The grand entrance to...THE EXPERIENCE!!! yeeeee-haaawwwwww
In the US, if you told me that there was a WWE convention going on next weekend, you can pretty much bet your ass that I wouldn’t be there. For whatever reason, though, professional wrestling in Mexico City = entertainment gold. Hence, I was all over Lucha Libre: La Experiencia, the lucha expo that came to town the other weekend.
Mexico City never seems to lack for interesting expos. This year has seen The Chocolate Experience at the World Trade Center in January, as well as a Travel Expo in July filled with people in a ticket-buying frenzy for trips across Mexico and beyond, and the International Tattoo Convention is next weekend. But the lucha-fest has to rank as the most entertaining one thus far.
Our friend & lucha die-hard Alan, seen here with Silver King, perhaps better know to many as Ramses from the movie Nacho Libre
This was a 3-day lucha extravaganza at the Centro Banamex convention center, located conveniently near our apartment. As a disclaimer, I will note that we have 2 friends who spent almost the entirety of the 3 days at the expo, so my amusement level may be slightly biased by these strong external forces. Despite my husband’s claims of being “lucha-d out”, I convinced him that since I’d spent half my weekend in class, I TOTALLY deserved to go see shirtless men in external underwear prancing around on Sunday afternoon. It worked.
The main event lucha ring, set up inside the expo center & lined with adoring fans.
The expo had a big lucha ring set up with stadium seating on four sides in one corner of the event hall, supplemented by loads of booths featuring both vendors & luchadores, and then 2 smaller rings– one where kids were flopping all over the place and another where young men were trying to learn the tricks of the trade. Needless to say, I think a few photos will do this much more justice.
MTZ is *the* premier maker of mascaras (lucha masks) here in Mexico City. www.mtzwear.com
MTZ Store online
I don't think I fully considered how popular this might make me back home when I decided not to buy this hoodie. I may have to reassess
How have I not known until now that there is a luchador called Matematico?? My math-teacher parents will be so excited... (photo courtesy Alan)
Additional details on Matemático available here, and also the most mysterious blog I have ever found written by someone seemingly masquerading as a luchador-for-good in Richmond, VA.
John tried to get in on some hot Corona-on-Corona action... You have to love any expo that sells beer & advertises it heavily to attendee of all ages...
Speaking of Corona, this man was most certainly NOT a professional luchador... but he was ripped & I didn't have to pay to take a photo with him. (Most of the pro luchadors were charging $20-30 pesos per photo.)
To be fair, John also got a pic with the scantily clad Corona chickie...
I am unclear how intimidating you can really be when your costume includes angel wings sewn to your back... These seem to almost beg to be ripped off.
In the above photo, note the creepy looking guy in the scurvy outfit inthe upper right corner. I need Alan’s help on his name, but let’s go with La Rata (the rat) for the moment. In case you can’t see his, uh, mascots, let’s get a good close up:
That's right, folks. He has an actual rat hanging out on top of his head. (At least to his credit, I am pretty sure that is a wig...though I'm not sure what would be easiest to wash rat wee out of...)
Alan got a sweet photo with Blue Demon as well, one of the more popular luchadores down here.
Blue Demon seems intent on flooding the market with every piece of crap known to man that could possibly have a Blue Demon image on it... A business-savvy luchador, to say the least.
The cutest little girl ever was getting her face painted in one of the league booths. Here she looks on intently as the color decisions are being made to turn her into a budding little luchadorette.
Here's the final product. We attempted to get a decent photo without looking like the creepy strangers taking photos of a young child... but how could you resist a photo of this glittery, pink masterpiece!
Side note: what young girl DOESN’T have a t-shirt with an image of Death on it?
I found this photo slightly hilarious. This little boy is either incredibly intent on becoming a painted luchador (maybe dad wouldn't spring for a mask?) or is simply bored out of his mind.
Apparently these bimbos are the promotional models for a BUS company here in Mexico. That's right, Autobuses AU knows how to bring in the dudes. I feel like there should be a disclaimer after this performance announcing, "Warning: the odds of a girl like this sitting next to you on one of our buses are slim to none."
However, odds of THIS dude sitting next to you on an Autobus AU bus are super high. This, my friends, is the aptly named "Super Porky". Photo credit to Alan
This one's a little blurry, but I just enjoy the montage of a midget + dude both wearing black/neon pink bodysuits with insect wings, a shirtless Super Porky, La Parka in a crazy skeletor-costume, and possibly a homeless man in jeans & a black t-shirt.
I scored a pic with some of the AULL's (Alianza Universal de Lucha Libre) up-and-coming stars... I ducked down so as not to impinge on anyone's manhood.
There was also the opportunity to test your mettle while standing on an unstable foam pillar & batting each other with foam sticks...
This is a textbook example of why kids grow up terrified of clowns.
And finally, here's our other superfan Mark, posing with a stellar collection of masks including my fav in the lower right, Super Panda.
In closing, I have to give a shout-out to my friend Kim for giving me the one-of-a-kind (in Mexico at least) Luchadores vs. Ninjas shirt that I wore to the event. I had multiple inquiries of where I scored such a unique gem. If you are around for La Experiencia 2010, mark your calendar, break out your best lucha-wear, and starting saving up pesos for those photo opps now!