Skip to main content

Welcome to the Field: Initial Thoughts on Lucha Underground


Pro wrestling finds itself in such a peculiar position as we near the end of 2014. While the industry suffers from a flat WWE product (World Wrestling Not Entertained), the hanging-in-the-balance future of TNA Wrestling, or the sudden slowed-to-nothing momentum of ROH - all of course in my opinion - the business is growing here in North America in a way we haven't seen in a long time.  

As we await further information on Jeff Jarrett's upstart Global Force Wrestling, there is another option that is real and tangible for wrestling fans, Lucha Underground, which premiered this past Wednesday on the El Ray Network. 

Now I'l be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of the Lucha Libre style. Much of what I've seen from AAA just isn't my cup of tea. I respect it, but it ultimately it isn't my favorite. Regardless, pro wrestling is pro wrestling, and with some time to burn I decided to check out the new show and promotion.

To begin, I don't have the El Ray Network, so I had to find a download of the show online. If Lucha Underground frowns upon that choice, I apologize. It's the only way for me to view the product, unless of course I do so in Spanish. 

With that said, heading into the viewing, I didn't have much expectations. It's a bit unfair, but after the disaster that was Wrestling Society X on MTV, I couldn't help but think in the back of my mind that this project would be something similar. And yes, that was my fault for pre-judging and drawing ill-comparisons. Something us pro wrestling fans really need to stop doing. 

Regardless, right off the bat the show's opening does a really cool job of explaining the art of lucha libre, it's history, and what looks to be it's main storyline surrounded by evil owner, Dario Cueto. 

The show's feel is VERY different from what pro wrestling fans have become used to. And while there are somethings many may not like, simply because it is just that, different, you cannot deny Lucha Underground's feel is fresh because of the new concepts. 

The show feels just like that, a show. With opening and closing credits, storyline scenes in between the action which feel more drama-like than what the WWE or TNA presents and has conditioned fans to. For a pro wrestling show, it does have a refreshing presentation. To those who are stuck in their ways of what a pro wrestling show "should look like", it may take some time getting used to Lucha Underground. Or, unfortunately, may not be to your liking. 

Very cool camera angle for matches

Of course, it's best quality is in fact the camera angles presented for the in-ring action. This includes a very cool angle from above the ring. Something which makes you wonder why it hasn't been done until now. 

The atmosphere and set-up in the building is also unique. Lucha Undergroud stays true with a warehouse feel surrounding, but don't be fooled, the show has great presentation and production to not make it feel cheap or low budget.

Son of Havoc being very mean to my new favorite wrestler

As for talent, which is always a huge plus and hook for us pro wrestling fans, there is a very interesting roster for the company. From the always solid Chavo Guerrero, the former John Morrison, now Johnny Mundo, a great talent in Prince Puma, and a woman who goes by the name of Sexy Star who wrestled a dude. Yes! Apparently inter-gender matches are a thing in Lucha Underground! Star was pretty damn impressive in showing some athleticism before her opponent, Son of Havoc, dropped a pretty nasty backbreaker on her for the pin. 


Honestly, their match told an intriguing story, and really has me interested in both moving forward. Again, especially Sexy Starr. Very impressive in the ring. Very. 

As for the rest of the roster, if you peruse the LU website, there are some other familiar and intriguing talents that could keep you hooked for the next few shows. 

Calling the action and putting over these little stories are the tandem of Vampiro and Matt Striker. I'm a fan of Striker as he knows his stuff and presents it in a very articulate and intelligent way. I haven't heard of or seen (no more dreadlocks!) Vampiro since his days in WCW, but apparently he is a Lucha legend. Again, I'm not very educated in Mexican wrestling. But hey, maybe this is my foray into the style? 

Regardless, Striker and Vampiro actually have good chemistry on the first show and they were definitely a plus to the presentation of the show. They can only build on it going forward which will only help the overall product. 

A spanish fly in a match...umm yes please! 

Another huge plus was of course, the main event match between Johnny Mundo and Prince Puma. The match was given a substantial amount of time and really developed into a very entertaining match. I'm a huge fan of junior weights, cruiserweights, and X-Divsion action, so this was especially a treat for me. 

