Tuesday, August 3, 2010
¡La Venganza de Sydistiko y las Momias de Guanajuato!
MTV2 is selling lucha libre. In early June, its new wrestling show Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors premiered ... on Fridays at 10 PM. Four years ago, I was a huge fan of MTV's Wrestling Society X, largely because it offered a fresh and exciting new take on pro wrestling. I hope the new show is as good, but much more popular with viewers--WSX did not even last through its first season, though it claimed an energetic fan base. (The DVD box set is well worth a look-see, by the way.) The Masked Warriors roster features some familiar faces with revamped gimmicks and monikers--"Marco Corleone" is Mark Jindrak, "RJ Brewer" is John Walters, and, most tantalizing for me, the masked "Sydistiko" is TJ Perkins. Tell me what you think of the show, you cable viewers and satellite disk owners. I no longer have cable--I hate my local provider, but this new development just might tempt me to kiss and make up. But more than anything I hope, as my tongue-in-cheek title suggests, that MTV Films goes the distance and trumps WWE Studios by reviving the old lucha film genre--in 3-D, directed by Guillermo del Toro, with a soundtrack by Manu Chao. ¡Estupendo!