These Are The Legendary Wrestlers From The Golden Age In Mexico

Most of the legendary wrestlers come from a time and age when heroes were not as flashy as the ones we see in the top grossing movies. Rather, when disguised under the mask, they could’ve been our next-door neighbor. Many of these gladiators live in the hearts of the people who grew up in the ’60s and ’70s. Funny enough, most of this phenomenon developed in Mexico from where it was exported to the rest of South America, the US and even East Asia.

1. El Santo

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If there ever was a legend, this was him. The elegance of a plain silver mask was all it took to launch Mr. Rodolfo Guzman into legendary status as El Santo. Although he was a swift and agile athlete, comic book and cinema executives saw the endless potential of Santo as a hero. He filmed dozens of movies, with some of the wackiest scripts ever written, but nonetheless they became classics and still are today.

2. Blue Demon

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Alejandro Munoz was another legend of the cinema. Following the same path as Santo, he made the jump from the ring into the movie screens with great success.

Producers and scriptwriters really didn’t break their heads back then trying to make elaborate plots. They simply followed what worked, made some little adjustments here and there, and produced an endless stream of films designed to entertain the masses.

3. Dr. Wagner

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Manuel Gonzalez traveled back and forth to the U.S. to work as a migrant worker while saving up enough money to pay for his apprenticeship in a wrestling gym in Torreon.

His trainers saw great potential in the young man who adopted the name Dr. Wagner in honor of the German composer. Wagner’s best years were the late ’60s and ’70s where alongside Angel Blanco he formed an almost invincible tag team that filled arenas all over the world.

4. Rayo De Jalisco

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With movie titles such as “Robbery at The Mummy’s Tomb,” one can easily imagine young and old people like flocking to the movie theaters. From the mid ’60s until well into the ’80s Max Linares captivated audiences with his impressive body, agility and dexterity.

One of the most memorable fights he had was against Blue Demon, in 1974, who had come out of retirement just to face the newcomer in a loser-removes-mask match. To the amazement of many, the old-timer prevailed and Rayo had to show his face for the first time.

5. Mil Mascaras

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When a major movie executive in Mexico didn’t have the availability of his regular stars for another wrestling movie, the hunt was on to find someone capable of filling those shoes. Then he stumbled onto this quirky character that changes masks for every presentation, thus the moniker Mil Mascaras, or 1000 Masks.

Featuring some very interesting designs, his masks became trademarks, and kids during the ’60s couldn’t keep up with all the new designs that were showing up in shops. Aaron Rodriguez enjoyed a great string of popularity in the ring and the movie theaters imposing fear on rivals and fans with his impressive biceps.

6. Huracan Ramirez

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After overcoming many difficulties, including opposition by his family to become a wrestler, Daniel Garcia from Mexico City, was the first ever wrestler to star in a movie. The plots and scripts really are nothing to write home about, but the almost magnetic attraction it had on audiences had producers scrambling to keep up.

Nobody really thought much of him as a wrestler because of his svelte physique, but he had speed and would dart away from his opponents leaving audiences in awe because of his pirouettes. Like many wrestlers of his day, his children continue the legend.

7. Tonina Jackson

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Also known as “Babyface”, he may have not had the agility of his peers but just one smack of his powerful fists would send his rivals asleep for a while. He also took part in many movies, not as the central figure, but more in a supporting role. His popularity extended into the USA, South America and Asia. Unfortunately, he died at a relatively young age in 1969.

8. Perro Aguayo

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Some guys really didn’t need a mask to arrive at superstar status, and Pedro Aguayo was definitely one of them. He enjoyed a great string of success from the ’70s and well into the ’90s. His fights were almost always sanguinary blood fests, simulating ancient Roman sacrifices at the Coliseum, which in turn created expectation among fans. We all know now that most of the blood is really fake, but don’t tell that to a raving fan in the stands. He retired in 2002 and, like many, was followed by his sons perpetuating the legend.

9. Ciclon Veloz Jr.

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He may have been the first Mexican pro wrestler to use the “Jr.” after his name, honoring his father, the original Ciclon Veloz (Fast Hurricane). Though he did hold his own as a top-notch athlete in the 70s, his greatest contribution to the sport was as tireless promotor in his hometown of Monterrey.

