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Lucha Underground Season 2 premiere!

Bernie Barnes @thedailyjobber

It’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

After months of uncertainty, after rumours of talent exodus, budget cuts, production difficulties and the lot, Lucha Underground has returned for a second season on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network!

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Which stars would return? How has the Temple in Boyle Heights, CA changed under new management? What surprises will this new season hold? Let’s get to the Run-Down.

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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 stage 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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Ultima Lucha (part 1) – July 29th, 2015

The first season of El Rey Network’s brave new venture, Lucha:Underground caps off with the two-part, three-hour spectacular, boasting the most exciting lucha libre action to be found anywhere today.

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Tonight: the precursor to Ultima Lucha’s two-hour special next week, in which the LU Championship will be defended, the Gift of the Gods will be bestowed, and scores both personal and professional are laid to rest.

In tonight’s episode, we see the heated feud between Cage and The Mack reach a new level, as they meet in a falls count anywhere match. Also, the Trios Tag Team Championships are on the line, as Team Havoc defends against Catrina’s Disciples of Death. In the main event, Drago and Hernandez face off in a Believers Backlash, in which audience members at temple ringside will be given leather straps to use as they may.

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Lucha: Underground – July 22nd, 2015

The bravest, the boldest, the very best of lucha libre to be found anywhere on television. From The Temple in Boyle Heights comes Lucha:Underground!

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Last week’s episode saw the champion Prince Puma in dire straights after an attack from Mil Muertes and Catrina’s Disciples of Death, which left manager Konnan laid out inside a coffin. Prince Puma is set to stand alone and for the first time address the believers. What will his message be? Also, the boss Dario Cueto unveils the fate that’s in store for the worthy competitors who have attained a sacred ancient Aztec medallion so far. With the Ultima Lucha mega-event just two weeks away, it’s time for the show.

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Lucha: Underground – July 15th, 2015

The summer reaches its peak as the temperature inside the Temple gets critical.

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The focus for weeks has been the super-card that is Ultima Lucha, coming up on August 5th. The main event sees a face to face confrontation between the participants of the championship main event match; Prince Puma and Mil Muertes. Also, the challenge set forth by Pentagon Jr. to colour commentator and industry veteran Vampiro is addressed this week. And finally, Dario Cueto puts a spotlight on the seven ancient tribal medallions. Of the four which are still up for grabs, three will be given away by the end of the show. Who will join Aerostar, Jack Evans and Fenix? Stay tuned…

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Lucha: Underground – July 8th, 2015

From The Temple in Boyle Heights, California comes the premiere showcase of lucha libre on television today.

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With Ultima Lucha right around the corner, more matches are added to the card and story-lines really begin to pick up intensity. Tonight, Alberto El Patron and Johnny Mundo captain teams of four, which collide in Tag Team Atomico for the main event. Also, Cage and The Mack, Son of Havoc and number one contender Mil Muertes, Texano, Blue Demon, the Disciples and the Crew. Although absent from in-ring action, the malevolent presence of Pentagon Jr. lurks throughout the program, as he obsessively pursues and provokes Vampiro.

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Lucha: Underground – July 1st, 2015

With its first big event a little over a month away, and with rumours casting doubt on whether or not it will be renewed for a second season, the best and only showcase for Mexican-style pro wrestling brings its unique brand of violent drama to the El Rey Network!

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Tonight’s episode devotes itself to building major feuds going into Ultima Lucha, including the battle for the Lucha: Underground Championship. Prince Puma and his belt are wanted men, with everyone clawing for a title shot before the big event. However, the immense shadow of Mil Muertes looms over all, champion and challenger alike, as he is guaranteed his match at Ultima. Peripherally, Alberto El Patron returns to action after his revenge attack on Johnny Mundo weeks ago. In what state of mind did the Temple crowd find him? Also in clashes to settle personal scores: Texano and DelAvar Daivari with Big Ryck at his side, and former number one contenders Drago and Hernandez.

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

In 2014, famed television producer Mark Burnett partnered with the 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 – June 10th, 2015

AAA, Mark Burnett, Robert Rodriguez and the El Rey Network brings the hottest show in sports entertainment to the screen every Wednesday with Lucha: Underground!

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This week’s episode features the return of Drago following his loss to Prince Puma which meant banishment from the Temple. The infamous Chavo Guerrero also returns to the ring, having struck a deal with Dario Cueto for protection. Catrina brings her sinister magic to bear with her new stable of disciples. What will be the ramifications of Vampiro’s actions last week? What is the special announcement Dario Cueto has planned? Let’s find out.

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