Top 50 good guys in wrestling history

#27 Mil Mascaras

If you were a wrestling fan growing up in Mexico in the late 1960s, you believed that Mil Mascaras was more than just a man in tights. In the eyes of those kids that lined up outside of movie theaters in Guadalajara and San Luis Potosi, Mil Mascaras was a superhero concocted in a laboratory by a team of scientists, a masked marauder against hordes of the undead and the man who saved Mexico from an alien invasion.

In the years before he became the first masked man to compete in Madison Square Garden, Mil Mascaras was a movie star in his native country. His success in pictures allowed “The Man of 1,000 Masks” to become the first Mexican wrestler to succeed on a global scale as he introduced the lucha style to Japan and became a major attraction in territories across America. (WATCH) The WWE Hall of Famer’s agility and colorful masks inspired Tiger Mask and Jushin Liger while his international breakthrough opened doors for future stars like Rey Mysterio. — R.M.