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Last night I was fing through On Demand and saw that there was a doc on Lucha Libre there. I immediatly paid the $4.99 and was treated to a very good and fascintating history of Lucha Libre. Of course it was only an hour and left out some classic moments and some very significant luchadors (Mil, Canek, others) but for those of you on the classic section who hunger for wrestling knowledge. Especially for those of you unfamilier with Lucha Libre you would be rewarded by watching this one hour primer.

It is especially good at describing just how massive a star El Santo is and why he belongs in any GOAT discussion.
 

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I've watched Lucha Libre matches on and off since the 1990s. Here in Texas we get a lot of pro wrestling from Mexico on the Spanish language channels so it's nice having that option. Most of my knowledge of older classic Mexican wrestling is through google-fu (I am a black belt). From what I have read El Santo and Blue Demon were huge because of their cross over popularity in movies. It's very much mirrored in how The Rock has gone from being a huge wrestling star, to a huge movie star.

I'd like to take this opportunity to mention Karloff Lagarde who was the only one to beat El Santo for the Mexican National Middleweight Title from 1956 to 1967. El Santo was pretty much invincible at this time other than that. Lagarde had a 5 year run with the Mexican National Welterweight Title which he lost briefly to Blue Demon, but won it back soon after. He also beat Blue Demon for the NWA World Welterweight Title on 01-31-1958. From this date till 07-11-1971 Lagarde held the belt for a total of 4802 days.

Sources: Wrestling title-histories, wikipedia.

Here is a trios tag match featuring the team of El Santo, Blue Demon, and Mil Mascaras, a dream team if there ever was one for Lucha wrestling. This is one of Santo's last matches. It might even be his last match, but I need to research that later.

 

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I've watched Lucha Libre matches on and off since the 1990s. Here in Texas we get a lot of pro wrestling from Mexico on the Spanish language channels so it's nice having that option. Most of my knowledge of older classic Mexican wrestling is through google-fu (I am a black belt). From what I have read El Santo and Blue Demon were huge because of their cross over popularity in movies. It's very much mirrored in how The Rock has gone from being a huge wrestling star, to a huge movie star.

I'd like to take this opportunity to mention Karloff Lagarde who was the only one to beat El Santo for the Mexican National Middleweight Title from 1956 to 1967. El Santo was pretty much invincible at this time other than that. Lagarde had a 5 year run with the Mexican National Welterweight Title which he lost briefly to Blue Demon, but won it back soon after. He also beat Blue Demon for the NWA World Welterweight Title on 01-31-1958. From this date till 07-11-1971 Lagarde held the belt for a total of 4802 days.

Sources: Wrestling title-histories, wikipedia.
One of the classics to be sure. My favorite El Santo rival was El Espanto, coolest mask ever. Of course I am not from Mexico and have not lived there but from a very early age I staterd following it. I had a lot of wrestling magazines from Mexico in the 70's and I poured over the pictures. In the 80's a friend of mine got a dish and he would record AAA for me every week.
 

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One of the classics to be sure. My favorite El Santo rival was El Espanto, coolest mask ever. Of course I am not from Mexico and have not lived there but from a very early age I staterd following it. I had a lot of wrestling magazines from Mexico in the 70's and I poured over the pictures. In the 80's a friend of mine got a dish and he would record AAA for me every week.
It's always nice to have friends that can supply the wrestling habit with exotic stuff! I had a friend in the 90s who was Okinawan, and would periodically go over there to visit family. I would have him record me as much Japanese pro wrestling as he could stand to watch, and bring it back for me, lol. He wasn't a fan himself, but was good enough a person to do me that favor.
 
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