Bestia Salvaje

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Bestia Salvaje
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Birth nameJuan Manuel Rodriguez
BornFebruary 11, 1962 [1]
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
DiedMarch 20, 2008
Mexico City, Mexico
Parent(s) Espectro II (father)
FamilyCorazón Salvaje (brother)
Charrito de Oro (brother-in-law)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Freddy Rodriguez
Bestia Salvaje
Billed height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) [1]
Billed weight90 kg (198 lb) [1]
Trained by Diablo Velasco [1]
Alfredo Carrillo [1]
DebutJune 12, 1983 [1]

Juan Manuel Rodriguez (February 11, 1962 – March 20, 2008) was a Mexican luchador, best known by his ringname Bestia Salvaje, who competed in Mexican and international promotions during the 1980s and 1990s, most notably with Emilio Charles Jr. and Scorpio Jr. as part of the stable Los Talibanes. A second generation wrestler, he was the son of Espectro II and the brother of Corazón Salvaje as well as the brother-in-law of Charrito de Oro.

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During his career he wrestled mainly for Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL), later known as Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). He had several feuds during his career including ones against Ringo Mendoza, Mano Negra, and Héctor Garza. He won the CMLL World Tag Team Championship twice with Scorpio Jr., and the CMLL World Trios Championship with Emilio Charles Jr. and Sangre Chicana. He wrestled the last match of his career two months before his death in January 2008 in Guadalajara, Mexico. [2]

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre Lucha Libre-style professional wrestling promotion based in Mexico City while running cards in Guadalajara, Puebla and elsewhere in central and southern Mexico

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre Co., Ltd. is a lucha libre professional wrestling promotion based in Mexico City. The promotion is also referred to by its previous name Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL). Founded in 1933, it is the oldest professional wrestling promotion still in existence.

Genaro Jacobo Contreras is a semi-retired Mexican professional wrestler, or Luchador in Spanish, and is a professional wrestling trainer for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). Contreras is best known under the ring name Ringo Mendoza, which he has used since his debut in 1968. Contreras has two brothers who were also professional wrestlers, Pedro Jacobo Contreras who worked as Cachorro Mendoza and another brother who wrestled as Indio Mendoza. Over the course of his career Ringo Mendoza held several Middleweight championships, including five NWA World Middleweight Championships, two Mexican National Middleweight Championships, one CMLL World Middleweight Championship and one Occidente Middleweight Championship. Mendoza wrestled his last match in 2011.

Mano Negra (wrestler) Mexican professional wrestler

Jesús Reza Rosales is a Mexican Luchador, or professional wrestler, best known under the ring name Mano Negra. Mano Negra is Spanish for "The Black Hand" and is taken from the Spanish anarchist organisation La Mano Negra. Rosales is a former two time holder of the NWA World Welterweight Championship, two time holder of the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship, and the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship while working for Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL). He also worked for the Universal Wrestling Association (UWA) where he held the UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship and for the World Wrestling Association (WWA) where he held the WWA Lightweight Championship. Mano Negra was originally an Enmascarado, or masked wrestler, but lost a Lucha de Apuesta, bet match, to Atlantis in the main event of CMLL's 60th Anniversary Show and was forced to unmask.

