A free family event, the "2nd Annual Lucha Libre en la Calle" returned to West Seattle's South Park neighborhood Saturday, July 7, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pictured is "El Sonico". CLICK ON PHOTO FOR MORE.
UPDATE: SLIDESHOW- "Lucha Libre" wrestling event gripped South Park Saturday night, July 7
UPDATE; SLIDESHOW, Click on photo for more
A free family event returned. The "2nd Annual Lucha Libre en la Calle" was held Saturday, July 7, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cloverdale and 14th Ave. S. in the South Park neighborhood of West Seattle.
For the uninitiated, "Lucha Libre" is a popular Mexican cultural phenom, professional wrestling with popular "athletes" donning colorful, expressive masks and leotards, taunting and tossing opponents through the air to the delight of their fans. It can get rough and tough in the wrestling ring, but any wrestlers that did get hurt on Saturday suffered superficial injuries.
According to Catch the Culture, a South Park neighborhood blog, “ECOSS (The Environmental Coalition of South Park) and South Park Arts are (tag) teaming up to bring Lucha Libre in the Street back to South Park this Summer! … As an organizer of the event Bill Pease had no idea if it would fly. But, when he heard those fans booing, cheering, laughing and gasping he knew we had a hit!"
The punch line? Pease surprised, and delighted, the crowd when he appeared wearing a black, ill-fitting leotard and goggles (SEE SLIDESHOW) and leaped into the wrestling ring, flipping two tag teams, four wrestlers in total, until they ganged up on him and tossed him out of the ring and on to the hard ground below. So would his colleague, Kevin Burrell, jump into the ring next year?
"Count me out," he said.
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