Lucha Libre is the Mexican wrestling characterized by colorful masks, rapid sequences of holds, moves and “high-flying” maneuvers in rapid-fire succession. Most matches are two out of three falls (dos de tres caídas) and can be won by pinning the opponent to the mat for the count of three, making him submit or by disqualification.
Luchadores are traditionally divided into two categories. Thetecnicos, characters with heroic and noble qualities, fight for the common man. The rudos are villains that symbolize many of the most negative aspects of life in Mexico, such corruption, drug dealers and gangs.
The masks luchadores wear, designed to evoke the images of animals, gods, heroes and other archetypes, have become iconic symbols of Mexican culture. The mask is considered “sacred” to a degree, Mexican wrestling stars doesn’t reveal his real identity and it is a dishonour to have the mask removed.
The most legendary star of lucha libre is El Santo. He was never unmasked and buried wearing the mask after his death in 1984. El Santo became a folk hero and a symbol in Latino culture of the 20th Century. Other legendary luchadores are Eddie Guerrero, Blue Demon, Mil Máscaras and Místico.