Lucha Libre


Lucha Libre

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Lucha libre (Spanish for "free wrestling" or free fighting) is a term used in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking areas referring to a form of professional wrestling involving varied techniques and moves. Outside of these areas, the term is synonymous with the professional wrestling performers in Mexico and other Latin American countries.

Mexican wrestling is characterized by rapid sequences of holds and moves, as well as High-Flying Moves, some of which have been adopted in the United States, and colorful masks. Lucha libre performers are known as luchadores (singular luchador).

In the media and popular culture

A fanciful take on the lucha libre concept can be seen in the animated cartoon ¡Mucha Lucha!
The motion picture Nacho Libre stars Jack Black as a priest-turned-luchador (somewhat similar to the real-life lucha libre personality Fray Tormenta, aka Father Sergio Gutiérrez Benítez).
Nike has designed a line of lucha libre inspired athletic shoes.
Coca-Cola developed a Blue Demon Full Throttle energy drink named after the famous luchador.
In 2007, Cartoon Network produced an animated series based on the luchador El Santo.
The Nashville-based Anglo band Los Straitjackets adopted luchador masks as part of their stage show in the mid-1990s, and have since acquired a large Mexican following.
Rob Zombie's upcoming animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto stars a Mexican luchador named El Superbeasto.
Luchadores have become a staple in many fighting games, characters include:
King & Armor King from Tekken
Raiden from Fatal Fury
Ramon & Tizoc from The King of Fighters
Lisa from Dead or Alive
El Blaze from Virtua Fighter
Rainbow Mika from Street Fighter Alpha 3
El Fuerte from Street Fighter IV
Doctor Eggman, the main antagonist in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, wrestles as "El Gran Gordo" in the Sonic X comic series.
The comic Sonambulo revolves around a crime fighting luchador who possesses supernatural powers.
The comic Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man includes a storyline titled "Masks" (issues #6-7) which discusses the lucha libre world.
The martial arts manga Tenjho Tenge includes a character named Koji Sagara who fights in the lucha libre style.
In the manga History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi, the Smiling Steel Fist Diego Carlos, a member of Yami, and his disciple Castor are both practitioners of Lucha Libre.
Suda 51, game developer and head of Grasshopper Studios is known for his fascination of Lucha Libre and often includes them in his game, such as the character MASK de Smith in Killer 7 and the collectible Lucha Libre masks in No More Heroes.
The anime Air Master features a luchador style character called Lucha Master.
Raz from the game Psychonauts fights four different Lucha Libre wrestlers during the Black Velvetopia level of the game.
In the online cartoon series Homestar Runner, Strong Bad wears a luchador mask, and is referred to as a "wrestleman." Humorously, when once asked if he takes off his mask and boxing gloves off before he goes to bed, he responds with, "Well, that's a dumb question. Do you take your face and hands off before you go to bed?"
The ABC Family television show The Middleman episode entitled "the sino-Mexican revelation" features luchadores.
The American horror movie Wrestlemaniac is centered around the story of an insane luchador with abnormal strength; the titular villain is played by actual lucha libre wrestler Rey Mysterio Sr.
The lucha film Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy stars luchador Mil Mascaras with appearance by many other famous luchadores such as, El Hijo del Santo, Dos Caras, Huracan Ramirez, Blue Demon Jr, and others
The WB television series Angel episode entitled "The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco" told the story of a family of luchadores called "Los Hermanos Numeros" who also fought evil. Angel must help the remaining brother, Numero Cinco, defeat the Aztec warrior-demon that killed his four brothers.
On the show Gaki no Tsukai Tanaka Naoki always falls prey to his comedy partner's (Endo Shozo antics as "Dynamite Shikoku" during the No Laughing Batsu game resulting in some sort of painful punishment. Endo wears a large black wig with the usual colourful mask and tight blue wrestling pants.
In Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z, Karou's father is a luchador.
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