YAKIMA, Wash. - Luchador Rey Mysterio is calling on presidential candidate Donald Trump to join him ringside during Mysterio's match at the Yakima Valley SunDome on Oct. 12.
The Lucha Ilimitado event is being called the largest lucha libre event ever staged in the U.S.
Mysterio, a three-time WWE World Champion and a world-renowned Mexican-American professional wrestler, invited Trump as a way to get acquainted with a large Mexican American crowd.
"Trump, an inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame, has been officially invited by Mysterio and as a way for the presidential candidate to immerse himself in an atmosphere of fun and celebration among Mexican-Americans and immigrant families in order to get to know them better," according to a press release sent to KXLY4 News.
"If Donald Trump wants to show the American people what he is really made of, he'll come to Yakima as my guest," said Mysterio. "Destiny has a way of lighting a path in unexpected places, and the biggest mistake you can make is to look the other way."
As an added bonus, Mysterio says that if Trump comes to Yakima, he will meet the candidate in private and remove his mask, something that he "never does under any other circumstances."
Read the full release below.
DESTINY CALLS AS Trump INVITED to Attend Largest
Lucha Libre Event Ever Staged in the U.S.
Former WWE Champion Rey Mysterio Welcomes Candidate
To Historic Event on Oct. 12 Benefiting Immigrant Families
NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2016) – Donald Trump's first foray into professional wrestling was a stunt to promote WWE at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City – but it also may have been fate, his destiny now leading him to the Yakima Valley SunDome in Yakima, Wash., and a wrestling event one month before the election that could have a measurable impact on his bid for the White House.
Today (as Google's home page pays tribute to lucha libre and the birthday of its most iconic figure), three-time WWE World Champion Rey Mysterio, the world's most renowned Mexican-American luchador, has invited Donald Trump to join him ringside at the SunDome in Yakima on Oct. 12. It will be the largest lucha libre event ever staged in the U.S. Lucha libre ("free fight") is traditional Mexican wrestling entertainment featuring masked heroes and villains with origins dating back more than 150 years.
Tickets are available at http://www.ticketswest.com/events/lucha-ilimitado/186520/.
Lucha Ilimitado, the New York-based producer of the historic event, is using the occasion to launch its "La Lucha es Real" campaign, partnering with Nora Sandigo, Executive Director of the Nora Sandigo Children Foundation and American Fraternity Inc., to raise money and awareness for her work on behalf of the U.S. immigrant community. Sandigo, who is legal guardian to more than 900 American children of undocumented immigrants, is unaffiliated with any political party. One dollar from each ticket sold in Yakima will be donated to her non-profit, non-partisan initiatives.
The world will be watching on Oct. 12 via livestream at www.luchaillimitado.com as the full card, featuring seven matches, gets underway at the 6,000-seat SunDome, located in an agricultural area of Washington where Hispanics comprise 45 percent of the population.
Mysterio is a cultural hero throughout the world. He stars in Lucha Underground, the TV series from director Robert Rodriguez and producer Mark Burnett airing weekly on the El Rey Network. Mysterio will be joined on the card at the SunDome by lucha libre royalty, including El Hijo del Santo and El Santo Jr., the son and grandson of the legendary El Santo, the beloved Mexican luchador turned film star whose career spanned more than five decades. "The Saint" became a real-life folk hero in Mexico and a national symbol of justice for the common man. As Google is commemorating, today marks his 99th birthday.
Trump, an inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame, has been officially invited by Mysterio and as a way for the presidential candidate to immerse himself in an atmosphere of fun and celebration among Mexican Americans and immigrant families in order to get to know them better.
"I truly believe that Trump's involvement in wrestling has led him to this remarkable opportunity," said Mysterio. "He met with the president of Mexico – this is his chance to spend time with members of the Mexican-American and Hispanic communities who live here in the U.S. and are most directly impacted by the immigration issues facing our country."
It is not the first time that the paths of Trump and Mysterio have potentially crossed. In 2007, Trump was expected to join forces with the masked Mysterio for WrestleMania XXIII, pitting Trump against WWE founder Vince McMahon. Instead, for reasons never explained, The Donald chose wrestler Bobby Lashley as his representative. Fate, it seems, had bigger plans.
"If Donald Trump wants to show the American people what he is really made of, he'll come to Yakima as my guest," said Mysterio. "Destiny has a way of lighting a path in unexpected places, and the biggest mistake you can make is to look the other way." Mysterio added that if Trump comes to Yakima, he will meet with the candidate in private and do something he never does under any other circumstances – in a show of respect and in symbolism of dissolving barriers, the luchador will remove his mask.
The theater of lucha libre is derived from ancient Aztec and Mayan rituals where priests would select combatants to portray deities in a dramatic competition. Enrique Ugartechea is credited as having created the sporting art of lucha libre in Mexico in 1863, featuring the spectacle of masked warriors and a flamboyant, rough-and-tumble wrestling style.
The legend of El Santo and the modern era of lucha libre began in 1934, when a young wrestler named Rudy Guzman donned a silver mask to create what would become one of the most enduring characters in Mexican popular culture. El Santo and two compatriots, the masked personas of Blue Demon and Mil Mascaras (man of a thousand faces), became known as lucha libre's Big Three, starring in the ring as well as in comic books and movies.
In addition to having the son and grandson of El Santo on the bill in Yakima, also appearing will be MVP (former WWE U.S. champion and WWE World Tag Team champion), popular Latino wrestling star Konnan, and the much-heralded second generation luchador Juventud Guerrera (five-time world cruiserweight champion and son of the legendary Fuerza Guerrera).
"There's a strong theme of la familia that runs through lucha libre," said Mysterio. "I've been all around the world and made friends with people of every race and every culture – we're all one big family. One big raza. This is what I hope Donald Trump will appreciate when he comes to Yakima."
The full card* includes:
§ Rey Mysterio starring in the main event
§ El Hijo del Santo and El Santo Jr. vs. Juventud Guerrera and Psicosis
§ MVP vs. Sami Callihan
§ Jeff Cobb vs. Fenix vs Sonjay Dutt vs Jonathan Gresham (Corazon de Oro championship)
§ Su Yung vs. Jessica Havok
*Plus two preliminary bouts TBD
The brainchild of New York City-based producers Richard O'Sullivan and Sandra Rayne Garcia, Lucha Ilimitado is a joint venture between Lost Colony Entertainment and Vrai Moi Films. A lifelong wrestling fan, O'Sullivan is the original developer of the biopic tragedy Crossface, based on the real-life story of wrestler Chris Benoit, which is now with Radar Pictures (Riddick series, Springbreakers) with Oscar-nominated director Lexi Alexander (Punisher: War Zone, Supergirl) attached.