WWL and The Troubles of Continuing a Dead Feud

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World Wrestling League (WWL) had their Summer Blast event in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. The show was done on Sunday, which is a rare day for WWL, since they usually run on Saturdays and it had a low attendance compare to their sold-out show of Golpe de Estado last month. 

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The show was poorly promoted, featuring a roster without their big hitters, like WWL Heavyweight champion Mecha Wolf 450, Mike Mendoza, El Nazareno or Angel Fashion. Not even Vanilla Vargas, who is set to debut for AAA on July was at the event.

WWL is still running with their International Wrestling Association (IWA) revival feud, even after they had lost the elimination match in Golpe de Estado to the heel stable of Puro Macho. Many, hoped that in May that was the end of WWL trying to revive IWA PR, but yesterday prove that it was just the beginning.

The IWA PR Revival Is Getting Tiresome  

The show’s biggest star was former IWA World Champion Slash Venom (Flash Flanagan) returning to team-up with Savio Vega in the main event against Manny Ferno and WWL Americas Champion JC Navarro. Again, the show was heavily emphasized by the IWA vs. WWL story.

Just went you thought that things couldn’t get more cloudy for the number one promotion in Puerto Rico, Huracán Castillo Jr., an IWA-Original and son of Cuban wrestling legend Huracán Castillo, returned to WWL to aid Slash Venom and Savio Vega (Huracán Castillo Jr. is better known to WWE fans as Jesús from Savio Vega’s Los Boricuas stable in the WWF Attitude Era).

A fan in Social Media posted a interesting argument about that return. “When World Wrestling Council brings Huracán Castillo Jr, they are deemed as old-fashioned and out of touch.” The fan later added, “because WWL brought him we are suppose to cheer for that?” That fan is right, WWC gets slammed – specially by me – for getting behind the times, but WWL does the same thing and we are expected to keep ourselves neutral and not criticize the product.

The IWA story was good for one night, but many fans felt robbed at Golpe de Estado, because they realized that IWA PR was never returning and that WWL had done the angle just to attract IWA loyalists to their event. By now, fans are turned off by the whole IWA PR Revival.

The Same Guys Are On Top

Another notable thing that fans have realized is that, as WWC does, WWL is still having veterans as their main focus.

Golpe de Estado was a great opportunity to elevate Manny Ferno and his stable. Fans loved the new arrogant, but vicious heel, but, they want him in fresh feuds, not with wrestlers past their prime like Savio Vega or Slash Venom, neither with Huracan Castillo Jr.

Mike Mendoza, Vanilla Vargas and Angel Fashion (Photo: WWL)

WWL seem to be willing to elevate Roxxy, who is the new face of intergender wrestling, but many fans know that she is not a finished product and has a long way to go. Morgan and Tabu (Westside Mafia) are getting their push, but when you have Mike Mendoza looking apart from everybody else and Angel Fashion exploding in the Florida indie scene, those young wrestlers aren’t looked as main eventers. WWL is running the trouble of pushing the wrong guys and doubling down.

Getting Trapped By What They Hated 

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Their next show is in Mayaguez, War in the West II, and they have advertised the missing wrestlers from last Sunday’s show, but, are they the main focus?

The company is desperate for a new angle and a different appeal, but they are slowly becoming a mirror of what they hated in WWC. Many fans talked that WWL is the alternative, but in the last few shows, the veterans are getting the main spots and slowly but surely, match quality is declining.

Before Konnan‘s relationship with WWL ended, he noted in an interview that the world is changing and match quality is getting more focus than the stories. In Puerto Rico, that’s in reverse, the tendency is always to focus on the stories. Many old-school wrestlers will tell you that fans need a reason, a good story to go to the shows. But in places like Europe, Japan, the US, Mexico and even Canada, the quality of matches is heavily emphasize and a good story will come with that match.

Konnan encapsulated perfectly the problem in Puerto Rico, “Why would I want to bring a dude to Mexico that only do rest holds and can’t work the strong style? Puerto Rico is very outdated, the sad reality is that if you’re a wrestler that wants to live off of wrestling, you need to get out of the island and do the style that the world is doing and not the thing that is popular in the island.”

If WWL continues this trend, they are doomed to repeat the same errors that are now hurting WWC and the wrestling scene in Puerto Rico.

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Everytime i try to visit this website and read news from Puerto Rico it’s either on Hating about something WWL did or something they should do

    “World Wrestling League (WWL) had their Summer Blast event in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. The show was done on Sunday, which is a rare day for WWL, since they usually run on Saturdays and it had a low attendance compare to their sold-out show of Golpe de Estado last month. ”

    This was a b-show from day one, they announced it like that, it was a good show, War in the West will be even better

    “The show was poorly promoted, featuring a roster without their big hitters, like WWL Heavyweight champion Mecha Wolf 450, Mike Mendoza, El Nazareno or Angel Fashion. Not even Vanilla Vargas, who is set to debut for AAA on July was at the event.”

    it’s exactly on these kind of shows where they can use the other part of their roster, they are even giving opportunities to other wrestlers

    “The IWA PR Revival Is Getting Tiresome” is it? i don’t think so people wanted IWA and they are getting what they wanted IWA wrestlers

    “A fan in Social Media posted a interesting argument about that return. “When World Wrestling Council brings Huracán Castillo Jr, they are deemed as old-fashioned and out of touch.” The fan later added, “because WWL brought him we are suppose to cheer for that?” That fan is right, WWC gets slammed – specially by me – for getting behind the times, but WWL does the same thing and we are expected to keep ourselves neutral and not criticize the product.”

