Masks (máscaras) have been used dating back to the beginnings of lucha libre in the early part of the 20th century, and have a historical significance to Mexico in general, dating to the days of the Aztecs. Early masks were very simple with basic colors to distinguish the wrestler. In modern lucha libre, masks are colorfully designed to evoke the images of animals, gods, ancient heroes, and other archetypes, whose identity the luchador takes on during a performance. Virtually all wrestlers in Mexico will start their careers wearing masks, but over the span of their careers, a large number of them will be unmasked. Sometimes, a wrestler slated for retirement will be unmasked in his final bout or at the beginning of a final tour, signifying loss of identity as that character. Sometimes, losing the mask signifies the end of a gimmick with the wrestler moving on to a new gimmick and mask. The mask is considered "sacred" to a degree, so much so that fully removing an opponent's mask during a match is grounds for disqualification.
What are the Different Mask Grades?
Lucha Libre masks are usually advertised as being a specific "grade" or level of quality. LuchadorMasks.net only offers Professional Grade/Gala or Commercial masks.
Below are the grading specifications LuchadorMasks.net uses to determine the quality of the masks we offer.
Professional or Pro-Grade masks are the real deal: These are the same masks that the luchador would wear during a fight. They are made of the best and strongest material, stitching is usually triple-stitched, and more attention is made to the details of the masks, the designs are cut and aligned better, and there is usually a inner-lining on the mask with padding to prevent irritation when wearing.
Gala or Presentation masks are the same as pro-grade masks, but the material is of a finer fabric. These masks are the same as worn by luchadors in public, such as press events. Occasionally, these masks have an 'open mouth' if the luchador doesn't already wear one in the ring. Price and quality are the similar as pro-grade.
Commercial Grade masks are made the same way as the pro-grade counterpart, but with cheaper materials. The inner lining is sometimes omitted as well. The only real difference is the fabric used, as the time involved to make the mask is the same.
Fan masks or jugetes are what you will find in the street outside of a wrestling arena. There's not even a point in comparing these to the other types mentioned earlier, we don't sell them here.