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Posted by on 2017/03/23 · Comments: 01 · Filed under: Opinion, Original, Reviews

I get it, you’re probably asking yourself, “isn’t this a MMA website?” The answer to that is “duh.” However, I would be lying if I said that my love for fighting didn’t stem from professional wrestling.

Netflix decided to bless the world with making Lucha Underground available to it’s binge watchers. It showcases the importance of the Lucha Libre culture, how much of an impact it has made in America (WWE, TNA, etc), and overall, brings something different to the table. The change is truly refreshing.

For years, fans and critics around the world associated professional wrestling with being “fake” and similar to a soap opera. It’s equivalent to finding out that Santa isn’t real. What Lucha Underground has done, is completely disown one of those claims, while enhancing the other.

Why is this Netflix series dope?

Lucha Undergound gives your the art of professional wrestling, along with the history of Lucha Libre through it’s masked wrestlers. There’s a story behind every mask, but also a lineage of ancestors who’ve also graced the squared circle with a similar name. The art of Lucha Libre combines high-flying moves, amazing transitions, and technical abilities. You’ll see that although wrestling is “fake,” the risks taken are surely not.

I’ve never been more hooked to wrestling. Watching this series has taken me back to my childhood days where my jaw was always dropped and I wanted to mimic all of my favorite high-flying wrestlers. Jeff Hardy to be exact. While the Underground dares to take wrestling to new heights, it also caters to those who feel wrestling has gone into the soap opera, drama era.

Instead of Monday Night Raw and Tuesday Night SmackDown, we have seasons and episodes. Netflix stayed true to it’s form. Instead of pointless angles, multiple different storylines and desperate mic sessions, we have a well thought out show that incorporates the real eliminates of wrestling. The Underground has talented wrestlers who aren’t held back because of their sexual orientation or gender. We have fighters that all play into the main plot, however, have their own paths. Lastly, we have more interesting matchups and not the same people in the main event in the spotlight. They all have the spotlight.

You can have your John Cena. I’ll take my Johnny Mundo.

The end of same-gender matches

In Lucha Underground, although there aren’t many women wrestling under the promotion’s banner (in the first two seasons), the women who are contracted, are able to fight men. Whenever. This is awesome because you have that female face that pushes the gender norms. Little girls need their heroes too.

Sexy Star is a powerful, muscular, high-flying Queen of the Lucha who will make you fall in love with both her charm and strength. She’s on a mission to prove that women can hang with the men. Sexy isn’t the only talented female under the promotion’s banner. You also have the self-proclaimed baddest bit*h, Ivelisse. Along side Son of Havoc, she brings forth her technical, high-flying, MMA-ways to the ring, etching herself as one of the best in the world. You may remember her from WWE’s Tough Enough.

They have many stars

Unlike the WWE, Lucha Underground has many stars. They all get catered to as well. In the two seasons I’ve seen, I never got sick of one luchador. In WWE, I think we can all agree, we got sick of John Cena being everywhere. Wrestling became predictable and censored for the young.What I love most about the Undergound, is that almost every episode, we are introduced to new upcoming talent. We get a new story and we get a new door that opens. We also get different styles of Lucha from all around the world: talented wrestlers, MMA fighters, entertainers, and street fighters.

Oh, and not all wrestlers are masked. You have many former WWE and TNA wrestlers expanding their skill set. You get to watch them better their moves and evolve from what they know.

The Exotico culture is showcased

In the ever-changing world we live in, it’s inevitable that we will eventually have major stars in the sports industry. It’s also inevitable that some may love without seeing gender.

The world was shocked after Caitlyn Jenner revealed her secret. In Lucha Underground, everyone is accepted. In the first two seasons of Netflix, we are introduced to Pimpinela Escarlata, a luchador representing the exotico culture. At a glance, you’ll see that Escarlata is different. However, in the ring, you’ll see that Escarlata can compete with the best of the best. Even if it’s with a different skill set.

Exotico luchadores are the equivalent to drag queens; with less drag and talented in the technical aspects of wrestling. They bring entertainment and of course, moves that push the barriers.

You get the soap opera you’ve all talked shit about

So now you don’t have any shit to talk. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this element, but all in all, I love it. It gives you backstory to all the wrestling that’s happening. It gives you the behind the scene feel that WWE fails to address. We are able to tap into the brain of the owner, Dario Cuerto, and the good and shady decisions he makes. They truly make it feel like it is only the beginning for the company and they are tapping into the free agent market, signing only the best to compete. I don’t want to hear about wrestling being a novella. Now, it is, but better.

All the episodes are not even uploaded… yet

If you fall in love with the first two seasons, I can guarantee you’ll love whatever it is they have planed next. I haven’t even watched them. Since we don’t have access to the El Rey Network, we get to watch at our leisure, the unfolding and creation of Lucha Underground. I think that’s the best part. Period.

Unlike the WWE or TNA, we don’t have to log on at a certain time anymore to watch wrestling. We can watch whenever we want and we get to binge while doing it.

The world of professional wrestling has changed thanks to Netflix. Feed. Me. More.

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