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NXT Showcase: Lucha Dragons



Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a backstage interview that involves luchadores.

Wrestlers: Lucha Dragons (Kalisto (Samuray del Sol) & Sin Cara (Hunico/Incognito)).

Background Information: Kalisto was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States, but spent his first years living in Mexico City, Mexico.

In the mid-90s, when he was still in primary school, hiss family moved to Chicago, though they also kept making regular trips to Mexico City. In Chicago, he attended Curie Metropolitan High School. He grew up a fan of Mexican professional wrestling, or lucha libre, especially workers like Tinieblas whose mask and physique caught his attention and Octagón whose in-ring style caught his attention.

As a child, he bought both Tinieblas’ and Octagón’s replica masks. After moving to the United States, he started watching World Wrestling Federation (WWF), World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), taking influence from the likes of Rey Mysterio, Rob Van Dam, and Sabu.

In high school, he started watching independent promotions like Ring of Honor (ROH) as well as Japanese promotions. He has a sports background in gymnastics, taekwondo, amateur wrestling, and football.

He was initially trained in professional wrestling in 2006 at Windy City Pro Wrestling’s (WCPW) training school in Chicago where he was trained in not only American professional wrestling, but also lucha libre by a former Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) luchador. He has later noted that because of his youth, his trainers were strict on him leading him to contemplating quitting the school.

He made his debut for WCPW after only three weeks of training. Combining his Mexican and Japanese influences, he adopted the ring name Samuray del Sol, choosing to use the spelling Samuray in order to differentiate himself from several other workers using the name Samurai. Much like his childhood idols, he also began wrestling under a mask. During his first years in the business, he made a name for himself on the Chicago and Midwestern United States independent circuit.

During 2010, he began branching out of the Midwest making his debuts for Pennsylvania-based International Wrestling Cartel (IWC) and New York-based East Coast Lucha Libre (ECLL).

On September 25, 2010, he worked in a dark match put together by Berwyn, Illinois-based All American Wrestling (AAW) for Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA) where he unsuccessfully challenged Silas Young for the AAW Heavyweight Championship in a three-way match which also included Gran Akuma.

During 2010, he made his first wrestling tour of Mexico. During another tour of Mexico in April 2011, he suffered a serious injury at an event held by independent promotion Desastre Total Ultraviolento (DTU) when he landed on the concrete floor and hit his head on a guardrail when diving out of the ring onto his opponents. In the aftermath of the injury, he began suffering from post-concussion syndrome and fell into depression and contemplated quitting professional wrestling before receiving a call to take part in a three-day tryout camp for WWE.

During mid-2011, Mexican luchador Crazy Boy who saw him during his Mexican debut got him a spot in Asistencia Asesoría y Administración’s (AAA) reality television program ¿Quién Pinta Para La Corona?. While taking part in the program, he also returned to Crazy Boy’s DTU promotion. During the taping of the program, he also underwent further training under veteran luchador Gran Apache whom he credits with perfecting his career.

Although he did not earn a contract with AAA through the program, he was able to make his AAA main card debut on August 19, 2012 when he teamed with Joe Líder and Juventud Guerrera in a six-man tag team match where they were defeated by the villainous La Sociedad trio of Daga, Dark Dragon, and Psicosis.

While training with Teddy Hart in Canada, he received a call from AAA booker Konnan who offered him a regular spot on the promotion’s roster.

He wrestled one final AAA match under his old name and mask when on November 18, 2012, he teamed with AAA World Heavyweight Champion El Mesías to defeat El Consejo members El Texano Jr. and Silver King via disqualification.

After returning from his ¿Quién Pinta Para La Corona? stint in Mexico, he was looking to showcase the new Samuray del Sol where he made his debut for Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) on February 4, 2012, in a match where he was defeated by AR Fox.

In March 2012, Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA) announced that the promotion had signed a mystery luchador to a contract. On March 29, 2012, he made his Dragon Gate USA main card debut at an event co-promoted by DGUSA and CZW appearing as Masato Yoshino’s surprise opponent and defeating him in the following singles match. The following day, he made his pay-per-view debut at Open the Ultimate Gate 2012 defeating Johnny Vandal.

On April 13, 2012, he made his debut for Evolve, a promotion closely affiliated with Dragon Gate USA losing to Chuck Taylor in a three-way match which also included Johnny Gargano.

