The 20 most amazing masked wrestlers
BY Alex Giannini & John Clapp
May 03, 2013
18 Dos Caras
Emblazoned with a figure of a two-headed eagle to reflect the duality of his in-ring persona, Dos Caras’ mask is a true classic with great meaning.
The legendary Mexican wrestler — whose name translates to “two faces” — is part of a historic wrestling lineage that continues in WWE today with his son, Alberto Del Rio. Dos Caras is one of the greatest heavyweight grapplers in the storied history of Mexican wrestling, a true lucha libre icon.
Timeless in its elegant simplicity, Dos Caras’ mask is unquestionably one of the 20 best, ever.
1 Mil Máscaras
Had it not been for WWE Hall of Famer Mil Mascaras, one could argue the WWE Universe would have never known the likes of Rey Mysterio. Whereas El Santo blazed a trail for masked luchadores in Mexico, it was “The Man of a Thousand Masks” who popularized and legitimized masked Superstars in the United States. In December 1972, Mascaras became the first masked wrestler to compete in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Prior to that watershed moment, Superstars were prohibited from disguising their face in WWE’s home arena, making it all but impossible for masked competitors to gain traction in the world’s biggest wrestling market.
Immensely popular from the start, Mascaras captured the imagination of all who saw him. Thanks to his unconventional appearance, he was a cover boy for global wrestling magazines in the ’70s and ’80s, and millions of youngsters craved the opportunity to watch this real-life superhero compete in-person.