You've seen it
represented in mainstream culture: glittery masks and oh-so-tight leotard clad
men being tossed around a wrestling ring. In Mexico, lucha libre is enjoyed by
millions and taken rather seriously. If you’re heading for a night out to enjoy
this national pastime, there are a few things you should know as a first timer.
ringside will give you a great view of the fight, keep in mind that many of
these guys go flying over the ropes into the audience. In some circumstances,
your seat may even be used as a weapon and shattered over the head of the
opponent. If you pick a close seat, just be prepared to find a new one.
If you head to
some of the big name fights, there is a strict no camera policy in place. Leave
your cameras at home or expect to check them at the door. Many times they are
protecting the identity of their wrestlers. This is taken so seriously that if
a luchador (wrestler) loses their mask at a big fight, then his career may be
Not only do the
wrestlers sign autographs for children but sometimes there is designated “ring
time” for kids who wish to climb in and pretend to be their favorite luchador.
Many kids come dressed in costumes and masks to cheer on their favorite
Hoot and holler
with the best of them. This sport is the second most watched sport in Mexico so
take a moment and get lost in the energy and chaos of the arena. It will be
easy to pick out who is the “good” guy and who is the “bad” guy. Choose your
favorite and cheer them on!
looking for a unique cultural experience in Mexico, head out to a lucha libre
match. Appropriate for all ages, it will definitely be a memorable adventure.
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