So, can we talk about how awesome Lucha Underground is? Seriously, it's the BEST one-hour show on television right now.
Here's why you need to start watching:
1. The show comes off as the awesome lovechild of Breaking Bad and a good episode of Monday Night Raw.
2. The announcers makes the show exciting to watch.
3. This is one of the most progressive shows on television.
4. The show has an incredibly strong identity.
Lucha Underground films out of Boyle Heights in East L.A., a predominantly Mexican and Mexican-American neighborhood. Since the show itself is affiliated with AAA (Asistencia Asesoría y Administración — one of Mexico's major wrestling promotions), the show has built its identity around Mexican culture, like having an Aztec calendar printed in the middle of the ring and having the set built in the theme of an Aztec temple. Instead of having Spanish-speaking wrestlers cut monologues in English, producers allow them to freely express themselves in Spanish, adding subtitles in post-production.
The show features establishing shots of the surrounding L.A. neighborhood, giving the show a genuine homegrown feel. This show does not attempt to whitewash itself and more important, It does not attempt to replicate the look and style of WWE. It's a whole new product and one that wrestling fans appreciate.
5. The high-flying action in Lucha Underground is jaw-dropping.
For the full hour of this show, there is never a single dull moment. If you are new to the show, or have never seen wrestling in your life, you can't help but be in awe of the breathtaking acrobatics stunts performed by these wrestlers. The high-flying spots and innovative maneuvers will give longtime wrestling fans a breath of fresh air. The action you see in the ring can only be rivaled by WWE's NXT and Japan's NJPW. Matches like the 10-Way Match and the 60-minute Aztec Warfare match are two examples of what makes Lucha Underground so great.
6. Dario Cueto is the most charismatic antagonist since WWE's Mr. McMahon.
7. The cinematography is top-notch.
There are many production elements that make Lucha Underground a unique viewing experience. The Hollywood-style backstage segments, the fish-eye camera at the announcers table, the large "Aztec temple" set design, it's all great. But the one element that stands out above the rest is the cinematography — especially that gorgeous overhead camera angle. It's become Lucha Underground's signature shot, and a powerful storytelling device. Whether it's capturing the action from a neat angle or capturing opponents sprawled over the mat in defeat, the cinematography of this show is off the hook.
8. The crowd makes the show fun to watch.
SO START WATCHING! Lucha Underground airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m EST/PST on the El Rey Network.
Oops. New Japan Pro Wrestling is NJPW, not NJWP as stated earlier. Genuine botch. You're watching Botchamania.