The most intersting story of the day was one I skipped over this morning; Ovaciones ripping WWE, and putting up big photos of Rey Misterio unmasked. That link takes you to the text version (which seem to show up in the afternoon), so you can google translate if you’d like.
The article is not written by the normal lucha libre reporter, but by Edgar Vallero Berrospe, who seems to normally cover national futbol. He seems pretty sure allowing WWE to air in Mexico will ruin lucha libre, will push out Mexican wrestling and the jobs it creates, and generally deceives the public. The last point is illustrated by the giant picture of Rey unmasked, going into detail about when and how he lost his mask and pointing out he was born in the US not Mexico, all the while calling him a fraud.
Berrospe goes on to accuse Televisa and TV Azteca of comitting treason for airing the WWE matches (which he states are fixed (!!)), because they’re paying for WWE TV while they don’t pay for CMLL or AAA. It doesn’t make a lot sense, because he notes at the same time that CMLL and AAA just make their money selling ad time during their show (which would be a lot of extra work for WWE.)
The article concludes something must be done to stop the WWE, or lucha libre will go the way of Mexican boxing and baseball.
The article has some issues
– they either say Ric Flair is nearing 70, or has wrestled for nearly 70 years (neither which has anything to do with anything else)
– Vince McMahon Sr. is prasied as the man who promoted “real immortal figures of wrestling” like Tiger Mask, Hulk Hogan, and Ring Fujinami.
This feels like a promotion (or two) inspired hit piece to build sentiment against WWE. I mean, it’s defintely a hit piece, but it seems odd this isn’t coming from a normal lucha writer unless it was prompted that way.
No one was writing these articles when they were on 52MX, which says as much for the compartive reach of the networks as anything.