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HÉRCULES CORTEZ : EL MEJOR WRESTLER ESPAÑOL DE LA HISTORIA.

 *** HÉRCULES CORTEZ (PARTE 2)

Continuamos el recorrido por la vida de Hércules Cortés y lo hacemos con una traducción hecha por mí mismo, de un artículo en inglés.

De héroes caídos, por Marty Goldstein (10 de enero 2002)
La lucha libre profesional tiene la cualidad única de conmover. Recientemente 2 muertes de héroes de mi infancia, una reciente y el otra de hace más de 30 años, se han cruzado en el camino de mi vida.
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Igor estaba seguido en el papel de powerhouse por Hércules Cortés. El español tenía una fuerza realmente legendaria y fue campeón por parejas con Red Bastien tras vencer a los Vachon Brothers. (---) Esa noche de mayo del 71 en Milwaukee , cuando los babyfaces ganaron, la multitud se conmocionó. Cortez fue lanzado en una serie de combates para ser contendiente principal contra Nick Bockwinkle y después de perder por descalificación el 23 de julio del 71, en Winnipeg, un accidente de tráfico horrible se cobró la vida de Cortés . Vi a muchos niños llorar cuando se enteraron de lo sucedido a Cortez.
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Igor y Cortez , los extranjeros musculosos , cosecharon simpatía y apoyo en un momento en que el verdadero poder y la deportividad fueron de suma importancia para la percepción del público de el luchador como atleta. Le dieron muchas horas de felicidad a los niños en todo el Medio Oeste y de todo el mundo como los héroes que eran. (---). Para nosotros, Cortez e Igor eran héroes únicos. Para 3 niños pequeños, era papá y él nunca volvió a casa.

Aquí podemos contemplar el registro de combates de Cortés de los que existe constancia de día, hora, tiempo y resultado:



