I’m sure I’ve said this countless times before, but I’m not a big sports fan. Maybe it’s my relatively short attention span, maybe it’s just the fact that I was born with only about 2 athletic bones in my body, but it’s true.
Except during the trade deadline.
For some reason, I LOVE trade season. I really don’t care about which sport, although baseball and basketball are my personal favorites, but I just adore all the hype, the rumors, the speculation. Who will be buyers and who will be sellers? Will that top minor-league prospect get traded, and if so, what team leader will be offered in exchange?
Sadly, professional wrestling doesn’t have trades, or at least, they’re not open about it. Sure, there may have been some backroom deals between ECW and WWF in the Attitude Era, but since then, it’s pretty much non-existent. But what if. . . . .
What if WWE and Lucha Underground decide to trade some talent?
I just finished what is, to me, the best Lucha Underground match I’ve seen yet.
I’m still in the midst of catching up – in fact, I’m still in early January. You might think I am referring to Aztec Warfare, but that’s not the match that spoke to me. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but after seeing all those weeks of Prince Puma, Drago, King Cuerno and the like, I was almost a little numb to the excitement. Perhaps one of the problems with binge watching pro wrestling.
In fact, I know it’s a problem, as my NWA / WCW quest has proven time and time again. But that’s a subject for another day.
The match I want to write about tonight is the first match to take place following Aztec Warfare, a 4 way Elimination match featuring talents I had never seen before – Aerostar, Argenis, Angelico and Cage.
I finally think I’m going to expand my wrestling horizons beyond WWE.
I know, crazy, right? How many times have people been telling me I need to watch ROH, or New Japan, or Lucha Underground, and I’ve just sat back and smiled, nestled in my WWE Network cocoon. But no longer.
So who should we thank for this nearly-miraculous situation? Who can take credit for showing me the light?
First off, before you begin penning the hate tweets, let me start off with a disclaimer.
I love Rey Mysterio.
Pound for pound, he might be one of the best wrestlers in history and is almost guaranteed to be a WWE Hall of Famer. When I first saw him wrestle in WCW in the mid-90’s, I was flabbergasted. I had never before seen anyone treat the ring as his personal playground; Rey bounced, spun and flew through the air in ways I only had seen before in the movies. His battles with Psychosis, Dean Malenko and Chris Jericho are what dreams are made of, and its possible no feud in the modern era lasted as long or resulted in such amazing feats in the ring as the one he had with Eddie Guerrero.