Underground in that he bores me to tears and offers very little as a character. I will say I was intrigued by the approach they took here with Texano seemingly taking up Famous B on his offer to join him, only to pick him up, lay him out with his finisher, and pin him for the three count. I do think he will end up aligning with him eventually, but this was a sweet little swerve in the meantime.
Trios Champion Drago def. Aerostar in a Cueto Cup First Round Match
As Striker alluded to, Drago and Aerostar have plenty of history together, not only as partners but as opponents as well. They once competed in a Best of 5 Series against each other, not to mention it was just last week that Drago turned on Aerostar and hooked up with Kobra Moon. This wasn't the exciting aerial affair you'd usually expect from these two, but I appreciated the story they told instead with Drago showing resistance at certain points yet ultimately doing Moon's bidding.
The first half of Season 3 suffered from a lack of direction and a lack of interesting angles in my opinion, but this second half doesn't seem to have that issue so far. Everyone looks tournaments and this Cueto Cup looks stacked on paper. Additionally, there are other stories looming in the background as well that were on full display on this episode: Famous B continuing trying to recruit Texano, Pentagon vowing to win the Lucha Underground Championship, Drago solidifying his partnership with Moon, and The Mack getting back in the title hunt. If the rest of this season is as awesome as these past three shows, we're in for a treat. By the way, how sick was it when Cage killed that dude before the closing credits?! Holy shit!