In the wake of Hulk Hoganâs racist outburst about his daughter dating a black man, another racially charged issue has emerged from the weird and wild world of pro wrestling.
TNA wrestling star Tigre Uno, who has also wrestled for Mexicoâs AAA (Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion) promotion as Extreme Tiger (sometimes written as Xtreme Tiger) has issued an open challenge to US Presidential candidate Donald Trump, over statements made by the latter regarding Mexican immigrants in the US.
Trump, himself an inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame and a personal friend of WWE boss Vince McMahon, made a number of ill-conceived public speeches wherein he blamed illegal Mexican immigrants for bringing drugs and crime to the country, before further suggesting that Mexican immigrants were more likely to be rapists than anybody else in the US.
He then promised that, if elected, he would build a great wall along the US/Mexican border. And no, Mr. Trump wasnât trying to audition for Robert De Niroâs role in Machete either...
In an act of sheer, thoroughbred lunacy, Trump announced his desire to be US President by uttering the following âTheyâre sending us not the right people,â he said, followed by âThe US has become a dumping ground for everyone elseâs problemsâ and also âTheyâre sending people that have lots of problems and theyâre bringing their problems,â
âTheyâre bringing drugs, theyâre bringing crime, theyâre rapists, and some I assume are good people but I speak to border guards and they tell us what we are getting.â He went on.
Mr. Trump then declared that the American Dream was dead and that current President Barack Obama had turned the US into a third world country- which is actually quite funny, when one considers that, if his statements were accurate, the opulence in which Mr. Trump actually lives would make him the latter day equivalent of a feudal lord.
In response to this nonsensical tirade, Tigre Uno began to author a series of Tweets challenging Trumpâs views. He then delivered a heartfelt interview â" in Spanish - to the viewers of TNAâs most recent Impact Wrestling broadcast. The video package featured shots of Tigre in his hometown of Tijuana speaking with local people and spending time with his children.
In a surprisingly cool and patient manner, the masked luchador said âI believe that Mexico is a great country. I have lived my whole life here in Tijuana. Mexicans are just passionate about our people. We are so proud of our history, who we are. We are very hard working people, we love our country. We are so proud of our culture and we love our lifestyleâ
When asked to discuss Trumpâs claims, Tigre responded, âMostly all Mexicans who come to America are good people. They are good workers. They are artists, they are plumbers, they are carpenters, they are construction workers â" some are even landlords. The people who come to the United States work hard, they come to do good things, come to make a life for themselves and their familiesâ
Then, his point made, Tigre officially challenged Donald Trump to come to the next Impact Wrestling broadcast, saying, âIâm going to show you who a real Mexican is and who the real Mexicans who came here to work are. Not all Mexicans are bad. Iâm Tigre Uno and I invite you to come to Impact Wrestlingâ
Fans have criticized TNA for attempting to capitalize on the furor surrounding Trumpâs comments, but the reality is that Tigre originally made his statements without consulting the company and that TNA only became involved once they had ascertained that Tigre was indeed the author of the Tweets.
If Trump does turn up for the taping (which, quite frankly, would be a huge surprise in and of itself), heâs in for a long night. Trained by Rey Misterio Sr (Uncle of former WWE Champion Rey Mysterio), Tigre Uno has a long history not only of brutal, all out ring wars featuring tables, ladders and the like, but also of performing graceful aerial maneuvers that seemingly defy gravity.
Tigre is the current reigning TNA X-Division Champion and has also held AAAâs Cruiserweight and Tag Team Championships, as well as winning the 2011 Rey de Reyes (King of Kings) tournament.
Yes, wrestling may be a scripted show, but that doesnât mean that Tigre couldnât do some serious damage to Trump if he got the chance...