Último Gladiador

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Último Gladiador
Trauma1-UltimoGladiador.jpg
Último Gladiador wrestling Trauma I at a DTU event.
Birth name Gerardo Campos Poza
Born (1978-03-28) March 28, 1978 (age 36)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Demon Rocker
Mega[1]
El Potro[1]
Último Gladiador
Billed height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Billed weight 96 kg (212 lb)
Trained by Black Man[2]
Rocky Santana[2]
Pantera
Debut June 11, 1997[2]

Gerardo Campos Poza (born March 28, 1978), better known under his ring name Último Gladiador (Spanish for "Last Gladiator") is a Mexican Luchador enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler. Campos currently works for the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración under the ring name Demon Rocker as a part of the group Los Inferno Rockers. Campos has previously wrestled under the name El Potro as well as being the first wrestler to play the masked Mega character for International Wrestling Revolution Group.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Campos trained for his professional under Black Man and Rocky Santana as well as receiving additional training by his uncle Pantera later on.[2] He made his debut on June 11, 1997 as a rúdo (bad guy) character called El Potro ("The Colt") teaming with Bombero Infernale and Sumo Fuji against the team of Magnum Tokyo, Fantasy and Niebelina on an International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG) show.[1] After wrestling as El Potro for two months he became the enmascarado (masked) character Mega, part of a group called Los Megas that also included Ultra Mega and Super Mega. He wrestled as Mega for about a year, winning the hair of Judo Suwa as the highlight of his time as Mega.[1] When he left IWRG the promotion gave the Mega character to Cesar Caballero.[3]

After leaving IWRG he worked as El Potro for a few months before reinventing himself as Último Gladiador ("the last gladiator) as he began working for the local promotion Alianza Universal De Lucha Libre (AULL) based out of Arena Lopez Mateos Tlalnepantla in Tlalnepantla, Morelos, Mexico.[1] As Último Gladiador Campos incorporated ring outfits that mirrored elements of the Roman Gladiators as well as face paint. During the seven years he wrestled in AULL he won two Lucha de Apuesta, or bet matches, against Popetikus, both times earning the right to shave Popetikus' hair off after the match.[1] It was also during this time that his style of mixing Hardcore wrestling with high flying moves that earned him the nickname El Máximo Idolo Suicida de Tlalnepantla ("The Most Suicidal Idol of Tlalnepantla")[4]

Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (2008–present)[edit]

Campos' relationship with wrestler Crazy Boy landed him a change to work for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA), one of Mexico's largest wrestling promotions, when Crazy Boy hurt his back and needed someone to replace him in tag team matches. Último Gladiador joined the Mexican Powers and teamed with Juventud Guerrera and Joe Líder to make his AAA debut on February 10, 2008 in a match against La Familia de Tijuana (Halloween, Extreme Tiger and T.J. Xtreme).[1] Gladiador was only meant to be a temporary replacement for Crazy Boy, but when Juventud Guerrera left the promotion he was made a permanent member of the Mexican Powers. Gladiador took Guerrera's place in the scheduled Triplemania XVI match where he teamed with Crazy Boy and Ricky Marvin to defeat the teams of La Legión Extranjera (Bryan Danielson, Jack Evans and Teddy Hart) and La Familia de Tijuana.[5] Último Gladiador participated in the 2008 Alas de Oro tournament, but was eliminated as the fourth man by Extreme Tiger.[6] Gladiador and Crazy Boy also received a shot at the AAA World Tag Team Championship in a four-way tag team match at Verano de Escandalo but were defeated by La Hermandad Extrema (Nicho el Millonario and Joe Lider, who had left the Mexican Powers), in the match that also featured The Hart Foundation 2.0 (Jack Evans and Teddy Hart) and defending champions La Familia de Tijuana (Extreme Tiger and Halloween).[7] In the following months the Mexican Powers disintegrated, leaving Último Gladiador working random matches.

Following Dr. Wagner, Jr.'s AAA World Heavyweight Championship victory at Triplemania XVII, a group composed of Dr. Wagner, Jr, Silver King, Electroshock and a now masked Último Gladiador was formed, taking the name Los Wagnermaniacos after the group leader Dr. Wagner, Jr. Gladiador later claimed that AAA told him to put on a mask, feeling that without it he wasn't looking mean enough to be a rudo.[8] At the 2008 Verano de Escandalo event Electroshock, Silver King and Último Gladiador teamed up to defeat La Parka, Marco Corleone and Octagón.[9] At the 2009 Guerra de Titanes Los Wagnermaniacos lost to El Elegido, Extreme Tiger and Pimpinela Escarlata while Dr. Wagner, Jr. lost the AAA title to El Mesias.[10]

