It was touch and go there for a while, but season four of El Rey Network’s Lucha Underground is happening. Even after the official announcement, a long wait for information about when and where the next batch of episodes would tape had fans a little anxious. But a flurry of information this week has provided answers and calmed nerves.
The latest episodes, which follow a cliffhanger-riffic Ultima Lucha Tres, will film in just a couple weeks. Folks who will be in the Los Angeles area can try to reserve free tickets to the Friday, Feb. 23 - Sunday, Feb. 25 shows on LU’s Eventbrite page here.
But that’s not even the biggest news.
In an exclusive interview with Uproxx, producers Eric van Wagenen and Chris DeJoseph shared the new location of Lucha Underground Arena, better known as “The Temple” - Union Central Cold Storage on Industrial in downtown Los Angeles. The creative duo discussed making the new building a character on the show the same way the old one was, and also indirectly addressed reports they’d be working with a smaller budget this time around.
“I think one of the things we’ve been challenged with this season is how to make this show more efficient. When you have three swings at something, you get a good sense of how to do that. A lot of our talent will be staying here for the run of the show. This will be home base. Not only will we be shooting vignettes during the week, and wrestling tapings on the weekends, guys will be coming here and spending a lot of time here...
Certainly, unlike four years ago when we started building at The Temple, we know what they’re going to try to do. We had no idea what they were going to try to do 4 years ago, but now we know our cast well, and so we have to plan accordingly.”
So we know that the setting will change, and at least a few of the players have moved on - including a couple of their biggest names in Rey Mysterio and Ricochet (although they could put someone else under the Prince Puma mask). Unless you’re going to be in L.A. in a couple weeks, you won’t know what else will be different until these shows hit the air. The premiere date for season four hasn’t been announced, but that’s never stopped wrestling fans from speculating.
So let us know what you think, or just what your excitement level is for more grindhouse-style lucha libre, below.