*1958*
March 17, 1958 - Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY, USA
Pepe Chicharro defeats Larry Moquin - 9 Minutes, 22 Seconds
July 12, 1958 - Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY, USA
Pepe Chicharro defeats Ludwig Von Krupp - 15 Minutes
July 12, 1958 - Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY, USA
Pepe Chicharro defeats Johnny Valentine - 15 Minutes
August 9, 1958 - Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY, USA
Pepe Chicharro defeats Johnny Valentine - 15 Minutes
*1959*
February 4, 1959 - Ottawa, Canada
Claude Dassary won defeats Pepe Chicharro
June 20, 1959 - Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY, USA
Pepe Chicharro defeats Mighty Jumbo - 7 Minutes, 57 Seconds
July 25, 1959 - Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY, USA
Pepe Chicharro defeats Luis Martinez - 6 minutes
August 15, 1959 - Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY, USA
Ricki Starr defeats Pepe Chicharro - 9 Minutes, 31 Seconds
*1960*
February 6, 1960 - Old Memorial Hall, Columbus, OH, USA
Dino & Dominic Bravo defeat Hercules Cortez & Big Red Benson - Tag Team Match
NOTE:
March 25, 1960 - Hercules Cortez and his Wife Valeri have their First Child: Alfonso
October 13, 1960 - Cleveland, OH, USA
Hercules Romero & Billy Red Lyons defeat Cris & John Tolos - Tag Team Match
November 17, 1960
Hercules Romero defeats Frank Valosis
*1961*
March 1, 1961 - Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Hercules Romero defeated
March 18, 1961 - Akron, OH, USA
Lou Thesz drew Claude Dassary
April 5, 1961 - War Memorial, Rochester, NY, USA - Attendance 7,000
Mike and Doc Gallagher defeat Hercules Romero and Bearcat Wright - 2 of 3 falls - Tag Team Match
April 19, 1961 - Montreal, Canada
Lou Thesz defeats Claude Dassary
April 21, 1961 - Buffalo, NY, USA
Lou Thesz defeats Claude Dassary
June 13, 1961 - Toronto, Canada
Hercules Romero defeats Prince Nero
August 14, 1961 - Quebec City, Canada
Lou Thesz drew Claude Dassary
December 8, 1961 - Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Hercules Cortez won
*1962*
July 30, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hercules Cortez defeats Vince Montana
August 21, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hercules Cortez defeats Tarzan Potvin
September 4, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hercules Cortez defeats Danno McDonald
September 11, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hercules Cortez defeats Great Mephisto
September 18, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hercules Cortez defeats Bud Rattal
September 25, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hercules Cortez defeats Hard Boiled Haggarty
October 2, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hercules Cortez & Roy McClarty defeat Hard Boiled Haggarty & Paul DeGaulles - Tag Team Match
October 3, 1962 - Winnipeg, Canada
Hercules Cortez defeats Tiny Mills
October 9, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hercules Cortez defeats Gene Kiniski
October 23, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hercules Cortez defeats Paul DeGaulles
October 29, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Gene Kiniski defeats Hercules Cortez by DQ
October ?, 1962 - Richmond, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats The Alaskan
October ?, 1962 - San Jose, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez & Pepper Gomez drew Mitsu Arakawa & Kinji Shibuya - Tag Team match
October ?, 1962 - Sacramento, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Ray Stevens by DQ
October ?, 1962 - San Francisco, CA, USA
Mitsu Arakawa & Kinji Shibuya defeat Hercules Cortez & Wilbur Snyder - Tag Team Match
November 5, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hercules Cortez & Roy McClarty defeat Clyde Steeves & Bill Wright - Tag Team Match
November 12, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hercules Cortez & "Whipper" Billy Watson defeat Mike Valenti & Bill Wright - Tag Team Match
November 12, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Gene Kiniski & Clyde Steeves defeat Hercules Cortez & Billy Watson - Tag Team Match
November 19, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Gene Kiniski defeats Hercules Cortez
November 26, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hercules Cortez defeats Mike Valenti
November ?, 1962 - Sacramento, California, USA
Mitsu Arakawa & Kinji Shibuya defeat Hercules Cortez & Luis Martinez - Tag Team Match
November ?, 1962 - Fresno, California, USA
Don Manoukian Defeats Hercules Cortez
November ?, 1962 - Oakland, California, USA
Hercules Cortez & Luis Martinez defeat The Alaskan & Carl Von Schoberg - Tag Team Match
December 3, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Gene Kiniski defeats Hercules Cortez
