March 6, 2003
Mexican event \'muy tremendo\'
By DON \'Cyrus\' CALLIS -- For SLAM! Wrestling

As I write this column, it is sunny and 26 degrees outside and I plan to follow up this effort with a nice stroll outside, wearing a pair of shorts. OK, enough bragging. I know it\'s cold in Winnipeg and you can take solace in the fact that, by the time you read this, I will be back, freezing my butt off with the rest of you.

But for now, I am in Mexico on business -- as I have been for the past week -- and it has been great for more reasons than simply the weather. My trip allowed me the pleasure of attending my first-ever live lucha libre event in front of a packed crowd in Monterrey. All I can say of the experience is: muy tremendo!

While I have watched a lot of lucha libre (Mexican wrestling) in my life -- and in fact wrestled one of the greatest of all time (Ultimo Dragon) -- before last week, I had never witnessed a live card. The wrestling was OK, and likely the only name most fans up here would be familiar with is La Parka of WCW fame. What was truly great about the show was the atmosphere. Great building, great fans and lots of laughs.

First I should mention that beers were a buck. I can\'t drink at my house that cheap. Again: muy tremendo! Secondly, there was this guy who weighed about four hundred pounds in a yellow duck suit, featuring a hilarious mask with a duck bill on it. I spent several minutes arguing with one of my buddies as to whether the luchador in question was a chicken or a duck. Whatever. He was hilarious. Comedy done correctly.

An older lady came down from the crowd and tried to attack one of the Rudos (bad guys) which was like a flashback to my days wrestling around rural Manitoba, where I was hit with more canes and walkers then I care to mention. They had ladies in an eightwoman tag and also MINIS! Sorry, short people. One MINI had a Chucky mask and behaved like, well, a deranged ventriloquist dummy. Now that\'s entertainment.

The guys on the card all worked hard and the crowd clearly believed in more than a few of them, which is likely why they are able to draw decent crowds despite running every Sunday at Arena Monterrey. Oh, by the way, if you want to check the group out, they are called AAA. You can likely get information on it at Jabronis Wrestling store. Oh, I also purchased a luchador mask for Joe Aiello to wear around town. Should be a big improvement.

K5 NEWS

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\"DON

By DON \'Cyrus\' CALLIS
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