Goodbye, but sorta not forever.
Social complexity is at the very foundation of lucha libre, wherein partners and rivals, enemies and friends, are often one in the same. The fact that rudos and technicos may not actually hate each other is not revelatory. However the relationships between luchadors both in and out of the ring are significantly more complicated than many…
In theatre the principal goal of an actor is to perform as another person on a stage in such a way that becomes believable to the audience—to become another person via performance. Such is also common in movies and TV, of course. However in lucha libre, such is always not the case. Despite external forces…
During my senior year of college, I applied for the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which required–amongst other things–a lengthy personal statement. I later adapted large portions of this statement into a short memoir that was published in Arches Magazine in 2012.
As you may well know by now, I tend to spend a bit of time at the gym, which often includes time in a locker room. It follows then, that I have had a plethora of interactions in the locker room as well. Locker rooms are a peculiar space, especially with respect to masculinity.
This blog has generally been dedicated to the sharing of various events in my life as a luchador, from shows and publicity events to fiestas. For those of you who have read the “about” section of this blog, you may well be aware that my intent was also to have a sort of cultural studies…
Another round of shows, accompanied by a shirtless-march through downtown and a week of antibiotics.
It’s the end of my first month, and we are celebrating with a bit of tequila and a small stack of photos.
Craftsmanship, sleeping on the floor, and a night at the fights!
My debut in Mexico, a full week of training, and one awesome, awesome, very public failure.
I have compiled a few lessons that may help *you*–the American–avoid being a douche bag.
It is the end of my first week in Mexico: here are a few un-insightful things about it.