December 17, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hercules Cortez & Dan Miller defeat Gene Kiniski & Mr. X - Tag Team Match
December 26, 1962 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Kenji Shibuya defeats Hercules Cortez
*1963*
February 7, 1963 - Winnipeg, Canada
Hercules Cortez defeats Kurt Von Brauner
February 22, 1963 - Winnipeg, Canada
** 12 Man Battle Royal **
Hercules Cortez Won a 12 Man Battle Royal
March 8, 1963 - Civic Auditorium, Winnipeg, Canada - AWA
Hercules Cortez defeats Moose Evans
March 22, 1963 - Winnipeg, Canadabr
Hercules Cortez & Billy Watson no contest Ivan & Karol Kalmikoff - Tag Team Match
May 9, 1963 - Winnipeg, Canada
The Crusher defeats Hercules Cortez
May 14, 1963 - Edmonton, Canada
Hercules Romero defeats Chief Big Heart
May 16, 1963 - Regina, Canada
Hercules Romero defeats Gene Anderson
May 21, 1963 - Edmonton, Canada
Hercules Romero defeats Angelo Salvatore
May 23, 1963 - Regina, Canada
Hercules Romero defeats Angelo Salvatore
May 24, 1963 - Edmonton, Canada
Hercules Romero vs. Chief Big Heart
May 27, 1963 - Moose Jaw, Canada
Hercules Romero & Luis Hernandez defeat The Masked Destroyer & The Viking - Tag Team Match
May 28, 1963 - Edmonton, Canada
Hercules Romero vs. Jim Wright
May 31, 1963 - Regina, Canada
Jim Wright defeats Hercules Romero
June 4, 1963 - Edmonton, Canada
Hercules Romero defeats Jim Wright by DQ
June 6, 1963 - Regina, Canada
Hercules Romero defeats Jim Wright
June 11, 1963 - Edmonton, Canada
Hercules Romero defeats The Masked Destroyer by DQ
June 12, 1963 - Saskatoon, Canada
Hercules Romero defeats The Masked Destroyer
June 13, 1963 - Regina, Canada
Hercules Romero & Eric Froelich defeat The Masked Destroyer & Jim Wright - Tag Team Match
June 18, 1963 - Edmonton, Canada
The Masked Destroyer & Jim Wright & Dave Ruhl defeat Hercules Romero & Eric Froelich & Luis
Hernandez - Tag Team Match
June 19, 1963 - Saskatoon, Canada
The Masked Destroyer defeats Hercules Romero
June 20, 1963 - Regina, Canada
The Masked Destroyer defeats Hercules Romero
June 27, 1963 - Regina, Canada
Hercules Romero vs. The Masked Destroyer
July 1, 1963 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Kenji Shibuya defeats Hercules Cortez
July 9, 1963 - Long Beach, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Matt Murphy
July 10, 1963 - Olympic Auditorium, CA, USA - Broadcast on T.V.
Hercules Cortez defeats Art Mahalik
July 13, 1963 - San Bernardino, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Matt Murphy
NOTE:
July 14, 1963 - Hercules Cortez and his Wife Valeri have their Second Child: Ricardo
July 16, 1963 - Long Beach, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Art Mahalik
July 17, 1963 - Olympic Auditorium, CA, USA - Broadcast on T.V.
Hercules Cortez defeats Ted Christy
July 19, 1963 - Olympic Auditorium, CA, USA - Attendance 10,400
** Handicap Match **
Hercules Cortez defeats Tex McKenzie AND Matt Murphy - 2 on 1 Match
July 20, 1963 - San Bernardino, Ca, USA
Hercules Cortes & Mr. Moto & Pedro Gonzales defeat The Destroyer & Don Manoukian & Bandit Lopez - Tag Team Match
July 22, 1963 - Pasadena, CA, USA - Attendance 1,015
Hercules Cortez defeats Ted Christy
July 23, 1963 - Long Beach, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Ted Christy
July 24, 1963 - Olympic Auditorium, CA, USA - Broadcast on T.V.
Hercules Cortez defeats Matt Murphy
July 25, 1963 - Bakersfield, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Tex McKenzie - 2 of 3 Falls
July 26, 1963 - San Diego, CA, USA - Attendance 1,800
Hercules Cortez defeats The Great Togo
July 27, 1963 - San Bernardino, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Matt Murphy
July 29, 1963 - Pasadena, CA, USA - Attendance 1,457
Hercules Cortez defeats Art Mahalik
July 30, 1963 - Long Beach, CA, USA - Attendance 1750
Hercules Cortez defeats The Great Togo
July 31, 1963 - Olympic Auditorium, CA, USA - Broadcast on T.V.
Hercules Cortez defeats Broadway Venus
August 3, 1963 - San Bernardino, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats The Great Togo
August 5, 1963 - Pasadena, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez & Barecat Wright & Mr. Moto defeat The Destroyer & El Toro & Bandit Lopez
Tag Team Match
August 7, 1963 - Olympic Auditorium, CA, USA - Broadcast on T.V.
** Lumberjack Match **
Hercules Cortez defeats The Destroyer - 2 of 3 Falls
August 10, 1963 - San Bernardino, CA, USA
** Handicap Match **
Hercules Cortez defeats Art Mahalik AND Don Duffy - 2 on 1 Match
August 14, 1963 - Olympic Auditorium, CA, USA - Broadcast on T.V.
Hercules Cortez defeats Don Leo Jonathon
August 16, 1963 - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez was defeated
August 19, 1963 - Pasadena, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez & Mr. Moto & Broadway Venus defeat Don Leo Jonathon & El Toro & Pedro Lopez
Tag Team Match
August 23, 1963 - Olympic Auditorium, CA, USA - Attendance 10,400
Hercules Cortez defeats Vince Bagale
