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And so it is come to this. I am so happy to be here with you sports fans…here at the end of the top 100 Lucha Underground matches of all time series. For the past four weeks we’ve looked back at several LU classics, from Grave Consequences matches to Aztec Medallion multi-mans to a match where a dude rolled a bowling ball into another man’s nether regions. It’s been a good time, but now it must conclude with the twenty greatest matches in LU history, topped off by what I feel is, as Randy Savage would say, the CREAM OF DA CROP, YEAH! Not only that, but I even have a bonus match to start out the column, one that was supposed to be in the series but…well, I’ll explain. So yeah, loaded column. Let’s get into it shall we? Here are the twenty greatest Lucha Underground matches (and one honorable mention) in the history of the western hemisphere.

In case you missed, be sure to check out parts onetwothree, and four.

 

 

Daga vs. Texano (Season 2, Three’s A Crowd)

 

When I first created this list, I had this match, Daga’s Lucha Underground debut, placed somewhere in the middle. Unfortunately mistakes were made and this match ended up getting cut out altogether. It deserved better, which is why, while I won’t be taking any matches out, I’m including it here as an honorary part of the list. Well that and I’m afraid Microman Fever would scalp me if I didn’t! In any event, this is not only one of the examples of Texano, after months of making you wonder why he was there, stepping up in a big way. Of course it helps that his opponent is the underrated Daga; even today I feel he gets overlooked to a degree compared to his fellow La Rebelion members due to his lack of flash. He didn’t need it here as he and Texano beat the tar out of each other in an exciting, fast paced brawl for an Aztec Medallion. This was sadly the only big chance (outside of the Gift of the Gods match at UL2) that Daga had to make an impression after he fell victim to those dastardly visa issues early in season three. Fortunately that got resolved and now he should be able to have plenty of sweet matches as a snake king in seasons four, five, six, seven; sky’s the limit.

 

20. Johnny Mundo vs. Prince Puma (Season 1, Welcome to the Temple)

 

The first main event in the history of Lucha Underground! Also probably the least attended great match in the history of Lucha Underground; I’ve never seen more empty seats in the Temple than I did in this episode. Fortunately business picked up quick and in many ways it was thanks to this match, which got things rolling in a way Sexy Star-Son of Havoc (too short) and Chavo-Blue Demon Jr. (too much Blue Demon) couldn’t. It’s not as refined as some of the latter day Puma-Mundo matches but it makes up for that with how important it is; this is not only the first big LU match, but it’s also Puma’s first match in a televised spotlight and Mundo’s first big match in about three years. No pressure at all! And despite all that, they deliver a rollercoaster of a match, with tons of high spots, fast paced action and a long look at a budding chemistry that would eventually develop into one of the three marquee rivalries in LU history. It all had to begin somewhere; this was that place.

19. Drago vs. Fenix vs. Pentagon Jr. (Season 1, Crossing the Border)

 

So, when I said in the last part of the series that Puma-Pentagon-Mil Muertes was the best triple threat in LU history, I was in fact mistaken. Why? Because this match is; this is what happens when you only briefly double check your notes on occasion! Actually you could argue that Mil-Puma-Pentagon on the whole was a better workrate match but this three way, only the third episode into LU’s run, tops it in importance and at worst is right behind it in awe inspiring stuff. Not only that but it serves as an introduction for three of LU’s most beloved and important stars, who all acquit themselves admirably in their first big US appearance. Actually I may be underrating Fenix a bit here as he’s just downright filthy, giving the match its biggest wow moments, including the first ever instance of a luchador taking flight off the rooftop of Dario Cueto’s office. Is it the most important match in Lucha Underground history? I’ll let you pick between that and Puma-Mundo I, but I will say it’s not every day you get a match that both delivers high flying thrills while introducing a high level star and two luchadors who would go onto become two of the biggest crossover stars in recent memory.

