Mat Monsters: Mummies part 2

In our first mummy-centric installment, we covered the Mummies of the American South and West, as well as Argentina’s famous La Mumia. We’re not done yet! There are literally miles and miles of bandages covering tons and tons of the shambling and fighting Egyptian undead!

Lucha mummies, Mexico, various

If you aren’t familiar with Mexican luchador movies, you should just stop reading this and get hip. They’re some of the most amazing journeys into weirdness possible, where John Carradine can just randomly show up and battle Mil Mascaras or Santo goes mano y fang with a werewolf.

Mummies show up — of course — as they show up in one of the most famous of these films, Las Momias de Guanajuato (“The Mummies of Guanajuato”), El Santo, Blue Demon and Mil Mascaras team up to fight these reborn creatures. The real Mummies of Guanajuato are naturally mummified bodies that were interred during a cholera outbreak. Conjecture and legend claim that these mummies were buried alive, leading to their frightening expressions. They’re just another part of Mexico’s obsession with death, as they are a noted tourist attraction.

Lucha mummies also appear in the magnificently titled The Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy and Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy.

While we’re staying in Mexico for a bit, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention AAA. A promotion much like Titantes en El Ring, they’ve featured a ton of late creator Antonio Pena’s most fever dream creations, several of which we’ll get to. One of them — Karis la Momia — is of interest here. The fourth wrestler to use this name, he teamed with various horror themed rudos — bad guys — before being repacked as the second La Parka.

Faraon Zaruxx, Puerto Rico, 2000s

The former gimmick of Miguel Perez Jr., we’re not sure who is under the bandages. That said — if you like your mummies fast and able to throw dropkicks, then Faraon just might be the mummy for you.

Mecha Mummy, Japan, 2000s

This robotic Japanese form of the undead has appeared on plenty of high profile events, including the Fukumen World League tournament. Imagine, if you will, a Mazinger style mecha version of a mummy complete with a giant drill arm and a launching fist, and you have an idea of what this guy looks like. A veteran of feuds with Jushin Liger and Minoru Suzuki, he even travelled to America’s Chikara promotion to battle Ken the Box as part of The Osirian Portal, a team of Egyptian-themed wrestlers.

Speaking of his matches with Suzuki, their second encounter must truly be seen to be believed. It’s less a match than an epic journey through life’s mysteries. I won’t ruin it for you, but simply point you in the direction for you to see it for yourself.

The aforementioned Fukumen Masked League also featured mummy-styled grapplers such as The Walking Mummy and Tutankhamen VIII, who nearly lost his bandages in the finals as he battled Summer Santa Claus:

Finally — whew — there are wrestlers in Japan doing the gimmicks of Tutankhamun, Cleopatra and Egyptian Baka (which means Stupid Egyptian). And we haven’t even got to wrestling mummies in manga like Tiger Mask’s Egypt Mirra and Kinnikuman’s Toilet Paper Mummy.

The Yeti, WCW USA, 1990s

Perhaps the most infamous of all mummy gimmicks, The Yeti holds a special place in the black hearts of mat monster fans everywhere. Part of the Dungeon of Doom, a cartoony army of heels who wanted to kill of Hulkamania — brother — The Yeti appeared in a block of ice.

Honestly, I should just devote an entire one of these columns to this weird era of WCW, where Hulk Hogan tapped into the Dark Side to battle the evils of Kevin Sullivan. There was even a Baywatch crossover.

Luckily for all of us, The Yeti would defrost just in time to join The Giant in an attack hug. Yep. His primary weapon was…a hug.

For years, wrestling fans wondered why the Ron Reis-played Yeti (or as Tony Schiavone would say, Yet-Ay) was either a mummy or, when finally defrosted, a giant ninja. Supposedly, WCW had resigned Giant Gonzales, who was to bring in his WWF bigfoot-style gimmick. Trust me — we’ll be getting to that and other Bigfoot gimmicks soon enough.

In the nascent days of internet wrestling fandom, the rumor was that The Yeti was played by a man named Rob Mayzie, who was also Prince Kharis of Smoky Mountain Wrestling fame. Instead of rushing through the history of one of the greatest wrestling mummies, instead, our next — and final — mummy installment will focus on Kharis and feature an exclusive interview with Rob on just how he ended up under all the bandages! Until then, stay scary!

Thanks to Kurt Brown for his help in this story. Article originally appeared at http://www.thatsnotcurrent.com/mat-monsters-son-wrestling-mummy/

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