Masked Wrestlers Without Their Masks
A lot of wrestlers wear masks, take Rey Mysterio as an example. It seems to be an unspoken tradition for a lot of wrestlers to don a mask in the ring - but is there a reason behind it? Well, it's believed that the masks were used to separate their life in and out of the ring, like Batman and Bruce Wayne, but in wrestling. Meanwhile, the tradition can also trace its root back to the Mexican culture. Ever wonder how do some of the wrestlers look like in real life without the mask, though? Well, you're about to find out.
Older fans might have recognized him from WCW and WWE, for true wrestling fans, you would definitely know him. Último Dragón is a legendary Japanese professional wrestler, already a well-regarded wrestler before he participated in WCW and WWE. However, his career in America was nothing compared to his achievements in the Japanese wrestling rings. This is how he looks like in real life.
Los Conquistadores (The Conquistadors)
Los Conquistadores is a tag team that competed in WWF since the late 80s. They were simply identified as One and Two, respectively. Several wrestlers donned the costume over the years - the original being José Luis Rivera and José Estrada (Sr,) two Puerto Rican born wrestlers. However, the men underneath the costume would change over the years, including real-life best friends and pro-wrestling legends Edge and Christian.
The Calgary Kid
The return of prodigal son... The Calgary Kid is a professional wrestler that appeared out of nowhere, competing against Eugene at the "Contract on a Pole" match. The Calgary Kid won...and revealed his true identity... it was none other than The Miz, banished by John Cena not long ago. What a dramatic return.
The Great Sasuke
The Great Sasuke had an interesting career both inside and outside the ring. Inside the ring, he started his wrestling career in 1990. He held numerous championship titles throughout the last few decades, including an NWA World Middleweight Championship and two WWF Light Heavyweight Championships. Outside the ring, he was elected as a local politician - with his mask on still.
No...not John Battman. And yes, there was a wrestler who actually wore a Batman (Battman) costume in the ring...something you won't see these days with all the possible lawsuits. It was none other than old school wrestling legend Tony Marino. We would love to see Batman wrestling in the ring again, to be honest.
Alberto del Rio
If you watch WWE, you would probably know Alberto del Rio - the charming yet delirious character who rose to fame around the 2010s. He is the son of legendary Mexican wrestler Dos Caras, with Alberto himself being a four-time World Champion. But did you know that he used to wear a mask? Before WWE, he was known as Dos Caras Jr. in the Mexican wrestling ring...for obvious reasons.
A Very Mysterious Ice Cream
The wrestling world comes with weird characters sometimes. For example, we have A Very Mysterious Ice Cream, and yes, that's actually the wrestler's persona. The queer name was matched with an equally queer costume. And guess what? It was actually WWE's Cesaro, running around with an ice cream cone on his head.
The Boogeyman, as the name implies, is THE Boogeyman of the pro-wrestling world. He made his first appearance in WWE on SmackDown in 2005. A terrifying character, he displays shocking behaviors inside the ring, as a way to stun his opponents. He also made a brief return in 2015 against Bray Wyatt in Royal Rumble.
Not sure this is considered racist, but definitely a lot of fun to watch - especially the entrance video that simply cannot be described by words. Curry Man made his debut in TNA in 2008, and to say that he was a character is an understatement. Behind the silly antics and odd costume was American pro-wrestler Christopher Daniels, "The Fallen Angel."
Goldust, the wrestling legend from the late 1990s, a revered pro-wrestler of the decade. His persona, as the name implies, has everything to do with gold - the hair, the facepaint, the costume...everything. The shiniest star in the ring, literally. Yet, the man behind all the gimmicks is the son of legendary wrestler Dusty Rhodes, and in the 90s, Goldust took the pro-wrestling world by storm. Goldust is also the brother of pro-wrestler Cody Rhodes.
The Ultimate Warrior
The Ultimate Warrior is one of the most revered names in the pro-wrestling world. A WWE Hall of Famer, he was the icon and the face of the sport in his prime years. He is one of the greatest characters the pro-wrestling world has ever seen. Being an icon of the sport, his career also came with a series of drama. His real name is Jim Hellwig, and sadly he passed away just a day after his introduction into the WWE Hall of Fame.
The Big Red Monster, the hellraiser, one of the Brothers of Destruction, Kane has a special place in the pro-wrestling world. Most famously known as the half-brother of the Undertaker in the pro-wrestling universe, Kane had a long career and is one of the last remaining pro-wrestlers to come out of the Attitude Era. Though his persona changed over the years, where he eventually removed his masks and donned it once again, he remained a living legend of pro-wrestling most glorious years. Fun fact: he has a degree in English Literature and taught for a while before being a professional wrestler.
There's no way we gonna make this list without having Sting here. If you only watch WWE, you might not have heard of Sting before. However, as a pro-wrestling fan, you most definitely should. Already a wrestling legend for a few decades, he finally made his debut in WWE in 2014, at WWE's Survivor Series...talking about an ambitious crossover. Seriously, it might be one of the most historic moments in recent pro-wrestling history. Man, if only we could see Sting up against The Undertaker, that'd be the match of a lifetime.
619 Rey Mysterio...one of the most revered and well-known masked wrestlers of our time. He might not be the typical macho wrestler you would imagine, but he is, undoubtedly, a nimble and formidable opponent in the ring. Trained in the traditional Mexican tradition of Lucha Libre, Rey Mysterio is one of the biggest names in the pro-wrestling world. He had a long successful career, going up toe to toe with some of the superstars, including Eddie Guerrero and Shawn Michaels.
What do you think? Could you have guessed what they looked like behind the masks? Would you prefer them to have their masks on or not? If you enjoyed reading, why not share this with your fellow pro-wrestling fans?