18. Johnny Mundo vs. Prince Puma, Title vs. Career (Season 3, Ultima Lucha Tres Part Four)

 

For Prince Puma, it all began with Johnny Mundo and if you forget what happened after this match you can say it all ended with Mundo as well. Of the many masterpieces they created together only one tops this one, which like their first encounter is a rollercoaster of action. It’s also a rollercoaster of emotion, twists and turns once the Worldwide Underground interferes (a Mundo title match tradition), leading to Angelico’s surprise return to fight them off and referee Rick Knox reliving his PWG days with show stopping dive. From there it turns back into a great wrestling match that Puma wins to save his career…until Dario and Pentagon changed all of that a few minutes later. In the end everything pays off. You get the great action between long time rivals Mundo and Puma. You get the payoff to the Worldwide Underground interfering in nearly every Mundo title match with Angelico once again returning to serve them their comeuppance. You get the unforgettable moment with Knox. All of it together makes this an epic, heart pounding spectacle where the good guy (who had been working his way back to this point all season mind you) reaches his goal and reclaims his title. Hard to believe it all went wrong a few minutes later.

 

17. Fenix vs. Marty “The Moth” Martinez (Season 3, Ultima Lucha Tres Part Two)

 

More emotionally satisfying matches coming right up! One of LU’s bigger weaknesses during the first three seasons had been the lack of strong Apuesta matches; that all changed with this powder keg, built around Fenix’ love for Melissa Santos and Marty’s jealousy of that fact, a jealousy so powerful that he had to take Fenix’ mask in order to show Melissa how “ugly” Fenix truly was. Good stuff right? The match was somehow even crazier, with Fenix producing more blood than Scream’s 1, 2, 3 and 4, Marty going even more psycho then he did in his feud with Killshot, callbacks up the wazoo with Marty bringing back his famed lunchbox of weapons (he may nor may not have attacked Fenix with knives and scissors during the buildup); it’s pretty wild. But brutal, bloody nature of the match is once again a supporting player to the excellent payoff. This wasn’t just about Fenix defending his identity against a deranged lunatic; this was the culmination of the Melissa-Marty storyline that began as a weird little side note in season one and eventually evolved into a straight up creep fest as LU continued to evolve. As such it’s only fitting that this match ended with Melissa nailing Marty with a low blow, followed by Fenix putting the finishing touches on Marty to save his mask and give the Moth a much needed haircut (which he would after Mariposa, sick of his Melissa obsession, turned on him and tied him up to take his medicine). It was so emotional grown men cried; I shit you not! That’s what happens when you pay off two stories in one bloody, melodramatic (in a good, Douglas Sirk kind of way) match.

 

16. Fenix vs. Ivelisse vs. Johnny Mundo vs. King Cuerno vs. Pentagon Jr. vs. Taya (Season 2, Six to Survive)

 

One week after they all teamed together to earn the right to face each other, Fenix, Ivelisse, Mundo, Cuerno, Pentagon and Taya did just that. The show long match starts slow, builds, gets faster and faster and then climaxes in an epic final few minutes between Pentagon and Fenix, their first kinda sorta one on one encounter since early in season one. It’s as epic as you’d expect, made even better by the fact that Pentagon is just returning from being Batman’d by Matanza’s Bane and trying to get both the LU title shot and a chance at revenge. If you don’t raise your fist triumphantly when Matt Striker screams “HE’S DONE IT!” as Pentagon puts Fenix away, I can only assume you have no soul. Or maybe you’re just a really big Fenix fan, which in that case it’s alright.

