— Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling promotion
has announced its first ever iPPV, which will take place on July 26th in Humble,
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— Masked Republic sent out the following
PHILADELPHIA’S LARGEST MEXICAN LUCHA LIBRE SHOW EVER
SLAMS INTO SOUTH PHILLY ON APRIL 27TH FOR HUGE LIVE EVENT SPECTACULAR & LIVE
Packed with Mexican megastars from south of the border,
Masked Republic’s MaskedMania event will bring many of these TV stars to
Philadelphia for the first time.
San Diego, CA – Lucha Libre,
the Mexican form of professional wrestling, is woven into the culture of the
country much like baseball and apple pie are here in the United States. In
Mexico, in nearly every major city and dozens of smaller cities, you can find
multiple lucha libre events held throughout the week, every week, all year
round. But in the United States, lucha libre events are often limited to
occurring in only the biggest Hispanic markets like Los Angeles, Dallas, and
Chicago. Long time producers of lucha libre events and media content, Masked
Republic, are looking to change that. And, Philadelphia has been named the host
city for their first MaskedMania event.
The company, who’s mission
statement is “to expand lucha libre beyond the borders of Mexico,” has brought
together a line up the likes of which no east coast city outside of New York has
ever seen. “There are so many fans of lucha libre all over the world,” Masked
Republic CEO Ruben Zamora said of his company’s reason for selecting to branch
out from the traditional lucha libre markets in the United States. “And right
here in the U.S., there are millions of Hispanics who have both a cultural and
entertainment love for lucha libre but never get the opportunity to see a truly
authentic lucha libre event. A true authentic event to us means not only an
event with matches fought in the lucha libre style, but packed with the same
stars who have been featured on television in the U.S. for years on broadcasts
emanating from Mexico.”
“And, as we have seen over the past decade, the
lucha libre phenomenon is not just embraced by the Hispanic community, but by
wrestling and pop culture fans of all ethnicities and cultures,” Masked Republic
president Kevin Kleinrock added. “Whether it is the cross cultural fan support
for Rey Mysterio in the WWE or people who would never even consider going to a
‘professional wrestling’ event selling out Lucha Va Voom shows across the
country, the world of lucha libre transcends boundaries. We are excited to be
bringing true authentic lucha action and stars to the city of
And packed with lucha stars, this event is! In the main
event of the night, two of the biggest names in the lucha world, Dr. Wagner Jr.
and LA PARK (the original La Parka) will battle “Mano-A-Mano” in a rematch from
their heavily praised AAA Lucha Libre battle in Mexico in December of 2012.
These two veterans have been featured not only in both of Mexico’s top lucha
companies AAA Lucha Libre and CMLL, but PARK was a star on English language
television in as well as part of Ted Turner’s WCW prior to Vince McMahon’s WWE
purchasing the company.
Three lucha championships will also be contested
at Masked Mania. Lucha legend Solar will defend his Campeonato de Maestros
against his arch rival Negro Navarro. The Pro Wrestling Revolution Women’s World
Title (which has been defended on CMLL broadcasts) will be contested between
champion and Philadelphia resident Christina Von Eerie and her challenger,
Japan’s Sumi Sakai. And, no authentic lucha libre event is complete without mini
luchadors! Often under 5 feet tall, these smaller sized athletes deliver
extremely big action in the ring.
On April 27th at MaskedMania, the Pro
Wrestling Revolution World Minis Championship (also defended in CMLL) will be on
the line as champion Mini Mariachi (the original Octagoncito from AAA) defends
against former CMLL World Minis Champion Pequeño Pierroth.
element unique to the Mexican version of pro wrestling, is the category of
wrestlers known as exóticos. And, the most famous of the exóticos is the former
UWA World Light Heavyweight Champion Cassandro. Known as “The Liberace of Lucha
Libre,” and featured in a recent issue of Details Magazine, Cassandro forever
changed the image of exóticos when he proved that despite his flamboyant look
and attire, he was a world class athlete. And, across the ring from Cassandro
will be another world class athlete in the form of “Spartan” Matt Cross. This
world traveler who has wrestled in 19 different countries and appeared on WWE’s
Tough Enough reality competition on the USA Network.
