Spotlighting The Indies: Blue Demon Jr, A Son Following His Father's Path
Hello everyone. As always, I would like to thank all of you for spending some time with me today.
We are into are second week of “Spotlighting the Indies” and I have to say things are going very well. The lovely and talented Hayley has put hers out, and if you haven’t read it yet I would recommend that you do so.
As for myself I decided to spotlight a wrestler who is far from being considered a rookie. He is a long time Indy veteran who has taken the NWA by storm. He brings us exciting action to the ring along with some tradition.
The wrestler I have chosen to cover is none other then the great Blue Demon Jr. While we do not know this man's real name due to his strict traditions, it is said that the Blue Demon Jr is the adopted son of long time legend Blue Demon.
Blue Demon Jr. was born in 1966 in Mexico City. He made his ring-debut in 1985 in Tijuana and wrestled under the name Blue Demon Jr. He would wrestle for some time under this gimmick claiming to be the adopted son of the Blue Demon.
His gimmick wouldn’t be with out some controversy, though. Blue Demon's real son, Alfredo Muñoz, claimed that this was falsified information. They would eventually work out a financial agreement that let him keep the name.
While most wrestlers his age are at the tail end of their careers, Blue Demon Jr is at the height of his. He is 43 years old and in better shape than guys half his age. He not only brings excitement to the ring, he also adds a sense of tradition seldom seen these days.
He is currently the NWA champion and proudly displays the belt where ever he goes. Like many NWA champions, he travels all over the world defending the title. It is a challenging task but rewarding for this pound luchador.
"It's a great moment for Blue Demon because the championship is most wanted for many wrestlers in the world," he explained, listing great names like Lou Thesz and Ric Flair who have held the belt previously.
Blue Demon Jr. won the title on October 25, 2008, in Mexico City, defeating Adam Pearce. He made history by becoming the first Mexican masked wrestler to ever hold the NWA heavyweight title.
"I think I won my opportunity. I worked very hard for this opportunity," he said. "I have a big challenge."
While he is a megastar in Mexico, he is now making his name known all over North America. He has even managed to score some major endorsement deals along the way. He is currently a proud sponsor for Coca-Cola.
Blue Demon takes his role as a champion and wrestler seriously. He has even gone as afar as to never remove his mask in public like the great luchadores of the past. He looks at his mask as a sense of honor and duty.
"You can transform your mind when you put on the mask."
Talking about his father, his voice softens.
To him, there is only one hero, the late Blue Demon, who died in 2000. "The Demon is a real hero for me. There's no Batman, no Superman, no American superheroes. The most great superhero for me is my father," he said in his unpolished English, aided on occasion by amateur translator Incognito.
His fan base has gotten so big that he draws huge lines at local shows. At a recent show in Canada he helped bring in a record crowd of over 4,000 people. Those are staggering numbers for an Indy show.
It was reported that there was a three-hour wait just to meet him during an autograph signing. He is bringing national attention to the NWA as champion. In fact he has gotten so big that he recently cracked the top five in PWI’s rankings.
Over this man's 20 plus years in wrestling, he has battled it out with the best. The list of opponents that Blue Demon Jr has faced is impressive to say the least. He has battled it out with lucha greats like Psicosis, El Dandy, Mil Mascaras; just to name a few.
Whether it was in Mexico, Japan, or the U.S, he has had the chance to dazzle many audiences. He also recognizes and respects the many different cultures.
“The fans are different place to place, he said, with Japanese fans reserved, Mexican fans passionate, and American fans are screamers. “
He wrestles for the love of the business, which is something that should be respected. He also wrestles to keep his father's legacy intact. This may prove to be an impossible act to follow, though, considering the Blue Demon is considered one of the best Luchadores in the history of the sport.
Blue Demon Jr. not only carries his father’s legacy, he also carries the legacy of all luchadores. He brings a style and grace to places not familiar with it and exposes them to a new style and culture.
It has been an honor to do my spotlight on him. I hope that others will take the time to check him out. He is a treat to watch in the ring and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
I have included for your viewing pleasure his match that made history. It is the match where he won the NWA title for the first time. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did.
Thank you once again for spending some time with me today.
As always, have a safe and blessed day.
(Inro and qoutes came from Slam, WIKI, and NWA wrestling.com)
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