“Here, representing the United States and loyal to its policies, comes Saaam Adonis!”
Deafening boos erupt as Sam Adonis strides to the ring, a mocking smile on his face — and in his hand, a US flag emblazoned with a portrait of Donald Trump.
There is no mistaking the bad guy in this particular bout of Mexican wrestling, or “lucha.” And in times of tension over the US president’s immigration policies, this all-American character is milking it.
Grown men, small children and elderly women yell and middle fingers are raised as Adonis struts by, waving the stars-and-stripes.
“I’m sure Donald Trump knows about me. I’d really love to meet him and to get a picture with him and support my president.” says the 27-year-old Pennsylvanian.
Adonis gives the crowd the catharsis they are looking for at the Mexico Arena — the spiritual home of the nation’s favorite fantasy fight spectacle.
The very presence of a smirking “gringo” in the ring at this hallowed venue is a provocation — let alone one who praises Mexico’s national hate figure, Donald Trump.
“When they come to the luchas and they scream what they feel about the United States, or me, or whatever, it’s a release. They feel good,” he says.
Trump has raised anxiety in Mexico by rounding up migrants to deport them back across its border and threatening to seize remittance payments sent home by US-based Mexicans. His stance has driven diplomatic relations between the two countries to their lowest point in decades. Adonis says Trump is like a wrestling villain: a man fighting his corner and not caring what people think of him.
“I respect him 100 percent .I think he is good at what he does. He’s a breath of fresh air for the American people.” says Adonis (real name Sam Polinsky. )
A 48-year-old Mexican watching with his wife and two small children leaps from his chair and bursts into English in his passion, spitting a furious string of F-words at Adonis. “Chicken! Out!” he yells, as Adonis bashes a prostrate opponent with his American flagpole.
I wonder if wrestling is considered Fake News ?