Professional wrestling career

Rodriguez made his professional debut on June 12, 1983, wrestling under the name Freddy Rodriguez at the Arena Jalisco in his hometown of Guadalajara. He continued in that role until 1986 when he transformed to Bestia Salvaje. [2] By the late 1980s, he had become a leading rudo. In October 1988, he lost a hair vs. hair match to El Dandy and later feuded with him over the CMLL World Middleweight Championship during the early 1990s. Rodriguez defeated him for the title on September 4, 1992, but lost it to El Dandy three months later. Teaming with Mano Negra in the CMLL World Tag Team Championship Tournament, he and Mano Negro were eliminated in the opening rounds by Apolo Dantes and Rayo de Jalisco Jr. on February 26, 1993. He would also team with Scorpio Jr. and Sangre Chicana defeating La Ola Blanca ("The White Wave"; Dr. Wagner Jr., Gran Markus Jr. and El Hijo del Gladiador) for the CMLL World Trios Championship on March 31, 1995, and would hold the titles for over a year before losing them to Dos Caras, Héctor Garza and La Fiera on March 22, 1996. During the Torneo Gran Alternativa , he would team with Chicago Express defeating Dos Caras and Bronco, El Hijo del Santo and Olímpico and Atlantis and Atlantico in the tournament finals on June 7, 1996. The following month, he competed in the 3rd Annual Grand Prix Tournament defeating Yone Genjin in the opening rounds before being eliminated by the Great Sasuke in the semi-finals.

Guadalajara City in Jalisco, Mexico

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Roberto Gutiérrez Frías is a retired Mexican professional wrestler who has had most of his success in Lucha libre as El Dandy throughout the 1990s.

CMLL World Middleweight Championship Professional wrestling world championship

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Los Guapos

During the late 1990s, he formed the rudo stable Los Guapos ("The Hansome One") with Scorpio Jr. and Emilio Charles Jr. who were later involved in one of the biggest controversies in Mexican professional wrestling when, during a 6-man tag team match with Scorpio Jr. and El Felino against Negro Casas, El Dandy, and Héctor Garza, El Felino apparently turned on his brother Negro Casas allowing him to be attacked by Carrillo and Scorpio Jr. However, El Felino unmasked revealing himself to be longtime tecnico El Hijo del Santo in his first appearance since his loss to rival Negro Casas at the 63rd CMLL Anniversary Show in September 1996. Attacking Casas, this would result in minor rioting in the arena. Teaming with El Hijo del Santo for almost two years, Carrillo and Scorpio turned on El Hijo del Santo during a 6-man tag team match with Santos' partners Villano III and Fuerza Guerrera. He and Scorpio,Jr. later won the CMLL World Tag Team Championship Tournament defeating The Headhunters, Atlantis and Lizmark and El Satánico and Dr. Wagner Jr. on November 13, 1998, in the finals to win the CMLL World Tag Team Championship. Later that year, he and Scorpio Jr. would team with Zumbido in the CMLL Trios Championship Tournament defeating Shocker, Mr. Niebla and Rayo de Jalisco Jr. in the opening rounds, Vampiro, El Dandy and Héctor Garza in the semi-finals before being eliminated by Blue Panther, Black Warrior and Dr. Wagner Jr. in the finals on December 18, 1998. Feuding with El Hijo del Santo and Negro Casas over the CMLL Tag Team titles, they lost to El Hijo del Santo and Negro Casas by disqualification on February 5, 1999, although El Hijo del Santo and Negro Casas refused to accept the titles. They would later lose the titles in a hair vs. mask match to El Hijo del Santo and Negro Casas on March 19 at the 1999 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show. [3] In December 1999, he and Moto Cross would be eliminated in the opening rounds of the Toreno Gran Alternativa by Negro Casas and Flecha. In 2000, he and Blue Panther would enter the CMLL World Tag Team Championship Tournament defeating Olímpico and Brazo de Plata in the opening rounds before being eliminated in the semi-finals by Lizmark and Lizmark Jr.. In early 2001, he lost to La Parka in a three-way hair vs. hair match that also included El Dandy. Teaming occasionally with Los Capos , Carrillo and the other members of Los Guapos, at this point known as Los Talibanes, he feuded with Shocker and his breakaway rudos faction of Mascara Magica and El Terrible eventually concluding in a 6-man cage match with El Terrible defeating Carrillo in a hair vs. hair match in August 2003.

