Masks and makeup were once a huge part of wrestling, but the days of wrestlers being able to entirely hide their image from the public are gone with the prevalence of internet, camera phones, and recording devices, making every fan self-appointed paparazzi. The mystique of the mask is still highly regarded in Mexico; however, it has become a “dead or laughed at gimmick in the US,” where people “want to see who they are cheering for” and the popularity of MMA has shifted fans towards a partiality to reality and even makeup is only popular among a select few. “People today seem to like a little more reality than imagination and mystique in the wrestling business.”
Bull Pain started wrestling under a mask because it was frowned upon to do indy or “outlaw” shows, but he was “very hungry and eager to learn the business” without enough opportunities from legitimate companies and the mask was the only means to be “safe and secretive” about it. Safety was a serious concern for wrestlers during the days of the old territories because the indy wrestlers would be booked by the bigger companies to deliberately hurt them; “I am not just talking about some bumps and bruises… I am talking about breakings arms and legs, even tearing your knee out so you couldn’t wrestle again!” With no opportunities to gain experience, new wrestlers were obliged to adopt a mask and secretly work the “outlaw” shows.
The mask requires wrestlers to work much harder because they cannot use their faces to convey their pain or emotions, relying on their bodies to tell the story, “You really have to exaggerate your moves and emotions with your body so the people can realize what you are going through when you are in the match… a mask is actually really a pain in the ass!!” Ruminating nostalgically on the days of mystique, artistry, drama, and theatrics in wrestling, Bull reflects, “I wish the masked wrestler would make a comeback but I am not sure if that will ever happen again.”