Wrestling Done Right sought comment from Kimber yesterday, and we were told she wasn't ready to comment. Today she released this video on the match with Chris Dickinson.
heavy thoughts from the champ
The Kimber Lee/ Chris Dickinson Video and Why Are you Wrestling?
March 3, 2015 at 5:03pm
There has been a lot of controversy this week regarding a wrestling video that went viral featuring Kimber Lee and Chris Dickinson. I’ve been asked a lot about this video and what I think about it. I’ve read a lot of stuff about it too. Some people think it’s disgusting, some think it’s amazing.
See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGUGth7iRSY
I rarely share my thoughts. Hell, I don’t talk much period. Some people even told me it was a shame because I should talk and share my thoughts a lot more being in the sport for so long. I should play the vet card which I never do. However, with this video and the reactions regarding to it, I just felt I needed to talk about it.
It hits close to home.
What you see in this video is nothing new. I did the same kind of things over 10 years before, even worst. In professional wrestling, especially Indy wrestling, it doesn’t take long for people to forget about you. Even if some people don’t want to admit it, athletes at the Indy level, their achievements and what they’ve done are quickly forgotten, which brings me to why I’m writing this little column/ blog or whatever you want to call it right now.
Before going further, one thing that people, fans and workers, must understand is that you cannot base your judgement on gender when it comes to the Kimber/ Dickinson situation. This is 2015 and if Kimber Lee decided that she wanted to take the shots, she is a grown woman and she knows what she’s doing. Was the spot dangerous, too much? Yes, it was. She was about 2 inches away from breaking her neck. Period. However, the only person accountable for what happened is Kimber Lee. You can probably sya that Chris Dickinson should also be taken into consideration as well. However, she chose to go with the idea and that is HER choice, as I did chose in the past to fight in very dangerous matches and do extremely dangerous spots, and we must respect her choice.
A lot of female wrestlers, including myself, feel that they need to push the limits to be accepted in this men’s world. We want to be taken seriously and we want people to see us as equals to our male colleagues. We will do crazy things only to prove that we are worth as much and that we are not the weaker sex. All this in the hope to be seen as a wrestler/ worker… Not someone who’s “good for a girl”.
With that being said, here’s a question I’m asking all female wrestlers out there: Why are you wrestling and what is your main goal?
My main goal was to get signed. Anywhere, it didn’t matter. I wanted wrestling to be my main job.
Today, at 35 years old, I gave everything I had to wrestling. I sacrificed health, relationships, family and so much more. I did everything I could to be seen as a credible fighter and I wouldn’t say no to ANY spot. I wanted to prove people wrong and that I too, could do it. I was sick and tired to hear my step-father telling me that wrestling was not for a little fat girl like me and that I wouldn’t do anything good in life. I wanted to prove those workers who, the day of my first match as I was getting ready to cross the curtain, spat on me saying I was a piece of shit and that I would quit within a year. I got injured but would still wrestle just so people would not call me a “pussy” and remind me that wrestling was not for women.
Well today, after 18 years of hard work, sweat, lots of blood and tears, where all this got me?
The reality is that even if I did accomplish a few things, I never made it to my ultimate goal and you know what? Those crazy and dangerous spots I did in the past are probably a good reason why I’m being completely ignored. Why would anybody want to take a chance on me knowing my body has suffered so much? Even if none of my injuries are preventing me from wrestling in what I believe are pretty good matches, they are there. I wake up sore and my knees are cracking every morning because I was too dumb to get the complete ACL/ meniscuses replacement surgery when it was time to get it. I was too scared to lose my spot and prove people right that I was a no good, weak piece of shit.
I was very proud back then but today, I just think I was a fucking idiot. I sacrificed my well-being for a sport that doesn’t want me, probably because of my reckless and suicidal behaviors. Looking back, I wish I would have pushed my limits in the gym like I do today, years too late, instead of bothering to prove how tough I could be in the ring... Mostly to assholes who were not worth it.
You know Randy the Ram from the movie The Wrestler? Well, that is me. Still fighting against I don’t know what, hoping someone, somewhere will finally give me a chance at showing what I can do on a bigger stage. I keep telling myself that it is impossible to go through so much without having the big pay day at the end… Well, reality is that it seems that this pay day for all the sacrifices will never come.
I see a lot of people I shared locker rooms making it or at least, given a chance at a try out. Although I’m extremely happy for them and proud, the fact is that I go to bed every night feeling like a failure, wondering what my father is thinking about his disappointing daughter as he is maybe watching from heaven. I’m not bitter yet but I am extremely sad all the time. In the future, I just see nothing.
