Wrestling Masks: Beyond Halloween Costumes

Tis the season when we dress up in wacky costumes, celebrate all things creepy, and gorge on enough candy to make at least ten new diabetes. When it comes to straightforward costumes that sledgehammer the point home, they don’t get any more simple and effective than a good mask. Shit, a lot of times, that’s all you need. Complement it with a T-shirt and jeans, and you’re good to go! While I’m sure they generate far more sales during Halloween season, in the world of pro wrestling, masks are a white hot accessory year-round. The mask fits right into the imaginative and vibrantly colorful environment that is wrestling, where larger than life personalities command the stage. Nowadays, we tend to associate it with iconic grapplers such as the great Rey Mysterio. But in my early days of fandom, masked wrestlers were mainly jobbers. Jabronis. Or as me and my Cousin Drew would call ‘em, “the weak guys”. When you saw a cat like Agent Steel in the ring, you automatically knew the dude standing across...
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I don’t care if you watch pro wrestling or not … when you hear the word “undertaker”, there’s one man who comes to mind: Mark Lamont Calaway, better known to wrestling nerds as The Dead Man. While the man from the darkest parts of kayfabe’s Death Valley virtually owns the name, I’d contend that another fictional character not only beat him to the punch, but arguably did the role even better. I’m talking about Uncle Roscoe, played by Joe Spinell in the 1988 horror movie classic The Undertaker. Honestly, I’d never heard of this movie until recently. But I’m glad I did, because it was pretty damn solid and got me thinking about the potential of a movie based on WWE’s phenom. Hey, it could totally happen! One day. ...
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