Azteca Underground is a stable and future brand in Major League Wrestling (MLW). Its seeds was initially planted back in 2018 when Promociones Dorado was created in 2018 and its leader/founder is Salina De La Renta. In its early tenure for the promotion, she had managed the Lucha Brothers (Pentagón Jr. & Rey Fenix) who were the MLW tag team champions for a time. As the months went on, more members were added to their ranks such as Ricky Martinez, Sammy Guevara, El Hijo De LA Park, and most notably, LA Park (yes the original La Parka from the WCW days) and Low Ki (well-known fighter who has wrestled for major promotions in the past). In 2021, the faction was purchased and absorbed into the aforementioned Azteca Underground by Cesar Duran (formerly known as Dario Cueto of Lucha Underground fame). The stable/roster of the promotion currently has Duran himself, Los Parks, Arez, Aramis, Matt Cross and Mil Muertes ( both of whom of Lucha Underground fame, the former formerly known as Son of Havoc). Former members consist of: Salina De La Renta (former leader), Garza Jr., Ricky Martinez, Sammy Guevara, Bestia 666 (and by extension, his father Damian 666), Low Ki, Jimmy Havoc as an "advisor", according to Salina, and Cristobal Culebra (the bodyguard for Salina De La Renta).
Tropes for the Believers:
- Arch-Enemy: Konnan, Mance Warner, Low Ki. Previously Sami Callihan, but Salina used Mance Warner to send him packing. "Filthy" Tom Lawlor was, but that was by extension via Low Ki being the MLW Champion. Shane Strickland as well, until Low Ki took the world championship from him and also beat him in the rematch. As of 2021, Savio Vega due to his refusal to sell his IWA promotion to Azteca Underground as well as Alexander Hammerstone since Muertes stole his belt and started to parade around with it to please El Jefe.
- Big Bad: For a time in MLW before they were usurped by Contra Unit in early 2019. As of 2021, now both factions are.
- Canon Welding: Since the arrival of Mil Muertes and "El Jefe" Dario Cueto, essentially it retroactively places the Lucha Underground universe into the MLW realm.
- The Dragon: Mil Muertes and formerly Ricky Martinez and Low Ki.
- The Ghost: For months, there's been several references to the owner of the Azteca Underground brand often known as 'El Jefe'. Eventually subverted as of the season finale of MLW Fusion to which El Jefe is Dario Cueto himself.
- HeelFace Turn: Happened when Salina turned on Low Ki and left him to get mauled by Contra. This was a stupid move because it put a target on both Promociones Dorado AND Contra's backs.
- Intercontinuity Crossover: The arrival of Mil Muertes and the acquisition of Promociones Dorado by Azteca Underground is (possibly) one between MLW and the defunct Lucha Underground given the numerous references of the latter in recent months. Even the owner of Lucha Underground Dario Cueto also counts as well.
- Masked Luchador: Hijo De La Park, LA Park, LA Park Jr., Aramis and Mil Muertes.
- Unmasked Luchador: Bestia 666, who like his father Damian 666 wears facepaint and Matt Cross (in reference to his former Son of Havoc persona).
- Mythology Gag: In the website for Azteca Underground, it dropped several references to the late Lucha Underground universe. To illustrate, there are a couple of name drops pertaining to a certain 'El Jefe' as well as a very familiar woman who specializes in giving 'Licks of death'.
- Spicy Latina: Salina may be the spiciest in all of American wrestling right now.
- Wham Shot: The episode of a recent produced episode of MLW Fusion mentioned that it's now owned by Azteca Underground. Sounds familiar? Dario Cueto himself made his physical MLW debut for the first time since awakening from his casket in the last season of Lucha Underground.
- You Have Failed Me: Salina De La Renta punished Sami Callihan for his failure to take out Tom Lawlor (see Batman Gambit above) by forcing him into a Falls Count Anywhere match against LA Park, which Park won after spearing Callihan through several chairs. Speaking of which, this trope was also the reason that Salina had fired Sammy Guevara for losing his match when he was in her Promociones Dorado faction. Ironically, Salina herself failed El Jefe numerous times during which El Hijo de LA Park lost his match against Bu Ku Dao in a recent Fusion episode and that instance is the straw that break the camels back to which she later got abducted by a large masked man outside the arena.