Mach 1 Wrestling (a NWA affiliate) is a SoCal promotion that runs Friday shows and a training school. I actually interviewed Madrid back in September 2011. The Madrid interview can be accessed here. Rosas joined PWG last fall, and he is now a part of Joey Ryan’s Dynasty stable along with Scorpio Sky and Peter Avalon.
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Thoughts from Ray Rosas:
The first and only (to my knowledge) meeting between the two of us. A battle of young lions main evented the American Sports Center in Anaheim that night. It was one of my favorite matches of 2011. We were both on hot streaks in Mach 1 Wrestling leading into this match and only one of us would continue on with our winning ways. This was a dream match for a few of the fans. Many claimed Nick and I looked similar. I guess all long-haired Latinos look the same.
Nick is an epitome of a babyface. Making sure he high fives every single person in the room. Something I do make sure to point out. You can immediately see the contrast between the hero and the villain. Nick in his bright and vibrant outfit and me in my all black attire. Our differences were just as interesting as our similarities. Nick had the Tornado DDT and the Single Leg Boston Crab. I had the Double Arm DDT and traditional Boston Crab. Nick had his Lance Storm influence while I had my Chris Jericho inspired mannerisms.
Matches like this, the type that people were intrigued to see, you just can’t rush into them. We had to take our time, make them wait. Make them want it. The match started with some basic chain wrestling. Something that lacks here in SoCal. Before things could get going, I make my retreat. Make them wait a little longer. I remember walking back through the curtain and surprising the people working the small concession table. They just stared at me wide-eyed. I just laughed at them and walked back to the ring.
Once it got going it was a good back and forth match. It had all of my favorite elements in a match. It was all about the storytelling. He hits me with bridging Northern Lights Suplex and I answer back with a bridging German Suplex. It was a game of one-upmanship. We also had some creative counters to each other’s signature moves. We would eventually hit our moves but the fans had to watch us work to execute our signature moves.
The set up to the superplex is one of my favorite parts, when the crowd was chanting for me to fall and then the applauds we received after it. The Superplex is one of my favorite moves. We even put in a little wink to the fans that think we look a like when I put on a Nick Madrid t-shirt and try to give Nick his own finishing move which ultimately leads to my own destruction.
This turned out to be my last match for M1W for 2011. It was a great match to end my run for the company. I’m still waiting for a rematch though…
Thoughts from Nick Madrid:
People have often compared and confused Ray and I. Sure we’re both Hispanic, handsome, have long amazing locks of hair, and facial hair, but other than that, I don’t see what’s so confusing. But I digress… So naturally, wrestling each other was inevitable and something I had been looking forward to for a very long time.
We finally got the chance last summer for Mach 1 Wrestling. Ray has been wrestling for a little over a year longer than myself and I looked at this as an opportunity to test myself against and learn from someone who I respect and regard as a great talent.
I was taught that you should never stop learning in Professional Wrestling, and for the time being, I’m still in a position where I’m surrounded by and get to wrestle people who have been around longer than I have. I have said this many times before, but I truly value each and every one of those opportunities because each and every one of those wrestlers has something to offer me in my quest to be the best and I never waste a chance to learn and get a little bit closer to fulfilling my dream.
I had a lot of fun that night back in August. I feel like Ray challenged me in our match to get more creative if I was going to keep up with him and I left feeling like I had grown as wrestler from having to do so. I hope that this isn’t the only time we get to wrestle each other as this was nearly a year ago and we have both grown a lot since then. I think I can speak for both of us when I say that I would love to do it again given the chance.
Recap from TJ Hawke:
Rosas put himself over in the ring, and then Madrid came out and made sure to high-five or hug everyone in the crowd. HEELS! BABYFACES! Madrid is in the blue tights, and Rosas is in the black tights. I point this out because these two look somewhat similar (on screen at least).
Rosas rolled to the outside early, and he then actually walked to the back. The crowd started mocking him with the “Na, na, na, Goodbye” song. Rosas was offended and came back out. Madrid hit a dropkick, a monkey flip, and a butterfly suplex: 1…2…No. Madrid then locked in a single leg crab (an ode to his trainer, Lance Storm, perhaps). Rosas made it to the ropes and then low-bridged Madrid to the outside. Rosas started to get the heat after that. Eventually, Madrid came back with a back body drop, a Stinger Splash, and a bridging Northern Lights Suplex: 1…2…NO! Rosas came back with a bridging German suplex: 1…2…NO! Rosas went to the top rope, and the crowd chanted “FALL, FALL, FALL!” Awesome. Madrid met him at the top rope and hit a superplex: 1…2…NO! Madrid went for his swinging DDT finish, but Rosas reversed it into a Boston Crab! Madrid made the ropes! Rosas grabbed and put on Madrid’s official T-Shirt and went for the Swinging DDT, but Madrid blocked it and hit a Side Effect: 1…2…NO! Madrid took his shirt back, said, “There can only be one” and hit The Running of the Bulls (swinging DDT): 1…2…3!
This was a really fun match that kept the crowd invested the entire time. I really liked the idea of Rosas trying to get into Madrid’s head by imitating him (was it a meta joke about how they look alike?* ), and that Madrid did not let it get to him. Rosas is already in PWG, and I think Madrid will be there soon enough.
*I wrote that line before Rosas revealed that yes, they did that spot for the fans who think they look alike.