Mexican pro wrestlers keep drug-trafficking culture out of the lucha libre ring
It is another rowdy fight night at the Arena Mexico as burly combatants in bikini briefs and colorful masks are flung from the ring amid a rain of insults from the crowd.
Mexican professional wrestling, known as lucha libre, is pure entertainment. Like its steroidal cousin to the north, it is as funny as it is phony, but the Mexican style is less talk, more aerials.
“The Mexicans are not as good of fakers as the Americans, but they’re better acrobats,” said Jorge Chabat, a professor at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics in Mexico City, world-renowned expert on drug trafficking cartels and lifelong lucha libre fanatico.
That looks like a bird that is wound up. David McNew / Getty Images
Here’s a link to the slide show.