Are you watching Lucha Underground? If you are not, you are missing out on some of the best athleticism the world of sports entertainment has to offer. Robert Rodriguez started this company which is now on its 3rd season and available on the El Rey network. If you only watch the WWE you will be lost for a small spot. The backstage vignettes are “B” movie quality but AWESOME. The announcers do not acknowledge the backstage portion of the event unlike most other wrestling shows. The announcers for Lucha Underground are Former WWE Wrestler Matt Striker and Former WCW talent Vampiro.
The show is over the top and full of great Luchador wrestling. This is also a promotion that is not afraid to have a women fight a man. Sexy Star, Ivelisse, Mariposa, Taya and Black Lotus are a just a few of the female wrestlers that are not afraid to step in and mix it up with the guys. Sexy Star is the only one to hold the Lucha Underground World Heavyweight Championship, until she lost it Johnny Mundo recently. Speaking of Johnny Mundo, you also have numerous guys on the show. You have Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio, Chavo Guerrero, Son of Havok and Mil Muertes to name just a small few. You also have guest apperances with the likes of Alberto El Patron & Hernandez.
The show is filmed in Boyle Heights, CA and the wrestlers are very active on Social Media. One of my personal favorites is Marty the Moth Martinez. He was on Tough Enough, but had to withdraw from the competition due to injury. The show is ramping up with an event so large that they are utilizing the top 64 wrestlers from the show. It is called the Cueto Cup. It is a single elimination tournament where the winner will be the #1 contender to Mundos title. This show does not have multiple title belts like the WWE, ROH or NJPW. They have the World Heavyweight, the Trios Championship (6-Man Titles) and a Gift of the God title. The Gift of the Gods title is one that is earned by beating 6 other wrestlers after securing (1) of the Ancient Aztec Medallions. The Gift of the Gods is similar to the Money in the Bank briefcase except you have to cash it in and wait 1 week to allow your opponent an opportunity to prepare. Below is the breakdown of the Cueto Cup brackets…
The Cueto Cup Brackets (Winner of Group A will face Winner of Group C/ Winner of Group B will face Winner of Group D)
Aerostar vs. Drago
Pentagón Dark vs. Argenis
The Mack vs. Mala Suerte
Famous B vs. Texano
Cage vs. Vinnie Massaro
Mascarita Sagrada vs. Pindar
Marty “The Moth” Martinez vs. Saltador
Fénix vs. Mariposa
Vibora vs. Paul London
Veneno vs. Mil Muertes
Jeremiah Crane vs. Killshot
Joey Ryan vs. Taya
Sexy Star vs. PJ Black
Ricky Mandel vs. Prince Puma
El Dragón Azteca Jr. vs. Dante Fox
Son of Havoc vs. ???
With the Cueto Cup underway we have already seen Groups A and B compete and advance. This brings us to the biggest story line in Lucha Underground right now. You have the King of all Luchadors, Rey Mysterio facing off against Johnny Mundo for the Luncha Underground Championship. Mundo will have his entourage with him consisting of (PJ Black, Jack Evans, Ricky Mandel and Taya) to assist him in winning the match. Do not think that Rey does not have helpers of his own. I could see the likes of Prince Puma, Ivelisse, Dragon Azteca Jr, and others helping out Mr. Mysterio. Overall the performances that they put on showcase the pure athleticism that it takes. If you enjoy WWE, please give it a watch. I enjoy it more than most of the stuff that WWE is putting up.
Until next time, keep on doing what you want, when you want and with who you want. I will.