The tradition of wrestling in a mask is something that is sacred in Mexico, but it has permeated the culture of American professional wrestling over the years as well. While there haven't been nearly as many iconic masked wrestlers in the United States, the list is still fairly impressive.
Since the WWE is the preeminent promotion in the U.S. and has been for decades, this slideshow will focus on the 10 greatest masked wrestlers to ever step foot in a WWE ring. There is plenty of criteria that went into narrowing the list down to just 10, but the main focus is what the wrestlers accomplished while in the WWE rather than at other stops along the way.
Also, only wrestlers who competed for the majority of their career under a mask or enjoyed a significant run where a mask was central to their character will be considered. That means that Hulk Hogan as Mr. America, CM Punk after getting his head shaved as the leader of the Straight Edge Society, Edge and Christian as Los Conquistadores and similar situations won't be on this list.
With that said, here are the 10 greatest masked marvels in WWE history, as well as a few honorable mentions who could quite crack the top 10.