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Rey Mysterio Performs His Finishing Move: "619"

Photograph By 2013 WWE, Inc.

Elaborate masks are the calling cards of luchador wrestlers, and few wore them better than Miguel Diaz, aka Rey Misterio, a top star in Mexico in the 1970s and '80s. One of his biggest fans was nephew and future WWE champion Oscar Gutierrez. "When I was 7, I remember going home with him after he wrestled in packed arenas of 7,000 people," he says. "It was almost like having a family member who was a real-live action hero." So when Oscar turned 16, he chose to enter the masked-man business and eventually adopted a version of his uncle's handle, becoming Rey Mysterio. Now going on his 12th year with WWE, the 38-year-old highflier has created more than 600 unique masks (with matching pants) thanks to two custom designers, one in Mexico and the other in Japan. Each mask costs from $500 to $2,500 and can take up to two weeks to create. The inspirations for the styles have come anywhere from comic books to couture fashion to the sports world.