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March 4, 2009 > Nuclear Charged Wrestling set to honor its combatants

Nuclear Charged Wrestling set to honor its combatants

By Tony Cogley
Photos By Bill Mancebo

It's not often enough in life you find yourself sitting at a table with five masked Luchador Mexican wrestlers talking about the joys of being thrown around the ring and the tradition of the often colorful and spirited characters they portray in their day-to-day lives. I thankfully can say I have enjoyed that privilege first hand.

I'm talking with Ultimo Tigre, Muerte Azteca, Stigma, Black Shark and Mara Villa about their upcoming Awards Banquet at Raja Indian Cuisine on March 12, and about realities of being a professional wrestler, and I'm hanging on to every word.

Ultimo, the self proclaimed spokesman of the group, is telling me he and three of the others have been doing this for roughly 20 years each, and have no plans of stopping until they absolutely have to. Me, still mesmerized by the shiny masks, can't help but wonder when it is okay to show their faces to the general public.
"You have to keep the secret as much as you can." Ultimo insists. "The biggest dishonor is to lose your mask and have your face shown to the crowd."

Something all five men say they haven't suffered yet, and confidently assure me, will never happen.

"I got a mask from one of my opponents a few months ago." Stigma can't help but cheerfully chime in. "I keep it hanging on my wall."

Nuclear Charged Wrestling, run by local promoter Frank Hernandez, is happy to have the guys added to his usual cast of wrestlers for the next year and promises even the Awards Banquet will be something fans can get excited about. The group will also be hosting an open demonstration on March 7 at U.S. Karate in Hayward.

Tickets for the Awards Banquet are $10. To purchase tickets and get all the information for the event, contact Raja Indian Cuisine at 510-264-9300.

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