I think practically all Mexicans have seen Mexican "lucha libre" (free-style wrestling) at one time or another, but most probably only on TV, as a number films and series with wrestling scenes are plentiful (including Netflix's Sense8!).
But watching them live? Now that's something not that many people do. But a colleague of mine is having friends visiting from the USA in May, and she wanted to go have the experience herself before committing to taking them to the lucha libre. So, we gathered a small group of people, bought our tickets for the Arena Coliseo in the old centre of the city, and off we went!
That photo above is a poster for the day, and below is a vendor of wrestling masks and other paraphernalia.
We knew we were in for an interesting experience, but we got way, way more than that! These people really do know how to put up a show! Many are just such colourful characters, including "cavemen", "felines" and even a "gay dude"?! By the way, this is most definitely an incredibly non-PC kind of event. But I swear, it's one of a kind!
And despite its lack of political correctness, it's gender inclusive, because there was also a match between all-female teams! Those women were fierce and strong as hell!
There's comedy, there's some violence, but there's also plenty of acrobatics! Some of these wrestlers made incredible jumps and twists from the ropes, sometimes even landing below before the public, from where they continued the wrestling! Like, a number of times security personnel had to quickly move to escort spectators out of their seats because the wrestlers were carrying their business right to them!
All in all, brilliant fun. The show lasted two hours, with some 4-5 different matches, and it was incredibly entertaining. Sure, the public likes to taunt the wrestlers with colourful cursing like you've never heard before, but you should also take that as part of the show.
I absolutely recommend anybody to go at least once.