Oh Zack Braff, look at what you've done.
Kevin Kleinrock (Masked Republic, Wrestling Society X), Sean "X-Pac" Waltman and Konnan are looking to launch a new online lucha libre series, Viva L.A. Lucha. They've created a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise $60,000 by July 2nd.
Wow, that's a short amount of time for a bunch of people to donate money to some dudes that nobody has heard of and/or don't really like (see "X-Pac Heat").
The goal of Viva L.A. Lucha is twofold: First, it seeks to create an environment where wrestlers who specialize in either the Mexican "lucha libre" form of professional wrestling or the more "traditional"/"WWE style" form can compete with and against each other as a way to become experts in both styles, helping both the individual performers and who need well trained wrestlers to produce their television shows all while ensuring the brightest future for the lucha art form.
Can one of the Kickstarter pledge gifts be if we donate X amount you'll force Sin Cara to wrestle/train there? Cause good lord does he need it.
And, with the unique rewards we have created for this campaign, backers can have an unprecedented say in WHO a wrestling show will feature, HOW some of the talent is used, and get to SEE the actual television taping as it happens including what is normally restricted behind-the-scenes access and uncensored producer commentary as the tapings take place.
WWE already has an app for that. The new most terrible way to watch television!
We also want to be able to take networks a television pilot that is 100% in our vision - including the input from our fans and backers - so that they can see, not just on paper or in a sample reel, what tremendous potential a Viva L.A. Lucha series can have. Often times, leaving the creative process of developing a series WITH a network can lead to the network creating a series in THEIR image and not that of what the fans or producers really want.
Look, I'm not against something like this. I'm not one of those people that thinks competition is necessary for a good product, but I don't think that's what they're trying to do here. It actually seems like they're being realistic with their goals. They don't want to create a competitor to WWE, they want to create a high-end farm club with a national TV deal. I can respect that. Besides, I enjoy Lucha as much as the next wrestling bro, and I'd like to have a place to enjoy it without having to turn my speakers off (if I don't I spend the whole time trying to remember what I learned in freshman Spanish class).
The problem I'm seeing is they went to Kickstarter for help. In order to properly utilize Kickstarter at this point you have to be pretty famous already, and I'm talking actor on "Scrubs" famous, not "Clarissa Explains it All" famous. Not every celebrity is going to pull it off. Melissa Joan Hart's Kickstarter to get a movie made bombed terribly, and she was once considered America's sweetheart. If we're not willing to throw money to Sabrina the Teenage Witch, what chance does K-Dawg have?
Look, I really hope this gets off the ground and they make their pilot and Lucha comes back to the states in force, and if you want to contribute go here and throw them some dough. But, the fact that I've been refreshing their Kickstarter page for the past 3 hours and it's still set to $660 pledged doesn't fill me with a ton of confidence.
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