AEW star Sammy Guevara was recently the guest on Talk is Jericho. Here are some highlights….
On his time in Lucha Underground:
“That was a cool little thing going on. I only did Season 4. It almost didn’t happen because I was signed on to Aro Lucha. I got in there because of Konnan. I almost felt like he didn’t care about me until he realized I was Cuban.”
On his deal with Aro Lucha making things complicated with Lucha Underground:
“Lucha Underground wanted first rights, but I said that I had signed with Aro Lucha, so they said that they couldn’t sign me. I think there were some passport issues going on so those guys couldn’t film, and then they hit me up at like 10 p.m. and asked me if I can get to a 6 a.m. flight tomorrow,” explained Guevara. “I said I could, but I asked them if they sorted everything out with Aro Lucha because they were going to do this working agreement, and they said it was fine, they worked it out. Due to the fact that it was so last minute, they didn’t change my name or anything. They asked me what they wanted my name to be, and I said that all my ring gear says Sammy Guevara so they said, ok, well, you’re Sammy Guevara.”
On having some opportunities with WWE:
“I did a couple of dark matches and when Adam Rose was doing his Rosebuds. I had an actual match with The Matadores, Primo & Epico. It was me and Laredo Kid. We had a really cool match. I did the 630 but I missed it but I was like, I’m showing out. Shout out to those guys they gave us more than they had to. I remember when the ref was making the three-count, he was saying how this was the greatest dark match he has ever seen. It was funny too because he was saying thank you as he was pinning me.”
On his WWE tryout:
“I did have a WWE tryout in 2017, but I think it was just for me to get into the system. It was definitely a difficult tryout. I was doing a bunch of cardio leading up to that. I had the elevation masks on. They were making us run the ropes, dropping down over bags, high knees holding on to the top ropes. We would do that in 5 different rings, and then line back up and do all sorts of different stuff. William Regal was there; Norman Smiley was there. Ricky Starks was in the tryout as well.”
“I don’t think any wrestler got signed. I think a collegiate wrestler got signed. It felt that if you want to do this for a living f**k you, but these models, ex-Football players they treated them really good and almost shame on you for actually wanting to be a wrestler. It seemed like when the cameras were on they really played it up. It felt like a whole gimmick to me because everyone was chill until the cameras were on and suddenly they start drilling and yelling at you. I’m like, alright, I see what this is. It definitely opened up my eyes because I wouldn’t want to be there, maybe not ever, but certainly not now just because of the way they treated me. Maybe it’s different now, I don’t know, but during that time I saw that unless I was a somebody it’s going to be hell here.”
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