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El Chupacabra, Pinky, Bushwhacker Luke coming to Grape Festival for lucha libre wrestling

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Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2011 1:03 pm | Updated: 2:25 pm, Thu Sep 8, 2011.

Has one of your lifelong dreams always been to see Jack Black’s character in “Nacho Libre” in real life?

Well, while Jack Black can’t make the Grape Festival, you will still have the opportunity to see lucha libre wrestlers take the stage in for three different events, seven total fights with seven colorful participants.

The Main Event will carry some international flavor, as Sheik — a native of Damascus, Syria who wrestles professionally in Japan — goes head-to-head against Cassandro, a gay Mexican wrestler known for taking the ring in drag attire.

Next up will be the Battle Royale semi main event, starring Bushwhacker Luke, a New Zealand-born veteran.  The final event is a tag team match that will put The Suburban Commandos against El Chupacabra and  Pinky Godinez.      

For CEO Mark Armstrong, hosting Saturday’s event is also personal.

A huge fan of professional wrestling, Armstrong worked events in Maine and in Arizona. Armstrong and his wife also handled WWE merchandising sales for the likes of Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan.

“Over the years we saw some great events and met some wonderful people,”  said Armstrong, whose daughter’s favorite movie just happens to be “Nacho Libre.”

“So, in a way, bringing it to the Lodi Grape Festival is a bit of a pipe dream fulfilled for me.  I know the crowd will love it and the wrestlers will put on a great show.”

The event is in conjunction with a local Hispanic radio station, La Gran D 93.9. It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18.

Contact reporter Ed Yevelev at edy@lodinews.com.

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