While I think Cage is justifiably deserved of a title shot against the limited brute champion, Monster Matanza, I was pleasantly surprised of the first bout which seems to show Lucha Underground might be about to get behind the incredibly talented (and chiseled in the way Vince McMahon could only dream) Son of Havoc. Wrestling is undergoing a fortunate period where cruiserweight move sets are successfully implemented in the matches of all shapes and sizes of athlete in the squared circle. The MMA / UFC mat submission style where the tap out is incorporated with cruiserweight moves have become standard and expected. Craft is important now, as the talents in the business put a lot of effort into wowing the audience. Still, LU is a fertile, rich promotion for building a colorful character with costume, mask, and audience participation. You're free to showboat, improvise, and engage with those in attendance. The Temple is a special kind of venue, much in the same enthusiastic vein of the NXT Full Sail U, where the audience and performers have a certain je ne sais quoi. Whether heel or face, that dynamic is fun to watch for me personally. To see a man of Havoc's size performing standing moonsaults, a shooting star press, and gymnastic flips is simply exhilarating. I appreciate that kind of talent and it appears LU do as well. Daga is in Havoc's former spot: going through his newcomer jobbing treatment. He is a talent I imagine just has to pay his dues. The likes of Drago, Aerostar, Killshot, and Angélico have had do it. Daga does have this aggressive fighting style and puts pop to even the smallest and simplest moves, like an elbow drop or clothesline. It comes off the screen how Daga lands them with a thud that impacts. With the Kobra Moon storyline now connected to him, no matter how bizarre it seems, he has something of value provided by creative going forward. Kobra is a slithering, lascivious character featuring a talented female wrestler quite into her part. She is obsessively drawn to Daga, attaching herself to his leg like a dog in heat. He shrugs her off, but Kobra desires him. An attempt to help him backfires and so Daga is left with a supporter doing little to help. Kobra is such a wild and unpredictable embodiment of lust, she could very well overpower the attention and Daga will suffer as less interesting.
|Son of Havoc|
|Son of Havoc with former Trios teammate, Ivelisse|