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On Gay Men in Locker Rooms: A Knee-Jerk Reaction to (Not So) Subtle Homophobia

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.  Continue reading “On Gay Men in Locker Rooms: A Knee-Jerk Reaction to (Not So) Subtle Homophobia”

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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 I could barely walk and thus had to abstain from my standard cardio regiment, although I was fortunately still able to partake in some weight training.

These are the conditions under which tomorrow’s annual show will take place. Continue reading “The Show Must (and will) Go On: Some Pre-Show Thoughts”

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A Brief and Unnecessary Defense of Lucha Libre as Art – Part I

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 bend to this blog as well, which—prompted through some recent readings—I now feel prepared to begin undertaking. Continue reading “A Brief and Unnecessary Defense of Lucha Libre as Art – Part I”

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Lucha de Sound 2013: Post-Apocalypse Extravaganza!

Design courtesy of Mike Martin
A lil’ bit of flair, lil’ bit of badass, a LOT of color.

We’re less than a month away from one of our biggest annual shows, Lucha de Sound, which is held at the University of Puget Sound. Lucha de Sound bears particular personal significance for me, as Puget Sound is my alma mater and I personally worked tirelessly to organize the first LdS in 2012 during my senior year of college. LdS 2013 promises to exceed the theatrical intensity and highflying action, and–despite drawing around 500 people last year–we expect an even larger turnout this year. The uninitiated can check out photos from last year’s event here.

The show will consist of 5 matches. Confirmed matches are as follows:

  • Vagabundo & Angel Eyes (vs) Vago & Rey Jaguar
  • La Avispa & Viento (vs) Chicano & (unconfirmed Exótico)
  • Kevin Bereta (vs) Chris Rysek (American Pro Wrestling Special Event)
  • Cromo & Hero (vs) Peligro & Sónico
  • El Fénix & Astro Imperial (vs) Prófugo & X-Man
Hell yes.
The on-campus promotional poster.

I am both honored and ecstatic to be working alongside Astro Imperial, an alum of Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, for a second time. Other things of note, are the debuts of Rey Jaguar, Angel Eyes, and La Avispa, the latter being Lucha Libre Volcánica’s first luchadora. We will also be covering the event via Instagram & Twitter.