I know this might all sound dramatic but this is how I feel. And don’t give me the “Well, you’ve been there, you’ve won this…” I’m sorry but it doesn’t matter when you don’t reach your goal. I believe that when you are into something, you are in it to win.
Fact is, my stupidity in pushing my limits, proving people wrong, saying “yes” to all the spots got me NOTHING in the end. I’m still not beautiful enough, not in shape enough, now not young enough and too broken...
So you want to do all those crazy spots? Ask yourself why you are doing it and especially, what’s your MAIN goal.
You dream about being signed?
Well, this fucking crazy and stupid spot of shot… Just don’t do it!
It will get you nowhere. Just like me.
And trust me, as most of the Indy wrestlers, you will be forgotten anyway… But your body will still hurt until you die and that is, if you are still aware of what’s going on around you with all those shots you took on the head.
Think about it.
Hideo Itami vs Bull Dempsey was a solid match that saw Itami continue his roll, which is nice to see. Why they won’t let him use the GTS is beyond me though. Very solid opener, and I Hope Itami continues to get the push he’s been getting. If his next step is beating up Tyler Breeze, as happened after Breeze attacked Hideo after his match, then all the better!
Incredible Brian Kendrick video as he is here to take on Fin Balor in tonight’s main event. He really came across looking like a big star. WWE is so good at promotional videos.
Solomon Crowe makes an interruption with one of his “hacks” and promises he won’t stop until he is the NXT Champion. I am glad to see Crowe finally having a presence on NXT. It certainly took long enough.
The Lucha Dragons are up next, and being the Lucha fan that I am, I just can’t get into them. I’m a fan of Kalisto and he tore up the indy scene, I just don’t like Sin Cara very much, and I don’t think they gel that well as a team. Now their opponents, Dillinger and Jordan do gel well, and I think they could do big things. However, Jordan completely bails on Ty Dillinger allowing the Dragons to get the win. It looks like we will get a Dillinger vs Jordan soon.
Dillinger then grabs the house mic and demands that Jordan come out and tell him why he did what he did. Dillinger says he doesn’t care what the next match is, he isn’t leaving! Baron Corbin’s music hits and it looks like Dillinger not only lost his tag partner, but stands to be squashed by NXT’s favorite son, Corbin. Corbin wins the match is under 30 seconds with “end of days.” I don’t hate Corbin, but I get a little tired of the Goldberg like stuff from any company. I also can’t really tell just how good Corbin is. Can he go with the likes of Balor, Zayn, and Itami?
Charlotte speaks to her championship rematch next week, and says the championship is coming back to where it belongs. I keep hearing that Charlotte is getting called to RAW, so if that’s true, I suspect she loses next week. I’m a big fan of hers, but will not watch RAW or Smackdown, so she will be missed by me on NXT.
Breeze gives a promo saying that Itami fell into his trap and will be squashed. I just don’t like Breeze. His “gimmick” is more silly than fun to me. His ring skill is pretty decent, but he’s saddled with a look and behaviors that put him alongside guys like Fandango. As such, he won’t go anywhere.
Bayley vs Becky Lynch is up next, and I love that NXT is allowing Bayley to be fun, but serious, instead of a goof that’s never taken seriously. In a decent match, Bayley completely botches a running drop kick through the corner ropes (ala Jon Morrison/Mundo) that makes me cringe. Bayley shows a ton of aggression but hits her arm across the top rope attempting a dive, and sells the injury for the rest of the match, until Lynch traps her in an arm bar and wins the match by submission. I like Bayley, or rather I like what she could be. Here is hoping NXT keep building her more “aggressive” side and allows her to shine.
The former Lancaster Heavyweight Champion, Rhino, is then interviewed. He says everywhere he goes, all he hears about is NXT. He tuned in and say the NXT superstar’s fire and intensity to be the best, and he sees that in himself as well, and came to NXT to make a statement, that he’s there to climb to the top by ripping people in half with a Gore! Gore! Gore! It’s nice to see a guy I can say I personally know on a major wrestling show. I look forward to seeing more of him in NXT. Rhino vs Owens would be money!
