Disclaimer: This was recorded on June 24. As of July 1, the State of Colorado has shut down bars and venues. Any references to the event taking place on July 17 and 18 should be amended to August 21 and 22.
Nick Gossert was my guest on Ep. 121 of the show three and a half years ago. He’s back now because as we begin to emerge from lockdown and work to figure out how to return to the things we love to do in this new way of the world, Lucha Libre & Laughs will host its first shows in months on August 21 and 22 at The Oriental Theater. Get your tickets (if any are left!) right here.
On this week’s show we discuss just how they’re putting on a show while protecting the health and safety of the audience, the performers and the staff. We discuss how Nick has cultivated an incredible live experience that draws not only wrestling dweebs (like me!) to his shows, but people just looking for a riotously fun night out. Speaking of wrestling dweebs, we talk about the current trend of “cinematic wrestling,” why light tubes are such a terrible idea as a weapon in matches, comedy wrestling, the brilliance of Orange Cassidy, and a ton more crunchy pro wrestling goodness.
Sadly, we also talk about professional wrestling’s current #SpeakingOut movement that’s seeing the outing and eviction of sexual predators from the business. It’s a necessary reckoning that hopefully propels wrestling into a better future, but an unhappy thing to discuss given that Nick has interacted with some of those named in the movement. No one said achieving a dream was easy or that it wouldn’t be without pain, and this is a prime example of that.
Overall, it’s an amazingly fun, funny, and engaging conversation. I adore Nick for what he’s built, what he does, and that it gets to happen in my fair city.
Be sure to get your tickets for August 21 and 22 at The Oriental Theater’s website.