Lucha Underground’s co-executive producer Chris DeJoseph put out a claim where “They (WWE) basically tried to sign our entire roster, and pretty much tried to shut us down. I think that’s what they (WWE) want to do – just take everybody, sign them into NXT and then wipe out companies. I know they tried to do it with TNA, and I’m sure Ring Of Honor too. It makes sense. They pay someone $750/week, put them into developmental and in the meantime, they try to take away a company’s roster. And they can just leave those guys down in NXT.”
Under cross-examination, those claims have major issues. It is unrealistic for WWE to sign a few hundred wrestlers all at once, which they would have to do in pretty fast order to “sign an entire roster”. WWE does not have enough spots for that many people, whether it’s the main roster or NXT. Two for them to sign so much talent, what does creative have for them? They aren’t going to be able to use that many names, not without creating D, E, F, and G shows on the WWE Network. There’s no way creative can come up with long-term uses for all these newcomers, and many current roster members would have a far greater likelihood of being lost in the shuffle (see Zack Ryder). A bunch of them will end up sitting, and frankly quite a number of them make more money at their regular jobs and by taking two, three bookings a weekend on the indy circuit to easily surpass that amount.
Then comes the talent that WWE would have to put back on the payroll for this to happen. For instance, WWE would have to publicly apologize to each one of these wrestlers for how they treated them during their last go-around with the company:
John Morrison – There’s no way he’s going back after WWE fired him for refusing to break up and ex-communicate Melina Perez, of whom WWE had nuclear heat with. Why would Morrison ever trust them again and what business did WWE have blackmailing someone’s personal life like that?
Ivelisse Velez – WWE smeared this lady’s reputation claiming she had a horrible backstage attitude after cutting her – because she stated out loud she wanted to wrestle on the main roster. TNA dumped her after a Gutcheck match of which she clearly outwrestled her opponent, likely influenced by the unfair stigmatization.
Chavo Guerrero Jr. – What does WWE have to offer him now? A low mid-card slot which was where he was during his last stint. Not exactly attractive compared to the major storylines Lucha has put him in and the greater chance of being the major star he was unable to be in WCW and WWE.
Matt Cross – Was dumped in week two of Tough Enough 5 where the whole season destroyed any credibility the show still had left. The first loser Cameron Lynn turned out to be the true big winner as in she’s the only one on the main roster from that debacle. Cross would demand they publicly admit making a dumb mistake putting him on that show instead of NXT and cutting him so early, which won’t happen, thus Cross won’t waste his time with them again.
Rey Mysterio - He spent his last year with WWE on the sidelines, with WWE refusing to book him thinking he'll get hurt again after getting cleared. Rey had to fight tooth and nail to get released so he could wrestle again wherever he wanted. No way he returns to get another frozen contract.
PJ Black - The former Justin Gabriel floundered in prelim limbo after the breakup of Nexus with no involvement in any storylines for two years cause creative couldn't/wouldn't come up with anything for him, so he wanted out and got his release. Way too soon for him to entertain returning to WWE and being stuck in the exact same situation.
Brian Cage - WWE actually had him in developmental in 2009 but let him go after a year. TNA had him at Gutcheck but passed on him in favor of Jay Bradley. What would WWE do with him now that's better than his position at Lucha? Resume his feud with Alberto Del Rio over his head being shaved in Mexico? Not likely.
Black Lotus - Formerly Angela Fong, another person WWE had. Wrestled in NXT for a year but only got to be a backstage interviewer in WWE. And the current divas roster is loaded. Where would she fit? I doubt creative would come up with anything like Lucha did, making a return a waste of time.
Willie Mack - WWE signed him in 2014, but released him before he could even report to Orlando! Little too soon to try again after getting burned.
Matt Stryker - I doubt WWE wants him back on their announce team.
Cheerleader Melissa - WWE passed on her repeatedly, to which she went to TNA instead managing Amazing Kong. WWE NOW only shows interest in her cause she's wrestling for Lucha?
And after you get through the former WWE talent, the Mexican talent most of which wrestles for AAA would be an odd fit for WWE. Years ago they had a Super Astros show but unless WWE makes a major expansion into Mexico and runs more often than they've had in the past couple decades that's not happening. Currently WWE has only a couple Mexican wrestlers on its roster and I can count them on one hand. The other big problem is if WWE signed so many of these Lucha wrestlers, all of them would have to adapt to the WWE style and everyone remembers how well that worked out with Sin Cara/Mistico.
The bottom line is, Lucha Underground's fate rests with El Rey Network and decent viewership, the threat from WWE is in reality quite limited. Sure they signed back Alberto Del Rio, but he shouldn't had been cut from WWE in the first place.