15. Cage vs. Matanza (Season 2, Judgment Day)

 

You know you’re accomplishing quite a bit when you’re able to take Matanza to the limit even more than Mil Muertes did. And yet that’s what Cage does in this underrated bulldozer, bolstered by the fact that Cage works this match completely different than you’d expect. I, along with most peeps, thought Cage and Matanza would have a nonstop slugfest. They get there, but not before the exciting start to the match where Cage surprises Matanza but taking to the air and getting the upper hand with his athleticism. It’s a welcome, unexpected, dynamic star that gives the match so much energy that it never lets up as the Monster and the Machine do their best Godzilla vs. Insert Fellow Monster battle (complete with awesome German Suplex sequences!). Not only would I argue this is Matanza’s best non Aztec Warfare performance, but I’d also say this is the most the monster has ever been dominated in a match. And it still wasn’t enough for Cage to beat him!

14. Pentagon Dark vs. Doku, Yueri, Hitokiri, Gauntlet Match (Season 3, Breaker of Bones)

 

The whole essence of Pentagon Jr./Dark’s LU run is that he’s been building to two things; the big moment where he wins the title and the big moment where he pays for his sins. The former came at Ultima Lucha Tres while the latter came here at the hands of three members of the Black Lotus Triad who just so happened to be three of the best wrestlers on the planet. Go figure! It doesn’t happen instantly; Pentagon more than holds his own in this gauntlet match by disposing of Doku and Yueri early in the proceedings. But by the time Hitokiri comes around Pentagon has met his match and this show long encounter turns into one of the longest nights of his career. Perhaps it’s because Pentagon did recover from this and prospered later in season three (although he hasn’t gotten revenge on the Black Lotus Triad yet) but I absolutely love that he not only got what was coming to him, but that it was three bad ass ninjas who delivered the goods.

13. Fenix vs. Mil Muertes (Season 2, Life After Death)

 

The concluding chapter (for now) in the Mil Muertes-Fenix rivalry is tame in comparison to Grave Consequences and their death match. It also, in a way, feels more epic. There are certainly callbacks to the previous matches, such as Mil ripping Fenix’ mask and biting at his forehead and there is, as there usually is with big Fenix matches in LU, a lot of blood. But this is less about destruction and more a titanic clash of the hero vs. his monstrous enemy, two luchadors destined to fight into infinity if they have to. And so they brawl, they claw, they tear and they create their third straight masterpiece that features the greatest ending in LU history, as Fenix jumps out of a Flatliner attempt and rolls Mil up into a Zack Sabre Jr. style pin to snatch the Lucha Underground Championship away.

12. Johnny Mundo vs. Prince Puma (Season 1, All Night Long)

 

Only Mundo and closeted Lionel Richie fan Prince Puma could compete in the first ever All Night Long match and if no one thought so beforehand, they sure did after. It’s all about the comeback story; Puma takes the 1-0 lead to begin, but soon after falls behind 4-1 thanks to Mundo breaking out a crowbar that leaves Puma trying to find his footing for a good ten minute stretch. He finally turns it around with an insane “if I go, I’m taking you with me!” bump off the Temple bandstand through several tables, then slowly chips away until he ties it up following a brilliant sequence where Mundo tries to outrun Puma to wind down the clock, only to be foiled by the returning Alberto El Patron (this was Patron’s return from Mundo tossing him through a window). It all concludes in a two minute mad dash where both men try to take it home, with Puma finally succeeding with a 630 off the top with about ten seconds left. In the end, it takes the elements of every great Puma-Mundo match before and every great Puma-Mundo match after, puts it all together and gives it an hour. The greatest match in the history of the rivalry.

11. Aztec Warfare I (Season 1, Aztec Warfare)

 

Is the first Aztec Warfare the match that put Lucha Underground on the map? That depends on who you ask. Regardless, LU’s answer to the Royal Rumble succeeded in taking the concept of a timeless match, fiddling around with the controls and producing an unforgettable experience. Not only do all twenty participants get a chance to shine but they get to do what they usually do; tear things up all over the Temple thanks to the anything goes mandate by Dario Cueto and the lack of over the top rope eliminations (in case you forgot, Aztec Warfare eliminations can only be achieved by pinfall and submission). You couldn’t have picked a better way to crown the first ever Lucha Underground Champion and it couldn’t have come down to a better final two then, you guessed it, Johnny Mundo and Prince Puma, with Puma claiming the honor of first ever LU Champion.

