Who Are Those Masked Men?

Joel Floriano swears you can bring your mom, your grandma, your kids, or your girlfriend or boyfiend to tonight’s Lucha Libre event at Red & Jerry’s in Sheridan. “This is a family tradition in Mexico,” he says. “It is part of our culture. It is a family show.”

Truly, the colorful get-ups — namely, the trademark masks — and the sport’s outsized theatrics are a recipe for all-ages entertainment. It’s like WWF meets Bozo the Clown, without all the bad haircuts. Floriano, who is a trainer, promoter and general jack-of-all-trades for Denver wrestling company IWF Promotions, says tonight’s main event is a particular draw because it pits the well-known Mexican fighter El Hijo de Rey Misterio against one of his father’s former students, El Misterioso. (El Hijo’s father, Rey Misterio, was himself a famous wrestler.) ¡Que rivalry!

The evening will feature five fights total, two with American fighters; one event matches up a pair of Americans against two Mexicans. This is the first time IWF will be hosting a lucha at Red & Jerry’s, and Floriano hopes to start having monthly bouts. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. at 1840 West Oxford Avenue in Sheridan. Tickets are $15 or $20, five bucks more at the door. Kids get in two-for-one — $9 in advance, $10 at the door. For more information, go to www.iwfpromotions.com or call 702-328-7728
Sun., May 30, 5:30 p.m., 2010