The Imagery on Our Walls

Mil Máscaras (born Aaron Rodríguez, July 15, 1942) is one of the original “Big Three” of the lucha libre tradition in Mexico. He is considered to be one of the most influential wrestlers of all time for enhancing and popularizing the lucha libre style around the world both in the ring and as the star of over 20 films. He is also an accomplished artist and cultural ambassador from his native country and has appeared on three of its postage stamps. Mil Mascaras has been inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in New York and was recently inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

 

El Hijo del Santo (born Jorge Guzmán Rodríguez, August 2, 1963), better known as El Hijo del Santo (“The Son of the Saint”), is a Mexican professional wrestler, political activist and one of the most successful stars in Lucha Libre. He is the youngest son of the legendary professional wrestler, film actor and Mexican folk hero El Santo. “Santito”, as he is often called, was the only one of his father’s 10 children to become a professional wrestler. Hijo del Santo has appeared in several films, first with his father and then on his own or with other famous luchadores.

 

Blue Demon, Jr. (born July 16, 1966) is a Mexican luchador and professional wrestler. He is the allegedly adopted son of the legendary original Blue Demon and is the first Mexican and the second masked wrestler to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (Abyss was the first). Blue Demon, Jr.’s real name is unknown. In 2007 he appeared in the film Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy (also known as Mil Mascaras Resurrection). In an episode of ¡Mucha Lucha!, a cartoon version of Blue Demon, Jr. appears as a super hero wrestler.

 

Rey Mysterio, Jr. (born Oscar Gutierrez,  December 11, 1974) is a Mexican American professional wrestler in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) currently wrestling on the RAW Brand. In WWE, Gutierrez was trained by his uncle Rey Misterio, Sr. and wrestled early on in Mexico where he learned the Lucha Libre high flying style that has been his trademark.

 

 

Huracán Ramírez was a fictitious character invented for the 1952 Mexican Lucha film of the same name. Later, Daniel García became the real life wrestle as Huracan Ramirez. García wrestled as Huracán Ramírez for more than 30 years, and played the role in all of the movie sequels that followed (with the exception of “Huracan Ramirez Vs. The Terrorists”). Garcia was the creator of the Huracanrana, a move that has become a signature move of several Lucha Libre wrestlers. Daniel García was a very close personal friend of El Santo, and when Santo died in 1984, Daniel Garcia was one of the Silver-Masked Man’s pall bearers.

 

Dos Caras (born José Luis Rodríguez, February 21, 1951) is a Mexican Luchador Enmascarado (masked professional wrestler) who wrestles under the ring name Dos Caras (Spanish for Two faces). Dos Caras’ most active years were in the 1970s and 80s, and achieved his greatest success in Mexico’s Universal Wrestling Alliance (UWA) winning the UWA World Heavyweight Championship three times. He has been called “the greatest heavyweight ever to come out of Mexico”.

 

Atlantis is a Mexican Luchador Enmascarado (Masked professional wrestler) currently working for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) where he performs as a Technico (face or “good guy” character). Atlantis has held a large number of professional wrestling championships over the years, both in Mexico and in Japan. Atlantis was trained by Diablo Velasco, made his in-ring debut in 1983 and has always wrestled under the ring name Atlantis, named after the sunken city of Atlantis. Despite having worked as a Rudo for several years Atlantis is still very popular with young kids, retaining the nickname El idolo de los Niños (The idol of the children) after turning Rudo.

 

Luis Ignascio Urive Alvirde (born December 22, 1982) is a Mexican luchador enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler, signed with WWE and appearing on both its Raw and SmackDown television programs under the name Sin Cara (Spanish for “Faceless”).  He is best known for his time in the lucha libre promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) under the ringname Místico, where since 2006 he was the main técnico in CMLL and the biggest box office draw in all of Mexico. Místico is Spanish for “Mystic”, a religious ring character who is the storyline protégé of the wrestling priest Fray Tormenta. Upon signing with WWE in January 2011, Urive was repackaged as Sin Cara.

 

El Santo and Blue Demon in a scene from the movie Santo y Blue Demon vs Drácula y el Hombre Lobo in 1973. In this movie Dracula is back to seek revenge and rule the world. With the help of Wolfman and his legion of followers, victory seems eminent. Professor Cristaldi, a descendant of the magician, is warned about Dracula’s plans and calls upon El Santo and Blue Demon in the hopes that they can put the infamous Count and the werewolf down for good.

 

 

In this picture we see El Santo together with Mil Mascaras and Dr. Wagner in an old wrestling match.  Dr. Wagner made his professional wrestling debut in 1961 and worked the majority of his career for the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Empressa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL). As Dr. Wagner, he worked most of his career as an enmascarado, or masked wrestler, losing his mask to El Solitario in 1985.

 

 

Huracán Ramírez jumping from the third row.

 

 

 

Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. (Spanish for “Lightning from Jalisco, Jr.; born January 1, 1960) is the ring name of a Mexican Luchador Enmascarado (masked professional wrestler) whose real name has not been revealed, per Lucha Libre traditions. Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. is the son of Rayo de Jalisco a famous wrestler from the early days of Lucha Libre, he also has a son who wrestles under the name Rayman. Rayo, Jr. is a former two time CMLL World Heavyweight Champion and the current WWA World Heavyweight Champion, a title he has held since March 21, 2003.

 

On October 7, 2011, Mil Máscaras returned to Japan to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his debut in the country. He teamed with Dos Caras and the original Tiger Mask to defeat CIMA, Último Guerrero and Tiger Mask IV in a six man tag team match.

 

 

Alejandro Muñoz Moreno (April 24, 1922 – December 16, 2000), better known as Blue Demon (Demonio Azul in Spanish), was a Mexican luchador Enmascarado (Masked professional wrestler) who was widely considered to be one of the greatest Mexican wrestlers of his time. He was affectionately referred to as “Blue” and was known for his signature blue wrestling mask.

 

 

Felipe Estrada (born June 19, 1952), known as Canek and El Canek, is a masked Mexican professional wrestler and former Mixed Martial Arts fighter currently performing part time for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. In 1972, he debuted as “El Universitario” at the age of 18. In 1973, he would change his name to Canek, a name inspired by the Mayan Indian leader Jacinto Canek. He is one of the few wrestlers to bodyslam André the Giant.

 

El Santo wrestling match against Blue Demon.