​Willie Mack Discusses Lucha Underground & Why He Signed With Them, Steve Austin & More

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During recent interviewwith Ring Rust Radio, Willie Mack revealed why he wound up signing with Lucha Underground, if he’s ever talked with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin about using the “Stunner” and more. Here are some highlights:

On why he signed with Lucha Underground: “I heard about Lucha Underground before because I wanted to try out for [WWE]. I was getting ready to go through the tryouts for them, but then somebody else contacted me in Florida and I wanted to see what that was all about. That didn’t work out too well in Florida, then Lucha reached out to me and I thought, “What do I have to lose?” It was right in town for me and it was the best decision I ever made. It’s fun being down there.”

On what makes Lucha Underground unique: “The thing about Lucha Underground that everybody loves is it caters to everybody. Some people aren’t wrestling fans, but they still tune into our show because they get captured by the storylines and everything else. Then they watch the wrestling along the way so it transitions them into a wrestling fan without actually being a wrestling fan. As far as the wrestling style, I actually trained in lucha libre, so I was already used to the style. I have already wrestled on TV before so I knew how to do that and it wasn’t anything new to me.”

On how his current Lucha Underground storyline with Sexy Star, Marty the Moth and Mariposa came up: “It really just came up out of nowhere. She was trapped in a basement somewhere and I just happened to run into her in the hallway when she escaped. I showed her concern like anyone would in that situation. When there is a moth and a crazy person most people would run the other way and not help Sexy Star. My character is more like to help anybody because it’s the right thing to do.”


On if he’s ever talked to Stone Cold Steve Austin about using the Stunner: “Actually, if Stone Cold likes it, he doesn’t care. A lot of the fans don’t like it and say I stole Stone Cold’s move. I say why aren’t they getting down other people’s throats every time someone throws a dropkick and say they stole that from Mr. Perfect? I would be down to meet him one day and talk about it. As far as I know, he doesn’t have a problem with it. I grew up watching Stone Cold, and when you see someone get hit with the Stunner, you knew that was it. You hopped up off the edge of your seat. Now I am trying to bring that back, and it’s been doing its job so far.”


On hardcore style wrestling: “You hear people talking about how wrestling was back in the day with all this crazy stuff. You had Dusty Rhodes all bloodied up and busted up from the cage or even during his regular matches. Terry Funk did more hardcore stuff back then compared to now. I think we’re taking it back to where it started and just adding some more fire to it, so I am all for it. Me being a California, dude, I grew up watching that XPW stuff so you know how that goes.”

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