Previously on Lucha Underground: Melissa Santos became a luchadora for a hot minute, and the final pieces fell into place for season 3’s four-week Ultima Lucha Tres finale. Pretty cool of the government to have Ultima Lucha Day right after Rusev Day.
If you need to catch up on the rest of the episodes — if you aren’t caught up, you’re probably out of luck, because come on, dude — you can read about season 1 here, and season 2 here. Season 3 episode recaps can be found here.
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And now, the Over/Under on Lucha Underground season 3, episode 37, Ultima Lucha Tres part one, originally aired on September 27, 2017.
Under: Starting Ultima Lucha With Nearly The Same Problem As Every Other Episode This Season
Two things have bummed me out about Lucha season 3: setups not reliably having payoffs like in seasons 1 and 2, and the constant outside interference. If you haven’t been reading along all season, it’s like someone in the Lucha creative department saw an episode of Raw for the first time and was like, “wait, we don’t have to have someone win? We can just have bullshit happen and make everything seem pointless? LET’S DO THAT.” The Cueto Cup was like, conservatively, 70% run-in or distraction finishes.
Here, both of those things come into play. First, Texano agreed to a “contract match” with Famous B, wherein if he lost, he’d have to become B’s client, with the idea that, you know, he’d get his hands on Famous B one-on-one. Dario Cueto even gave B shit about it, laughing about how if he’s injured, he’ll just have to wrestle a “handicap match.” So then, instead of telling the final bit of the story and having Texano destroy Famous B for a year of messing with him, it turns out the match is an ACTUAL handicap match, suddenly in favor of the heel, featuring a returning Dr. Wagner Jr. And Texano just goes along with it anyway. Because reasons.
Then, Texano loses via a rollup because he was distracted by Brenda at ringside. It’s one of those things where yeah, stuff like this “works” in wrestling, but one of the reasons I’m regularly excited to watch Lucha Underground and feel like most Raws are a chore is because one of those isn’t supposed to have that shit on it non-stop. It was different. It was brave enough for a really long time to not immediately fall into trope repetition because it’s the easy way to do things. I hope that Lucha comes back for season 4.
It’s also funny that this might be the last televised match of the masked version of Doc Wagner, as he revealed at TripleMania that he was, in fact, Mexico’s sexiest dad. 50% chance this story doesn’t even get mentioned next season, right?