Hello there and welcome back, fellow Believers! Another Wednesday has come and gone and I believe it’s time we journeyed back into the Ice Temple for the latest offering from Lucha Underground’s Season 4!

We’ve come quite a long way from our first episode and, given that a lot is starting to happen as events are starting to unravel, I decided I’m going to take a more organized approach for these reviews. With last week’s hiatus, I brainstormed a little on improving these recaps so that they would serve as your guide for Season 4 and I came up with a nifty idea that I would like to implement.

From this review on, I will be linking every review before it in sequential order. My hope is that, by doing so, they will better assist you in staying up-to-date or clear up any confusing story elements (and trust me, there can be a lot).

Episode 1: El Jefe
Episode 2: Darkness and the Monster
Episode 3: Rest in Pieces
Episode 4: Pain, Love and Sacrifice to the Gods

If, at any point, you feel that the stories are too overwhelming, if you just need a refresher on an episode or if you want to support your ever-lovable fellow Believer here (please do, I have dreams. I swear.), just check out the above episodes.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at what the Ice Temple has in store for us today!

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The show opens with a recap of different events that have occurred over the past few episodes. Some of the highlights include: Mascarita Sagrada leading the Rabbit Tribe to their fabled ‘White Rabbit’, Antonio Cueto putting the Aztec Medallions for the Gift of the Gods Championship into play and Matanza’s offering to the Aztec gods in the form of Mr. Pectacular.

It’s a short but sweet recap this time and, minus the Rabbit Tribe’s inclusion, almost everything was a complete recap from last week (good thing that recap is just a couple of paragraphs ahead so you’re not missing anything, right?).

Striker Vampiro

From here, we’re immediately taken to the Ice Temple as we’re serenaded by the always-talented Mariachi el Bronx (do they have any CD’s out? Support your local mariachi bands, guys, they have it hard too) and greeted by Matt Striker and Vampiro.

The Believers are all chanting “Lucha” and are holding mini-posters of the Lucha Underground logo with ‘#BELIEVER’ under the logo, which I personally liked as it’s a nice touch to emphasize the loyalty of the Believers to the product.

Matt Striker runs down the card for this episode, noting that three matches will be contested for the Aztec Medallions. We get a bit of emphasis on the importance of these Medallions as well. We were already made aware that Cage and Mil Muertes would compete for a Medallion on last week’s episode. We are also aware that two-out-of-seven Medallions have been given out, with El Dragon Azteca Jr. and King Cuerno each earning theirs in their respective matches.

Before we get to those matches, however, we’re shown that a confused Cortez Castro is already in the ring, with a kendo stick in hand and ready to fight. It would seem that Striker and Vampiro are unsure, as well.

We got our answer fairly quickly, however, as Antonio Cueto appears among the Believers, speaking to Castro from a distance. Cueto, at this point, shatters Cortez’s undercover persona and exposes him as a police officer to the crowd, which causes the Believers to react in shock (which was pretty awesome to see).

Just to summarize the importance of this moment, Agent Cortez Castro works for the LAPD under Agent Vasquez (later discovered to be Catrina’s mother and a key figure in the Aztec War). Cortez’s assignment was to gather intel on Dario Cueto’s (before his eventual murder) tactics for reviving the Aztec gods and to prevent the impending War that had been foreshadowed since Season 1.

In order to gather intel, Cortez was portrayed as a street brawler, complete with camoflauge pants and a kendo stick. However, Dario was made aware of Cortez’s ploy by his Cortez’s own partner, Joey Ryan, who was also undercover in the Temple but met with Dario in his office and exposed both himself and his partner for financial gain and to join ‘the winning side’.

Dario, now aware of Cortez’s plan, utilized this knowledge to his advantage and made Cortez’s mission harder with multiple matches against opponents that outclassed him (including Cueto’s brother, Matanza) and assaulted him further. However, at no point from the revelation to his untimely demise, did Dario ever expose Cortez or Joey Ryan to the Believers as police officers in the Temple.

Nevertheless, Antonio muses over the confirmation that Cortez is a cop and wanted to report a homicide. However, he noted it wasn’t really so much a murder as it was a Sacrifice to the Gods. With that statement, the lights dimmed red and the Believers feverishly chanted ‘Sacrifice’ with spotlights facing Cortez as Cueto introduces us to his son, Matanza Cueto.

