These kitschy acrobatic matches of “good guy” vs. “bad guy” masked wrestling have been a folkloric staple since the 1940’s, when the original masked hero, El Santo emerged. His career spanned decades both in wrestling matches and in the movies he starred in from the late ’50s into the ’80s. Legend has it that he slept with his mask on, and even his family never saw him without it. Nowadays it’s Mistico, Blue Panther, Último Guerrero, and Negro Casas who draw crowds for the luchas, where scantily clad women present the heroic fighters, acrobatic feats take place in the ring, and the audience snacks on potato chips drowned in chili sauce and liter-sized beers.

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