August 30, 2002
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A humorously lowbrow Friday cocktail: mix equal amounts of Lucha Libre with the Sport of Kings. Add a jigger of Rock and Roll, shake vigorously and pour into a frosty mug. Garnish with sweaty, hairy lechery (find yer own link), and you've got Los Diablos Guapos. Bottom's Up!
posted by MrBaliHai (8 comments total)
Up next: Los Diablos Guapos vs. The Stereotypes

The winner of this match is to face The Holy Rollers next Wednesday
posted by Dr_Octavius at 8:17 AM on August 30, 2002

The worst part is that the place they bowl at is right by my house.
I am so intrigued.
I hope I can stay away.
posted by Jeffy at 8:51 AM on August 30, 2002

Here's an interesting article about backyard luchadores here in the US that includes a nice capsule history of Lucha Libre
posted by MrBaliHai at 10:38 AM on August 30, 2002

And there's a new saturday morning cartoon - Mucha Lucha.
posted by warhol at 10:51 AM on August 30, 2002

Here in the US there's a misperception of Mexican wrestling as a strange subculture. In Mexico, these guys were superstars and cinema superheroes!

The towering figure was of course El Santo. (more Santo posters)

Mil Mascaras has always been my favorite.

And, of course, Blue Demon completes the Holy Trinity.

Their films (now hard to find) are pure genius:

Like Santo, Blue Demon (when he wasn't kicking booty in the ring) was out there investigating weird phenomena, hunting monsters and saving hapless souls from the likes of killer zombies, lecherous vampires and wacky mad doctors
posted by vacapinta at 12:27 PM on August 30, 2002

I've always wanted to do a front-page post on Mexican Wrestling Cinema - never had the guts...
posted by vacapinta at 12:29 PM on August 30, 2002

I grew up in LA watching El Santo (AKA Samson) movies at 3:00 am on Friday and Saturday nights. The films were generally terrible, but I thought that El Santo was the coolest guy I'd ever seen.

There was also a Italian wrestling superhero named Superargo.
posted by MrBaliHai at 1:09 PM on August 30, 2002

The films were generally terrible, but I thought that El Santo was the coolest guy I'd ever seen.

Too true MrBaliHai. The concept was often much better than the execution. Though there are gems and the camp quality can be very high. :)

What I also loved is that these guys carried their persona with them in and out of the ring, on and off-screen. They were not seen in public without their masks. This made them to me larger than life and gave them a certain romantic quality. Many of them had been raised on the rough streets of Mexico City.

I cant recall his name but a few years back a masked Mexican wrestler began an anti-crime campaign in Mexico city. It was a Life mirrors Art mirrors Life moment.
posted by vacapinta at 1:25 PM on August 30, 2002

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