3 Ways to Recognize a Pachuco

So what characterized a pachucho – the stylish, rebellious Chicano teens – back in the 1930s and 40s? Three things to look for: pachucho zoot suits, Caló, and attitude.

Pachuco Trait #1: Zoot Suits

The defining characteristic of a pachuco (and even some pachuchasHispanic terminology for female pachuchos) was the zoot suit. Contrary to the fashion of the time, these suits were big, baggy, and flashy.

Zoot suits had high waists and wide legs, with cuffs that were folded and tight at the ankles (pegged). And the coats were oversized and very long (often double-breasted and to the knees), with padded shoulders and wide lapels. Very hard to miss!

In fact, with the entrance of the United States into World War II, zoot suits were actually illegal. The U.S. was rationing most essential goods, and fabric was no exception.

In 1942, the War Production Board directly impacted suit manufacturing by setting up regulations for “streamlined” suits. As such, most tailors stopped creating or advertising any suits that didn’t go along with the government guidelines.

However, demand continued for zoot suits – and production went underground. The blatant disregard for rationing – and the patriotism it implied – made zoot suits an even bigger scandal than they had been before the war.

Easily identifiable by their dress, pachucho youth in Los Angeles were the victims of racial profiling during the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943, when servicemen attacked and stripped them of their suits.

Pachuco Trait #2: Caló

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Pachuchos not only dressed distinctly, they also spoke that way. They used a slang of Mexican Spanish that is called Caló.

A combination of Spanish gypsy dialect, indigenous languages, and aspects of Spanglish, Caló (sometimes called “pachuquismo”) appears to have arisen in the El Paso-Juárez area, the border region that saw the birth of the pachucho in the 1920s and 1930s. Due to its association with the pachucho gangs, the slang was associated with rebellion and counterculture.

Like Chicanos today who are able to switch fluidly between Spanish and English, pachucos were able to codeswitch – use English, standard Spanish, and Caló at appropriate times.

There are pachucho words and phrases that Chicanos still use today. For example: “órale,” “vato,” “carnal,” and “ese.” Even “pendejo” y “pinche” come from Caló.

Pachuco Trait #3: Attitude

Perhaps the most defining characteristic of a pachucho was their attitude. As Mexican Americans, they were discriminated against in many of the same ways other minorities were. As teenagers, they were underestimated and didn’t have complete control over their lives.

Dressing and speaking as pachuchos gave these young people a unique identity and allowed them to feel part of a group, much like the many teenage subcultures that have come after them.

While there were pachucho gangs who were involved in criminal activity, many pachuchos simply dressed in what they saw as a fashionable clothes. As teenagers, it didn’t hurt that their style ruffled feathers with the older generations.

Pachucho culture, as a defining moment in the Chicano movement, continues to be relevant today.

Do you identify with pachucho culture? Tell us in the comments.

Hispanics and Irish – Are We Cousins?

Hispanic people in North and Central America might not consider themselves to have an Irish lineage, but if you go back a few thousand years there is grounds for a common heritage between the Hispanic and Irish people. A branch of Celtic people settled in the northern Iberian Peninsula in what it is now Spain around 300 BC. These Celts also settled in what is now Ireland at a later time.

The Iberian peninsula comprises an area of southwestern Europe, specifically Spain and Portugal according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. The Greeks discovered the Iberian Peninsula moving westward and the name Iberia was first recorded for the area around 500 BC. Latin authors used the name Hispania for this area of Europe.

Hispanics and Irish Heritage: The Celts

The Celts were thought to be a warlike people who engaged in guerilla tactics known in the area.

Irish usually trace their lineage to Celts who were thought to have come from Central Europe, but recent DNA analysis of bloodlines shows that Irish have the closest relatives in Northern Spain.

Irish having closest relatives in northern Spain makes sense if you consider that boats were used to travel from place to place. So instead of crossing from Central Europe, France, Great Britain and Wales, the Celts might have sailed from the habitable coastline in Spain.

Based on genetic analysis men with Gaelic names have the highest incidence of haplogroup 1 gene, which were direct descendents of those who settled Ireland from Spain.

Iberian Celts

Hispanic and Irish might find their roots at the Rock of Cashel, Ireland.

Hispanic and Irish might find their roots at the Rock of Cashel, Ireland.