    WRONG, they are using Huracan castillo as part of the IWA Storyline NOT as a singles focus like WWC did

    “The IWA story was good for one night, but many fans felt robbed at Golpe de Estado, because they realized that IWA PR was never returning and that WWL had done the angle just to attract IWA loyalists to their event. By now, fans are turned off by the whole IWA PR Revival.”

    SOME FANS felt robbed because they thought IWA Was going to be launched again besides golpe de estado result but this would happen only if Team IWA WON the match WWL NEVER SAID THEY WERE GOING TO RELAUNCH OR RENAME THE COMPANY, MANY PUERTO RICO FAN WEBSITES even on wikipedia falsely claimed that even i remember one of the first sites claiming this was impacto estelar

    “The Same Guys Are On Top”

    Come on because they aren’t on main event of the taping that doesn’t mean they aren’t top guys or you forgot many videos WWL did about them, comparing WWL to WWC is laughable now

    “Before Konnan‘s relationship with WWL ended, he noted in an interview that the world is changing and match quality is getting more focus than the stories. In Puerto Rico, that’s in reverse, the tendency is always to focus on the stories. Many old-school wrestlers will tell you that fans need a reason, a good story to go to the shows. But in places like Europe, Japan, the US, Mexico and even Canada, the quality of matches is heavily emphasize and a good story will come with that match.”

    THANK GOD THEY FOCUS ON STORY!! WHY IN THE BLUE HELL DO YOU WANT SPOTMONKEY MEANINGLESS MATCHES WHERE THE ONLY THING THEY DO IS SPOT AND SPOTS AND MORE SPOTS WITHOUT ANYTHING INTERESTING

    WWL IS NOT PERFECT THEY ARE DOING KILOMETRES BETTER THAN WWC AND CWA, They aren’t finishing the IWA story because they are bringing wrestlers from the IWA era but they should end the iwa story in the next months yes

    • Actually they’ve mostly been positive articles about WWL up until now. And our writer lives in Puerto Rico and frequents all the promotions.

  2. So Roberto here’s some facts about the story:
    – I always write what’s pertinent and with WWL I’m usually kind, may I recomend this articles –https://lastwordonprowrestling.com/2018/05/09/wwl-and-cwa-to-go-head-to-head-who-will-win/
    https://lastwordonprowrestling.com/2018/01/14/the-caribbean-report-2017-awards-wwl-ckcw-and-more/
    https://lastwordonprowrestling.com/2018/01/06/top-5-wrestlers-that-will-breakout-in-puerto-rico-2018/
    https://lastwordonprowrestling.com/2018/05/30/heres-what-you-missed-wwl-golpe-de-estado-2018/
    2 – Your right that it was a B- show, but let me remind you that last year they had the same sequence, in Golpe de Estado 2017 they did 830 fans in Juncos and in June their B-show without Mike Mendoza & Angel Fashion did 470 fans in San Juan in Pedrin Zorrilla Arena. This year they did Golpe de Estado 2018 a sold out show, 800+ fans and this sunday barely 238 fans. You tell me which one had the greater drop.
    3 – The Huaracan Castillo controversy is exactly the same aa WWC. WWC hasn’t use Huracan Castillo Jr. as a main event in a long time, what many refer to is when Victir Jovica said that it had a suprise for Ray Gonzalez and it turned out that it was Castillo. This sparked a lot of Criticism to WWC and Castillo wasn’t brought back after that. While WWL despite criticism will still use it.
    4 – Impacto Estelar ever claimed that IWA was coming back, they just did a Analysis about how good can that be or if it was possible. May I recomend the piece that I did were I even argue that legally it was difficult to WWL comeback as IWA —> https://lastwordonprowrestling.com/2018/05/10/iwa-puerto-rico-returning-hoax-or-reality/
    5 – Savio Vega has headlined two straight WWL shows and close the return show Juicio Final. Mecha Wolf their top guy just gets exposure for being champion and that’s it, he’s barely in the story line. If that’s not having the wrong guy push, I don’t know what it is.
    6 – Fans left Golpe de Estado angrt no because of IWA, but because they notice the bad wrestling, which was horrible in the main event. They were angry that the IWA story fell so flat and at the same time had a lot of bad wrestling. Trust me, I was there.
    7 – Yes, they are finishing the IWA story and probably will bring Banderas and Shane for that big closing, but thet are doing themselves more harm than good. Last year war in the west had 465 fans, this year is likely to be thar same number. But if it falls, you know where the point to.

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