I hadn’t heard of Mexican wrestling in Melbourne before and when I did, naturally I was keen to check it out. The event is put on by the Lucha Libre in Australia society and is held in The Hi-Fi Bar. I have been to Hi-Fi before and couldn’t logistically see how a wrestling event could work there! My fears were quickly assuaged as I entered.
The ring was set up, the wrestlers were mean, and the crowd was amped. I was surprised that there was nearly 300 people there. How did so many know about it! The crowd was mix of Spanish-speaking diehards and walk-ins, but it was a surprisingly diversified bunch.
The wrestlers didn’t disappoint and showed us their skills. Colourful masks, antics, good versus bad and high-flying moves proved for a fun night. To boot there was also a mariachi band, hoola hoops and dancers.
Initially I was positioned in the stalls above the ring, but went down for a ring side seat in the second half for the main event. Only then did I appreciate the effort that went into some of the moves, not to mention the size of these guys – they are huge!
It was a crowd pleasing night and I am glad that I went. If you want to do something different in town then a night with the guys at Lucha Libre will get you there!
See Broadsheet’s photos of the night.