Ever wonder what your favorite masked wrestler looks like under that mask? Have you only ever seen the wrestler with a mask on and wonder who's playing that role? Is it someone we know or someone totally different we've never seen before?
In Lucha Libre, the mask is everything. Most wrestlers are known for their headgear and to take it off is nothing short of frontpage news. Even today, there are wrestlers we've come to know quite well—both in the past and the present—for having a mask. Some of the greatest wrestlers in the last 20 years wore one, including Rey Mysterio.
For those who don't want to know what your favorite WWE, WCW, or Impact Wrestling stars look like underneath their disguise, don't keep reading. For readers interested in seeing just who is under that mask, we've listed five of wrestling's current stars and we've shown the before and after.
Kalisto is probably the WWE's current most popular masked wrestler, but even he's been absent from WWE programming for some time. It's uncertain as to why the company is choosing not to make Kalisto a part of the Cruiserweight Division but he'd be a natural fit there and could spark a feud with current champion Enzo Amore.
Kalisto had a very positive future ahead of him and the WWE sort of threw it all away. They could always reunite him with Sin Cara as the two made for an entertaining tag team called the Lucha Dragons.
If you were to take a mashup of Mankind, Kane, and The Undertaker what you'd have is probably TNA's/Impact Wrestling's Abyss. He's one of the most recognized stars in the company's history, he's won the TNA Grand Slam Championship, and he's sure to be in the TNA Hall of Fame.
He's one of the few people to be a huge star in TNA and never make the jump to WWE. He was offered an opportunity to do so but declined. His window to do so now is probably closed, but it could be quick ratings grab for WWE if they did so.
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His days in the WWE are pretty much over and he's been played by more than one person (well three if you count that one time by Chris Jericho), but here is what the current Sin Cara looks like.
The original was released due to some serious personality issues, and while this version (Jorge Arias, formerly known as Hunico) seems a much better fit, the character was a let down for the WWE and not nearly the international sensation they'd hoped for.
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We considered showing you Kane, but because Glenn Jacobs has been on television so often without his mask, what he looks like isn't really a surprise. But did you know who the imposter Kane was?
When Kane was terrorized by a version of himself in 2006, Luke Gallows of The Club/Good Brothers was given the job of playing the man under the mask. Gallows has had some interesting characters to play in WWE. From the fake Kane to Festus and then a member of the Straight Edge Society with CM Punk, he's now back and trying to win the Raw tag titles.
It was leaked that the WWE wanted to bring back Rey Mysterio then it was reported they weren't interested. If ratings and live attendance continue to struggle, it might not be a bad idea and he'll surely come back wearing one of his trademark masks.
But, there was a time in WCW that he wrestled without his mask and it's hard to understand why they did this since he was one of their most popular stars, but they did. He's not a bad looking guy, but he's Rey Mysterio. He should always have a mask.
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