No. 5 Rey Bucanero
Once the lord of the high seas while teamed with Ultimo Guerrero in the early 90's, the "Pirate King" wore some of the most terrifying costumes to ever see the inside of a ring. Looking like one of the horsemen from "Lord of the Rings" after an afternoon of paintball, he eventually lost his mask to Shocker in 1999, and has since taken on a David Bowie-esque look.
No. 4 India Sioux 0 and India Sioux
India Sioux stole hearts all around Mexico before breaking them when she left the ring in 2009 after having her first child. Twenty-five years ago, her mother did the same thing under the same name...although with a bit more, shall we say, modesty.
No. 3 Mephisto
Mephisto, who looks like the result of a bourbon-fueled union of Barney and Mephistopheles, is, like many luchadors, a second-generation wrestler. A longtime villain and one-time leader of the Los Infernales wrestling gang (which lost the name to the other band of Los Infernales in a steel cage match) he's known for turning people from good to bad with satanic powers. Just like bourbon.
No. 2 (Tied) Santo and The Blue Demon
It's hard to beat a classic, and when it comes to luchadors, it doesn't get more timeless than Santo and Blue Demon, two longtime tecnico (good guy) rivals whose masks gave birth to a whole generation of fighters and galvanized a country. Both were the faces of Lucha Libre as it exploded in popularity, both transcended the ring and became folk heroes, both wore their masks everywhere — including their caskets.
No. 1 Mil Mascaras
One of the most famous luchadors in history, the "Man of a Thousand Masks" epitomizes the high-flying, colorful style of Lucha Libre. For three decades, he's entered the ring wearing a new mask with his signature mask underneath. Mil Mascaras broke into Lucha Libre as an actor and has never lost his flair for the dramatic, with a flamboyant personality reflected by his mask, which manages to look frenzied, melancholic and apocalyptic at the same time. Kind of like a Muse song.
But what makes Mil Mascaras our No. 1 pick is not that he wore all those (figurative and literal) masks, but that he designed them himself. Anyone creative enough to concoct an amazing luchador persona, become a movie star, get super-ripped and still find time to design his masks is alright by us.
For more color from the world of luchadors and luchadoras, check out "Lucha Libre: USA Masked Warriors" when it debuts on Friday, July 16 at 10/9c on MTV2.
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