Lucha Libre Is Nacho Average Jack Black Comedy
Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 13:03
La Fuerza Mexicana de Lucha Libre, or the Mexican Wrestling Force, will have its Idolos del Ring 2013 tour in Phoenix this weekend. The three-hour show will feature 10 wrestlers, or luchadores, fighting in pairs of two or three.
The sport is common and widely admired in Mexico, and most of the FMLL wrestlers are from Mexico, but FMLL founder Rocky Roman says he is trying to make Lucha Libre more popular in the United States.
Pruv Ricas Jr., a 14-year veteran wrestler known as Sin Limite (Without Limit), took a minute to talk with College Times about the sport.
What got you interested in it?
Pruv Ricas Jr.: Ever since I was a kid, I liked the sport. I pictured myself being a big star in the wrestling world, and here I am. I’ve just been consistent on my goals and persistent, and here I am living the dream.
How did you decide on your persona?
I define myself as being all the time in a high-risk mood. I like old style. I would say that what defines me is I feel that wrestling has no limit. That’s where my name came from.
How does it feel being in the ring?
It’s a feeling you can’t explain unless you’re willing to do the sport. It’s exciting. Once you put the gear on, you’re a different person. You are something that has different power, different mentality and you do your best. You’re trying to be No. 1. It’s just exciting.
That movie, “Nacho Libre,” does it give a good representation of what you do?
Not at all. It’s a nice, comical movie, but it doesn’t really reflect what we go through. We really go through a lot of training and sacrifice with family, injuries, surgeries. It’s just something Hollywood put together for a laugh. If you really want to know what wrestlers go through, about seven years ago, I was part of a documentary called “Life Behind the Mask.” It reflects the human being behind the mask.
Have you had to have a surgery from doing this?
Yes. The first one, I completely destroyed my right elbow. I got six fractures on the bone. It just cracked in two pieces. It took me out of the business for two years. For the second one, one of my ankles broke in a high-flying move and that took me six months out. Then I got hit by a chair, obviously by an opponent. He hit the side of my head and almost chopped my ear off. I had reconstructive surgery on my ear, and I was out for about nine months.
We know what the risks are, and we’re eager to take the risks. Why? We just love the sport.
Lucha Libre Mexicana, Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third Street, Phoenix, fmll.net, Saturday, March 9, 6:30 p.m., $25