A boisterous whirr of nudity and violence What happens when Mexican masked wrestling meets burlesque?
The answer is Lucha VaVOOM.
On Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. the high-flying, body-slamming, sexually and sartorially revealing show drew a crowd of over a thousand costumed fans.
The 21-and-over crowd lined up on South Hill Street, eagerly waiting for the first of the two-night shows to begin.
The interior was filled with dim red lighting and the sounds of pop artist Tiffany’s breakthrough ‘80s mall-rat hit “I Think We’re Alone Now” - was performed in Spanish.
Hosts Blaine Capatch and Jeff Davis called out, “Lucha!”
On cue, the composite crowd of “virgins” and veterans screamed back in unison, “VaVOOM!”
They continued the call-and-response throughout the night, as bouts of luchadores alternated with burlesque dance acts.
Diamondback Annie was a dancer whose face was painted like Paul Stanley from KISS. She stripped down to a black thong and nipple tassels, and - for a grand finale - shot confetti from her guitar.
Not to be outdone by the tassels, the show’s main event starred El Bombero and the flamboyant crowd favorite, Cassandro, taking on the “heels” – pantomime villains Pirata Morgan and Chupacabra.
Their wild and fearless behavior struck too close for the first two rows of spectators, and when El Bombero and Cassandro leaped over the rope in pursuit of their masked opponents, they crashed down into the crowd of paying customers.
Ultimately, El Bombero and Cassandro emerged victorious and the crowd roared in approval.