Wrestling masks also have a significant cultural importance in lucha libre , and puroresu to a lesser extent; famed luchadores such as Blue Demon , Mil Máscaras and El Santo have achieved an almost iconic status in Mexico. In Japan, masked wrestlers are also very popular. Many are heavily influenced by anime and manga characters such as Tiger Mask and Black Tiger during the 1980s, and Jushin Thunder Liger in the 90s. Many of these stars would appear in World Championship Wrestling during the " Monday Night Wars " period. 
Beloved female wrestler Chyna was found dead in her home in Redondo Beach, California in April 2016. Chyna, whose real name was Joan Laurer, was just 45 when she passed away, and police were uncertain as to her cause of death. Chyna entered the professional wrestling scene with a bang in 1996, when she won Rookie of the Year for the Women's Championship. She eventually became the only undefeated female champion in the history of the WWF. She parlayed her success in the ring to success on the screen, appearing in music videos and adult films later in her career.
Thanks to his early '90s WCW matches with Sting, Lex Luger and Ric Flair, the deranged Keiji Mutoh became one of the first Japanese wrestlers to gain enormous notoriety, and a huge fanbase, outside of Japan. Back on his home soil however, Mutoh is one of the most popular wrestlers of all time, known for his brutal submissions, amazing acrobatics and his notorious green mist. Muta (as he's known stateside) also holds the record for the most blood shed in a single match , after facing Hiroshi Hase in 1992 and "blading" to such a degree that it gave the trailer to The Shining a run for its money.