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TV Review: Lucha Underground S3 E10, “El Jefe Is Back”

Published on April 7th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Matshifter, Pro Wrestling, TV, TV Reviews, Underground/Cult |

By Sachin Hingoo

I'm kind of a big deal

Perhaps the most important aspect of the Lucha Underground universe is the personality of Dario Cueto. He’s been around in a limited way throughout this season, but only in short vignettes. In “El Jefe Is Back,” Dario Cueto, El Jefe, is definitely, uh, back. He even brought back a fun little staple of the first season of the show, the live performances! This week, we have Chingon, Robert Rodriguez’s band, opening up the show and they add a fun vibe to the proceedings that wasn’t there during Catrina’s reign, and that’s how Dario sets himself apart as a character. As sadistic and evil as he may be, his ultimate goal is to always entertain the audience and, by extension, make money doing so. Catrina just wanted the power of the Temple for its own sake.


TV Review: Lucha Underground S3 E09, “Aztec Warfare II”

Published on April 4th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Matshifter, Pro Wrestling, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews, Underground/Cult |

By Sachin Hingoo

Matanza wins the title

I often say that each week in Lucha Underground is bigger than the last, and this week’s episode, featuring the second chaotic Aztec Warfare match, is no exception. On top of the match itself, we will see the Lucha Underground debut of one of the world’s most famous (if not the most famous) luchadors, Rey Mysterio Jr., as well as his protege Dragon Azteca Jr. As if that weren’t enough, the frightening Matanza is on his way back to the Temple with his brother Dario Cueto and Black Lotus in tow.


TV Review: Lucha Underground S3 E08, “Life After Death”

Published on March 18th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Matshifter, Pro Wrestling, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews, Underground/Cult |

By Sachin Hingoo

fenix with the people

It’s a gigantic week in Lucha Underground, friends. After last week’s outstanding triple-threat match between champion Mil Muertes, Pentagón Jr., and Prince Puma, Fenix cashed in his Gift of the Gods title shot which is our main event for tonight. Let’s also hope that the inter-gender content will be handled better this week, because we have a Trios title match between the Disciples of Death and the team of Son of Havoc, Angelico, and Ivelisse that should be pretty good.


TV Review: Lucha Underground S2 E07, “Death Comes In Threes”

Published on March 14th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Matshifter, Pro Wrestling, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews, Underground/Cult |

By Sachin Hingoo


Despite watching this show every week, there are some things about the Lucha Underground product that I’ve glossed over a bit since I started writing these reviews. Lucha Underground features stories and matches that I think we can all agree give reality a pretty wide berth; all of their storylines have an outlandish quality to them. Their potentially problematic (to say the least) choice to feature intergender matches even in this unbelievable universe has earned them some flack, however. Lucha’s handling of matches and angles like this hasn’t been perfect, but it’s mostly been OK because the matches between women and men are presented in a fast-paced, more athletic style that’s not as violent as “hardcore” wrestling can be.

Tonight’s episode is different. We all have our lines, and seeing a woman–in this case, Taya Valkyrie–suplexed off the ring apron and through a table, and then again taking Cage’s Weapon X finisher onto broken glass (it is very clearly prop glass, made of sugar, but the visual is disturbing) steps way over that line for me.


TV Review: Lucha Underground S3 E06, “The Gift Of The Gods”

Published on March 4th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Matshifter, Pro Wrestling, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews, Underground/Cult |

By Sachin Hingoo


A very subtle theme in this season of Lucha Underground has been Catrina’s meddling with powers she doesn’t fully understand since wresting control of the Temple from Dario Cueto. Since assuming power, she’s done things like reneging on the stipulations of the Gift Of The Gods title to make Cuerno wrestle Fenix in a Ladder Match instead of giving him his title shot or trying to manipulate Pentagón Jr. (not a good idea at the best of times). She may be a magical teleporting queen of death, but you have to think that these things have consequences.


