Then, all hell breaks loose. Piraña’s entire roster of wrestlers bursts out of the dressing area to dish out beat-downs on Psycho and his cohorts, triggering a massive melee between technicos (good guys) and rudos (bad guys).
Fans thrill at the chaos, cheering and blowing plastic horns. Some have to scramble, though, clearing seats when the fracas comes crashing their way.
Such is the staged drama every Sunday afternoon at El Gran Mercado in South Phoenix, where Piraña packs ’em in for its weekly showcase of lucha libre (“freestyle fighting”).
The Valley’s long been a hotbed of pro wrestling, which is probably a big reason World Wrestling Entertainment’s presenting WrestleMania 26, its biggest pay-per-view event of the year, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Sunday, March 28, with four days of events beforehand (see “Mania of WrestleMania” on this page).