Los Angeles, CA (July 6, 2022)─Los Angeles’ longest-running, most celebrated variety show, where authentic Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque, and comedy collide, is returning with Lucha VaVOOM Summer Sabotage on Friday, July 29th at their historic home venue, The Mayan Theatre (1038 S Hill St.), in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets for this 21+ event are on sale now for $45.00‒$90.00 at TicketWeb.com.
Celebrating their 20th anniversary this August 22nd,Lucha VaVOOM (LVV) has been wowing audiences across the globe with their glam/slam extravaganzas for two decades. In February, LVV hosted their first live event since 2019 due to the coronavirus, selling out their Valentine’s engagement, followed by two blowout nights in May to celebrate 11 years of Cinco de Mayo craziness. From Los Angeles to Tokyo, across the U.S. and Canada, and all the way to Australia, people go crazy for this perfect combination of world-class, professional lucha libre-style wrestling interspersed with insane, high-octane burlesque performances, death-defying aerial acts, comedy, music, lowriders, tequila, tamales, and more ─ all adding up to one unforgettable night.
Summer Sabotage’s confirmed wrestling lineup includes fan favorites Li’l Cholo and Magno “The Man Mountain” Rudo, along with mini superstar wrestler and one of Mexico’s most beloved fighters Microman (as seen on ESPN, CBS News, The Telegraph and Daily Mail), Dragon Lee, Dralistico, Taya Valkyrie (four-time Reina de Reinaschampion and former WWE superstar), Dama Fina (former LVV champion), Matt Classic, Mini Matt Classic, LosCrazy Chickens, Dr. Maldad, Chupacabra, Zyra, Johnnie Robbie, and Los SEXI Mexi’s (Ave Rex and Sonico).
Burlesque dancers and aerialists confirmed includes Raquel Reed (burlesque dancer from Absinthe in Las Vegas), Audrey Deluxe (burlesque artist, game-player, fantasy maker, and shimmy shaker), Veronica Yune (stunning daredevil aerialist who will be swooping down from above and stealing hearts), and Viva La Glam (San Francisco-based performer specializing in unique and dangerous acts, such as an aerial dance on chains, with metal grinding in the air, to create a magnificent display of shooting sparks as she spins at death defying heights).
Plus, comedian host Blaine Capatch will be delivering insanely off-the-cuff commentary both nights.
Lucha VaVOOM (credit: Don Spiro)
Summer Sabotage will also feature a unique collaboration with Sony Pictures’ new upcoming original action thriller film, Bullet Train, out only in theaters on August 5th. In Bullet Train, Brad Pitt stars as Ladybug, an unlucky assassin determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans, as Ladybug’s latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe – all with connected, yet conflicting, objectives – on the world’s fastest train…and he’s got to figure out how to get off. From the director of Deadpool 2, David Leitch, the end of the line is only the beginning in a wild, non-stop thrill ride through modern-day Japan. With a screenplay by Zak Olkewiczbased on the book by Kotaro Isaka, the film also stars Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A Martínez Ocasio (Puerto Rican artist known as Bad Bunny, who is also a huge wrestling fan) and Sandra Bullock.
A wrestler, inspired by Bad Bunny’s “The Wolf”-character from the film, will be a part of the second match of the night at Summer Sabotage. Additionally, the dangerously cute and mysterious mascot Momomon will also make a special appearance at the event, plus fans in attendance will get to see the film’s trailer, special footage, and more!
Bullet Train’s “The Wolf” (played by Benito A Martínez Ocasio, aka Bad Bunny, in the film) and Momomon
About Lucha VaVOOM:
For almost 20 years, Lucha VaVOOM (LVV) has been delivering arguably the most electrifying show on earth with a mind-blowing mix of Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque, and comedy. Founded in Los Angeles in 2002 by Rita D’Albert and Liz Fairbairn, LVV — voted Los Angeles’ “Best Burlesque Show” by LA Weekly in 2012 and 2013 — is good vs. evil played out in quick, exhibition-style, one-fall lucha libre matches for maximum enjoyment and action. LVV has created a Los Angeles tradition: from the low rider car parade escorting in performers as the crowd enters the iconic Mayan Theatre, to the local luminaries it attracts (Drew Carey, Jack Black, and more have sat in), to burlesque (which was revived in Los Angeles), to lucha libre, where masked heroic wrestlers, in character-driven style, flip, fly, and amaze. It all comes together to make for one fun, surreal, glam-bam spectacle of raucous entertainment. You could say it’s a wrestling show for people that don’t like wrestling (and those that do). Says the Los Angeles Times, “Far-out flamboyance always prevails at Lucha VaVOOM, a spectacle of Mexican freestyle wrestling with an L.A. twist.”
At LVV, they like a little sexo with their violencia. In between matches, the finest handpicked burlesque acts from around the world wow the crowds with their unique striptease skills, including raucous aerial acts, daredevil roller-skate girls, and Guinness-World-Record-holding hula hoop hotties. The Los Angeles-based performance troupe has regularly sold out 1,000-seat venues across the globe (including in Amsterdam, Calgary, Toronto, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia, and many more), plus they’ve performed at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan and Big Day Out Festival in Australia, and call Los Angeles’ Mayan Theatre — an elaborately appointed, 1927-built former motion-picture palace — home when not on the road.
LVV has been featured on Ellen, ESPN, Jimmy Kimmel, BRAVO’s Top Chef Masters, CNN, CBS National News, BBC, VICE, and KCRW, among many others. In 2018, TV4 Entertainment released their award-winning documentary, Lucha VaVOOM: Inside America’s Most Outrageous Show ─ click here to watch the trailer.
Click here to watch LVV’s anniversary video celebrating 18 years of glorious mayhem, featuring a cast of thousands, including Peaches, Blue Demon Jr., Patton Oswalt, Rey Fenix, Drew Carey, Taya Valkyrie, the Crazy Chickens, Starcrawler, Penta Zero, and much more. Click here to view a sizzle reel with more LVV highlights.
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Sample of praise:
“It’s what performance art often aspires to be, a mash of the unmixable.”
“After 15 years, Lucha VaVOOM is practically as historic to Los Angeles as the Moulin Rouge is to Paris.”
“Lucha VaVOOM…triumphs in Los Angeles”
“If Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez teamed up to start a wrestling promotion –
Lucha VaVOOM is what you would get.”
“…may be the best bang-for-your-buck entertainment in town.”
“…no one that puts on a better lucha libre show than the folks at Lucha VaVOOM. Far wackier and wilder than most professional wrestling…Lucha VaVOOM lets its freak flag fly…”
“Lucha VaVOOM is an underground celebration of all things perfect in this world…Lucha VaVOOM is what will pass for primetime entertainment when the polar ice caps finally melt and there’s not a single drop of oil left to be squeezed from the planet. In the post-apocalyptic future Lucha VaVOOM’smix of ‘sexo y violencia’ will replace the Super Bowl, the Internet, and daytime television as humanity’s primary form of entertainment.”