DVD Review: The Sheik

Published on March 4th, 2016 in: Documentaries, DVD, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Movie Reviews, Movies, Pro Wrestling, Reviews |

By Jeffery X Martin


Normally, when you hear about someone who started with nothing, made it big, then lost it all to drugs and general bad behavior, it’s some Hollywood starlet or Tom Sizemore. This is not the case with The Sheik, a documentary about one of the most famous professional wrestlers of all time, The Iron Sheik.


TV Review: Fuller House S1 E06, “The Legend of El Explosivo”

Published on February 29th, 2016 in: Comedy, Current Faves, Netflix Reviews, Pro Wrestling, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg


Who could have guessed that when the Fullers and Gibblers head to a wrestling event, something would go wrong?

Well, yeah, everyone.


In Case You Missed It: February 21 – 27, 2016–Cults, Conspiracy Theories & More

Published on February 27th, 2016 in: Comedy, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Feminism, Horror, ICYMI, LGBTQ, Movies, Pro Wrestling, Reviews, TV |

By Less Lee Moore


Let’s get things started with some OMGWTFLOL and a short history of women throwing their tampons at you.

Do you like Charles Manson? Sure, we all do! Popshifter’s latest podcast is available now and it’s full of commentary on The Veil, The Sacrament, Lana Del Rey, and other cult-related ephemera.

Check it out here.

The tenth season of The X-Files ended this week and the Internet hivemind was not exactly pleased. Read what Jeffery X Martin thought of each of the six episodes.

Still not satisfied? FINE. Here’s my take on Season 10.

Full House is back! Well, sort of. Tyler takes on the first three episodes of Fuller House, the reboot that everyone/no-one wanted. Commiserate with Laury on The Walking Dead and Outsiders, and laugh with Sachin about Lucha Underground and Broad City.

The Oscars air on Sunday and while everyone’s been buzzing about #OscarsSoWhite, let’s not forget that they aren’t exactly queer-friendly, either. Here are 5 unfortunate truths about LGBT diversity in Hollywood, plus a scathing assessment of the industry’s transphobia from nominee and transgender musician Anohni.

There is a lot of music news this week, and Unicorn Booty has you covered on NOW HEAR THIS! Learn all about the need for the #FreeKesha movement, Santigold’s latest album, and more.

Looking for some new music? May we suggest Santigold, Emitt Rhodes, Bill Carter, Golden Daze, or Wolfmother?

On the movie front: Tim Murr wonders why 1988’s Alien Nation doesn’t have a proper Blu-Ray edition, Jeffery X Martin wanders down the darkly humorous path of disenfranchisement with Criterion’s new release of The Graduate and calls Creed “one hell of a movie.” If you live in Canada, you can check out the new CBC documentary Girls’ Night Out, which discusses the sobering personal cost of binge-drinking.

What happened this week on Today In Pop Culture? The RMS Britannic, Lawrence Welk, Nazis, Tootsie Rolls, and clones.

TV Review: Lucha Underground, S3 E05, “The Machine”

Published on February 26th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Matshifter, Pro Wrestling, Reviews, Sports, TV, TV Reviews, Underground/Cult |

By Sachin Hingoo


Last week we saw the debut of Joey Ryan, but that wasn’t the most eventful thing to happen to Joey in the last seven days –our hero momentarily threw off the sleaze to propose to his girlfriend Laura James during a wrestling match. (Caution: Not Safe For Work Environments That Discourage Adorable Things).

Tonight, though, is about violence, and our main event of pretty-man Johnny Mundo versus steroid-man Bryan Cage should be a wild one.


TV Review: Lucha Underground, S2 E04, “Cero Miedo”

Published on February 19th, 2016 in: Matshifter, Pro Wrestling, Sports, TV, TV Reviews, Underground/Cult |

By Sachin Hingoo


Well hello again, believers! This is a big week on Lucha Underground as Joey Ryan debuts in the Temple and Prince Puma faces Pentagón Jr. in the main event. We get a recap of Pentagón Jr. snapping Mil Muertes’ arm on the premiere before…