At this point, Mondo Lucha! is one of those distinctly Milwaukee events. Though some may struggle to recall a time before Turner Hall was transformed into a wrestling and variety show facility, the local blend of lucha libre wrestling, burlesque, sketch comedy, and music has only been around since 2008. The ninth iteration of this extra special local entertainment spectacle returns to Turner Friday, September 9, this time with world class wrestlers (some with WWE ties), and Rio Turbo supplying the tunes.

Though Mondo Lucha! is the Super Bowl of Milwaukee wrestling, it’s not even close to the only match in town. From indie shows in bars and ballrooms, to appearances by ex-wrestlers, and WWE shows in arenas, local wrestling is in a good place. To help examine the state of the sport in the city, host Tyler Maas was joined by Mondo Lucha! founders Andrew Gorzalski and Jay Gilkay, as well as wrestling blogger/musician/occasional Milwaukee Record contributor DJ Hostettler.

This episode is brought to you by our friends at Vander Mill, a Michigan-based cider company that recently hit Wisconsin soil. Music in this episode comes courtesy of Piles (“Blue Glue”) and Rio Turbo (“Bloody Knuckles”). Subscribe to On The Record via iTunes or Stitcher (for free!).