The Anglo Luchador
Nickname: The Paladin of PRIME, the Son of the Shogun
First Name: The Anglo Luchador
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
A second generation wrestler, The Anglo Luchador was the oldest and most prodigious of Lorenzo “The Italian Stallion” Battaglia’s five sons. A product of Boricua Academia de Lucha Libre in North Philly under the tutelage of Pedro “El Mofongo” Santamaria, he toured indies and B-level lucha libre promotions before scoring his big break in A1E. His big personality and acerbic tongue saw him shoot up the ranks in short order, capturing the Cyber Championship (the company’s second most prestigious singles championship). His feuds with Canadian Hitman, Beast, and Chip Friendly were the stuff of legends. However, he would hit hard times, going on a monumental losing streak that plunged him into despair and had him turn towards more bitter and underhanded tactics. He saw the light afterwards and began to push towards his ultimate goal, the A1E World Heavyweight Championship. After an unsuccessful push after winning a single-elimination tournament, he came roaring back in the Pier Six Brawl battle royale, winning that and dethroning Beast to capture the highest prize in the company. He left shortly after losing the belt in his first defense.
The Anglo Luchador also started in Empire Pro Wrestling concurrently with his run in A1E. It was here where he was mired in an epic feud with “Your Hero” Sebastian Dodd, but that run was not without fruit. He captured the fed’s Intercontinental Championship, but once again, his eyes were set towards bigger and better goals. Fighting through tough challenges like Rocko Daymon, Shawn Hart, and Lindsay Troy, he finally reached the pinnacle of the company, winning the Empire Pro World Championship. Again, he lost the title in his first defense to perhaps his greatest rival of all-time, “Triple X” Sean Stevens. It was also during this time when he debuted in the storied CSWA where he captured the Greensboro Championship during a truncated run. A year or so after his Championship loss, the Luchador tore his latissimus dorsi and announced his retirement from pro wrestling as an active competitor. While he remained around the business behind the scenes in TEAM, he mostly helped his wife raise two children and keep a house while she worked as an executive in the world of Big Pharma…
…at least until early 2022. The Anglo Luchador returned to PRIME and immediately found himself embroiled in a blood feud against Balaam, the Mask of Malice, the charge of PRIME Hall-of-Famer Hoyt Williams. In the interim, the Luchador has captured the Intense Championship and is ready to face all challengers. His ultimate goal, however, remains the Universal Championship. Can he win it? Can he keep it for more than one defense? Only time will tell…
Theme Music: "Oye Como Va" by Santana
Finishing Move: Japanese Ocean Cyclone SuplexStraight jacket electric chair suplex pin (common counter - break the hand connection; uncommon counters - poison rana)
Common Moves: Knife-edge chop, Butterfly suplex, Back to back stretch (Gory special), La Magistral cradle, Right jab --> left jab --> right cross combo, High velocity snug headlock takeover, Hurricanrana, No-counter enzuigiri, Corner running back elbow, Monkey flip
Trademark Moves: High angle Boston crab, Dragon suplex, DO A BARREL ROLL (Tornillo to the outside), Drizzle-Maker (Ripcord into right cross), Elevated surfboard (Romero special)
Big Match Finish: Karelin Driver (former primary finish - Russian Neck Drop from WWF No Mercy for the N64 Counter - dead weight on the lift portion)
NOTE: TAL does not simply pin his opponent. There's always a clutch or an extra means of capturing them. Even on a lateral press, he's always both hooking the leg and shooting the half.
Common bumps: "inside out" bump on lariats (corkscrew flip to the ground), taking a chest-first bump in the corner and then holding his chest like George Sanford before falling to the mat
The arena darkens. The first dabs of the organ intro to “Oye Como Va” by Santana fill the arena as purple and green lights strobe while the telltale mask of the Anglo Luchador rotate on the PRIMEview behind. Smoke begins to waft across the entryway as the instrumental beginning of the song swells into its big climax. Right before the lyrics sound, The Anglo Luchador appears from the back, looking out at the crowd. He exhales and bows his head before he takes his final stride towards the ring.