Exóticos — or Exotics — are campy, mostly gay, male luchadores, or fighters. With names that might well be titles of Danielle Steel novels en Español — like Diva Salvaje, Pasión Kristal and El Bello Califa (Beautiful Califa) — they participate in regular fights, but wearing full makeup and often very feminine outfits. They flirt with the ref, blow kisses at the crowd and come on strongly to other fighters.
Filmmaker Michael Ramos recently made a documentary about them called . He says Exóticos are nothing new: they’ve been around since at least the 1940s. Back then they didn’t wear makeup, and they weren’t as overtly sexual as they are today.