These Celts on the Iberian peninsula then were part of the group of Spaniards who many centuries later came to the new world and settled in what is now North, Central and South America. After settling in the New World, many Spaniards made families with native Americans in the area, creating a Hispanic population that is often mixed.

Many Hispanics can trace some of their bloodlines to Spaniards that settled into present day North, Central and South American Spanish speaking countries.

A large majority of Hispanics are mestizos, or mixed European and Native American ancestry due to decades of colonization and settlement. If some of these Spaniards also had Celtic blood as the Irish do, then Hispanics and Irish should be distant cousins.

Interestingly enough this R1b DNA subgroup is also found in Hispanic men in North and South America.

If you are Hispanic and have a bloodline that is partially from Europe, there is a chance that part of that lineage is Celtic. The Celts have the purest blood in areas of Ireland where little racial mixture has happened, but their bloodlines have spread far beyond there.

Much like Hispanic Jews, although it may not seem obvious on the surface, Celtic blood may be coursing through the veins of many Hispanics. Ironically, however, the Spanish came before the Irish in this case.

So are Hispanics and Irish cousins? In many cases, they almost certainly are. The Spaniards genetically have less in common with the Greeks or the Finnish or even the British than they do with Irish people. How you stack up individually requires a genetic test.

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Is There Such a Thing as a Hispanic Jew?

For many people, the idea of a Hispanic Jew may be a new concept. “But aren’t most Hispanics Catholic?”

While it’s true that the large majority of Hispanics identify as Catholic, there are large and established Jewish populations throughout Latin America.

Numerous well-known Latinos are in fact Latino Jews: actors Mario Kreutzberger (Don Francisco), William Levy, and Freddie Prinze, director Alejandro Jodorowsky, and politicians such as Venezuelan Henrique Capriles and former presidents Francisco Henríquez (Dominican Republic) and Ricardo Maduro (Honduras).

The history of Hispanic Jews begins, not surprisingly, with Jews in Spain. Due to its proximity to the Middle East, the Iberian Peninsula has had Jewish communities since Biblical times.

Much as Central European Jews spoke Yiddish, Sephardic Jews – in Hebrew, Sephardim, or “Jews of Spain” – spoke Ladino, a Romance language derived from Old Spanish.

The Iberian Peninsula was, in fact, a region where Jews were able to practice their religion in relative freedom, particularly during the Reconquista under Muslim rule. This tolerance led to increased Jewish immigration, and during this time the community grew and prospered.

The end of the Reconquista and the unification of Spain under the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella brought an end to the tolerance of the Jewish religion in the Iberian Peninsula.

In 1492, a two-hundred year period of increasing aggression against the Jews, including forced conversions and massacres, culminated in the Edict of Expulsion.

The Edict of Expulsion ordered all Jews in Spain to convert to Christianity or leave the kingdom within four months. Those who chose to leave were not allowed to take gold, silver, or money.

The Expulsion resulted in a mass exodus and a multitude of forced converts or conversos, as well as the slaughter of both remaining Jews and many who chose to convert, as their conversions were not considered sincere.

My great grand mother who would say the rosary every afternoon, would have me memorize the family surnames in the form of a poem, and she would conclude her story by telling my 7 year old self, in Spanish, "remember you are a Jew." Grand parents, parents said she was crazy. Well, DNA, and research in Mexico & Toledo Spain proved her correct. Sephardic we are.

My great grand mother who would say the rosary every afternoon, would have me memorize the family surnames in the form of a poem, and she would conclude her story by telling my 7 year old self, in Spanish, “remember you are a Jew.” Grand parents, parents said she was crazy. Well, DNA, and research in Mexico & Toledo Spain proved her correct. Sephardic we are.

It is estimated that as many as half of those Jews who fled Spain went to Portugal; however, their refuge there didn’t last long, as only five years later Jews in Portugal were also forced to leave.

Exiled Jews emigrated throughout the region, with many eventually making their way to Latin America. There were even Jews on Columbus’s journey to the New World!

Four hundred years later, yet another forced migration let to an increase in the number of Jews in Latin America: the rise of Nazi Germany.

While in general Latin American countries did not proactively support Jews fleeing Europe prior to the onset of World War II, the mass murder of European Jews did lead many to increase immigration quotas, issue passports and visas, and accept refugees.
The Latin-American region was also a significant destination for Holocaust survivors, with 20,000 choosing to immigrate to Latin America.

