This past Wednesday night's Ultima Lucha finale concluded what was an incredibly groundbreaking inaugural season for El Rey Network's wrestling franchise Lucha Underground. The partnership between Mexican promotion AAA and the American marketplace didn't exactly challenge WWE for ratings supremacy, but for die-hard wrestling fans it presented a progressive take on the industry that was highly entertaining. The idea that Lucha Underground will have a second season is currently hotly debated, but in the interim, there's definitely ten lessons that WWE can learn from what Lucha Underground succeeded at doing. Between TV presentation and talent roster alone, Lucha Underground excelled at finding a comfortable niche in a fantastical and hyper-urban concept that WWE has never successfully mined. As well, the in-ring presentation involved a style of wrestling that definitely is a hair more nuanced and wild than the athletic lucha-Japanese hybrid being pushed in WWE's midcard. In possibly attempting to grab some of the performers in the company as well as maybe allowing for some creative freedom in as far as how matches are put together, WWE can mirror Lucha Underground. Overall, Lucha Underground's first season was in many respects a blowaway success. Regarding the future of their own much progressed product of late, WWE certainly can pick up a few tips from what worked for the upstart promotion.
Besides having been an independent professional wrestling manager for a decade, Marcus Dowling is a Washington, DC-based writer who has contributed to a plethora of online and print magazines and newspapers writing about music and popular culture over the past 15 years.