Daniel Garcia Set For Indy Wrestling Breakout After Strong Showings On Wrestlemania Weekend
Wrestlemania weekend in recent years has been a big business chance for not only WWE, but numerous other promotions as well. With so many wrestling fans in the area for WWE’s biggest show of the year, why not throw your hat into the ring and see if you can’t earn some fans in the process. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic still being an issue, 2021 wasn’t the biggest year for this, but companies like GCW, Limitless and more were sure to get as many shows as safely possible in. Most of these shows aired through IWTV, and shared a lot of talent. However, one man stood out among the rest, that being Daniel Garcia.
AEW & WWE Fans Had Some Exposure To Garcia
For those who watch both AEW Dark & WWE NXT, you might recognize the name Daniel Garcia. He worked at both companies recently. WWE had him in for a match with Tyler Rust in NXT, a match which many felt he outshined Rust and should have been signed. They even filed for a trademark which many felt was for Garcia, in Dante Rios, a name which remains unused.
AEW had Garcia in 2020, where he’d team with Kevin Blackwood to take on Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela in tag team action on AEW Dark, as well as a second match against The Butcher & The Blade. He’d actually speak on his time with AEW during an appearance on Wrestling Inc. Daily Podcast back in March, saying the following.
“AEW Dark was my first wrestling match back after a global pandemic, which is very cool. It felt right. It felt like I belonged there, and I felt like I was meant to be there. I’m not going to say I don’t get nervous wrestling or anything because obviously, that’s natural. Everyone’s gonna get nervous.” He’d mention similar sentiments with NXT, saying he felt natural and it was low pressure.
Garcia didn’t sign with either promotion at the time, which might have been for the best. Since those appearances, he’s raised his stock with some incredible matches over Wrestlemania weekend.
Daniel Garcia Could Be The Star The Indies Have Been Lacking
In recent years due to the rise of AEW, the constant signings of WWE, and COVID-19 shutting the industry down briefly, there really hasn’t been a hyped star on the indies for a while now. Some names like Lee Moriarty, AJ Grey and more have been rising up, and stalwarts like Nick Gage are always going to be around, but Daniel Garcia might have just established himself as the must see name of the indies after Wrestlemania weekend.
However, what made him a star of the weekend was his consistency and work ethic. Garcia, like many others, worked many matches that weekend. He worked eight in total, and while I have only been able to watch three of them so far, by all reports he was a show stealer every time.
His biggest recent match was a defense of the Limitless Wrestling World Title over Lee Moriarty in a Submission match on April 16th in Maine. Right now, he’s either number one or number two on the indies alongside Lee Moriarty, that is just up to personal opinion. This match is available on IWTV, and could be considered a must see.
At only 22 years old, he’s becoming one of the best wrestlers around and can only go up from here. He’s got his foot in the door with WWE & AEW, feels comfortable at both, and now could be one of the hottest names of the indies. Garcia wants to keep getting better to grow as a professional wrestler, and who knows where he could be in even just a few years. His next step is another title defense with JD Drake, as his evolution continues.
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