Cortez

Match 1: Cortez Castro vs “The Monster” Matanza Cueto (Sacrifice to the Gods Match)

The Aztec gods required another sacrifice and Antonio has designated Cortez Castro as the next victim as Matanza stormed the ring (with no entrance theme). Cortez readied his kendo stick and fires off a few shots to Matanza, who was completely unfazed.

Matanza retaliates with a ramming headbutt to the sternum to drive Cortez to the mat. Matanza picked up Cortez from here and whips him into the ropes, which rebounds him into a vicious Wrath of the Gods slam onto the ancient Aztec seal in the middle of the ring for the quick pinfall victory.

Post-match, Matanza stares at the barely-moving Cortez Castro as Antonio lifts his cane into the air. Matanza stands in the middle of the Aztec seal in the ring and lifts his hands into the air, which channels thunder and lightning to blacken the screen once more. When the lights come back on, Cortez Castro is gone, having been sacrificed to the Aztec gods. Matanza paces the ring uncontrollably as the Believers roar.

Winner: “The Monster” Matanza Cueto

Analysis: My feelings for this match are the same as the last Sacrifice to the Gods in that I’m absolutely loving how this is handled right now. We’re seeing what is definitely going to be one of the main stories going forward, with Matanza culling the herd and both Cuetos sacrificing the weaker souls to the Aztec gods.

The question here, however, is are these sacrifices to appease the gods or are they to fuel their inevitable arrival? Time will tell as the story progresses but this is a massive boost in re-establishing Matanza as a dangerous, almost-uncontrollable beast. This will undoubtedly trigger a response from the LAPD but what will they do in the face of a god in Matanza Cueto?

We get a promo showing a match-up between Ivelisse and Joey Ryan for an Aztec Medallion coming up in the show.

Back from commercial break, we’re back in the Ice Temple, where the beautiful Melissa Santos (in her best appearance yet) introduces us to our next match for the Aztec Medallion. She introduces Joey Ryan, who is already in the ring, as he pours baby oil all over himself and into his trunks, much to Melissa’s disgust.

We don’t get any mention here regarding his relationship with the now-deceased Cortez Castro but, remember, it’s not public knowledge that Joey Ryan is a cop at this point and the Believers are still unaware of their partnership. Santos then introduces Ivelisse, who comes out in full-red gear. The referee raises the Aztec Medallion and this match is underway.

Ivelisse

Match 2: Ivelisse vs. Joey Ryan (1 of 7 Aztec Medallions for Gift of the Gods Championship)

So, before I explain this match, I should probably explain what Joey Ryan’s entire gimmick is for the uninformed reader. Joey is, well, sleazy would probably be an understatement to describe him. Clad in colorful tights and kick-pads, Joey’s persona (outside of Lucha Underground) relies on the characteristics of a 70’s sleazy male porn star, complete with body hair, mustache, baby oil and cherry lollipop.

Now, in Lucha Underground, he does carry this gimmick over in his undercover wrestler persona, but he’s still a police officer nonetheless. Basically, to summarize this in layman’s terms, Joey Ryan portrays a police officer who portrays Joey Ryan. Did you get all of that? Awesome. You’ll understand why I had to explain that to you in just a few moments.

Joey, after licking his lollipop (and trust me, it wasn’t easy writing that as it was giving you that visual), sleazily deposits his candy into the crotch of his trunks as both competitors walk towards the ring with Joey rubbing his torso along the way.

As the two meet the center and Ivelisse has her hand near, Joey grabs the hand and slowly moves it towards his crotch, which earns a slap from Ivelisse as a result. Joey, in return, pie-faces Ivelisse to the mat before picking her up and rubbing her face into his oiled-up hairy chest.

Ivelisse, in return, grabs and pulls some of Joey’s chest hair as half of the male population winces in pain. Ivelisse fires up with a chop and kicks up the pace with classic lucha techniques, like the springboard arm-drag and the headscissors hurricanrana, sending Joey Ryan into the corner.

Ivelisse, however, makes the mistake of playing to the Believers, which gives Joey enough time to recover and nail her with a right hand that sends her to the mat. Joey, with a sly smile, drags and mops Ivelisse’s face into the mat. Joey tries a series of pinfall covers, only getting two-counts each time.

Joey locks in a chin-lock on Ivelisse, as the Believers begin to rally behind her. This drives Ivelisse on, as she fights out and locks in a tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Joey fights out with an elbow to the kidney, which prompts Ivelisse to send Joey outside. Ivelisse prepares to dive but meets a hard superkick from Joey, who had just rushed back in mid-run.

