Second-generation luchador Jorge Bolly — better known to ring fans by the aliases El Hijo del Fantasma and King Cuerno — has arrived at the WWE Performance Center.
The 198-pounder from Mexico City boasts two decades of in-ring experience. A veteran of Mexico’s CMLL and AAA promotions, Bolly has held singles and trios titles during his career, and he won AAA’s Antonio Peña Cup in 2017. The son of legendary luchador El Fantasma, Bolly is proficient in classic Lucha libre techniques, combining speed and aerial manoeuvres, including arguably sports entertainment’s most daring tope Suicida.
Bolly isn’t the only new signee to be announced. Also joining the WWE Performance Center is Edgar Lopez, also of Mexico. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 250 pounds, Lopez played football on the Monterrey Institute of Technology’s Borregos Salvajes squad, where he served as the offensive captain. WWE talent scouts discovered Lopez during last December’s tryout in Santiago, Chile.
Last month, the WWE Performance Center welcomed nine new signees, including EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory and former Mae Young Classic competitor Santana Garrett.
Here is WWE’s official announcement. If Edgar Lopez is 20, from Tijuana, and a former member of Mexico national under-20 football team, El Hijo del Fantasma has a very different pedigree. Since contract issues with Lucha Underground, rumours had been running rampant about his coming to WWE. When he lost his mask against La Park at AAA’s TripleMania XVI last year and, a few months later, resigned from AAA, everybody understood it was just a matter a time until we heard the news that broke yesterday.
Jorge Bolly is an 18-year ring veteran, son of El Fantasma who is now the head of the Mexico City Boxing and Professional Wrestling commission. He worked most of his career in Mexico, in CMLL and AAA, until he became King Cuerno for Lucha Underground. The big game hunter was also a collector who, by the end of Season 3, was the owner of the magic gauntlet. His accomplishments and championships in all those promotions are numerous.
In 2017, he appeared on Impact Wrestling, representing AAA at Slammiversary XV show. At Bound for Glory, Team AAA (El Hijo del Fantasma, Pagano & Texano) lost to Team Impact (Ethan Carter III, Eddie Edwards & James Storm) in a Six-man tag team match. Let’s say WWE just signed a complete package, charismatic, with work rate and good look, that can speak Spanish and English and, above all else, has some badass suicide dives.
All pics courtesy of Lucha Libre AAA, Nación Lucha Libre and WWE