WWE dominates the wrestling world. It is the biggest, brightest and loudest wrestling on earth, and also the most easily accessible. They create a minimum of 8 hours a week of easy to digest wrestling content which, vitally, is incredibly easy to find on your TV or online – but that doesn’t mean they are the best.
Last week a small promotion wrapped up a stunning second season of television. Filmed in a dirty warehouse in Los Angeles, Lucha Underground has taken the wrestling world by storm since its debut in October 2014. It’s blend of fast, violent in-ring action together with vibrant characters, dark stories and dramatic production make Lucha Underground like a coming together of ECW and Breaking Bad.
Ulitma Lucha Dos – the name of their finale – included wrestling legends like Rey Mysterio Jr and Vampiro, stars of the American independent wrestling scene like Ricochet (playing masked Luchador “Prince Puma”) and Brian Cage, and an incredible host of Mexican stars such as Drago, Mil Muertes and Pentagon Jr.
Unfortunately it is very difficult to find Lucha Underground on your TV. In America it is carried by the El Rey Network and episodes are available to buy on iTunes, but here in the UK one has to go to great lengths to access it. Which is annoying because Lucha Underground just announced that their third season – and biggest ever – will be airing from September. After the chaos of Ultima Lucha Dos as the insanely cool Pentagon Jr turned dark and beat up his master, the arrest of the promoter and potentially best mic worker in all of wrestling Dario Cueto I am dying for season three and extremely glad I don’t have to wait 6 months like I did last time.
If you haven’t watched Lucha Underground, if you are just a WWE fan and don’t think you will like it I beg you to reconsider. It has something for everyone, with a strong women’s division who also have inter-gender matches to incredible high-fliers and insanely athletic monsters. It blends comedy, drama and violence like no other wrestling promotion on earth. It deserves to have more eyes on it and more notoriety. So watch it, enjoy it and spread the word, because Lucha Underground is here to stay and it is the best thing happening in wrestling today.