Joey lays back into a lazy cover with little body-to-body contact but only gets a two-count. At this point, Joey reaches back into his tights to pull out the lollipop that had been in there the entire match. His intent is to shove the lollipop into Ivelisse’s mouth, but she blocks the arm and lands a rolling snapmare into a sitting roundhouse kick.

Ivelisse fires back with clotheslines and an enzuigiri but only gets a two-count. Joey fights out and throws Ivelisse into the corner. With a sleazy pose onto the turnbuckle, Joey runs forward but gets kicked for his trouble. That doesn’t stop him for long though as Joey nails a spinebuster but only gets a two-count.

Joey sets up for the Boobs-plex (literally a German suplex but he grabs the chest instead of the waist. Yes, that is the actual name. I didn’t just come up with that). Ivelisse blocks the attempt before Joey could grab her and lands a few kicks before delivering a German suplex of her own (the actual suplex, not Joey’s version).

Ivelisse sets up for a move but Joey fights and prepares to drive Ivelisse down with a powerbomb. Ivelisse manages to fight out and, after a series of quick strikes, rebounds from the ropes to deliver a swift sunset-flip powerbomb for the pinfall victory and the Aztec Medallion.

Post-match, Ivelisse celebrates with her Medallion to the cheers of the Believers.

Winner: Ivelisse

Analysis: This was a very nice match to start us off for Lucha Underground this week (Matanza vs. Cortez was more of a “I’m gonna kill you!” rather than a match, but I digress). Ivelisse is as tough as they come as a competitor in the Ice Temple and her lucha-based style definitely played to the crowd well here.

Joey Ryan, for what his gimmick was, always adds a depth of intrigue in his matches in the sense of “what will he possibly do next?” and it clashed well against Ivelisse. Given it’s Ivelisse, I knew she was already in no trouble against someone as sleazy as Joey Ryan but watching his antics is still a bit funny.

Nevertheless, I liked this match but I would’ve liked things to be just a tiny bit more polished. There were a few instances where you could tell they were going from spot-to-spot but it didn’t really detract from the match overall.

Now, before I move to the next segment, I should probably address the Joey Ryan gimmick as I would anticipate a bit of controversy for newcomers of the show. I could definitely understand the average viewer being completely turned off by his gimmick (no pun intended) but Joey’s offense is varied in the sense that it applies to both male and female competitors (instead of grabbing the female chest, he would also grab the male’s genitalia) and, as a whole, his spots are always cleared by both his fellow competitor and promoter before they’re enacted.

With that in mind, I don’t find any offense in Joey’s gimmick/moveset because I’m also aware that, outside kayfabe, his opponent is okay with it and that allows me to enjoy the match as it is and not for the sleaze behind it.

We get a promo for the next match: a Three-Way for an Aztec Medallion between the Lucha Underground Trios Champions Son of Havoc, Killshot and the Mack. It seems Antonio is getting his kicks out of watching this team disagree with each other but, overall, this devalues the Trios Championship as a whole.

The concept is to be a team but you can’t really have that if you’re breaking each other’s face and it stalls the division and title contention. I hope to see the titles off this team soon so we can get those titles featured more often.

Back from commercial break, we’re back in the Ice Temple as Melissa Santos introduces us to our Three-Way match, introducing each of the Trios Champions with their own separate entrances (see what I mean? Trios Champions but not a Trio, defeating the purpose of the belts).

Before the match begins, Antonio interrupts and notes that the match was missing something and that he wanted to make the match greater. With this in mind, he produces another Aztec Medallion, meaning the match was now for two of the Aztec Medallions.

However, there was now a stipulation added into the mix: the loser who is pinned does not receive a Medallion, while the opponent that was not pinned will receive the second Medallion. Basically, two wrestlers will walk out of the match with one Medallion while the losing wrestler receives nothing, further driving the wedge between the trio over which wrestler would be the odd man out.

Three Way

Match 3: Killshot vs. The Mack vs. Son of Havoc (2 of 7 Aztec Medallions for Gift of the Gods Championship – the Unpinned Wrestler and Winning Wrestler will each receive one Medallion)

The match begins at a standstill, with all three men facing off. Killshot walks towards SoH, signalling that he wanted to face off against him. Mack, however, tries to calm the situation down. Killshot points out that ‘[SoH is] not my brother,’ which makes sense because SoH had replaced Dante Fox in this trio because of Antonio.

