chapter  6
Don’t leave us in the hands of criminals: The contested cultural politics of lucha libre
ByHEATHER LEVI
Pages 11

It’s June 2009, a month before congressional elections in Mexico. On the TV screen, a man walks up to a boxing ring, his face hidden behind a silver and gold wrestling mask. White boots, silver tights and a gold cape frame his bare torso. He is Místico, the most popular professional wrestler (luchador) in Mexico at the moment (Figure 6.1). Místico is a técnico (a babyface) and according to the storyline, the young, acrobatic protégé of Fray Tormenta, the famous wrestling priest.1