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And now, the Over/Under on Lucha Underground Episode 35 from July 8, 2015.
Over: HOW MUCH MIEDO
The worth of a Lucha Underground episode is often decided in its opening moments, and this week’s opens with maybe my favorite so far: Pentagon Jr. wandering into a misty dojo, doing an elaborate CERO MIEDO hand gesture summon and evoking his DARK MASTER, who we see (in shadow) and hear for the first time. Pentagon wants to murder Vampiro at Ultima Lucha but can’t get him to play ball, so the Dark Master suggests playing to his ego. That’ll set Vampiro up for destruction, and holy shit you guys we are watching a wrestling show begin with an evil skeleton ninja summoning his Dark Lord for help in assassinating a vampire.
Pentagon Jr. is the greatest, and I’ll be upping that honor at least twice before the show’s over.
Over: Hoss Fights Done Right
Watch the Big Show vs. Ryback match that opens this week’s Raw, then watch Cage and The Mack open Lucha Underground. There’s a massive difference in context and mission statement, sure, but Lucha continues to prove that big, strong guys don’t have to be immobile and wrestle like zombies, and that they can be just as exciting and dynamic as the little guys. That division from the 90s where big = bad and small = good has been dead for a long time.