Confession time: I have an on-again, off-again love affair with professional wrestling. It's a soap opera for people who like to punch stuff, with its elaborate plotlines, explosive violence, and simmering queer sexuality. I feel like pro wrestling provides me with a glimpse into the mind of my fellow man, and while it frightens me, it's simultaneously fascinating and pretty damn hilarious.
There's not a lot one could do to improve on the pro wrestling format, but making it Mexican helps, and putting dudes in giant foam rubber monster suits helps even more.
Kaiju Big Battel [sic, lest ye get autocorrectey on me], which bills itself as "the world's only live monster mayhem spectacle," is one of the most deliciously absurd and thoroughly wonderful events I've had the privilege of witnessing. In combining the pro wrestling format with the storylines of kaiju eiga, Kaiju Big Battel bouts simply must be experienced live. I'd seen footage of several bouts online, but just got to see my first live Battel this past Friday at Warsaw in Brooklyn.
Last Friday's Battel was centered around a charity drive to save the kaiju, who were left destitute after the mad scientist Dr. Cube's recently-ended reign of terror. After a live performance by Poison Ivy League (fronted by Kaiju Big Battel's own high-energy MC Louden Noxious), the monster-on-monster mayhem began. Bouts included fights between such whimsically-named critters as D.W. Cycloptopuss versus Steam-Powered Tentacle Boulder and Hell Monkey versus American Beetle.
These kaiju don't simply bumble around the ring, although their entry into the traditional wrestling ring provided plenty of laughs. The beasties really fight, delivering crushing suplexes, devestating leg drops, and athletic leaps off the turnbuckles.
Kaiju Big Battel is probably one of the easier sells of anything I've written about in this blog. It's giant monsters, wrestling. If that doesn't put a smile on your face, I really despair for you.
Battels take place intermittently throughout the year, with reasonably-recent performances in Philadelphia and Boston. Follow Kaiju Big Battel on Twitter to get updates and learn about upcoming performances. Trust me--you're going to want to check this out!