10. Mariposa vs. Sexy Star (Season 2, No Mas)

 

Look, I think we can all agree that Sexy Star is a) a pretty despicable human being, b) an average at best talent on her best day (which wasn’t often) and c) did I mention a terrible human being? But regardless of how you feel about her, you cannot deny the power of No Mas, Sexy’s magna opus and quite frankly one of the greatest accomplishments of the LU creative team and Mariposa. The culmination of Sexy being kidnapped and tortured by Mariposa and her brother Marty “The Moth” Martinez, this was in every sense of the word a fight and it had to be; not only would a straight up wrestling match have not fit the story but I’m not sure if it would’ve been any good. Instead they brawl all over the Temple, with Sexy gushing blood, Mack and Marty interfering on and off and, slowly but surely, Sexy finds the will to win after the Moths had seemingly taken it from her by force. I suppose you could argue the impact of the match has been neutered since Sexy Star showed her true colors, but to ignore this match’s excellence because of your dislike for her is a disservice to the creative team for its strong work on the angle and towards Mariposa for being able to pull such a performance out of Sexy. Her work, the match’s story of a woman finding herself again and the iconic “Fuck you Mariposa!” scream continue to make this match a massive part of Lucha Underground lore.

9. Johnny Mundo vs. The Mack (Season 3, All Night Long…Again)

 

All Night Long II follows the principle of most sequels; go bigger. Hence we get more interference, more violence, more evil Mundo shenanigans (how about that fake injury spot?) and, naturally, more drama. The only thing there isn’t more of is the deficit to which Big Willie has to make up to get back into this match? So what makes it superior to the original All Night Long? Part of it is that it features a rudo champion in Mundo who is so loathed at this point that fans desperately want to see him lose the title, leading to the added investment. But the bigger reason is The Mack, the loveable hardworking underdog, finally putting it together, overcoming all the obstacles in his way and doing everything but beat the clock to dethrone the treacherous Mundo. The Puma-Mundo match had a great final two minutes but what Mack and Mundo deliver here is truly electric, exciting and ultimately heartbreaking. But as disappointing as Big Willie coming up just short might’ve been, this match (and the Sudden Death match a week later) proved that he was worthy of the shot LU gave him and, like I said earlier, proved how big a deal it’ll be when he goes to make that final cover to win the gold and time doesn’t run out.

 

8. Killshot vs. Marty “The Moth” Martinez (Season 3, The Amulet)

 

By chance I heard Marty discussing this match on the Masks, Mats and Mayhem some time ago (recommended viewing/listening if you’re an LU fan) and he revealed this match almost didn’t happen; in fact, it appears the original plan was for the Killshot-Marty feud to climax in the Gift of the Gods Championship seven way at Ultima Lucha Dos. Instead both guys fought for a definitive end to the story of Marty stealing Killshot’s dog tags and we got the WMD match. The story leading in was captivating, with the psychotic Marty trying to kill the humanity noble Killshot, a former soldier who fought to forget his demons from the battlefield, and send him down to his level. That doesn’t exactly happen but damned if Marty doesn’t try his best; the stuff these two do to each other in this match would make this the most violent match in almost any other promotion, from Marty’s powerbombing Killshot from the ring and through two tables on the floor to Killshot’s DVD through the ladder. But nothing tops the climax, where atop a ladder Killshot finally retrieves his dog tags and then rides the elevator down to hit Marty with one of the smoothest double stomps through a table you will ever see. There are star making performances, there are masterpieces and then there are star making performances that double as masterpieces. This is the latter.

