By Brian “Flair” Kelley
What do John Cena, The Rock, Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin all have in common? They each followed the footsteps of Wrestling Legend Mil Máscaras who went from being a Superstar in the sport of wrestling to being a star on the big screen.
Thanks to Ring of Honor, the Midwest wrestling fans got to meet living legend Ric Flair in St Louis this past March. Later this month on April 29th in Ottawa Kansas NWA Dynamo invites you for what could be a once in a lifetime chance to meet the Lucha Libra’s version of America’s Hulk Hogan, Mil Máscaras.
Mil Máscaras who is nicknamed “The Man of a 1,000 Masks” is not only a hero in Mexico but his contributions to the sport of wrestling changed wrestling around the world. He is credited with becoming one of the first masked luchadores outside of Mexico to be cheered outside his home country. Máscaras was blessed with great size and conditioning that permitted him to Main event around the world. He thrilled the fans with his great knowledge of the wrestling moves and was able to awe them as he was one of the first wrestlers to introduce the high-flying moves of lucha libre, such as the plancha and tope suicida.
His impact on the wrestling world has had ringing endorsements from his peers, The original Tiger Mask, has described Máscaras’ impact on Japanese professional wrestling, “If it weren’t for Mil Mascaras, there would be no Jushin Liger, Último Dragón or the Great Sasuke today,”. Younger fans should know that Mascaras’ success in the US also paved the way for other luchadores such as Rey Mysterio, Jr., who just recently won the WWE Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania. Just imagine if you combined John Cena and Rey Mysterio then what you would have is Mil Máscaras. A man who had the power and flew with ease, one could say the perfect wrestler.
Just like Elvis Presley, Mil Máscaras’s physique, colorful attire and flamboyant personality had the fans begging to see more of the star outside his profession. Mascaras gave the fans what they wanted and went to star in movies. His self titled film “Mil Máscaras” in 1966 jumped started a career in the movies that have spanned five decade long.
One of the very first Wrestling pop culture icons Mil Mascaras, is immortalized with his own action figure.
On April 29th you can join Mascaras as he will be filming a special match for sequel to his last movie “Mil Mascaras: Resurrection” originally title Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy.Join NWA Dynamo Pro Wrestling for one of the biggest wrestling events in the Midwest of 2009 when Hollywood and wrestling meet once again.
Straight from the NWA Dynamo Wrestling office
Pro wrestling returns to Ottawa, Ks. when NWA Dynamo Pro presents a night of exciting action culminating in a huge main event where former NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Tony Kozina takes on the “Man of 1,000 Masks” Mil Mascaras. Mr. Mascaras will be filming scenes for his latest film project titled Mil Mascars: Aztec Revenge through out the evening. Come be a part of this historic night of action an possibly end up seeing your face on the silver screen.
N.W.A. Dynamo presents a most unique match-up as former 2-time N.W.A. World Jr. Heavyweight Champion, Tony Kozina squares off against the Legendary “Man of a thousand masks” Mil Mascaras on Wednesday night, April 29th 2009 in Ottawa, Kansas, just outside of Kansas City.
Kozina went off in a post-match interview after Chikara’s King of Trios in Philadelphia on March 29th. “For 12 long years I’ve sat by quietly, and respectfully while I’ve been passed over, and underrated. Well today it stops, because I will sit quietly no longer. I issue a challenge to any and all promotions across the globe, and to every world class professional wrestler around the world! Tony Kozina will sit quietly no longer. I’m gonna be here year after year until I face the very best and earn my place among the very best in wrestling. You can’t break my spirit.
You can’t break my will, nor can you break my determination, because I am unbreakable!!”
With that, this unusual challenge was met by one of the greatest and most famous Luchadores in wrestling history. In a rare U.S. appearance, Mil Mascaras, coming in from Mexico City, Mexico, will take the stage to face the brash and determined Tony Kozina in a match that will no doubt give the Pacific Northwest native exactly what he wants. A chance to face the very best in professional wrestling from around the world.
National Guard Armory
208 West 17th Street
Get your tickets now for this once in a lifetime event at NWA Dynamo Pro Wrestling.