With that, Killshot shoves Mack to the side and swings at SoH. Striker refers to this as a ‘menage a trois of violence’… okay then? Havoc ducks and catches the third strike to deliver a back suplex but Killshot kicks the Mack, using the momentum to flip back and shove SoH into a shoulder-block by the Mack. Killshot follows with a stomp but misses SoH, leading to the Mack throwing a roundhouse kick at Killshot.

Killshot ducks and the two are back at a standstill. Killshot, with his tactical background, tried to forge an alliance by going after Havoc, but Mack was uninterested as he tried to keep the team together. Killshot and the Mack stand side-by-side against SoH, but Killshot kicks Mack in the gut and sends him outside.

SoH tries to calm Killshot down but no avail as Killshot kicks SoH in the gut and whips him into the rope. SoH ducks a leapfrog from Killshot and dives onto the Mack from the outside.

Killshot, in retaliation, attempts a ‘tope con giro’ dive to the outside, but impressively catches himself mid-flip and handstands on the apron to land outside when he notices his opponents out of position. This would cost him, however, as SoH would boot Killshot in the face and land a smooth Asai Moonsault onto both of his partners.

SoH and the Mack battle back into the ring and, following a dodge from the Mack into a headstand from the corner (which is quite impressive, given his size), eventually SoH ends up back outside with Killshot, where the Mack meets them both with a speedy dive to the outside, landing on his feet in the process.

The Mack brings Killshot into the ring and takes over with a sharp chop to the chest, which echoed throughout the Ice Temple. This momentum didn last long, however, as Killshot takes over with a Snapmare and a series of kicks.

The camera pans over to SoH, who wisely is waiting in the corner, watching his partners fight. SoH would sneak back in to attack Killshot but is dodged and taken to the corner. The Mack attempts to attack Killshot, but eats a kick to the face to send him hanging on the ropes onto the outside by the legs.

Killshot goes back to SoH and delivers a loud chop to the side of his face, disorienting him. Declaring that ‘you’re not my brother’, Killshot would deliver a second slap. SoH would gain back some momentum and fires back with elbows to the face before landing a tilt-a-whirl DDT to take him down.

Eventually, the Mack makes his way back in and the trio would trade shots, with Killshot being kicked into the corner and SoH booting the Mack in the face. The Mack, in retaliation, would catch SoH with the Pounce tackle, sending SoH outside. Mack and Killshot would trade shots after, with Killshot delivering a German Suplex onto Mack.

Mack, channelling his fighting spirit, would get back up and deliver a clothesline stiff enough to flip Killshot onto his stomach, which drives Killshot up to deliver a stomp onto a still-rising Mack as both are left laying in the ring.

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The Believers are yelling ‘This is Awesome’ chants at this point, as SoH comes back to deliver a double stomp onto both Killshot and the Mack before landing a springboard cutter on Killshot.

The Mack comes back, however, to catch SoH with a boot to the face and a cannonball in the corner. Mack follows up with a Samoan Drop and a standing moonsault combo, but still only landed a two count. Mack and SoH fight on the top rope, where SoH fights off a superplex attempt and Mack is sent to the mat as SoH readies a Shooting Star Press.

Killshot catches SoH, however, and drops SoH with a Death Valley Driver to the apron. Killshot immediately sends SoH back into the ring and ascends to the top rope to deliver a brutal Killshot double-stomp onto a sitting SoH, driving his head into the mat.

As Killshot adjusts himself immediately after the stomp, the Mack catches Killshot with a Stunner to drop Killshot. This left the Mack as the last man standing with a choice as to who to pin. After some hesitation, the Mack wound up pinning Killshot for the victory, giving himself and Son of Havoc Medallions in the process.

Post-match, Mack helps SoH up and attempts to do the same for Killshot, who wants nothing to do with the man who he thought was his ‘brother’. Slapping the Medallion out of the Mack’s hand, Killshot walks away from the ring and as the remaining two men look on.

Winner: The Mack (The Mack and Son of Havoc receive Aztec Medallions)

Analysis: These three wrestlers are extremely talented on their own, but together, they definitely created magic in this match. Killshot and Son of Havoc are both skilled in the technical and lucha-hybrid style but can definitely mix it up with elements of a brawling style when need be.

The Mack, coincidentially, is the exact opposite in that he’s a brawler with elements of the technical and lucha-hybrid style. Putting the three together allowed for each man to cover the other’s weaknesses well (which, incidentially, are very far and few between them) and ultimately deliver the type of fast-paced and hard-hitting action we’ve come to know from Lucha Underground.

The story displayed in the match was in full display and worked well with the narrative that was driven for the overall arc between the three men and, given that Killshot was the odd-man out here, we can expect a probable Killshot heel turn here.

