After a successful 2018 that saw him reach the final’s of PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles tournament and headline All In, it was only a matter of time before Bandido wound up in a major US promotion. The day has arrived…and the promotion isn’t who you’d expect. As first reported by Luchablog and confirmed by Dave Meltzer, has agreed to a deal with Ring of Honor to work full time for the promotion through at least 2019. He is expected to debut at any time, though ROH has yet to officially annouce his deal.
This has been a long time coming for the 23 year old luchador. Since debuting in 2011 Bandido has been a favorite of many hardcore lucha libre fans despite never working full time for AAA or CMLL (he has had stints with Lucha Libre Elite and The Crash). He finally broke out upon leaving Mexico, first gaining notoriety after touring Japan with Dragon Gate earlier in 2018 and then later becoming a top star in PWG almost overnight, culminating in that aforementioned BOLA final where Bandido was arguably the biggest star in the building. The success is both promotions is likely what got him booked on All In, where he teamed with Rey Fenix and Rey Mysterio Jr. to face Kota Ibushi in the Young Bucks and he’s spent the rest of 2018 working everywhere from PROGRESS in the UK to AAA, who have used him and Flamita as a tag team sporadically this year. Known as MexaBlood, the duo has been a big reason for Bandido’s success, winning The Crash Tag Team Championships, the PROGRESS Tag Team Championships and nearly the AAA Tag Team Championships in this year alone. Per Luchablog, it’s not expected Flamita will be following Bandido to ROH.
The news is shocking considering WWE was expected to pursue Bandido heavily. They have reportedly been interested in him for several years and Luchablog confirmed in his report that Bandido took part in a WWE tryout just months ago. For whatever reason a deal wasn’t reached. The question now is where else will Bandido be allowed to work. It’s expected Dragon Gate will no longer be an option due to ROH’s working agreement with New Japan, while PWG, The Crash and other indies are expected to remain open to Bandido per ROH’s discretion. The biggest question mark becomes CMLL. Bandido was in fact trained in CMLL by Ultimo Guerrero (among others) and ROH’s working arrangement with them would seemingly open the door for him to appear, while also eliminating him from appearing in AAA.
Lucha Central will keep you updated on any more information regarding Bandido joining ROH.