“We wanted our
MaskedMania card to be a true sampling of all things authentically and uniquely
lucha libre.” said Zamora. “From a number of traditional ‘trios’ match to a
megastar main event, from minis to exóticos, and from masked heroes to high
flying acrobats, because for lucha libre fans in Philadelphia this is going to
be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see live authentic lucha libre Mexicana
in their own backyard, we wanted the event to deliver EVERYTHING that makes the
sport of lucha libre so unique and so incredible.”
The event will also
feature a number of U.S. based wrestlers who consider themselves luchadors by
trade as well. “The lucha libre style and action has been embraced by many
American wrestlers and companies over the years,” said Kleinrock. “One such
group is Chikara Pro Wrestling based out of Pennsylvania. We are excited to have
a number of Chikara stars on the MaskedMania card including the world traveled
Ophidian The Cobra, Green Ant and The Madjai Amasis. CZW’s Latin Dragon will
also be on the card teaming with Pro Wrestling Revolution’s Ultimo Panda as well
as independent standouts Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy, and Papadon.”
more independent standouts will be on the card as the trio of Luke Hawx, Jeez
and Ruckus take on lucha stars Damien 666, his son Bestia 666 and the legendary
Sabu, who despite not being a traditional luchador, is one of the most popular
American wrestlers among lucha fans in Mexico.
“We are excited to bring
our first MaskedMania event to the city of Philadelphia.” Zamora continued.
“And, we are very excited to have Telemundo 62 as our official & exclusive
broadcast media partner for the event. It was important for us to find the right
partner for bringing our family friendly event to the city and Telemundo 62’s
commitment to the families of Philadelphia told us that they were absolutely the
right partners.” The media partnership will include on-air contests for family
packages of tickets to the event as well as merchandise packages from Masked
Republic’s clothing and DVD lines and a Telemundo 62 presence at the live event.
Additionally, Philly’s El Zol Radio 1340 AM and El Sol Latino Newspaper have
joined with Masked Republic as media partners for the event.
will take place on Sunday, April 27th at 5:00 PM at the former ECW Arena, now
known as the 2300 Arena, located at 2300 South Swanson St in South Philadelphia.
Doors will open at 4:30 PM, but VIP ticket holders will be admitted inside one
hour earlier, at 3:30 PM to participate in a meet & greet with the Mexican
megastars and have a chance to get autographs and photos from them. Only rows
1-3 are reserved seating, so fans wanting to insure the best seats in the house
should purchase tickets in advance.
The event is also being broadcast
live worldwide as an internet pay-per-view event with top caliber service
Highspots.tv providing streaming services. Fans can watch the event live from
anywhere in the world for only $9.95 USD. The live iPPV will feature English
commentary from the team of Leonard F. Chikarason and Joe Dombrowski & can
be ordered at pre-ordered at MaskedMania.com.
For more information and
tickets, visit the official website for the event at www.MaskedMania.com. A toll
free information line for both Spanish and English is available by calling
Currently Announced Lineup for MaskedMania on
Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. LA
CAMPEONATO DE MAESTROS
Champion: Solar vs. Challenger: Negro
CAMPEONATO DE MINIS DEL MUNDO
Champion: Mini Mariachi vs.
Challenger: Pequeño Pierroth
CAMPEONATO DE FEMINIL DE PWR
Christina Von Eerie vs. Challenger: Sumie Sakai
& Bestia 666 & Sabu vs.
Luke Hawx & Blk Jeez &
EXOTICO VS. MACHO
Cassandro El Exotico vs. “Spartan” MDogg Matt
Ophidian The Cobra & The Madjai Amasis &
“3 Live Gringos” Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy &
Latin Dragon, Ultimo Panda & more!
Subject To Change*
Tickets & iPPV pre-orders at
Tickets can also be purchased in person in Philadelphia
720 South 5th Street