At the 2010 Rey de Reyes Electroshock won the world title, following the match Dr. Wagner, Jr. and the other Wagnermaniacos came to the ring to congratulate Electroshock.[11] On a subsequent AAA show Dr. Wagner, Jr. asked Electroshock for a title match, a request Electroshock declined leading to a fight between the two.[12] At a later show Silver King, interfered in a fight between the two by attacking his brother Dr. Wagner, Jr., siding with Electroshock. Silver King stated that he chose friendship over family and was siding with Electroshock in the storyline.[13] The two, along with Último Gladiador became known as Los Maniacos[14] Dr. Wagner, Jr. after turning técnico continued Los Wagnermaniacos with Pimpinela Escarlata and Octagón to even the numbers. On April 26, 2010 AAA confirmed on their website that Electroshock would defend the title against Dr. Wagner, Jr.[15] In May, 2010 Silver King and Último Gladiador wrestled La Hermandad 187 (Nicho and Joe Lider) for the rights to wrestle for the AAA World Tag Team Championship at Triplemania XVIII. The match ended in a draw and it was later announced that both teams would be part of a four-way tag team championship match at Triplemania XVIII.[16][17] On June 6, 2010, at Triplemania XVIII, Gladiador and Silver Cain (Silver King under a new name) outlasted three other teams, pinning James Storm of Beer Money, Inc. to win the AAA World Tag Team Championship, Silver King's first AAA title. Following the match Los Junior Capos (Máscara Año 2000, Jr. and Hijo de Cien Caras) from IWRG came to the ring to challenge the new champions for the title.[18][19]

In spring of 2010 AAA began a storyline with IWRG, with the idea being that AAA was invading IWRG to show they were better than the IWRG wrestlers. Último Gladiador was one of the wrestlers featured in the feud, playing off his past in the IWRG. Gladiador's main focus has been Máscara Año 2000, Jr. who he defeated in a singles match on May 20, 2010 by count out.

In September 2010 Último Gladiador and Silver King announced that they were joining La Sociedad.[20] Initially Electroshock made no official announcement on whether or not he would be following them, but agreed to represent the group at Héroes Inmortales IV in order to get his hands on Heavy Metal, with whom he had been feuding the past weeks.[20] However, on November 14 he announced that he was not part of La Sociedad and urged Último Gladiador and Silver King to leave the group.[21] After Electroshock turned La Sociedad down for the second time on November 18, Último Gladiador and Silver King turned on him and beat him down with La Milicia.[22] On November 27 Silver King officially kicked Electroshock out of Los Maniacos, while also announcing that his spot in the group would be taken by a new member.[23] On December 5 at Guerra de Titanes Silver King and Último Gladiador successfully defended the AAA World Tag Team Championship in a three–way ladder match against La Hermandad 187 and fellow La Sociedad members Hernandez and El Ilegal.[24] On March 21, 2011, Los Maniacos lost the AAA World Tag Team Championship to Extreme Tiger and Jack Evans.[25] In IWRG, Los Maniacos was joined by Joe Líder, with whom Último Gladiador and Silver King held the IWRG Intercontinental Trios Championship from March 3 to April 24. After losing the title to Los Psycho Circus, Gladiador and King turned on Líder and kicked him out of the group.[26][27] Shortly thereafter, Gladiador and King joined forces with Chessman to form La Maniarquía.[28] On June 18 at Triplemanía XIX, La Maniarquía was defeated by Electroshock, Heavy Metal and Joe Líder in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match.[29] At the event Gladiador also debuted a new look, a full gladiator outfit including a large helmet.[30]

In January 2014, Campos began working under a mask as Demon Rocker, a member of the Los Inferno Rockers stable.[31]

Private life[edit]

Campos is the nephew of Luchador El Pantera, who also had a hand in training him, and the cousin of Hijo del Pantera, the son of El Pantera.[32]

In wrestling[edit]

