Lil’ Chicken diving off a speaker stand into the crowd at Lucha VaVOOM (Taylor Wong/LOL-LA)
“LUCHA! VAVOOM!” is what was heard throughout the night coming from fans inside the Mayan Theatre. On Oct. 26 Lucha VaVOOM kicked off their annual Halloween two-day event. The night started off with Luchadores pulling up in front of the Mayan in a old-school hot rod accompanied by one of the many burlesque dancers. Although the doors opened at 7 p.m., the festivities didn’t start until 8:30 p.m. giving everyone plenty of time to drink and get to their seats. This was a sold-out show full of hundreds of people who showed up in costume. It was fantastic!
I had the chance to casually talk to one of the producers before the show started. He told me that they had so much content that they had to cut some of the acts. To give you an idea of how much amazing content they had, I’ll tell you about one they cut. They had to cut a giant foam wall made to look like Donald Trump that a few midgets dressed as chickens would ride tiny motorcycles through as the rest of the luchadores ran up behind them. Does that not sound amazing?
They opened the show with a song from Siobhan Fahey and Mexico’s Titan. This lead into a male/female tag team match, which would be the current El Presidente’s last match. Luckily for El Presidente, his last match ended with a win. The night continued with a burlesque show to keep the men’s testosterone levels up between matches.
The following match, which was one of my favorites of the night, went down between Dirty Sanchez and Joey Ryan along with their abominations … I mean creations. It was pretty much a tag-team match of Frankenstein’s and Frankenstein’s monsters. Boy were these monsters a couple of morons. Joey Ryan’s monster tried drinking Baby Oil before they got in the ring, while Dirty Sanchez’s monster just couldn’t really walk right. Halfway through the match, Dirty Sanchez shit his pants (at least that’s what they make it look like). But fear not! That just stepped up this match to the next level. Next thing you know, Sanchez is flinging shit into the crowd. You could hear the screams of women as they were hit with this doo-doo butter. Sanchez then wiped his ass with his wife-beater and chased Joey Ryan and his monster around the ring. Sanchez clearly won that match.
After a brief intermission and costume contest, the show continued. We were graced once again with hula-hoop star Karis before the next match. Following Karis’ hoop work was the rebirth of Lil’ Chicken. He joined his full sized Crazy Chickens in a battle against Green Fuzz and his henchman, which included the likes of Chupacabra. This was by far one of the most comical matches. At the end of this match Lil’ Chicken dove off the speaker stand into the crowd. I always thought chickens couldn’t fly, I guess I was wrong.
The final match was a heavyweight match that introduced to us for the first time Damian 666 whose pants looked like haunted candy corn. Included in this match was Ray Horus, Magno and the reincarnated Vampiro Blanco. This match was less comedy more blood shed, and it was glorious! Damian 666 and Vampiro Blanco won this match.
If you have never attended a Lucha VaVOOM, don’t miss out on the next one. This show is 12 years running and one of the best experiences I have had here in Los Angeles. There is one more tonight (Oct. 27), and if you can find a ticket to this sold-out show, I suggest you take it!