Masked Republic has taken the next step in helping bring more luchadores to the United States of America.
Masked Republic is in the business of trying to help grow the footprint of all luchadores in all forms of branding and media in today's rapidly changing landscape. In the past, they have secured t-shirt deals with Hot Topic, ran fan conventions, joined the video game market, and more.
Now, Masked Republic has secured a group visa to bring at least 49 luchadores (one Visa was slated to go to the late Super Porky before his passing.) to the United States of America including names like Ultimo Dragon and Tajiri that fans would know from their time in other major promotions in the United States.
Speaking with Sports Illustrated, Kevin Kleinrock explains how important this will be for up-and-coming luchadores.
“Masked Republic exists largely for the benefit of luchadores,” says Kevin Kleinrock, Masked Republic’s president and COO. “That includes contract understanding and negotiation, IP exploitation to create streams of revenue and royalties, and making sure the talent can come and work in the United States.”
He added, “It’s been more and more difficult for talent to get visas, and some had visas, but they were delayed or expired because of the pandemic. We reached a point where a lot of top luchadores and up-and-coming luchadores couldn’t get one, and we wanted to help solve that. Now that this opportunity has presented itself, we’re so excited to further expand lucha libre beyond the borders of Mexico.”
According to the article, the following names are included in those receiving work visas:
- Último Dragón
- Great Sasuke
- Psycho Clown
- LA Park
- Aero Star
- Super Crazy
- Hijo de Octagón
- Mr. Iguana
- Súper Astro Jr.
- Lady Apache
- Damian 666
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