  • Signature moves
  • Nicknames
  • El Máximo Idolo Suicida de Tlalnepantla ("The Most Suicidal Idol of Tlalnepantla")[4]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Lucha de Apuesta record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Hair Mega Judo Suwa Naucalpan, Mexico State December 20, 1998 [Note 1][2]
Hair Último Gladiador Popetikus Unknown Unknown [1][2]
Hair Último Gladiador Popetikus Unknown Unknown [1]
Hair Joe Líder Último Gladiador Naucalpan, Mexico State September 16, 2013 Three-way elimination hardcore match, which also included Daga.[34]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The two met in the finals of a Ruleta de la Muerte, losers advance, tournament.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Último Gladiador" (in Spanish). Asistencia Asesoría y Administración. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Rudos – Último Gladiador" (in Spanish). Fuego En El Ring. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ Enciclopedia staff (October 2007). "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Mega (in Spanish) (Mexico City, Mexico). p. 31. Tomo III. 
  4. ^ a b Madigan, Dan (2007). "what's in a name". Mondo Lucha Libre: the bizarre and honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 209–211. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  5. ^ "Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion TripleMania". ProWrestlingHistory.com. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  6. ^ "AAA on Televisa #849 – Alas De Oro 2008" (in German). CageMatch.net. August 8, 2008. Retrieved September 16, 2009. 
  7. ^ Ocampo, Jorge (September 23, 2007). "Verano de Escandalo". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). issue 277. 
  8. ^ "Carnicero del Ring" (in Spanish). Diario Batista!. December 21, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ "AAA Verano de Escándalo 2009 (Resultados 21 agosto) – Dr. Wagner Jr. retiene el Megacampeonato – Aparece Gron XXX – Roxxi se presenta con AAA" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. August 21, 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  10. ^ "AAA- Guerra de Titanes (Resultados en vivo 11 diciembre 2009) – El Mesías venció a Dr. Wagner – Konnan y su gente destrozan a Cibernético" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. December 11, 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Rey de Reyes, cobertura en vivo aqui" (in Spanish). AAA. March 12, 2010. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Ya estamos en la Casa" (in Spanish). AAA. March 19, 2010. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  13. ^ Islas, Alejandro (April 12, 2010). "Se acabó la Wagnermania". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). pp. 18–19. issue 359. 
  14. ^ "Se confirma Electroshock vs Dr. Wagner por el Megacampeonato en Triplemania 18" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. April 27, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Megacampeonato: Electroshock vs. Wagner. Jr." (in Spanish). =AAA. April 26, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  16. ^ LuchaLibreAAA Staff (May 20, 2010). "La Parka y L.A. Park firman contrato..." (in Spanish). AAA. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  17. ^ Rodriquez, Édgar (May 21, 2010). "Maniacos por Campeonato de Parejas AAA" (in Spanish). Record.com.mx. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved May 23, 2010. 
  18. ^ a b Marquina, Alva (June 6, 2010). "Triplemania 18 (Cobertura y resultados 6 junio 2010) – La Parka vs. L.A. Park – Electroshock vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. – Los Perros del Mal en AAA" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Triplemania XVIII: Fiesta de Fiestas" (in Spanish). Asistencia Asesoría y Administración. June 7, 2010. Archived from the original on August 15, 2010. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  20. ^ a b "Maniacos, parte de la Sociedad". Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (in Spanish). September 27, 2010. Archived from the original on October 1, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Electroshock dice ¡no! a la Sociedad". Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (in Spanish). November 14, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Naucalpan: Zorro destroza, reta a Wagner". Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (in Spanish). November 18, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2010. 
  23. ^ Ruiz Glez, Alex (November 28, 2010). "AAA en Toluca (resultados 27 de noviembre) ¡Electroshock es destrozado por la sociedad!" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  24. ^ Beltrán, William (December 5, 2010). "AAA Guerra de Titanes 2010 (Cobertura y resultados 05 de Diciembre de 2010) – Charly Manson aparece y se une a Los Bizzaros – El Zorro NUEVO Megacampeón AAA" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Mesías sufrió martinete en León". Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (in Spanish). March 22, 2011. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  26. ^ a b Mexicool, Rey (March 4, 2011). "3 de marzo – Arena Naucalpan: Joe Líder, Silver King y Último Gladiador, nuevos Campeones Intercontinentales de Tríos IWRG ¿Los títulos se van a la Triple A? – Los Piratas retienen su Campeonato Intercontinental de Parejas IWRG" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  27. ^ Lalocura2810 (April 25, 2011). "Psycho Circus nuevos Campeones Internacionales de Trios IWRG" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  28. ^ Ruiz Glez, Alex (May 3, 2011). "Video: Aparece "La Maniarquía" en AAA" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  29. ^ Cano Vela, Eduardo (June 17, 2011). "AAA TripleManía XIX (Cobertura y resultados 18 de junio de 2011) – Mesias pierde la cabellera, Jeff Jarrett nuevo Megacampeón, Dr. Wagner vence a RVD" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Foto: la nueva imagen de Último Gladiador". Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (in Spanish). Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  31. ^ "Demon Rocker". Cagematch. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  32. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "A family affair". Mondo Lucha a Go Go: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 128–132. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  33. ^ ""PWI 500": 201–300". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  34. ^ "Ultimo Gladiador pierde la cabellera ante Joe Líder.". The Gladiatores (in Spanish). September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 

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