La Mascara – Part of the Alvarado (Brazos) family. He’s the son of Brazo de Oro. Started his career as Brazo de Oro Jr. In 2004 changed gimmick and name to La Mascara. Due to being a third generation wrestler, he was given an opportunity at a younger stage in his career in CMLL. In 2005 he won the Mexican National Welterweight Title and held the title for well over a year before dropping it to Sangre Azteca. Some felt he was not ready for his initial push as he had the look that CMLL likes as far as their tecnicos, but his work in the ring wasn’t at that level. He was put into matches with the regular veteran group of rudos to continue his seasoning. He won the CMLL World Trios Titles teaming with Hector Garza and Hijo de Fantasma. The trio was generally the secondary tecnico trio to the Mistico, Volador & La Sombra team. This trio eventually broke up when Garza turned on his teammates and cost them the titles and joined Los Invasores. This led to La Mascara moving up and forming a new trio with Mascara Dorada and La Sombra. That trio would win the CMLL World Titles and hold onto the belts until July 15th, 2011 when they lost them to Los Hijos del Averno in one of the top matches of 2011. During late 2010 also beat Volador Jr. for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Title. One of the highlights of 2011 saw La Mascara receive a big push and feud with Averno. He won the mask of Averno on June 17th, 2011. He shown quite a bit of improvement in 2011 and has established himself as one of CMLL’s top tecnicos.
Mascara Dorada – One of CMLL’s top tecnicos. Is one of the top high-flyers in the world. First gained attention working under card matches at Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara as Metallik, who would usually only get a few clips during their TV show. He would soon move up to the main CMLL roster. He became the first regular-sized wrestler to receive his mask and gimmick from a mini luchador when he was given the name Mascara Dorada as a tribute to Mascarita Dorada, the spectacular high-flying mini wrestler. His initial push as Mascara Dorada didn’t go well and it appeared he was going to be one of CMLL’s misses. However, CMLL decided to move him down the card and had him work with veteran rudos, Virus and Felino. He won the CMLL World Super Lightweight Title on April 7, 2009. He held the title for about 2 years before he decided to vacate it. In 2010, Mascara Dorada was firmly established as one of the top tecnicos. Along with Metro and Stuka Jr., the trio won the Mexican National Trios Titles and feuded with Poder Mexica. He also won the CMLL World Trios titles teaming with La Sombra and La Mascara. Mascara Dorada added yet another title to his collection when he defeated Negro Casas on September 7th, 2010 for the CMLL World Welterweight Title. For the remainder of 2010, Mascara Dorada held 4 titles and had to vacate a few as he also became one of the more in-demand luchadores in CMLL’s roster. He toured with New Japan a few times since 2010.
Mephisto – Long-time partner of Averno’s, started w/ CMLL as Astro Rey Jr. He was a second or third match type tecnico, who showed some potential. He soon joined El Satanico, walked through fire, and was renamed Mephisto. He has had success in tag team, trios and singles competition. He’s won trios titles as both part of Los Infernales and with his long-time running trio of La Triada del Terror. He’s also held the CMLL World Tag Team Titles with Averno. As a singles wrestler, he’s held numerous Welterweight titles. He too was one of the regular opponents to Mistico and would soon also feud with La Sombra. In late 2010, he began feuding with El Hijo del Fantasma and the feud continued entering 2011, but it was soon dropped. He’s a very talented luchador who tends to be overshadowed by Averno, but he has done well too.
MIJE (CUIJE) – This little fella (don’t call him that because he’ll kick you in the nuts!) has been the sidekick to El Alebrije going back to when Antonio Pena came up with these two characters for his AAA promotion after hallucinating while smoking peyote. Many of his ideas can probably be best explained by this. After all who comes up with a tag team called Los Ice Creams if not high on something! The characters of El Cuije and El Alebrije are taken from some sort of paper mache (NOTE: really from some woodcarving art work) gone crazy experiment. While in AAA, Cuije was always a tecnico and he would usually feud with Chuky (who was The Monsther’s mascot). He came along with several ex-AAA wrestlers back in April 2010 to CMLL as part of an invasion angle that never really got going with the fans. This also allowed Cuije to work as a rudo for the first time in his career. The main members of Los Invasores have stuck around and Cuije ended up being quite good at promos while making various appearances on Ras de Lona vowing to destroy KeMonito or pluck the feathers off Zacarias El Perico. He’s quite good at doing comedy spots and has sharp finger-nails!
Mil Mascaras – An all-time great in lucha libre. He became a star in and out of the ring and is one of the most recognizable wrestlers to have come out of Mexico. Mil has appeared in countless movies. As far as being a wrestler, he became one of the bigger stars out of Mexico in the US due to the magazine coverage that included him getting on covers. He was one of the first masked wrestlers to appear at Madison Square Garden for the then called WWWF (now WWE) after New York removed a ban on masked wrestlers. He was a star in Los Angeles during the L.A. Olympic Auditorium era were he feuded with the likes of Black Gordman, The Great Goliath, John Tolos, etc. He also became the IWA World Heavyweight Champion for the group that was started by Eddie Eihorn. Despite the promotion closing in 1977, Mil Mascaras continues to be the IWA World Heavyweight Champion making him the longest reigning World Champion of all-time!!! He appeared in practically every territory in the ’80s. Mil might be one of the most well-traveled wrestlers of all-time. Mil also did numerous tours of Japan with Giant Baba’s All Japan Pro Wrestling promotion. There he and his brother, Dos Caras, would team up and they gained a fan following. Mil in particular became beloved for his colorful masks. He continues to tour Japan as several of the wrestlers who grew up as fans of his during the late ’70s-early ’80s, became promoters and would bring him in to work tours or one-spot shows in Japan. He continues to wrestle to this very day. While others have their own memories of Mil Mascaras, I’ll always remember him for REFUSING TO TAKE A PHOTO WITH LUCKY PIERRE!!!!