Professional wrestling is traditionally a male domain, but Mexican women traditionally refuse to be confined by frilly and timid expectations. It's no coincidence that lucha libre, the Mexican cult of masked "free wrestling," included a female division long before the WNBA brought women's basketball to U.S. TV.
The majority of female lucha libre wrestlers are housewives and part-time wrestlers. Lucha libre fighters battle as fictional characters and wear masks in the ring to remain anonymous to fans. The disguises and the role play don't diminish this important reality: Lucha libre ladies are grappling with an imperfect world and wrenching something meaningful from it.