After soccer, “lucha libre” is the second most popular sport in Mexico. Since its national prominence the Mexican movie industry produced a genre of “lucha-hero” films, starring some of the best masked wrestlers in the country. All of these movies (like the “lucha libre” comic books) incorporated bizarre plots, hand-to-hand combat sequences, odd musical scores and footage of real and staged wrestling matches.
The popularity of “lucha libre” films increased between the late 1950s’ to the m...