The main event is next, as Fin Balor takes on The Brian Kendrick. Kevin Owens is out for commentary on the match and says that he respects Balor greatly, but just like Zayn will fall to him. Ownes really coming across like a baby face on commentary while still insisting that winning and doing all you can to do so, is the ONLY way to be in the ring. There seems to be no doubt that Owens is going to be pushed as a “tweener” that does as he pleases but appeals to the fans as well. Major tension between Riley and Ownes in regard to showing compassion or not, in wrestling. Ownes tells Riley that he doesn’t get it because he’s never been a champion. Riley is annoyed, and Ownes leaves because he’s frustrated with Riley and doesn’t want to do anything he regrets. The NXT crowd is kind of dead for the match, which I don’t get, because Balor vs. Kendrick is a very good match. The crowd begins to come alive towards the end of the match when Balor begins to shine, and wins it with his “coup de grâce.”
Owens appears at the top of the ramp, to stare down Balor, but then makes his way to the announcers table and tosses Alex Riley over it. Owens stares down Balor hard, as he makes his way to the back.
Overall another very good show for NXT. It’s still mind blowing to me how this is a WWE product. It’s a can’t miss show, that doesn’t even begin to compare to the garbage that is RAW and Smackdown. I still prefer Lucha Underground, because of its venue, pace, style, look, and action, but NXT is the closest thing to old school wrestling on TV (even via online) today. With both shows being on Wednesday night, I can say with absolutely certainty that “Wrestling Done Right is on Wednesday Night’s!”
As indy wrestling grows in popularity, there are those involved with it, that keep making the same mistakes over and over. I just want to run down a few of them, as I see them.
1) Using current, or former WWE guys as the main draw. Part of me understands this, because they do indeed draw. However, what does it say about your show? About the guys who actually WRESTLE? It clearly says that your main performers aren’t worth as much as a guy who will come sign autographs, then leave, or sit in the back and do little else. I know it’s risky to make your guys the focal part of the card, because too many WWE, and casual fans have no idea who they are, but it can be done. I was drawn to one of my local companies because of The Red Scorpion. I’d never seen the guy perform, but his look drew me in, I wanted to see the guy in the ring! Another company captured me by putting AR Fox vs AJ Styles on their card. While AJ is a pretty big name, he’s not current, or former WWE, so to me, that’s not what I’m talking about here. Styles and Fox are “indy” wrestlers, and they made me have to get to a card. Save the thousands you pay for one WWE guy and put it towards several top name indy guys, and help teach wrestling fans who deserves to be the DRAW on your cards!
2) Booking friends, students that aren’t ready, and people who sell a lot of tickets. Ugh….I get so annoyed going to a show that has a few incredible matches, but then tosses in two or three matches between guys that have been training a few months, and are in no way ready to be in front of a live audience, and a guy that looks like he bought his gear at Walmart, and moves like he has a board shoved up his ass, all because he sold a lot of tickets to people he knows. I also hate seeing managers, valets, referees, and God forbid, wrestlers, that have next to no experience, getting on a show because they are friends with the right people.
3) Booking trained wrestlers that simply aren’t very good. There are numerous reasons for this. They have local fans, because they know them, and these people want to see their buddy in the ring. They are a partial owner of the company. They used to be pretty good, but it’s well past time for them to hang it up. They help the company out with any and everything (such as setting up, tearing down, cleaning up, selling concessions, hanging flyers, etc. and come to every practice). They work for cheap, or free (something I HATE with a passion, and is actually the number one reason for this situation). You don’t have to know a lot about wrestling to know when someone isn’t very good at it, yet people that aren’t very good keep getting booked!
4) Performers that LOOK “indy.” Yes, here comes that “gear” thing again. I’m sorry, but if you don’t wear gear, are so fat that you have to wear a t-shirt, use Dean Ambrose or John Cena as an excuse to look like shit in your presentation, refuse to work out to at least try and look athletic, paint your face like a kid in an elementary school Halloween parade, etc. then you are a major part of what’s wrong with indy wrestling, and the people who book you are even worse.
I love indy wrestling, and go to more shows than many people can believe possible. However, I am getting really tired of shows that are so horribly unbalanced. It’s like these promoters know what the awesome matches are, and they want them on their cards, but at the same time, they have matches that break one, or all of these 4 things I’ve discussed. Number one is debatable to some degree, but the other three aren’t. I want to see shows that have the goal of making every single match on the card great. Shows that want their cards to be filled with athletes that look like athletes, act like athletes, and perform to the highest level possible. I want to go to shows that don’t “settle” for average or….sadly, shitty matches. If I really started limiting my time to shows that did that, I’d cut the shows I attend by more than 50%. I find that kind of sad….
