Former Lucha Underground Home Ceases Broadcasting

The El Rey Network, which originally presented all four seasons of Lucha Underground, has ceased broadcasting.

The channel, which was founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, was conceived as an English language destination for Latin American inspired programming.

Lucha Underground was one of the network’s most highly rated shows, debuting in 2014, and featured a blend of classic lucha libre action fused with the type of cinematic production values that have become in vogue in recent months.

The promotion ran for four seasons and provided a platform to some of today’s biggest names including the likes of Ricochet (Prince Puma), John Morrison (Johnny Mundo) and Santos Escobar (King Cuerno).

News of the network’s departure marks the culmination of a rapid decline in distribution, with various cable providers having dropped the channel, whose reach had plummeted from circa 33 million homes in November 2019 to c13 million as of November 2020.

It has however been suggested that the channel may live on as streaming service, with Rodriguez having recently worked with both Disney+ (The Mandalorian) and Netflix (We Can Be Heroes).