John Morrison (aka Johnny Mundo) recently spoke with Brian Fritz of Sporting News to promote Lucha Underground. Here are the highlights.
The first season of Lucha Underground received some great reviews from fans. How do you feel about the second season?
I think something that rarely happens in sequels is that the second of Lucha Underground is even better than the first. The people in front of the camera and behind the camera have gotten better, they’re very polished and the talent is literally one-upping themselves and competing with each other in a good way.
Earlier this year, Lucha Underground did a show at South by Southwest, its first show on the road. Would you like to see that happen more often?
I was a little hesitant about it but the South by Southwest event went so well that I feel like we represented Lucha Underground at that live event very well. For people who have never seen Lucha Underground or lucha libre for that matter, coming to a live wrestling show it’s an experience that has no equal. It is something that I hope we continue to do and do more of. And I hope we do it slowly. I think for stuff like that, it’s quality over quantity.
There’s been a lot of talk about the future of Lucha Underground. I know the company is really hoping to land a television deal in Mexico. How important is that?
Extremely important. It’s frustrating sometimes as a performer to feel like we’re doing this awesome product that’s not on TV in Mexico and half the roster lives in Mexico City. I also think that as important as a deal is in Mexico, the right deal is the most important. I think that’s why it’s taking a little time. Finding a partner for Lucha Underground that’s the right partner is probably the most important thing.
As long as we’re going there, I’d say we just cut deals — we’re starting to air in Asia in Singapore, Malaysia and some other territories. We’re on in Canada, Spain, Morocco and getting these TV deals in all these foreign territories is a process. The people who are in charge of it are working very hard at it. It is starting to pick up and the long-term sustainability of Lucha Underground is going to depend on getting this product out to a global market. It’s what’s happening. You always want it to happen faster.
You can read the entire interview here.