Mexican wrestling, Lucha LIbre, April 3, 2020 in Puerto Vallarta.

Live Event Lucha Libre April 3rd Intl Convention Center Puerto Vallarta
 Author Ray Smith
April 2022

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Mexican wrestling, otherwise known as the lucha libre, is a highly traditional form of light entertainment masquerading as a ‘sport’ and bedecked in inhuman quantities of spandex and sequins. You’ll probably be familiar with at least the look of the lucha libre through pop culture references; think Jack Black’s Nacho Libre (2006). Just what exactly goes on at these rowdy spectacles? Here’s a brief guide to the lucha libre. 

The Rules
To win in one-on-one matches you must pin your opponent for a count of three, knock them out of the ring for a count of twenty, force submission or get them disqualified. A lesser-spotted fifth way of winning is with the exceso de rudezas (excessive violence) rule, in which the referee awards the clearly superior wrestler the title. As far as banned moves, the ‘piledriver’ is definitively not allowed, but still frequently seen.

The Mask & Costumes
Lycra, sequins and a whole lot of honour go into the máscaras and costumes of a luchador. Lighter coloured costumes often indicate a técnico at work, whereas darker ones are signs of rudos. About the Match Averno has two matches since his return to the Arena México and the same number of victories against Místico, whom he challenged to expose the NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship after having defeated him with a powerful lever to the arm in the outcome of the Friday Spectacular in Mexico City. The rematch is slated for April 3, 2020 in Puerto Vallarta.

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