luchadores


El Santo, the Vimeo description says, is a “Real New-Mexican Story for Real Lovers.” We’ve watched it a buncha times and were not sure what it means or if we are one of those “real lovers” in the intended audience, but we like what we see. [Video by K48 PRODUCTIONS … in Milano of all places.] Also, be careful of strangely glowing cocktails with with bugs inside.

(PNS reporting from NOGALES) Mexico Presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) will deploy the country’s finest and fiercest lucha libre fighters to the northern border should U.S. President Donald Trump carry out his pledge to militarize the nations’ shared international boundary, the candidate known as AMLO said in a press conference on Wednesday. [Mas…]


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.


Lucha libre is no longer just for men, as Marcela and her friends explain to the BBC.


“Lucha Libre – or free fighting – is a Mexican style of wrestling,” writes the BBC World Service. “Katinka Herbert documents the secret lives of these so-called luchadores known for their outlandish outfits and garish masks.”

THROWBACK THURSDAY #TBT August 2005 (found on our answering machine): Aaron Judgement, a (former?) member of the Arizona border Minutemen anti-immigration vigilante group, makes a shocking confession: [Mas…]

La Cucaracha: Your Latino Heritage Month Highlights (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 7, 2014 Cartoons
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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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Friday Night Lights in Tijuana means Lucha Libre (video)

by I. RON SHAKE July 15, 2014 Cultura
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A gringo goes to Tijuana to meet the men, both tecnicos and rudos, behind in the masks of lucha libre.

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Lucha libre + garage band punk = Grito-Fest 2014 (video)

by EL BONGO March 27, 2014 Cultura
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Looks like hella fun was had by all at Grito-Fest 2014 last Saturday night in Alicante, España. When lucha libre meets punk rock in a night club, what could go wrong? Here’s the video from Matias Alhambra:

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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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Pocho Ocho signs you grew up in a Mexican family/household

by Especial Correspondents December 5, 2013 Cultura
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Here is a listicle partially inspired by a mas longer listicle on BuzzFeed, because they are the listicle professionals, tu sabes. ¡Mira! The Pocho Ocho signs you grew up in a Mexican household/family: 8. Virgen de Guadalupe veladoras. 7. Your first introduction to dramatic acting was a telenovela. 6. You always wondered why gringos celebrated […]

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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’s Latino Heritage Month Highlights (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 23, 2013 Cartoons
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La Cucaracha: Latino Heritage Month? Traditional costumes! (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 20, 2013 Cartoons
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Backstage at lucha libre in Bolivia with Landshapes’ ‘In Limbo’ (video)

by MONTE JAINAS April 19, 2013 Cultura
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British synth-pop band Landshapes shot the music video for their new song In Limbo backstage at lucha libre in Bolivia. There’s a great writeup of the shoot here. Meanwhile, what’s up with those cholitas all dressed up in Bolivan bowler hats? This video explains:

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Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero: Good vs evil, plus a little kid (video)

by Comic Saenz June 9, 2012 Cultura
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The late, “despicable” wrestling pocho Eddie Guerrero insists opponent Rey Mysterio seat his son Dominic Mysterio ringside — so the son will witness Guerrero’s trimumph over his dad, up close and personal. Will Mysterio be so pre-occupied with his son’s safety that he’ll lose focus and let Guerrero’s distraction trick work its evil magic? Evil […]

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Atomic TV: Masks, Monsters & Mexican Mayhem (video)

by Lucida Grandé June 2, 2012 Cultura
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They do public access TV differently in Baltimore: Hosted by Nashville’s rockin’ combo Los Straitjackets… Masked Mexican Wrestlers!… The real international man of mystery, El Santo!… Mexican monster movies… Mondo films… People eating Parasites – and The Dead!… Spanish Superhero El Barrio vs. Tony the Landlord in the squared circle… Meet a Roman Catholic Masked […]

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El Conjunto Nueva Ola is chido! ‘Chido Chido’ actually (music video)

by La Chata March 23, 2012 Cultura
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TGIF Music Video from La Chata’s Music Box: El Cunjunto Nueva Ola — a crew of masked cumbia-loving luchadores — has a new album out called Chido Chido. No, no I am not saying it’s chido (cool in English.) Well, actually, it is. This tune is called Cumbia Town.

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The Adventures of MR. POCHO: A movie for my people

by Lalo Alcaraz February 26, 2012 Cartoons
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MR. POCHO has a dream: One day Hollywood will make a movie that reflects the struggle of my people, and it goes something like this… Here’s a close up of his dream:

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