In the wrestling It is of utmost importance to have, in addition to skills and physical condition, a striking character that captures the attention of fans. From their mask, to their outfit and movements, each athlete must possess a distinctive to become idols of the public.
Fighters often create their characters based on mythology, culture, or even popular culture comics and series.
From Mexican masked men to athletes from other countries, we introduce you to wrestlers who are inspired by comics or television series.
The ninja turtles
In independent wrestling there is a group called The ninja turtles, four masked men inspired by the characters of the comic created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.
However, there are past versions of the Ninja Turtles. In 1990 the World Wrestling Council created the team inspired by the franchise, but quickly they would fall their masks before the Fantasy Trio.
Later the Triple A I would return to the concept of TMNT to create Los Tortuguillos Karatekas in 1992. Later they returned as The Mutant Turtles and lost their mask to The Simpsons in 2015.
Jushin Thunder Liger
The mythical Japanese fighter has set foot on Aztec soil to face CMLL fighters on more than one occasion. NJPW’s masquerade is inspired by Japanese anime Jushin liger by Go Nagai.
The clothing you wear Keiichi Yamada took up characteristics of the monster Jushin Liger since his debut in 1984.
The current Commissioner of Box and Fight of Mexico City took as inspiration the comic Phantom, created by Lee Falk in 1963, to make his character.
Although in the first issues of the cartoon the main character wears suits of various colors, the wrestler took up the purple clothing to make tights and a mask, which were inherited by Jorge Bolly, The Son of the Ghost.
After a tragic career-threatening injury, Milo Ventura Chavez returned to the ring in 1975 under the unknown of Ultraman, also known as The Space Cadet.
Ventura Chávez took a strong inspiration in the homonymous series of the sixties. Even on one of their tours of Japan, both characters shook hands in the middle of the ring.
Although similar characters existed before his, Genaro Vázquez Nevarez used one of the most important CMLL masks: that of Blue panther.
In an interview with Shocker, he revealed that he was inspired by the image of The Pink Panther, a series from the sixties. “DI said, ‘If there is a Pink Panther, why can’t there be a Blue Panther?’ ”he commented.
This unknown is inspired by the homonymous manga from the late sixties. Thanks to his popularity, the character made a leap into television, becoming one of the most beloved anime in Japan.
Although many occupied the character of Tiger mask, Satoru Sayama is considered the most important not only for being the first to use it, but for laying the foundation for the cruiserweight fight.