A myth holds it that Zeuxis, the famed artist of Ancient Greece, could not find one woman beautiful enough to model for his painting of Helen of Troy, so he had to use the features of five different ones to complete the piece. Zeuxis, Puerto Rican born luchadora, only needed to see Marcela wrestle on TV to be inspire her to become an artista del ring. In the three years since her debut Zeuxis has worked her way through the independent ranks of Mexico and into CMLL, wrestling’s longest running promotion. She has also completed multiple tours of Japan for Pro Wrestling REINA, where she has garnered a loyal fan following. We recently caught up with Zeuxis to talk about her inspirations, the influence of Joshi Puroresu on her style, and what she thinks about US women’s wrestling.
Japanese translation and photos by Aoikougei.
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Please tell us who trained you, and how long you have been wrestling.
I am 22 years old, my birthday is November 3, and I began training when I was 15. I started with amateur wrestling for two years, then I became a professional and wrestled independent promotions for 2 years, and now I work in CMLL, which is the best company in Mexico.
Who are some of the wrestlers that have inspired you?
I was always fond of Konnan and Perro Aguayo, they were my idols. The person I admire, that got me interested in joining the sport is Marcela, she is my biggest idol. I also look up to Ultimo Guerrero, whom I train under now, and Satanico and Virus.
One of your finishing moves, El Caballete, is an amazing submission hold! In Japan, you use the Sky Twister Press as your finishing move. Why the change?
In Mexico, El Caballete is totally different than anything that’s been seen. But I’ve only been able to use it once in Japan. They say that everything has to evolve, so I am trying to develop my high flying style. I love it because it is so different, and I am trying to combine the technical aspect and the high flying together, to make a tougher style.
Who are some of your favorite opponents?
Going to Japan to wrestle for REINA made me a more mature luchadora, as I could face great legends in Japan such as Yumiko Hotta, Manami Toyota, Ayumi, and Ray among others. But also in Mexico, I was able to wrestle my idol Marcela, and tag team with rudas such as La Comandante, Princess Blanca and Amapola. I think that helped me to have more experience and demonstrate my qualites as a luchadora day to day.
Besides wrestling, what do you do with your time? Do you have any hobbies?
In addition to wrestling, I’m a paramedic and work at the Red Cross. Some of my hobbies are going to the movies, I love comedies and romance movies. My favorite actors are Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Ben Affleck.
You are one half of the REINA tag team champions with your partner La Comandante. Please tell us how you feel wrestling in Japan is compared to wrestling in Mexico.
I am happy to be tag team champions with one of the great rudas. Mexican wrestling is more varied because it blends mat wrestling with high-flying, in comparison to the Japanese style, which is slower but much harder hitting. So far I think I have achieved my goal of making the fans happy with my style.
Do you have any interest in wrestling in the United States? Have you watched any US women’s wrestling shows?
During my stay in Japan, I have watched many matches from the United States, and it is completely different from Mexican style, but very similar to the Japanese style. I would like to experience wrestling the great fighters there. I saw the SHIMMER show where Matsumoto and Ohata won the tag team titles from the Canadian Ninjas, and I could see the quality of the women wrestlers in the company.
Who are three opponents that you have not wrestled that you would wish to face?
Ayako Hamada, Aja Kong and Hailey Hatred. Although I wrestled Hailey before, I would like to wrestle for one of her championships. She has knowledge of Mexican and Japanese styles, so I think she would be a great rival.
Please give us a few words on the following people:
La Comandante – An excellent ruda and a great companion in the ring, we are the perfect combination.
Yumiko Hotta – A legend and a great rival. I studied and trained to prove to her that I am ready. She is so much more, and a very forgiving person.
Ray – My worst enemy in Japan. She has a high-flying style that many aspire to, but I proved that I will not give up so easily and I will take her championship. (Ray is the CMLL-REINA International Junior Heavyweight Champion.)
Mia Yim – My best friend, I am able to share many things with her, and I think she has a great future ahead as long as she wants to excel.
The Canadian Ninjas – Excellent team made up of two great fighters, but we were able to show that we were better. Hopefully we can have another match with them.
Ayako Hamada – One of the best fighters in Japan and Mexico, it would be an honor to work with her as a partner or as my opponent. I think her fighting style is excellent.
Do you have anything that you would like to say to your fans?
Follow the ascent of my career! I have a lot more to show you and will continue to work to keep your interest.
To learn more about Zeuxis follow her on twitter (@zEuXiScMLl) and like her on Facebook. Below, check out tag team action featuring Zeuxis and La Comandante taking on Joshi legends Manami Toyota and Yumiko Hotta. We’ve also footnoted some of the bouts and events referenced above, go to the bottom of this page to watch.