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Lucha Underground is a professional wrestling promotion and serial drama television series owned and produced by United Artists
United Artists
Media Group. The weekly series airs in English on the El Rey Network and previously aired in Spanish on UniMás
UniMás
and features wrestlers from the American independent circuit and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
(AAA), one of the biggest wrestling promotions in Mexico.[1] AAA also owns a percentage of Lucha Underground.[2] The series premiered with its first season on October 29, 2014, that ran for 39 episodes. The second season of Lucha Underground started on January 27, 2016. Prior to the taping of the last Lucha Underground episode for season 2, it was announced that the show had been renewed for a third season which premiered on September 7, 2016. It was also revealed that episodes from the show would be available on iTunes for purchase. On February 1, 2017, it was announced that Lucha Underground had signed a deal with Netflix
Netflix
in the United States
United States
and Canada; the first two seasons of the series became available for streaming on the service on March 15, 2017. In November 2017, it was announced that Lucha Underground will return for a fourth season.[3] Season 4 began taping February 23, 2018. Taping will last until the end of March 2018 for all 20 episodes, and the season will premiere on June 13, 2018.

Contents

1 History and broadcasting 2 Roster 3 Current champions

3.1 Other accomplishments

4 Reception 5 International broadcasters 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

History and broadcasting[edit] In January 2014, it was announced that producer Mark Burnett
Mark Burnett
of One Three Media would be partnering with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network to launch a weekly hour-long television show in the United States in the second half of the year; the show would be affiliated with Mexico's Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
(AAA).[4] In July 2014, the show was tentatively called Lucha: Uprising.[5] In August 2014, the show was renamed as Lucha Underground, and it was announced that five AAA wrestlers would join the show, namely Blue Demon Jr., Sexy Star, Fénix, Drago, and Pentagón Jr. The show would be taped in front of a live audience in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, with the first taping being on September 6, 2014.[6][7] The series premiered on October 29, 2014, on the El Rey Network and airs on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET.[8] and in Spanish on November 1, 2014, on UniMás
UniMás
where it aired on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.[9] El Rey is available through cable and satellite television companies Comcast, Time Warner, Cox Communications, DirecTV,[10] Bright House Networks, Dish Network, and Suddenlink Communications.[11] UniMás
UniMás
is available on DirecTV
DirecTV
and Dish Network.[12] Unlike other promotions, matches are typically shown in their entirety without commercials, with the exception of the Aztec Warfare matches, which last the entire length of the program. Video packages highlighting wrestlers or storylines, air throughout each broadcast as well as several interactions between either the wrestlers themselves or with storyline promoter Dario Cueto, who is portrayed as a heel. Johnny Mundo won the main event of the series's debut episode on October 29, 2014. On January 7, 2015, Prince Puma
Prince Puma
was crowned the first Lucha Underground Champion
Lucha Underground Champion
when he won the Aztec Warfare match.[13] On April 22, 2015, Angélico, Ivelisse, and Son of Havoc were crowned the first Lucha Underground Trios Champions when they won the Trios Tournament. On March 25, 2015, it was announced that Lucha Underground would be holding their first major event in early August 2015 entitled Ultima Lucha.[14] Lucha Underground was represented in the 2015 Lucha Libre World Cup by wrestlers Johnny Mundo, Angélico, Alberto El Patrón, El Mesías
El Mesías
(Mil Muertes), Brian Cage, and senior official Marty Elias as part of "Team TNA/Lucha Underground", "Team ROH/Lucha Underground", and "Team Rest of the World" as well as in the 2016 Lucha Libre World Cup by Johnny Mundo, Brian Cage, and Chavo Guerrero Jr. as "Team Lucha Underground". On September 21, 2015, it was announced that Lucha Underground would be returning for a second season.[15] The first tapings for season 2 took place on November 14/15, 2015, and began airing on January 27, 2016.[16] Prior to the taping of the last show for season 2, the producer announced to the cast that the show had been renewed for a third season after just airing one episode of the second season.[17] El Rey made the official announcement on February 1, 2016.[18] In 2016, Lucha Underground held their first live event outside of the Temple called Austin Warfare at the Austin Music Hall in Austin, Texas, part of the 2016 South by Southwest
South by Southwest
Festival.[19] On November 10, 2017, it was announced that Lucha Underground was renewed for a fourth season set to premiere in 2018.[3] Lucha Underground announced a co-promoted event with Impact Wrestling streaming on Twitch at Wrestlecon during WrestleMania
WrestleMania
weekend in April 2018. [20] Roster[edit] Main article: List of Lucha Underground personnel Current champions[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Location Notes

Lucha Underground Championship Pentagón Dark 1 000000002016-06-26-0000June 26, 2016 651+ Boyle Heights, Los Angeles Defeated Prince Puma
Prince Puma
at Ultima Lucha
Ultima Lucha
Tres.

