Crimson vs Luchasaurus (Vibora)
Mayweather vs Austin Matelson, the battle of the talls. Crimson (TNA) vs Luchasaurus of AEW and the indies aka Vibora (Lucha Underground) and Tommy Mercer vs Judas Devlin (NXT). One can only imagine the collision of these two sky-high athletes. Luchasaurus’s asai moonsault alone is a spectacle on tall opponents. With Crimson’s TNA fame and Lucha Underground’s accepted Vibora persona, these two could come to face each other somewhere down the line.
2007-2009 Mayweather played football and basketball in high school but did not get an athletic scholarship. He joined the United States Army in order to fund his college studies, and ended up serving for five years, which included two tours of Iraq in the 101st Airborne Division as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mercer made his wrestling debut for United States Wrestling Organization (USWO) in July 2009, and by November won the ATL Southern Championship.
2009-2012 Austin Matelson holds a master’s degree in medieval literature, and resides in LA, California. He was trained by the Ballard Brothers Shane and Shannon and made his in-ring debut on October 25, 2009 in New Wave Pro Wrestling. During 2011, Matelson wrestled matches in the National Wrestling Alliance and it’s affiliate promotions including Championship Wrestling From Hollywood under the ring name “W“, when he was part of the wrestling stable The Disorder with teammate “M“.
Mayweather meanwhile, wrestling for Absolute Intense Wrestlingand Showtime / NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling and wrestled in a tryout dark match for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), in a losing effort against Jay Lethal and then another to Stevie Richards. By December 2010, Mercer took part in the TNA Gut Check Challenge tryout workshop. On TNA’s weekly tv show Impact!, Jeff Jarrett had defeated Amazing Red in his $100,000 mixed martial arts challenge series and upon hearing that he had a younger brother, challenged him to a match, expecting someone even smaller than the 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Red. To Jarrett’s surprise, out comes Mercer in his debut being billed as “Little Red“. Mercer dominated his debut match. Two weeks later he became known as “Crimson” and feuded with Abyss, A.J. Styles and the Immortal faction which was led by Hulk Hogan, as well as the Fortune faction led by Ric Flair. Crimson became a main event competitor competing with the likes of Samoa Joe and Matt Morgan. He held a 470-day undefeated streak through his first 2 years in TNA. In 2011, Mayweather also made his acting debut, playing the role of Sherman in the film Chained: Code 207.
2012-2013 Austin Matelson signed a developmental contract with WWE and was sent for training at FCW where he became given the ring name Judas Devlin. On August 1, 2012, he made his FCW debut teaming with Corey Graves defeating Briley Pierce and CJ Parker. After FCW became rebranded to NXT, he had matches mainly in house shows during the months of August through November 2012. He continued wrestling in NXT House shows from January until March 2013. Judas Devlin and Baron Corbin almost joined the Wyatt Family before the monstrous Braun Strowman ended up making his debut on the WWE roster as part of the family.
“… I actually did a few promos with Bray Wyatt in front of the camera with Dusty [Rhodes]. They tried a few people, Baron Corbin kinda tried out for it as well. Ultimately, I think I could [have gotten] that spot, but then I got injured …” -Austin Matelson
Crimson meanwhile, after not appearing on Impact Wrestling for over a month, Crimson asked Al Snow to improve in TNA’s developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), making his OVW debut on August 15, 2012. Crimson worked in TNA only in sporadic appearances and on July 3 2013, Crimson was released from his TNA contract due to budget cuts, as well as sidelined in OVW with a meniscus tear in his right knee.
2014-2015 Austin Matelson was released in 2014 after a severe injury. Austin was one of the first to publicize complaints against the NXT head trainer Bill DeMott which later would be known as the Bill DeMott scandal. It should be noted that most of the first few who complained about Bill DeMott were also let go by WWE. In the summer of 2015, Matelson appeared as a contestant in the 17th season of Big Brother. Crimson meanwhile made his return teaming with Amazing Red and defeated The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) to win the House of Glory (HOG) promotion’s Tag Team Championship. In December 2014, it was reported that Mayweather was taking part in a one-week tryout camp with WWE. On February 12, 2015, Crimson returned to TNA, losing to Samuel Shaw at a TNA Xplosion taping. Over the next days, Crimson also worked several One Night Only pay-per-view tapings. Crimson returned on the June 10, Destination X themed episode of Impact Wrestling, losing to Bram. During 2015, Crimson also took part in the TNA World Title Series, but failed to advance.
