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Lucha Underground review

Updated on July 29, 2017

introduction:

I consistently watched every match in Vampiro's career until i stumbled across Lucha Underground. Did my research and found this show to be amazing, creative, dramatic, almost everything that pro-wrestling should be nowadays. With that in mind, i'll explain what makes Lucha Underground so great starting with a history behind the TV show.

background information:

Vice president of AAA and general manager of Lucha Underground, Dorian Roldan, realized that Lucha Libre in Mexico was failing. It was drifting away from memorable, ,inspirational characters with larger-than-life matches to a goofy typical sport. His mission was to bring the lost fire back to Lucha Libre and make superheroes/villains on the level of Spider, Batman, Power Rangers, among other idolized comic book characters. His other goal was to globalize not just Mexico's AAA but Lucha Libre in general. This led him to the creation of Lucha Underground which would feature luchadores from AAA and other promotions. The show would mostly appeal to a Hispanic audience in America. He reached out to several sponsors and promoters in the USA then came across the likes of John Fogelman, Robert Rodriguez, Mark Bennett, among others to make the project possible on the El Rey Network.

Production information:

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One Three Media
Hardcore wrestling, drama, Lucha Libre, action, pro-wrestling
Lucha Underground roster
USA
Mark Barnett, Robert Rodriguez, Eric van Wagenen, Anthony Jensen, Chris DeJoseph
Chavo Guerrero Jr., Matthew Stollman, Chris Roach,Sue Vial, Barry Murphy, Ryan Hermosura, Nick Staller
Boyle Heights California
Multicamera set up
United States Media Group
MGM Television

the plot:

The plot focuses on an underground fight club called "the Temple" and it's promoter named Dario Cueto. He invites fighters from all over the world to compete for who the best is. Only the best wrestler or luchador will receive a large reward - money and tons of it! He professes that the Temple is a place to honor Lucha Libre tradition, courage, and most of all - violence. The show also has it's own sub-plots in a Novella-type of atmosphere.

the characters:

Those working on Lucha Underground have created a diverse set of characters of diverse backgrounds such as Prince Puma, Ivelisse, Drago, Aerostar, El Dragon Azteca, Cage, the list goes on. Some of the characters that i find memorable are as follows:

Sexy Star - A victim of abuse and oppression, a young woman who almost took her life but instead took on a mask to become a luchadora. She named herself "Sexy Star" to remind us that every woman is sexy and a star. She made it her mission to inspire women that they can be as good maybe even better than men in not just pro-wrestling but in everything they do. She wrestles with this passion, charisma, and mission in mind.

Pentagon Jr. - Trained in the dark arts and martial arts in Japan, Pentagon jr. seeks to combine them all with Lucha Libre to create the ultimate form. Under a mysterious master combined with a violent nature, Pentagon Jr. is out to break bones in the Temple.

King Cuerno - A lone hunter who is all about the thrill of the hunt and seemingly devout to a god symbolized by his headdress. King Cuerno's aim is to hunt for prized possessions as a luchador.

Mil Muertes - As a boy, his parents were killed in an earthquake Mexico city and he was burned alive in the rubble. Somehow he was brought back to life and learned not to fear death but to embrace it as if it were his own parent. Thus led him to wrestle at the Temple under the ring "Mil Muertes" or "a thousand deaths."

Sexy Star - A victim of abuse and oppression, a young woman who almost took her life but instead took on a mask to become a luchadora. She named herself "Sexy Star" to remind us that every woman is sexy and a star. She made it her mission to inspire women that they can be as good maybe even better than men in not just pro-wrestling but in everything they do. She wrestles with this passion, charisma, and mission in mind.

Pentagon Jr. - Trained in the dark arts and martial arts in Japan, Pentagon jr. seeks to combine them all with Lucha Libre to create the ultimate form. Under a mysterious master combined with a violent nature, Pentagon Jr. is out to break bones in the Temple.

King Cuerno - A lone hunter who is all about the thrill of the hunt and seemingly devout to a god symbolized by his headdress. King Cuerno's aim is to hunt for prized possessions as a luchador.

