Some professional wrestlers were seen encouraging and sometimes even forcing the people of Mexico to wear face masks.
In a video shared by SBS News, a group of pro-wrestlers can be seen promoting the use of face masks at the Central de Abastos market in Mexico City. The market is considered the largest wholesale market of Latin America.
On many occassions, the wrestlers were seen forcibly putting on the masks on the citizens and vendors who were reluctant to use one and even sprayed them all over with the sanitizers.
Wrestler Cyclone Ramirez Junior explained the initiative, “People still don’t believe in the virus despite so many deaths in the country and around the world. But I belive, we feel commited to the society. People get drawn to our masks and I think it helps to make them slightly more responsible and help society to become aware that this virus is still very strong. As public figures, we are here to help.”
Mexico has the 4 largest number of COVID-19 cases in the world. From 3 January 2020 to 12 March 2021, there have been 2,151,028 confirmed cases with 193,142 deaths. The vaccination drive has started in the country with a total of 2,583,435 administrated doses of vaccine as of 4 March 2021.
The whole world has been reacting to the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and the pro-wrestling world is not different. All the wrestling promotions have been holding events either with limited capacity or without any crowd. WWE has been hosting all of their shows in WWE Thunderdome virtual facility and even released a large chunk of wrestlers from the company.
Tyson Fury recently revealed how the pandemic has cost him big pay days due to cancellation of PPVs and some big WWE matches against the likes of Drew McIntyre.
Amid all this, the initiative by Lucha Libre wrestlers to promote the face-masks and sanitizers is a good one considereing that pro-wrestling is one of the top sports in the country.