I magine a wrestling match crossed with a glitzy Broadway show, hopped up on amphetamines and staged in Mexico. This is the scene 15 minutes south of the border from San Diego, in the Auditorio Municipal de Tijuana. There lucha libre, or "free fighting," is the entertainment of choice on a given Friday.
At a match you may see: a fighter getting his head shaved, cage fighting, real blood (lots of it), and HP printers being used as weapons -- plus an assortment of fighters dressed as psychotic clowns, Freddy Krueger, or an Xbox controller (yes... the controller).
Getting to a Friday night lucha from San Diego is easy with the help of Derrik Chinn, an expat living in Tijuana who organizes tours for Americans. After hitting a lucha libre fan shop, where you can stock up on masks, Chinn guides you to your ringside seat -- but not before you get your hands on a Tijuana taco.