However, not to intentionally go off on a tangent here, while I don’t mind this sort of feud as it is, I have a tendency to dislike when it’s the Champion team that is being used to tell this story. It holds up the division as a whole because it’s the Champions being used here so no contenders are being established.

Also, the fact that the Champion team cannot get along would imply no synergy between the members, which is an absolute requirement when it comes to working your way up to being the Tag Team/Trios Champions. The titles should be used as the biggest reward for your teamwork outshining other teams. Having the members feud with the titles on them devalues the belts as a whole.

I completely understand that Son of Havoc being forced into this team obviously implies that there is no synergy there but the fact that they defended the belts already and weeks have passed implies that they had time to work something out, which brings me back to the start of my point anyways. It’s just my opinion on the matter but definitely no bearing on the talents as a whole.

We get a promo for the main-event tonight: Cage vs. Mil Muertes for an Aztec Medallion in what promises to be a ‘hoss fight’.

Back from commercial break, it’s time for our main event, as Melissa Santos is in the ring. Melissa introduces Mil Muertes first (notably hesitating when introducing Catrina with him, which was a very nice touch). Catrina is in the red dress that we saw her in from the last episode as Striker noted (rather wisely) that red is the color of blood (subtly referring to her ‘resurrection’ at this point).

Muertes

Match 3: Cage vs Mil Muertes (w/ Catrina) (1 of 7 Aztec Medallions for Gift of the Gods Championship)

For the first time since the Temple(s) opened up, Cage and Mil Muertes prepare to do battle in a singles-match as the two stare off in the center of the ring. Mil Muertes fires the first shot and the two exchange stiff blows, with neither man gaining the clear advantage.

Mil Muertes sends Cage into the ropes, leading to Cage catching Muertes with a seamless pop-up hurricanrana (Cage is a bodybuilder with a bulky frame, to put that into perspective). Cage fires back with a discus lariat but Muertes ducks and catches Cage in a tilt-a-whirl headscissors (Mil is also of the same build as Cage but a bit more stocky).

Muertes sends Cage to the outside and the two men brawl on the outside. Cage gains the momentum by sending Muertes into the nearby front row, scattering the Believers as they are in a frenzy, and delivering punches to the head of Muertes. Cage, however, makes the mistake of grabbing the nearby Catrina, which allows Muertes to take advantage and nail Cage from behind.

Muertes scatters more of the Believers in the front and slams Cage into the chairs before sending Cage back into the ring. Cage blocks Muertes’ attempt to slam his head into the turnbuckles and disorients Muertes.

From there, in an eye-opening feat of strength, Cage climbs onto the second rope, catching Muertes in a headlock and bringing him from the outside back into the ring with a suplex. Cage goes for a cover but only gets a two-count in the process.

Vampiro astutely points out, however, that Cage is starting to breathe a bit heavier, likely due to the lucha-style he utilized with his bulky frame. Cage sends Muertes into the corner but eats an elbow from Muertes when rushing in. Muertes rushes in for The Reaper’s Trident spear off the distraction but Cage leapfrogs it, leaving the referee to take the spear instead.

Cage takes advantage of the distraction with the discus lariat onto Muertes and covers him, but there isn’t any official to make the pin. A few seconds later, referee Justin Borden rushes in to make the pin but Muertes kicks out at two. Cage, aggravated at this, fakes picking up Muertes and lariats the referee instead, sending him to the outside.

Catrina

This allows Muertes time to recover and catch Cage with a Flatliner, as Muertes makes the pin with no referee. Referee Rick Knox comes out to make the pin but Cage kicks out at two as well as the Believers are cheering loudly at the carnage.

Muertes, in turn, chokeslams the referee and sends him into the mat hard. This allows Cage to rise and capture Muertes in a fireman’s carry, to which Muertes fights out. Cage reverses and sends Muertes into the ring post before slamming Muertes with a reverse Pumphandle Michinoku Driver, forcing Muertes to the outside.

Cage, however, speeds up the pace and dives to the outside with a ‘tope con giro’ flip, taking Muertes out. The two men continue to brawl on the outside, with Muertes introducing a steel chair. That chair gets kicked back into the face of Muertes by Cage, who slams Muertes into the floor.

