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– by Tim Jousma

I had the chance to sit down with Taya, one of the stars of the El Rey Network show Lucha Underground. We discussed her career, the state of women’s wrestling, plus what fans can expect from the Mid Season premiere of Lucha Underground on May 31st.

LRM: What do you say to critics of inter-gender wrestling?

Taya: I say it’s 2017 and get over yourself. I think that they just need to open their eyes and their minds and see how awesome it is. You cannot think of this, for example, people bring up my match with Brian Cage and they’re like ‘Oh, it seems like he was beating up a woman.’ and it was all this domestic violence…What are you talking about? First of all, like, I’m the one that chose to be in that match. I’m the one that put myself in that position because I know my ability and my capability and my talent, you know? This is two athletes fighting to see who’s the best. And he got me that one time but who knows if it will happen again? I think it’s funny when people have a problem with it. I think that the world is changing and it’s amazing. Don’t be scared of what you don’t understand. Just watch and try to understand what it is. It’s not a man verses a woman. It is two wrestlers, two athletes, fighting to see who is the best.

LRM: What can we expect from Taya and the World Wide underground in the remaining Season 3 episodes of Lucha Underground?

Taya: Oooh, I really feel like Taya’s presence is a lot stronger in the second half of the season. My favorite matches in season 3 have not even aired yet. So there’s going to be a lot of cool surprises. The World Wide Underground is ruling the Temple as usual. We have lots of cool stuff, lots of cool matches and vignettes and it’s going to be as crazy as ever so I can’t wait for everybody to start watching in a few weeks. May 31st, we start up again for the second half of season 3 on El Rey Network.

I’d like to thank Taya and El Rey Network for setting up the time to talk about her career and Lucha Underground. Again, the mid-season premiere debuts on El Rey on May 31st. Seasons One and Two of the show are available on Netflix.

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