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Old 08-22-2012, 05:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Forgotten Legends32: Mil Mascaras

One of the big three with El Santo and Blue Demon, he was one of the big guys physically too who was in good conditioning and was allowed to participate as a heavyweight across Japan and US. He was popular for being a face outside, keeping away from rule breaking and having a huge reportiere of maneuver as well as short or no selling opponent's moves if it did not make contact or satisfy him enough.

Though considered largely as a mat wrestler in Mexico, he was considered the first high flyer who brought out the Lucha Libre style to Japan and US. He holds the honor and distinction of being the first masked wrestler to enter MSG and fight a match when he faced the Spoiler and won. He feuded with the likes of Superstar Billy Graham, El Santo, Blue Demon, El Canek to Cactus Jack in WCW in a career spanning over 37 years with 17 titles to his name.

As with the big three, he starred in over 20 luchador action films and was a crossover movie star as well.

If not for anything else, he is renown for opening the doors for Luchadors to US and Japan on which path Ultimo Dragon, Rey Mysterio and Tiger Masks tread.
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Unlike El Santo, who in my opinion is better wrestler, Mil Mascaras is more recognizable outside of Mexico and is the first masked wrestler to ever wrestle in Madison Square Garden. And, if I'm correct, the first masked wrestler in WWE Hall of Fame.
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Unlike El Santo, who in my opinion is better wrestler, Mil Mascaras is more recognizable outside of Mexico and is the first masked wrestler to ever wrestle in Madison Square Garden. And, if I'm correct, the first masked wrestler in WWE Hall of Fame.
Mil Mascaras more recognizable outside of Mexico? I rspectfully disagree. I travel to Mexico from time to time and the vendors still sell a variety of Mil Mascars masks at events. There was a brief period of time, like the mid 70's where the average American fan knew him and he was very popular here winning most popular wrestler honors one year, but by 1982 most casual American wrestling fans had no clue who he was. However Mexican fans for genreations knew Mascaras. Granted, before Rey, he was the single most popular luchador ever outside Mexico. I can see your argument as Mascaras was a PWI cover boy and toured most of the territories, but in Mexico he was one of the greatest ever for almost 40 years....one of the big three like the OP said.

Funny fact about that Spoiler match. The Spoiler who was also a masked wrestler...and worthy of a Forgotten Legend piece himself, was forced to wrestle that match unmasked.

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Mil Mascaras more recognizable outside of Mexico? I rspectfully disagree. I travel to Mexico from time to time and the vendors still sell a variety of Mil Mascars masks at events. There was a brief period of time, like the mid 70's where the average American fan knew him and he was very popular here winning most popular wrestler honors one year, but by 1982 most casual American wrestling fans had no clue who he was. However Mexican fans for genreations knew Mascaras. Granted, before Rey, he was the single most popular luchador ever outside Mexico. I can see your argument as Mascaras was a PWI cover boy and toured most of the territories, but in Mexico he was one of the greatest ever for almost 40 years....one of the big three like the OP said.

Funny fact about that Spoiler match. The Spoiler who was also a masked wrestler...and worthy of a Forgotten Legend piece himself, was forced to wrestle that match unmasked.
I actually meant, that Mil Mascaras is more recognizable outside of Mexico, than El Santo.
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I actually meant, that Mil Mascaras is more recognizable outside of Mexico, than El Santo.
Agreed there.
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I wouldn't say Mil Mascars is a forgotten legend to be honest. He is brought up whenever anyone mentions mexican wrestling, rightly so.
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