Lucha Underground Gift of the Gods Championship Vacated — 000000002016-06-26-0000June 26, 2016 — Boyle Heights, Los Angeles Vacated when Pentagón Dark cashed in his championship for a match for the Lucha Underground Championship.

Lucha Underground Trios Championship Dante Fox, Killshot, and The Mack 1 000000002016-06-26-0000June 26, 2016 651+ Boyle Heights, Los Angeles Defeated Reptile Tribe at Ultima Lucha
Ultima Lucha
Tres.

Other accomplishments[edit]

Special
Special
Event Last Winner Date Episode

Aztec Warfare Prince Puma 000000002015-01-07-0000January 7, 2015 Aztec Warfare I

Aztec Warfare Matanza Cueto 000000002016-03-23-0000March 23, 2016 Aztec Warfare II

Aztec Warfare Sexy Star 000000002016-11-16-0000November 16, 2016 Aztec Warfare III[21]

Reception[edit] Lucha Underground has been well received by critics and fans. On IMDB, the first season received 9 out of 10.[22] John Moore, from ProWrestling.net, praised the show for "[knowing] their identity and [weaving] together an amazing universe".[23] Lucha Underground has also gained praise from media sites like Uproxx, which said Lucha Underground had two of the top ten matches of 2015.[24] In 2015, the show was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter[25] and won SoCal Uncensored's 2015 Southern California promotion of the year award, ending Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's 12 year streak of winning the award.[26] In comparison to WWE, Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
described the promotion as "vastly different", with the show creating a "cinematic approach with supernatural elements and science fiction that also embeds wrestling psychology and storylines".[3] International broadcasters[edit] In addition to being broadcast on El Rey Network in the United States, the show is also broadcast internationally in the following countries.

Country Network

Canada TeleLatino[27]

France La Chaine Action[28]

Germany TNT Serie[29]

Germany Tele 5[30]

India DSport India[31]

Japan Fighting TV Samurai[32]

Southeast Asia KIX[33]

See also[edit]

Professional wrestling
Professional wrestling
portal

List of Lucha Underground alumni

References[edit]