El Felino Mexican professional wrestler

Jorge Luis Casas Ruiz, is a Mexican professional wrestler or Luchador, better known by his ring name El Felino, currently wrestling for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). He is the son of wrestler and referee Pepe Casas, part of the Casas wrestling family; the brother of Negro Casas and Heavy Metal and the uncle of wrestlers Canelo Casas, Danny Casas, Black Star, Destroyer and Nanyzh Rock. His sons are also both wrestlers under the names of Tiger Kid and Puma King respectively. Up until the summer of 2014 his wife, Blanca Rodriquez wrestled under the ring name "Princesa Blanca" but has since retired. El Felino was originally an enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler, but was forced to unmask in March 2010 due to losing a match. He is a member of La Peste Negra

Villano III Mexican professional wrestler

Arturo Díaz Mendoza was a Mexican professional wrestler who performed under the stage name Villano III. Díaz was a second-generation wrestler, son of luchador Ray Mendoza and the father of professional wrestlers Villano III Jr. and El Hijo del Villano III himself. All five of the Díaz brothers used the Villano name; José de Jesús, José Alfredo, Tomas and Raymundo. Of the five Villanos, Arturo was considered the most successful in terms of championship and Lucha de Apuesta wins as well as the most talented luchador in the family. He retired from wrestling in 2015 due to health issues stemming from wrestling. A few days after his death, he was inducted in the AAA Hall of Fame.

Fuerza Guerrera Luchador enmascarado (masked professional wrestler)

Fuerza Guerrera is a Mexican Luchador enmascarado who made his debut in 1978. In his career Guerrera has worked for every major wrestling organization in Mexico including Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), AAA, Universal Wrestling Association (UWA), World Wrestling Association (WWA) and International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG). Throughout his career Fuerza Guerrera has held many titles for CMLL, AAA and IWRG. Fuerza Guerrera's real name is not a matter of public record, as is often the case with masked wrestlers in Mexico where their private lives are kept a secret from the wrestling fans. Only his paternal surname is known, as his son Eduardo Aníbal González Hernández' name is a matter of public record making Fuerza Guerrera's paternal surname "González" as well. Eduardo González is better known as luchador Juventud Guerrera. Fuerza Guerrera is Spanish for "Warrior Strength", not to be mistaken for the surname Guerrero.

Death

Rodriguez wrestled the last match of his career two months before his death in January 2008 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Rodriguez died on March 20, 2008 of liver disease. [4]

Liver disease Human disease

Liver disease is a type of damage to or disease of the liver.

Championships and accomplishments

CMLL World Tag Team Championship

The CMLL World Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling World Tag Team Championship promoted by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre in Mexico and is for two-man tag teams only. The championship was created in 1993 to replace the Mexican National Tag Team Championship and is still promoted by CMLL to this day. It is the top championship promoted by CMLL, with the CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship and the Occidente Tag Team Championship considered lower ranked, regional tag team championships. As it is a professional wrestling championship, it is not won or lost competitively but instead by the decision of the bookers of a wrestling promotion. The title is awarded after the chosen team "wins" a match to maintain the illusion that professional wrestling is a competitive sport.

CMLL World Trios Championship

The CMLL World Trios Championship is a professional wrestling championship promoted by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in Mexico. The title has existed since 1993 and is contested for by teams of three wrestlers. As it is a professional wrestling championship, it is not won or lost competitively but instead by the decision of the bookers of a wrestling promotion. The title is awarded to the chosen team after they "win" a match to maintain the illusion that professional wrestling is a competitive sport.

Sangre Chicana is the ring name of Mexican professional wrestler Andrés Durán Reyes. Reyes made his professional wrestling debut in 1973, wearing a red mask with a gold stripe, under the name Lemus. A year later he changed his name to Sangre Chicana but kept the mask with the golden stripe. He rose to prominence in a feud with El Cobarde and Fishman that led to a Lucha de Apuesta, mask vs. mask match where Reyes lost his mask. Reyes is one of the very few wrestlers to work for both Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL) and Francisco Flores' promotion Toreo Cuatro Caminos Independents. Over the years the Chicana "family" grew, as "Lemus I" debuted in the 1980s using Reyes original mask, followed by "Lemus II" in the 1990s. In 2000, Reyes' sons "Lemus, Jr." and "Sangre Chicana, Jr." made their professional wrestling debuts.

