Cassandro Queen of Lucha Libre

BBC World Service

Cassandro is no ordinary Mexican wrestler. He’s an exotico – or drag queen – who wears long Liberace gowns, sequins and flamboyant makeup.

Over an extraordinary 27 year career, he has won two championship belts and pioneered the idea that a Mexican wrestler can be openly gay.

At home, in the training ring, and backstage before his big fight, Cassandro takes us into a spectacular world of lucha libre and shines a fascinating light on Mexican culture and ideas about masculinity.


Produced by Victoria Ferran

Broadcast: February 2016