Lucha Underground has gone from a curiosity, to an interest, to a pleasure, to an absolute must in regard to my wrestling watching, and trust me when I tell you, I watch a ton of wrestling. Since 1977, when I discovered the NWA on Superstation TBS, to today, traveling to Ring of Honor, Combat Zone, House of Hardcore, and countless other companies to find “Wrestling Done Right” I have found it best personified in the “Temple” of Lucha Underground! How appropriate that they perform in a temple, because they have the wrestling I worship, well, close anyways. So what’s so great about this Triple A spinoff company is Los Angeles, California? Several things…
1) Their presentation- It just looks so damn cool! The venue (that temple, I’ve mentioned numerous times now) is just incredible looking. From the darkness of it, to its seediness. It looks like a place men would go to fight. The cutaways to visit what’s going on in the locker room, and the owner, Dario Cueto’s office, as well as the wrestlers video vignettes, are all just done so well, and add so much to the “show” that it draws you deeper and deeper into it. You won’t see in ring promos, with wrestlers making their way to the ring with their entrance music and all, even if their appearance was supposed to be a “surprise.” Lucha Undergrounds presentation just makes sense!
2) The fast paced, action packed, non-stop, edge of your seat athleticism of the entire roster. It doesn’t matter if the wrestler is a smaller “Luchadore” from Mexico, or a huge man like Brian Cage, or Big Ryck (Zeke Jackson of WWE fame) every man moves quickly, and pounces like a starving bobcat onto its prey! Every match is has the fans excited and deeply involved in it. You never feel like you’re watching a “filler” match. Occasionally, when a “squash” match is needed, to further a story line, they are even done very well. I could do without Pimpinela Escarlata and Mascarita Sagrada, but that’s because I’m far more into “serious” wrestlers, than comedy wrestlers. They aren’t pushed too heavily, so I get over it. Everything else Lucha Underground does well more than makes up for two wrestlers I’d rather not see around.
3) The storylines- WWE can’t do them well, Ring of Honor, and PWG don’t even really attempt to do them, and most indy companies don’t do well at them either (some do okay) but Lucha Underground has this down pact! Lucha Underground pulls off solid characters immersed in interesting “stories” without making them silly, dumb, or convoluted. You want to see what’s going to happen, you’re anxious to see it all unfold.
4) Their exposure- Having only one hour per week (I’ll admit, I want more) is just enough to make you anxious for it, and miss it terribly the other six days of the week. No PPV’s mean every show is PPV quality, and you’re so sad when the show is over. AS I said, I want more Lucha Underground, but the worst thing they could do is do too much. Maybe a 90 minute show per week would be fine, but nothing more, and avoid PPV’s as well. Maybe 4 TV special’s per year that are three hours long? That would work!
5) Just enough titles- Right now they only have one and (SPOILER) they will debut a second one before long (trios tag titles). They feel important, valued, and desired. I could live with TV champion, if they did it right. The old “NWA” way, with the champion HAVING to defend each week on TV, in a match with a ten minute time limit. If not, forget a third title in my opinion. No one has done a “TV title” right in decades, it would be nice to see it done right by Lucha Underground. Whoever their booker is, they seem pretty smart!
6) The roster! Wow, other than the two wrestlers that aren’t my “style” of wrestlers, there isn’t anyone that I don’t enjoy watching. No one that I fast forward through, no one that gives me a rest room break, no one that allows me to check my text messages, etc. I want to see every match, every week, from every performer. Here is a list of most of the roster from wrestleview.com. I’ll end my love fest here with this list of names. Please, please, please start watching Lucha Underground. They deserve the support!
- Johnny Mundo (aka John Morrison)
Probably the most well known member of the "Lucha Underground" roster Mundo is most well known for his time as a WWE star for the better part of a decade. Mundo won the WWE Intercontinental, ECW Title, and WWE Tag Team Titles. Mundo is freaky athletic and brings rare star power to the "Lucha Underground" roster that is comprised of mostly wrestlers that are not well known by American audiences.
Considered one of the top young luchadors in Mexico Fenix has pegged as the future of AAA for some time now even though it seemed that they had no idea what to do with him at times. He has drawn comparisons to Rey Misterio Jr. at times and is incredibly talented, one of the legit best high flyers in the world. Fenix works more of an American high flyer style than anything combining that with Japanese influences and obviously traditional lucha libre. He was trained by a trio of legendary luchadors in Gran Apache, Jorge "Skayde" Rivera, and Tony Salazar.
- Pentagon Jr.
