I am a believer in the idea that if a gimmick does not seem to have the potential to main event WrestleMania, then it shouldn’t be introduced to the national audience. That being said, I thought exactly that about Fandango, but felt he really showed me how wrong I could be as I saw unlimited potential with the viciousness Fandango showed during the WrestleMania season against Jericho. I think Fandango’s original gimmick, before his theme song became ultra popular, where he would scream at people to say his name, very much like Muhammad Ali. Well this week on Raw we were told that Los Matadores will be debuting and in a week’s time I may be writing about how wrong I am here, but this just seems like a terrible idea to me. It’s reminiscent of all the horrible gimmicks coming out during the mid 90′s, like Duke “The Dumpster” Drose, why would someone’s job before being a wrestler affect how they come to the ring? Nobody in the NBA comes down wearing a McDonald’s uniform, but someone must have worked there before
Not to mention the very blatant racism attached to this gimmick, because they’re Latino they’re matadors? They’d probably be coming out driving lawn mowers if that wasn’t already tried. Not that a wrestling matador is the worst gimmick I’ve ever heard of, matadors are at least athletes before coming to the WWE, but it’s just really goofy. Plus the costumes we’ve seen on the duo in their promo videos look just awful, they look like children, they look like they’re playing games. They do not look like world class athletes working to make their way to the main event of WrestleMania; or really intimidating in any way. If wrestler’s don’t look intimidating, what in the hell are they doing on TV? If they don’t look like a concern to the audience, why would a champion be concerned with these 2?
If we look at wrestling as if it’s completely real for a second, which is how it should be looked at, why would the current champions, The Shield, guys who have dominated The Undertaker, being even slightly worried about two guys coming in wearing pink silk across their faces? And it’s not even like these wrestler’s are new, it’s Epico and Primo, we’ve seen them for years, so what’s different here? Now they’ve apparently been fighting bulls since we last saw them, honestly, does not make me want to buy more tickets. Did the WWE think the reason these two performers didn’t catch on with the audience is because they weren’t blatantly Latin enough? I’d been a hell of a lot more interested with these two if they took their leave, and went to a gym to learn a new fighting technique, came back with a whole new arsenal of moves, tag team moves we’ve never seen before.
Yet other than maybe a new finish, I don’t see these two doing anything new from the last time we saw them, again I hope I’m wrong. I remember after Brodus Clay was introduced as The Funkasaurus, I read online that the plan was for him to snap on Big Johnny a couple weeks later, saying that he was made to look like an idiot. While this made sense, it never happened, could that be the plan here? Could we see Epico and Primo getting mad with The McMahon’s and HHH for being made to look like idiots with this new gimmick. But if a week before they debut I’m thinking of the quickest exit strategy from this gimmick, I just cannot see that being a good indication for the gimmick. Obviously I’m not backstage, so I don’t know what the long term or even short term plans are.
And let’s not forget, this isn’t even the first time we’ve seen a matador gimmick in the WWE, and it didn’t even work the first time. Tito Santana, one hell of a talented wrestler was saddled with the gimmick of El Matador back in the early 90′s and it didn’t sell one ticket. Not that too many people cared about him before the gimmick, no disrespect to Santana but he was never the reason I bought the PPV. The only real good I can see coming from this new tag team of Los Matadores is that they may have the next big breakout catchphrase. Don’t act like I wouldn’t notice the repetition of the “ole” chants from the fake audience in their promo packages. Who know’s, maybe the audience will love saying “Ole” repeatedly and they could be huge money. But from I can see, these two men are dressed ridiculous, and I don’t understand how a history of fighting bulls translates into their high-flying wrestling style. Also El Generico’s catchphrase before being bought by WWE? Ole! Just something to think about.