The dialogue:

Many of the pro-wrestlers have believable and emotional dialogue reflecting their own personal views of the world. For example, Dario Cueto portrays a heel proprietor evidenced by his condescending sinister looks and corrupt practices. His tone of voice and mannerisms he gives during deals with luchadores give off a more evil ploy.

The set:

Lucha Underground has a unique performing stage in Boyle Heights California. It looks exactly like an underground fight club. There's not many barriers between the fans and luchadores. There's offices and areas where luchadores can jump off from.

Why i love Lucha Underground

the intergender wrestling

Lucha Underground differentiates itself from other wrestling programs by having inter-gender matches. both women and men compete at the same level of intensity. Fans give female wrestlers the same level of respect and admiration as their male counterparts. It just goes to show that women has come a long way in wrestling.

the creativity in matches

What really makes Lucha Underground very unique and innovative is the creativity involved. Some matches for instance take place for the duration of the whole show. A few other matches are interlaced with various storylines. In some instances, the fans get to be a part of the action. The bands invited to play in the background are also featured in certain matches.

The acting:

Many of the pro-wrestlers are extremely skilled in maintaining character. Much of the reactions depicted in Lucha Underground are so authentic, you can't tell if it's scripted or not. The pro-wrestlers also show their dramatic emotions through body language. For example, when Prince Puma becomes agitated after pinning someone and covers his head to show his frustration. Throughout the show, Prince Puma although a hero to many believers in the Temple becomes a darker as the story progresses.

The top matches in Lucha Underground:

Here's a list of just some of my all-time favorite matches at Lucha Underground.

Pentagon jr. vs Vampiro "Cero Miedo" match - The feud began when Pentagon jr. targeted Vampiro over robbing him of his sacrifice. Vampiro went through a dramatic transformation before ultimately giving his response at Ultima Lucha and returning to the ring.

Fenix vs. Mil Muertes "Grave Consequences" match - The conclusion of their feud in season 1 where Mil Muertes sets his sights on destroying Fenix over jealousy and other reasons. Fenix as the bird of war and the man of a thousand lives must overcome the man of a thousand deaths before he gets buried alive.

Sexy Star vs. Mariposa "No Mas" match - Mariposa did many unspoken evil deeds to Sexy Star. Initially, Sexy Star lost the will to fight but finally regained the courage, honor, dignity, and willpower she once lost to fight against Mariposa. The feud culminated in a "No Mas" match.


Pentagon jr. vs Vampiro "Cero Miedo" match - The feud began when Pentagon jr. targeted Vampiro over robbing him of his sacrifice. Vampiro went through a dramatic transformation before ultimately giving his response at Ultima Lucha and returning to the ring.

Fenix vs. Mil Muertes "Grave Consequences" match - The conclusion of their feud in season 1 where Mil Muertes sets his sights on destroying Fenix over jealousy and other reasons. Fenix as the bird of war and the man of a thousand lives must overcome the man of a thousand deaths before he gets buried alive.

Sexy Star vs. Mariposa "No Mas" match - Mariposa did many unspoken evil deeds to Sexy Star. Initially, Sexy Star lost the will to fight but finally regained the courage, honor, dignity, and willpower she once lost to fight against Mariposa. The feud culminated in a "No Mas" match.


You can find all three seasons of Lucha Underground on Amazon video. Each episode is around a dollar or two. the downside is that you will need an Amazon account. overall, I highly recommend you purchasing all three seasons of Lucha Underground from Amazon video.

What's the best type of TV to watch Lucha Underground on? I recommend the TCL smart LED TV. You can play Lucha Underground from Amazon directly from a device with internet such as a mobile phone or PC.

In conclusion, Lucha Underground has in my opinion revolutionized pro-wrestling with it's revival of memorable characters and drama. Lucha Underground has shown it's creativity in matches, feuds, storylines, refreshing new concepts, and more! Whether you are a wrestling fan or not and want an action-packed dramatic TV show, Lucha Underground is the show for you!

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