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#61 Mrzfn

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 10:53 AM

I believe the final week is still supposed to be 2 hours. It does make me wonder if they will go really long with Puma/Mundo, and maybe do some chicanery with the GOTG title too. I'm assuming Pentagon will win it the week before the last episode and possibly get involved with the champion.



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Posted 04 October 2017 - 07:11 AM

Wouldn't surprise me.



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Posted 04 October 2017 - 09:49 AM

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Jesus christ, I am excited for this match. I seriously think it might steal the show, even in the face of the Hell of War match.



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Posted 05 October 2017 - 02:20 AM

One thing I really enjoy about LU's presentation is all those thematic brawls like we used to do in WCW at one point. The Biker's Brawl and the 5-0 Street Fights were two fun exemples of what a different seting can produce, without going all gimmicky (all things remains props for fucking your opponent up, there's no stupid stipulation or contrived rules). The 5-0 made a better use of the setting, Joey Ryan being a master at mixing things up with his sleazy comedy. First ever anal palpation spot anyone ? And before people get all up in arms about "Ryan killing the business one day at a time", like Striker said the previous week (which was quite funny), it was pretty much Ryan putting his hand on Castro's ass, basically… But yeah, all this stuff makes the product seem different and the gimmick matches actually unique (as opposed to yearly boring gimmick PPV's, ya know…).

 

The stories really go away and come back seemingly with no real purpose at this point, but hey, this last (?) season still builds to a super card at the end, so no big deal. It's all pulp anyway. Catching up on Ultima Lucha Tres very soon ! 



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Posted 05 October 2017 - 09:29 AM

Agreed 100% on the thematic brawls. The nunchaku match last season in particular was one of my favorites. Campy in the best possible way.



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Posted 05 October 2017 - 09:31 AM

And speaking of the Five-O brawl, I still laugh every time I think of the "Smell of burnt hair!" line from Striker.



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Posted 05 October 2017 - 09:49 AM

And speaking of the Five-O brawl, I still laugh every time I think of the "Smell of burnt hair!" line from Striker.

 

I got a kick out of that too. Then again, as much as I zone out every current US announcer (unless it was Ross on the MYC), I do admit I enjoy Striker & Vamp, simply because they're just having fun. Yes, Striker can be annoying with the smarky stuff and Vamp is full of shit, but whenever they go into funny tangent or simply mark out it's so refreshing compared to the absolute corporate zombie nightmare that is WWE announcing.

 

The two things I enjoyed the most in the 100th episode : Melissa Santos slapping the fuck out of Marty (who probably told her beforehand to "make it good" because these were stiff slaps) and Rey vs Matanza, which I thought was excellent. Rey's piling them up in LU, this stint is a huge positive in his resume after the latest years of nothing WWE stuff : cool feuds, terrific matches and of course, the fact a veteran like Rey could fit into the bizarro LU universe. I like the fact that despite their propensity to go into "this is awesome" chants way too often, the audience really booed the hell out of Matanza beating up Rey in the post-match (great beatdown too).



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Posted 05 October 2017 - 09:55 AM

Along with Mundo, Matanza's the only one who's consistently been able to get heel heat from the crowd. I think a lot of it comes down to him beating all of the crowd's favorites, this time being no exception.



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Posted 05 October 2017 - 08:08 PM

Ultima Lucha pt. 2

 

Battle Royale was extremely short but featured the grand return of Pimpinella Escarlata! Mack won and earned a shot at the Trios titles for next week. The twist: his partners will be Killshot and Dante Fox.

 

Catrina vs. Ivelisse was heavily edited and therefore ran shorter than I expected. A decent and very bloody brawl.

 

Marty vs. Fenix was the clear match of the night. For all of his good character work (even if I think it's been over-done at times), I've never thought Marty was a very good wrestler. But man did he deliver the performance of his career while Fenix was great as always. Tons and tons of blood. And I mean tons.

 

Next week will be the trios match, GOTG ladder match, and Taya vs. Sexy Star. That leaves Matanza vs. Dragon, Cage vs. Crane vs. Mil, and Puma vs. Mundo for the final night.



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 05:24 AM

That mixed-tag involving Melissa was worked as well as it could have been. Excellent post-match angle too, Marty is terrific in his role and in this setting.