On December 14, 2012, he entered the 2012 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup defeating Eddie Rios in his first round match. The following day, he defeated Jonathan Gresham in the quarterfinals, Jon Davis in the semifinal, and finally AR Fox in the finals to win the entire tournament.

On January 18, 2013, he worked on the Hart Legacy Wrestling (HLW) promotion’s inaugural event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

On March 15, 2013, he made his debut for Full Impact Pro (FIP) unsuccessfully challenging Jon Davis for the FIP World Heavyweight Championship.

On March 22, 2013, he made his debut for Southern California-based Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) teaming with AR Fox in a tag team match where they were defeated by the Inner City Machine Guns (Rich Swann and Ricochet).

On March 24, 2013, he defeated Paul London, AR Fox, and Ricochet during a one night single-elimination tournament to become the 2013 King of Flight.

On April 21, 2013, he as Octagón Jr. appeared at Puerto Rican promotion World Wrestling League’s (WWL) inaugural pay-per-view, Idols of Wrestling, unsuccessfully challenging Sicodélico Jr. for the Zero1 Mexico International Championship in a four-way match which also included Axel and El Hijo de Rey Mysterio.

On May 25, 2013, he appeared at English promotion Southside Wrestling Entertainment’s (SWE) Speed King 2 tournament losing to Marty Scurll in his first round match.

After signing with WWE, he wrestled his farewell match for his longtime home promotion, AAW, on June 28, 2013, where he and Colt Cabana were defeated by The Irish Airborne (Dave Crist and Jake Crist).

In May 2013, it was reported that he was undergoing pre-contract signing medical tests for WWE. On May 26, 2013, it was reported that he had signed a developmental contract with WWE. On August 29, 2013, his new ring name was revealed as Kalisto.

He made his NXT debut at a live event on September 20, 2013, defeating Baron Corbin.

In April 2014, he formed a tag team with El Local which led to him making his television debut on May 8, 2014, on an episode of NXT where the two defeated the Legionnaires (Marcus Louis and Sylvester Lefort) in a tag team match.

Sin Cara was born to Mexican immigrant parents in El Paso, Texas, he began wrestling in Burges High School where he was an accomplished state champion multiple times.

He then embarked onto a professional career as he managed to continue working for his families funeral home and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico in the early 2000s under the ring name Mistico.

On February 2, 2004, he defeated Nicho El Millonario to win the WWA Middleweight Championship, but was stripped of the title in March when he had to stop wrestling in the Tijuana, Baja California area where the World Wrestling Association was based.

In early 2004, he began working regularly for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) using the ring name Incognito.

While he was signed to AAA for over a year, he made a few wrestling appearances spending most of his time training in AAA’s school to improve his wrestling skills. By 2005, he had left AAA and began working for various independent wrestling promotions on both sides of the US/Mexico border exploiting the fact that he was a US citizen and spoke English well to get more bookings in the US than most luchadors would be able to do.

He first made a name for himself in the United States when he participated in the 2006 edition of Impact Wrestling’s World X-Cup Tournament. He formed Team Mexico along with Shocker, Magno and Puma. His only match in the World Cup tournament was a 16-man Gauntlet match that included all four World Cup teams. He was eliminated by Sonjay Dutt.

Following his appearance for Impact Wrestling, he began working regularly for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) often teaming with fellow luchador Sicodélico Jr. The two participated in a tournament to crown new NWA World Tag Team Champions, but lost to Joey Ryan and Karl Anderson in the final match, a match that also included Billy Kidman and Sean Waltman.

On September 22, 2007, he made his first appearance for the Lucha Libre inspired Chikara promotion when he participated in their annual 16-man torneo cibernetico tournament.

Throughout his Chikara career, he won the 2008 King of Trios and won the 2008 Rey de Voladores. He competed with Chikara until early 2008.

On December 14, 2009, he worked a try out match for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) working without a mask under his real name. He worked a tag team match, but never entered the ring during the match. Shortly after, he signed a developmental deal with WWE following his try out match and started in WWE’s Farm League Florida Championship Wrestling. He later changed his ring name to Hunico although his mask and outfit remained unchanged.

Throughout his FCW career, he became a 2x Florida Tag Team Champion. He competed with FCW until he was called up to the main roster of WWE.

On August 12, 2011, on an edition of SmackDown, he made his WWE television debut when he took over the role of Sin Cara from Luis Urive, the former CMLL Místico, who was serving a 30-day suspension for violating WWE’s wellness program and defeated Tyson Kidd in a singles match.

