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Lucha Underground 09/05/18: Death will set you free

Welcome to this week’s Lucha Underground review, believers! While there’s no women’s match on the card we do have a big surprise coming to us in the first 10 minutes of Wednesday’s broadcast.

The saga between Melissa Santos and Catrina comes to a shocking climax. Their feud has been simmering on/off since the series even began and it really kicked into high gear when Catrina came out of the shadows of death after Fenix earlier this season, ending him and taking his life force so she could return to the Temple.

At his alter, Catrina tells Mil Muertes that she is done with him, that she never really loved him, and that she has her freedom. She gives him the Stone, but is confronted by Melissa Santos, leading to a fight between the two throughout the building and to the rooftops while Mil stares at the Stone.

Catrina gets the upper hand by trying to choke out Melissa with her pendant, but Melissa throws her off, with Catrina grabbing a railing to stop her fall, but Mil grabs her hand, gives her back the stone, and gives her something to remember him by as she falls to her death.

Melissa and Aerostar look over her body, with Aerostar asking for the pendant in exchange for what she desires, with Aerostar then travelling back in time ten weeks to when Catrina regained her life from Fenix. Aerostar restores his life and brings him to the present.

Thoughts: To be honest, I’m a little underwhelmed at how Catrina’s possible death played out. She’s supposed to be this powerful, macabre, elder being and yet a fall from great heights is what kills her?

It makes sense in a weird way that Melissa and her love of Fenix is what ends the conniving Mistress of the Macabre, she’s really only used others for power during her whole reign of terror. I feel like right at the beginning of her gaining freedom and trying to leave the Temple, it’s all swept away.

And you’re not expecting this end at all, but at the same time I’m just at a loss for words, especially since in the previous season with Catrina’s mother and their talk of balancing the tribes etc wasn’t fully resolved. I saw some more potential for Catrina, once she returned to life earlier this season, to turn over a new leaf. Instead this happens. I- I don’t know. I was rooting for her the whole time during this fight.

The fight sequence was very well done. I liked the use of split screens for both women and how it was difficult to really predict who would come out of this alive.

Catrina’s character really changed the game in terms of what a valet is and how they are treated. She was more than just a manager, she played the game and she did it exceptionally well. She took what she wanted, she grabbed the gold by doing whatever it takes.

I’m hoping in death she gets the freedom her character truly wanted for herself.

Onto Melissa, now that our pool of Luchadoras has gotten even smaller, I’m wondering if she’ll step back into the ring again on occasion. She’s proven to be a strong character on her own and now that Fenix has been resurrected, there may be unforeseen consequences to deal with.

I’m not sure what to expect moving forward, but we’ll all be watching closely.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Is this the last we’ll ever see of Catrina? What do you think of the climax to Catrina’s story? Sound off in the comments below.

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