Interviews

RJ Brewer Talks Lucha Libre, His Anti-Immigration Beliefs, Russell Pearce, and His "Mother," Governor Jan Brewer

Arizona's controversial immigration law SB 1070 has cause some heated confrontations across the country this week.

In Washington on Wednesday, attorneys arguing both for and against the "papers please" legislation verbally duked it out in front of the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, opponents of the law were arrested by Phoenix police during a demonstration downtown.

And come this Sunday, SB 1070 is going to cause professional wrestler RJ Brewer to engage in battle with masked Mexican luchadores.

As we blogged earlier this month, the 32-year-old grappler (who claims to be the son of Governor Jan Brewer) is a villain on MTV2's Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors Live espouses anti-immigration rhetoric and uses SB 1070 as motivation to fight Mexican-born wrestlers.

Lucha Libre USA is staging a live wrestling event at Celebrity Theatre this weekend and Brewer (whose real name is John Stagikas) will take on famed Mexican icon Blue Demon Jr. in the squared circle.

Jackalope Ranch recently spoke with Brewer both in and out of character and learned why he honestly believes in anti-immigration policies, how he enjoys being a villain, and how the Governor's Office has reacted to him

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.