Following the Mundo win, we got further storyline development with three men (who weren't named, but one of them was the former Ezekiel Jackson in WWE and Rycklon in TNA) attacking Puma and Mundo by request of Cueto. I like a show with a good foundation storyline, and this seems to be it moving forward. 

After viewing the first show, I'll let you know this is NOT Wrestling Society X. This seems like a very, very polished product with a unique vision in how it wants to be presented and viewed to and by wrestling fans. I'm all for pro wrestling companies trying new ideas and being imaginative without compromising the art form, and Lucha Underground seems to be embracing this. 

Is it perfect? Of course not. I find the whole evil owner shtick to be a bit played out, especially when the Mr. McMahon character set the bar so high. Also, the crowd seems a bit directed and coached rather than organically emotional. But again, this is just show number one of hopefully many more to come. 

The wrestling business needs more options. And for the first time in as long as I can remember, we are getting just that. 

Welcome to the field, Lucha Underground. Here is to hoping you stick around. 

I fight dudes...

And yes, give us more Sexy Star! 

Recently Read Posts

One More Year of Possible Frustration. A Future of Guaranteed Idiocy.

One Year.

After all the drama, after all of the controversy, it now comes down to one year for Isiah Thomas to turn around the mess that he created. Isiah has one year to improve the group of misfits that he has put together for an NBA roster.

One Year.

Good luck Isiah.

The fact of the matter is that the Knicks are a mess. They have become arguably the most embarassing franchise in sports. A collection of high-priced players with no resumes of winning else where combined with a lack of leadership on the coaching, front office and ownership level is a combustible formula for any sports organization. It's sad. It's sad to see an organization that is used to winning and has a history of greatness and class reduced to nothing. Guys such as Patrick Ewing, Clyde Frazier and Willis Reed all who have worn that illustrious blue and Orange "New York" across their chests with pride and dignity are now an afterthought. Madison Square Garden - the mecca of basketball, and most hi…

Pondering Picture #83

"Shitholes." 
Look, I've tried to be fair with the President. Some countries and their current conditions are exactly that - shitholes. Very poor conditions. He's nothing but honest and blunt in his assessment. 
However, his comment is just another in a continued (rather excessive) pattern of actions that alienates and divides, and continues to marginalize people of color. After a while, you learn it's not about immigration reform for this administration, but rather, the "kind" of immigrant here that will making this country "Great Again."







Sunday Sundown Rundown - 1/14/18

3 Up
1. Minnesota Vikings Win - It was the most football I've watched since last year's Super Bowl, and I'm actually glad I did. I watched the remaining 1:57 from a dinner establishment, and it was rather riveting. Such a cool moment for Stefan Diggs. In so many ways that entire scenario was rather unreal. Almost movie-like. 
2. Don Lemon - Whoa! I think it's safe to say Lemon is not a fan of the President, and really, in some ways, become a voice for people of color under this current administration. His words on Thursday night were fierce, true, and authentic on how many POCs felt after the President's comments. It's a sudden change from Lemon's reputation following the Ferguson riots. 
3. Mark Wahlberg - Sure, it took some public pressure. And sure, it may even look like a PR stunt. But still, Wahlberg did the right thing after news broke he earned $1.5 million and Michelle Williams earned $1,000. A donation in her name of the entire $1.5 million was the…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 1/21/18

3 Up
1. Women's March - I'm happy to see this movement wasn't just a reactionary thing to last year's happenings, but one that continues to move forward. It's a continue reminder that the fight for equality for us all is still ongoing. 
2. Aly Raisman - Raisman stood up land et the world know what was done to her and how corrupt USA gymnastics currently is. She really left it all out there, and it was quite eyebrow raising. It was also just as sickening to hear what has been going on, and what has been covered up. 
3. Tom Brady and the Patriots - Give the man his due. Brady is 40 years old and still winning. I don't care for the Super Bowl all that much anymore, but I recognize and respect the greatness. It's a once-in-a-generation deal, and I appreciate it. 
3 Down
1. Government Shutdown - Ugh. Come on...I don't care whose fault it is, this is a disaster. 
2. Deportation of Jorge Garcia - Look, I'm going to say something I'm sure will divide tho…