The brother of Fenix, likewise considered one of the absolute best high flyers in the world. He is the Psicosis to Fenix's Rey Misterio Jr. being joined at the hip to his brother since they debuted in AAA (when Pentagon Jr. was known as Dark Dragon). Pentagon is a terrific high flyer but he is also considered the better all around wrestler of the two and seems to only get better and better as time progresses. He and Fenix could very well become huge commodities in American wrestling if given the platform to feud on American TV much like Rey and Psicosis did in the 90s.
Of the high flyers in this group he is the oldest and most veteran member of the roster having worked for AAA since the late 90s. Drago competed under a slew of different gimmicks including Alan of The Barrio Boys, Gato Eveready, El Gato, and now as Drago. His unique look makes him stand out even in the world of flashy masks and crazy looks of lucha libre, but it his daredevil style and terrific high flying ability that makes him stand out the most.
- Sexy Star
So far the only legitimate luchadora brought into "Lucha Underground," Sexy Star has been one of the top ruda luchadoras in AAA for years now. She was trained by Humberto Garza Jr., Gran Apache, and Abismo Negro and has been most widely known for her feuds with Mari and Fabi Apache. She is a multi time AAA Reina de Reinas and Mixed Tag Team Champion in AAA. She tried out for WWE a couple of years ago but was actually told she needed to lose weight (she is not overweight by any stretch of the imagination) and work on her English.
- Mil Muertes (aka El Mesias/Judas Mesias)
Muertes is best known as former AAA World Heavyweight Champion El Mesias in AAA but he also briefly worked in TNA a few years ago as Judas Mesias where he was involved in a violent feud with Abyss. He also worked for ECW some as a young wrestler under his real name, Ricky Banderas and for Wrestling Society X under the "Banderas" name. He is actually of Puerto Rican descent but most of his success has come in Mexico where he has spent his entire career in AAA. He began his AAA career as the evil masked foil for La Parka Jr. known as Muerte Cibernetica. At the time he was brought into the promotion by Cibernetico, hence the name, and ended up losing his mask to La Parka Jr. and eventually feuding with Cibernetico and changing his name to El Mesias. As Mesias he became a top draw for AAA and one of the top singles stars for the company. He wrestles a more physical, grounded style than the other luchadors on "Lucha Underground" because of his size advantage but he can also fly at times as well. His character in Lucha Underground is that of Mil Muertes, his parents died in an earthquake in the 80s and he has dedicated his life to getting revenge on the world for his loss. His valet is the former WWE diva Maxine, now known as Catrina.
- Blue Demon Jr.
The legend brought into "Lucha Underground" Blue Demon Jr. is the adoptive son of the legendary Blue Demon he has worked all over the world and for every promotion in America since his debut in the 1980s. At one time a terrific technical luchador he mostly gets by on his name value in Mexico but his list of accomplishments cannot be ignored having won such titles as the NWA World Heavyweight Title, AAA Latin American Title, a slew of WWA titles, and national titles.
- Prince Puma (aka Ricochet)
I'm definitely stretching the term "luchadoor" here with the Kentucky native but he was trained by CHIKARA and has been pegged as the centerpiece of "Lucha Underground." He started out his wrestler career part of the American lucha promotion CHIKARA as the masked Helios and under the Ricochet name. He really made a name for himself working for Dragon Gate USA and then Dragon Gate in Japan becoming one of the most sought after high flyers in independent wrestler. The high flying moves he breaks out are absolutely breathtaking at times and since he started his time in Dragon Gate and even tours of New Japan his all around ability continues to grow. As the masked Prince Puma he is depicted as a descendent of the Aztecs with Konnan as his manager.
- Mascarita Sagrada
Mascarita Sagrada, yes this is the original, is considered one of the most talented "minis" in lucha history. Sagrada has wrestled all over the world and for both AAA and CMLL in Mexico as well as WWE and TNA in America. Before Mascarita Dorada (now El Torito) came to WWE Sagarada was the first mini (or midget) to be signed by the WWE in the late 90's as well as a brief return in 2005 when WWE started a "juniors" division with mini wrestlers that lasted just a few months. He is known for his amazing athleticism for a wrestler his size.
- King Cuerno (aka Hijo del Fantasma)
Cuerno is the son of the legendary El Fantasma and he has wrestled the majority of his career as Hijo del Fantsma in CMLL and AAA. In the past he has held the CMLL World Trios and World Middleweight Championships before he left the promotion in order to join AAA earlier this year. He is also currently the AAA Cruiserweight Champion having won it at TripleMania. Cuerno has become most known for his stage dives in CMLL but is a solid all around luchador that plays the heel/rudo role the best. In "Lucha Underground" he is a rudo working for the evil promoter.
