“Lucha Is For Lovers”
Lucha VaVoom @ the Mayan Theatre
Several times each year, the refurbished Mayan Theater, located in
downtown Los Angeles, is the venue of choice for the Mexican
masked wresting spectacle known as “Lucha VaVoom”. For those not
yet familiar with the concept, Lucha VaVoom, based on lucha libre
(free wrestling), combines the talents of luchadores such as Los
Crazy Chickens, Kaos, El Bombero and Dirty Sanchez (among many
others), with the “saucy striptease” of dancers Peekaboo Pointe,
Lucy Fur, Lux LaCroix and other acts proficient in the art of
burlesque. Add to this a D.J. cranking a rocking mix, impressive
production values (lighting and sound were top shelf), spirited
crowd participation, comedians, celebrity guests and, on this
Valentine’s night, Rev. Brown performing a short marriage
ceremony, and you get an idea of what makes Lucha VaVoom the
unique and entertaining experience that it is. With a tagline of
Sexo y Violencia, one can expect well, sex and violence. While the
show gets a bit raunchy at times, it never crosses the line to
obscene or sleazy, thus making for a date friendly environment. A
cool vibe emanated from the crowd. While involved and
enthusiastic, there was no macho posturing or bad attitudes to be
found. Not so, inside the ring!
While the wrestling matches, which feature technicos (the good
guys) vs. rudos (the bad guys) are obviously choreographed, there
is no denying the skill and athleticism required of the luchadores.
Several years ago, Cassandro, Lucha Vavooms “Queen of the Ring,”
was injured and paralyzed for a short time. He was down for
several minutes on this night, after being thrown into empty
chairs. The show continued as his injuries were treated ringside.
That part was not theatrics, as he was still tending his wounds
backstage after the show.
The latest incarnation of the “Lucha Is For Lovers” Valentine’s
shows sold-out all three nights, February 14-16. Judging by
audience response, almost half of those in attendance were
veterans of previous Lucha VaVoom events. The show changes each
year, so repeat attendees are the norm.
While I have never been a fan of wrestling, (Mexican masked
wrestling or other), I must admit that I was seriously entertained
throughout the evening. I would definitely consider attending more
of these events, if only to introduce my friends to the wonder
that is, as the crowd repeatedly shouts throughout the night…
A ten year anniversary edition of Lucha VaVoom returns to the
Mayan theater for Cinco de Mayo shows on May 4th and 5th, with a
simultaneous show in Chicago on the 5th.. Tickets for both events
are on sale now.
Written by: Jeff Howe
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