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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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Who is winning the Wednesday Night Wars? Part Three: NXT

When NXT Wrestling first aired from 2010 to 2012, its format was akin to reality television, where rookies taken from WWE’s development promotion FCW (Florida Championship Wrestling) would compete in a series of challenges to earn a spot on the main roster.

in August 2012, WWE closed the doors on its Tampa, Florida development promotion. Moving to Full Sail University, a training facility in Winter Park, Florida, WWE re-branded the development promotion under the NXT banner. After that, the show did away with the reality show theme altogether, and became a Raw or Smackdown-like showcase for the developmental talent.

Although a number of current WWE superstars cut their teeth in NXT (most notably Seth Rollins, the first NXT grad to win the World Heavyweight Championship), it wasn’t until 2014 that NXT really started to get serious attention from audiences and industry analysts.

With three big live events under their belt, a touring schedule, and their current champion Kevin Owens making waves on the main roster, NXT is becoming a major force to be reckoned with.

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Who is winning the Wednesday Night Wars? Part Two: ROH

Since its inception, Ring of Honor has been relegated to specialty channels, the internet, and individually packaged video releases. If you wanted to see it, you had to look for it.

As of June 3rd of 2015, the indie promotion entered into a new age of exposure. Destination America has added the promotion’s weekly programming to its schedule, slotting it to follow TNA Impact.

Although only a recent addition to the array of pro wrestling television available to the public, they are so well established in the industry that they deserve a closer look in The Daily Jobber’s evaluation of the Wednesday Night Wars.

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Who is winning the Wednesday Night Wars? Part One: TNA

Since Destination: America moved TNA Impact Wrestling from Friday night to Wednesday, that formerly forgotten middle child of the week has become sports entertainment Grand Central. Four programs from separate and distinctly unique promotions air their weekly offerings on the same night.

But who is doing it best? Is there a clear headliner, or do they each satisfy a different need from the pro wrestling fans? Can they offer lessons to one another? Who is doing what right and wrong?

The Daily Jobber decided to break these shows down and compare how they perform, in hope to shed some light on these questions.

Let’s begin with WWE’s longtime rival TNA.

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