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Adventures of a Geek Dad - Lucha Underground

Over the past year, my kids have been slowly gotten into wrestling.

You can blame television, video games and, well, truth be told, me.

We've attended a Raw and a Smackdown.  We've watched a few pay-per-views.

They like who they like, but they don't always dig the WWE product.

That's why I introduced them to Lucha Underground last year.

Lucha Underground is the brainchild of Robert Rodriguez (Machete, From Dusk till Dawn) and Mark Burnett (Survivor, Shark Tank).  Lucha Underground features stars of the American independent circuit and the stars of AAA, a Mexican lucha libre promotion.

I watched the first couple of episodes of Lucha Underground and realized that my boys would love the high flying action.  My wife was out of town for a girl's weekend, the boys and I watched the first three episodes.

I was right.  They were hooked.

With only one hour of programming to fill and high end production values and backstage vignettes that owe much more to the telenovelas than they do to sports entertainment, Lucha Underground brings his A game every week. 

Lucha Underground still focuses on the good versus evil mythology that has been lost in much of the mainstream product.

Lucha Underground also features female empowerment in the form of Sexy Star, a AAA luchadora who stands her ground against the men as well as the women. 

With action like this, its easy to see how the boys were so easily hooked. 

In recent weeks, Lucha Underground has added Alberto el Patron (former Alberto Del Rio) and, if rumors are to be believed, Rey Misterio.

Adding high profile stars like these will only help to garner Lucha Underground much deserved mainstream press.

As long as they continue to put on well produced, tightly scripted, high flying action, Lucha Underground will continue to be our go to wrestling program.

Now if they'd just take the show on the road.

Lucha Underground airs Wednesdays at 8pm EST on the El Rey network.

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