He would defeat many of the stars of his day and stripped the masks of several rivals and also shaved the heads of others after winning “mask vs mask” or “hair vs hair” matches, thrilling audiences with his elusiveness.

10. Canek

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Felipe Estrada started like many, as a fan, but developed the physique and skills necessary to jump into the ring. And he created quite a splash! In the early 70s several promotors saw the potential in the young man and brought him under their wing because of his colorful persona and wonderful dynamics in the ring. He won several World Titles and he’s been inducted in the Wrestling Observer Magazine Hall of Fame.

11. Tinieblas

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Another super star both on and off the ring, Manuel Leal, coming from Mexico City, was a body builder discovered by Black Shadow because of his impressive musculature and swiftness.

After Santo, he was the second pro wrestler to have a comic book named after him. Dubbed the “Wise” wrestler because of an intellectual aura, he was one of the first Mexican wrestlers to conquer the Asian market becoming a legend also in Japan. His filmography is also quite remarkable, with around 10 feature films under his belt.

12. Lizmark

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Although his ring name was a word play on the legendary Bismarck battleship, on the canvas he was anything but play. Having recently lost the battle to heart ailment, Lizmark was an admirable star of worldwide wrestling, even becoming tag team world title holder alongside Atlantis. He introduced new forms of grappling his rivals, including some aerial moves that delighted spectators during the 70s and 80s, his heyday.

13. Cavernario (Caveman) Galindo

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There are some wrestlers feared by their foes for their strength, and other because they were just plain ugly! Caveman Galindo was one of them. Al old timer in the Mexican market, his scars from an auto accident during his youth became his trademark aspect of ruggedness in the arena, and then an injury to the vocal chords gave him his raspy voice, scary also. He was part of the “rude” gang, and many of his fights were true bloodbaths that kept fans glued to their seats. He died in 1999 at the age of 76.

14. Rey Mysterio

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One of the newest idols in the ring, this Mexican-American athlete, he is considered the best Mexican wrestler to work under the WWE. His flashy style, flying all around the ring with elegant and acrobatic moves, has thrilled fans all over the world. Originally from San Diego, he’s still active, albeit in a lesser degree, but fans still clamor for his presence in different venues. Three times he’s held wrestling titles.

15. Fray Tormenta

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Call it bizarre or what, but a priest as a wrestler? Only in Mexico! The story of “Friar Storm” is worthy of admiration. He started life extremely poor, 17th out of 18 children, he was a pickpocket, addict and into petty theft to feed his addictions.

One day a priest kicked him out the church and he thought that if clergy were really more interested in troubled youth, they might have a chance, so he turned to religion. And from there on, it’s been quite a story. Father Sergio became a hero to many kids needing someone who’s been in their shoes to help them get back up.

16. Espanto Brothers

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They were one of the first trios of “bad guys” gracing the arenas in Mexico, these guys were the embodiment of badass since their origins in the border town of Juarez. Originally comprised of two, childhood friends Jose Vazquez and Fernando Cisneros, they began fighting in the late 50s, joined later by Jose’s kid brother Miguel forming a dynasty of rude, no-holds-barred, dynamos that people loved to hate because of their antics and plain silliness. As expected, they have been succeeded by their offspring forming the “Sons of Terror”.

17. El Solitario

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The lonely guy was anything but with his enormous popularity beginning in the early 60s and well into the 90s. His moniker is a take on old-time TV character “The Lone Ranger”, with his mask an adaptation of the ranger’s mask.

He switched sides, becoming a “good guy” and that was when his fame skyrocketed with fans. Unfortunately, all the bruising, blows and acrobatics took a toll on Roberto Gonzalez, who after sensing abdominal pain, was taken to the ER where he died of internal hemorrhaging in the stomach, and he didn’t endure the surgery.

18. Super Muñeco

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The whimsical Super Doll was a fan favorite for many years with his crazy maneuvers and high-pitched cries in the ring, wreaking havoc with his opponents, some of whom disliked losinmg to someone dressed as a clown. His most famous move is a complicated leg trap that renders rivals to a mere pulp, while always laughing and, of course, clowning around enticing the fans to cheer more enthusiastically. He is still active in spite being over 55 years of age. He’s a loveable foe!

