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Why you should be watching Lucha Underground Part II

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If you haven’t started watching Lucha Underground yet, then last night you missed what I’m calling the best diving attack spot in the history of wrestling and if it weren’t for Shane McMahon’s fall from the TitanTron at SummerSlam 2000, it would be the best dive of any kind in the history of wrestling.  You can check out the video here.

It happened in the surprise finals of the Trios Championship tournament.  We originally thought the championships would be decided in a 3-way elimination Trios Tag match between the team of Angelico, Ivelisse & Son of Havoc, the team of Big Ryck, The Mack & Killshot and the team of El Texano, King Cuerno & Cage.  However, after Ivelisse sustained an injury, Angelico & Son of Havoc managed to pull an upset win over the two other teams with Ivelisse looking on from the outside favoring her leg after she injured it on a dive from the ring apron to the floor.  However, after they had thought they’d won, the boss of the Lucha Underground promotion Dario Cueto came out of his office, which is a part of the set located at ringside and announced that they hadn’t won the championships yet because he was adding another team to the tournament.  So, out comes the boss’s crew of henchmen “The Crew” to now compete against the weakened Trio of Son of Havoc, Ivelisse & Angelico.  And it would be a No Disqualification bout on top of the surprise factor, plus remember that Ivelisse was injured in the elimination match earlier.

Over the course of the match, Son of Havoc and one member of the crew would be down and out on the floor and Angelico was beaten down out in the crowd and trapped on top of the boss’s office – or so we thought.  This left Ivelisse alone in the ring with two members of the crew.  As the two members of the crew closed in on the injured lady, Angelico took flight in the most incredible dive attack I can ever remember seeing, flying from the roof of the office and taking both men out in the ring.  And if you haven’t followed the link yet and watched the video, the office roof is about as high above the ring as a wrestler would be if he were to fall off the top of the tallest ladders that WWE uses in ladder matches.  Plus, in addition, it’s a decent distance away from the ring, so it wasn’t just a straight dive and fall.  He had a long way to jump to get there and he took off like he was shot out of a cannon and seemed to hang up in the air forever on his way to the ring where he took out both opponents.  Son of Havoc then recovered and he and Angelico finished off the two members of the crew in the ring with top rope attacks while Ivelisse prepared to ward off the third member of the crew with a kendo stick in case he tried to break up the cover and the unlikely trio won the Trios titles.

Now, let’s put this into perspective for you.  In this storyline, this would be the equivalent of Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella breaking up and then winning the WWE Tag Team Championships together.  It made for very compelling television and all of the Trios involved in the tournament put on some excellent matches, all capped off with a phenomenal finish.  Well done, Lucha Underground.  If you still aren’t gonna start watching after that, then you don’t deserve to call yourself a fan.

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Why you should be watching Lucha Underground

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If you’re tired of seeing the same old thing every Monday Night on Raw, you really don’t have anybody to blame for it but yourself.  From 2001-2005 there were no other alternatives to WWE programming.  Then TNA came along and there was an alternative, although it was crap.  TNA tried too hard to beat WWE at being the WWE and as a result failed miserably to provide quality entertainment.  They provided excellent wrestling at times, but we all know that there is more to a wrestling show than the wrestling and what TNA tried to do to fill that part of the show was some of the most god awful crap ever to make it on the air.  But now there are alternatives.  And don’t get me wrong, I still love WWE programming.  I still watch Raw and Smackdown every week.  But WWE in some respects is a victim of their own success.  In trying to satisfy the demand created by putting their competition out of business, WWE has steadily increased the amount of weekly programming they create, thus creating a much more watered down product.  It’s still fun.  It still has it’s high points every week.  But 5 hours of Raw and Smackdown every week makes for a lot of down time and failed entertainment experiments.  Plus, WWE has become more about using Raw and Smackdown to promote the WWE Network, the WWE App, the WWE iPhone games, etc., etc. and less about providing a show.  In 3 hours of Raw, it feels like roughly half the show is spent plugging products or other WWE branded shows.

Lucha Underground, however, only provides one hour of programming per week, and it is always stellar.  The storytelling is compelling rather than a rehash of reality tv episodes.  The promotional segments are always focused around the wrestling and what you are going to see in the ring either that week or the next.  There is no prolonged two or three months of promotion for one match before you finally see the guys fight that you want to see fight.  The wrestling is top notch.  It can become a bit of a spotfest at times with all of the high flying that is going on, but it’s always well connected and not just something that the performers do to try to keep the crowd interested.  If you watch the crowd during the show, they are always on the edge of their seats.  And whereas the WWE fans will frequently try to hijack Raw and Smackdown with sophomoric though sometimes amusing chants, the Lucha Underground audience is a part of the show without distracting from the performance with a different chant every two minutes.  This is from beginning to finish a well put together wrestling show with a great and varied cast of characters, a dastardly authority figure who doesn’t make himself the center of attention every week and announcers who genuinely love the product and hang on every second of action in the ring.  And that’s without delving past the surface of the in-ring product at Lucha Underground yet.

If you were a fan of wrestling in the attitude era, Lucha Underground gives you the brutality and violence that has been missing from the WWE product for the past decade.  If you can’t or don’t want to go back and watch every episode of Lucha Underground from start to finish (which I highly recommend), then at least check out a sampling from among some of the better matches that they have put on the air so far.  Watch Mil Muertes vs. Fenix in a Casket Match.  Watch the Best of 5 series between Drago and Aero Star.  Watch the Trios Championship tournament matches.  Watch the Aztec Warfare Battle Royal.  You can find most of those matches on YouTube or full episodes on dailymotion or various other video streaming sites.  And I’m not in any way advocating that you replace the WWE with Lucha Underground.  I am advocating that you broaden your horizons and that you supplement the entertainment that you are getting from WWE every week by also watching Lucha Underground.  WWE has made it clear over the past decade that they are going to follow a certain business model and more power to them.  Regardless of whatever criticism they receive from their vocal detractors, what they are doing works.  You can’t refute that.  They are the global leader in the industry and they just keep growing and expanding with each passing year.  So, enjoy WWE for what it is and stop trying to pressure them into being something that they aren’t any more.  By watching both WWE and Lucha Underground, you get the best of both worlds.  You get the entertainment brand that WWE has become and you also get to witness a young thriving promotion that’s filling the void left by the WWE outgrowing what they used to be.