The history of Mexican wrestling dates back to 1863, during the French intervention in Mexico, Enrique Ugartechea, the first Mexican wrestler, developed and invented Mexican wrestling from the Greco-Roman wrestling.
In September 1933 Salvador Luttherot González founded the Mexican Wrestling Company (now known as the World Wrestling Council), which is why he is considered the “father of wrestling.” This company is still operating today and is considered the highest category in Mexico.
Some fighters have tried to capitalize on their fame in the ring to also work in the celluloid. This desire being the origin of a film genre called Lucha Film.
The first figures that did it were «El Santo» and «Blue Demon», mainly El Santo, who acted in many films, all of them with their name in the title: «El Santo…» The mummies of Guanajuato (1970) and Santo Against Vampire Women (1962), which is one of the most famous films of the wrestling cinema, including international awards, for her makeup, are an example of this Mexican film contribution to world cinema. More recently, fighters like “Octagon” and “Atlantis” made the attempt.
Mexican wrestling has crossed its borders thanks to Mexican wrestlers who have gone abroad to have international court fighting in countries such as Japan, the United States, Spain, Germany, England and Puerto Rico among others, where they have earned the respect of the locals and recognition as legends and world figures, fighters such as Eddie Guerrero, El Santo, Mil Mascaras, Canek, Dos Caras, Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Mysterio, Alberto del Rio etc. have made the fame of Mexican fighters pass the Mexican borders and represent this fighting style in the best fighting companies in the world.
In the MUJAM museum (Museum of Old Mexico Toy) you will find many articles, figures, cartoons and murals of the greatest fighters in Mexico.
Museum of Old Mexican Toy
The Museo del Juguete Antiguo México (MUJAM) is a cultural association that primarily houses the most representative toys of Mexican culture, with specimens dating from the 19th century to the 1980s, although it also has pieces from other parts of the world. The collection was started by architect Roberto Shimizu and opened to the public in April 2008. The exhibition also teaches cultural and interdisciplinary workshops on arts and humanities. The aim of the museum is to rescue the cultural heritage through the preservation of toys that gave identity to the daily life of Mexican children. It is located in the Colonia Doctores de la Mexico City .
The collection originates from the “Dulcería Avenida” and stationery “La Primavera”, established such businesses for a little over 70 years in the Lost Child Avenue (currently central axis Lázaro Cárdenas), places where some toys were sold, in Christmas season and three wise men.
This collection is also a rescue of the popular culture of Mexico, since over a little more than 55 years of collecting, they have been able to rescue from tianguis, flea markets and antique dealers, most of this immense collection and many Unique pieces of great relevance in the lives of Mexicans.
In 2008, the Museum of Old Mexico Toy opens in an old apartment building, on Dr. Olvera # 15, half a block from the central axis Lázaro Cárdenas, with the aim of showing this collection to all Mexicans of any age, sex, religion, socio-economic and cultural level, so that the new generations have a historical-playful reference of artisanal and industrial games and toys, in the objects shown, as well as previous generations remember the happiest moment of life: childhood. And with this, to be able to contribute to the fact that in Mexico we find more ingenious, creative and committed people with their country.
The cultural and educational offer of the Museo del Juguete Antiguo México, is for public and private institutions from preschool to master’s level, offering free guided tours, with an approximate duration of an hour and a half linked to the official program of the Secretary of Public Education, in the areas of knowledge of technology, artistic operation, ethics and social environment, also linking with the training fields that are the exploration and understanding of the natural, social world, personal development and for living together.
The methodology used in the courses, is based on the new theories of education, especially in the theory of constructivism, so the routes have the objective of encouraging the observation, description and active participation of students.