The family had no idea that little Luigi would grow up to be. A small man, no one expected him to decide on such an unusual profession.
No one knows how he made his way to Mexico, but it might astonish wrestling fans to learn that Italian businessmen were the earliest promoters of Lucha Libre. In the 1920s, Luigi was one of the earliest and most successful luchadores in Mexico.
Decades after his death, his grandson revealed the secret of Luigi’s wrestling success:
“Grandpa was a horrible bigot. Pequeño Cerdo hated big men. He had an inferiority complex. Since luchadores are usually giants, Grandpa Luigi was in a horrific rage in the ring nearly all the time.”
“That first match he ever lost, in 1935? A crooked promoter changed the wrestling card at the last moment, and Pequeño Cerdo lost his fury strength when he faced Abejorro, the midget wrestler.”
150 words. Inspired by this week’s Monday Finish the Story prompt:
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We’re aware some of the terms in this tale might be considered offensive. But they’re accurate for 1935.
Great story but sad to think that bigotry fueled his anger and rage that helped him win the matches. I guess, whatever it takes.
It’s kind of traditional for wrestlers to adopt “Bad Guy” roles. It probably drew in more audience. 😛
Oh, that’s true! Thanks!
One cannot nor should not change history for the sake of being PC. Well told Dave and I like that you included the note that you did. Be well and stay turned! ^..^
Agreed. Though I’d still be too chicken to use some bits of historical accuracy 😛
Good period story, Dave. Wrestlers are known to be ourlandish, so I imagine he fit right in. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne
Luchadores were launched by the Mafia. Who knew?