^ "Los Angeles, CA (September 25, 2015) – Lucha Underground, the Lucha Libre wrestling franchise from United Artists Media Group and FactoryMade Ventures".  ^ Johnson, Mike (7 February 2016). "More on issues with Konnan, AAA and others in recent weeks". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 7 February 2016.  ^ a b c Gartland, Dan. " Lucha Underground Will Return for a Fourth Season". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 10 November 2017.  ^ de Moraes, Lisa. "TCA: Mark Burnett
Mark Burnett
To Launch Lucha Libre AAA League In U.S. With El Rey Network; 'From Dusk Till Dawn' To Premiere In March". Deadline.com. Retrieved 4 February 2015.  ^ Caldwell, James (2014-07-10). "AAA news: El Rey announces AAA Lucha Libre show for U.S. TV - timeslot, show title, more details". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2014-09-16.  ^ " El Rey Network announces more details of AAA Lucha Libre project". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2014-08-28.  ^ Queally, James (April 22, 2015). "Learn to speak lucha: The secret language of the squared circle". Los Angeles Times.  ^ " Lucha Underground promotion TV debut moved back three weeks". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. 2014-09-22. Retrieved 2014-09-23.  ^ Steinberg, Brian. "Univision To Use El Rey Wrestling Show To Bolster UniMas". Variety. Retrieved 4 February 2015.  ^ de la Fuente, Anna Marie. "Univision's Fourth Quarter, Full Year Revenue Rises". Variety. Retrieved 4 February 2015.  ^ Farrell, Mike. "Suddenlink Launches El Rey Network". Multichannel News. Retrieved 4 February 2015.  ^ "Television Station Information KFSF Channel 66 Programming: Unimas". Retrieved 4 February 2015.  ^ Johnson, Mike (2014-10-05). " Lucha Underground spoiler". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2014-10-06.  ^ "Big Update on "Ultimo Lucha" TV Special".  ^ "Believers, are you ready? #LuchaUnderground season 2 is coming in 2016!". Lucha Underground. Retrieved 23 September 2015.  ^ Peeples, Jeremy (January 27, 2016). " Lucha Underground Results: Season 2 Kicks off with an Intergender word title match". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved January 28, 2016.  ^ Thomas, Jeremy (January 31, 2016). " Lucha Underground renewed for Season Three". 411Mania. Retrieved January 31, 2016.  ^ " Lucha Underground gets picked up for a third season". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved February 1, 2016.  ^ http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2016/03/17/lucha-underground-wrestlers-battle-at-austin-music-hall-at-sxsw ^ http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2018/0301/637471/impact-wrestling-vs-lucha-underground-announced-for-wrestlemania/ ^ "Big Lucha Underground Aztec Warfare 3 spoiler". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved April 10, 2016.  ^ "Lucha Underground". IMDB.  ^ "5/20 Moore's Lucha Underground Review: The Crew vs. Son of Havoc, Ivelisse, and Angelico in a Ladder Match for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship, Marty The Moth vs. Prince Puma, Daivari vs. Texano". Prowrestling.net. Retrieved 2015-11-04.  ^ http://uproxx.com/prowrestling/10-best-wrestling-matches-of-2015/ ^ http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=14656680 ^ http://socaluncensored.com/2016/03/07/2015-socal-year-end-awards/ ^ " Lucha Underground Secures Canadian Television Deal Fight Network". Retrieved 2017-12-04.  ^ "Catch " Lucha Underground " saison 3". www.actiontv.fr (in French). Retrieved 2017-12-04.  ^ "Lucha Underground". Turner Entertainment (in German). Retrieved 2017-12-04.  ^ "LUCHA UNDERGROUND". www.tele5.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-12-04.  ^ "DSPORT bags exclusive broadcast rights of 'Lucha Underground' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-12-04.  ^ "<Lucha Underground> : 番組情報 : プロレス・格闘技専門ch FIGHTING TV サムライ". www.samurai-tv.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-12-04.  ^ "KIX's Lucha Underground Premiere Wins its Timeslot in the Philippines - CASBAA". CASBAA. 2016-05-06. Retrieved 2017-12-04. 

External links[edit]

Official Season 1 website Official Season 2 website MGM webpage for Lucha Underground

v t e

Lucha Underground

Championships

Primary

Lucha Underground

reigns

Secondary

Gift of the Gods

reigns

Trios

Trios

reigns

Other

AAA Mega Championship

reigns

Seasons

Season 1 Season 2 Season 3

Miscellaneous

Personnel Alumni Ultima Lucha Tournaments Triple Crown

Partnerships

Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide

v t e

Lucha Underground personnel

Male wrestlers

Aero Star Angélico Argenis Cage Chavo Guerrero Jr. Cortez Castro Dante Fox Dr. Wagner Jr. Drago Dragon Azteca Jr. Fénix Jack Evans Jeremiah Crane Joey Ryan Johnny Mundo Killshot The Mack Marty Martinez Matanza Cueto Mil Muertes Pentagón Jr. Pimpinela Escarlata PJ Black Rey Mysterio Ricky Mandel / Ricky Mundo Son of Havoc Texano Vibora

Female wrestlers

Black Lotus Catrina Ivelisse Mariposa Taya

Non-wrestlers

Dario Cueto

Commentators

Matt Striker Hugo Savinovich Vampiro

Former personnel

List of Lucha Underground alumni

v t e

Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide

Miscellaneous

Roster Hall of Fame Alas de Oro Copa Antonio Peña Rey de Reyes Lucha Libre World Cup

Merchandise

Lucha Libre AAA: Héroes del Ring

Partnerships

International Wrestling Syndicate Lucha Underground Pro Wrestling Noah Impact Wrestling

v t e

Professional wrestling
Professional wrestling
in the United States

Active promotions

National promotions

Impact Wrestling Ring of Honor WWE

Notable programs

Impact! Lucha Underground Ring of Honor
Ring of Honor
Wrestling WWE
WWE
205 Live WWE
WWE
NXT WWE
WWE
Raw WWE
WWE
SmackDown

