By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Cage def. The Mack in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
I have to agree with the crowd on this one: Holy shit! For a feud that didn't have much build going into this bout, this was beyond awesome. Then again, I can't say I expected anything less when this match was first announced last week because both Cage and The Mack are incredible athletes. The stipulation was perfectly fitting of their similar styles, allowing them to take their heated brawl all over the arena and incorporate a number of sweet spots that included tables, trash cans and other extreme objects. The cinder block finish reminded me a bit too much of the Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins angle from about a year ago, but it was good to see Cage go over strong to end the mini feud.
The Disciples of Death def. Son of Havoc, Ivelisse and Angelico to Win the Trios Championships
This was another match that, while it had some story behind it, was barely built toward, so I was pleasantly surprised by what we ended up getting. The early goings of the match were chaotic as all six-person tag team matches have been since the start and Angelico once again had the highlight of the match with his breath-taking dive off the top of one of the structures. The interaction between Ivelisse and Catrina was well done and her involvement protected the babyfaces in defeat. It also felt like a special moment because as the commentators mentioned, this was the first title change in Lucha Underground history (other than when the inaugural champions were crowned).
Drago def. Hernandez in a Believers Backlash Match
While it wasn't the best wrestled match on the show, Drago carried Hernandez to a pretty good match and the visual of the fans (some planted and some real) whipping Hernandez with belts at ringside was amusing and kept things interesting. Hernandez was rarely on offense (other than that awesome Border Toss to the outside), which may have been by design since I believe he requested his release from the promotion. Drago was reestablished as a legitimate threat with this win and I'm excited to see what they have in store for him in the next season.
This was the perfect pre-show for Ultima Lucha next week as it wasn't akin the matches you'd see on a Kickoff Show before a WWE pay-per-view (i.e. King Barrett vs. R-Truth). Fans were treated to three exceptional matches where the live crowd was electric for the action all night long. Additionally, there were a number of backstage segments that aired throughout the night that indicated several storylines that have been alluded to for months will be blown off next week, so I'm extremely excited to see how they to cap off this fantastic first season of Lucha Underground.