Posted 9:10 AM 7/12/2013 : Lucha Libre wrestlers play villainous Border Patrol agents in traveling show
TUCSON- Much like The Rock or Hulk Hogan on WWE there are heroes and villains in lucha libre wrestling. The most recent addition to the villain list is a group of wrestlers portraying Border Patrol agents and it get's the mostly Mexican crowd pretty fired up.
In a documentary preview, first featured in the New York Times, wrestler Oliver John, dressed as an agent, antagonizes the crowd.
"Being that I am the evil el patron de la migra, Oliver John, with wrestling and lucha libre the Mexican version of it, you have this good vs. evil element and people are able to take out their frustrations," said Oliver John.
With immigration front and center in national politics, the group, pro wrestling revolution is gaining notoriety among those who want to see the hero, Blue Demon Jr. beat down a Border Patrol agent.
"It's pretty bad in Mexico City. A couple of months I was over there. I was getting pelted with beer, garbage, I've been hit with d-cell batteries out of the upper deck, bottles, you name it," said John.
At the end of the day, he says the show allows the crowd to let out their frustrations with the current immigration system. Even though this wrestler happens to take the same stance in real life as he does in the ring.
"A lot of them I don't think should be here. For the people that come here legally, and there's other people coming in just breaking the rules, I have a little problem with that."
News 4 Tucson reached out to Border Patrol about the portrayal of their agents. They declined comment.
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