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Nov 22, 2016

Inside Mexico’s lucha extrema wrestling world

Inside Mexico’s lucha extrema wrestling world

The wrestlers of Total Ultra-Violent Disaster offer a bloodier version of Mexico's traditional, deeply-rooted wrestling spectacles, bashing each other with chairs and neon lights and sticking each other with plastic knives and forks.

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Zuzu Divine lies down on the floor during a wrestling fight at Arena Neza on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico October 28, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Wrestler known as Ciclope is seen during an extreme wrestling fight at the Arena Neza on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico, October 28, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Wrestlers are seen backstage before an extreme wrestling fight at a temporary wrestling ring in a car wash in Tulancingo Hidalgo, Mexico October 8, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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A wrestler shows the scars on his back backstage at a temporary wrestling ring inside a car wash in Tulancingo Hidalgo, Mexico October 8, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Wrestlers known as Ciclope (L) and Mosco X-Fly are surrounded by audience during an extreme wrestling fight at the Arena Neza on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico, October 28, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Wrestler Diva Salvaje, or Savage Diva (L), fights wrestler Ovett during a wrestling fight at Arena Neza on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico October 28, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Wrestler known as Mosco X-Fly is seen as he enters the ring for an extreme wrestling fight at the Arena Neza on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico October 28, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Wrestler known as Gio Malkriado (top) fights with a fluorescent tube with wrestler Ciclope during an extreme wrestling fight at a temporary wrestling ring inside a car wash in Tulancingo Hidalgo, Mexico October 8, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Wrestler known as Ciclope falls on plastic forks during an extreme wrestling fight at a temporary wrestling ring inside a car wash in Tulancingo Hidalgo, Mexico October 8, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Wrestler known as Gio Malkriado (top) smashes a fluorescent tube on wrestler Ciclope during an extreme wrestling fight at a temporary wrestling ring inside a car wash in Tulancingo Hidalgo, Mexico October 8, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Wrestler Zeuxis (R) fights Lady Maravilla during a wrestling fight at Arena Neza on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico October 28, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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People react as they look at an extreme wrestling fight at a temporary wrestling ring inside a car wash in Tulancingo Hidalgo, Mexico October 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "LUCHA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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A child spectator shouts to wrestlers during an extreme wrestling fight at the Arena Neza on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico, October 28, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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A man sells candies at a wrestling ring inside a car wash in Tulancingo Hidalgo, Mexico October 8, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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A child spectator holds a drawing portraying a wrestler known as Toxico during an extreme wrestling fight at the Arena Neza on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico October 28, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Wrestler Ciclope shows his back after an extreme wrestling fight at a temporary wrestling ring in a car wash in Tulancingo Hidalgo, Mexico October 8, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Wrestler known as Gio Malkriado (top) fights wrestler Ciclope with a chair during an extreme wrestling fight at the Arena Neza on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico October 28, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Wrestler known as Aero Boy (top) jumps on Dragon Rojo Jr during a wrestling fight at the Arena Neza on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico October 28, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Wrestler known as El Junior Malkriado (L) shouts as wrestler Ciclope puts clothes pegs on his nipples during an extreme wrestling fight at a temporary wrestling ring in a car wash in Tulancingo Hidalgo, Mexico October 8, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Fluorescent tubes with barbed wire are seen before an extreme wrestling fight at a temporary wrestling ring in a car wash in Tulancingo Hidalgo, Mexico October 8, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Wrestlers join hands before an extreme wrestling fight in a ring inside a car wash in Tulancingo Hidalgo, Mexico October 8, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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The wrestler known as Lady Maravilla is seen backstage before an extreme wrestling fight at the Arena Neza on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico, October 28, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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The wrestling ring of the Arena Neza is seen on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico October 28, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Wrestler known as El Junior Malkriado slumps on a seat during an extreme wrestling fight at the Arena Neza on the outskirts, Mexico City, Mexico, October 28, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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Wrestler known as Ciclope (C) lies on the floor after losing an extreme wrestling fight against Los Malkriados at a temporary wrestling ring inside a car wash in Tulancingo Hidalgo, Mexico October 8, 2016. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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