Masked wrestlers occupy a special place in the world of professional wrestling, adding mystery and intrigue to the rough and tumble. Throughout WWE history, several unmaskings proved more than memorable. Take a peek as we reveal the best ones.
The Spider Lady
In late 1985, Women’s Champion Wendi Richter wore the belt she took from longtime champ The Fabulous Moolah, one of the greatest female wrestlers in WWE history. At a Madison Square Garden event, Richter squared off against The Spider Lady, a grappler shrouded in a web-covered bodysuit and mask. A fast count found Richter losing the belt to The Spider Lady. Richter then unmasked her opponent, revealing Moolah beneath the shroud. Legend has it, Richter had no idea she was losing to Moolah, and this led to her severing ties with the company.
The Over the Limit pay-per-view in spring of 2010 found CM Punk facing Rey Mysterio. If he were to lose, Punk agreed to have his head shaved. Punk took the loss and walked away with a chrome dome. To keep his baldness out of the spotlight, Punk began wearing a mask. That was until Big Show snatched it off of Punk during the Money in the Bank pay-per-view ladder match. Fans obviously knew what Punk looked like, but the removal of the mask meant a blow to his ego, causing the crowd to erupt in delight.
While wrestling for WCW in 1999, Mysterio controversially lost his mask during a tag team match with Konnan against Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. He later joined WWE, mask intact. At the 2009 Extreme Rules pay-per-view, Chris Jericho vowed he would rip the mask from Mysterio’s face. He did just that and snagged the Intercontinental Championship in the process.
In 2003, the masked behemoth Kane was offered a shot at Triple H and the World Heavyweight Championship. If Kane lost, however, he’d have to unmask. The announcing team hyped the horrors that might be found beneath the hood. With help from some of his cohorts, Triple H won the contest. On an episode of Raw, Kane took off his mask, revealing a half-shaved head and a face smeared with black greasepaint. After the unveiling, Kane went wild, choke-slamming his tag-team partner, Rob Van Dam.
Will WWE continue the time-honored tradition of unmaskings? With what’s old often becoming new again, don’t be surprised to find new masked wrestlers fighting for their hoods in the not-too-distant future.