In Mexico and many other Spanish-speaking countries, the “sport” of wrestling has been going on strong for decades. Known as lucha libre (meaning “freestyle wrestling”), this style of wrestling is akin to American professional wrestling.
Lucha libre is divided into two principal camps: (1) technicos (“technicians”) who are basically the good guys and use intricate maneuvers to achieve their submissions and (2) rudos (“rude dudes” or heels) who use cheating and other bad techniques to win their matches. Tag teams and three-member teams are popular in the sport. A match is divided into three “faults,” with the wrestler(s) who win two out of three of these faults declared the overall winner.
One popular type of wrestler is an enmascardo, or the masked wrestler. Some of these wrestlers have achieved superstardom in their home countries and are even known in places like Japan and the United States. Many of these early enmascardos achieved stardom through movies. Although some of the movies dealt with crime, later movies moved toward the genres of horror and science fiction.
This list assembles the top-five enmascardos who have done battle with the likes of Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein, wolfmen and wolfwomen, and mummies.