19. Gory Guerrero

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Born in Arizona, initially raised in California, but residing most of his life in Guadalajara, Salvador Guerrero was one of the very first internationally acclaimed Mexican wrestlers. His bouts with Caveman Galindo in the 40s became blood fests that attracted fans from far away. Later, he tagged team with Santo to fight against Galindo and Black Panther in an oversized version of the original fights. His trademark grapple, “Camel Clutch” was popularized later by Santo. He passed away in 1990, at 69 years of age. A true legend…

20. Rene Guajardo

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Copetes, or “the one with bangs in his hair” was more than just a great wrestler in the 50s and beyond, he, alongside Ray Mendoza and Karloff Lagarde, were instrumental in demanding that athletes receive better wages for their efforts in a time when promoters were getting the lion’s share of the revenue stream in a sport that was the largest money maker in Mexico.

He always fought on the bad guy’s side, but was nonetheless admired by all for his elegant moves, among them his signature “body-slam”. Many consider him a plus for the sport and its athletes. Died in 1992 at a relatively young 59.

21. Ray Mendoza

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Jose Diaz was instrumental in creating, along with Rene Guajardo, the UWA – Universal Wrestling Association, spearheading a movement in favor of better working conditions for his colleagues. But, politics aside, he was fierce like few ever!

After deciding boxing wasn’t for him, in the late 50s Diaz was invited to practice wrestling, and it was an instant fit! He held many different world titles defeating the cream of the crop of his time. His kids, in spite of Dad’s advice to rather become lawyers or doctors, also turned pro wrestlers. Diaz died in 2003 after a prolific life.

22. Vampiro Canadiense

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Ian Hodgkinson may not sound too Mexican, but the Canadian Vampire owes his career to the country South of our Border. From Thunder Bay, Ontario, he started doing most every and anything, even becoming a bodyguard for the infamous pop band Milli Vanilli. But with a body like his, and all that ink, he was a natural fit for wrestling and Mexico practically adopted him as one of its own. The flamboyant and somber personality that were his trademarks captivated fans that flocked to the arenas where he fought. He held several titles during his wrestling years, and now works as paranormal reporter for TV.

23. Mano Negra

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“Black Hand” had an interesting reason behind his professional moniker: he didn’t want his face to be seen in photos, so he covered it with his hand, always appearing as black, thus “the black hand”. Born in Northern Mexico, his Dad worked as reporter for a local paper and would take his kid to the matches, turning his attention to the sport itself.

Jesus Reza began fighting in the early 70s after an apprenticeship in Monterrey with legendary instructor Rolando Vera. He held many world titles and stripped a few rivals of their masks and hair. Nearing 60 years of age, he does still appear now and then in support of a function.

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death


Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Last year was a wild and often scary time. The world will forever remember 2020 being the year that everything stopped and we all had to isolate. It was also the year that we lost Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash and that death rattled the world.

Last year started with the shocking news of Kobe Bryant dying in a helicopter crash.

John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan, Christina Mauser, Kobe Bryant, and Gianna Bryant all died when a helicopter crashed in the hills near Calabasas. The crash was a shock but TMZ reporting the deaths of Kobe and Gianna without Vanessa being notified angered many. Most of the world learned about Kobe and Gianni’s death because of the TMZ article.

People are remembering the Black Mamba as more than a basketball player.

Fans and friends have shared stories of Kobe and what he has meant to them. Social media is filled with fellow athletes remembering times they spent with Kobe and the kindness and wisdom he gave them in those moments. The basketball player was a legend in the sporting world and became a very important member of the Los Angeles community.

The Dallas Mavericks honored Kobe today in a tweet.

In 2007, Kobe requested a trade to leave the LA Lakers. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, revealed that during that time the Mavericks almost acquired Kobe in a trade. Though Kobe almost went to Chicago, Dallas was in the running to be the next home for the legend.

Kobe was honored throughout the sporting world with some teams retiring his numbers. The sorting world lost a legend and ambassador for athletics that day and his absence is still felt strongly today.

Some people have shared small notes that Kobe sent them.

Kobe always had the reputation of being a thoughtful and kind person. Someone that people were able to connect with professionally and personally. These moments have endeared him to the LA community and why the city mourned his sudden death for months after.

You can check out Kobe with Guillermo in this clip of Guillermo’s NBA Media Day interviews.

Continue to rest in peace, Kobe. You are greatly missed.

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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