In a feel good story by The Washington Post, we learn that lucha libre wrestlers in the Washington, D.C. area have purposefully left out narcocultura from their repertoire. The story notes:
“We are here to enjoy the matches and to ponder a mystery: While ‘narcocultura’ – the trappings and legends of dope-smuggling, gun-toting millionaire hillbillies such as Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman – has penetrated every other element of Mexican pop culture, from movies and music to TV and religion, the masked lucha libre characters and their corny good-vs.-evil story lines have remained untouched.”
I have been to see lucha libre both in Mexico and the U.S. and find that, despite the craziness, the general idea is to get families to participate in the spectacle. Perhaps The Post’s story is only D.C.-specific — anyone know of any narco-ish lucha libres anywhere? In any case, it’s comforting to see positive stories about lucha libre in the press, as opposed to the “oh look how funny the Mexicans are” stories.
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