CMLL’s Mistico, Volador Jr., and Hechicero recently challenged the Blackpool Combat Club to a match at Arena Mexico.
In a digital exclusive video, Jon Moxley and Claudio Castagnoli of the Blackpool Combat Club responded to the challenge and teased an appearance on CMLL’s home turf.
Moxley said, “The luchadores of CMLL stand in solidarity against the forces of AEW and the elite of the elite, the Blackpool Combat Club. Things haven’t gotten too out of hand yet. War is an ugly, terrible thing. But in sport, competition, it can be beautiful. Professional wrestling, the greatest sport in the world, transcends borders and cultural barriers. The struggle in the ring, the human struggle of the man in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who if he fails, fails daring greatly. Questions are answered in the arena. Since the time of David versus Goliath. In this case, whose style is superior? Lucha Libre, national heritage, with all its idiosyncrasies, or the style of the Blackpool Combat Club? We don’t have a style. The BCC is decades and decades, a lineage of knowledge, shared, passed in, preserved, and protected. So in this story, the BCC, should we walk into Arena Mexico, be David or Goliath? The answer is, we’re both.”
Castagnoli said, “You picked a fight with this guy, my friend, Jon Moxley. You thought you just picked a fight with the biggest star in AEW. Prison rules, right? You go after the biggest, baddest guy you can, just to make a name for yourself. You know what? Kudos for that. What you didn’t expect is you picked a fight with me. See, my story with CMLL goes back 15,16,17 years, when I just started in the United States. I was like, you know what? Lucha Libre. Over 100 years worth of heritage. That’s what I want to learn. That’s what I want to get good at. Every week, I ordered the DVDs. Every week, I watched the shows, and I went down to Mexico for a week straight. I went to the offices of CMLL, begging for a chance. A week went by, a week and a half went by. I got rejected every single day. So you know what I did? I just became the best luchador there is. Not out there in the arena, in the back. In the dark, where nobody was watching. I trained day in and day out, and now here you are, trying to show off what Lucha Libre actually is to the great audience of AEW, and you got showed up by the Blackpool Combat Club because we train when nobody’s looking, because we work when others stop. That’s what we do. Then you invite us to your house. See, we didn’t invite you to come here because this is our house, our rules. But you invite us to your house? If you do that, su casa is gonna be nosto casa.”
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CMLL’s Mistico, Volador Jr., and Hechicero have issued a challenge to the Blackpool Combat Club for a match at Arena Mexico. In response, Jon Moxley and Claudio Castagnoli of the Blackpool Combat Club released a digital exclusive video teasing their appearance on CMLL’s home turf.
Moxley began by acknowledging the unity of the luchadores of CMLL against the forces of AEW and the elite Blackpool Combat Club. He emphasized that while war is an ugly thing, competition in professional wrestling can be beautiful. Moxley highlighted how wrestling transcends borders and cultural barriers, stating that the struggle in the ring answers questions and showcases the human struggle. He posed the question of whose style is superior: Lucha Libre or the style of the Blackpool Combat Club. Moxley concluded by stating that both styles have their merits and that they will bring their best to Arena Mexico.
Castagnoli, on the other hand, directed his message specifically to Mistico, Volador Jr., and Hechicero. He commended them for picking a fight with Jon Moxley, thinking they were going after the biggest star in AEW. However, Castagnoli revealed his own history with CMLL, dating back 15 to 17 years when he started in the United States. He expressed his admiration for Lucha Libre and his determination to learn and excel in it. Castagnoli shared how he trained relentlessly, even when nobody was watching, to become the best luchador he could be. He emphasized that the Blackpool Combat Club trains and works when others stop, showcasing their dedication and commitment. Castagnoli warned that if Mistico, Volador Jr., and Hechicero invite them to their house, they will show them that “su casa is gonna be nosto casa.”
The video response from the Blackpool Combat Club has created a buzz among wrestling fans, eagerly anticipating the showdown between these two formidable teams. The challenge between CMLL and the Blackpool Combat Club represents a clash of styles and traditions, with Lucha Libre’s rich heritage pitted against the lineage and knowledge of the Blackpool Combat Club.
The Blackpool Combat Club’s response also highlights the respect they have for Lucha Libre and their determination to prove themselves on CMLL’s home turf. This match has the potential to be a thrilling display of athleticism, skill, and storytelling, showcasing the best of both Lucha Libre and the Blackpool Combat Club’s unique style.
Wrestling fans will have to wait and see how this challenge unfolds and whether the Blackpool Combat Club will indeed make an appearance at Arena Mexico. Until then, the anticipation continues to grow as these two teams prepare to collide in what promises to be an epic battle in the world of professional wrestling.