A Brief History Of : Lucha Underground

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Lucha Underground became known to me via Chavo Guerrero, although I sadly only recently started watching, and I will be covering and reviewing the show for you all when the new season starts, however I can, and will, catch you up to a brief history of the show and the promotion.

Lucha Underground is owned and produced by United Artists Media Group. The series airs weekly in English on the El Rey Network. The weekly series features wrestlers from the American independent circuit and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, one of the biggest wrestling promotions in Mexico, AAA also owns a percentage of Lucha Underground.

The very first series began in October 2014 and ran for 39 episodes. The second series of LU began in January 2016. The series was renewed for a third series just before the taping of the final episode in the second series of LU. The third series of LU began in September 2016. It was soon announced that episodes of the show were to be put on sale on iTunes.  In February 2017 it was made public that LU had signed a deal with Netflix in the US and Canada, although sadly not the UK. The first two series became available on Netflix in March 2017. The fourth series began in June 2018.

Lucha Underground was also represented in the 2015 Lucha Libre World Cup by wrestlers Johnny Mundo and Brian Cage as “Team TNA /Lucha Underground” as well as  “Team ROH /Lucha Underground” a clear attempt to get a good start in the Lucha Libre World Cup,  they were then represented in the 2016 Lucha Libre World Cup by Johnny Mundo, Brian Cage, and Chavo Guerrero Jr. as “Team Lucha Underground” and later they were represented in the 2017 Lucha Libre World Cup by Aero Star, Drago, Marty Martinez, and Son of Havoc as part of “Team Mexico Lucha Underground” and “Team USA Lucha Underground”.

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Lucha Underground has become a pretty big hit with both fans and critics alike. IMDB shows that the first season received a huge 9 out of 10. John Moore from ProWrestling.net gave the show a good review too. The show has been compared to WWE, with many people calling it vastly different although many people find that to be enjoyable all the same.

Digging deeper into the history of the series shows that it was originally going to be called Lucha Uprising. It was in August of 2014 that they renamed the show to the name it uses now: Lucha Underground. The show is also often referred to on social media by fans as LU. Many fans on Tumblr and Twitter have proven passionate and dedicated and the fans who do interact with the stars have proved to be mostly polite.

Personally, as someone who started the show very late, I have found it fairly easy to follow and I hope that those of you who read and enjoy my future reviews on the site will consider joining me in watching the show.

Unlike other promotions, Lucha Underground has matches that are typically shown in their entirety without commercials. With the exception of the Aztec Warfare matches, which last the entire length of the program.

Johnny Mundo won the main event of the debut episode of the Lucha Underground TV programme on October 29th in 2014. On January 7th in 2015, Prince Puma was crowned the first Lucha Underground Champion when he won the first ever Aztec Warfare match. On April 22nd in 2015, the team of Angélico, Ivelisse, and Son of Havoc were crowned the first Lucha Underground Trios Champions when they won the Trios Tournament. On March 25th in 2015, it was revealed to the public that Lucha Underground would be holding their first major event in early August 2015 entitled Ultima Lucha.

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