With the next AAA tournament scheduled for Christmas night and us having other plans, we were thinking our lucha libre experiences were over for the season. But.....
At the mercado, there were signs and posters of another event on 27 December, this time by CMLL. On the following weekend, posters even went up along our street!
With most of our friends busy or lucha libre'd out, only AusMex was up to the challenge, and the three of us set out for the Cancha German Evers just off Av. Zaragoza, arriving well before the 7:30pm start time.
Children took advantage of the empty ring before the start to practice their skills as luchadores.
The first group was very lively with plenty of action in the ring.
Oh no! A luchador is about to be unmasked!
Black Ninja greets his fans before the bout.
Iron Man got off to a bad start and was at a disadvantage throughout the bout.
We hung onto the barriers for protection as Black Ninja meted out punishment right in front of us.
Black Ninga and AusMex, the tag team champions!
The surprise luchador was Mario Mora, whom we'd seen two years ago in the AAA tournament. He took a battering from Histeria, and was a bloody mess by the end of the bout.
Black Abyss asked this senorita if she'd like to come up into the ring. When she said no, he gave her a big sloppy kiss then ran off!
We thought that Histeria had lost a tooth, judging by what he was pulling from his mouth. But then he stretched it out - it was chewing gum!
Loco Max makes good use of a chair handed to him by a fan to crush Angel de Plata.
In a moment that surprised even himself, Angel de Oro pulls his mask off and throws it at Escandalo, who presents the unmasked luchador's bare face to the crowd.
Realizing what he'd done, the mortified Angel de Oro managed to get his mask back and covered his face.
Local lad El Relampago flexes his muscles for the fans.
Posing for a photo with a young fan before the bout.
Perico dances with his fellow luchadores.
The action unfolds in my face! Alebrije gives it to El Relampago.
Alebrije takes a moment to respond to the fans.
Psicosis and Olimpico join forces to throw El Relampago over to Alebrije for a drubbing.
Psicosis is pleased with the result.
Perico calls for support from the fans.
At the end, young fans climbed up onto the ring. These two girls wanted a photo with Olimpico, who stayed on afterwards to sign autographs.
What a fun and exciting tournament! Somehow, some metal chairs made their way into the ring a few times, and once the fight was taken into the seating area behind us!
The referee for the "bad" guys, El Shaggy, is from Mazatlan and has a wide following. Given that he likes to put in a few hits himelf, it was funny to see him on the receiving end of a few punches, sometimes by his own luchadores!