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Meet Damián 666 on July 15

Wrestler in town to promote Lucha Mexico

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Lucha Mexico **

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What has more masked participants than an <em>Eyes Wide Shut</em> Halloween orgy? Lucha libre! Directors Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz play up the local color, moving from arena to arena in pursuit of today’s biggest names in the CMLL, Mexico’s World Wrestling Council. (The last half hour of my life was spent “researching” KeMonito, a midget mascot in a cheap blue monkey suit — think “Made in China” animatronic Ewok — who gets beat on like a ragdoll at baby’s first birthday party.) Instead of recycled video montages of scripted matchups that enthusiasts have long committed to memory (and greenhorns can do without), our dynamic duo should have devoted a little more time to the origins and cinematic legacy of the unique pop-culture phenomenon. The sacred name of His Holiness, El Santo, is evoked but twice, and gosh only knows if they’ve ever feasted on <em>Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy</em>. And lest one think it’s all faked, two luchadores died during the making of this picture. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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Believe it or don’t, I was once a big fan of wrestling. Larry used to take me to Chicago’s International Amphitheater to study the squared-circle wizardry of such giants as Bruiser & Crusher, Bob Brazil, the Fabulous Moolah, Mad Dog Vachon, and countless other wrestling luminaries.

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Perhaps that’s why I had so much fun watching Lucha Mexico, a new documentary on the pop culture phenomenon known worldwide as Lucha Libre opening Friday at the Digital Gym.

The sport became a permanent part of my past soon after Cyndi Lauper’s “Rock ’n’ Roll Connection” and the ingenious tag team pairing of Hulk Hogan and Mr. T ceased to be. None of the current crop of contenders profiled in Lucha Mexico were even remotely familiar, but for those who still enjoy their wrasslin’, the Digital Gym has a treat for you.

Luchador Damián 666 will put in a personal appearance on opening night, Friday, July 15, for the 7 p.m. show. Here’s a chance to get your picture taken with one of the scariest looking dudes you’ll find this side of a Trump rally.

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Lucha Mexico **

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What has more masked participants than an <em>Eyes Wide Shut</em> Halloween orgy? Lucha libre! Directors Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz play up the local color, moving from arena to arena in pursuit of today’s biggest names in the CMLL, Mexico’s World Wrestling Council. (The last half hour of my life was spent “researching” KeMonito, a midget mascot in a cheap blue monkey suit — think “Made in China” animatronic Ewok — who gets beat on like a ragdoll at baby’s first birthday party.) Instead of recycled video montages of scripted matchups that enthusiasts have long committed to memory (and greenhorns can do without), our dynamic duo should have devoted a little more time to the origins and cinematic legacy of the unique pop-culture phenomenon. The sacred name of His Holiness, El Santo, is evoked but twice, and gosh only knows if they’ve ever feasted on <em>Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy</em>. And lest one think it’s all faked, two luchadores died during the making of this picture. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Find showtimes

Believe it or don’t, I was once a big fan of wrestling. Larry used to take me to Chicago’s International Amphitheater to study the squared-circle wizardry of such giants as Bruiser & Crusher, Bob Brazil, the Fabulous Moolah, Mad Dog Vachon, and countless other wrestling luminaries.

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Perhaps that’s why I had so much fun watching Lucha Mexico, a new documentary on the pop culture phenomenon known worldwide as Lucha Libre opening Friday at the Digital Gym.

The sport became a permanent part of my past soon after Cyndi Lauper’s “Rock ’n’ Roll Connection” and the ingenious tag team pairing of Hulk Hogan and Mr. T ceased to be. None of the current crop of contenders profiled in Lucha Mexico were even remotely familiar, but for those who still enjoy their wrasslin’, the Digital Gym has a treat for you.

Luchador Damián 666 will put in a personal appearance on opening night, Friday, July 15, for the 7 p.m. show. Here’s a chance to get your picture taken with one of the scariest looking dudes you’ll find this side of a Trump rally.

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