Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Over Analyzing Wrestling: The Mexican Wrestler
Quite honestly, not since WCW brought in the high flying Mexican Luchadors to the main stream, the love affair between professional wrestling in America and the high flying Lucha Libre style has been quiet. I remember Lucha Libre’s brightest stars wrestling in WCW as far back as 1989 and the early 90’s in the light weight division as well as Konnan and Rey Mysterio Sr. wrestling in Starrcade.
The WWE flirted with lucha libre’s stars when they brought in several wrestlers to compete in 1997’s Royal Rumble and subsequently allowed many stars to wrestle in the light heavyweight division alongside many Japanese import wrestlers from Michinoku pro wrestling. Then it got quiet in the WWE. Even though mainstream players like Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero were now involved, they were never truly wrestling the lucha style in the WWF or WWE arenas.
Meanwhile, in WCW and ECW lucha libre was a celebrated form of wrestling and the Mexican stars were welcome parts of weekly programming and main event status here and there. Breakout stars like La Parka, Konnan, Rey Mysterio Jr, Silver King, Juventud Guerrera, Ultimo Dragon, Psychosis, and so many more wrestlers came through the WCW Nitro era of wrestling and broke the doors down for Mexico’s stars. ECW too had a lot of lucha talent on their side and sooner than later, WWE had to appreciate the stars and allow them to shine as well.
This didn’t happen until Rey Mysterio Jr. showed up in WWE with his mask back on! Mysterio lost that mask in a match against Kevin Nash, and I never approved, but who cares, right? Mysterio’s high flying offense was later canned for a more steady ground approach and now he’s a shell of his former WCW and Lucha Libre glory.
On the flipside the WWE once again flirted with Mexican stars when they brought in their Mexicools group. Among that group was Juventud Guerrera, Psychosis and Super Crazy! However, that short lived group was disbanded and Super Crazy was relegated to a jobber role in the new ECW that was formed shortly after the group disbanded.
Super Crazy has enjoyed continued money and jobber roles with very little in ring work and lots of losses. Well news broke out this morning that Super Crazy quits. He likes the paycheck but he never gets the push he wants and he is just being wasted.
Will he go to TNA? I hope not, they’ll waste his talent there too. What’s next for the guy? I don’t know.
Can Lucha exist in WWE or TNA? Yes and now. Yes it can exist but only if the bookers and agents allow them to do what they do and forget the consequences. Let them fly, let them wrestle, and don’t mess it up with stupid angles and story lines. Let them be who they are, the greatest pure athletes and idols of Mexico. WCW didn’t screw with the formula and we had amazing matches in the Cruiserweight division.
So with this news about Super Crazy, here’s some classic moments from Lucha Libre’s crossover into the main stream of sorts:
WCW Nitro 97' Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Psichosis
WCW Ultimo Dragon vs. Juventud Guerrera
ECW Tajiri vs. Super Crazy
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