Américo Rocca

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Américo Rocca
Birth name Javier Hernández Padilla
Born (1952-09-22) September 22, 1952 (age 62)[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Américo Rocca
Ponzoña
Ninja Samurai
Billed height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Billed weight 89 kg (196 lb)[1]
Trained by Diablo Velazco[1]
Debut January 15, 1975[1]

Javier Hernández Padilla (born September 22, 1952) is a semi-retired Mexican Luchador, or professional wrestler best known under the ring name Américo Rocca. Hernández also worked as the enmascarado (masked) Ponzoña from 1990 until 1994, and as Ninja Samurai for a brief time in 1994. Hernández is a former holder of the Mexican National Lightweight Championship and a three-time holder of both the Mexican National Welterweight Championship and the NWA World Welterweight Championship all promoted by the professional wrestling promotion Empressa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL).

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Javier Hernández made his professional wrestling debut in 1975, using the ring name Xavier "Américo" Rocca, later shortened to just "Américo Rocca". JUst over two years after his debut Rocca defeated Flama Azul to win the Mexican National Lightweight Championship, a title he would hold for 82 days before losing it back to Flama Azul.[2] On February 2, 1978 Rocca won the Mexican National Welterweight Championship from Kung Fu, holding it for 435 dayws before losing it to Lizmark.[3] The following year, on April 30, 1970 Rocca won the NWA World Welterweight Championship from Mano Negra. Rocca made several successful titl defenses in the following 264 days before losing the title to Kato Kung Lee on January 19, 1980.[4] Just under two months later he won the Mexican Welterweight title once more, defeating Lizmark to regain the title. His second Mexican Welterweight title run lasted 217 days before he lost the belt to Franco Columbo on November 1, 1980[3] On July 18, 1982 Américo Rocca defeated La Fiera to win his second NWA World Welterweight Championship, a title he would hold for 558 days before losing it to Mocho Cota.[4] On March 29, 1985 Rocca won his third and final Mexican National Welterweight Championship by beating El Talisman for the championship. His final title reign lasted 156 days before he lost it to El Dandy.[3] On February 11, 1986 Rocca won his last major title when he gained a measure of revenge against El Dandy by defeating him for the NWA World Welterweight Championship. His last title reign would also be his longest, 606 days in total before Solar II defeated him for the belt on June 30, 1988.[4] In 1990 Rocca adopted a new ring persona, Ponzoña (Spanish for "Poison"), a character used by Antonio Peña's father in the 1960s and brought back with Peña's permission.[5] Hernández worked as the masked Ponzoña until 1994, after which he resumed working as Américo Rocca on the Mexican independent circuit. In recent years Hernández sons have begun wrestling as well under the names Américo Rocca, Jr. and Xavier Rocca.[6]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Occidente Championships
    • Occidente Welterweight Championship (1 time)[1]
    • Occidente Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]
  • Local championships
    • Sinaloa Welterweight Championship (1 time)
    • Arena Azteca Budokan Welterweight Championship (1 time)

Lucha de Apuesta record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Hair Américo Rocca Black Killer Guadalajara, Jalisco Unknown  
Hair Pepe Aguayo Américo Rocca Guadalajara, Jalisco Unknown  
Hair Lizmark Américo Rocca Unknown Unknown  
Hair Talismán Américo Rocca Mexico City, Mexico Unknown  
Hair Gran Cochisse Americo Rocca Mexico City, Mexico September 21, 1979  
Hairs Américo Rocca and Divino Roy Gran Cochisse and Águila India Mexico City, Mexico April 3, 1981  
Mask/Hair Espectro Jr. and Américo Rocca Alfil and Cachorro Mendoza Mexico City, Mexico December 4, 1981  
Hairs Américo Rocca and Gran Cochisse Comando Ruso I and Comando Ruso II Mexico City, Mexico July 17, 1984  
Hair Talismán Américo Rocca Mexico City, Mexico October 26, 1984  
Hair Ringo Mendoza, Américo Rocca and Tony Salazar El Signo, El Texano and Negro Navarro Mexico City, Mexico September 19, 1986 [1]
Hair Américo Rocca Talismán Mexico City, Mexico 1987 [1]
Hairs Americo Rocca, Chamaco Valaguez and Javier Llanes Emilio Charles, Jr., Tony Arce and Vulcano Mexico City, Mexico July 31, 1987  
Hairs Rangers del Norte Américo Rocca and Chamaco Valaguez Unknown 1990  
Hair Javier Llanes Americo Rocca Mexico City, Mexico September 2, 1990  
Hair Américo Rocca Kung Fu Mexico City, Mexico May 8, 1994 [1]
Hair El Cafre Américo Rocca Mexico City, Mexico June 12, 1994  
Hair Javier Cruz Americo Rocca Mexico City, Mexico October 14, 1994  
Hair Américo Rocca Reyes Veloz Mexico City, Mexico July 25, 1995 [1]
Hair Américo Rocca Ringo Mendoza Mexico City, Mexico February 16, 1996 [1]
Hair Américo Rocca Kid Guzmán Mexico City, Mexico April 27, 1999 [1]
Hair Ricky Marvin Américo Rocca Mexico City, Mexico May 27, 2001  
Hair Javier Cruz Americo Rocca Guadalajara, Jalisco May 5, 2002  
Hair Javier Cruz Americo Rocca Guadalajara, Jalisco January 2003  
Mask Américo Rocca Dimensión Guadalajara, Jalisco July 6, 2003  
Hair Américo Rocca Dimensión Guadalajara, Jalisco August 24, 2003  
Hair Bestia Salvaje Americo Rocca Guadalajara, Jalisco February 11, 2007  

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Enciclopedia staff (November 2008). "Grandes Figuras de la Lucha Libre". Américo Rocca (in Spanish) (Portales, Mexico). p. 33. 17. 
  2. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Lightweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 393. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  3. ^ a b c d Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "MEXICO: National Welterweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 392. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ a b c d Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "MEXICO EMLL NWA Welterweight Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 390. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ Enciclopedia staff (September 2007). "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Ponzoña (in Spanish) (Mexico City, Mexico). p. 57. Tomo III. 
  6. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "A family affair". Mondo Lucha Libre: the bizarre and honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 128–132. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  7. ^ Lucha 2000 Staff (December 20, 2004). "Los Reyes de Mexico: La Historia de Los Campeonatos Nacionales". Lucha 2000 (in Spanish). Especial 21.