One area where Lucha Underground succeeds is its storylines. Here’s the Armbar Express’ top five storylines in season one of Lucha Underground.
The Rise Of Mil Muertes
If any professional wrestling booker wants to know how to book a big monster heel properly, take notes from Lucha Underground. I hate WWE’s treatment of heel monsters and the aftermath of these pushes for the likes of Ryback, Braun Strowman, Umaga and Rusev. They’ll go on some great unbeaten run, they’ll get beat and then there’s no recovery attempt made in order to keep them strong. Lucha Underground did a tremendous job with the rise of Mil Muetres. It was not like Mil beat every wrestler that stepped in his way. He’s been beaten and Fenix even beat him in the Grave Consequences match they had in the middle of the season. Rather than hurting Mil, the defeat only made him stronger as he came back and killed Fenix in a rematch. He became stronger than ever as he won the Lucha Underground title at the end of the season. Just perfect booking of a monster heel. Every time a monster should get beat, he should come back stronger than ever and look more of a threat each time. This was well done by Lucha.
Prince Puma As Lucha Underground Champion
Prince Puma was such a star during season one of Lucha. He lived up to the promotion of being the “heart and soul” of Lucha Underground. He’s put on tremendous matches over and over and was really well booked as champion. Every challenger seemed like a legitimate challenge but Puma fought them off. Each challenger presented something new for Puma to deal with. Cage was just a force to be reckoned with that Puma had to overcome. Hernandez had the psychological warfare that Puma had to deal with. Johnny Mundo was someone that had beaten Prince Puma in the first episode of the season and forced Puma to try and put away his past demons. Drago was a rival luchador in terms of style that Puma had to overcome. Chavo Guerrero had the Crew to back him up. King Cuerno was someone that was cold and calculating. Every challenger was unique in the way that they presented a challenge to Puma and Puma had to overcome the odds. This is how a babyface builds momentum.
Pentagon Jr’s Path Of Destruction
I’ll admit right now that I am such a huge fan of Pentagon Jr. Initially, this guy was really shown to be just another midcard heel on the show. However after Pentagon was double-crossed by Chavo at Aztec Warfare I think, Pentagon began being booked more seriously. He developed a mean streak which saw him break the arms of all his opponents after he beat them. It was a slow but well planned build for Pentagon. He went after the lower card talent, worked his way to the mid-carders and then started going after stars like Sexy Star. He wasn’t thrown against a top guy right off the bat. He built a reputation. What’s that lead too? Why Pentagon Jr is now a top guy in the second season of the show. All the little victories add up.
Son Of Havoc, Ivelisse and Angelico’s Trios Turmoil
Teams put together that don’t get along are a common thing in wrestling, especially when developing rivalries. The way Son Of Havoc, Ivelisse and Angelico were put together and presented though was pulled off so well. It started with a number of weeks with angles between the three of them as singles stars, with Angelico causing issues between Ivelisse and Son of Havoc. All of this tension led to Dario Cueto making them a trios team for the tag team titles, which really told a good story. They had to work together in order to succeed and defied the odds to win the trios titles. It’s the simple case of a team that really shouldn’t work that you’re cheering on to get on the same page. Plus, the chemistry between Havoc, Ivelisse and Angelico was really good as well.
Drago Banished From The Temple
Drago’s another favourite of mine and I’ve always enjoyed his work on the show. He’s got a cool look and a great gimmick that just grabs your attention. He was actually given a decent story arc which started off with a really well put together best of five series against Aero Star. The winner would earn a “unique opportunity” and as the series progressed, things intensified between the two luchadors. Drago won, which led to Dario Cueto announcing that Drago would get a Lucha Underground title shot. If he lost, he would be banned from the temple. Drago did lose and was banned from the temple until he found a loophole in one of Dario’s number one contendership matches. Drago was given one last chance to return to the temple and fight for the title but would unmask if he lost. Drago won in a great storyline which really put him over as a babyface.
The development of stars is the thing that really impresses me when I watch this show. These stars are developed through the storylines and it’s the little things that made all the difference. The impact of all the rivalries and events that happen in these luchadors’ lives matter. Nothing is a waste and it’s really a testament of the writers. Good job guys!