Lucha Libre at Arena México

Mexico's professional wrestling, known as lucha libre, is second only to soccer in popularity among spectator sports in the country. The best place to see the drama of the masked "luchador" heroes and villans is on a Friday night in Mexico City at the iconic Arena México. Photographs by Susana González/Bloomberg

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    The referee gestures while Triton, left, and Titán jump from the ropes to punish Mefisto.

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    A young boy plays with wrestling action figures outside the arena.

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    A man reads the latest news before a match. Fans range in age from the old to the very young.

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    Marcela laces up her boots in her dressing room before a match. 

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    A fan takes a selfie with Princesa Sugehit.

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    Arena México holds up to 15,000 spectators.

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    Brothers Sanson, left, and Cuatrero give an interview to members of the media before their match.

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    Masks are displayed for sale outside the arena.

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    A father and son wear wrestler masks while playing. 

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    Delta flies backward out of the ring to land on another wrestler.

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    Fans put on their masks before heading to see the night's matches.

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    A vendor sells wrestler dolls.

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    Wrestler 'Rey Cometa' (Comet King) gets carried away by paramedics.