It’s Complicated: Relationships In and Out of the Ring

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…

The Burden of the Public Eye: A Performer’s Social Responsibility

Creative performance is my driving inspiration. As a professional luchador, I become a character through my performance: my very persona is created by the nuances and broader actions within the ring. Ave Rex then is the end product of that which I create: it is the individual words I choose and the consistency of my…

All Politics Is Local – Freeing Lucha Libre in Washington State

As some of you may have noticed on Facebook, both myself and Lucha Volcánica recently expressed support for Washington State HB 2573, which would help to lower the initial costs to host a lucha libre show—for that matter any type of professional wrestling show—in Washington State. I am in no way a deregulation mongerer, but…

Duality and Identity: Some Notes

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…

Not the Name Your Parents Gave You

Originally posted on "Jump Higher!":
Author’s note: With my two-year anniversary with Lucha Libre Volcánica upon me, I find myself thinking back on some of the more memorable experiences I’ve had there. This is the story of one such moment. Short of attending practice for the first time, or finally reaching my debut,…

Búsqueda de Familia: The Semi-Personal Post

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.

The Show Must (and will) Go On: Some Pre-Show Thoughts

Two weeks before Lucha Libre in the Park 2013 my famed opponent and Lucha Libre Volcánica Champion, X-Man, had to return to his hometown in Mexico due to a family emergency. Four days before the show, I bruised my coccyx when I unintentionally landed on my ass from the third rope while at practice. The following day…