On September 23, 2011, on an edition of SmackDown, the impostor Sin Cara attacked the original version during his match with Daniel Bryan, then took his place in the match and pinned Bryan for the win. The following week, he revealed a new black attire to distinguish himself from the original version while also explaining that he was going to steal the Sin Cara identity from Urive just as Urive had stolen the Místico identity from him six years prior.

On October 2, 2011, at Hell in a Cell, the impostor Sin Cara, now being referred to as Sin Cara Negro was defeated by the original Sin Cara, now referred to as Sin Cara Azul. However, the feud continued on the following edition of SmackDown with Sin Cara Negro attacking Sin Cara Azul. The rivalry culminated at the October 16, 2011, taping of SmackDown in Mexico City in a Mask vs. Mask match where Sin Cara Azul was victorious unmasking him by force after the match.

On October 28, 2011, on an episode of SmackDown, he was interviewed by Matt Striker where he wanted payback for losing to Azul while revealing his name to be Hunico.

After re-assuming the identity of Hunico, he briefly teamed up with Primo and Epico until he then paired up with Camacho and feuded with Ted DiBiase Jr. for not inviting him to a party.

On December 2, 2013, on an episode of Raw, he reprised his role of the Sin Cara character and defeated Alberto Del Rio and the character experienced a resurgence as he went on a winning streak that continued through December; he officially took over the character full-time following Místico’s contract with WWE expiring on January 10, 2014.

On July 24, 2014, on an episode of NXT, after failing to win the NXT Tag Team Championship from The Ascension with his former partner El Local at NXT Takeover on May 29, 2014, Kalisto announced he and El Local had parted ways and revealed Sin Cara as his new partner.

Throughout their NXT careers, they became NXT Tag Team Champions and won the 2014 NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament. They competed in NXT until they were called up to the main roster of WWE.

They made their official main roster debut on March 30, 2015, on an episode of Raw, the night after WrestleMania 31 in which they teamed with The New Day to defeat the team of The Ascension, Cesaro, and Tyson Kidd in an eight-man tag team match with Kalisto scoring the pinfall.

On July 18, 2016, they announced that they mutually disbanded as a tag team and would enter the 2016 WWE Draft as singles competitors. The following day during the draft, Sin Cara was drafted to Raw and Kalisto was drafted to SmackDown.

On April 10 and April 11, 2017, it was announced that Kalisto would be moved to Raw while Sin Cara would be moved to SmackDown.

They still compete in the WWE to this day as singles wrestlers.

With these two having similar in-ring styles and with them doing some innovative moves with each other with the lucha libre style, these two as a tag team worked really well together.

My Thoughts: Lucha Dragons were a great tag team that really complimented each other in the ring with combining their lucha libre style with their tag team moves and these two together are fun so much to watch. Lu-cha! Lu-cha! Lu-cha! Lu-cha!

Video: This video contains a backstage interview with Lucha Dragons by Rich Brennan on September 11, 2014 at NXT Takeover: Fatal 4-Way.

My Thoughts: This was a solid backstage interview from Lucha Dragons as they expressed their feelings on winning the NXT Tag Team Championships.

Kalisto talked about how he made the impossible, possible and it happened as they are the new NXT Tag Team Champions. Sin Cara then said that people didn’t believe that they can do it, but they did as dreams do come true. Kalisto then said that Lucha Dragons are now and that they’re taking it to another level as Sin Cara said that they will challenge any tag team in NXT as they’re up for the challenge.

Even though this wasn’t the best promo from them ever, they managed to get their point across and they were probably happy that they won the NXT Tag Team Championships so I won’t fault them for that.

Solid backstage interview from Lucha Dragons as they expressed their joy of becoming new NXT Tag Team Champions.

It’s a shame that this tag team has split up as neither Kalisto or Sin Cara aren’t really doing anything at the moment as singles wrestlers so maybe in the future, either put them back together or actually use them as singles wrestlers as they can work both in either division.

Unfortauntely, WWE is just either using them as enhancement talent to put over other guys or hardly not used at all. Hopefully, either one, WWE teamed them up once again, two, have them both in the cruiserweight division, or three, let them do both that could help both divisions.

Either way, I hope one of these three happen as I think both men could be used a lot more than what they are now. Lu-cha! Lu-cha! Lu-cha! Lu-cha!

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