The Abridged Version of Lucha Libre’s Long, Strange History
In 1933, after studying wrestling in San Antonio, Texas, a man named Salvador Lutteroth González founded the Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre in Mexico City. But it wasn’t a smash hit from the start, according to Maska Lucha. He and his masked spectacle were turned down by large arenas across the country.
Though persistence paid off. González found a home in Arena Modelo, a 5,000-seat arena that had been scheduled for demolition. The dilapidated building became the first home of Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), otherwise known as Lucha Libre.
Today, the magic of lucha libre continues at the Arena Mexico, located just minutes from its original home.
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