(They changed the interface again? This is worse.)
Konnan’s take on Negro Casas, Shocker, and their non-appearance on NWA-TNA, via an interview on WO.com.
Q: I know at one point you tried booking Negro Casas and Shocker on
NWA/TNA but it fell through. What happened?
Ashenoff: “It was because of another promoter, but this goes way back
to how Latinos have been treated … We had already talked to Negro to come
in, but he did not tell (EMLL promoter) Paco Alonso. He had heard he was
going to be in a tournament and we were booking Negro and Shocker against
each other, but it actually was going to be a four-way match. This (U.S.)
promoter called Shocker and said, ‘Look, I’m going to be using you for a lot
of dates and you can make a lot of money with me.’ I still don’t know who
this guy is but he told Shocker, ‘They’re going to put you against Negro and
job one of you guys out.’ So Shocker says he can’t go because this promoter
he’s already signed a contract with that he can’t wrestle (in the U.S.) for
anybody else. I told him there are only two games in town – (NWA/TNA) and
the WWF. There’s no other promotion anybody gives a damn about, but he tells
me he just can’t go. Then Negro was going to tell Paco the truth since it
had been announced that he was going there. Paco asked Negro if Konnan was
there and he said yeah. Paco told him, ‘If Konnan is involved, they have to
talk to me personally.’ Paco heard these guys were going there to do jobs
and were tired of his guys doing that.”
Meltzer had the same confusion about Shocker’s unknown US Promoter, so I had assumed Shocker was doing a cover story and it was all Konnan’s fault. (it’s easy to blame Konnan. Sorry.) But maybe Shocker knows something the rest of us don’t.
The other thing that sticks out is the “[CMLL] guys” going there to do jobs – all the lucha guys who had been in NWA-TNA were freelancers to one extent or another. If you had to pick, Super Crazy’s a CMLL guy but he does a lot of outside dates, and while FdT and Juvi were on good terms with CMLL at the time, they’re outsiders. Maybe that’s close enough to cause annoyance, I dunno.