Lucha Underground Champion Johnny Mundo vs. The Mack in an All Night Long Match Ended in a Draw
This was the perfect way to ring in the second half of Lucha Underground's third season. I have fond memories of that first All Night Long match between Prince Puma and Mundo from Season 1, and while this wasn't quite as amazing, it was still excellent in its own right. I liked that, similar to last time, Mundo took the early lead and even fooled the fans in thinking he was actually injured by selling it for a while before revealing the ruse and getting another pinfall over Mack, that ate up some time effectively. The story was even better in the second half as, true to his character, Mundo attempted to avoid Mack at every turn and enlisted the help of his stablemate PJ Black to act as a body double for him, which was pretty clever. I'm not typically not huge on interference, but Black, Ricky Mandel, Son of Havoc and Sexy Star (she had me convinced when she was disguised as a member of the mariachi band) played their roles well and added to the drama down the stretch. Hell, even the cheap promotional plug for the Modelo beer was well done. The crowd was crazy hot for the fantastic final minutes of the match with the terrific table spots and Mack getting a two count before time ran out. Obviously, the crowd was not pleased with that ending, but the night ended on a high note when Dario Cueto announced that the bout would pick up where it left off next week! God bless Lucha Underground.
As noted, comparing this All Night Long match to the original isn't fair because both bouts are awesome and should be enjoyed for what they are. Lucha Underground is known for its exceptional action and this matchup was a prime example of that, as well as a hopeful sign of what's to come. They definitely did a great job of ensuring viewers return next week to see what happens in the conclusion of this championship clash. Lucha Underground is back, baby, and I could not be any more excited.