7. Aztec Warfare II (Season 2, Aztec Warfare II)

 

Man, LU is great with making great sequels to previous matches aren’t they? Like All Night Long II compared to All Night Long I, the second Aztec Warfare is bigger, badder and crazier than the original. It features the Lucha Underground debut of Rey Mysterio, who starts at #2 and goes the distance in a call back to his 2006 Royal Rumble victory. Joey Ryan provides laughs by handcuffing himself to a railing, which keeps him from being eliminated…and also keeps him from eliminating anyone (he really didn’t think this through). At one point during the action, we spot Jack Evans in the background falling down the Temple stairs because of course he is. But naturally, all the crazy spots cannot compare to the triumphant return of Dario Cueto (returning to the Temple for the first time since Ultima Lucha Uno) and the long awaited debut of Matanza, who proceeds to arrive and turn Aerostar, Texano, Ryan, El Dragon Azteca Jr., Chavo Guerrero Jr. Prince Puma and Mysterio into hamburger in one of the most dominating debuts I have ever seen. Aztec Warfare II would’ve been great without that (I haven’t even mentioned some of the best parts of the match) but the fact that this match introduced a monster (albeit a well built monster) and instantly turned him into a legitimate, believable, unstoppable wrecking ball is the stuff dreams are made of.

6. Prince Puma vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. (Season 2, Ultima Lucha Dos Part Three)

 

Some people didn’t want to believe Rey Mysterio still had it after Aztec Warfare II. Then they didn’t want to believe it when he, Puma and Azteca had an outstanding run as Trios Champions. Even after all that people didn’t want to believe he could turn back the clock again in his Ultima Lucha Dos headliner with Prince Puma. For a third time they were wrong, as Puma and Mysterio took this dream match and made it into a dream. And sure, huge credit has to go to Puma for that; his entire LU run was him at the height of his powers and the confidence he gave Mysterio to live a little more dangerously is quite the feat. You know what else is though; Mysterio turning back the clock and looking like the guy we saw not just in WWE but in WCW. I still get chills thinking about him hitting that top rope West Coast Pop, the first time he had done any variation of that move in years. Many since Mysterio’s Royal Rumble return have said it was the beginning of the Rey Mysterio renaissance. If only they knew it had already been going on right under their noses for the last several years.

5. Mil Muertes vs. Prince Puma (Season 1, Ultima Lucha Part Two)

 

The best match in the Puma-Mil Muertes rivalry is the one where it all began, in the main event of Ultima Lucha Uno for the Lucha Underground Championship. Naturally it wasn’t just about the title; Puma went into this having to fight without the advice of his mentor Konnan (who was out with a case of “death”) while Mil had recently turned into an unstoppable locomotive who put Fenix through a roof and made defeating Drago look easier than a round of Mario Golf. Against all odds Puma showed tremendous fight and this match, in many ways, feels like a Wrestlemania match with its high drama, big moves and back and forth action. But it never loses sight of its story beats; in the end Puma may be great and Mil may not be as invulnerable as he appears, but he’s still a locomotive and Puma is still not quite ready to be his own man without Konnan. And so Ultima Lucha Uno closed with Puma taking a Flatliner off the top rope and Mil, Catrina and the Disciples of Death posing with all of the gold.

4. Angelico, Ivelisse, Son of Havoc vs. The Crew (Season 1, Trios Champions)

 

