Its March Madness sports fans, a time of the year where office pools dominate the workplace, brackets come back in vogue, college basketball experts you never knew existed come out of the woodwork and many a person asks themselves “what the hell is a Zion?” I was thinking about all this the other day and an idea popped into my head; what if we here at Lucha Central did something March Madness style, only with lucha libre involved instead? And with that the idea for an interactive tournament featuring 64 luchador(a)s was born. Sports fans, I’d like to welcome you all to Lucha Central’s first ever Lucha Madness, Presented by Expo Lucha and Quiet Wyatt Design. Yes we even got the sponsors just like the NCAA Tournament, and two awesome brackets (one of which you can print out to fill in yourself)!
This whole thing is really simple; starting Friday morning we will roll out the matchups you see above for you the fans, luchadores, critics, journalists, whatever to vote on. The polls will remain open until Sunday morning, at which point we will then tally the votes to determine who moves on to the Round of 32. Voting for the Round of 32 will close on Tuesday March 26th to begin the Sweet Sixteen; the cycle will then continue with voting for the Sweet Sixteen ending on March 28th, the Elite Eight ending on March 30th and the Final Four ending on April 1st. The winner of the first Lucha Madness will be announced on April 3rd.
So how does this tournament break down exactly? Much like March Madness itself, the 64 luchador(a) field has been divided into four different regions consisting of sixteen luchador(a)s who were seeded by yours truly. Each region is named after legendary figures in lucha libre history; for example, the top left region is the El Santo Region, while the bottom left is the Blue Demon Region, the top right is the Salvador Lutteroth region and the bottom right is the Antonio Peña. As for the luchador(a)s in it, the field is a mix of performers from lucha promotions such as AAA, CMLL and The Crash, the Mexican independent circuit and American promotions like Lucha Underground, Impact Wrestling, Major League Wrestling, Ring of Honor and even the WWE.
Now for who’s in it (in case you didn’t read the bracket). The Santo region features the #1 overall seed in Fenix/Rey Fenix, as well as his brother Pentagon Jr./Penta Zero M, Andrade “Cien” Almas, Carístico, Aerostar, El Hijo del Vikingo, Soberano Jr., Drago, newly signed WWE star Garza Jr., Euforia (Soberano’s father), Rey Escorpión, Ángel de Oro, Gran Guerrero, Carta Brava Jr., Niño Hamburguesa and Aramis. The Blue Demon region is led by AAA ace Psycho Clown, who will compete against Dragón Lee, Rush, the ageless Dr. Wagner Jr., Flamita, CMLL wunderkind Audaz, Sansón, Taya Valkyrie, Faby Apache, Lady Shani, Cuatrero, Blue Panther, Forastero, Humberto Carillo/Ultimo Ninja, Chessman and Lady Maravilla. In the Lutteroth region, the legendary Rey Mysterio tops a field that consists of Último Guerrero, ROH’s budding star Bandido, the white hot Laredo Kid, Gran Metalik/Mascara Dorada, the coolest cat Puma King, Bestia 666, Niebla Roja, the GOAT Negro Casas, Mistico, Hechicero, recently shaved El Terrible, Mephisto, Myzteziz Jr., the loudmouth Australian Suicide and Mocho Cota Jr. Finally, the Antonio Peña features LA Park as the final number one seed, followed by Barbaro Cavernario, Volador Jr., Titán, the newly freed El Hijo del Fantasma, Cody Rhodes’ worst nightmare Taurus, new Impact star Daga, Jack Evans, Jack Evans clone Sammy Guevara, the hard hitting Keyra, Averno, the death defying Pagano, Texano Jr., Templario, rising star Mr. Iguana and Dragón Bane.
I don’t know what more needs to be said! Well, besides the fact that voting will kick off tomorrow at 11 a.m Eastern Standard Time. We’ll see you Friday when the madness kicks off!