One might not imagine a strong LGBTQ presence in the testosterone-driven world of professional wrestling. How , Northern California-based Wrestling for Charity and San Francisco drag queen Pollo Del Mar are laying the smack down on that perception!
“Packed with colorful characters, crazy antics and led by the world's most wrestling-obsessed drag personality, Wrestling for Charity is arguably today's most queer-friendly sports entertainment promotion,” writes The Bay Area Reporter,
SF’s most widely-read LGBTQ weekly.
Since joining WFC in 2017, the beloved drag performer has become a central figure in the independent promotion “Where Philanthropy Meets the Mat!” Both publicly and behind-the-scenes, according to The San Francisco Examiner newspaper, she is “trailblazing a path for the LGBT community in a hyper-masculine setting.”
A long-time sports entertainment enthusiast, the 2016 SF Nitey Award-Winning “Drag Queen of the Year” is rapidly becoming one of the most recognizable faces in the Northern California independent wrestling scene. “Feminine but Amazonian, flamboyant but stylish,” per The Examiner, Del Mar leads WFC’s “passionate, die-hard” team as it makes inroads in the City By the Bay.
Only a year into her latest pro wrestling foray, she was promoted both in storyline and reality to head all SF shows from WFC, a “small outfit that packs a big punch.” Just as she “took San Francisco by storm” as a drag entertainer, says The Examiner, Del Mar hopes to do the same with area pro wrestling.
Known in the industry as “Booking,” Del Mar will lead creative content and promotion of upcoming shows at El Toro Nightclub, 2470 San Bruno Ave. With increased LGBTQ themes, theatrics and characters expected, The Examiner notes Del Mar hopes to “piledrive the idea that professional wrestling is only the domain of the testosterone-fueled.”
“As a drag queen emcee, Del Mar aims to make Wrestling for Charity at El Toro the nation’s most inclusive professional wrestling event,” wrote The San Francisco Chronicle in a glowing review of WFC’s May 2018 outing.
Drawing a crowd combining avid wrestling fans, drag lovers and first-timers there to see what the hype was about, the audience included uncharacteristic numbers of LGBTQ spectators. In The Chron’s exhuberant report, the Bay Area’s biggest daily newspaper declared: “The spectacle was well-worth the trip.”
WFC returns to El Toro on Thurs., July 26. Local favorites The Berkeley Brawler, tag team champs The Honor Society, Lucha Libre legend Chicano Flame, “The Sexy Swinger” Jheri Gigalo, “Lovely” Lisa Lace and more will continue their “over-the-top wrestling, complete with rivalries, soap opera antics and prolonged heckling” (per The Chron). However, Del Mar will be driving the “storylines and schtick.”
“A love of professional wrestling is not required” to enjoy the show, The Chronicle assures the curious. “Costumes are theatrical, personalities are tongue-in-cheek. In no way does this take itself too seriously.”
“Thrilling WFC mat action, over-the-top stories and [an] all-inclusive, interactive audience experience,” the BAR raves. “WFC not only allows but encourages fans to be exactly who they are.”
Perhaps neighborhood-based news outlet Portola Planet best sums up Del Mar’s influence on WFC shows.
“This is more than just pro wrestling,” the website declared, “It is a gender-bending, bone-crushing, only-in-San Francisco theatrical event!”
Follow Wrestling for Charity on Twitter/Instagram: @WFCWrestling
Follow Pollo Del Mar on Twitter: @TheGlamazonPDM