You've probably read or heard of Lucha Underground, previously exclusive to the El Ray Network. Soon it will be on Netflix, but don't wait.
Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg SS16 was hyped for months. It lasted a few moments. Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, Undertaker were all hyped for RR17. That lasted a few minutes. WWE is in the business to retain viewers not entertain them. This was all intended to keep you coming back for "the real match". Stop punishing yourself and letting them drag out everything. Lucha has 2 people with beef and it's concluded by the end of the season. You may not like the outcome, but you have a conclusive "they are done" feeling; the feeling of conclusion is amazing.
1 - part 2) Seasons
This is building from the idea of conclusion. By limiting their time frame of feuds and pre-planning most shows (Evalise wrestled most of season 1 with a broken leg because they stuck to schedule) we get a developed story throughout the season. It's refreshing to have only a few major events to look forward to rather than a "PPV" every other week. We don't have wasted title matches or repetitive matches in this formula.
2) Inter-gender Matches
You don't care about it till it's gone. Sexy Star is a badass because she competes in wrestling, and is good. But, in restricting men from attacking women you have an extremely unbalanced dynamic for male wrestlers. We don't have to force women into matches, but a woman should want to be the champion of their company. Not a "women's champion", a straight champion. If they can't win the championship they shouldn't be given a secondary step down designed only for women. It's also fantastic from the performance aspect to see men working with women and how their styles adjust.
3) The Lucha Underground Championship
One championship makes one dominating champion without any excuses to belittle their status. With only 2 1/2 seasons this could differ, but for right now the title rules all. Champions are made to look like champions and everyone wants to be the champion. Call it great writing or whatever you want, but one championship means every win/loss is for one goal: to be champion. And, Lucha sticks to the idea their roster all want to be champion. In fact, they stick to a lot...
There's a rocket man who literally blasts off back into space at the ends of season 1. There's a dragon who turns into a masked Luchador in order to fight in the temple. There's a phoenix, the man of 1,000 deaths, who comes back to life. Cisco, a gang thug, gets killed in season 2 and is literally gone for the remainder of the series. Lucha is committed to entertainment and isn't afraid to be fantasy or enrich a wrestler's power. We know pro wrestling is fake. By committing to the entertainment, and almost silliness factor, Lucha doesn't have to defend the "fake" aspect of wrestling because it's clearly defined as an entertainment show.
5) the Wrestling
What you've been waiting for. I won't say the wrestling is certain % better than WWE or ROH or NJPW, but the fact is filmed and there's an off season is heavily noticed. There aren't PPVs monthly but instead great wrestling matches each show. Somethings will always become repetitive (King Cuerno's Arrow Dive is done in every one of his matches...), but for the most part Lucha does a great job of mixing practiced and improvised wrestling seamlessly. And, it's not restricted to only the top talent. Long matches are given (very few bad outcomes) to all competitors, each of which is not belittled to a "jobber". Matches aren't wasted or cut short to show how dominating someone is- they are just dominant.
These are all my opinions of why you should go out of your way to watch Lucha Underground. The "television show" aspect rather than a live wrestle-thon is amazing. It brings you back to the nostalgic day where you watched wrestling like a child rather than a grump, critiquing adult. I won't say WWE is worse than Lucha, but the style of Lucha definitely succeeds and is something any wrestling fan would love.
Feel free to add or share your own opinions of Lucha Underground. cero miedo
This is coming to Netflix: https://www.cnet.com/news/lucha-unde...x-this-spring/
Spring of 2017