Notable independent promotions

AAW Wrestling All Pro Wrestling Championship Wrestling from Hollywood Chaotic Wrestling Chikara Combat Zone Wrestling CWF Mid-Atlantic East Coast Wrestling Association Empire Wrestling Federation Evolve Full Impact Pro Funking Conservatory Hoodslam House of Hardcore House of Pain Wrestling Federation Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South Independent Wrestling Federation Innovate Wrestling Jersey All Pro Wrestling Juggalo Championship Wrestling Kaiju Big Battel Main Event Championship Wrestling Major League Wrestling MCW Pro Wrestling Mason-Dixon Wrestling Millennium Wrestling Federation National Wrasslin' League National Wrestling Alliance New England Championship Wrestling NOVA Pro Wrestling Ohio Valley Wrestling OMEGA Championship Wrestling Pro Wrestling America Pro Wrestling Guerrilla Reality of Wrestling Resistance Pro Wrestling Ring Warriors Southern States Wrestling Style Battle Top Rope Promotions Ultra Championship Wrestling-Zero United Wrestling Coalition West Coast Wrestling Connection World League Wrestling World Xtreme Wrestling Xtreme Wrestling Center

Women's promotions:

Shimmer Women Athletes Shine Wrestling Women Superstars Uncensored

Governing bodies and interpromotional alliances

United Wrestling Network WWNLive

Defunct promotions

National promotions

American Wrestling Association Extreme Championship Wrestling Universal Wrestling Federation (Herb Abrams) World Championship Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling
(Jim Crockett Promotions)

Notable programs

AWA All-Star Wrestling AWA Championship Wrestling ECW Hardcore TV ECW on TNN ECW on Sci-Fi/Syfy WCW Monday Nitro WCW Pro WCW Saturday Night WCW Thunder WCW WorldWide Wrestling Society X

Notable former independent promotions and wrestling territories

50th State Big Time Wrestling American Wrestling Federation Assault Championship Wrestling Big Time Wrestling (Detroit) Big Time Wrestling (San Francisco) Capitol Wrestling Corporation Century Wrestling Alliance Championship Wrestling from Florida Continental Championship Wrestling Continental Wrestling Association Deep South Wrestling Dragon Gate USA Extreme Rising Family Wrestling Entertainment Fred Kohler Enterprises Front Row Wrestling Future of Wrestling Georgia Championship Wrestling Global Force Wrestling (2014–2017) Global Wrestling Federation Hardcore Homecoming Heart of America Sports Attractions/Central States Wrestling Heartland Wrestling Association Houston Wrestling Incredibly Strange Wrestling Independent Professional Wrestling Alliance International Championship Wrestling International World Class Championship Wrestling IWF Promotions Lucha Libre USA Memphis Wrestling Memphis Championship Wrestling Metro Pro Wrestling Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation MXW Pro Wrestling National Wrestling Federation NWA Mid-America NWA San Francisco NWA Wildside Pacific Northwest Wrestling/Portland Wrestling Phoenix Championship Wrestling Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling Smoky Mountain Wrestling South Atlantic Pro Wrestling Southern Championship Wrestling (Georgia) Southwest Championship Wrestling St. Louis Wrestling Club Steel City Wrestling Texas All-Star Wrestling Texas Wrestling Academy Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling Ultimate Pro Wrestling United States
United States
Wrestling Association Universal Wrestling Federation (Bill Watts)/Mid-South Wrestling Warriors 4 Christ Wrestling Western States Sports Windy City Pro Wrestling World Wide Wrestling Alliance World Wrestling Alliance World Wrestling Association Worldwide Wrestling Associates World Wrestling Network World Class Championship Wrestling Wrestling Association of Championship Krushers Xcitement Wrestling Federation Xtreme Pro Wrestling

Women's promotions:

ChickFight Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling Ladies Major League Wrestling Ladies Professional Wrestling Association Naked Women's Wrestling League Professional Girl Wrestling Association Powerful Women of Wrestling Women of Wrestling Women's Extreme Wrestling World Women's Wrestling Wrestlicious

Governing bodies and interpromotional alliances

Global Professional Wrestling Alliance National Wrestling Association Pro Wrestling USA Wrestli

.