July 14, 2009
Quite frankly, it's very frustrating that people do not take the time to acknowledge some of the best wrestlers in the world today. We need to realize that not all of the best pro-wrestlers are in the WWE or TNA, if you ask me.
At least, they don't make their names in the WWE or TNA. They make it outside, before joining the roster. CM Punk (WWE) was a ROH Legend, same with Samoa Joe (TNA). Both joined up with their respective promotions and are big time players there.
However, before they joined the bigger promotions, they made their name in a smaller one.
This just goes to show that “bigger” doesn’t always mean “better” in pro wrestling.
There is another man who recently joined the WWE who is a legend in his native land, yet not many Americans know who he is or what he can do inside a ring. I am talking about Dos Caras, Jr.
The Real Life Mexican Warrior is basically a mix of Rey Mysterio and John Cena. He is a 6"5 man with a lot of power, yet only weights 211 lbs. Because of this, he moves like Rey Mysterio, showcasing the lucha libre style he is known for.
Then he shows the power of one John Cena, and you are immediately taken back by it too. You see this skinny guy, yet he is deceptively strong. It is something you don't expect, and it is surprisingly cool to see.
He is also very impressive on the mic, but that is in Spanish so I wouldn't expect him to be as impressive with his English.
He didn't make his name in America but in Mexico. The main promotion there is the CMLL, which many consider the best Independent promotion in the world. He went there and totally took the place by storm.
He realized that he wanted to take his career to the next level, and like many before him, he wanted to go to the place that could make him a star: the WWE.
While he was in the CMLL, he became their World Champion. However, it took him a while to get there.
In Mexico, wrestling is not considered a second-class event like it is in America. It is talked about in newspapers, radio, and on TV. Even though we know it's sports entertainment, wrestling is considered a sport in Mexico.
Sure they know the exact things we know about it (the choreographed moves, the predetermined finish), but they care less about all that. The wrestling is so good, it doesn't matter. The passion they have for wrestling is so incredible, I get chills thinking about it.
The wrestlers are treated like gods there, and the fan base is phenomenal, so wrestlers are put through a lot before stepping into a ring to compete.
It takes a lot of training, and unknown wrestlers have a lot to live up to, yet Caras had even more to live up to than anyone else.
His father is Dos Caras, his uncles are Mil Mascaras and Sicodelico, and his cousins are Sicodelico Jr. and Hijo de Sicodelico. This makes Dos Caras Jr. a part of one of the most well known wrestling families to date. All of the people I mentioned are considered among the best wrestlers in Mexican history.
That is a lot to live up to, and because people knew who all of these men were, they watched Caras Jr. closer than most because they wanted to see the next big star.
He didn't let anyone down either; he became the best wrestler alive in Mexico before he even made his debut in pro-wrestling.
Caras was an amateur grappler before making his way to professional wrestling in 2000.
While learning a lot of wrestling techniques from his father, he also learned from two of the greatest amateur trainers in Mexico at the time: Leonel Kolesni and Juan Fernández.
Caras, of course, grew up in a family of wrestlers. Because of this, he took up Greco-Roman Wrestling because he was too young to get into pro-wrestling like his father at the time.
He also saw that the competitiveness in the amateur style of wrestling was a lot of fun, and he just seemed to love it.
He earned a place on the Mexican national team in Greco-Roman wrestling, yet many people thought his name got him on the team, despite many people who named him to the team saying he actually deserved a spot.
He proved the doubters wrong by obtaining several accomplishments while competing on the national team.
In 1997, he placed third at the World Junior Championships in Czech Republic. He also won the Central American and Caribbean Games in his weight division three times. He even won a medal at the Pan American Games.
Everyone knew he was very impressive, and that silenced the critics he had gathered going in. He was on track to go to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. However, because of a lack of funding and support, Mexico did not send a wrestling team that year.
This was a huge blow to Caras Jr., so he decided to get into the family business at that time. He realized that by the time the next Summer Olympic Games came around, he would be older and maybe not as good as he would have been in 2000.
He was on the roll of his life, and was considered to be one of the best wrestlers in the world in his weight class at that point. Many believe that he could have won a Gold Medal if he had gone, but now we’ll never know.
He was ready to go into pro-wrestling right away, which is why he debuted in May of 2000 in the AAA promotion. His father was being beat up in the ring after a match by El Texano, Pirate Morgan and Espectro, Jr. with the storyline being that he was there to defend his father.
After making follow-up TV show appearances, Dos Caras, Jr. did not make his in-ring wrestling debut until September 16 of that year.
He teamed with Sangre Chicana, El Alebrije and La Parka, Jr. to defeat the team of El Texano, Pirata Morgan, Espectro, Jr. & El Cobarde, collectively known as “Los Consagrados”, at AAA's fall event “Verano de Escandalo” (“Summer of Scadal”).
He continued to work in a storyline rivalry with Los Consagrados for a while off and on. He then decided to work in Japan for a little while after making his debut there in October of 2000.
Over the next couple of years, Dos Caras, Jr. would work both in Mexico and Japan to gain experience in the ring.
In Mexico, he worked exclusively for AAA, making appearances at shows such as the 2002 Verano de Escandalo where he teamed with Gronda and El Hijo del Solitario to defeat the trio of Pirata Morgan, Sangre Chicana & El Brazo.
He worked with his family there off and on, as AAA was the one promotion they have all worked for or were working for at the time. It is probably how he was able to debut there so quickly at the start of his pro-wrestling career.
His father basically ruled the promotion, which helped a lot, you could call him the Triple H of AAA, without the marriage to the boss' daughter.
In 2005, Dos Caras, Jr. was signed to a contract with CMLL, the world's oldest wrestling company.
