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Wrestling masks are most widely used in the Mexican/Latin lucha libre style of wrestling. A wrestler's mask is usually related to a wrestler's persona (for example, a wrestler known as 'The Panda' might wear a mask with a panda's facial markings). Often, wrestlers will put their masks on the line against other wrestlers' masks, titles or an opponent's hair. One of Lucha Libres biggest attractions, El Hijo del Santo. ... In professional wrestling, a gimmick is slang that refers to a wrestlers on-screen personality. ...

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United States

While in bart simsons shorts and Mexico masks are a sign of tradition, they are generally considered by many in the United States to be a deathblow to a wrestler's character. Very few masked wrestlers have succeeded in becoming popular (with exceptions such as Mr. Wrestling Tim Woods, Masked Superstar, Mankind, Big Van Vader, Kane, Abyss, and Rey Mysterio Jr.) and generally are considered as jobbers. The belief is that fans want to see a face and will only get behind a wrestler that shows it. --Duk 03:11, 1 Jun 2005 (UTC) Categories: Possible copyright violations ... Bill Eadie is a professional wrestler who has competed under the names of Ax as part of Demolition and The Masked Superstar. ... Michael Francis Mick Foley (born June 7, 1965 in Bloomington, Indiana) is an American professional wrestler and author. ... Leon Allen White (born May 14, 1956), better known under his ring names Big Van Vader or Vader, was one of the most successful professional wrestlers of the 1990s. ... Glen Thomas Jacobs (born April 26, 1967) is a Spanish-born American professional wrestler. ... Chris Parks (born October 4, 1973 in Washington, D.C.), better known by his ring name Abyss (labeled as The Monster of TNA Wrestling) is an American professional wrestler. ... Óscar Gutiérrez Rubio, (born December 11, 1974) better known by his ring names Rey Mysterio, Jr. ... A job is professional wrestling slang referring to a performer losing a match. ...


Often already established, famous wrestlers may appear under masked identities because of (kayfabe) stipulations against them, which is used to draw more attention to their "real" personas. Examples include Hulk Hogan as Mr. America, Dusty Rhodes as the Midnight Rider, André the Giant as Giant Machine and Brian Pillman as the Yellow Dog. In all cases, the masked personas were adopted because of promotional stipulations working against them, such as forced retirement, bans from competition, or bans from title shots. In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KAY-fayb; IPA: ) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is the portrayal of professional wrestling as not staged or worked. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and to make a clear distinction between fact and fiction, this article may require cleanup. ... The American Dream Dusty Rhodes (born Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr. ... André the Giant (May 19, 1946 – January 27, 1993) was a professional wrestler and actor, born André René Roussimoff in Grenoble, France. ... Brian William Pillman (May 22, 1962 – October 5, 1997) was an American professional wrestler. ...

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Japan

In Japan, most masked wrestlers can be found in the junior heavyweight divisions, as they prefer to follow the pattern set by Mascaras and Sayama of being a masked wrestler who can do high-flying moves in the ring. Dick Beyer is a retired professional wrestler who is best known by his ring names, The Destoyer and Dr. X. As an athlete at Syracuse University, Beyer was a member of the varsity football and wrestling teams. ... Aaron Rodríguez (born July 15, 1942), best known as Mil Máscaras (meaning Man of a Thousand Masks in Spanish), is a Mexican professional wrestler. ... Tiger Mask is the name of a masked Japanese professional wrestling character in an eponymous manga series, also adapted into a televised anime series in 1969, and later a gimmick used by a succession of real-life pro wrestlers. ... Satoru Sayama is a Japanese professional wrestler, best known as the original Tiger Mask. ... In professional wrestling, a cruiserweight is a wrestler weighing below 220 lb (100 kg), with no lower weight limit. ...


Current masked wrestlers stars in Japan: Black Strong Machine (Junji Hirata), Jushin Liger, El Samurai, Tiger Mask IV, Ultimo Dragon, The Great Sasuke. Junji Hirata is a Japanese Professional wrestler who wrestles for the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. ... Keichi Yamada (山田恵一 Yamada Keichi) (born November 30, 1964), better known as Jushin Liger (獣神ライガー - Jūshin Raigā) and later, Jushin Thunder Liger (獣神サンダーライガー - Jūshin Sandā Raigā) is a Japanese professional wrestler. ... Osamu Matsuda as El Samurai Osamu Matsuda is a Japanese professional wrestler who currently works for New Japan Pro Wrestling, and is better known by his stage name El Samurai. ... Tiger Mask (IV) (タイガーマスク) is a Japanese professional wrestler whose real name is not publicly known, and who currently works for New Japan Pro Wrestling. ... Yoshihiro Asai, better known as Ultimo Dragon (b. ... Masanori Murakawa (born July 18, 1969 in Tokyo) is a Japanese professional wrestler who is better known by his stage name The Great Sasuke. ...


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Protective Mask - Mexican Wrestling (142 words)
Masks are mystical-- they show another side of the personality of the person who wears it.
A mask is not just an accessory but also a symbol, an attitude, a cultural icon, an identity for a Luchador.
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Wrestling mask - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (372 words)
Wrestling masks are most widely used in the Mexican/Latin lucha libre style of wrestling.
A wrestler's mask is usually related to a wrestler's persona (for example, a wrestler known as 'The Panda' might wear a mask with a panda's facial markings).
While in Japan and Mexico masks are a sign of tradition, they are generally considered by many in the United States to be a deathblow to a wrestler's character.
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