Mascarita Sagrada (El Original) stands 4’ 5” tall but is a giant in the ring. Born in Cañitas de Felipe Pescador, Zacatecas, Mascarita’s parents worked as vendors on passenger trains that travelled through Mexico. An early interest in martial arts led Mascarita to a gym that also gave lucha libre classes. Although reluctant at first, he eventually decided to begin exploring the sport. He was soon recruited to wrestle professionally by other mini-wrestlers. His mentors were El Gran Nikolai and Gulliver. Mascarita made his professional debut in September 1989 against Espectrito, a wrestler with whom he would eventually have a long-running feud, and whom Mascarita would eventually unmask in the ring a few years later. In the early 1990s, Mascarita was approached by promoter Antonio Peña to become a part of a new group of wrestlers called “mini-estrellas” (mini-stars). Although disparaged at first for being a marketing gimmick, the “mini-estrellas” soon won over fans and critics with their exciting matches and their skill in the ring. Known for his acrobatic style, Mascarita is a pioneer of a more aerial style of wrestling. He has wrestled for prestigious promotions such as CMLL, AAA, WWF-WWE, TNA and Promociones Azteca and has wrestled throughout the world. Photo by Carlos Avila. Courtesy of Echo Park Films, Inc.