TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Paula RAMON, "American burlesque meets Mexican wrestling in Lucha Vavoom"
Contortion-trained pole artist Brynn Route warms up before the Mexican masked wrestling performance and comedy Lucha VaVOOM at the Mayan Theater, in Los Angeles, California, on February 11, 2022. - Veronica Yune hangs upside down over the stage as she slowly undresses; below, wrestlers "Sexi" and "Mexi" gyrate their hips and steel themselves to face Dirty Sanchez in the ring. Welcome to the carnival world of Lucha Vavoom, a flamboyant mix of American burlesque and Mexican wrestling. The troupe is performing again in Los Angeles after a two-year pandemic hiatus. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)