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Johnny Mundo on Lucha Underground, Rey Mysterio, Working with Stephanie and Shane McMahon

Johnny Mundo

Johnny Mundo recently spoke with wrestlinginc.com, here are the highlights…

What Convinced Him to Sign With Lucha Underground?: “I’d worked with Chris DeJoseph and Chris Roach in WWE. I knew Eric Van Wagenen from the appearance I did on Tough Enough in 2010 with Stone Cold Steve Austin. They told me the plan, and I was told it was going to be a co-pro between Mark Burnett and Robert Rodriguez. It was going to be ten minutes from my house, so I was like ‘yep, sign me up!.’”

On His Reaction to Rey Mysterio Signing: “I was stoked. He came by to check out the Temple. Rey is one of my favorite people in the business. He’s undeniably one of the most talented wrestlers in the history of wrestling. As far as bringing Lucha to America, it started in WCW with Konnan and ECW with Rey, Juvi, Psychosis, and then WWE. I debuted on Smackdown against Rey and Eddie Guerrero in 2005. Hearing that we were going to get him for LU season 2, I was stoked.”

On Working With Shane and Stephanie McMahon: “Aside from the boobs, both had great minds for the business. I enjoyed working with both of them, but Stephanie is probably more of a type A personality and started wrapping her head around the business side of the company and the creative side of the company and really improved herself from when she appeared on camera as a character until now. Shane’s the same way, except he seemed like he was more about the fun.”

On Season Three of Lucha Underground: “Yeah, same location. I think for season 1 & 2, everyone involved got better at their jobs. The talent knows how to wrestle for TV versus wrestling at live events. Mark Burnett’s production crew, season 1 was the first time they filmed wrestling, and now everyone has two seasons of experience. I expect the machine to be more well oiled, the product to be more polished. I don’t think there’s going to be big changes like traveling of PPV for season 3, I think the world is going to continue to grow and get more dark. Stories are going to continue to develop, characters continue to be developed. People who watch LU now will see stories and characters evolved and becomes darker things, different things, more positive things.”

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