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    Lucha Underground Lucha Underground - TV Discussion Thread

    El Rey Network announced Thursday official details on the long-awaited AAA lucha libre show produced by Mark Burnett.

    Titled "Lucha: Uprising," the one-hour weekly series will premiere Wednesday, October 8 on El Rey.

    From a press release: "Long a fan of Lucha Libre, a Mexican franchise that has an 85 percent market share on television, El Rey is banking on American television viewers being drawn in by the high-flying antics and colorful world of freestyle wrestling.

    "Each week 'Lucha: Uprising' will bring drama, excitement, and action as the masked heroes and villains battle it out in the ring for wrestling supremacy.

    "The weekly, one-hour series from the producers One Three Media serves as a foundation for a new sports entertainment business, with which Burnett has partnered with El Rey Network, its founder, Robert Rodriguez, Lucha Libre AAA, FactoryMade Ventures, and Antonio Cue Sanchez-Navarro."

    The new AAA show will be packaged with a barber-themed show titled "Cutting Crew" to make up El Rey's Wednesday night prime time block.
    Since AAA and Konnan are doing this, it'll definitely be a very American style lucha. Should be cool. If nothing else, another company around and touring is always good news. Especially with a TV deal. If GFW actually ends up with a TV deal, we're looking at WWE, TNA, ROH, Uprising, and GFW all on American TV (plus all the small locals but ya)

    edit: i just remembered the plans for this, this will suck probably
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    Re: AAA Presents - Lucha: Uprising

    Didn't know where else to put this but for the Triplemania show coming up after SummerSlam (And I mean like minutes after SummerSlam to my understanding) Del Rio's all but advertised to be there and Rey Mysterio's heavily rumored among Lucha Libre websites to be showing up as well despite technically being under contract. That would definitely be an interesting development...
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    Re: AAA Presents - Lucha: Uprising

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    everything we know about Lucha Underground so far

    last updated 08/28/14


    What’s the show called?

    Lucha Underground.

    (It’s at least the third different working name, but appears to be the final one.)

    What’s the show like?

    No one’s saying! The only thing people are talking about is it won’t be a standard wrestling show, but there’s a wide range of possibilities from there. This is a giant mystery, until it all inevitably leaks out after the first day of taping.

    There will be wrestling matches. It’s not a reality show.

    Where can I see the show?

    The show will air on the El Rey network. The channel is available on DirectTV and some Time Warner and Comcast systems. Their website has a channel finder. El Rey is only available in Standard Definition channel in most markets, though the original shows are recorded in HD.

    A Spanish language version of the show will also air Saturdays on UniMas (which was known as Telefutura up to last year and is essentially Univision Dos.) UniMas is a broadcast station, so you must have a local affiliate to get their programming, but they’re in many large markets and broadcast on both DirectTV and Dish Network. UniMas has an HD equivalent. It’s unknown if there will be any delay between when it airs on El Rey and UniMas; UniMas hasn’t announced about it airing soon and AAA/El Rey’s press release didn’t mention it. (The original rumor was the show would repeat on a Univision station after it had appeared on El Rey, so it’s possible there may be a few month wait.)

    It’s unknown if/when the show will be released thru other methods (Netflix/Amazon/etc). Other El Rey original shows have been made available thru those systems a couple months after they air on the network.

    Nothing has been announced as far as airing the show in Mexico or elsewhere. UniMas does broadcast into Mexico in some border areas (like El Paso/Ciudad Juarez.)

    If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can write in to win free tickets to the tapings in September and October. More info is here. You’ll have to agree not to talk about anything you see if you go.

    When does the show air?

    The premier episode of Lucha Underground will air on Wednesday nights at 8pm Eastern/7pm Central, starting October 8th.

    Who’s on the show?

    Officially announced from AAA

    • Blue Demon Jr.
    • Fenix
    • Drago
    • Pentagon Jr.
    • Sexi Star



    Reported to be on the show:

    • Ricky Reyes (said to be signed by PWI)
    • B-Boy (said to be signed by PWI)
    • Joey Ryan
    • Chavo Guerrero Jr. – possibly announcing in addition to wrestling “and will have some administration responsibilities”
    • Hernandez
    • John Hennigan (former John Morrison from WWE)
    • Rycklon Stephans (former Ezekiel Jackson from WWE)
    • Angela Fong (former Savannah from WWE – mostly developmental)
    • Karlee Perez (former Maxine from WWE – mostly the previous version of NXT)
    • Candice LaRae
    • Ivelisse Velez



    Offered a spot on the show:

    • Ricochet (had not signed a contract at least of late July)



    Probably legally unable to be the show but would be on the show if they could

    • Alberto El Patron Del Rio
    • Rey Misterio Jr.



    Sources: 08/25 WON, 09/01 WON, PWInsider, Jim Ross

    How many episodes are there?

    No one knows. Some people misread either the original press release or what I wrote about it and came up with eight episodes, but El Rey and AAA have been careful not to actually put a number to it. The announced tapings seem to cover at least 12 TV shows, which would cover all the weeks thru Christmas Day. That might be the entire first season. If it’s one show a night, they might be taping again in December for another run. of shows.

