Jan. 9, 2013
|El Generico (vs. PAC)|
AAPW Main Event (2012)
Photo courtesy: Jason Wilkey
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
Our friends at Pro Wrestling Ponderings
broke some pretty big news recently. El Generico, one of the best indy wrestlers in the business, has signed a developmental deal with WWE.
This is exciting news. In 2012 I had the chance to meet Generico as he wrestled PAC (Adrian Neville, another recent WWE developmental signee) at AAPW Main Event. The two put on an exciting match that left the crowd on its feet and left the commentary team (myself included) speechless at times. Generico made such an impression on my kids, who up until that point had only seen one other indy show, that they still 12 months later do his signature Ole! Ole! chant. It's pretty cool.
In April of 2012 we had a chance to see El Generico wrestle Sara Del Rey at a Chikara show. Again, it was one of, if not the best match on the card. I guess you're starting to notice a theme here. Generico is an excellent wrestler, but I think he also does a good job of entertaining the fans, a great combo to have when moving up the ranks in the world of sports entertainment.
|Cross, Generico, PAC, and Cabana|
Photo courtesy: Brian Kelly
The obvious question now is how will the WWE utilize the masked star. I feel like they have to keep the masked gimmick alive for him. I'm sure they will change his name, but I really think he will translate will to WWE fans. He has all the potential to be the success that I think WWE hoped Sin Cara would be.
There aren't a lot of details at this point, and in most cases when someone new signs with developmental it takes months, if not years to make it to the main roster. With guys like Neville and Generico there though, I hope they along with Kassius Ohno (Chris Hero) get called up sooner rather than later. This is truly an exciting time for wrestling fans. Again, congratulations to El Generico. This is a well deserved accomplishment. Ole!