Luchasaurus Denies He’s Signed With ROH, and Tons More


On the injury that ended his WWE run and almost ended his wrestling career: “Most of the time I was in (WWE) developmental, I was struggling with some pretty severe hip pain. You don’t want to say anything because you would risk losing your spot because there is so much competition down there. So, towards the end, I had a falling out with the coaches and I was ready to leave anyway. I got it checked out. It turned out I had a torn hip labral but also I had torn my abdominal muscles on both sides. So, they had to reconstruct that area, shave down my femur, fix the whole socket. There was a lot of arthritis in there. After a year, there was still a lot of pain. I was still training. But, I wasn’t wrestling. The doctors said, “You might want to consider retiring because you might have arthritis the rest of your life and you may have to have a hip replacement.” At that point, I had the opportunity to do the reality show and get out of my (WWE) contract. I did that. After that was over, I started to go back and did my own research. After I fiinished all that, I went back and started to rehab my hip with my own research. I was able to fully fix my hip. The hip is totally medically cleared. There is no problem. Right now, I’m probably more healthy than I was in WWE Developmental 8 years ago which is crazy.”

On what he learned from WWE Developmental that he still uses: “How to navigate political waters a little better, maybe. (laughs) It is funny. Everything I was doing back then, I don’t do any of it anymore. I learned some things about timing. There was a lot of veterans that you could learn from and talk. But, it wasn’t until I stopped learning wrestling and started to just be me with a character I created that I kind of found myself. So, after I learned all the basics of wrestling and you learn all that really quickly in developmental, you have to get to the next level and you have to figure that out on your own. That is why you see, a lot of times in NXT, most of the guys that are successful are from the indies and a lot of the guys that are home grown have a hard time finding themselves because it is really hard, when you’re being cut out of a factory, to do that.”

On if there will be a Lucha Underground Season 5: “For the most part, everyone has given up hope that there is going to be another season. If people ask for their release, they are releasing them from their contracts. I was only contracted through Season 4. I don’t think I would be a part of it if it did happen because I’ve moved on to other things. I don’t expect it. But, you never can say never in this business.”

On his final thoughts heading into AEW Double or Nothing: “Luchasaurus is going to show the world that life finds a way.”

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