- Chavo Guerrero Jr.
A member of the legendary Guerrero family he is the son of Chavo Guerrero Sr. (aka Chavo Classic) and is most known for his time in WCW, WWE, and TNA where he has racked up a slew of titles including the WCW Cruiserweight Title, WWE Cruiserweight & Tag Titles, ECW Title, and TNA Tag Team Titles. Chavo has grown tired of having to be a "flag carrier" of the Gurrero name and has decided to finally look after only himself becoming a rudo in the process. Chavo is also an "agent" backstage for the wrestlers.
A fan favorite since his debut in the mid 2000's Aerostar may be the most daredevil high flyer in the world having pulled off some of the most insane dives in lucha history. He is an incredible wrestler, trained by Gran Apache and Abismo Negro, and currently feuding with Super Fly. Aerostar trained for five years before debuting with AAA and his look/character was the final creation of Antonio Pena before his death. He, Super Fly, Laredo Kid, Rey Cometa, Pegasso, and others were part of the popular Real Fuerza Aerea faction. Aerostar now leads the new version of it including young luchadors Ludxor and Venum.
- Super Fly
The longtime partner and now enemy of Aerostar, Super Fly is probably the most well rounded high flyer of that Real Fuerza Aerea faction, other than maybe Rey Cometa, and was trained by Psicosis and Skayde. He has become a rudo in recent years and is currently involved in a personal feud with Aerostar that will hopefully spill over into Lucha Underground.
The only South African luchador on the show, Angelico was initially trained by Booker T before getting his lucha training from a trio of legends in Ultimo Dragon, Black Terry, and Negro Navarro. You can't get much better pedigree than that right there. After starting his lucha career in Ultimo Dragon's Toryumon Mexico promotion he eventually moved onto IWRG and then AAA where he has become a top high flyer in the promotion primarily teaming with longtime partner Jack Evans. He and Evans are the current AAA World Team Champions. Angelico is very athletic and will fly with any of the other luchadors in the promotion possibly feeling he has something to prove not being a Mexico native.
The youngest brother of the original Mistico/Sin Cara (now known as Myzteziz) started his career alongside his brother in CMLL, but after a brief stay he was let go and has since then spent the rest of his career in AAA. He has found it tough to get out from under the massive shadow of his brother but over the years has become one of the more solid young high flyers in AAA despite not ever being given much of an opportunity to do much in AAA other than be an opening match high flyer. "Lucha Underground" could give him the opportunity to present himself to a new audience and possibly outrun his brothers shadow.
- Pimpinela Escarlata
The only "exotico" (or cross dresser) that "Lucha Underground" has brought in thus far, Pimpinela Escarlata along with Cassandro is considered one of the best exoticos in the history of Lucha Libre. The "exotico" is something that has not been very accepted by American audiences but if there is any exotico that could get over here it is the ever talented Pimpienla Escaralta.
- Big Ryck (aka Ezekial Jackson)
By far the biggest man on the "Lucha Underground" roster Big Ryck is most known for his time in WWE as a former ECW Champion. He had a brief stay in TNA earlier this year but now the monster has moved onto "Lucha Underground" as the leader of the Crenshaw Crew alongside Cisco and Cortez Castro. He and his crew are the primary henchmen for the evil promoter Dario Cueto.
- Cortez Castro (aka Ricky Reyes)
Castro is probably most well known to American fans as Ricky Reyes one time member of the ROH roster and former tag partner as the Rottweiler's with Low-Ki and Rocky Romero. Reyes may be one of the most well rounded wrestlers in the promotion having been trained in Japan by the legendary Atonio Inoki and in Mexico by the legendary Negro Casas. For the last few years he has spent the majority of his time in Puerto Rico wrestling for the WWC promotion where he has won the WWC Jr. Heavyweight Title. He is a member of the Crenshaw Crew.
- Cisco (aka Lil' Cholo)
The least known member of the Crenshaw Crew faction, Cisco, has spent the entirety of his wrestling career on the independent scene primarily working for west coast promotions. Not much is known about the California native other than he is a loyal soldier for Dario Cueto and Big Ryck.
- Cage (aka Brian Cage)
Brian Cage is immensely talented and may finally get his chance to shine on TV after brief appearances for WWE and TNA in the past. He is much more of a power wrestler but can still fly a bit which will bring a nice mix to the "Lucha Underground" roster. Cage has some experience working lucha as he has worked in Mexico as well as for the American lucha promotion PWR where as a member of The Border Patrol he and his buddies learned how to rial up a latin audience.
