Alberto Del Rio and the Top 10 Mexican Wrestlers in WWE History
WWE has had a recent influx of talent from Mexico. Along with Alberto Del Rio, we've seen Sin Cara and Hunico bring the Lucha Libre style to U.S. audiences.
From the Guerreros to the Mexicools, WWE has been home to a number of skilled mat-workers from across the border.
WWE doesn't have as rich a luchador history as WCW, but may pave its future with Mexican greats.
For this list, I've included Mexican-Americans as well.
Rey Mysterio, for example, was born and raised in southern California, but is of Mexican descent and his high-flying ways and the masks he wears helps carry on the tradition of Mexican wrestling under the bright lights of WWE.
Special Mention: Mil Mascaras
Factoring in the entire career of Mil Mascaras, one of the greatest luchadors of all time, he would reside atop this list.
The Hall of Famer won all of his titles and accolades outside of WWE, though.
Mascaras did make several appearances with the company, mostly battling Billy Graham in addition to entering the 1997 Royal Rumble, but it’s hard to consider him a WWE wrestler.
As part of the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame class, Mascaras’ achievements are certainly recognized by the WWE, but not as deeply as they are in Mexico. He is deservedly a legend in his home country.
His nephew, Alberto Del Rio, will likely carry on the tradition of greatness of the Rodriguez wrestling family.
10. Essa Rios
At only 19, Essa Rios (then wrestling with a mask as Aguila) was catapulted into the WWE Light Heavyweight Championship scene immediately upon his arrival.
He battled Taka Michinoku at WrestleMania XIV in a match that showed off his stunning potential.
Rios wasn’t quite as quick as some of his countrymen, but his Asai Moonsault and Shooting Star Press were beautiful to watch.
He briefly held the Light Heavyweight Championship and later delivered some entertaining matches against Eddie Guerrero over the European title. In the crowded, talent-laden roster of the late '90s, Rios got lost in the shuffle at times, eventually doing his best work with CMLL in Mexico.
9. Sin Cara
Sin Cara’s career is at a crossroads. Should he continue to struggle adapting to the WWE style and botch his moves, he’ll be known in the future as a failed project and punchline.
With as much talent as Sin Cara has, though, he’s more likely to end up being an exciting part of the WWE product for years to come.
With Rey Mysterio’s career coming to a close, Sin Cara can be WWE’s primary acrobat and human circus act.
Flipping, diving and spinning his way through his matches, the blur that is Sin Cara has already dazzled fans but will likely climb this list in the coming years.
Though the Mexicools stable were burdened with a stereotype-driven gimmick, riding in on lawnmowers, their existence offered WWE audiences a chance to see the exhilarating Mexican style of wrestling.
Psicosis didn’t get to wear his Jushin Liger-like mask during his time with WWE, which took away from his uniqueness.
Though he was certainly acrobatic, Psicosis was not as smooth as his stablemates. His WWE run only lasted from 2005 to 2006, but Psicosis was a part of some exciting tag matches, leaving an impression on fans.
7. Super Crazy
Super Crazy outlasted his Mexicools stablemates in the WWE, moonsaulting his way into singles competition and wrestling with the company until 2008.
His best WWE work was his tag team battles with he and Psicosis teaming against Brian Kendrick and Paul London.
As stout as he was, it was surprising how agile and nimble he could be. Super Crazy delivered some lightning-quick dropkicks.
Eventually, injuries accumulated and slowed the buzzsaw down.
6. Juventud Guerrera
Few men fly higher and more gracefully than Juventud Guerrera.
One of WCW’s most thrilling cruiserweight wrestlers, Juventud made his way to WWE along with Super Crazy and Psicosis, as he became the spokesperson and leader of the Mexicools.
Not only was the best talker (especially in English) of the group, but he was also the most talented. Unfortunately, WWE's concern for wrestler safety limited what the Juicy One did in the ring.
Asking Juventud not to do the 450 Splash is like asking a tiger to not to hunt.
The two-time WWE Cruiserweight champ still managed to entertain, battling Nunzio and Paul London, among others.
5. Alberto Del Rio
A throwback to the classic heel, Alberto Del Rio has burst into the WWE, boots flying. His MMA-infused style, quickness and storytelling skills have already made him one of the company’s most entertaining bad guys.
Del Rio is so exuberantly proud of himself, it’s infuriating. He plays the heel quite effectively, making you want to strangle him with that white scarf.
WWE clearly believes in him, giving him a Royal Rumble victory, a Money in the Bank contract and a WWE Championship run early on.
Some fans haven't taken to him yet, citing his thick accent and sometimes repetitive ring style, but as he develops and evolves, he'll likely be a major part of WWE's future.
4. Chavo Guerrero
Chavo Guerrero, for so many years, wrestled in his uncle Eddie's oversized shadow for a company that traditionally doesn't know how to book lightweights well. Regardless, Chavo has made his mark on WWE history.
Armed with a Lucha Libre-inspired repertoire that included crisply executed planchas and tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedowns, Chavo was an exciting high flyer in the WWE and a more-than-competent mat wrestler.
He and Eddie were awarded Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Tag Team of the Year award in 2002.
Chavo would probably rather forget his feud with Hornswoggle and his run as Kerwin White while looking back fondly on his hilarious sketches with Eddie, his ECW title win and all the entertaining matches he had.
3. Tito Santana
Tito Santana is one of the most severely underappreciated wrestlers of all time. Born in Mission, Texas, he found himself having to play up his Mexican heritage to an annoying level at the tail end of his WWE career.
A fantastic Intercontinental Champion and entertaining tag wrestler shouldn't have had to bear the dead weight of his Matador gimmick.
Before that, Santana was one of WWE's best workers, putting on thrilling battles with Rick Martel, Mr. Perfect and Greg Valentine. It was against Valentine when he put on his most emotional, bitter matches over the IC title.
Santana, a deserving member of the WWE Hall of Fame, will be remembered as one of the best wrestlers never to win a world title.
2. Rey Mysterio
The greatest high flyer in WWE history, Mysterio has been one of the most popular wrestlers on the roster since joining WWE in 2002.
The super-quick and agile Mysterio darts around the ring like a real-life Sonic the Hedgehog.
It's not only his jaw-dropping, high-flying and innovative offense that draws fans to Mysterio, it's also a magnetic charisma that sucks in kids and adults alike.
The ultimate underdog and resident representative of Lucha Libre in WWE, Mysterio is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and one of the most thrilling athletes fans have ever seen.
1. Eddie Guerrero
Even though his career was cut short by his tragic death, Eddie Guerrero is the greatest WWE wrestler from Mexico or of Mexican descent.
Armed with a disarming smile and electric charisma, he put on a show anytime the cameras were on. Eddie was the most creative cheater in the game and perhaps the most magnetic personality in wrestling history not named The Rock.
From his David and Goliath battle with Brock Lesnar, his gory bloodbath against JBL or his many classics against Kurt Angle, you'd be hard pressed to find an Eddie match that doesn't belong in a fan's collection.
Eddie comes from a wrestling family that has produced a number of excellent wrestlers, including the patriarch and Lucha Libre legend, Gory Guerrero. Eddie was the clear star of that clan, as talented at the high-flying elements of the sport as he was the mat work and storytelling.
It was hard not to have fun with "I Lie, I Cheat, I Steal" playing, Eddie popping out of his low rider, shimmying his shoulders.