Five Epiphanies At Lucha VaVoom

Lucha VaVoom at the Mayan, June 24
Lucha VaVoom at the Mayan, June 24
Justin Shady

Last night, I saw Lucha VaVoom at the Mayan Theater. Having never seen a wrestling match in my life, I was unprepared for the gaudy fun of it all--the masked Mexican wrestlers prancing around the ring throwing each other around, midgets in chicken costumes, almost-nude women dancing to mariacha-cha songs and a wrestler whose whole schtick was being a douche. In a nutshell, Lucha VaVoom is comedy sports + striptease + cartoon characters and skill. 

Five Epiphanies At Lucha VaVoom
Justin Shady

Since it began in August 2002, Lucha VaVoom has toured the country (and the world), but perform a couple of shows every year in LA's Mayan Theatre. The characters are as colorful as the matches. There's Dirty Sanchez, who wears a handlebar mustache, a fake penis and performs with his butt showing; there's the Crazy Chickens, who crow around the ring as they fight, the Chupacabras, named after a Mexican monster and many more.

Five Epiphanies At Lucha VaVoom
Lilledeshan Bose

Lucha Libre ("free fight") is a wrestling style that's been around since the 1930s. Rudos are the villains and Technicos are the heroes, and usually, the Technicos always win. What makes it a lot more fun is the involvement of lights and sounds--when the Dirty Chickens make their moves, happy hardcore plays over the loudspeakers.

Five Epiphanies At Lucha VaVoom
Justin Shady

2. I have the coolest building manager on earth.
Sergio Garcia is our building manager. He is also a wrestling trainer; he's been one for 35 years. He did the stunts for the Jack Black movie Nacho Libre and referees all Lucha VaVoom fights. I knew this peripherally when we signed our lease, but didn't realize how badass he was until I saw him crowdsurf last night for a total of FIVE TIMES. He's 56, people! How awesome!

Five Epiphanies At Lucha VaVoom
Justin Shady

3. Wrestling might be fake, but that doesn't mean it doesn't hurt.
Here's Dirty Sanchez preparing to jump on a Rudo. I bet they all come out of these matches wanting mega doses of Fentanyl.

Five Epiphanies At Lucha VaVoom
Lilledeshan Bose

4. Not all co-option of ethnic events are bad.
Lucha VaVoom is pretty hilarious and fun. It's a great hybrid of Mexican and American culture. and one of the most entertaining shows I've seen in a while.

5. SpongeBob SquarePants has a potty mouth.

Five Epiphanies At Lucha VaVoom
Justin Shady

That's Tom Kenny, the voice of Spongebob Squarepants on the left, as a Lucha VaVoom announcer. One of his more winning lines: "The spikes on the Chupacabras back are all actually functioning penises, each capable of its own orgasm." There was also (during the girl-on-girl fight) "Oh dear, I can't stop masturbating." You talk to kids with that mouth?


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