Decades later, a significant number of Cuban Jews emigrated to the U.S. when Fidel Castro came to power.

Currently, there are about 500,000 Jews in Latin America. In the U.S., around 5% of Hispanics are religiously Jewish.

Cities with large populations of Hispanic Jews have seen an increase in their communities in recent years. In Miami, for example, the Latino Jewish adult population grew 57% in the last ten years.

Perhaps most surprising to Hispanics themselves is the discovery that their ancestors were Sephardic Jews that were forced to leave Spain.

For many Hispanics, although their families are Catholic or Protestant, certain family traditions, such as lighting candles and celebrating the dead, make more sense in the context of the Jewish faith.

The history of Jews in Spain also continues to have impacts in terms of immigration. As of 2014, anyone who can prove they are a descendant of Sephardic Jews can apply for a Spanish passport.

Although there are no more than 45,000 Jews currently living in Spain (0.1% of the population), as many as 3.5 million Hispanic Jews could apply under the new law.

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Anthony Quinn Biography

This Anthony Quinn biography is the story of an incredibly prolific actor who appeared in over 200 movies in his career.  Anthony Quinn should be recognized as a pioneer who paved the way for Hispanic actors to get taken seriously in Hollywood.

Anthony’s friends knew him as a passionate man who married three times, fathered 12 children, and never gave up his quest to find ways to speak to the human spirit through the arts—on and off screen. This Anthony Quinn biography presents just a taste of his many accomplishments.

Anthony Quinn Biography – Early Life

Born Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1915, Anthony Quinn seemed destined for adventure. Indeed, while still in the womb he participated in revolutionary marches under the banner of Pancho Villa.

By eight months of age, Quinn had escaped with his mother to El Paso Texas in a coal wagon. When Quinn’s father joined them about three years later, the family moved to California in search of work and settled in Los Angeles.

Anthony Quinn and His Interest in the Arts

From an early age, Anthony Quinn showed an interest in and talent for the arts. He won a statewide sculpting contest at age nine, and enjoyed sketching the movie stars he met while accompanying his father to work at Zelig’s Studio.

When Anthony’s father died suddenly, 11-year-old Quinn put art aside temporarily to support his family. He skipped school to take work as a migrant farm worker, a newsboy, a preacher, a taxi driver, and a welterweight boxer.

During this time, Quinn did participate in one important art contest. His design for a marketplace won him the opportunity to study with legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The relationship with Wright proved instrumental to the development of Quinn’s future film career.

Film Career

Anthony Quinn Biography

Anthony Quinn exits the theater after the 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 8/28/88
Photo by Alan Light

Anthony Quinn first began to explore the world of acting after Wright encouraged him to attend an acting school to improve his speech. While in school, Quinn performed in a well-reviewed play.This in turn led to other small parts in plays and movies. From 1936 to 1947, Quinn appeared in over 50 films, usually playing an ethnic character, often a villain.

In 1947, Quinn became a naturalized American citizen, and did not return to Hollywood until the early 1950s. He continued to specialize in tough guy roles.

His big break and the key moment in the Anthony Quinn biography came from his role in “Viva Zapata” alongside Marlon Brando. Quinn won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role, thereby becoming the first Mexican-American actor to receive an Oscar. He won this award a second time in 1956 for his role in “Lust For Life.”

Famous Anthony Quinn Movies

All told, Anthony Quinn appeared in over 200 movies in the course of his nearly 60-year career as an actor. Some of the most famous Anthony Quinn movies include:

  • Viva Zapata
  • Lust for Life
  • Wild is the Wind
  • Zorba the Greek
  • The Guns of Navarone
  • Laurence of Arabia

A Second Career

By the 1980s, Quinn’s film appearances had become fewer. He discovered a second career as an artist, drawing on a lifelong habit of creating small sculptures from bits of stone and wood found on site during film production.

Quinn made his sculptures larger with the intent of decorating his own home, but soon found others wanted to buy them. A gallery showing of his work in Hawaii sold out completely.

Last Days of Anthony Quinn

Roughly a month after finishing his last movie, “Avenging Angelo” with Sylvester Stallone, Anthony Quinn passed away at the age of 86. His legacy of moving the human spirit lives on in Anthony Quinn films and in his art.

