Lucha Libre: “Free-Style Fighting” – A combative art form with elements of melodrama, high-flying athletics, comedy, suspense, and intrigue.
Luchador: A Mexican Wrestler – Most luchadores wear masks to hide their identities. The mask is a very sacre tradition in lucha libre, so much so that removing an opponent’s mask is grounds for instant disqualification.
Caída: “Fall” – A fall is awarded when one luchador holds his opponent’s shoulders to the mat for three seconds. Lucha-Libre matches are “3 Fall Matches” or “Tres Caídas” where the winner bests his opponent in 2 out of 3 rounds.
Técnico: A mexican wrestler with a very technical wrestling style who follows the rules and never cheats. He is considered the good guy.
Rudo: A mexican wrestler who does not respect the rules of lucha libre or his fellow wrestler. He is considered the bad guy and is willing to win by any means necessary even if it means cheating or brown-nosing the referee.
Lucha de Apuesta: (betting match), wrestlers make a public bet on the outcome of the match. The most common forms are the mask-against-mask, hair-against-hair, or mask-against-hair matches. A wrestler who loses his or her mask has to remove the mask after the match. A wrestler who loses his or her hair has his or her hair shaved immediately afterward.
Exotica: “An Exotic Wrestler” – A luchador with flamboyantly effeminate mannerisms, who sometimes enjoys kissing his opponent more than fighting them.
El réferi: The referee. An official figure that judges the outcome of each wrestling match. In lucha libre the referee can sometimes be bias towards either rudos or tecnicos.
Beso Beso: “Kiss Kiss” – A phrase a lucha libre audience can yell out when luchadores hold each other too close. Sometimes used to order an Exotica to kiss his opponent or also used to enrage rudos.
Tiene Miedo: “He’s scared” – A phrase yelled out by a lucha libre crowd to when they notice that one of the luchadores is scared to confront his opponent.
Le Gusto: “He Likes it” – A phrase a lucha libre crowd yells out when the luchadores exchange seemingly homo-erotic moves.
Silencio: “Silence” – A word usually yelled out by a Rudo to the crowd in order to shut them up.
Cabron: “Asshole” – A term a rudo usually yells to the crowd or to his tag-team partner, referee, or opponent. Most notably used in the plural when referring to the audience. Example “Silencio cabrones”, which means “Quiet down assholes.”