Danny 'Limelight' Rivera Talks Working With Konnan And Puerto Rican Representation In Wrestling

Danny Limelight talks about his real-life influences on his character as well as how he feels about working with Konnan.

Danny Limelight was briefly in AEW, competing on Dark, before transitioning into MLW. Danny is also a veteran of the military, something that was touched upon briefly during his time with AEW. During a recent One On One interview with Jon Alba, Danny spoke about how his movie and military background eventually shaped his professional wrestling character.

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“I tell people the two best characteristics I have in wrestling is that I can wrestle any style with anybody. I can talk on the microphone and sell a match. I think that comes from the performance side of things that I learned in acting school, things that I learned in the military, and being able to be a motivational speaker. So all that stuff, it comes hand in hand and it all has benefited my career so far.”

Danny Limelight is currently in Major League Wrestling as Rivera of the group 5150, an offshoot of LAX. Speaking about being contacted by Konnan and what it's like to work with him, Danny says he was excited to be able to represent his culture in a positive light rather than the villainous portrayal that had sometimes followed Puerto Ricans through the years in professional wrestling.

“When he contacted me for LAX, it was a no-brainer for me. Not only because it was Konnan, and not only because it was LAX, but for the simple fact that what being with Konnan meant, and what being part of LAX meant and it meant that I could represent for my culture. It meant that I could represent my flag. It meant that I could show my daughter that her heritage is strong and that we’re on TV in a positive light, and not in a negative light. I feel like growing up back in the day, Latinos were displayed on TV as the bad guys. The villains. The gang members. Stuff like that. So it’s cool seeing us being given the opportunity to just represent Puerto Rico and represent Latin Americans in a positive way to show them that no matter where they come from, no matter what environment they were brought up in, that they can go and achieve whatever their heart desires if they put the work in and they’re passionate about it.”

Thanks to Jon Alba for sending the above quotes. You can check out the full interview embedded above.

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