If you are interested in knowing more about other famous Hispanic actors simply visit Hispanic Bios where I share many of the bios of inspiring Hispanics.

Jorge Ramos Biography

The Jorge Ramos biography begins in Mexico City, where the future media star was born in 1958. Young Jorge grew up enjoying track, soccer, and tennis. Even as a high school student, he had a grand vision for his future, wanting to become “indispensable” to his community.

He studied communications at Mexico City’s Universidad Iberoamericana and soon earned a post as a reporter for the Mexican media conglomerate Televisa. Unfortunately, Ramos found that Televisa often censored his stories in an effort to appease Mexico’s then-ruling party, PRI.

In search of freedom of speech, Ramos secured a student visa and moved to Los Angeles in 1983. After a year of waiting tables to pay for his studies at UCLA, Ramos got his big break when a local Univision TV affiliate hired him as a reporter. This in turn led to another job on the morning news in Miami Florida, and finally to a spot on Univision’s national broadcast.

Jorge Ramos Biography – Career with Univision

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Experts consider Jorge Ramos one of the most recognized and respected journalists in the Hispanic community, not only in the US but also in Latin America. Ramos has his partnership with Univision to thank for this.

When Univision promoted him to their evening news anchor in 1986, Ramos became one of the youngest news anchors America had ever seen. Yet he conducted himself with the utmost professionalism, taking on serious social and political issues in his stories and speaking with eloquence, power, and credibility.

Ramos has interviewed every US president since George Bush Sr. as well as dozens of Latin American presidents, including such controversial figures as Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro.

He has earned a reputation for being “the voice of the voiceless,” willing to ask tough questions and shine light on issues others would perhaps prefer not to discuss.

Even after getting punched by a bodyguard for asking Fidel Castro a tough question about democratic elections, Jorge Ramos has continued to uphold his high standards of journalistic integrity on his daily news show, his weekly political show, and in countless guest appearances on English stations from CNN to PBS to Fox News.

Notable Accomplishments

Today Jorge Ramos’ Univision show reaches six times as many Hispanic homes as any English news station.

He has earned countless recognitions for his influence in the Latino community and in the world of journalism, including:
• 8 Emmys for excellence in journalism
• Maria Moors Cabot Award for excellence in journalism
• Ruben Salazar Award for positive portrayal of Latinos from the Council of La Raza
• Featured in Time magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Hispanics in the US
• Featured in Newsweek’s list of Top 50 Political and Media Figures
• Named one of Top Ten Latino Leaders by Latino Leaders magazine
• Received Latino Book Award in 2006

Jorge Ramos Books

Of course, no Jorge Ramos biography would be complete without mention of his writing. In addition to his TV appearances, Ramos writes a weekly column that appears in over 40 newspapers in The New York Times Syndicate.

Ramos has also penned 10 books, many which explore a topic very close to his heart, namely immigration. These books include:

• The Latino Wave: How Hispanics Are Transforming Politics in America
• No Borders: A Journalist’s Search for Home
• Dying to Cross: The Worst Immigrant Tragedy in American History
• The Other Face of America: Chronicles of the Immigrants Shaping Our Future
• What I Saw
• Hunting the Lion
• Behind the Mask
• The Gift of Time: Letters from a Father
• A Country For all: An Immigrant Manifesto
• I’m Just Like My Dad/I’m Just Like My Mom (children’s book)

If you would like to learn more about Jorge Ramos, his autobiography, No Borders: A Journalist’s Search for Home, makes an excellent place to start.

Wanting to know more about other famous Hispanic people?  Visit my article Famous Hispanics here.

Zoe Saldana Biography

Best known for her role as a blue-skinned alien in Avatar, sexy Latina actress Zoe Saldana has been turning heads for years now. A look at a Zoe Saldana biography helps explain why this proud Latina woman is so comfortable—and successful—in her own skin.

Zoe Saldana Biography – Early Life

Zoe Saldana was born Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario in 1978 in Queens, New York to a Puerto Rican mother and a Dominican father. Her father died in a car crash when Zoe was 9. Zoe and her sisters grew up in Queens and in the Dominican Republic, so from an early age Zoe felt close to her roots.