    The current rumor is they’re expecting to tape 30+ episodes. They’ve announced 12 tapings, which would be 3 shows a night. (The tapings are listed as running 1 to 3 hours.) It’s possible more tapings would be announced and the shows spread out more. 30+ episodes would be about a half a year of shows, taking the program well into next May.

    Do I need to already know what’s going on with AAA in Mexico to be able to understand the El Rey show? Do I need to speak Spanish?

    Nope. This will be completely separate from the AAA in Mexico promotion and the El Rey show will be in English. They’ll be explaining everything you need to know.

    The UniMas version of the show will be in Spanish.

    What’s AAA level of involvement?

    Maybe not a lot? El Rey & Mark Burnett’s production company have the reigns. Chris DeJoseph, formerly of WWE, is one of the producers. Eric Van Wagenen, who’s worked for Mark Burnett’s production company and produced on recent WWE reality shows, is an executive producer.

    Konnan has mentioned he’ll be working in a road agent role, but not on the writing.

    AAA will be supplying the Mexican wrestlers and may be helping to recruit the US wrestlers. The concept started as an AAA idea, but it’s others who are actually writing it now, and AAA’s role may just be to coordinate the wrestling action to best fit the overall plan.

    My best guess is El Rey is paying AAA to be a part of this, rather than AAA spending the production costs. AAA trades costs for creative control (and may not have been able to get this done any other way.)

    What does this mean for AAA in Mexico?

    Probably not a lot in the short term. They’ll continue running spots shows and TV tapings as they have been. There is not expected to be any story tie in on Mexico with the El Rey show (since it’ll be almost exclusively different audiences watching each show), but it’s possible the US wrestlers working El Rey might be brought to AAA Mexico for appearances if they mesh well. The AAA Mexico wrestlers working the US tapings will be less available in Mexico while the tapings are going on – they may even not be used to prevent them from getting hurt and messing up the tapings – but AAA has no shortage of people to use on television.

    A second season would likely include different and/or additional AAA luchadors. It would also open the door the specials/PPVs/touring, none of which appears to be in the plans for the first season. Those would likely have a larger effect on the AAA Mexico schedule.

    The long term dream is two full time tours in Mexico and the United States, and all the additional revenue which comes from running in the United States. Everyone in Mexico would also get to be part of the US show. That goal will probably require a few seasons of success with this show (and success might be dependent on El Rey increasing it’s reach or the UniMas airings doing well.)

    If Lucha Underground fails, it probably means a retrenchment in Mexico for AAA. They’ll turn their focus back to ways of increasing revenue in Mexico while waiting for another chance in the US. (AAA’s previous deals with US companies have precluded them from running on their own in the US; it’s believed the deal with El Rey, but it’s unknown how long it would last past the length of the show.) AAA’s goal of running the United States will never actually go away, but it may be again delayed a few more years.

    I have more questions!

    Ask them in the comments, and I’ll see what I can do.

    I have info you don’t have here (or you have it wrong!)

    Let me know! You can can do here in the comments, or via email.

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    Re: AAA Presents - Lucha: Uprising

    Well this sounds like a pretty cool project

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    Re: AAA Presents - Lucha: Uprising

    Sorry for the double post but I wish it was Homicide instead of B-Boy because fuck B-Boy. I swear I saw homicide the first time through but apparently not


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    Re: AAA Presents - Lucha: Uprising

    Haha, Homicide could end up signing on once his TNA run ends again.

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    I stopped reading when it became clear it was the same butthurt smarkf*g "real wrasslin'" crybaby rant on every youtube vid featuring Cena.



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    But I think he's bigger than Buff Bagwell. I really do.
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    Re: AAA Presents - Lucha: Underground

    For those with Direct TV EL REY is # 341

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    Re: AAA Presents - Lucha: Underground

    Also ATT Uverse is apparently close to getting it, so if you want it complain via fb or call them and suggest it.

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    Re: AAA Presents - Lucha: Underground

    First show on 10-29-2014 will be a 2hr premier, then hourly show

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    Blue Demon and Catlina (Maxine)

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    Re: AAA Presents - Lucha: Underground

    I love Maxine so much. She's a huge selling point for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Carl View Post
    I love Maxine so much. She's a huge selling point for me
    I'm friends with on her FB she's good people. She's even came into my little wresting group and talked to us about Lucha Underground

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    Is she and Blue Demon an item?

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    Re: AAA Presents - Lucha: Underground

    First of all Catlina[Maxine] with that cleavage boing, also Prince Puma Ricochet hello there buddy.

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    Re: AAA Presents - Lucha: Underground

    hoho do you get el rey network?

    also robert that's pretty cool.

    and willy - no she'll be with the guy who used to be judas mesias in tna

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    Re: AAA Presents - Lucha: Underground

    Maxine will managing Mil Muertes ( A.K.A. El Mesías and Ricky Banderas )

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    This looks good on a whole lot of levels. Color me interested


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    I saw her once at an NXT show and she was wearing the tightest pair of white pants ever, she was breathtaking in person. At the same time I'm talking to Ritchie Steamboat. But I was very distracted by Maxine and Richie was cool he just kept smiling and nodding, like guys do when there's a pretty girl around
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    Me and Ritchie from that night


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