I finally got round to watching the end of Lucha Underground Season 3.
Why did it take me so long? SPOILERS!!!
This is like the perfect example of how knowing how something would end really, really ruined my enjoyment of the show. I accidentally read a wikipedia page that revealed who would be the reigning champion at the end of season 3. And that meant, when it came to all the championship matches in the second half of the seasons, I pretty much knew which way it would go. I even knew who would win various other matches that led up to the climax of the season, just by logically working out who would need to do what to get the final bout I knew was coming.
If this would have been pure sport, I probably wouldn’t have watched it at all, knowing the end, but then sport isn’t typically filmed way in advance, then edited, then shown on a massive nine month delay (or whatever) so the chances of such spoilers wouldn’t be there. That’s why sport really must always be live.
And if it was pure fiction, I would have got some enjoyment about seeing where things were going, and how they got there. Like watching a TV show adaptation of a book I’ve already read. But with tournaments and sports there is more of a set structure, and the moments of drama are different.
At every moment of all the main event matches, as the three count started, I always knew either A. the person I knew would win would kick out or B. the loser would lose right then. It literally made every count have zero “who will take this” tension and only “will this be the end of the match/this can’t be the end of the match”.
Thankfully I still had all the other matchups to enjoy, and some of the shit that went down in Ultima Lucha 3 was crazyballs.
But, seriously, fuck spoilers.