With colorful masks, an acrobatic fighting style, and spandex, lucha libre is one of the most popular spectacles in Mexico. For Mexicans in Northern California, the sport is not only a symbol of home, but a collage of styles and cultures that bring an unforgettable show to a diverse audience.
Lucha libre combines sport with melodrama, ultimately appealing to the struggle of good versus evil. The técnicos— the good guys— attempt to overcome the power of the rudos— the villains. With characters like “The Border Patrol” or “Rey Horus”, lucha libre allows the audience to project a social struggle into the ring and savor the técnicos’ victory as if it were their own.