Cassandro — mucho, macho man
Cassandro is one of the best-known exóticos — cross-dressing luchadors, or wrestlers — in Mexico, with nearly a quarter-century of high-flying grappling under his belt and a résumé that includes tours of the United States, Europe and Japan. He was also Mexico’s first openly gay luchador, a brave move in the theatrical but overwhelmingly “man’s man’s” world of professional wrestling.
Born and raised in El Paso, of Mexican descent, Cassandro (Saul Armendariz) learned the ropes just across the border in Juárez. Now 41, he has been wrestling professionally since he was 17.
Although he performs around the world for various promotions, Cassandro is a proud proponent of the daredevil Lucha style — wrestlers of generally smaller stature than their U.S. counterparts, with an emphasis on skill and breathtaking dives over power or physique.