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Alberto Del Rio returns to WWE!

Taking everyone by surprise, a feat not too common in the age of fast-moving information, Alberto Del Rio graced the WWE stageĀ for the first time since August 5th, 2014.

Not only that, but he did so in grand fashion, capturing his first United States Championship from John Cena at the Hell In A Cell pay-per-view special.

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Del Rio is an extensively decorated superstar who boasts an impressive legacy in both Mexico and the US. In fact, in addition to his new US Title he is still AAA’s Mega Champion, a title he won from El Texano Jr on December 7th of last year.

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Ultima Lucha (part 2) – August 5th, 2015

The first season of El Rey Network’s breakout program, Lucha:Underground, comes to a conclusion with its first two-hour spectacular from the Temple in Boyle Heights, California. It’s time for the big night. It’s time for Ultima Lucha!

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The night would boast torrents of blood, shocking developments, upset victories, outstanding feats of athleticism, and more blood.

But did the show live up to the expectations set by a season full of high-octane thrills?

Did the believers both in the Temple and watching at home get the show they wanted to see?

And perhaps the biggest question of all: will LU return for a second season?

Before daring to predict the future, let’s run down and break down the explosive television event that is Ultima Lucha (part 2).

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Who is winning the Wednesday Night Wars? Part Four: Lucha Underground

In 2014, famed television producer Mark Burnett partnered with theĀ Asistencia Asesoria y Aministracion (AAA) in Mexico, United Artists, and Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network to bring a new vision of pro wrestling to air. The result was Lucha: Underground.

The starting roster featured five luchadores from AAA along with talent gleaned from various independent promotions, including former WWE talent Johnny Mundo (Johnny Nitro/ John Morrison) and Big Ryck (Ezekial Jackson).

The show is innovative in a number of ways, and shows a pointed determination to stand out from all other current promotions. While other companies have been tending towards realistic characters and believable conflicts, Lucha is mired with mystery, magic and the supernatural. While TNA employs shaky, hand-held backstage camerawork, Lucha’s vignettes are highly stylized and cinematic. Aside from these innovations, it stands alone as the only modern showcase of lucha libre on television.

Since its inception, Lucha has been gaining popularity and credibility, and could even potentially earn itself a Prime-Time Emmy Award nomination in 2015. How does it stack up against more established wrestling promotions?

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Lucha: Underground – May 13th, 2015

Mystery, excitement and drama galore from the Temple in Boyle Heights as lucha libre lights up the screen once again on Wednesday night!

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Dario Cueto unveils new dastardly magic to his roster to quarrel over. A new luchadore debuts. A match to decide the number one contender to Prince Puma’s Championship between Hernandez and Alberto El Patron takes the main event stage. Will AAA provide the fans with the highest spots and most furious action on television yet again? All signs point to most definitely.

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Lucha: Underground – April 29th, 2015

Boyle Heights, California is home to a dark place of blood and sweat called simply the Temple, and inside is some of the hottest wrestling action in the world today!

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This week’s episode, in the aftermath of the epic Trios Championship finals last week, focuses on the Lucha Underground Championship. Inaugural champion Prince Puma defends his title against number one contender Drago, who faces banishment from the Temple if he is not successful. We also see a new talent facing an established star, a triple threat match to settle scores, and the introduction of a new potential player.

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The action sizzles as Alberto El Patron shines in Lucha: Underground

While the rest of the wrestling universe can’t seem to stop buzzing about the latest televised offering from Full Sail University, over on the west coast there is a hot young promotion that had me leaping from my seat last week. The inventively cutting edge Lucha: Underground airs its weekly showcase on El Rey Network from its studio in Boyle Heights, LA. What made this episode special was the much anticipated welcome of newly signed AAA Heavyweight Champion Alberto El Patron, formerly Alberto Del Rio, formerly Dos Caras, Jr.

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