Pentagon

Cage walks into the crowd of Believers to pose, but directly behind him, disguised as a Believer in a mask and hoodie, Pentagon Dark awaited him as the crowd absolutely erupts! Cage turns around and is immediately met with a front kick to the head by Pentagon, who grabs the nearby chair and nails Cage in the head, denting the chair in the process. Pentagon rolls Cage into the ring as the crowd erupts into a ‘Cero Miedo’ chant. Muertes takes advantage of the confusion to nail Cage with The Reaper’s Trident and a Flatliner for the pinfall victory.

Post-match, Mil Muertes invites Catrina into the ring for her traditional Lick of Death onto Cage. However, this time around, Catrina declines, walking away from Mil Muertes instead. Meanwhile, Pentagon Dark declares to Cage that he will be facing Cage next week for the Lucha Underground Championship and that he will be leaving the match with his arm broken into tiny pieces in the process.

Winner: Mil Muertes

Analysis: What Killshot, the Mack and Son of Havoc did earlier with the technical style, Cage and Mil Muertes did here with the powerhouse-style as both men absolutely slugged it out in this battle.

I just want to put into perspective here that Cage is about 260-265lbs and Mil Muertes is almost 300lbs. The reason I say that is because it’s an absolute jaw-dropper seeing both men (especially Cage) deliver moves that you would expect a Cruiserweight/Atomico to deliver. Cage is an absolute specimen in the ring and is definitely a must-watch whenever he is in the ring against anyone.

Mil Muertes is also just as good and, if you weren’t a fan of him already after Three-Way to the Grave, you definitely will be after this match. The story with Catrina’s resurrection will definitely be something to follow, however, as that unravels in later weeks. Conversely, we get Pentagon vs. Cage for the championship next week in what promises to be another hard-hitting affair.

Rabbit Tribe

We’re suddenly taken to an extremely trippy checkerboard-styled room, where the Rabbit Tribe (Paul London, Saltador and Mala Suerte) are lounging in very undersized chairs. The room itself is such an optical illusion that it trips my eyes out, much less the Rabbit Tribe itself dressed in peculiar wear.

Mascarita Sagrada comes out of a tiny door (cause he’s small, get it?) to alert the three men that ‘the White Rabbit’ will see them now. All of the men go into the door while hypnotic effects occur on-screen. Suddenly, the men are in a spotlight in a dark room as they are addressed by a man sitting on a ‘Throne of roots’, asking them what they seeked from him.

Paul London proudly exclaims (with hypnotic-swirled glasses, I might add) that they wanted his guidance and that they were willing to offer anything. The man takes off his sunglasses and orders the Rabbit Tribe to kill the man that brought them to him (Mascarita Sagrada, who seems to be frozen at this point).

The trio are hesitant to do so but, after angrily demanding and sending his staff over to the three men, Paul London strikes down Mascarita Sagrada. London strikes multiple times as the blood splatters back onto him, covering his entire body. The ‘White Rabbit’ rises from the throne, expressing his satisfaction and questions just how far the Rabbit Tribe is really willing to go, as the show comes to an end.

Analysis: That ending was… something else? I’m not even sure I can describe what I witnessed without getting a contact-high. The Rabbit Tribe is certainly an entertaining trio to watch, however, and this segment definitely added a darker edge to their personas. With the inclusion of ‘the White Rabbit’ (Killer Kross from Impact, for reference) as their leader, I expect the insanity and violence to be amped up to another level for these men and I can’t wait to see where this leads.

Full-Show Analysis: Action-wise, this was definitely the best episode yet from Lucha Underground, there weren’t any bad matches here and the pacing went from ‘running at the start’ to ‘a full-on sprint’ by the end. There’s definitely something in this episode for everyone and the pacing was flawless in this episode.

What I found quite intriguing, however, was that, aside from the closing segment, there weren’t any backstage moments or story events that occurred throughout the episode. Almost all of the action took place inside the Ice Temple, but in return, we got storyline advancement through the matches and that’s the mark of great storytelling from a promotion.

In this one show, we’ve furthered Matanza’s wrath, given out almost all of the Aztec Medallions, furthered Catrina’s storyline and set up Pentagon Dark and Cage for their grudge match for the title. At this point, Lucha Underground is full-tilt with their stories and I expect things to pick up even further from here.

That’ll do it for this week’s episode, fellow Believers! Let me know what you thought of those show, your favorite standout moments and if you thought anything should have been handled better in the comments section and leave feedback with what you all think of these reviews so far. As I said, these reviews are for you, my fellow Believers, and I want them to be styled to your liking as well. I hope to see you all next week for the next offering from the Ice Temple. Hopefully, Matanza doesn’t sacrifice you or me before then!

 

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