1933 is an important year for Mexican pop culture. Why? Because it is in this year that Salvador Lutteroth founds Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre. Tired of selling furniture, Don Chava wants to start a business that has nothing to do with lending money and delivering fast profits. The idea, then, emerges from a business trip he took to El Paso, Texas where he came across a lucha libre match. He starts out in a small arena called Arena Modelo with mostly foreign fighters but, in hopes of creating Mexican superstars, Don Chava begins including local fighters in his program. By 1943 he erects a bigger and newer arena, Arena Coliseo, on 77 Peru Street in Mexico City because the popularity of local Mexican wrestlers and that of Lucha Libre itself has grown immensely. By the time the Coliseo turns 10, Lucha Libre is ready for an even bigger arena, so pledging to build the biggest arena yet, Don Chava creates Arena México right where Arena Modelo once stood.
Lucha Libre wouldn’t be what it is without the luchadores. Most wear masks and those who do, have a lifetime job keeping their true identities hidden from the public. There are good guys and bad guys creating a drama filled ring that engages the audience to it’s maximum potential. A lot of the original wrestlers are big cinematic icons and most of them are heroes to thousands of fans. Some pop icons include: El Santo, Blue Demon, Huracán Ramírez, Los Brazo, Solar, La, hiding thei Briosa, Tinieblas, Tinieblas Jr. y Alushe and many many more.
Nortec Collective – Olvidela Compa from Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3