Verge Meets: Cassandro el Exótico’

Dressed in outrageous costumes and colourful masks, the Luchadores will perform thrilling acrobatic moves to the delight and awe of the cheering crowd. This year’s line up will feature returning Lucha stars such as The Silver Masked Man, El Hijo del Santo, new star of Lucha Libre Laredo Kid, The Liberace of Lucha Libre, Cassandro El Exótico and Nacho Libre star Ramses to name but a few.

Loud, exciting and exhilarating, The Greatest Show of Lucha Libre will bring this one-of-a-kind experience to a UK audience. We spoke to Cassandro el Exótico to get more inside info…

For those who don’t know, can you explain Lucha Libre to our readers?

Lucha Libre is a high flying acrobatic wrestling sport in Mexican culture and showcases the fight between good versus evil, angels versus devils, which is also known as Técnicos  (good guys) or Rudos (bad guys). The sport is also renown for having an array of diverse competitors, from men, women, exoticos and transgender people.

How did you start your career journey in wrestling? What was it about Lucha Libre that drew you in?

In 1986, I was invited into a close room in Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos and that’s where my love for the sport began. I also always loved the masks, outfits and as I am gay, I of course love the men!

 

It’s important when training that I eat well and I am also a club member (herbalife) so my diet is 2 shakes, 2 snacks, 1 full meal.

 

Can you talk us through the development of ‘Cassandro el Exótico’?

I was interviewed by Marie Losier in a Trahinera (gondola) in Xochimilco, Mexico

She was on another project but when she interviews me she said – ‘your life is so intense’ and so we agreed to make a film but we had no idea what it would turn into. So we filmed for 4 1/2 years through El Paso, Texas, Cd. Juarez, Mexico and Europe. It premiered last year in May 2018 at Cannes Film Festival in France it was select by FILM ACID.  I have since been travelling the globe for almost a year spreading the message of Love through Adversity and Diversity.

Can you talk us through your training regime?

I train 3 to 5 times a week. I love working out at parks and being outside in nature. It’s important when training that I eat well and I am also a club member (herbalife) so my diet is 2 shakes, 2 snacks, 1 full meal.

What has been the proudest moment of your career to date?

On 29th November 1992 I was crowned the 1st exotico to win a world title.  Beating Lasser my opponent for the UWA light weigh world championship in Mexico City. Another highlight was the 1991 Championship Match versus Hijo del Santo in México City.

 

I am also part of an indigenous community here in El Paso so I like to attend sweat lodges to clean, purify, let go and recharge myself.

 

What is your fondest memory of Lucha Libre?

Finding my voice and creating a platform to continuously spread the message that diverse people are great as well as in a Macho sport and Machismo Culture.

Where has been your favourite place in the world to perform?

I still enjoy every single show as my best, regardless of where I am.

What do you like to do in your free time outside of the ring?

Healing, lots of healing. Whether it’s attending meetings in 12 step programs such as Narcotics Anonymous, I am also part of an indigenous community here in El Paso so I like to attend sweat lodges to clean, purify, let go and recharge myself. It’s also important to me to continue my relationship with God or higher power. And of course, I love pampering myself with self-care and self-love from my hair to nails, feet, and rhinestones etc!

What can we expect to see at The Greatest Show of Lucha Libre on the 11th of May?

Hold on to your seat for a high flying Lucha Libre Show! As for me, Expect the Unexpected as the Liberace of Lucha Libre will blow your mind away. You will see my talent and skills in the 6 x 6 ring, smelling of Versace and mesmerising you with my outfits and Gowns …ohhhhhh and you might even get a kiss from me…!

Could you tell us about your plans for 2019 and beyond?

I am continuing traveling with our documentary around the Globe and we have some big news coming. I still have work to do, maybe another another film, or a book proposal. God is not done with me yet.

 

There be will two performances at the Camden Roundhouse on Saturday 11th May, the first at 2pm and the later show at 7pm.