Crazy Chickens wrestle during Lucha VaVOOM's annual Valentine's Day show at The Mayan Theatre on February 11, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. (Lucha VaVOOM)
The Mayan Theatre in downtown Los Angeles celebrated the month of love by morphing itself into an electrifying hub of sex, violence and romance.
Enter Lucha VaVOOM!
The show is like nothing you’ve ever seen before, a warped out extravaganza of real life Mexican lucha libre fighting, burlesque dancers, and comedy that will shock and delight you at the same time.
The show was scheduled to begin promptly at 8 p.m. but by 7:15, the line of aficionados standing outside the venue was wrapped around the block with fans itching to see a myriad of action packed entertainment.
For this year’s Valentine’s Day edition, Lucha VaVOOM’s organizers added a special treat for their fans and opened the show with a performance from electro-punk goddess, Peaches, who dosed the fans with high energy tunes, ostentatious wear and commanding presence.
Who knew that the wrestling spectacle would also include a killer live performance?
As a first time spectator, I can honestly say this show blew my mind. The venue was sold out, the crowd was invigorated, the excitement felt almost tangible and it was only the beginning of the night. The event, who was slated to be “for lovers and first timers,” according to the organizers, gave the audience an exuberant spectacle that was one of a kind.
Immediately following Peaches’ performance, the announcer began belching the names of the first wrestlers, more appropriately called “Luchadores,” of all shapes and sizes which included the Crazy Chickens, Cassandro, and Chocolate Caliente, among others.
The crowd got louder and louder and rowdier as the masked Luchadores started flying in and out of the ring. The over-the-top costumes, and dynamic interactive performances (at times the wrestlers were literally flung into the crowd) exceeded expectations, the glammed up gladiators were fighting on and off the ring leaping, pounding each other, and giving the spectators a super bout of adrenaline filled fun.
The sex-addled spectacle included raunchy stand-up comedy in between fights, which served as an introduction for the Lucha VaVOOM beauties. The sparkly glitzy ladies complete with feathers, glitter ultra-sexy garb then took over the ring and enticed the crowd with burlesque strip-tease performance that included pole dances and acrobatics.
When it finally ended, my heart was racing so hard it felt like I was going to vomit. Are you ready to rumble? Yes, I’m so ready to rumble.