5 things I learned attending IMPACT Wrestling & AAA's "LUCHA INVADES NY"
#2: This was an international and universal presentation
As the name of this event was LUCHA INVADES NY, the show was clearly intended for a multi-national viewership. While most of the event was presented in Spanish -- including a rendition of the Mexican national anthem -- the essentials were still offered in English, thanks to ring announcements from Melissa Santos.
The truth is that Lucha is easy to understand for almost all wrestling fans, no matter their language or cultural background. Lucha clearly defines tecnicos (babyfaces) and rudos (heels), making the sport easy to follow. None of the matches seemed to be related to prior storylines. The entrances and crowd reactions helped to tell what story was being told.
One confusing aspect about the evening, however, was how often one of the ring announcers kept addressing the crowd as Mexico. Much of the audience appeared to be singing along to the Mexican national anthem -- and the crowd was told that "everyone" was Mexico tonight. It seemed no different than how everyone in New York is Irish for St. Patrick's Day.
Published 16 Sep 2019, 17:09 IST