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.
“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.
Cassandra is the “Queen of the Ring,” a champion wrestler in drag – not that there’s anything wrong with that.
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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:
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.
A gringo goes to Tijuana to meet the men, both tecnicos and rudos, behind in the masks of lucha libre.
The match doesn’t always end at the bell, because in Lucha Libre, wrestlers never rest.
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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 wrestling superstar Eddie Guerrero? Wikipedia has the deets:
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: