Lucha Underground quickly became fan popular soon after its inception in late 2014. The show ended four years later in 2018 and garnered an overall positive response throughout its run. Eric Bischoff recently revealed that he was in talks with the executives behind the promotion, prior to its launch.
During a recent episode of the “83 Weeks” podcast, Bischoff held an AMA where he took time to answer some of the fan questions. In one of the answers, Bischoff revealed that he actually wanted to produce Lucha Underground alongside Mark Burnett.
“I talked to the folks at Lucha Underground about possibly coming in early on before the show launched. I met with them twice actually and I met with the folks from AAA and the executives that were a part of it. There was a moment that I was actually thinking about becoming the executive producer of that show along with Mark Burnett, but it didn’t feel right to me. I don’t think I was able to convince them, and I wasn’t the right person for that job. I just wasn’t.
I didn’t have enough of a feel for the Lucha culture and experience to be able to do the kind of job that format needed. But yes, we did have some early discussions. I had worked with Mark Burnett before, so I had a good relationship with Mark.”
Burnett was also one of the people behind the launch of the Lucha Underground. Even though the promotion’s run was short-lived, it managed to forge creative and production partnerships with other North American promotions. It would have been interesting to see how the show would have turned out, had the WWE Hall Of Famer produced it.
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