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The history of the lucha mask goes back hundreds of years.

“The mask is the most important accessory in lucha libre because the mask makes a warrior,” according Magno, a luchador for over 20 years.

Luchadores place such a premium on their in-ring personas that they refuse to reveal their identities whenever they appear at an event. The mask draws from Mexican history in which Mayans and Aztecs warriors would complete for superiority.

“They used to paint their faces to symbolize the warrior because they used to fight against each other to become the god, to become the top one,” according to Magno.


Pittsburgh pendejo Sam Polinsky moved to Mexico to get a job as lucha libre bad guy — a “rudo.” How rude can you go? He’s a Trumpista!

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Cassandra is the “Queen of the Ring,” a champion wrestler in drag – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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elreycoverThe Big Fancy Coloring Book offers something special for odd grownups, peculiar kids, and lovers of absurd drawings of tacos, Frida Kahlo and/or Chiquita Banana and/or Carmen Miranda, luchadores and armadillos. It’s the latest creative product from our mysterious amigo, The Painter of Arizona Light, whose Internet spokespern is known as El Rey Del Art (so-called self portrait, above).

We’ve secured especial permission to share four of El Rey’s droppings here: [Mas…]

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Speaking of underwear, I wear black lucha libre chonies because that’s how I feel inside. This is a real product, as manufacturer WrassleRoos esplains: [Mas…]

French band The Madcaps is crazy ’bout that ‘Taco Truck’ (video)

by Soy Capitan December 22, 2015 Cultura
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It’s Tuesday, and The Madcaps, from Rennes in western France, want tacos from the Taco Truck. In this just-released music video, that means cactus, chiles, Dios de los Muertos, sombreros, mariachis, French approximations of cholos in Pendletons, associated hynas, tequila shots, and luchadores. Plus some ugly-looking tacos.

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La Cucaracha: Get lost, El Trumpo! (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 11, 2015 Cartoons
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Luchador boasts: ‘Putin and I will beat Obama and Peña Nieto’ (video)

by Bronco del Camino July 8, 2015 Cultura
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Luchador El Hijo del Fantasma says he and wrestling partner Vladimir Putin would beat President Obama and Mexican Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto in a tag team match.

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La Cucaracha: Happy Papi’s Day (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz June 19, 2015 Cartoons
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The problematic retirement of El Rey, greatest luchador ever (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés May 28, 2015 Cartoons
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When El Rey, the greatest Luchador ever, leaves the ring to live a normal life, things don’t go as planned. Nevertheless, VIVA LUCHA!

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Valentine passions run hot in ‘Aztec Gold Dating Game’ (video)

by Victor Payan February 13, 2015 Cultura
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Passions run hot in the lucharrific Aztec Gold Dating Game featuring the Glorious Gabacho, Gabe “The Babe” and filmmaker Erik Bosse; all three are vying to be the valentine of a smoldering San Antonio señorita. [Aztec Gold Dating Game by me, Victor Payan.]

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Mex techno duo in luchador masks rocks NYC subway station (video)

by QUESO QUESEM November 14, 2014 Cultura
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The band is called Chango and they played Wednesday in the Delancey Street Station in Lower Manhattan.

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He’s big gay Cassandro, the ‘Liberace of Lucha Libre’ (video)

by GORGEOUS JORGE October 17, 2014 Cultura
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He’s here, he’s queer and he’s the three-time world champion. Meet Cassandro, Luchador Exotico. Arielle Castillo reports for Fusion Live.

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Russki electropunks Barto live at a Yucatan mezcaleria (video)

by MOON GUAC August 21, 2014 Cultura
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Barto, Барто in Russki, an electropunk combo from Saint Petersburg, rocks the Chalupa “Hostal & Mezcalería” in this new video. The “hostal” is in Tulum in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, on the Yucutan Peninsula. Also, luchadores. Schizflux reports: Their arrival on the scene prompts the managers of wholesome pastime to just in case […]

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La Cucaracha: OMG, it’s a topless beach! (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz July 14, 2014 Cartoons
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Frida the Luchadora: ‘The Legend of the Flying Tomato’ (video)

by JEFE VENTURA July 9, 2014 Cultura
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Red-headed Frida wants to triumph in lucha libre but she needs to find some inner strength first, not to mention her secret ingredient. PREVIOUSLY ON LUCHA LIBRE:

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El Conjunto Nueva Ola vs. A-Ha: ‘Take On Me’ (music videos)

by MOON GUAC June 11, 2014 Cultura
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A 1985 A-Ha award-winning music video gets cumbia-nated and lucha-fied in this just-released re-make from hometown heroes El Conjunto Nueva Ola. It’s not Take On Me, they say. It’s Taco Me. Look for the Spanglish captions! 😉 Here’s the A-Ha video:

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¡Lucha! Wrestlers never rest (video)

by MEL SANTO January 16, 2014 Cartoons
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The match doesn’t always end at the bell, because in Lucha Libre, wrestlers never rest. PREVIOUSLY ON LUCHADORES:

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Navidad (toon)

by HABLO PICASSO December 6, 2013 Cartoons
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El Santo Claus is just one of many cool images by POCHO amigo El Rey Del Art. Check out El Rey’s Zazzle store for more! PREVIOUSLY ON EL REY DEL ART:

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Scandal! Kids in Halloween costumes they don’t understand (photos)

by CARLOS SLIM REAPER October 21, 2013 Cultura
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Kids! Shorties! Juniors! Little mocosos! They’re ours to play with, especially on Halloween, right?

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Luchadores on vacation: The phony masks come off! (photos)

by EL BONGO October 16, 2013 Cultura
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When luchadores go on vacation, their phony masks come off — revealing the real masks underneath.

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La Cucaracha: Latino Heritage Month? Traditional costumes! (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 20, 2013 Cartoons
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If El Santo is having a bad day doesn’t mean you should (video)

by Verdana Bold August 6, 2013 Cultura
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An attack on another is an attack on oneself. El Santo learns his lesson, Jodorowsky style.

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