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It is now official, Montreal-based indy wrestler El Generico has signed with the WWE and will be wrestling on NXT. (Under what name and gimmick, we won't know until he debuts.)

My big assumption is that they will keep him under a mask and do some loose variation of his current gimmick - because having a luchadore on the roster who can wrestle in the US style is an excuse to print merch money.

No doubt he will be tearing down the house either teamed with or wrestling against "The Man That Gravity Forgot" Adrian Neville aka PAC, a man that El Generico had many fantastic matches with mainly in California for PWG.

To El Generico I say, good luck and God-Speed friend. No one has worked harder and deserved this more.

Here is Pat Laprade's article on SLAM! Wrestling confirming the signing: http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2013/01/30/20538121.html

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I have been writing about Montreal independent wrestling since 2001 and about El Generico specifically since 2002 - mostly here. I have always said that the indy wrestlers in Montreal are as good as anyone in the world and better than most. I take this signing as validation of that.

Depending on the day and what I had for breakfast, I would tell you that either El Generico or Kevin Steen were the best independent wrestlers that Montreal has ever developed, but they didn't do it in a vacuum. They got as good as they did by wrestling against fantastic wrestlers who call this city home, many of whom wrestle for the BATTLEWAR promotion in Montreal or the C*4 promotion in Ottawa on a regular basis (or who wrestled for IWS back in the day).

I will write a bit more about this in the next few days, but in the meantime, if you haven't read it already, here is my recent piece about El Generico's Secret Origin: http://www.soundonsight.org/i-am-el-genericos-father/

(Based on something that I wrote for the W back in the day: http://the-w.com/thread.php/id=24405)





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Awesome news, Llakor. Thanks for the article!








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El Generico is a lot like Santino except he can actually wrestle, and is actually funny as opposed to implied to be funny.

Gonna miss those "DANGEROOOOOUSSS!" Brain-bustahs though but awesome news otherwise.
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    Originally posted by CruelAngel777
    El Generico is a lot like Santino except he can actually wrestle, and is actually funny as opposed to implied to be funny.

    Gonna miss those "DANGEROOOOOUSSS!" Brain-bustahs though but awesome news otherwise.


... but do they force him to work their style of funny? Probably, but can he make it work like Danial Bryan is the question.

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I have a real fear that the WWE will take Generico and make a serious character out of him. Santino had a fantastic gimmick in OVW, where he was a Russian shootfighter, but in the main roster? He's a goofy, loveable loser comedy act. Now, I love Santino, but I do have distinct fears.



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Generico has been in serious angles and it has worked. He is far more than just a comedy gimmick wrestler.

He could very easily be a better Mysterio replacement than Sin Cara. (And I think that is the whole point of the signing.)



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Maybe they just stick him in Sin Cara's mask and the current SC gets his futures endeavored? Generico doesn't have a rep for botching every other move.



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and Sin Cara also didn't have that rep before coming to WWE.

Can we stop making this about Sin Cara or Rey Misterio and make it about Generico? Especially since Generico simply can't take their spots - they're masked, but they're also Hispanic, and that second part is not something to just be ignored like it has no bearing in why they matter.

And the other thing - I really like the Generico character, but acting like the only way Rami Sebei can succeed is tremendously underselling his abilities. The gimmick is good, the guy under the mask is better, and better at working whatever a promotion is going to throw on him.

THAT's where y'all need to be making the Sin Cara comparisons, if you really must.. Sin Cara has to be knockoff Mistico (or maybe knockoff evil Mistico) because that's the mold he started with and hasn't shown an ability to advance or evolve his character, and really was taught to change as little as possible. Generico created a character out of just about nothing once because he understands what people respond to, and that skill doesn't go away once you sign a WWE contract. (Daniel Bryan.) If WWE makes him Jake Minutemaid, evil orange produce magnate, he's going to be a really good evil orange produce magnate because he's really good at figuring out how make people care about him, and he's going to be a really good worker in the style that WWE is looking for.

The mask is great. It's not everything.

(edited by thecubsfan on 31.1.13 1259)

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Jake Minutemaid would have to be a heel because everybody knows Tropicana is better.



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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    WWE makes him Jake Minutemaid, evil orange produce magnate
Is Jake "The Milkman" Milliman still alive? If so, is there any way these two can meet at Wrestlemania for breakfast beverage bragging rights?
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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    and Sin Cara also didn't have that rep before coming to WWE.

    Can we stop making this about Sin Cara or Rey Misterio and make it about Generico? Especially since Generico simply can't take their spots - they're masked, but they're also Hispanic, and that second part is not something to just be ignored like it has no bearing in why they matter.

    And the other thing - I really like the Generico character, but acting like the only way Rami Sebei can succeed is tremendously underselling his abilities. The gimmick is good, the guy under the mask is better, and better at working whatever a promotion is going to throw on him.

    THAT's where y'all need to be making the Sin Cara comparisons, if you really must.. Sin Cara has to be knockoff Mistico (or maybe knockoff evil Mistico) because that's the mold he started with and hasn't shown an ability to advance or evolve his character, and really was taught to change as little as possible. Generico created a character out of just about nothing once because he understands what people respond to, and that skill doesn't go away once you sign a WWE contract. (Daniel Bryan.) If WWE makes him Jake Minutemaid, evil orange produce magnate, he's going to be a really good evil orange produce magnate because he's really good at figuring out how make people care about him, and he's going to be a really good worker in the style that WWE is looking for.

    The mask is great. It's not everything.

    (edited by thecubsfan on 31.1.13 1259)


Agree with all of this.

(Except for cubs being all Bruce Wayne is Batman; Batman is Bruce Wayne. I can't help it. I'm Generico's Alfred.)

Also, he's done it before. He has never had to do it outside Montreal, but Big Larry & Stevie McFly were both pretty popular before and after Generico debuted.

That said, I think him wearing a mask is an excuse to print money.



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