King Cuerno talks Lucha in the USA.

Many factors can be attributed to the success of lucha libre in the United States, but El Hijo de Fantasma has an idea of who to credit for the lucha boom in 2019.

“The main reason why lucha is very popular is due to the work of what I like to call the ‘Lucha Originals’ from Lucha Underground,” Fantasma, who wrestled as King Cuerno in Lucha Underground, told Sports Illustrated. “That’s myself, Pentagón, Fénix, Drago, Mil Muertes, and Sexy Star. Since then, people have continued to like and do what we started on Lucha Underground. There is still a lot to be done. We captured the attention of the American audience, but we still have to educate them on some aspects of lucha libre, like the meaning of the mask, Mexican wrestling psychology, and the tradition and the culture of lucha libre in Mexico.”

Lucha Underground helped establish stars such as Pentagon Jr and Fenix to the US audience while also giving the likes of Ricochet (wrestling as Prince Puma), John Morrison, and Rey Mysterio a new platform to showcase their skills. The show ran for four seasons on El Rey Network.

As for Cuerno, he recently reported to the WWE Performance Center.

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