Here’s what Lucha Underground gets right that I like SO much. There are two working female wrestlers (as of this time that I know of) in the company. One is Sexy Star, an absolute face who is presented as the noblest of fighters. The other is Ivelisse, a really obnoxious heel who bosses her male counterparts around, shouts them down, and generally makes herself as irritating as possible. First off, you know definitely who is a face. LU’s female face isn’t “the least bitchy” in the locker room, she’s a luchadora who is legit fighting the good fight. Sexy Star doesn’t have catty interactions with people and even Ivelisse isn’t catty so much as she is REALLY overbearing and arrogant. Second, both women are bad asses that are used as such. Sexy Star is currently in a feud with one of the most terrifying heels in the company, she’s come to the rescue of a female announcer, defended the honor of her wounded (male) friend, and convincingly wins fights with men. Ivelisse is part of the dysfunctional trios tag champion team, was instrumental in them winning (she beat people up with a kendo stick), and even though she was injured in their title match didn’t have one of the guys save her like some damsel in distress (Angelico’s epic cross body was because she was out numbered in the ring, but it wasn’t really to “save” her so much as it was to save the match).
Lucha Underground might have a limited number of women, but they’re treated as performers like the men. They’re GOOD. They’re obvious wrestlers. They have solid, big story lines that cross section the men’s in ways that don’t involve them being valets for the guys and nothing else.