Year in reviews are still going on, right? Enjoy the third installment of The Year of Wrestling in Pop Culture.
Tomorrow, AAA’s Triplemania XXV takes place live on Twitch TV. But before you watch Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. Psycho Clown in a mask vs. mask match, catch this list of the best fictional luchadores in pop culture.
The year’s wrapping up, and in the world of professional wrestling, journalists, fans, bloggers, etc., will be declaring their wrestlers and matches of the year. However, here at Cheap Pop Culture, I’d rather give you a breakdown of all the times pro wrestling reared its red-headed step child head in the world of pop culture. So enjoy the second annual of The Year of Wrestling in Pop Culture.
Title: The Wrestler
Bio: He was once one of the biggest wrestling stars of the 80’s and 90’s. Although a shell of his former self, Randy “The Ram” Robinson still competed on independent wrestling shows, until his last match against his most famous rival, The Ayatollah, at a Ring of Honor show.
Signature Move: The Ram Jam.
Title: Ready to Rumble
Bio: Despite lacking a wrestler’s physique, or any kind of athletic physique, Jimmy King rose to prominence in a parallel WCW universe. During his reign as world champion, Jimmy King battled through some personal demons. It eventually led to him losing the world title to Diamond Dallas Page in controversial fashion. All seemed lost until two marks in their late twenties decided to help get King back in shape. Jimmy King ultimately defeated DDP to win back the WCW World Title.
Signature Move: Diving double axe handle.
With Lucha Underground fully embracing their comic book influences and releasing their own comic book yesterday, and with the premiere of season two tonight, it only made sense to make this list of the best fictional comic book luchadores. With many of the heroes and villains of Lucha Underground borrowing from the same supernatural themes and conventions found in these comic books, it also made sense to compare the comic book characters to their Lucha Underground counterparts.
Yes, that’s a long ass title. But how else can you shorten, “Hey, here’s a list of pop culture stuff that involves pro wrestling with a horror/supernatural slant that would be perfect to watch, read, or play in the spirit of Halloween”? Exactly. Now, do yourself a favor and check out the list.
With wrestling and cinema going head-to-head this Sunday, when WWE’s Fastlane goes up against the 87th annual Academy Awards, I figured it’d be best to provide you with the definitive ranking of the best fictional wrestlers in movie history. I tried to hold back on this list until Luis Guzman’s Aztec Warrior was finally released, as I’m sure he would’ve provided with a memorable interpretation of a luchador, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon. First, a few honorable mentions.