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"Lucha Underground" looking to bring the high-flying Mexican lucha libre to American TV

"Lucha Underground" looking to bring the high-flying Mexican lucha libre to American TV

Posted by Liliana Castaño on October 31, 2014

The show, airing Wednesday nights at 8 p.m., is produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Burnett's One Three Media in association with FactoryMade Ventures for El Rey Network and Lucha Libre AAA -- the popular Mexican wrestling organization.

"Lucha Underground" hopes to bring the fast-paced action of the lucha-style that has excited Mexican wrestling fans for decades --  a style that has only been seen in small doses in other organizations like World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW).

"I'm telling you, we're changing the game. I've seen it, I've been there, this is changing the game," said Chavo Guerrero, the wrestling veteran from the famous Guerrero family who is signed with "Lucha Underground," to Latin Post.com. "Remember the first hour of '[Monday Night] Nitro?' Everyone would watch the first hour, the cruiserweights, all of us going crazy doing all this awesome stuff that no one had really seen. And the second hour -- [Hulk] Hogan, Lex Luger and those guys -- people would watch and change the channel and watch "Raw." The first hour of "Nitro" was the best and that was us."

Robert Rodriguez, who launched El Rey Network, has been a longtime wrestling fan and wanted to bring the lucha style that he grew up watching to his network believing that it would be a good programming fit for the fledgling network.

"As someone who was born and raised in the United States but had family roots deep into Mexico, he grew up as a child with this presence on his television screen from older family members," said "Lucha Underground" executive producer Eric Van Wagenen to Latin Post.com. "I think that was the original inspiration. There is sort of this history, especially in the city of Los Angeles, with the Guerrero family that used to be on television back in the 70s [taping] out of the Olympic Auditorium doing wrestling. There's been sort of this connection between Mexican style wrestling and Mexican wrestlers, not just in Mexico, but in certain parts of the United States."

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