Court Bauer Considers Meeting With WWE Over Lucha Underground Partnership

Court Bauer Considers Meeting With WWE Over Lucha Underground Partnership

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Lucha Underground has been commended for introducing new concepts to professional wrestling and using cinematic aspects of storytelling. They did seasons, didn’t host live events, and didn’t hold pay-per-view events.

The TV show debuted in October 2014 and continued to air until November 2018.

While speaking on Ad-Free ShowsCourt Bauer recalled meeting WWE about the possibility of Lucha Underground working with the company.

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“That was towards the end,” he began. “I made an appointment with Paul Levesque [Triple H] to go there and explore what a future might look like in some capacity with the participation of Lucha Underground and WWE. For example, was there a world where Lucha Underground could be on WWE Network as original programming or is there a scenario where they were interested in potentially acquiring it or licensing seasons for archival reasons? We went to Stamford, I picked up Dorian Roldan and one of the key investors, Alex Garcia. It was an interesting time. We went in and Paul Levesque and his team were incredibly friendly and very flattering to all three of us in the meeting. It was a very ‘acquaintance’ meeting. We met in the Money in the Bank boardroom. In the end, it was really up to the property of Lucha Underground and WWE to decide if there was a future there and it kind of petered out after the meeting and didn’t go where it needed to go. With Lucha Underground, you didn’t just have Dorian and Alex Garcia, you had several people with positions in the company. Mark Burnett, MGM TV, other investors. Getting everyone on the same page when you have multiple ownership groups is a lot harder than when you have a guy running it or a director of the company or a sports team. Therefore, it is more difficult to be flexible and close deals. Lucha Underground was the bridge to what we have in so many companies today.”

Quotes via pugnacious

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