Lucha Libre, meaning Free Fight, is a term used in Mexico for a form of professional wrestling developed in the country. Professional Wrestling is an athletic form of entertainment based on a portrayal of a combat sport. Although the term today refers exclusively to Professional Wrestling, it was originally used in the same style as the American and English term "freestyle wrestling", referring to an Amateur Wrestling style without the restrictions of Greco-Roman Wrestling.
Mexican wrestling is characterized by colorful masks, rapid sequences of holds and maneuvers, as well as "high-flying" maneuvers, some of which have been adopted in the United States. The wearing of masks has developed special significance, and matches are sometimes contested in which the loser must permanently remove his mask, which is a wager with a high degree of weight attached. Tag team wrestling is especially prevalent in Lucha Libre, particularly matches with three-member teams, called trios.
Lucha Libre wrestlers are known as luchadores ("wrestlers"). They usually come from extended wrestling families who form their own stables.