 

I may want to wait until the last (very last maybe, sadly) episode to binge-watch Ultima Lucha, which on paper is a super exciting card (especially after I heard about the Hell of War match, despite not being a fan of either guy, really, although Dante has ridiculous potential).



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 11:57 AM

So far I'd say Ultima Lucha has delivered as a whole. Most of the matches have been good and the booking has been a complete turnaround from last year's.



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Posted 14 October 2017 - 05:21 PM

Watched the first two episodes. Holy shit, it warmed the vampire fan in me.

 

Hell of War was one of the craziest match I've ever seen. MOTYC for sure. The only thing I didn't care for was the awkward set-up for Killshot footstomp spots (especially the second one). These (likewise Alberto or Sasha's) needs to go away. Dante as crazy potential, he can sell his ass off on top of his physical abilities, and showed great charisma doing it there. Then again, I guess he had not other choice but to sell...

 

Ivelisse vs Catrina was all smoke, mirrors and bottles in the head, and for what it was it worked perfectly. Glad to see Ivy get at least her last moment of glory.

 

And Marty the Moth vs Fenix was another terrific bloodletting and most of all a masterfully booked feud final, with the awesome Melissa involvement, the poetic justice from Mariposa and the great old-school shaving (gotta love that girl in the audience who obviously never saw that before and was both disgusted and marking out at the same time). The best feel-good moment of the promotion.



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 02:47 PM

Ultima Lucha Tres pt. 3

 

Sexy Star vs. Taya was a pretty solid and violent affair. Not great, but not bad at all.

 

Reptile Tribe vs. Mack, Killshot, and Dante Fox was a lot of fun. Great chemistry between the new trios team and Dante and Killshot had flips for miles.

 

GOTG ladder match was a bit disappointing. Too much setting up of the hardware to build to the spots but still had some cool moments.

 

Only vignette was right as the show ended, and let's just say we got an interesting development in the Puma-Vampiro story.



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 03:26 PM

Agreed about the ladder match. Plus at this point it kinda felt like overkill after the Hell of War, which it couldn't follow in term of crazyness. Good match though, they made an effort to try and win, which is always a big point to me.

 

The women's match was... interesting, considering what happened in AAA this year. I really grown to like Taya a lot.

 

Those scars on Dante Fox... ugh... Nice six-tag match, great special outfit by Drago.

 

That last vignette, yeah. Vamp has basically never been better than in LU to me.



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Posted 18 October 2017 - 09:00 AM

Saw the preview for tonight's episode on Youtube. The three-way for the gauntlet looks to be a bloodbath.



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Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:41 AM

Saw the preview for tonight's episode on Youtube. The three-way for the gauntlet looks to be a bloodbath.

 

Well, fucking A.



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Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:19 PM

Just when it looked like Hell of War would run away with being the best match of Ultima Lucha, Crane, Mil, and Cage said "Hold our beers". Not sure if I would say it was better, but practically on the same level.



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:05 AM

Man, that last montage was a thing of beauty. I'm going to be crushed if Season 4 doesn't come through.



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:23 AM

Spoilers ahead:

 

Dragon-Matanza was pretty good. Great high-flying work by Dragon and Matanza was excellent in throwing him around (seriously, what happened to Jeff Cobb?). Dragon is thrown through the cage but Dario decides to make it pinfall or submission only. I get that Dario has always been a heel, but I preferred when he wasn't so outwardly so and was an opportunistic businessman. Or at least if he were an outward heel, then the babyface would be able to overcome (a la the Crew-Team Havoc match). Black Lotus returns and does a dive off the top of the cage to cost Dragon the match. She then attacks Matanza and forces Dario to confess that Dragon Azteca Sr. was innocent. Matanza lays out Lotus. I liked this development and that they were able to continue this story, but I'm confused as to why Lotus cost Dragon the match if she knew Dragon Sr. was innocent. I get that they fought last year, but still. Overall a pretty good and violent cage match.

 

Cage-Crane-Muertes: Holy shit was this awesome. Dario made this an elimination match at the last minute and boy was this violent. Not quite as violent as Hell of War, but there were still some pretty brutal spots. This was also very long, so huge props to all three for never losing steam for a second. The ending was a tad abrupt but very good nonetheless. Mil got the gauntlet and right as he does his pose...lights out. One light comes back on...KING CUERNO! Cuerno is back as he lays out Catrina and Mil and takes the gauntlet for his own. I'll admit I read the spoilers a while back and knew this was coming, but man was this a great return. The lighting really added to the surprise and suddenness of it all. He is a hunter after all. Think Striker could have done a better job of playing up the surprise of Cuerno's return, but I'm not complaining either way.