Story time! I’m sure at one point or another it has been difficult for any Lucha Underground fan to watch the show through legal means (hello citizens of England!). I too was one of those people who at one point had to catch LU episodes through, how should I say, means that were not strictly legal (aka I watched episodes on Dailymotion). Then one day I got a dog sitting gig at a place that had the El Rey Network and I got to watch Lucha Underground live for the first time; the main event was this match, the abrupt finals of the Trios Tournament where Dario Cueto forced Angelico, Ivelisse and Son of Havoc to go through one more match (after they had just wrestled a three way trios match) against Dario’s henchmen The Crew. Oh, did I mention that Ivelisse was working on a legitimately injured ankle and that her, Angelico and Havoc loathed each other and couldn’t get on the same page? The Crew controlled the action for the first ten minutes, but after Mr. Cisco hit a wild superplex on Son of Havoc out of the crowd and to the floor, things changed. First Havoc hit a moonsault out of the crowd. Then, with Ivelisse alone with Bael and Cortez Castro in the ring, Angelico (who had been left up on Dario’s office) ran full speed and flew off the roof to hit a perfect crossbody in one of the most exciting moments in my wrestling fandom. From there all that was left was for Ivelisse to nail The Crew with a few cane shots and for a Double Stomp/Shooting Star Press combo off the top rope for the most unlikely trio in history to become the first ever Lucha Underground Trios Champions. How’s that for your first ever live LU episode? Sometimes I wonder if I overrate this as the first few minutes are what some would consider slow. Then I think about the real life injury Ivelisse worked through to do what she did. Then I think about Havoc’s moonsault. I think about the crowd losing its mind at these three misfits finally bonding together to achieve the unthinkable. And naturally, I think about Angelico’s leap, the kind of breathless, epic moment that reminds you why you love pro wrestling. At that moment I realize I’m being an idiot and that this match is truly a landmark in LU history.

3. Fenix vs. Mil Muertes, Grave Consequences (Season 1, Grave Consequences)

 

Love my friends is a burning thing, and sometimes it’ll make you want to do things like putting another dude/dudette in a coffin to prove your love to the man/woman of your dreams. That’s what appeared to be the story of Grave Consequences, a match brought on by Fenix stealing Mil Muertes’ girl Catrina, leading to Mil going full rage quit. In reality the whole thing was the diabolical workings of Catrina seducing Fenix into killing Mil so she could then resurrect Mil as the most unstoppable force since Brock Lesnar decided to start suplexing people. Whatever way you want to look at it, the match was a tour de force that presented the casket match in a whole new way. The key was LU treated the casket like a ladder; instead of just being something to stuff their opponent into, Mil and Fenix used the coffin as a weapon, which led to moments like Fenix getting backdropped into the coffin, flying into the coffin…alright really Mil just used it as a weapon but you get the point. But as with everything else in the story leading up Mil underestimated Fenix’ heart, his ability to take a beating and the fact that he would keep coming no matter how many gallons of blood he bled. And that’s how, despite being beaten to a pulp, Fenix ultimately prevailed with a Double Stomp on the apron that sent Mil tumbling into the coffin, with Catrina slamming the door shut (again; all part of the plan!). Whether you love it because it’s an innovative piece of wrestling or because it’s a phenomenal story, this match is what we would describe as an all timer, and a match that even Undertaker will tell you is the greatest casket match of all time.

2. Dante Fox vs. Killshot, Hell of War Match (Season 3, Ultima Lucha Tres Part One)

 

You know you’ve done something right when you have a match, the be all end all of hardcore matches mind you, that can be put in the same sentence as Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega. Dante Fox vs. Killshot in the Hell of War Match (basically LU’s Three Stages of Hell) would’ve been in the same sentence regardless because there’s no match, not Grave Consequences, not the WMD match, not even the Cero Miedo match, out there in recent memory that was as violent as this. These men go through glass, barbed wire, stretchers, more glass and at one point you can even see a piece of skin left behind on a stretcher, a sight that still makes me nauseous to this day. But this isn’t just violence for violence; its violence brought on by a terrible misunderstanding, of a friend who unknowingly left a friend behind enemy lines, creating hatred so powerful it could drive a person to any lengths. To quote Elliot Stabler, once loves morphs into hate there’s no telling what you’ll do. This match is the embodiment of that, the story of a man who cannot let it go that his friend “abandoned” him vs. the former friend driven to hatred by the whole situation. You think about that through every awe inspiring, gruesome moment and it adds a layer that separates this match from the common death match and turns it into an unforgettable experience. I hesitate to say it was a star making match or the match that put Killshot or Fox on the map, because I’d say both guys already were (Killshot because of the WMD match, Fox because of the Puma match). What it was instead was a defining match, the kind we’ll remember for years to come and a match that will be compared to everything else Fox and Killshot ever do. The thing is, I’m not sure you’ll ever see anything like this again nor should you. It’s that violent, that personal and that off the charts.

