Spotlighting The Indies: “Cholitas Luchadoras", A Style All In Its Own!

Matthew HesterSenior Writer ISeptember 7, 2009


Hello everyone. As always, I would like to thank you for spending some time with me today.

It is once again that time of the week for my latest installment of spotlighting the Indies. Since launching this series I can honestly say that it has been a very rewarding experience for me. It is amazing how far the wrestling culture has spread all over the world.

This week I would like to introduce you to a group of female wrestlers who are tearing up the scene. These ladies can’t be found in Japan, Germany, china, Mexico, or the U.S. In fact it is highly UN likely you would believe where these gals wrestle.

Today I am proud to give you the lovely ladies of Bolivia. Yes you read that right I said Bolivia. They wrestle for a promotion called “Titans of the ring.” It is a small promotion located in the poor City of El Alto.

It is in all unlikelihood that you have probably ever even heard of El Alto. It is mostly made of a poor community that just struggles to survive. You won’t find a Red lobster, amusement park, or a movie theatre here.

The only form of entertainment for these people is pro wrestling. One of the main reasons it is so popular is because of a group of female wrestlers called “Cholitas.”

 These lovely ladies combine in ring skill with culture and it is taking the local audience by storm.  They call this new style of wrestling “Cholitas luchadoras”. It is a hybrid of the traditional lucha Libre style.

While in most countries women’s wrestling takes a backstage seat to men grapplers. Here this women’s style has grown so popular that they are the main event. They also often mix it up with the men in the ring.

The idea came about roughly eight years ago when Juan Mamani, a Lucha Libre wrestler him self who works under the name “El Gitano”, was trying to find away to resurrect his wrestling promotion. It was idea that would strike pay dirt for Juan.

Now every on every Saturday and Sunday night the arena is packed in the small city of El Alto. It is said that the line to get in to see these ladies grapple can last over two hours. It has become a new refreshing form of entertainment for the local people of El Alto.

Unlike in other audiences, during the match the locals will play into the wrestler’s hype. They can often be heard screaming “look behind you” or watch out. They are fully engulfed in this new sensation and love every minute of it.

They also share an uncommon tradition not seen in many places. The food they sale outside is not only for eating. It is also used to throw at the wrestlers if they don’t like what they see, and often the wrestlers will return the favor.

It is a bond that the fans and wrestlers share, something seldom seen these days in pro wrestling.

The wrestlers in turn show there gratitude by often meeting and chatting it up with the fans before their matches start. Once the bell rings though it is all business for these proud women, there is no holding back with them.

They will wrestle stiff, take it to you on the mat, and fly with the best of them. They are also known for wailing each other with a chair on occasion.  There is nothing these women won’t do in order to please the audience.

 These wrestling women are typically Aymara, one of the main ethnic groups of Bolivia. Taking stage names like the "Amorous Yolanda" and the "Evil Claudina," the women take to the stage dressed in their full traditional regalia of petticoats, bowler hats and braided hair.

These are the same ladies that can be seen at the local market selling food and clothing. They wrestle not only for a little extra income, but it is also a way for them to blow of steam after a hard day of work. It gives them a sense of pride and acceptance.


Like in a lot of places around the world; there city is plagued with disease, poverty, and fuel shortage. It is often a sad and dreary live for these city locals. Most of the people struggle just to keep there families fed.

Wrestling has become a positive way for these people to help cope with their struggling lives, Even if it is for only a few hours a week. For the people of Aymara wrestling has become a new tradition in their lives and in their culture.

Although this wrestling comes all the way from the small city of El Alto in the Country of Boliva, it would seem that its wrestling has more heart, sole, and pride, then anything produced in the U.S, and many other countries that take its wrestling for granted.

Wrestling over the years has taken many black eyes. Whether it is reports of death, drug use, or scandal; it is more often than not wrestling is made to look bad. It is nice to be able to say for a change that wrestling is playing a positive role in its community.

I wish I had more I could share with you about these proud grapplers. Sadly most of the info I found was in another language. I did manage to dig up a few clips for you to check out. It will only take a few minutes of your time and it is worth seeing for your self.

I would like to thank all of you for spending some time with me today.

As always, have a safe day and God bless.