Rickin Sánchez, iconic figure of the island’s golden age of lucha libre, dies

Rickin Sánchez, iconic figure of the island’s golden age of lucha libre, dies

Veteran sports producer and commentator Rickin Sánchez, better known in the city for his participation in the 1980s as an interviewer for wrestlers on the Superstars of Wrestling program, died yesterday, his family reported.

During the aforementioned period, Sánchez played a leading role in the Lucha Libre program, bringing an air of seriousness and veracity to a product that faced daily the question of whether the rudeness and rivalries were real or a sports spectacle, as has been confirmed by several decades later.

Sánchez was the main reporter of the program who, in each edition of Lucha Libre Superstars produced by Capitol Sports Promotions, had to interview the protagonists of the fights that would take place on Saturday and Sunday in different stadiums or squares of the island. Among the memorable figures they interviewed were the company’s locals and stars, Carlitos Colón and the Invaders, and among those figures’ arch-enemies such as Abdullah The Butcher and his then-manager Hugo Savinovich, Barrabás and the Martell brothers.

Sánchez has also been a producer, narrator and sports commentator in other disciplines, boxing and baseball, as well as producing boxing billboards. He also founded the channel Videomax.