If any molecule of your being has ever enjoyed professional wrestling, then you need to be watching Lucha Underground on the El Rey network. Season one of the show was fresh and exciting, and season two has been just as good if not better. In Lucha Underground, the dramatics of United States wrestling, the acrobatics of Lucha Libre from Mexico, and the television and film talents of Mark Burnett and Robert Rodriguez are combined together to create a show that is part wrestling, part acting, part special effects, and all fiction. We all know wrestling outcomes are not real, but while other federations like WWE and TNA try to shoot for realism anyway, Lucha Underground embraces the fictional elements, combining South American mysticism and other magical elements with the high flying violence we expect from cruiserweight wrestlers. And the results are so much fun!
There was a time when it seemed like a season two for the show would not happen, but luckily for us not only is Lucha Underground still on the air, it is currently working through season three for next year. Yes, it is not broadcast live which may seem like a drawback, but the benefit of being able to control the editing of the show has been used to great effect, making many aspects of season two work very well. This article looks at the best choices made by Lucha Underground so far in season 2, which at the time of this writing is about half way over. The tremendous talent of all the wrestlers and on air personalities and the equally tremendous respect the LU audience shows to the wrestlers and personalities has made the entire season two a blast, but here are, in my opinion, the ten best elements season two has gotten right so far with honorable mentions to Famous B (who will make you famous!) and Mil Muertes' totally boss throne.
10 Ivelisse Gets Her Due
During season one of Lucha Underground, Ivelisse Velez broke her foot, which was a big problem because she was one third of the Trios Champions. Velez couldn't just take time off without the entire federation rewriting its story lines, but Ivelisse made sure this didn't happen by muscling through her injury, coming out to the ring on crutches every week and wrestling despite her broken bones. When season 2 began, Ivelisse was all healed and something miraculous happened- Lucha Underground rewarded her for her hard work.
9 Sexy Star Kidnapping
I think in general that kidnapping angles are pretty stupid, but that's because I'm used to WWE ruining them. We need to suspend disbelief already that one wrestler can commit a serious crime and not get thrown in jail, but even then, what repercussions happen to the wrestlers involved? Generally nothing. How many times has the Wyatt family, let's say, kidnapped a WWE superstar only to have the superstar randomly return after a week or so and seek to beat the Wyatts in a match to get "revenge." It's stupid, yet Lucha Underground pulled off a successful kidnapping story.
8 Gift of the Gods Continues To Impress
7 Ancient Aztec Prophecies
The amazing back stage vignettes that make up at least a third of Lucha Underground are a ton of fun, both pushing the story forward and allowing us to understand the wrestlers in a different context. The fact that LU films these vignettes ahead of time like an actual television show makes the product feel unlike any other wrestling show on the planet, but the content is also revolutionary.
6 Matanza is a Monster
5 Pentagon Jr. Continues to Bring Chaos
4 Villains Allowed to Have a Personality
The villains who populate the Lucha Underground roster are all so different from each other, but are also allowed to be "themselves" and have personalities that move them beyond the standard villain stereotypes usually seen in wrestling. Marty "The Moth" Martinez is a "pervert" and plays the part with such fun and zeal. His creeping up on beautiful ring announcer Melissa Santos every time she announces him for a match is hilarious, and her reactions to him are absolutely priceless as the crowd tends to chant "No means No". Jack Evans trash talks as much as he wrestles, and makes himself such a complete jackass in the process that it is almost unbelievable.
3 Not Forgetting Canon
You know how WWE and TNA will run story lines that make zero sense to any one who remembers previous story lines? Especially with superstars who have been around a long time, sometimes previous canon gets thrown out the window for new ideas. Lucha Underground has taken special care to remember the past, as evidenced with a great scene at the local police station.
2 Aztec Warfare
Do you remember when WWE's Royal Rumble was awesome? I used to love the Rumble, with all the action, drama, and storytelling of an entire pay-per-view in one match! But the last few years, the Royal Rumble has been terrible. One guy the audience cares about comes out fairly early and stays in the entire match, while no one else interesting comes out until the final ten participants. Kofi Kingston does something amazing and then is eliminated. Wrestlers go over the top rope at random, and not a single story is told until the final four or so wrestlers are left, at which point the athlete least liked by the audience wins the Rumble.
1 Rey Mysterio arrives!
Lucha Underground signed some big names from the United States and AAA wrestling in Mexico, but no one is as big of a deal as Rey Mysterio. Mysterio is the most important Lucha Libre wrestler bar none, dominating every promotion you can think of in the United States with a "W" in its name and every promotion you can think of in Mexico. Mysterio basically brought Lucha into the mainstream United States wrestling, and Lucha Underground is absolutely the best place for him to be right now. When Mysterio debuted during Aztec Warfare the crowd went absolutely insane, as did everyone watching at home. Mysterio is 41 years old and still flies like he is a teenager. So far, he has won the trios championship alongside Prince Puma and Dragon Azteca Jr. (a team-up so amazing it's hard to wait the days or weeks between their televised matches). Mysterio is primed to be the leader of the alliance spoken of by the ancient Aztecs to dethrone the Cueto family from their kingdom. If Lucha Underground, let's say, is like Mortal Kombat, Mysterio is Raiden and his signing is easily the greatest thing to happen in LU's stunning season two.
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