Lucha Underground has been officially renewed for a fourth season. There is a lot to this, but officially the next set of tapings are to be filmed early next year. The talk we've heard is March. For some talent, this is good news, but for the talent under contract that wants to sign with New Japan or WWE, this is not good news. This doesn't make a difference regarding either Ricochet or Rey Mysterio Jr., who are gone from the promotion and their contracts have expired. But it does regarding people like Penta 0M, Jeff Cobb or others.
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Most of the talent was signed for seven season deals, which were fine at the time since most signed were either not planning on going anywhere else on television, or were people who had no name in the U.S. market to begin with.
It is possible some will take their contracts to court since they haven’t been paid since the summer of 2016, and there is a question of being able to hold somebody to a contract from summer 2016 until spring 2018 without paying them.
One person close to the situation described it to me as being told you’ve been drafted to go to war. You don’t want to go, but you really don’t have a choice and just hope the tour of duty is short. It’s a 180 degree difference from after season one, where everyone was hoping there would be a season two (there was always going to be a season three because when the decision was made to fund season two, it was made to continue through a third season and to get 100 episodes in the can).
None of this is official and talent that we’ve contacted hasn’t been told any of this, but the working battle plan for the new season would be to start taping on 2/16 and tape through mid-March. The idea is with heavy cost-cutting involved, to do tapes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights most weeks, perhaps two taping days other weeks, and the 2018 season would be 21 episodes, cut well down from the number from past years. They did attempt to get Rey Mysterio Jr. back for the new season but Mysterio, whose contract has expired, has agreed to be the face of Arolucha and also has at least another significant deal in the works so turned it down.