Mexican wrestlers fight for de-regulation in Olympia

Staff writerFebruary 6, 2014 

NACHO LIBRE PREMIERE

Jack Black, right, star of the film "Nacho Libre," mugs with actors in Mexican lucha libre costumes at the film's June 2006 premiere in Los Angeles. In the film, Black plays a cook who moonlights as a lucha libre wrestler to raise money for orphans.

CHRIS PIZZELLO — AP

Mexican wrestlers are moving from the ring to the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to make it easier for them to put on shows in Washington, Northwest News Network reports.

The wrestlers, typically clad in tights and masks, say the Mexican wrestling style of lucha libre shouldn't be licensed as a combative sport, as it's mostly for entertainment and doesn't usually involve bloodshed or injury, Taylor Winkel reports.

Being licensed as a combative sport requires lucha libre events to have an ambulance and paramedics nearby, and requires participants to get yearly blood tests, Winkel writes.

Wrestlers want to be licensed as entertainers instead, according to Winkel's article.

Check out the Northwest News Network article for more details. Crosscut also has an article today on the wrestling bill, House Bill 2573.

Jack Black, who played a not-so-spry luchador in the 2006 film "Nacho Libre," has yet to weigh in on the issue.

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