Cartel allegedly killed 2 ‘lucha libre’ wrestlers in Mexico


MEXICO CITY — Authorities in Mexico confirmed Monday {that a} “lucha libre” wrestler had been discovered lifeless over the weekend within the north-central state of Guanajuato.

The state prosecutors’ workplace mentioned the physique of a wrestler often called “Maremoto,” or “Tidal Wave,” had been discovered dumped behind a Nationwide Guard barracks Saturday within the metropolis of Irapuato.

And native skilled wrestling promotors cancelled a deliberate match Sunday, citing the demise of “Maremoto” and one other wrestler recognized by his ring title, “Lepra,” or “Leprosy.”

“Out of respect for the relations of our colleagues Lepra and Maremoto, and as an indication of mourning, our occasion Sunday Aug. 28 is cancelled,” match promotors Promociones Freseros Brothers mentioned in assertion.

The prosecutors’ workplace had earlier confirmed the demise of “Lepra.” Native media gave his actual title as Salvador Garcia, and mentioned he could have labored a day job within the municipal authorities of Irapuato.

As a result of the game is just not well-paid, not less than on the native degree, many wrestlers work day jobs.

Each males had been reported kidnapped in Irapuato final week.

Over the weekend, photographs circulated on social media of a banner signed by the Jalisco New Technology Cartel that was discovered close to one of many our bodies.

The banner accused the 2 males — together with a 3rd wrestler recognized by his stage title “Juventud Rebelde” who was gunned down in Might — of working for a rival gang. The Jalisco cartel is thought by its initials, CJNG.

“To the colleagues of the Lucha Libre career, the CJNG has nothing towards you personally,” the banner learn. “The occasions involving ”Juventud Rebelde ‘Jerry’, Lepra Salvador and Maremoto had been direct assaults.”

The banner claimed they had been concerned with the Santa Rosa de Lima gang, which has been preventing turf battles towards the Jalisco cartel in Guanajuato for years.

Lucha libre has suffered lately, particularly through the coronavirus pandemic, when nearly all matches had been cancelled, and an unusually excessive quantity if wrestlers died of COVID-19. However not like norteño musicians, lucha libre wrestlers had till now largely escaped drug cartel violence.

Lucha libre wrestling is a quintessentially Mexican pastime. It’s the second most-followed sport within the nation, after soccer.

The game options theatrical stunts and a practice of “rudos” — villainous, rule-breaking dangerous guys — and “tecnicos” — the good-looking good guys.

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