August 28, 1963 - Olympic Auditorium, CA, USA - Broadcast on T.V.
Hercules Cortez defeats Ted Christy
August 29, 1963 - Bakersfield, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Don Leo Jonathon
September 2, 1963 - Pasadena, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez & Barecat Wright & Mr. Moto defeat Don Leo Jonathon & Fritz Von Goering & Pedro Lopez - Tag Team Match
September 4, 1963 - Olympic Auditorium, CA, USA - Broadcast on T.V.
Hercules Cortez vs. Don Duffy
September 7, 1963 - San Bernardino, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Don Leo Jonathon
September 10, 1963 - Long Beach, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez & Barecat Wright & Mr. Moto defeat Don Leo Jonathon & Fritz Von Goering & Pedro Lopez - Tag Team Match
September 12, 1963 - Bakersfield, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez & Barecat Wright & Mr. Moto defeat Don Leo Jonathon & Fritz Von Goering & Fred Blassie - Tag Team Match
September 13, 1963 - Olympic Auditorium, CA, USA - Attendance 10,400
Hercules Cortez defeats El Toro - Unmasked as Pegro Godoy
September 17, 1963 - Long Beach, CA, USA
Fred Blassie defeats Hercules Cortez
September 19, 1963 - Bakersfield, CA, USA
Fred Blassie & Don Leo Jonathon defeat Hercules Cortez & Mr. Moto - Tag Team Match
September 20, 1963 - San Diego, CA, USA
Fred Blassie & Don Leo Jonathon & Fritz Von Goering defeat Hercules Cortez & Mr. Moto & Barecat Wright - Tag Team Match
September 26, 1963 - Bakersfield, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Don Leo Jonathon by DQ
October 2, 1963 - Olympic Auditorium, CA, USA
Fred Blassie defeats Hercules Cortez - 2 of 3 Falls
October 4, 1963 - San Diego, CA, USA - Attendance 2,300
Don Leo Jonathon defeats Hercules Cortez
October 15, 1963 - San Diego, CA, USA
Hercules Cortez won
October 18, 1963 - Olympic Auditorium, CA, USA - Attendance 10,400
The Destroyer defeats Hercules Cortez
*1964*
January ?, 1964 - Los Angeles, California, USA
The Destroyer defeats Hercules Cortez
*1965*
April 17, 1965 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Great Hercules defeats Ted Sidkowski
April 24, 1965 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Great Hercules defeats Abe Lightfoot
May 1, 1965 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Great Hercules defeats Mike Paidousis
May 8, 1965 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Great Hercules defeats Tom Tyler
May 22, 1965 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
** IWA World Heavyweight Champion Title **
Great Hercules defeats Mitsu Arakawa
June 5, 1965 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Killer Kowalski defeats Great Hercules
June 12, 1965 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Great Hercules defeats Chief Billy Red Cloud
June 15, 1965 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
** IWA World Heavyweight Champion Title **
Killer Kowalski defeats Great Hercules
June 19, 1965 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Killer Kowalski defeats Great Hercules
*1967*
January 21, 1967 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
** Tournament Event **
Mighty Hercules defeats Mark Anthony
Frank Shields defeats Mighty Hercules
January 28, 1967 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Mighty Hercules defeats The Great Malenko
February 11, 1967 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
The Beast (Pierre La Belle) defeats Mighty Hercules
February 18, 1967 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
** Handicap Match **
Mighty Hercules defeats The Beast & Rudy Le Belle - 2 on 1 Match
February 25, 1967 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
** Extra Special Event **
Mighty Hercules defeats Rudy Le Belle
March 3, 1967 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
** Handicap Match **
Mighty Hercules vs The Beast & Rudy Le Belle - 2 on 1 Match
March 11, 1967 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Mighty Hercules defeats Frank Shields
March 18, 1967 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Mighty Hercules & Chief Billy Whitewolf defeat The Beast & Dory Funk Jr. - Tag Team Match
March 25, 1967 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
** World Title Bout **
Chief Billy Whitewolf defeats Mighty Hercules
April 5, 1967 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Mighty Hercules drew Frank Shields
April 29, 1967 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Mighty Hercules defeats The Beast
May 6, 1967 - Melbourne Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
** Battle of the Giants **
Killer Kowalski defeats Mighty Hercules
*1970*
November 26, 1970 - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Black Jack Daniels
*1971*
January 2, 1971 - St Paul, MN, USA
Red Bastien & Hercules Cortez vs Strong Kobayashi & Big K - No Contest - Tag Team Match

