|Developed by||Mark Burnett|
|Starring||Lucha Underground roster|
|Narrated by||Matt Striker|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||127 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Mark Burnett|
Eric van Wagenen
Chavo Guerrero Jr.
|Production locations||Boyle Heights, California|
Downtown Los Angeles, California
|Camera setup||Multicamera setup|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production companies||United Artists Media Group|
|Original network||El Rey Network|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||October 29, 2014 –|
November 7, 2018
Lucha Underground was an American professional wrestling promotion founded in 2014 by United Artists Media Group. Partly owned by Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA), Lucha Underground also refers to its weekly television program, which featured characters portrayed by wrestlers from the American and Mexican independent circuits. The series originally aired in English on El Rey Network and in Spanish on UniMás.
The series was developed by Mark Burnett and Robert Rodriguez and produced by United Artists, MGM Television, and One Three Media. It premiered on October 29, 2014 and aired until November 7, 2018, consisting of four seasons for a total of 127 episodes. It was set and filmed in Boyle Heights and Downtown Los Angeles, California, while the series later forged creative and production partnerships with other North American promotions.
Lucha Underground received generally positive reviews throughout its run, with praise for its action, characters, and cinematic presentation, with critics noting its departure from professional wrestling tropes of legitimate sporting contests. The series had moderate viewership in its first two seasons, but the third and fourth season saw fluctuations in viewership after it was made available on Netflix prior to the fourth season premiere. Lucha Underground was eventually cancelled due to low ratings and budget concerns.
In January 2014, it was confirmed Mark Burnett would partner with Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network to launch a weekly hour-long professional wrestling television series in the second half of the year; it would be affiliated with the Mexican wrestling promotion Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA). In July, it was tentatively titled Lucha: Uprising, before officially announced as Lucha Underground in August, with AAA wrestlers Blue Demon Jr., Pentagón Jr., Sexy Star, Fénix, and Drago joining the cast. It was to be narrated by Matt Striker and Vampiro and began filming on September 6 in front of a studio audience in Boyle Heights, California.
The series premiered on October 29, 2014, on the El Rey Network where it aired on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. E.T., and in Spanish on November 1, 2014, on UniMás where it aired on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. E.T. Unlike other promotions, matches were typically shown in their entirety without commercials, with the exception of "Aztec Warfare" matches, which last the entire length of the program.
Johnny Mundo won the main event of the pilot episode. Prince Puma was the first Lucha Underground Champion after winning the first Aztec Warfare match on January 7, 2015. On April 22, Ivelisse, Son of Havoc, and Angélico became the first Lucha Underground Trios Champions after winning the inaugural Trios Tournament. The season's two-part finale, Ultima Lucha, which doubled as the promotion's first annual special event, received acclaim. Lucha Underground was subsequently renewed for a second season on September 21, 2015.
Filming for the second season began on November 14, 2015, and aired on January 27, 2016. Prior to filming, it was leaked the series had been renewed for a third season; El Rey announced the renewal on February 1, 2016. During this period, Lucha Underground began a collaborative partnership with the International Wrestling Syndicate (IWS), and held its first touring event, Austin Warfare, in Austin, Texas, as part of South by Southwest in 2016. The promotion was also represented by different teams at three editions of the Lucha Libre World Cup, between 2015 and 2017.
On November 10, 2017, it was announced Lucha Underground was renewed for a fourth season to premiere in 2018. In February 2018, filming was moved to Downtown Los Angeles, while Lucha Underground entered into a working relationship with Impact Wrestling, holding a joint promotional event on Twitch on April 6. The fourth season aired on June 13, and concluded on November 7, after which, producer Eric van Wagenen stated the series had amassed budget concerns, and would require "a major reboot on a lot of levels" to produce a fifth season.
A fifth season was not produced in 2019, and in a 2020 interview with Chris Van Vliet, Vampiro stated the series was effectively cancelled, and the promotion dissolved.
Main article: List of former Lucha Underground personnel
|Championship||Final champion(s)||Reign||Date won||Days
|Lucha Underground Championship||Jake Strong||1||March 18, 2018||1<||Boyle Heights, Los Angeles||Defeated Pentagón Dark at Ultima Lucha Cuatro.|
|Gift of the Gods Championship||Jake Strong||1||March 17, 2018||1||Los Angeles, California||Defeated King Cuerno, Big Bad Steve, Aero Star, Hernandez, PJ Black, and Dante Fox for the vacant Championship. Vacated once Jake Strong cashed in at Ultima Lucha Cuatro|
|Lucha Underground Trios Championship||The Reptile Tribe
(Daga, Kobra Moon, and Jeremiah Snake)
|1||March 9, 2018||9||Boyle Heights, Los Angeles||Defeated The Mack, Killshot, and Son of Havoc in a trios tornado match.|
Main article: Lucha Underground tournaments
|Aztec Warfare||Pentagón Dark||February 24, 2018||El Jefe|
|The Cueto Cup||Prince Puma||June 11, 2016||The Cueto Cup|
|Battle of the Bulls Tournament||The Mack||April 23, 2016||The Battle Of The Bulls|
|Unique Opportunity Tournament||Son of Havoc||January 30, 2016||Ultima Lucha Dos|
|Trios Tournament||El Dragon Azteca Jr., Prince Puma and Rey Mysterio Jr.||January 10, 2016||Cage In A Cage|
Lucha Underground was well received by critics and fans. On IMDb, the first season received 9 out of 10. John Moore, from ProWrestling.net, praised the show for "[knowing] their identity and [weaving] together an amazing universe". Lucha Underground has also gained praise from media sites like Uproxx, which said Lucha Underground had two of the top ten matches of 2015. In 2015, the show was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter 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.
In comparison to WWE, 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".
|France||La Chaine Action|
|Germany||Tele 5 and TNT Serie|
|Japan||Fighting TV Samurai|
|United States||El Rey Network|
On February 6, 2019, it was reported that Jorge Luis Alcantar, who worked as King Cuerno for Lucha Underground, had filed a lawsuit in California against the El Rey Network and the Baba-G production company behind Lucha Underground. The lawsuit claimed that the LU contract "Illegally restricted" wrestlers from working in their "lawful profession" by being restricted from working for other companies while under contract with LU, which only paid per episode. Alcantar's stated that this usually is less than $1,000 per appearance, with some of the LU cast earning only about $4,000 a year from the show. Alcantar's lawyer also revealed that he had filed a class action lawsuit against LU over the contracts that he claims are not legal under California law. Other wrestlers Ivelisse Vélez, Joey Ryan and Melissa Cervantes joined him in the class action lawsuit, looking to invalidate their contracts. As of March 26, 2019, all lawsuits had been settled in the wrestlers' favor and they were free from their LU contracts.