What to Eat at a Lucha Libre Match, If You Can Stand the Insults

Walking into the Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara, you’re greeted with delightful wafts of freshly popped corn and good-hearted jeers from the crowd.

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Dec 27 2017, 5:00pm

If you're heading to a lucha libre show in Mexico, you better have thick skin. Mexican professional wrestling matches are as much about shit-talking (inside and outside of the ring) as they are about the artfully dramatic fighting.

Swoop on some popcorn once you get into Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara

Swoop on some popcorn once you get into Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara. All photos by the author.

Mistico aka Luis Ignacio Urive Alvirde enters the ring

Místico, a.k.a. Luis Ignacio Urive Alvirde, enters the ring.

Mistico greets the crowd.

Lucha libre is more than a sport its an art

Lucha libre is more than a sport, it's an art.

Walking into the Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara, you're greeted with delightful wafts of freshly popped corn and good-hearted jeers from the crowd. If you're a woman, you're probably getting called a whore. If you're a man, the slurs usually revolve around homosexuality. Despite the onslaught of obscenities, no one is offended.

Every Tuesday and Saturday, cheerfully rowdy crowds gather here in Guadalajara to watch the WWE-style wrestling phenomenon. Like any good spectator event, lucha offers stadium food to nosh on while you watch men battle each other with a mix of brawn and art.

Stop the michelada guy for a spicy limey treat

Stop the michelada guy for a spicy, lime-y treat.

Mexico City native Jose Casas Ruiz aka Negro Casas working his magic in the ring

Mexico City native José Casas Ruiz, a.k.a. Negro Casas, working his magic in the ring.

Around the stadium, middle fingers fly and vendors walk through the aisles selling snacks like cotton candy and fat doughnuts. For something more substantial, head to the walk-up loncheria window serving hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, and tostilocos. The stadium is beer-only, so no tequila (even though you're in tequila country). Wash down the insults with a draught Victoria beer or michelada.

The loncheria or snack bar at Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara

The loncheria, or snack bar, at Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara.

luchalibre_Photo 2 - No CaptionVictoria beer flows plentifully at the stadium

Victoria beer flows plentifully at the stadium.

I settled down with my beer to watch the mesmerizing insanity that is lucha. Spit and teeth fly, men soar through the air Superman-style—and not only inside the ring, but over the rails, too. It's so much more than a sport; it's theater, an experience that you'll instantly fall in love with if only for the electricity of the arena. As you watch a fighter grab a fistful of hair, stuff your face or join in with the chanting crowd.

This article originally appeared on MUNCHIES in January 2017.