 

Mundo-Puma: Watching this match reminded me of their very first encounter in season 1. Lots of cool, athletic things happening but just couldn't keep me invested. I dunno, I LIKED this match, but I often found myself not paying attention at times. That being said, it was a good match and lots of high stakes drama. Worldwide Underground interferes after a ref bump and Jack Evans can talk again! Taya drags Rick Knox into the ring and even though he can clearly see Puma getting beat up on, decides to count anyway instead of calling for a DQ. Maybe the timing was off, I dunno. But Angelico returns YET AGAIN to save the day and Rick Knox hits Worldwide Underground with a tope! Probably my favorite part of this match and the crowd went nuts. Puma eventually won after a well over 20 minute match.

 

"HOLD ON!!!" Dario announces one final match. Pentagon told Dario last week that he wanted to exchange Gift of the Gods and face the winner of the match. Dario didn't announce it ahead of time because rules, like bones, are meant to be broken. OK, sure. He also adds the caveat that it's career vs. career. Pentagon breaks Puma's arm almost immediately, but Puma pops it back into place and wraps it up. He's still in bad shape and does a great job selling the arm. Like their other matches, this was good but not great. I also though Pentagon gave up way too much on offense considering Puma just had a match and was fighting with one arm. I understand resilient babyface and all, but this was close to 50-50. Vampiro saves Pentagon from a 630 and one package piledriver later...new champ. Finally great to have Pentagon reach the top of the mountain, but I thought this could have been done better. I get having Vamp interfere to show he was in cahoots with Pentagon and Pentagon is technically heel, but it still felt a bit cheap considering how much offense Puma got. Not to mention Pentagon is a de facto babyface, with the crowd firmly behind him the entire match and even briefly chanting "Nah nah nah hey hey goodbye" to Puma. I did like how Pentagon wave off Puma while saying "Bye!", though.

 

 

Closing vignettes: MAJOR SPOILERS

 

Puma unmasks (without seeing his face) and walks off. Great visual on Puma's mask.

 

Thank God we tied up some loose ends here. Sexy Star gets another spider in a box, although I seriously wonder if they bring Sexy back if they get a season 4. And despite never being a Sexy Star fan (especially after Triplemania) I really liked how we got some continuation on this story considering they had seemingly just dropped it without explanation.

 

Cuerno has the gauntlet in his trophy room. Looks like he doesn't fully understand the power it holds.

 

Daga is back! He cuts off Pindar's head while Drago looks on disapprovingly. Looks like he wants out.

 

Fenix and Melissa drive off with Catrina and Jeremiah both looking on. Confirmation that Fenix is still Catrina's true love and that Crane is gonna want to take him out. Grave Consequences 4, perhaps?

 

Vamp's master turns out to be a Skeletor-looking dude. Speculation that this will be Kevin Kross. Apparently, the plan was to cause Puma to fail and Pentagon to succeed so this new guy can take him out. Not sure why Puma needed to be brought back from the dead unless there was some kind of prophecy about Vamp's students fighting to the end.

 

Matanza is in his cell and...OH HAI Rey! Really wonder if Rey would come back for another season considering he supposedly wanted to go back to WWE. But with that door closed, maybe?

 

Agent Winters shoots Dario for his failures and says the Temple is under new management. Dario calls his father before passing out. As much as I haven't liked the more heelish characterization of Dario...there's no way they can kill him off. Like, absolutely no way.

 

 

A lot of interesting prospects here that really make me hope season 4 does happen. Overall, I thought Ultima Lucha Tres was a huge turnaround compared to the disappointment that was Ultima Lucha Dos. Better matches and for the most part better booking. I thought season 3 as a whole really delivered in the in-ring department while seriously lacking in storytelling until the very end.



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:52 AM

I do wonder if Sexy Star will end up on the "Missing in Action" wall of Captain Vasquez's office, considering everything that's happened with her. Heard it speculated that the spider is for Lady Shani, who could possibly get kayfabe credit for driving Sexy Star away off screen.

 

Also heard it speculated that Vamp's master could be Bestia 666.







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