via press release:
ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5TH, EL REY NETWORK CELEBRATES ‘LUCHA UNDERGROUND’S’ BIGGEST EVENT YET WITH HIGHLY ANTICIPATED, TWO-HOUR SEASON FINALE, ULTIMA LUCHA
Austin, TX, June 11th, 2015 – El Rey Network’s debut season of “Lucha Underground” will culminate with their biggest event yet, Ultima Lucha, a two-hour extravaganza airing Wednesday, August 5th. Each match will be pivotal and the stakes have never been higher with every championship title on the line as the biggest names in the wrestling world collide at the “Lucha Underground” temple in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. In last night’s episode, Dario Cueto announced that this never-before-seen event would be an annual celebration featuring the biggest bouts and the most amazing matches full of twists, turns, and incredible action.
“Ultima Lucha will be the biggest event in the first season of ‘Lucha Underground’. All of our compelling storylines and characters will intersect in an action-packed and entertaining spectacle that our fans have come to expect from us,” said Executive Producer and Showrunner Eric Van Wagenen. “Ultima Lucha is a spectacular payoff to our groundbreaking inaugural season and will hopefully become a very anticipated annual event.”
The full lineup is yet to be announced but viewers can expect to see their favorite stars duke it out in the ring including: “Lucha Underground” Champion Prince Puma, Alberto El Patron, Johnny Mundo, Mil Muertes, Blue Demon Jr., and “Lucha Underground” Trios Champions Ivelisse, Angelico and Son of Havoc. Ultima Lucha will also welcome Drago, Hernandez, Texano, Sexy Star, King Cuerno, Pentagon Jr. and many more into the ring.
Ancient tradition, extraordinary athleticism and a flare for theatrics combine in El Rey Network’s hour-long wrestling series, “Lucha Underground.” The riveting original series introduces American audiences to the high-flying aerial maneuvers, slingshot moves, dramatic masks, intricate, rapid-fire combinations and distinctive wrestling techniques of Lucha Libre, one of Mexico’s most popular sports. Executive produced by Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group in association with FactoryMade Ventures, fans will have a ringside seat as masked villains and heroes face off to battle for wrestling supremacy. Some of AAA’s most legendary Luchadores-Blue Demon Jr., Sexy Star, Fenix, Drago and Pentagon Jr. join U.S. based wrestlers Chavo Guerrero Jr., Konnan, Johnny Mundo and Prince Puma and more to provide enthusiastic viewers with an incredibly visceral and explosive experience with a focus on the artistry, originality, intense action and over the top characters that has come to define this phenomenal fan-favorite. A celebration of Lucha Libre’s long-standing Mesoamerican heritage and culture, dating back to 1863, this is programming that must be seen to be believed.
“Lucha Underground” is produced by United Artists Media Group in association with FactoryMade Ventures for El Rey Network. Executive producers are Mark Burnett, Eric Van Wagenen (also showrunner) and Brian Edwards of United Artists Media Group; 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 United Artists Media Group.
About El Rey Network
El Rey Network is a 24-hour English language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network unites the most culturally diverse generation in history through fearless, badass and original content that awakens the renegade in everyone. The network’s action-packed content is anchored by original signature dramas, feature films, grindhouse genre, cult classic action, and horror/sci-fi. El Rey Network LLC (www.elreynetwork.com) is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.
About United Artists Media Group
United Artists Media Group (UAMG) is a joint venture among MGM, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Corporation, focused on developing, producing and financing premium content across all platforms, including scripted and non-scripted television programs, motion pictures and digital content.
About Lucha Libre AAA
Lucha Libre AAA is a media and entertainment company founded in 1992 by Antonio Pena Herrada and manages the IP of the “AAA” brand and another 250 characters in its league. The company produces Lucha Libre events globally including venues such as Palacio de los Deportes, Arena Monterrey, HP Pavilion, Madison Square Garden, Los Angeles Sports Arena and Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to working with sponsors such as Corona, Hershey’s, Comex and Unilever, the league has released an animated movie and videogame in the Mexican market. Lucha Libre AAA develops 5 hours of content per week that is aired on three television channels in Mexico: Galavision and Televisa Deportes Network.
About FactoryMade Ventures
FactoryMade is an incubator for entertainment businesses and was founded by John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa. The company builds IP-based franchises and production and distribution platforms by leveraging its strong ties to the Hollywood creative community and partnering with global brands and investors. FactoryMade ventures include El Rey Network and Tres Pistoleros Studios with Robert Rodriguez and Univision Communications and the Lucha Underground sports wrestling league with Mark Burnett and Mexico’s Lucha Libre AAA. In addition to working with corporate partners such as Telefonica, they previously spearheaded the creation of Hasbro’s film and TV businesses (Transformers, G.I. Joe, Hasbro TV Studios, the Hub Network), and developed retail’s first digital gaming and e-commerce platform with HSN (HSN Arcade).