Lucha Libre wrestlers ask lawmakers to loosen grip on regulations

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 7:40 PM

Lucha Libre style wrestlers entered the ring of politics Monday afternoon in Olympia.
 
The wrestlers are hoping lawmakers will consider their activity a form of entertainment rather than a combative sport like boxing.
 
Since the state considers combative sports more dangerous, the state licensing costs are higher.

Lucha Libre wrestlers say their events are rehearsed and therefore less dangerous.

"We're not calling for complete deregulation... we're saying we're incorrectly regulated,” said “El Fenix,” Lucha LIbre Volanico Wrestler. “Right now the state doesn't stand to make any money, performers don't make any money, promoters don't make any money, so fans don't get to see any shows.”

Lawmakers may vote to study the issue later this year.

State rules prohibited the wrestlers from wearing their masks during the hearing at the Capitol.

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