Zoe Saldana studied ballet, jazz, and Latin dance in the Dominican Republic and performed in youth theatre groups in the US, which prepared her to land her first movie role in 2000.

Career

Zoe Saldana biography

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Any Zoe Saldana biography would have to mention her big-screen debut in the move Center Stage. In this film, Zoe played a ballet dancer and allowed her natural dance talent to shine through.

After Center Stage’s release in 2000, Zoe Saldana appeared in several other movies, most notably in 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, where she again played a very strong female character.

Zoe Saldana really catapulted into the public eye when she starred in James Cameron’s Avatar in 2009. As a self-professed sci fi fan, Saldana jumped at the chance to participate in this groundbreaking film set on an alien planet that looks a lot like the cloud forest in Costa Rica.

If you look for Zoe Saldana in Avatar you won’t see the face you expect—this movie was entirely digital. Saldana provided the movements that were used to animate the character of Neytiri, as well as the voice of this alluring alien princess.

The very same year, Saldana also appeared in another major sci fi blockbuster, Star Trek. She played Uhura, and this role really cemented her position in popular culture. Zoe Saldana started appearing in tons of magazine spreads and indulging her passion for fashion on the red carpet. She soon reprised the role of Uhura in the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.

Though in these films Saldana looked very glamorous with careful makeup, other Zoe Saldana movies show the actress in a more natural state.

Out of the Furnace in particular showed that Saldana can pull off a real life, girl next door look with very little makeup.

Zoe Saldana On Her Roots

Though still quite a young woman herself, Zoe Saldana has accomplished a great deal and already serves as a great role model for young Latinas.

In an interview with Latina magazine, Saldana discussed her Latina roots and heritage. Zoe’s mother inspired her by refusing to label or categorize her as Hispanic or black or even as a “mujer de color.” Whenever young Zoe would ask about her heritage, her mother would just say, “You’re Zoe. You’re my daughter.”

Today Zoe continues to feel very connected to her roots, including an obsession with her hair. She told InStyle magazine that hair is very important in her culture, and she has always been happy with the skin and hair she has. Zoe Saldana’s hair is very versatile and she looks fabulous no matter what she does with it.

Her stylists reveal that Saldana loves to participate in creating her looks for various red carpet events, and the star is so bold that she’d even start cutting her hair herself if an instinct told her to.

We’ll just have to wait and see how the rest of Zoe Saldana’s career plays out, and how the strong sense of self instilled in her by her Puerto Rican mom guides her along the way.

Cristina Saralegui Biography

Cristina Saralegui has the distinction of being one of the most famous and influential Latina TV journalists of all time, but she seems more like a friend. For over 20 years she met us in our living rooms for frank discussions of controversial topics other Latino talk show hosts avoided, and also doled out heaping doses of lifestyle, entertainment, and wellness advice. It seems difficult to contain all the varied accomplishments of this Latina media trailblazer in a short Cristina Saralegui biography!

Childhood

Cristina Saralegui Biography

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Cristina spent her pre-teen years in Cuba, but relocated to Miami after the Revolution in 1960. Cristina, then age 12, came to maturity in the midst of a thriving expat community.

As a child she studied ballet, Spanish folk dance and piano.  The study of Spanish folk dance kept her close to her Hispanic culture.   Here on the left in a ballerina outfit as a child.  Picture courtesy of cristinaonline.com.

She studied at the University of Miami and got her first taste of the media world during an internship at Vanidades magazine. By 1973 she joined the staff of the Spanish version of Cosmopolitan magazine and her meteoric rise to fame had begun.

Cristina Saralegui Biography – Media Career

Cristina Saralegui Biography

Cristina Saralegui hit the international spotlight with the debut of The Cristina Show on Univision in 1989. For over 20 years and 4,000 episodes, she served as both host and executive producer for the show, entertaining millions with celebrity interviews, inspirational stories, and no-holds-barred explorations of topics like AIDS and domestic violence.

A crossover to the English language market aired for 11 weeks on CBS stations in 1992, but ultimately failed. However, the Spanish language show remained highly popular.

Thanks to Cristina Saralegui, Univision had one of the highest-rated shows on Spanish language TV for many years.

The Cristina Show went off the air in 2010, but Cristina continues to enjoy a reputation as one of the most famous and influential role models of all time for Latina women.

