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Cassandro — mucho, macho man

19 April 2012

I see I’ve been remiss, not having posted anything on cross-dressing gay luchadores since Christmas Eve, 2004.   A sombrero tip to Jason Dormady… from the Las Cruces [New Mexico] Sun-News:

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.

Entire article on chiropractor, licensed massage therapist and luchador exotico Saul Armendariz here.


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  1. 19 April 2012 10:35 pm

    The twists and turns you offer on Mexican culture never ceases to amaze me.
    Los luchadores are always amazing. I guess it’s really the depth of the extremely complex and mixed history and cultures society that is Mexico – a person can never take anything for granted.

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