What Are the Rules of Mexican Wrestling?

What Are the Rules of Mexican Wrestling?

What Are the Rules of Mexican Wrestling?

In Mexican professional wrestling, singles matches can be won by pin, submission, ring out or disqualification. A pin occurs when one wrestler pins his opponent for a count of three. A submission occurs when one wrestler waves his hands or tells the referee he submits. A ring out occurs when one wrestler is knocked out of the ring for a predetermined amount of time, typically 20 seconds.

In two-on-two tag-team matches, one team must pin both wrestlers on the other team to win. In three-on-three tag-team matches, a captain is appointed for each team, and the match can be won by pinning the captain or pinning two out of three wrestlers on the other team. Four-on-four and five-on-five tag-team matches require pinning the opponent's captain to win.

Disqualification can occur when an illegal move is used, when a weapon is used, when a wrestler receives outside assistance or when a wrestler rips his opponent's mask off. Illegal moves include blows to the groin and the pile driver. In tag-team matches, as soon as a wrestler touches the floor outside the ring, a teammate can enter without having to tag anyone. Professional wrestling in Mexico is called lucha libre, which means, literally, "free wrestling."