Motherfuckin' Lucha Underground! (Eps 16 and 17)

It's been a rough couple of weeks for Lucha Underground.

Two Wednesday's ago, Mil Muertes and The Monster Matanza Cueto faced off in a four-coffin Graver Consequences match that did not work at all. It played to the in-ring weaknesses of both guys, and didn't even rise to the level of the previous week's No Mas match between Sexy Star and Mariposa. It was slow and plodding and lacked oomph except for a few key dramatic and planned spots.

The rest of the episode had a short and perfunctory match to give Joey Ryan the seventh Gift of the Gods medallion, and an OK but completely unbuilt Trios Championship match where Johnny Mundo joined Ivelisse and Son of Havoc to lose to Puma/Dragon/Mysterio.

We did get a lovely vignette involving Dario Cueto, Evil Lorenzo Lamas, and the mysterious boss I have to assume they're setting up for Season 3. But otherwise an underwhelming hour.

This week, we got the Gift of the Gods match with a VERY underwhelming lineup. Texano, Aerostar, Sexy Star, Siniestro De La Muerte, Joey Ryan, The Mack, and Chavo Guerrero Jr. That last one is important, because it set up why the match was so full of lower-Midgard fodder. See, Chavo stole Cage's medal, then, when Cage tried to keep him from putting his medal in the belt at the Gift of the Gods ceremony at the start of the show, Chavo tricked him and got in the match. So, during the match itself, Cage showed up, kicked everyone's ass, dragged Chavo's unconscious body over Joey Ryan's unconscious body to give the GotG belt to Chavo.

But it's not a swerve. In the best part of the episode, it's revealed that Cage did this so that he could take on Chavo for the belt next week and get his revenge. It's a good story, underserved by a mediocre match.

We also got the start to some new storylines in otherwise nothing matches. Marty the Moth and Killshot had a match to start a feud. The match was fine, the feud seems fine, they'll probably finish at Ultimate Lucha and that will be fine. And then, in a very pointless, poor four-way dance between Argenis, Mascarita Sagrada, Kobra Moon, and Daga, the underwhelming Kobra Moon seems to be infatuated with the just-as-underwhelming Daga, letting him win the match. This storyline does not fill me with hope.

Let's hope things pick up next week with Cage-Chavo and whatever else they have going on.