El Rey Network issued the following press release today:
EL REY NETWORK AND MARK BURNETT’S ONE THREE MEDIA ANNOUNCE PREMIERE OF ‘LUCHA UNDERGROUND,’ WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29TH AT 8:00 PM ET/PT WITH A SUPER CHARGED TWO-HOUR EPISODE
New Members of ‘Lucha Underground’ League Announced Including Chavo Guerrero, Jr., Konnan and Johnny Mundo
Austin, TX– September 22, 2014 – The match has begun. With production of the new action-packed series, “Lucha Underground,” underway in Los Angeles, El Rey Network and Emmy Award®-winning producer Mark Burnett’s One Three Media today announced new members of the character-driven, riveting, freestyle wrestling series. “Lucha Undergound” will kick off with a special two-hour episode on Wednesday, October 29th at 8:00 pm ET/PT.
The new high-flying Luchadores joining “Lucha Underground” include: Prince Puma (aka Trevor Mann); Mil Muertes (aka Ricky Banderes); Johnny Mundo (aka John Hennigan); Chavo Guerrero Jr.; “B-Boy” Benny Cuntapay; Cortez Castro (aka Ricky Reyes); Catrina (aka Karlee Perez); Angela Fong; Son of Havoc (aka Matt Cross); Big Ryck (aka Ryckon Stephens); Ivelisse; Mr. Cisco (aka Lil Cholo); Martin Casaus and Holly Michelle. They join previously announced Luchadores from the popular Lucha Libre AAA franchise including Blue Demon, Jr, Sexy Star, Fenix, Drago and Pentagon Jr. Also announced were Dario Cueto (Luis Fernandez) as the Owner and Promoter; Vampiro and Matt Striker as Commentators; Melissa Santos as the Ring Announcer; and lucha libre legend Konnan.
“‘Lucha Underground’ will bring to television some of the most talented and dynamic athletes from the worlds of lucha libre and wrestling,” said Executive Producer Brian Edwards of One Three Media. “It’s compelling on so many levels and viewers of all ages will have something to cheer about every Wednesday night on El Rey Network.”
Diego Gutierrez, Executive Producer, said: “Lucha is legendary – it’s an extraordinary combination of artistry and athleticism with an explosive combat style that has evolved over centuries, its origins shrouded in mystery. But one thing that is certain is that this intense, high-flying wrestling tradition will bring viewers to their feet and will be like nothing else on television.”
Lucha Libre’s colorful world of freestyle wrestling is a huge draw in its home country of Mexico with over 85% of television audiences tuning into the high-flying antics of this popular franchise-the second most popular sport after football. Each week “Lucha Underground” will bring drama, excitement and action to U.S. audiences as the masked heroes and villains battle it out in the ring for wrestling supremacy.
“Lucha Underground” is produced by One Three Media in association with FactoryMade Ventures for El Rey Network. Executive producers are Mark Burnett, Eric Van Wagenen (also showrunner) and Brian Edwards of One Three Media; Dorian Roldán from Lucha Libre AAA; Alejandro Garcia and Antonio Cué Sánchez-Navarro; El Rey Network co-founder Robert Rodriguez; and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa. The series will be distributed internationally by One Three Media.