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LA stage show fuses Mexican wrestling, striptease

May 5, 2014 • Entertainment


In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 photo, wrestling duo The Crazy Chickens fly over the ropes and into the audience during the Lucha VaVoom Valentine’s show of Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling and Burlesque performances at the Mayan Theatre downtown Los Angeles. The esoteric hybrid of American burlesque and Mexican wrestling is an outrageous hit.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s hard to say which zany circus-like act wins over the audience at Lucha VaVoom.

Perhaps it’s the transvestite wrestler who swan-dives from a third-story balcony to pin his opponent to the concrete floor, a move equal parts stunning and stupid. It could be the two female high-wire acrobats who strip nearly naked and spin high above the arena secured only by scarves. Or maybe it’s the three-person masked wrestling tag teams each composed of a man, a woman and a dwarf.

Whatever it is, there’s little question that the esoteric hybrid of American burlesque and Mexican wrestling is an outrageous hit that could be coming to a theater near you.

“I’ve been a wrestling fan, big-time, since the days of Hulk Hogan, but when I saw this — there’s nothing like this,” said Adalid Sanchez, an elementary-school teacher who arrived an hour early to a recent show to stake out a prime spot in the second row of the VIP section.

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