- Son of Havoc (aka Matt Cross)
Havoc has wrestled literally all over the world including ROH and Wrestling Society X, but he probably most well known for his appearance on WWE's Tough Enough show in 2011. Not much is known yet of his "Lucha Underground" character except that he is portraying an old school masked wrestler character and he does not like Sexy Star much.
- Ivelisse Velez
Velez is one of the most talented independent female wrestlers in the world and the matchups with Sexy Star could lead to some great matches. She has wrestled for WWE and TNA in the past but has become most known for her time in SHINE where she was the SHINE Champion.
- Matt Striker
Striker, a former wrestler, was a commentator in the WWE first for Smackdown and then ECW and finally NXT before being released. He has since spent his time returning to the ring and also commentating for various independent promotions. Striker will be the lead play-by-play man for Lucha Underground and he has strong knowledge of lucha libre as well as a passion for great wrestling that is refreshing.
Vampiro was one of the biggest lucha stars of the 90s, despite being Canadian, and eventually moved onto WCW where he becomes most well known by American fans. Since WCW's closure he has bounced around different promotions all over the world but is now retired and is the color commentary next to Matt Striker.
- Dario Cueto
Not much is known about "Lucha Underground" owner Dario Cueto (portrayed by an actor) other than that he is the one pulling the strings in the promotion as well as the strings for the rudo faction The Crenshaw Crew.
In the 90s, Konnan became a massive star in both CMLL and AAA even crossing into pop culture as a soap opera star. He would become most well known by American audiences for his time in WCW as a member of the NWO as well as his time in TNA. He is currently semi-retired from in ring action due to a litany of injuries and for the last several years has been a key backstage player in AAA as a writer/booker as well as on-air personality. It seems his role in "Lucha Underground" will be solely on-air, at least for the time being, as he manages the centerpiece of "Lucha Underground" in Prince Puma. Konnan has always been a fantastic talker and probably my personal favorite time of him in wrestling was when he was the manager of L.A.X. in TNA.
I've spent a lot of time in the past trying to convince you all of what "Wrestling Done Right" was. Well, I still stand by every principal I ever used to make that determination, but I can promise you that from now on I am going to be more honest about it. Without disrespecting any company that I used to cover, let me just say that because I began to work "for" those companies, my coverage began to be slanted. I ignored some things that I thought were far from "right" because I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings, or make it seem like I wasn't part of the "team." Now that doesn't mean none of the companies I covered are good, or that you should not attend their shows. Not at all! What I mean is that I will still likely attend many, if not all of their shows, I will write about each and every one of them in a fair manner, that reflects my honest opinion on every match, segment, and storyline.
Now that I've made that clarification, allow me to suggest a company to you that's only two hours from Lancaster, Pa. in Williamstown,NJ called "On Point Wrestling." This company provides fans with serious wrestling matches, with hard nosed, experienced, talented, wrestlers. On Point uses a lot of Combat Zone Wrestling stars, as well as fresh faces. In fact, Combat Zone Wrestling has started using On Point talent, like Joey Janela, on their shows! Tickets aren't expensive, but they aren't cheap. For $20 you get very talented wrestlers that will dazzle you, much like wrestlers like Shane Strickland, Sean Carr, and Eddie Smooth. While only Strickland has performed for On Point, that's the caliber of talent you will see there. Hardcore Legend, Matt Tremont is a staple of On Point, so if yo uenjoy crazy, over the top hardcore matches, Matt is always there to provide you with that. Many men that believe they can stand against Matt in that area make their way to On Point to put their money where their mouth is!
I highly suggest you check them out. Here is their next card-
On Point Wrestling " A Different kind of PAIN" LIVE - SATURDAY - APRIL 18TH in Williamstown,NJ at the OTW Arena - inside The Monroe Business Center - Building C / Suite 1 - 1041 Glassboro Road
Doors Open at 7:00pm / Bell Time 7:30pm-Adult Tickets $20 / Kids Under 12 $10
The Championship Coronation Celebration for Oz Tyler- See the first ever OPW champion crowned with his title!
The champ then teams in a tag team match, with his stable mate, and partner, Xavier Cross, lead by their underhanded, ruthless manager, Loudy, as they battle the infamous tag team of Notorious Inc (Devon Moore and Drew Blood) in an Ultimate Jeopardy Match!
Each of the 4 participants will have the following on the line and if they suffer the pin fall they lose it all !!
