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Lucha Libre is part of Mexican national identity, it feels like Lucha was there the day the country was founded and in some ways it predates it. The masks worn by modern luchadors are inspired by the animal identities taken on by Maya and Aztec warriors and the legacy of the pre-invasion cultures is carried on in venues all over modern Mexico. The mask and the style of performance is globally iconic and indeed wrestling fans all over the world consider Lucha to be a part of a shared identity for our favorite pastime.