Official statement from Lucha Underground regarding Alberto Del Rio
As noted earlier, former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Alberto El Patron, also known as Alberto Del Rio, made his debut for Lucha Underground at their TV tapings in Los Angeles this weekend. Lucha Underground is being produced by United Artists Media Group in association with FactoryMade Ventures for El Rey Network.
Lucha Underground released the statement below regarding El Patron’s signing:
'LUCHA UNDERGROUND' SIGNS AAA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION ALBERTO EL PATRÓN
January 17, 2015, Los Angeles: "Lucha Underground" has signed AAA World Heavyweight Champion Alberto El Patrón, it was announced today by "Lucha Underground" the new Lucha Libre wrestling franchise from Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Burnett, United Artists Media Group, Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures. The Mexican professional wrestler and mixed martial artist competed in his first match in Los Angeles today, January 17th. "Lucha Underground" airs Wednesday nights at 8:00pm on El Rey Network and on Saturdays at 4:00 pm in Spanish on UniMás.
"We are thrilled to have Alberto El Patrón join 'Lucha Underground.'" said Executive Producer and Showrunner Eric Van Wagenen. "He is a bold and exciting luchador who delivers attitude and skill. He is a very welcome addition to our roster."
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.