Pro Wrestling Superstars of the Past, Present and Future on Display and Direct to You
By Drew Archer
For pro wrestling fans, the squared circle has always been a place where memories are made. For some, memories are all that’s left of the sport’s greatest performers. Now fans get a chance to walk down memory lane to see some of the all-time greats do what they do best in rare footage that covers years in the business. Pro Wrestling Superstars – Past, Present and Future presents Wrestling’s Lost Treasures premiers June 7, exclusively on the GFL Combat Sports Network at GFL.tv.
The 15-match, 3-hour extravaganza showcases many of the top pro wrestlers in the business. The pay-per-view has something for every pro wrestling fan and the lineup reads like a hit list of some of the greatest in-ring performers and entertainers the business has produced in the last 30 years.
One highlight of the show is sure to be the 3-way match between Eddie Guerrero VS Rey Mysterio, Jr., VS CM Punk. All three men have held WWE World Championships in their storied careers and the match should be quite a treat for fans of the fast-paced athletic style that all three wrestlers have used as the cornerstone to their unique styles. The match also offers a chance to look to the past and remember Eddie Guerrero, a legendary man in the game, no longer with us, who carried the WWE not only in the ring as World Champion but who also broke the mold and opened doors for future wrestlers cut from the same cloth to be able to main event at the WWE level. For Guerrero’s legacy you need look no further than the opponents in this match, Rey Mysterio, Jr. and CM Punk to see the trailblazing and impact Guerrero had on the business continues today at its highest echelon. Mysterio, Jr. wrestles without a mask so for newer fans this is an opportunity to see what the masked luchador looks like. For fans of CM Punk this is also a unique chance to see him in the ring with two other wrestlers that can go hold for hold and step for step with him. A classic match to be sure, from three of the business’s top grapplers.
The return of Sid Vicious also highlights this event. After suffering a nearly career-ending leg injury at a WCW pay-per-view event back in 2001, Sid makes his triumphant return to the ring for the first time following that terrible accident that broke his lower leg in half. As one of the select few to be World Champion in both the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Vicious is a legend in the sport and one that deserves to have his return match viewed by the same fans that witnessed him suffer such a horrific, debilitating and devastating injury. The return of Sid Vicious is the return of one of the few giants in the business to change the game. An athletic big man, Vicious no doubt will look to unload some of the power moves that made him so special and such a fan favorite.
This event also showcases the magnificent Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan in WWE) VS Kid Kash VS Extremo in another athletically-based match. With no time restraints, these three should tear down the house. Amazing Red VS Xavier compete in what will no doubt be a display of aerial moves that is hard to top. Both Amazing Red and Xavier have made a name on the regional circuit and have competed in front of TNA and ROH fans, respectively. For fans that only watch national wrestling promotions, you will get a healthy dose of creative artistry in this bout that you can’t see on the USA or Spike channels.
ROH stalwarts El Generico and Steve Corino also appear on this pay-per-view presenting their cutting-edge ring work. El Generico is featured in two matches, one of which is against former PWG World Tag Team partner “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen. For fans that have never witnessed El Generico in action, this event is a great opportunity to watch the peculiar and charisma-enhanced enigma that is El Generico. Steve Corino battles ECW veteran Balls Mahoney in a Last Man Standing match. “The King of Old School” is sure to pull out all of the stops that have made him a fan favorite for over a decade. For Mahoney, always one of the more hardcore wrestlers, a Last Man Standing match is the right environment to push the envelope of violence and take this match to the extreme.
When talking violence there in no one who has made a career out of dishing it out more than Abdullah the Butcher. Abdullah has sliced and diced his way through almost every territory in the world with his unique ability to inflict pain on others and himself. No doubt Wrestling’s Lost Treasures will highlight some of the Butcher’s most bloody matches. If for no other reason, get to see what a real outlaw in professional wrestling looks like as Abdullah the Butcher takes on the late Dino Bravo and others.
With professional wrestling becoming more and more corporate every year, Wrestling’s Lost Treasures presented by Pro Wrestling Superstars – Past, Present and Future, is a chance to rewind the tape and see the art form with no limitations – no commercials, no time restraints and no artistic restrictions. For 3 hours fans get to see some of the best pro wrestling has to offer from its past, present and future stars.