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Latino Daily News

Monday January 3, 2011

Lucha Libre Fans Will Not See Drug-Trafficking References in Ring

Trying to keep the rampant-running drug war going on in Mexico out of entertainment, the entertainers of Lucha Libre say they have no interest in bringing that kind of thing to the ring.

Though not as popular in the U.S. as in Mexico, Lucha Libre, a type of entertaining wrestling, comparable only to WWE type fighting in America, is a huge entertainment business is which wrestling, colorful bikini briefs on men, and aerials have crowds cheering.

The Luchadors, as they’re called, have stated that though the bad guys or “rudos” in the ring have names like “Virus”, and “Charly Manson,” there will never be names referencing drug lords or anything in the “narcocultura”, “the trappings and legends of dope-smuggling, gun-toting millionaire hillbillies such as Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman,” partially because the government has forbidden it, but also because the fighters themselves look to keep Lucha Libre just innocent entertainment.

Jorge Chabat, a professor at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics in Mexico City says the possibility of fighter portraying drug lords would worry the government and would cause them to be “very concerned, very anxious.”

For many, Lucha is an escape from the hardships of life, so bringing the drug-culture into the arena could possibly taint that.

Press deputy for the World Council of Lucha Libre, Sandra Granados, said, “This is a sport where people become euphoric. They experience a transformation. It lets us do all that we cannot do on the streets. We do it for relief.”

“You can shout all you want, say what you want to say,” she says. “And you leave relaxed. Even the psychologists recommend lucha as a therapy.”