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Men of Mystery: 10 of the greatest masked wrestlers

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Masked wrestlers have been around since the 1865 world's fair when Theobaud Bauer donned a mask to wrestle challengers from the crowd. His name? The Masked Wrestler, of course!

The First Luchador was American

In 1933, American wrestler Cyclone Mackey began wrestling in Mexico under a mask. He quickly became over with the crowd, resulting in a great many Mexican wrestlers adopting masks as well. What Mackey started, his compatriots south of the border perfected; it is now impossible to think of masked wrestlers without mentioning the Luchadores.

Fast forward to today, and masked wrestlers are still making an impact on the sport. Here are ten of the greatest wrestlers to ever perform under a mask.

#10 Hayabusa

The late, great Hayabusa
The late, great Hayabusa

Considered by many the King of the death match Hayabusa was as fearless as he was reckless. While he had a great run with FMW, he was also often sidelined with injuries due to his high risk, high flying style.

Hayabusa was the main star of FMW from the mid-1990s until 2001 when he botched a moonsault and paralyzed himself. Eventually passing due to complications from his injury, Hayabusa left behind legions of mournful fans the world over.

Here's Hayabusa in an exploding cage match.

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Christopher Scott Wagoner is a fiction writer and freelance journalist from Austin, Texas. Dune is his favorite novel and Dean Malenko is his favorite wrestler.
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