Lucha Libre

Trip Start May 17, 2007
Trip End Jul 21, 2007

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Subject: Dispatches #3: Lucha Libre and Contest #1

Lucha Libre...
       Think WWF, only with a meaningful historical and cultural relevance.  We´ve been to two fight nights, both in the Arena Puebla.  The Arena sounds grandiose, but the construction is crude, adding to the ambience and mysticism of the lucha.  There are three tiers of seats, the first starting mere feet away from the ring--individual cylindrical seats, welded five or six at a time on a bench that moves as one.  The first few rows have to be wary, for often fighters are sent flying from the rings and land on top of them, knocking the seats back into the second row.  The second and third tiers are caged in behind the first, the second beginning feet behind the first, the third tier is general admission balcony seating and circles around the top of the arena.
        The logistics of every fight are similar.  There are two teams, the technicos and the rudos.  The technicos are the precision fighters, the good guys, the rudos are the cheapskates who throw punches and kicks when the referee´s back is turned.  The team who wins the best of three rounds is the winner, and rounds are ended with a pin or a surrender.  Most fights feature three fighters on each team, but we´ve seen one 2v2 and one 1v1.  Not all fighters wear masks, some have lost the right in one on one duels, others sport long hair as their "mask" (which can be lost in a duel as well). 
       And then there are the names. 
       Alex  Koslov, Marco Corleone, Heavy Metal, Olimpico, Dr. Wagner, and the current king of them all: Mistico
     We saw Mistico... and at first we were disappointed.  Round 1 he got whooped, absolutely trashed.  He was even demasked.  But come rounds two and three we got to see why he is the greatest of the luchadors:  Three times he jumps on the corner of the ring, springs himself off and latches his knees around the neck of his opponent, subsequently spinning them around three to four times before hurtling them to the floor.  After three rounds... Mistico´s team won. 
    Now it´s your turn-  Contest #1: Name a Luchador
It´s pretty simple, just come up with your very own Luchador Name.  Feel free to send you ideas to any of the team, and those we like most will be posted in future dispatches.  The person who submits the best name will win a Lucha mask.  Good Luck!
Also, our travel websit is up and running.  You can view all of our pictures, rather than the few we send out with the dispatches.  To see the pictures clink on the travelogue link.  The site can be found here: la1/1180488060/tpod.html
Or just go to and search for "pueblateam."
Muchas Gracias,
Sean, Molly y Melissa
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