January 9, 1971 - Chicago, IL, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Big K

January 14, 1971 - Milwaukee, WS, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Big K

January 15, 1971 - USA
The Vachons & Blackjack Lanza defeat Hercules Cortez, Bad Boy Bullinski & The Crusher

January 16, 1971 - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Larry Hennig & Lars Anderson defeat Red Bastien & Hercules Cortez - Tag Team Match

January 20, 1971 - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Blackjack Lanza defeats Hercules Cortez
January 21, 1971 - Sheboygan, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Larry Hennig in 12:45
January 23, 1971 - Chicago, IL, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Larry Hennig

January 31, 1971- Duluth, USA
Larry Hennig & Lars Anderson defeat Red Bastien & Hercules Cortez by DQ - Tag Team Match
February 2, 1971 - Moline, IL, USA
Hercules Cortez & Red Bastien vs Lars Anderson & Larry Hennig - Tag Team Match
February 4, 1971 - Milwaukee, WS, USA
Lars Anderson & Larry Hennig vs Red Bastien & Hercules Cortez - No Contest - Tag Team Match

February 7, 1971 - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Larry Hennig & Lars Anderson defeat Hercules Cortez & Red Bastien - Tag Team Match

February 13, 1971 - Chicago, IL, USA
Larry Hennig & Lars Anderson defeat Red Bastien & Hercules Cortez - Tag Team Match
February 15, 1971 - Winnipeg, Canada
Larry Hennig & Lars Anderson defeat Hercules Cortez & Red Bastien - Tag Team Match
February 20, 1971 - St Paul, MN, USA
Hercules Cortez & Red Bastien defeat Mad Dog & Butcher Vachon by DQ - Tag Team Match

February 23, 1971 - Moline, IL, USA
Red Bastien & Hercules Cortez defeat Larry Hennig and Lars Anderson - Tag Team Match

February 24, 1971 - Fargo, USA
Red Bastien & Hercules Cortez defeat Larry Hennig & Lars Anderson - Tag Team Match

February 26, 1971 - Milwaukee, WS, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Blackjack Lanza
March 3, 1971 - Rockford, IL, USA
Hercules Cortez, Bad Boy Bullinski & The Crusher defeat Larry Hennig, Lars Anderson &
Blackjack Lanza
March 5, 1971 - Winnipeg, Canada
Larry Hennig & Lars Anderson defeat Hercules Cortez & Red Bastien - Tag Team Match
March 6, 1971 - Chicago, IL, USA
Red Bastien & Hercules Cortez defeat Larry Hennig & Lars Anderson by DQ - Tag Team Match

March 7, 1971 - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Hercules Cortez defeats Larry Hennig

March 15, 1971 - Winnipeg, Canada
Larry Hennig & Lars Anderson defeat Red Bastien & Hercules Cortez - Tag Team Match
March 19, 1971 - Winnipeg, Canada
Hercules Cortez defeats Lars Anderson
March 20, 1971 - Chicago, IL, USA
Al Costello & Don Kent vs Red Bastien & Hercules Cortez by DQ - Tag Team Match
March 22, 1971 - Moline, IL, USA
Mad Dog & Butcher Vachon defeat Hercules Cortez & Red Bastien by DQ- Tag Team Match
April 6, 1971 - Moline, IL, USA
Lars Anderson & Larry Hennig defeat Hercules & Bull Bullinski - Tag Team Match
April 20, 1971 - Moline, IL, USA
Hercules Cortez & Red Bastien no contest Lars Anderson & Larry Hennig - Tag Team Match
May 3, 1971 - Moline, IL, USA
Lars Anderson & Larry Hennig defeat Hercules Cortez & Red Bastien - Tag Team Match
May 14, 1971 - Winnipeg, Canada
Larry Hennig & Lars Anderson defeat Hercules Cortez & Red Bastien - Tag Team Match
May 15, 1971 - Milwaukee, WI, USA
** AWA World Heavyweight Tag Team Champion Title **
Hercules Cortez & Red Bastien defeat Mad Dog & Butcher Vachon - Tag Team Match
June 11, 1971 - Winnipeg, Canada
** Defend AWA World Heavyweight Tag Team Champion Title **
Hercules Cortez & Red Bastien defeat Mad Dog & Butcher Vachon - Tag Team Match
July 5, 1971 Davenport, IA, USA
** Defend AWA World Heavyweight Tag Team Champion Title **
Hercules Cortez & Red Bastien defeat Lars Anderson and Larry Hennig - Tag Team Match
July 17, 1971 - Chicago, Il, USA
** Defend AWA World Heavyweight Tag Team Champion Title **
Hercules Cortez & Red Bastien defeat Baron Von Rashke & Hans Schmidt - Tag Team Match
NOTE: This was the Last Match for Hercules Cortez, as later that night, he would be Killed in an Auto Accident:
July 23, 1971 - Civic Auditorium, Winnipeg, Canada
** Defend AWA World Heavyweight Tag Team Champion Title **
Lars Anderson and Larry Hennig defeat Hercules Cortez & Red Bastien by DQ - Tag Team Match
** Hercules Cortez died as the AWA World Heavyweight Tag Team Champion shared with Red Bastien**

Y terminamos con más fotos de Cortés:



Cortés alza -con un sólo brazo- a un oponente que acude a cortar una promo del español.

El Mustang del 71 con el que tuvo su trágica muerte. Con él, sus tres hijos.

En el gimnasio.

Esta entrevista de época para una revista estadounidense nos informa de que Cortés recibía 500 cartas diarias de fans y que tenía un gran interés en promover el wrestling en España. Se le describe como uno de los luchadores más populares del país.




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