See also

Luchas de Apuestas record

Winner (wager)Loser (wager)LocationEventDateNotes
Bestia Salvaje (hair)Águila India (hair)N/ALive eventN/A 
Bestia Salvaje (hair)América Salvaje (mask)Colima StateLive eventN/A 
Asesino Negro (hair)Bestia Salvaje (hair)Guadalajara, JaliscoLive eventN/A 
Apolo Dantés (hair)Bestia Salvaje (hair)Mexico CityLive event1980s 
El Dandy (hair)Bestia Salvaje (hair)Mexico CityLive eventOctober 2, 1988 
Bestia Salvaje (hair)Ninja de Fuego (mask)Guadalajara, JaliscoLive event1990s 
Bestia Salvaje (hair) Cachorro Mendoza (hair)Mexico CityLive eventMay 4, 1990 
Bestia Salvaje (hair)Huracán Sevilla (hair)Mexico CityLive eventFebruary 14, 1992 
Bestia Salvaje (hair)Kato Kung Lee (hair)Mexico CityLive eventMarch 13, 1992 
Bestia Salvaje (hair) Ringo Mendoza (hair)Mexico CityLive eventAugust 16, 1992 
Mano Negra (hair)Bestia Salvaje (hair)Mexico CityLive eventDecember 3, 1993 
Bestia Salvaje (hair)Black Power (hair)Mexico CityLive eventFebruary 2, 1995 
Héctor Garza (hair)Bestia Salvaje (hair)Mexico CityLive eventDecember 1, 1995 [Note 1]
Negro Casas (hair)Bestia Salvaje (hair)Mexico CityLive eventOctober 18, 1996 
La Fiera (hair)Bestia Salvaje (hair)Mexico CityLive eventAugust 29, 1997 
Negro Casas (hair) and El Hijo del Santo (mask)Bestia Salvaje (hair) and Scorpio Jr. (mask)Mexico City1999 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas March 19, 1999 [3]
Negro Casas (hair)Bestia Salvaje (hair)Guadalajara, JaliscoLive eventSeptember 26, 1999 
Perro Aguayo (hair)Bestia Salvaje (hair)Mexico City 44. Aniversario de Arena México April 14, 2000 [7] [8]
Negro Casas (hair)Bestia Salvaje (hair)Nuevo Laredo, TamaulipasLive eventNovember 6, 2000 [8]
Halloween (hair)Bestia Salvaje (hair)Tijuana, Baja CaliforniaLive eventMarch 15, 2002 [Note 2] [9]
El Terrible (hair)Bestia Salvaje (hair)Mexico CityLive eventAugust 1, 2003 [Note 3]
Bestia Salvaje (hair) Toro Blanco Guadalajara, JaliscoLive eventJanuary 18, 2004 
Shocker (hair)Bestia Salvaje (hair)Cuidad Madero, TamaulipasLive eventSeptember 25, 2004 [Note 4]
Bestia Salvaje (hair)Cyborg (hair)Naucalpan, Mexico StateLive eventDecember 11, 2005 [Note 5]
Bestia Salvaje (hair) Américo Rocca (hair)Guadalajara, JaliscoLive eventFebruary 11, 2007 

Footnotes

  1. Triangle match that also included Satánico.
  2. Los Guapos vs. la Familia de Tijuana hair match.
  3. Steel cage match that also included Shocker, Máscara Mágica II, Scorpio Jr. and Emilio Charles Jr.
  4. Cage match that also included Zumbido, Negro Casas, El Terrible and Máscara Magica II.
  5. Triangle match that also included Veneno

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