 

1. Pentagon Jr. vs. Vampiro (Season 2, Ultima Lucha Part Two)

 

We wrestling fans are weird. We crave the new thing while simultaneously craving nostalgia. We love to see young superstars rise up and grab the brass ring, and we also love to see the heroes from our past rise up in search of the thing all former champions/legends dream of; one last good day. After struggling as Chavo Guerrero’s lackey during the early days of season one, Pentagon Jr. broke out as an arm breaking, anti-hero bad ass who broke the bones of his opponents as offerings to an unknown master. On he went breaking bone after bone…until he went to break Sexy Star’s arm and was stopped by Lucha Underground’s color commentator and former CMLL/AAA/WCW star Vampiro. From that point forward Pentagon became consumed with the idea of Vamp as the ultimate sacrifice; he berated him and attempted to goad him into coming out retirement, and eventually even resorted to threatening to burn Vampiro with gasoline if he continued to refuse. That last episode did the trick, and Vampiro let the darkness consume him and accepted Pentagon’s challenge for a match at Ultima Lucha. And there we got a match second only to the Hell of War in brutality. Pentagon is ruthless; he slams Vampiro on concrete, throws chair after chair on him, breaks light tubes over his head, tosses him onto thumbtacks; if he could’ve scalped Vampiro, he would’ve. And yet Vampiro keeps getting up and keeps doing things he should not be able to do, dishing out his own light tube shots, top rope belly to belly slams onto thumbtacks, ect., ect., ect. It’s a heroic performance that is nowhere close to enough, especially once Pentagon sends him through a flaming table to get the biggest win of his career.

 

That would’ve been enough you know. If things had just ended like that and Pentagon just walked to the back, Lucha Underground would’ve had its Hogan-Rock, with the former star rising up one more time past his prime to have on good day, only for it to not be enough as the upstart star put him down with a taste of his own medicine. So it must come as no shock at all that LU decided to go further and reveal that the whole thing had been orchestrated by Vampiro, Pentagon’s secret master who ordered him to break all his opponents’ arms and then sent him after himself, in order to prove that Pentagon was indeed ready. It’s a revelation that only makes the match feel that much bigger, and the embrace of Pentagon and Vampiro after the match is not just one of master and teacher standing united, but one of two performers realizing just what they have accomplished. I know there are several people out there who don’t care for Vampiro, probably feel he was too involved in this match and would’ve preferred Pentagon’s big moment against someone else. And maybe it would’ve worked out the same way, but for the life of me I can’t imagine it being this perfect, at least in my eyes. Everyone got what they wanted. Lucha Underground’s creative team completed, in my opinion, one of the greatest storylines of the last decade. Vampiro got to have the defining match of his 30 plus year career. Pentagon became the biggest crossover lucha libre star since Rey Mysterio on this story and match alone. And we all got treated to what I feel is the greatest Lucha Underground match in history, the incredible story of student vs. master, youngster vs. veteran, star vs. star. There will forever be a million things that come to mind when I think of LU, but the first thing will always be this match. I don’t think I’ll ever stop being amazed by what it accomplished. It’s to Lucha Underground what Uncharted 2 is to video games.

That’s it sports fans. That is the 100 Greatest Lucha Underground Matches of All Time in the opinion of yours truly. I hope you enjoyed this trek through the history of LU. I’d just like to say thank you to all those who stuck with this series the past five weeks; I had a blast doing it all over again and I hope you had a blast reading it. Hopefully it serves as a nice taste to set you up for the season premiere of Lucha Underground season four, which begins next week at 8 p.m. EST on the El Rey Network. Don’t worry though; I’ll see you before then. Till next time, let’s leave it on a high note.

 

 

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