I LOVE lucha libre. It combines my love of over the top costumes (see photo to the left) and old school wrestling (ala the Crusher, Gorgeous George, Andre the Giant, etc.). Throw in some classic burlesque and you get Mondo Lucha, a super cool event held a couple of times a year in Milwaukee. Mondo Lucha was held at Turner Hall Ballroom. Turner Hall is an awesome old cream city brick ballroom built in 1923 to house the Milwaukee Turners. It had a fire in 1941 and was closed until around 2003. The renovation is not completely done, so the hall still has a fire-damaged patina that lends a great vibe to any show there.
The Turners are a still active German American athletic, civic and cultural organization that was founded in 1853. The organization has gymnastics, fencing, rock climbing, and other athletic activities. The Turners are known for their motto ” Sound Mind in a Sound Body”, and helped create physical education programs in schools throughout the United States. In its heyday, the Turner Society was the social center for Milwaukee leaders Carl Schurz, Emil Walber, the Uihlein, Schlitz, Blatz and Harnischfeger families who helped it flourish.
I biked down to Mondo Lucha with a group of West Siders. Steve is pals with the organizer of Mondo Lucha, so he scored tickets and front row seats for all of us. The show was spectacular as always. If you have never gone, you owe it to yourself to give it a try next time Mondo Lucha shakes Milwaukee. Here are a few photos of our night just to give you a taste.