Sunday, October 28, 2012

Boo: Tag, You're It

Meet Laser Tron
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

In the 80's wrestling was obviously much different than it is today. At least main stream wrestling is.  Case in point, yet another crazy character based off something from pop culture.  This time it was LaserTron.

The masked man was actually Hector Guerrero of the famous Guerrero family.  I'm still not sure why the NWA felt the need to put him under the mask and crazy costume, which was a tribute to the popular game, Laser Tag.  LaserTron wrestled as a face and teamed up from time to time with the "Boogie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant.  The two were mildly successful as a unit, most notably feuding with the New Breed, a couple of weird guys who thought they were from the future.  Tron and Valiant teamed up in the second annual Crockett Cup Championship Tournament but didn't make it past round one.

 However, Tron did enjoy some success on his own.  He held the NWA Jr. Heavyweight Championship for several months in 1987 before vacating it to leave the company.  The gimmick seemed to have a short shelf life and I believe took away from the very talented Guerrero.

Hector returns...
as Gobbledy Gooker

But that's just one awesomely lame gimmick Hector had to work in his career.  About three years after LaserTron got zapped into the future, he burst from a giant egg and became the Gobbledy Gooker; a wrestling turkey.

Despite the gimmicks he's faced, Hector Guerrero has proven himself in the ring.  And while fans may look back and groan at these story lines, I remember them fondly.  Thanks for the memories.


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