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Ivelisse says Lucha Underground is refusing to release her from her contract


Ivelisse posted the following on Twitter about her attempts to be released from her contract with Lucha Underground:

"I've done everything in my power to avoid having to do this but.. at this point I literally have no other choice.. For a bit over 1 1/2 now I've been battling LU to grant me my release. They convinced me to do S4 under promise that I'd be released after the season concluded and was still unhappy. They currently are refusing to do so despite having been told numerous times that they would. This has caused me an unbearable amount of grief for so long now, I really have no words to describe and don't know what else to do.. being legally held hostage while pro wrestling is booming is a matter not to be taken lightly, especially coming from someone who has dedicated their life to their work, it's everything to me. I am at my wits end, so at this point, regardless what happens from here on out, at the very least my story is told."

Many wrestlers under contract with the company are signed for a number of seasons. There is no word on when (or if) season 5 will premiere.

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There have been issues with the budget for the production and that has put a question mark on the future of the series which is not sitting well with some wrestlers that would like to work elsewhere.

“Nobody is saying it’s dead [Lucha Underground], there’s just not a huge hustle to get it on the air right now,” Executive Producer Eric Van Wagenen admitted in a November 2018 interview. “Good shows sometimes go away for business decisions. Sometimes sh*tty shows live on and on and on, for business reasons.”

Van Wagenen also said, “I think we reached the tipping point budget wise. We’ve gone I think as low as we can go. And I don’t know that we would try to replicate the business model of season 4 again. And so it becomes a question again of ‘can we find a way to do season 5 without it being cheaper and faster and all the other things?'”