Show: Interactive Wrestling Radio courtesy of
Guest: Johnny Mundo (fka John Morrison)
Your Hosts: Patrick Kelley & James Walsh
Lucha Underground is headed to Texas for a show outside their home of Los Angeles as part of the SXSW Fest that will pay homage
to Latino culture in America and will be attended by such high profile names as President Obama. On March 15th, you can catch a
full Lucha Underground card at the event. Be sure and check out
One of the biggest names appearing at the event will be the former John Morrison, Johnny Mundo who has helped lauch Lucha
Underground and establish it for its second season with season 3 already confirmed by the El Rey Network. You can catch Lucha
Underground every Wednesday night on El Rey. Check your local TV listings!
In our interview, where we were given 10 minutes as part of a press day, we make the most of our time with Mr. Mundo. Enjoy!
JOHNNY MUNDO :
On being Johnny Mundo:
"It is funny you bring that up. I'm getting noticed more and more as Johnny Mundo! In the past years, I would get called John Morrison. But, in the past year, especially around Los Angeles, people say Johnny Mundo!"
On Lucha Underground's bringing Mexican style wrestling to an American audience:
"You nailed it, that is exactly what it is doing. It is the first time in America that lucha has been shown in a polished and produced way. It is shot in English. The blend of Lucha and American psychology is what is really exciting to me being on the show."
On what makes Lucha Underground different from the other alternatives on Wrestling TV:
"I think that is the important thing, blending the two. Growing up with guys like the Bushwackers, Shawn Michaels, Ultimate Warrior, and Hulk Hogan... I'm not as excited about watching Lucha without the story behind it. Putting the story behind Lucha is the genius behind Lucha Underground."
On his initial thoughts about the cinematic approach of Lucha Underground:
"When I heard the plan that it was going to be wrestling with the action, I was excited about it. But, that is one of the things about wrestling... Don't believe it until it happens. Lucha Underground has held true to it... It is shot like a gritty action film giving the characters, all the characters, back stories and not just the top main event guys allowing the universe to be mysterious and dark almost in a supernatural way. It has been really great to be a part of it!"
Comparing Season 1 and Season 2:
"A lot of times the first season is when the show is finding its identity and experiencing growing pains. From season 1 to season 2, Lucha has become more polished and everyone has become better at what they do... In front of the ring, behind the ring, the post production guys, the writers... Everybody!"
On his match with Rey Mysterio for the Intercontinental Title in 2009 and if we'll see a rematch in Lucha Underground:
"I've often said that is one of the best matches I ever had in my career. It was the first time I felt like a true babyface in the ring. Yeah, absolutely! I'd love to wrestle Rey Mysterio. He's like the greatest wrestler ever! I don't want to say too much but I definately am going to wrestle Rey Mysterio again and I'm looking forward to having more time in the ring with him."
On the success of Prince Puma who he worked closely with in Season 1:
"Man, I can't say enough about how great he is. Prince Puma is almost as good as I am! (laughs) He's constantly evolving and getting better and better. In the next 5 or 10 years, he's going to go down as one of the greatest wrestlers ever in the sport. But, to see him become more polished and continually evolve as the seasons go on is really cool!"
On who he'd like to work with in Lucha Underground but hasn't yet:
"Phoenix. I've been in the ring with him in tag matches but I'd love to have a good singles match with him."
On a possible return to World Wrestling Entertainment:
"Sure, I'd consider it. But, I don't think I'm going to have to. I have a feeling as time goes on, Lucha Underground is going to continue to get bigger and better and expand as a more viewed promotion. I'm really happy with where I'm at!"