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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.

Wrasslin' Wroundup (Pre-Extreme Rules State of the WWE)

For this edition of the Wroundup, let's talk about intent and stakes. these are three things that make wrestling matches better.

Intent means that the match is happening for a reason beyond the behind the scenes reasons of "we need to fill three hours" or "we need to give X some ring time to remind fans he exists".

Stakes means that the outcome of the match matters. There's something at stake for the winner that makes him want to win, or something at stake for the loser that makes them not want to lose.

Motherfucking Lucha Underground! (May 4)


Praise The King Of Strong Style

Let's talk more about Shinsuke Nakamura.

I didn't cover NXT in the Wroundup because, well, NXT is firmly in "grooming talent for the main roster" mode instead of "it's own show with it's own plotlines" mode, and has been since Takeover Dallas. And in fact was in that mode to a certain extent leading UP to Takeover Dallas, with both the Women's and Tag championship matches being largely based on pure competition, the title match being almost an afterthought, and the best match on the card having no story behind it whatsoever.

Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (Payback Edition)

So, Payback is on the books, and it's a good thing I waited until after it to start writing the Wroundup, because that means I can say nice things. Because in many ways, Payback was a better show than Wrestlemania.

Motherfuckin' Lucha Underground! (Apr 27)

Sometimes, there's no time for vignettes. Sometimes, there's so much goddamned wrestling that needs to happen that Lucha Underground just fills the show with wrestling and then, at the end, spends a couple of minutes on Vampiro trying to cure Pentagon Jr.'s presumably Matanza-inflicted paralysis through hot wax and tough love.

Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (Biweekly Edition)

The last two weeks in WWE have been very... Odd. On one hand, we have the promise of young and new and talented wrestlers getting opportunities near the top of the card. On the flip side, this is still the WWE. Two weeks ago, we had an excellent Raw and a decent Smackdown, but then, with a few exceptions, last week's shows from the UK were weird and lackluster. I don't know if it was jet lag, weird sound production, or what, but both shows seemed really off.

Motherfuckin' Lucha underground! (Apr 20)

Goddamn, I love this show. Let's get straight to the point. After the Disciples of Death lost their Trios Tournament match to Fenix, Jack Evans, and PJ Black, Sinestro De La Muerte ripped the still beating black hearts from the chests of both his teammates and absorbed their power. You know why that happened? Because this is MOTHERFUCKING LUCHA UNDERGROUND, that's why.

Motherfuckin' Lucha Underground! (April 13)

This week's Motherfuckin' Lucha Underground is dedicated to El Jefe, Dario Cueto. AKA actor Luis Fernandez-Gil. He always fucking brings it, but this week, holy shit did he bring it. The writing and acting for Cueto is so goddamned on point and so goddamned entertaining that it's somehow breaking new ground in the incredibly well-trodden trope of "evil pro wrestling authority figure".

Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (April 4-7)

The WWE maid it impossible for me to separate the Wroundup into WWE and NXT sections this week. First, they ran a Takeover recap show with only one match, the Apollo Crews/Elias Samson match they left off of Takeover. And then they turned Raw and Smackdown into NXT.

Callups galore! Apollo Crews debuted on the main roster and wrestled a standard NXT match against Tyler Breeze. I'm sure Breeze has fond memories of beating Dolph Ziggler that one time before he was paired with Summer Rae and then forgotten. But at least he's not in the Social Outcasts.

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