For fans of Cristina Saralegui, Telemundo offered hope of a revival of regular TV appearances. Unfortunately, the new show, Pa’lante con Cristina lasted for only one season on Telemundo before being canceled.

Today Cristina continues to pursue media ventures with her own company and currently hosts a radio program.

 

 Notable Accomplishments

Any Cristina Saralegui biography must mention some of the many notable accomplishments that make Cristina such a worthy role model:

  • First Latina in the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame
  • 12 Emmys for The Cristina Show
  • First Spanish language TV personality to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Valor Award from GLAAD
  • Named one of 25 Most Influential Hispanics by Time Magazine

Business Ventures

Trading on her tremendous brand name recognition and reputation for being a highly trusted and respected source of lifestyle information for Hispanic women, Cristina launched her own line of furniture and home accessories in 2004.  The collection, known as Casa Cristina, exudes her personal warmth and style. Cristina Saralegui furniture in particular is designed to support gracious living and entertaining.

Her other business ventures include Blue Dolphin Studios, which is co-owned with her husband Marcos Avila. In total Cristina Saralegui’s net worth stands at an estimated $30 million.

What will the future bring for Cristina Saralegui and her business empire? Only time will tell, but it is sure to be in line with her signature inspirational motto, “Pa’lante, pa’lante, pa’tras ni pa’ coger impulso.” (Onward, onward, never stepping back, not even to get momentum).

Alberto del Río Biography and His Hispanic Heritage

Since the 1930s, masked and costumed “lucha libre” wrestlers have been putting on shows that seem half spectacle and half serious in dusty village squares and in massive city arenas throughout Mexico.

One could argue that this Mexican tradition inspired the World Wrestling Federation in America, so it’s only fitting that a new crop of Hispanic wrestling stars have taken the WWF and WWE by storm. Now-a-days wrestling is becoming part of Hispanic culture.

One of these wrestlers, Alberto del Rio, has achieved international fame as the first ever Mexican-born WWE Champion. Looking at this Alberto del Rio biography you can see how his Hispanic heritage played a big role in his success.

Early Career

Born Alberto Rodriguez in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, this future wrestling star already seemed destined for greatness due to his family connections.

The Mexican Aristocrat

Alberto del Rio can claim membership in one of the most famous Mexican wrestling families, with Dos Caras as his father and Mil Máscaras and Sicodélico as his uncles.

Alberto del Rio began training in Greco-Roman wrestling, learning the holds and moves that form the basis for the lucha libre wrestling style. He proved to be an excellent athlete, earning third place at the World Junior Championships in 1997 and winning his weight division at the Central American and Caribbean Games three times.

When Mexico failed to sponsor a Greco-Roman wrestling team to the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Alberto del Rio turned to the family business and made his debut as Dos Caras Jr. in a lucha libre show with his father.

Career Highlights

In 2007, Alberto del Rio, wrestling on a contract with the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, won the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship. This gained him the attention of the WWE. He made the transition to the WWE in June of 2010, and a whole new chapter of the Alberto del Rio biography began.

Now wrestling without a mask, Alberto del Rio won the World Heavyweight Championship and the WWE Championship twice. He also won the Raw “Money in the Bank” event and the Royal Rumble in 2011. These wins made Alberto del Rio one of the most successful Hispanic WWE wrestlers of all time and solidified his status as one of the WWW superstars.

Wrestling Persona

Initially, fans didn’t like Alberto del Rio’s transition into the WWE, primarily because he removed his mask, and also because he changed his wrestling persona from a “técnico” or good guy to a “rudo” or bad guy. However, cheering and jeering plays a huge role in the fun of watching wrestling, and Alberto del Rio’s current persona, “The Mexican Aristocrat,” is a “rudo” we love to hate.

One of the best parts of his appearances is when he rolls up to the ring in a fancy car with a white silk scarf draped about his oiled shoulders, ready to ruthlessly pursue his “birthright” status as champion with signature finishing moves like the “cross armbreaker.”

Maybe we see a bit of ourselves in his “me-first” attitude, but when we boo the Aristocrat for his haughty demeanor we can also poke fun at ourselves and our society, releasing tension in a way that’s always been traditional in lucha libre and now forms the heart of WWE pageantry too.

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