Lucha Libre

12Oct09

Lucha Libre

Lucha Libre (Spanish: Free Fighting or Free Wrestling) is the term used in Mexico for professional wrestling.

Much like it’s American equivalent it is a display of athleticism and is more of a dance than an actual fight. I like to call it “The Ballet of the 21st Century”.

Not being a fan of wrestling I was somewhat skeptical about how much I would enjoy the event, this skepticism was squashed very soon after arriving.

The wrestlers known as “Luchadores” employ a series of holds and moves in addition to high flying aerobatics to excite even the most hard to please viewer. Many Luchadores wear colourful masks them them a mysterious presence that adds to the theatrics of the show.

As with American matches a bout is won by pinning an opponent for a three count or expelling him from the ring for a count of twenty.

The masks have been worn by the luchadores since the inception of Lucha Libre some time in the 1930’s and represent a historical significance dating back to the Aztecs.


The spectacles are held weekly on Friday nights, the arena we attended is the “Arena Mexico”. Even before entering the area it is hard not to be a little excited. The streets leading to the arena entrances are lined with stalls selling various paraphernalia pertaining  the sport.

Mini Luchadore

Watching the people walk the street wearing the masks is somewhat surreal,one little boy (pictured) was in full costume and accompanied by his mother who was encouraging him to pose for peoples cameras.

Inside the show itself is just that, a show. The energy of the arena made it impossible not to get involved in the cheering. We sat around seven rows from the ring which is close enough to see all the action and far enough away that a wrestler won’t fall in your lap.

Although it is a show and the combat is simulated it’s not without injury. During one of the matches a luchadore standing on the turnbuckle, leaped down towards the outside of the ring at his opponent. He hit his head upon a spectators seat which lead to him being taken away on a stretcher by the medics, sure this could have been apart of the show, but it looked like it hurt, and I hope he has affordable health insurance.

Our tickets cost us Mex$280 which put us in “tier 2”. We were very close to the ring and with the addition of the beer waiter, who brought us our drinks directly to our seats, the experience was more than enjoyable.

If you are going to visit Mexico City and have few hours free on a friday night, I would highly recommend a trip to the Lucha Libre.

Lucha Libre TicketMe in my Mistico Mask

Me in my Mistico Mask

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2 Responses to “Lucha Libre”

  1. These are all nice pics, Christopher.
    Mexico is one photo-op after another. The only thing to be careful of is photographing the indigenous, in some places in southern MX it can even get you killed.
    Enjoy and be safe.
    -MT


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