August 20, 2017
A unified, “Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!” chant echoes from the crowd as defeated Luchador Psycho Simpson climbs out of the center ring and his opponent’s arm is hoisted into the air in victory.
This particular victory meant a lot to Victoria Lucha Libre wrestler Quinten Allen who announced to the crowd that this would be the final fight of his wrestling career.
“Twenty years is a long time to do anything in life,” Allen said. “I’m just happy to be back here in Victoria performing.”
Live Lucha Libre hosted the event where a few hundred people arrived for the fights at the Victoria Community Center.
“The turnout was good, and it was a very lively crowd,” said Martin Gonzalez, event organizer. “We already have another show planned in October.”
However, this is not the first time a Lucha Libre event has been hosted at the Victoria Community Center. This event brought back memories for those who have watched fights in the same arena when they were younger.
“I remember when I saw Andre the Giant here,” said Carlos Guerra, Live Lucha Libre’s announcer. “Tonight has the same vibe as it did when I was 5 years old. I love it.”
Guerra, now a 47-year-old, is a testament to the timelessness of Lucha Libre. People of all ages can enjoy it, which was evident with the vast number of ages represented in the crowd at the July event.
Regardless of their age, audience members had no problem interacting with the wrestlers, who somtimes go by aliases.
Children, teenagers and adults booed, chanted and high-fived with the wrestlers throughout the night.
To some it might be jarring to see such harsh interactions between the wrestlers and the crowd but it is something the wrestlers love about the scene.
“You’ve got the guys that want to go out there and put a show on for the crowd,” said wrestler Ben Galvan, of Corpus Christi. “That’s what it’s about, entertaining the crowd.”
While these wrestlers thrive off the crowd’s energy, it’s the friendships and mutual respect that keep the wrestlers coming back.
The wrestlers who perform at the shows said its the rapport and friendships that make nights like this special for them, reuniting them with friends who they may not have seen in years.
“When I know I’m gonna come (wrestle) with a group of guys like this, I’ll go,” Galvan said. “It’s a brotherhood back here. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”