– If you read the Best and Worst of Raw column or follow me on social media, you’ll know that last Thursday afternoon I went to the doctor for a stomach ache and ended up having an appendectomy. I spent some time in the hospital and it severely cut into my ability to watch shows and write wrestling jokes, so I’m catching up on that. I’m taking a lighter schedule at the site for a little while as I recover, but I like writing these, so I’m going to do them as reliably as I can. This is episode 21 from last week, and the episode 22 report will be available tomorrow. Thanks for understanding my gutlessness!
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Please click through for the Over/Under on Lucha Underground episode 21 from April 1, 2015.
Over: The Fam
So it turns out Big Ryck is back with a posse: his cousin “The Mack” and “Kill Shot,” who may or may not be a villain from 1990s comics. They intimidate Cueto for putting out a hit on Ryck, and he saves his ass by paying them off and allowing them entry into his latest brainchild, a trios tournament to crown Lucha Underground trios tag team champions.
1. The idea of Lucha Underground having trios championships instead of traditional tag titles is the best idea in the world, and I kinda wish everybody was doing it. Tag team wrestling is great, but very clearly peaked in the 80s. Since then, every big promotion’s attempts to promote and book tag team wrestling has fizzled and burned out, and we’re left with this inevitable trend of a bunch of talented tags showing up, killing time, milling around and then breaking up before anything can matter. Then they tag up two singles guys as an “uneasy alliance” and they win the titles, and we repeatedly insist that tag guys are lesser than the impromptu tagging of any two talented singles wrestlers. It’s stupid and insulting, but in a lazy way we’ve all kinda come to accept. Trios wrestling is the shit, from Dragon Gate and Chikara’s King of Trios all the way up to WWE’s brief love affair with The Shield and 6-man tags. They’re the exciting and a little ADD and perfect for modern wrestling fans, and every smart promotion in the world knows it.