Here's your fight size update for Wednesday, June 2, 2021:
- In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Konnan revealed that he, in partnership with Masked Republic, is bringing Lucha Libre to the NFT space
“The first match you’re seeing on the NFT, it’s full of legends,” says Konnan, who becomes the first lucha star to mint his own NFTs. “It’s a full house in Tijuana, and you get to see how I used to wrestle in Mexico, which was straight lucha libre. The second moment shows that ECW, hardcore style I introduced to Tijuana wrestling, and then much of the lucha world followed.
“The third is Rey and Juventud revolutionizing wrestling forever, but no one was there. They were doing it in a bull ring. They were literally revolutionizing the sport. It was such an incredible time, and I’m honored that it’s now highlighted on these NFTs.”
- On Twitter, Renee Paquette revealed that Jon Moxley will be hosting an upcoming episode of Oral Sessions and invited listeners to send in questions for him.
Alright guys. Big ask here- my darling husband @JonMoxley is going to be guest hosting an episode of Oral Sessions while I figure out this whole mom thing. Let’s ask him for relationship/ life advice to answer on the show! Use #AskMox @TheVolumeSports pic.twitter.com/pUk6WoMxJD— Renee Paquette (@ReneePaquette) June 2, 2021
- Masked Republic has released a Lucha cookbook.
Lucha libre—or, professional Mexican wrestling—is the most popular sport in Mexico after soccer and has become an international pop culture phenomenon all over the world. This officially licensed cookbook with the Legends of Lucha Libre includes more than 50 favorite Mexican dishes with a modern-day twist from the sport's most celebrated luchadores and luchadoras including Solar, Super Astro, Penta Zero M, Rey Fenix, Tinieblas Jr., Lady Maravilla and Keyra. Professional wrestlers influenced by and whose roots trace back to lucha, including WWE Hall of Famer Amy Dumas (Lita) and Taya Valkyrie (new NXT Superstar Franky Monet) lead a number of international stars contributing their favorite Mexican dishes as well.
Mexico's leading female lucha libre journalist, Mónica "Centellita" Ochoa, has interviewed some of the most well-known wrestlers in lucha libre, costume designers, and restaurant owners from around the globe to compile this must-have collection of recipes fit for hungry luchadores and their families.
Also included are fun stories and facts on championship details and family legacies, dozens of photos of wrestlers in the ring and in the kitchen, and illustrations of delicious food.
From Mónica’s introduction to Eat Like A Luchador:
Having grown up in a lucha family, one of my most favorite subjects to cover is that of the importance of family within the sport. While it is not uncommon for a child to follow in their parent’s footsteps in any career (many current WWE wrestlers in the United States are second- or third-generation wrestlers), in lucha libre, family and tradition are on a whole different level. Some families have ten or more members who have all become luchadores and luchadoras.
With this cookbook, I wanted to share the family traditions and favorite dishes of the stars of our incredible sport with recipe seekers and lucha libre fans and enthusiasts around the world. I wanted to collect the rich and varied stories of Mexico’s iconic sports entertainers—from multiple-branched lucha dynasty family trees and the luchadores who broke out of Mexico and became global stars in the 1990s to today’s hottest up-and-coming stars, to individuals who simply worked hard and per-severed to make it on their own, like my mother.
Masked Republic founder and CEO Ruben Zamora described the book as “1 part cookbook, 1 part lucha libre reference book (filled with bios, profiles and stories) and 1 part photo book. What it yields is a recipe for awesomeness!”
Kevin Kleinrock, Masked Republic President and COO added, “As we continue to expand our footprint in publishing, we could not have asked for better partners in producing our first full length book. The teams at Masked Republic and Running Press have truly put together a work of art well beyond any traditional cookbook. From the stories and histories to the images from more than half a dozen of the top photographers who cover the sport to the gorgeous illustrations by internationally acclaimed artist Bene Rohlmann, there simply is not another book on the planet like Eat Like A Luchador.”
Published by Running Press (a division of Hachette Book Group) details on where the book can be purchased around the globe can be found here:
At Masked Republic’s “Expo Lucha Virtual: For The Love of Lucha” live stream this past February, wrestling star and producer Salina de la Renta and her mom prepared their Puerto Rican Cornbread recipe from the book in a super fun Spanglish (with subtitles) segment which can be viewed here: youtu.be/q_NhavubNcI?t=20001
- Fred Rosser recently spoke to WrestleZone and reflected on raising hell on camera with the Nexus.
“My boy Heath Slater, he said it the best; ‘We ain’t young punk kids anymore, we grown-ass men!’ And he’s right. At the time that the Nexus caused havoc, I wasn’t comfortable with myself at all. I mentioned it on the Nexus documentary, the original season of NXT I was on was like a game show and I hated it. I hated it, hated it, hated it, hated it, and that’s how I said it on the documentary—I hated it. It was like a game show and if I wanted to do ‘American Gladiators’ or ‘American Ninja Warrior’ I would have done that. But what NXT is today, it’s incredible and I wish I could come back to NXT and work their style currently. I could hang with them, definitely, but when we did the Nexus, I wasn’t comfortable with myself,” Rosser stated.
“So, during the Nexus documentary, I said I was never comfortable with myself [then]. I was never comfortable on the mic and I say it now—I’m not a promo guy. I’m not like The Rock, and I can strive to be at this point of my career, but I just need to be me. As a kid, I had a stuttering problem and sometimes it comes and goes, but I embrace it and I don’t really care. What you see is what you get, you know? But from causing havoc [with Nexus], that’s history that will never be erased,” Rosser explained, “and the connections that I’ve made with a lot of the guys, Heath Slater, [Michael] Tarver and Ryback, Wade [Barrett], all those guys, I love them to death.”
- Pete Dunne, Ember Moon, Ted DiBiase, LA Knight, and NXT Tag Team Champions MSK will all be guests on next week's episode of The Bump.
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