Guevara Brings Championship Pedigree to AEW

Sammy Guevara knows a thing or two about championship gold.

That’s why he carries the nickname “The Best Ever” with him to All Elite Wrestling as one of their recent additions at the Double Or Nothing rally last Thursday at the MGM in Las Vegas. The current Cruiserweight Champion of the Lucha Libre AAA promotion has won a total of 11 championships in 7 different promotions throughout his career which is just getting started at the age of 25.

Like another recent AEW acquisition, Kylie Rae, Guevara got his start and trained under WWE Hall of Famer Booker T in his Reality of Wrestling promotion in Texas City, Texas. Guevara said his fascination with wrestling began at a young age while watching WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels perform a moonsault on TV. In a recent interview with ProWrestling.Net’s Anish Vishwakoti, Guevara also spoke about another hero of his with whom he’s had the chance to share a ring.

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“Of course Rey Mysterio, I feel like he was such an influence on so many guys. Growing up I wasn’t the biggest of guys and watching him become world champion and stuff like that, it kind of gave me more confidence. He did it despite his size, so why can’t I?”

Born in Houston, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Guevara quickly began networking after completing his training with Booker T and landed his first match with River City Wrestling of Texas in a six-man gauntlet match on January 6, 2013. He became a four-time champion with RCW. Just over a year later, Guevara claimed his first championship with Inspire Pro Wrestling, winning a three-way ladder match against Barrett Brown and defending champion Ricky Starks at IPW In Their Blood.

Later on in 2014, Guevara worked matches with International Wrestling Cartel, where he began a rivalry with Zemo Ion, also known in Impact Wrestling as DJ Z. Coincidentally, they will renew their rivalry at Warrior Wrestling IV at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights on March 15th. That show will also feature Oak Forest native and fellow AEW talent Kylie Rae taking on another member of the AEW women’s division, Britt Baker, a top indie star and real-life girlfriend of NXT Superstar and leader of the Undisputed Era Adam Cole. Here’s more information on that show:

Guevara was no stranger to competing against top competition while with IPW. He once faced one former NXT Superstar, Sami Callihan, and one current NXT talent, Keith Lee, at Ecstasy of Gold 4 on March 26, 2017. Though “The Best Ever” didn’t win that match, he did later defeat Lee for his second title with IPW, the Pure Prestige Championship, at License to Death Wish.

In fact, Guevara has shared a ring with a host of big names in the industry, including the aforementioned Rey Mysterio. He teamed with the Master of the 6-1-9 and Rey Fenix to defeat Shane Strickland, Black Tauro and Willie Mack. Guevara also defeated Fenix in a singles match put on by Pro Wrestling Guerilla, where “The Best Ever” once defeated Joey Janela and faced Jeff Cobb in the Battle of Los Angeles Tournament.

Guevara’s big-time breakout seemed imminent as he’s had appearances with almost all of the major indie promotions including Impact Wrestling, Major League Wrestling, Full Impact Pro and PWG. He also had a brief cameo with WWE on the April 7, 2015, episode of Main Event. On that show, he worked under the ring name Tony Guevara and teamed with the Laredo Kid to drop a dark match to Diego and Fernando, known as Los Matadores.

As Guevara told ProWrestling.Net’s Anish Vishwakoti, his success comes from the passion he has for the industry. He said he never really saw any other path for himself when he was growing up.

“I’m not like some other guys ya know? I didn’t want to be a football player growing up. I didn’t wanna be a bodybuilder. I didn’t wanna be a model or an actor. I wanted to be a professional wrestler. I wanted to be a Luchador, you know? Since I was eleven, I’ve been chasing that dream, and here we are.”

Though he described himself as a “skinny, half-Cuban kid” with “high hopes and no real understanding of how the pro wrestling world worked” when he began his training, he’s now linked himself with some of the bigger heavyweights in the wrestling world outside of WWE with AEW. He looks to be a rising star on a roster that has a good mix of younger talent and veteran indie names who have worked a long career in pro wrestling circles.

For those who would like to learn more about Guevara, he has created his own YouTube channel where he posts vlogs. You can watch the vlog he posted from the AEW Double Or Nothing rally last Thursday in Las Vegas below:

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Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer ranks three of Guevara’s matches over 4 stars and three more over 3 stars. Guevara earned 4.5 stars in his singles match with Joey Janela at PWG Battle of Los Angeles Tournament. You can watch highlights from that match in 2017 below:

Guevara received another 4.5 star review in a triple-threat match at PWG All-Star Weekend 13 Night 1 when he defeated Flamita and Rey Horus. You can watch video of that match here:

You can follow Guevara on Twitter here, watch his YouTube channel here or visit his site here.

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By Joseph Spencer

I'm a former newspaper sports journalist and avid pro wrestling follower. Huge fan of The Man, Becky Lynch. Personally, a survivor of stage 2 colon cancer who is now in remission and currently works full time as an emergency 9-1-1 police, fire and ambulance dispatcher in central Illinois. Proud graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.