* Oz Tyler's OPW Heavyweight Championship is on the line, he can only lose the title if he is pinned.
* If Xavier Cross suffers the pin-fall he can never use Madonna "Like a Prayer" has his entrance song ever again.
* If Drew Blood is pinned he will not be able to contend for the OPW Title for one full year.
* Finally if Devon Moore is pinned he will never be able to compete in On Point Wrestling ever again.
Also on the card, facing each other for the first time ever,
Kai Katana vs "The Madjai" Amasis -This will be a crazy, fast paced, high flying, match that will have fans at the edge of their seats!
In a "Fans Bring the Weapons" match, Jeff Cannonball challenges "Bulldozer" Matt Tremont!
Also Signed to Appear:
"Chainsaw" Joe Gacy -The man who unseated Shane Strickland as CZW's Wired Champion!
"Bad Boy" Joey Janela -one of the hottest stars in indy wrestling today, who will also interview with me that night!
Latin Dragon -A very good wrestler that takes it to the limit each and every match
Gran Akuma -major veteran of the sport that will make his way to Legacy Wrestling this summer to battle Laszlo Arpad!
Ben "The Beast" Ortiz
Check them out online at the following links-
I love wrestling but...
My story is long, and convoluted. Let me try and wrap up as neatly, and as quickly as I can. I grew up idolizing the old school National Wrestling Alliance, or The NWA. I loved Bruiser Brody, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, The Fantastics, Gino Hernandez, Chris Adams, Dr. Death Steve Williams, The Fabulous Freebirds, Terry Taylor, Magnum TA, The Road Warriors, The Koloffs, etc. I would occasionally watch the Word Wrestling Federation, or WWF (now WWE) when guys I liked wrestled there, or they had an event with matches I wanted to see, but I always found it was too "cartoony" for my taste. I wasn't into overly "gimmicked" characters like Prison Guards, Barbers, and Clowns. I much preferred the smaller, darker, stiffer (as many called it back then, more "real") wrestling that the NWA provided. I later moved on to ECW, but I'm far from one of those guys that believe it was the greatest thing ever. I enjoyed some of the "Attitude Era," but as a man of faith, I didn't like a lot of what the WWE did during those days. I loved the Monday Night Wars, and the nWo. I was very sad when WCW began to suck, and was eventually sold to Circus Ring master, Vince McMahon. I tried watching WWE after that, but what they did with WCW was abysmal and sickening. I thought I was done with wrestling for good.
Then, in 2002 my love affair with "Independent" Professional Wrestling began. I've stayed true to Ring of Honor for their entire 13 years, and have since fell in love with Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Combat Zone Wrestling, Lucha Underground, and shockingly enough, WWE's NXT Wrestling. I attend many "indy" shows, and for a little over a year I worked with/for several of my local companies including Lancaster Championship Wrestling, and The Ultimate Wrestling Experience. I was the commentator for those companies, as well as providing backstage interviews, and pre-show programming that often involved wrestlers appearing on those shows. What I discovered is that working with/for a company severely handcuffs your journalistic freedom. While I never received a list of rules, in regard to what I could and could not say, things were often heavily implied. Not just that, but when you became friends with the wrestlers, owners, and other workers of said companies, you felt bad ever criticizing anything they did. You didn't want to hurt feelings, or damage relationships. In the end, I damaged my own reputation by not being totally honest, all of the time. I also supposedly had "sponsors" of said companies complain about personal posts I made on my personal Facebook account (I at one time had a separate Facebook for wrestling, now I just run a wrestling group on Facebook). It's a sordid tale that I'll spare you the details of, but a shoot video in regard to it will be posted soon for those interested.
So in conclusion what is "Wrestling Done Right" about? Well, it's about a life long fan, that travels all over the place to attend wrestling shows. This guy will then post pictures, reviews, interviews, and articles, right here on this site, from those experiences. This guy doesn't rate matches on a star level, but he will tell you what he thought was good, and what he thought was bad. He will recommend companies to support, and companies to avoid. He will be mostly positive, because this guy seeks out companies he feels do things the right way, but damn it, if something sucks, this guy will say so! You can take that as being a "mark," if you want to, but I think most wrestling fans know that it's just part of being a wrestling fan. It's well past time that everyone in wrestling realized that kayfabe is long dead and buried, that the old school ways are gone for good, and that wrestling is, and shall continue to be discussed as any other form of entertainment is discussed. Wrestling Done Right is simply one of the sites out there doing just that, because we love pro wrestling!