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Lucha Libre promotion draws animated crowd in Phoenix

By - Jun 10, 2017

By Lindsey Nebgen/For The Sporting Nation
 
 
Rockstar Wrestling Alliance's Lucha Libre promotion made its way through Phoenix this past week, bringing Mexican wrestling tradition to downtown's Crescent Ballroom. 
 
Lucha Libre wrestling is more than just a Mexican pastime. It has expanded worldwide with a much broader fan base.
 
Lucha Libre is a Mexican style of wrestling. The term means “free fight” in Spanish. Each luchador, or wrestler, wears a bright, colorful mask with a costume to match while in the ring.
 
The masks are considered sacred and one can never take off an opponent's mask during the fight. That is very disrespectful in the culture.
 
The rules and matches are very similar to that of American wrestling. The only ways to win a match are by pinning the opponent down for three seconds, knocking them out of the ring, having them surrender or disqualification. However, using the ropes as support is illegal and will get you disqualified.
 
Shots to the groin, illegal moves or holds, or ripping the opponents mask off completely are a few more ways you can be disqualified.
 
Luchadores are typically much more agile and perform more tricks than typical American wrestlers. They use the ring a lot to fling their bodies onto their opponents. There is a lot of body slamming and acrobatic moves involved. The wrestlers are also very animated when it comes to their facial expressions during the fight.
 
Every time someone would get body slammed or flipped the crowd would cheer in unison and the whole place would erupt. Almost everyone was on their feet for the majority of the fights at the Crescent.
 
“There’s a lot of energy, people screaming. It’s a lot of fun,” wrestling superfan Millicent Joersz said. “We usually go to every show… You get to meet people and scream and yell. The more you follow them, the more you get to know them, it’s just a lot of fun.”
 
This is more than just a hobby for some, whether you’re a fan or an actual wrestler. Many of the wrestlers hope to make it big and become known for their abilities.
           
“Anybody who has ever started this, has at some point in their childhood saw it on T.V. and thought ‘I want to do this when I grow up’… I took the chance,” luchador  Joshua Scott Carey said. “This isn’t a hobby for me. This is what I want my career to be. This is what I want to be known for.”
 
There are many different promoters throughout the world that put together Lucha Libre shows. There are a handful of them in Arizona alone. The promoter for this event was Rockstar Wrestling Alliance. The promoter is actually a wrestler as well who goes by the name of The Prophet. 
 
“I wrestled for about 10 years and then I thought of starting to promote just to get a better product from where I lived… I figured I had enough talent and experience to start promoting at the time and I just started booking everyone I knew,” said The Prophet, who didn’t want to disclose his real name for his own reasons.
 
Eventually he wants to get more bookings and do it all. He wrestlers, books shows, makes outfits, makes ring skirts, merchandise and so much more. He wants to become an all-inclusive wrestling business.
 
The crowd was your typical downtown Phoenix crowd but not your typical Lucha Libre crowd. 
 
The ages in the crowd ranged anywhere from 21 to people in their 70’s. Many people were very much into the wrestling. Some had their own masks that they brought and shirts dedicated to their favorite wrestlers, while others were just there to watch and have fun.
 
T-shirts from the venue with a luchador inside their logo started at $15. The T-shirts are also available on the Crescent Ballroom website.
 
The Crescent Ballroom typically hosts Rockstar Wrestling Alliance about every three months.

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