In his first test in the company, Dos Caras Jr. competed in the 2005 "La Copa Junior" (“The Junior Cup”) but the storyline of the tournament had him lose in the semifinal to Dr. Wagner Jr.
His advancement to the semifinal of the Cup, in just months after signing with the company, seemed to indicate that the bookers were interested in elevating him up the rankings.
This was supported when he received shots at the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship and the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship inside a three-week period.
Although he didn't win the titles, the fact he was in the matches was important enough. This put him in the spotlight right away obviously, and he had to live up to the extremely fast push and heightened expectations.
He started to wrestle with another second generation star in Lizmark Jr. for a little while, until the CMLL wanted to push him in singles action, where they felt he shined.
Without any direction storyline wise, they had to have their push of him live up to standards they set out in previous months.
So they had him work story lines with Ultimo Guerrero and Kenzo Suzuki but nothing long term came out of it, considering they never had a real direction with either of them to begin with.
Many believe they put him in the story lines with the two big name stars of the CMLL to keep him in the main event picture without giving him a title at that point.
Dos Caras, Jr. had received two opportunities to challenge Universo 2000 at this point, but lost both bouts.
The reason was simply because CMLL felt that Universo 2000 was the man who best represented them at that time.
However, in his third attempt, on July 8, 2007, Dos Caras, Jr. defeated Universo 2000 and finally won the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship.
While wrestling promotions in America and just about everywhere else put more emphasis on their top guy being their Heavyweight Champion, Mexican wrestling promotions tend to put more emphasis on the lower weight divisions over the heavyweights.
It would be like having the X-Division Title be the crown jewel of TNA or the Cruiserweight Title being the WWE's. While people love those titles and what they bring to the company, it is not considered a top title like it would be in Mexico.
So if you see cartoons or movies with a huge masked Mexican wrestler taking on everyone and becoming the top star in the company, it is not accurate.
Caras competed outside of Mexico, overseas, and everywhere else CMLL asked him to go. The fans all seemed to feel that Caras was the top guy, yet the CMLL and many in Mexico knew that he was not.
So while we here in the U.S. would put more emphasis on him being a World Heavyweight Champion, it was little more important to CMLL than their tag titles.
Dos Caras, Jr.'s run with the CMLL World Heavyweight championship was basically as fun as seeing paint dry.
He made only 4 title defenses in the 533 days that he held the Championship. After defending against Lizmark, Jr. and former champion Universo 2000 in 2007, it would be nine more months before his next defense.
However, the CMLL Light Heavyweight Title was defended numerous times by several new champions during the same span. It basically proved that their heavyweight division was not very important to them.
Complaints for CMLL to push the Heavyweight belt there were like those of us complaining about the crusierweight division in the WWE. We want to see it because we don't see a lot of it, and what little we do see is good.
We see heavyweight competition all the time, so we want to see something different with the cruiserweights. The reverse is true with Mexican fans and the heavyweight division.
By the fall of 2008, a story broke that Dos Caras, Jr. had wrestled a dark match for the WWE. He was even rumored to be making a surprise appearance in the 2009 Royal Rumble.
The story was true, but because Caras didn't sign with the WWE in time, it was nixed.
Throughout the next few months, we saw the drama unfold with him and the WWE: Will he sign or will he not?
This drama was happening all while Caras was still CMLL World Heavyweight Champion, so they took the title off of him by having him lose to Ultimo Guerrero in early 2009.
Many had believed that he had actually signed with the WWE at this time, but it was later found out that he didn't sign, and he would be staying in the CMLL promotion.
He then turned heel for a time while working there, but realized his mistreatment more and more. While the CMLL had been good to him in the past, he sensed the WWE would be the best place for him if he really wanted to advance his career.
This was why he worked a dark match with WWE in the first place. He knew he could go back to the AAA promotion at any time, considering he worked there in the past and has deep connections there.
Yet, even though they do treat their heavyweights a little better, the AAA promotion would be a huge step down from CMLL. Instead of moving forward with his career, Caras would be doing the opposite.
It would be somewhat akin to voluntarily leaving the WWE for ROH.
Of course he didn't want this, so he went and signed on the dotted line with the WWE. Many newspapers in Mexico along with Superluchas.com reported he signed a 3-year deal and would be going straight to the RAW roster, bypassing FCW.
This was proven false when Caras popped up at an FCW taping a few days ago in a match with Kris Hogan. He lost but the crowd seemed to love him, according to reports. As I said in one of my 411s recently, the WWE will probably not keep him there very long.
However, they will keep him there at least six months, pursuant to company policy. All new stars have to go to FCW before being called up the main roster.
People such as Gail Kim and Christian were already experienced with the WWE and former champions there, so all they had to do was let their no-complete clauses expire first before being on TV.
People such as Caras have to learn American style wrestling along with mic work, which is why he is in FCW and not going straight to one of the main rosters.
I would think we could see him earlier if he picks up the wrestling right away, considering he is very good in the ring I don't expect him to stay there six months. However, his promos may need work.
Hopefully the WWE will bypass rules with him and let him move up quicker though.
He is easily the most talented guy in FCW right now, so if the WWE sees that he is picking up fast I wouldn't rule out seeing him in a few months. They could keep him off the mic until he gets better if need be.
However, if the WWE goes by their policy, I would expect to see him in late November or early December.
Caras will be huge for the WWE, and he has all the tools if you ask me. I wouldn't rule out seeing him on the RAW roster. However, I feel the SmackDown roster will be the best place for him considering they have a nice Hispanic following.
Dos Caras, Jr. is already a Mexican Legend, and you will see why when he debuts on WWE TV.
Soon, he will become a Legend in America, too, mark my words.
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