Cartel allegedly killed 2 ‘lucha libre’ wrestlers in Mexico


MEXICO Metropolis — Authorities in Mexico verified Monday that a “lucha libre” wrestler had been found dead more than the weekend in the north-central point out of Guanajuato.

The state prosecutors’ business office reported the entire body of a wrestler regarded as “Maremoto,” or “Tidal Wave,” had been discovered dumped at the rear of a Nationwide Guard barracks Saturday in the city of Irapuato.

And regional expert wrestling promotors cancelled a planned match Sunday, citing the death of “Maremoto” and an additional wrestler acknowledged by his ring title, “Lepra,” or “Leprosy.”

“Out of regard for the family members of our colleagues Lepra and Maremoto, and as a indication of mourning, our function Sunday Aug. 28 is cancelled,” match promotors Promociones Freseros Brothers mentioned in statement.

The prosecutors’ office environment experienced previously verified the dying of “Lepra.” Nearby media gave his true identify as Salvador Garcia, and reported he may well have worked a working day work in the municipal governing administration of Irapuato.

Due to the fact the sport is not well-paid, at the very least at the area stage, several wrestlers work working day positions.

The two adult males were being documented abducted in Irapuato previous 7 days.

About the weekend, images circulated on social media of a banner signed by the Jalisco New Era Cartel that was uncovered in the vicinity of 1 of the bodies.

The banner accused the two guys — along with a third wrestler regarded by his stage identify “Juventud Rebelde” who was gunned down in Could — of doing work for a rival gang. The Jalisco cartel is regarded by its initials, CJNG.

“To the colleagues of the Lucha Libre profession, the CJNG has nothing at all in opposition to you personally,” the banner read through. “The functions involving ”Juventud Rebelde ‘Jerry’, Lepra Salvador and Maremoto have been immediate attacks.”

The banner claimed they were being concerned with the Santa Rosa de Lima gang, which has been fighting turf battles in opposition to the Jalisco cartel in Guanajuato for many years.

Lucha libre has endured in current yrs, especially all through the coronavirus pandemic, when virtually all matches have been cancelled, and an unusually large amount if wrestlers died of COVID-19. But compared with norteño musicians, lucha libre wrestlers experienced until finally now mainly escaped drug cartel violence.

Lucha libre wrestling is a quintessentially Mexican pastime. It is the second most-followed activity in the nation, immediately after soccer.

The sport options theatrical stunts and a custom of “rudos” — villainous, rule-breaking terrible men — and “tecnicos” — the handsome great fellas.

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