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Lucha Libre expo promises to not pull any punches

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Jesús Reyes González, aka Máscara Año 2000, will be attending the upcoming expo along with several other big names in the sport. Photo: Courtesy

This Saturday a Lucha Libre expo will kick off in Plaza Patio, east of Centro, at 4 p.m.

Lucha Libre, also known as Mexican Wrestling, is a type of combat sport, with plenty of costumes, scripted matches, theatricality, and folklore food for good measure.

The event will feature four exhibition matches, as well as opportunities for fans to interact with the luchadores. 

The expo plans to include famous luchadores such as Rayo de Plata, Tormenta Negra, and Jaguar Sagrado. 

“The main thing is that we want everyone to come out and have a great time. We have a series of amazing shows lined up, it’s all very exciting,” said the event organizer, José Martín Pasos.

The expo will also include a tribute to the legendary wrestler Máscara Año 2000, who is now retired from the sport at age 64.

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Since its introduction in the early 20th century, Lucha Libre has evolved into a unique form of the genre, distinct from its counterparts around the world, and is characterized by rapid sequences and high-flying maneuvers. 

The most distinctive feature of Mexican wrestling is the colorful masks worn by the luchadores — which translates to fighters.

Lucha Libre masks can be found for sale all over the place in Mexico, but are especially prominent in areas frequented by tourists, as they are popular gifts for children. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Removing a luchador’s mask during a match is considered a great humiliation and usually signals a major change in that wrestler’s career. 

Some of the most famous luchadores in the history of the sport include the likes of El Santo, Mil Máscaras, and the iconic Blue Demon.

Entrance to the event is free and official commemorative t-shirts will be on sale for 150 pesos.

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