Excalibur On Why He Wears A Mask

Excalibur On Why He Wears A Mask

During an interview with Chris Van Vliet, Excalibur revealed the reason behind him wearing a mask. Here’s what he had to say:

It may shock people to learn that I used to wrestle professionally. I started in Southern California, where there is s a big lucha libre tradition, you know, just being north of Mexico and lucha libre being the Mexican style of wrestling. And masks are very prevalent, not only in lucha libre but in all facets of Mexican culture, it’s part of their cultural mythology, basically. And so I took a shine to lucha for two reasons. One, because growing up I was a huge comic book fan and so there was the superhero-esque aspect of it. And two, I just liked the athleticism of lucha and that style of wrestling more than what was kind of happening in the mid-90s in WWF or WCW at the time. And so that led me down a road where then I discovered the Japanese version of lucha, where all these wrestlers would come over from Japan and they were usually junior heavyweight style wrestlers and they would usually come over from Japan, train in Mexico and then go back to Japan. And they started their own promotion, called Universal Pro Wrestling. It was Gran Yimata, was the one that started it and that promotion had very early incarnations of the Great Sasuke, Super Delfin, Taka Michinoku, Gedo, Jado, Ultimo Dragon, you know, all these guys who would go on to be some of the greatest junior heavyweights, and so when I saw that, and I was like, oh my God, that’s even better than lucha because it’s taking some of the harder hitting aspects of the Japanse style, marrying it with that athleticism and that really is my sweet spot for professional wrestling.

You can listen to the interview below:

Credit: Chris Van Vliet. H/T Wrestlezone.

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