Why WWE Should Bring in Some Dynamic Mexican Luchadors
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Mexico is home to some of the most thrilling wrestlers around the world. WWE would be wise to scour Arena Mexico and Arena Coliseo for wrestlers to sign.
The infusion of new blood, temporarily or otherwise, is almost always an invigorating move.
Rey Mysterio will retire before long, a career's worth of wear finally grounding one of WWE's best high-flyers of all-time. There's a reason Mysterio is one of WWE's most popular stars and it's not his mic skills.
Submissions, chokeslams and well-timed punches are entertaining parts of pro wrestling, but few things cause fans to gasp in excitement like a wrestler rotating in the air, the color of his costume a blur.
Bringing in dynamic luchadors offers WWE's speedsters someone to work with, someone who can keep up with their hummingbird-like movements in the ring. Hunico, Sin Cara, Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd would all thrive with additional high-flying talent to compete with.
A working relationship or talent exchange with Mexico's AAA or CMLL creates opportunities for match variety, the possibility of a cruiserweight division and helps WWE further expand their brand south of the border.
There is certainly a place for behemoth vs. behemoth matches, but Mark Henry vs. Big Show doesn't appeal to everyone. Even those fans who live for that type of collision may at times hunger for something more fast-paced and acrobatics oriented.
Let John Cena and CM Punk carry the burden of the main event. Let Ryback and Kane demolish foes. There's a place on the card for a few lucha libre-inspired battles as well.
Adding luchadors to the mix strengthens the product by adding depth to it. Those faster, visually stunning matches could be a part of a balanced wrestling fan's diet.
Mexican wrestling offers WWE a number of new options; an invasion angle, new tag teams or explosive additions to ladder matches.
A Potential Cruiserweight Division
Forget that WWE has traditionally been reticent about cruiserweights; they appear to be open to evolving.
The company's top stars aren't exactly a cadre of gigantic brutes. Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston are bigger than the average cruiserweight, but their success shows WWE's willingness to value athleticism over power. Perhaps eventually, they can resurrect the cruiserweight division.
During WCW's peak, it was the Luchador-infused cruiserweight division that provided the backbone of their wrestling shows.
The inventiveness, one-upmanship, buzzing energy and stunning aerial moves stole the show on many a night. That's a part of WCW history that WWE can relive with profitable results.
This division can serve as the go-to for quality wrestling matches while the rest of WWE tells their main event stories and smashes each other's faces in.
Expanding Their Demographic
WWE has made a determined effort to make their mark beyond the United States. Adding a handful of luchadors could help them continue in that direction.
Alberto Del Rio, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara have Mexican wrestling backgrounds and all three men have Hispanic fans in America and abroad. When Sin Cara wrestled as Mistico for CMLL, he was immensely popular and a major draw.
Did all of his fans follow him over to WWE? Probably not, but it stands to reason there are a good number of folks in Mexico watching his work in WWE with great interest.
There isn't exactly a Yao Ming equivalent in Lucha Libre, but there are Mexican stars that bring additional eyes to the Mexican product.
Volador Jr, Dragon Rojo Jr, Rush, Extreme Tiger (who trained under Rey Mysterio) and many others represent worthwhile chances for WWE to take, a chance to bridge wrestling worlds and have fans' jaw drop again and again.
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