May 16, 2024 - World

Get to know the WWE's Latino stars

Wrestler Damian Priest stands inside a ring with his arms spread out, looking down

Wrestler Damian Priest during a WWE event in France on May 4. Photo: WWE/Getty Images

Latinos are laying a smackdown for their share of the limelight on one of the largest televised wrestling stages.

Why it matters: World Wrestling Entertainment events can be seen in more than 160 countries, and the group has been diversifying and becoming more international over the years.

  • It has over time attracted more U.S. Black and Latino viewers.

State of play: Now a new generation is following in the footsteps of Hall of Famers Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio.

  • That includes Dominik Mysterio, the latter's son, who made his debut in 2020 and is on one of the largest "heel" (or villain) crews, called Judgment Day.
  • One of his teammates is Damian Priest, the ring name of Puerto Rican Luis Martínez and currently the WWE's world heavyweight champion.
  • Other stars include Raquel Rodríguez; Zelina Vega, the reigning winner of the WWE Queen of the Ring tournament; and Raquel Rodríguez, a former NXT Women's Champion and part of the "superstar" lineup in the WWE's Monday night programming, "Raw."

Between the lines: Last year, the WWE merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, whose biggest stars include Brazilian and Mexican fighters such as Brandon Moreno, Alexa Grasso (currently the women's flyweight champion) and Alexandre Pantoja (the men's flyweight champion).

What they're saying: "The dream for us was to be wrestlers, win championships … now we're also much more aware of the example we can give to other Latinos," Damian Priest told Noticias Telemundo last month.

  • "We're here at the top of the WWE stage, but we started very much at the bottom of the organization. And if we could make it, I'm sure many others will follow."

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