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Why are Lucha Libres/Luchadores not more popular in the US?
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Old 24 Nov 2012, 11:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Why are Lucha Libres/Luchadores not more popular in the US?

i remember seeing rey mysterio and eddie guerrero back in the late 90s with wcw and thinking that there would be a steady inflow of more lucha libres into professional wrestling in the States. there have been a few since then obviously such as sin cara and psicosis but not a whole lot. any particular reason for this?
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There were others like Juvi and La Parka, but I get what you're saying. The influx of luchas to come across the border since...'99, we'll say, has been pretty weak.

I suppose you could point to the fact that Konnan was a huge factor in these guys coming to the states, and since AAA's exploded, he's been quite stingy with talent, and even if guys were able to get overseas without some sort of endorsement or help, it's possible that they'd get paid just as much as they would in National mexican promotions as they would working undercard in the WWE, and get more notoriety no less.

There's also a matter of quality control. Guys like Vampiro and Ricky Banderas come over and kind of stink up the joint in places like TNA. AAA's fairly brawler based. CMLL is more traditional lucha, that's where they got Sin Cara from along with Hunico, but the actual level of great luchadors out there these days is slim. Tack on the likelihood that they'll get booked properly, if at all, along with the potential of carryover fandom, and you're running a huge risk in bringing a big Mexican name over to the states for a lot of money like both TNA and WWE have done with guys like El Mesias and Mistico.

In all bluntness, some of the best lucharaseu wrestlers in the world are working the indies in the united states, or are wrestling on the WWE and TNA roster already. Plain and simple, the style isn't a novelty act like it was in '96. It's also a very risky style to perform, and big promotions don't want to blow money so that, again, a guy like Evan Bourne or Sin Cara can sit on the shelf after they get hurt doing these big match spots night in and night out because of wear and tear or simply because other people on the roster don't know how to work with the style.

Granted, all of these opinions are on-the-fly and may not be correct, but I honestly believe that Mexico's isolated it's own market, and that even if WWE wanted to try and find the next Mistico again, they'd be hesitant to waste the money considering the little success guys like Alberto Del Rio and Sin Cara himself have garnered.
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