2016 After three years away from the ring and three years since his release from the WWE, Matelson returned to independent promotions. He resumed his work with Millennium Pro Wrestling, after four years since his last appearance in MPW. He used the names Austin Draven and Just Judas during his matches in MPW. Matelson wrestled fellow WWE alumni including Damien Sandow and John Morrison. During the September 30, 2016 edition of MPW as Just Judas, he won his first title, defeating Danny Divine for the MPW Heavyweight Championship.
2016: Lucha Underground Matelson made his Lucha Underground debut as Vibora on the 2017-aired “Evil Rising” episode. Vibora came in with Pindar to form a trio tag team with Drago as The Reptile Tribe. They faced The Rabbit Tribe (Mala Suerte, Paul London & Saltador), and later faced Aerostar & Fenix in a Three-On-Two handicap match. Vibora instantly connected with the Lucha underground believers with a “Luchasaurus” chant. The Reptile Tribe successfully captured the Lucha Underground Trios Championship titles. Vibora wrestled in a Cueto Cup Tournament, and feuded with Paul London. The Reptile Tribe would later take on the team of Dante Fox (AR Fox), Killshot (Shane Strickland) & The Mack (Willie Mack).
2017-2018 Matelson made his Union Independent Pro Wrestling (UIPW) debut wrestling as Judas el Luchasaurio in January. By August 2017, he began wrestling under the name Luchasaurus.
Crimson once again returned to Impact Wrestling, this time introducing himself by his real name, his life and army past, and introduced his tag team called the “Veterans of War” with Wilcox (Jax Dane). They made their debut and won against Fallah Bahh and Mario Bokara. On May 18, Impact Wrestling officially announced Mayweather’s signing. However by November 13, his profile was officially removed from Impact Wrestling’s website, confirming his departure from the company.
On a June 23, 2018 episode of OVW TV, Crimson made his return to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) as a member of the War Kings along with Jax Dane. They successfully became the OVW Southern Tag Team Champions.
2019 Luchasauruus appeared on televised shows in Impact, ROH, and other indies. On May 25, 2019, Luchasaurus debuted for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) at Double or Nothing as a part of the pre-show Casino Battle Royale for an AEW World Championship opportunity. He lasted until the final three, before being eliminated by Adam Page. Three days later it was revealed that Matelson had signed with the company full time, under his Luchasaurus persona. Luchasaurus began teaming with Jack Perry (Luke Perry’s son) better known as Jungle Boy. Jungle Boy would be seen mounted on the shoulders of Luchasaurus, and they appeared in Being The Elite comedy segments.
Tale of the tape:
|TNA, NWA, OVW, indies||Known In||AEW, Lucha Underground, NXT, indies|
|Jeff Daniels, Harley Race||Trained by||Ballard Brothers, Bill DeMott, Billy Gunn, Rick Rayson|
|Red Alert/The Mercy Kill (Scoop lift spun into reverse STO), Red Sky (Sitout spinebuster), Double underhook DDT||Signature Moves||Snake Bite (Kneeling reverse piledriver), Burning Hammer, The Betrayal, Chokeslam, Standing Moonsault|
|“Red Baron of Ruthless Reconnaissance”||Known As||“The Post Modern Phenomenon”, Luchasaurus|
Who would win this rivalry?
Can it happen?
Absolutely! It’s bound to, somewhere. Chances of seeing either wrestler in WWE is also very much possible because of their height, age, and previous success. A tall dream match and potential rivalry is very much possible. It will be interesting where it will happen and in what form.
Update: Luchasaurus has signed with AEW, changing this dream match from Bound To Happen to Unlikely, unless Crimson ends up in AEW. With Luchasaurus’ popularity boom, it may still be likely on the indies or even internationally. It’ll be an interesting year to see if this match can happen.