later in life.
Solar trained and moved to Monterrey, quickly impressing promoters and peers. As it turned out, he wound up working an event with his idol, and El Solitario took him under his wing. They became good friends quickly. However, life changed for Solar on April 6, 1986. After a match, El Solitario felt ill and went to the hospital with stomach pains. It was found that he had internal bleeding. During surgery, he went into full cardiac arrest, and he passed away on the operating table at age 39. Solar was hit hard by this, but to this day he said he feels El Solitario by his side every time he wrestles.
Solar talks about his grown son wanting to follow in his father's footsteps. Solar said he never wanted his son to do so, but he from Day One supported him 100%. Both father and son wear similar designs on their masks. Solar's wife hates seeing her husband in pain but he perseveres just the same. However, she has no idea how to tell him he isn't eternal. Solar knows this, though, and says his career is winding down. If his son (who has been in the business about a year at this point) chooses to continue this for a career and carry on the Solar name, that's great. If not, then so be it. He has no regrets now nor will he in the future. Lucha libre let him see the world, meet his wife, have his children and live his life to the fullest.
Some final clips show and narration tells how lucha masks are sold everywhere in Mexico. Lucha libre embodies passion and emotion, and this reaches not only the target audience but the Mexican mainstream as well. With many young fans attending shows to this day, lucha libre should continue to thrive for a very long time. With that, the documentary ended.
All in all, a great program that showed definite knowledge and respect of the product, the culture, its wrestlers and its fans. Wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans should enjoy this. It's informative, it's educational and it provides great historical background to the business. The DVD of "Tales of Masked Men" is available from the PBS website for pre-order with a fitting release date of October 31.
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Team 3D Academy and "Hope for a Single Mom" Fight To End Breast Cancer
Melbourne, Florida – October 2 2012 –The Team 3D Academy of Professional Wrestling and Sports Entertainment is proud to announce that along with "Hope for a Single Mom" they were able to raise more than $7,000 to help in the fight against breast cancer.
On September 8, 2012, Devon Hughes, p/k/a Devon Dudley in WWE and Brother Devon in TNA, teamed with "Hope for a Single Mom" in order to put on a family friendly wrestling show at Viera High School in Melbourne, FL. All proceeds from the show went towards the "Hope for a Single Mom" charity. The show featured talent from QWEST Pro wrestling, a top independent wrestling promotion in Florida, which showcases many of the Team 3D academy students.
The "Hope for a Single Mom" charity was started 2 years ago. Every year, the two founders and the people at Breast Friends of Florida choose a single mother to raise money for in order to help with medical and other expenses that have been incurred to lost income while battling cancer.
Devon is a 23 time World Tag Team champion along with his long time tag team partner, Bubba/Bully Ray, holding championships in every major organization in North America, including TNA, WWE, ECW, WCW, NWA as well as Japan. They are the most decorated team in the history of Professional Wrestling.
The Team 3D Academy was opened in May of 2007 and prides itself on having trained some of the best young talent in professional wrestling today, having students signed to WWE Developmental contracts, TNA Gut Check, Ring of Honor (ROH), and Zero-1 Japan.
The Team 3D Academy, located in Kissimmee, FL, is under an open enrollment policy and is always accepting new students. All interested in joining the Team 3D Academy may visit www.team3dacademy.com and also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Team-3D-Academy-of-Professional-Wrestling/. All SERIOUS applicants may schedule a preliminary appointment by calling (407) 390-9005.