Aníbal

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Aníbal
Carlos Carrillo, in his Aníbal outfit.jpg
Birth name Carlos Ignacio Carrillo Contreras
Born November 5, 1940[1]
Topilejo, Michoacán, Mexico[1]
Died March 4, 1994(1994-03-04) (aged 53)[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Carlos Carrillo
Aníbal
Billed height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Billed weight 94 kg (207 lb)[1]
Trained by Chico Fernández[1]
Salvador Flores [1]
Debut November 1963[1]
Retired 1993[1]

Carlos Ignacio Carrillo Contreras (November 5, 1940 – March 4, 1994) was a Mexican Luchador, or professional wrestler known under the ring name Aníbal. Carrillo made his debut in November, 1963, but it would not be until 1965 where he adopted the enmascarado character (masked) Aníbal, named after the Carthagenian general Hanibal. Carrilo's career peaked in the late 1960s and the 1970s as he worked for Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre and the Universal Wrestling Association, winning a number of championships. Carrillo was unmasked after losing a Lucha de Apuesta (bet fight) to Máscara Año 2000 on December 13, 1991. Carrillo retired from wrestling in 1993 and died from a brain tumor in 1994. El Hijo de Aníbal (Spanish for "the Son of Aníbal") is billed as Aníbal's son, but it has never been confirmed if he is indeed the son of Carrillo or if he paid for the rights to use the name, a practice not uncommon in Lucha Libre.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Carlos Carrillo began training for a professional wrestling career at the age of 20, training in Gimnasio Baños Gloria and at the Gimnasio San Francisco de Portales under the tutelage of Chico Fernández and Salvador Flores. He made his professional wrestling debut in November, 1963 and earned 40 pesos for the match.[1] After wrestling for two years Carrillo was convinced by friends in the business that he needed to become an enmascarado, or masked wrestler, since young wrestlers who were popular wore masks. Carrillo came up with the name "Aníbal", after the Cartagenia general Hanibal who had crossed the alps and almost defeated the Roman Empire.[2] Carrillo was given a blue mask, trunks and boots and became the highflying tecnico ("good guy" or Face), quickly earning the nicknames El Guerrero Cartaginés ("The Carthagenian Warrior") and La Saeta Azul ("The Blue Arrow"), later on he would also be referred to as La Furia Azul ("The Blue Fur"y)[2] During his early days as Aníbal Mil Mascaras and Black Shadow acted as his padrinos or mentors. In 1966 Aníbal won the Distrito Federal Light Heavyweight Championship, then lost it to Pepe Casas as he signed a contract with Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL).[3] He spent the next couple of years working his way up the ranks in EMLL, honing his high flying skills into a top level competitor. 1970 was Aníbal's breakthrough year. He defeated Mashio Koma to win the NWA World Middleweight Championship on December 6, 1970s and was named El Halcón Magazine's "1970 Wrestler of the year".[4][5] Aníbal's run with the NWA Middleweight title lasted over a year and saw him successfully defend the title in several high profile main events. During his title reign Aníbal developed a heated rivalry with René Guajardo, a rivalry that saw the two face off in several main events all around Mexico.[1] On March 30, 1973 Guajardo ended Aníbal's NWA Middleweight title reign.[4] On June 28, 1974 Aníbal defeated Adorable Rubí to win the Mexican National Middleweight Championship in the main event of a show in Mexico City, Mexico.[6] On September 20, 1974 Aníbal became a double champion, defeating El Cobarde in a match for the vacant NWA World Middleweight Champiohship.[4] Aníbals run as double champione ended when he lost the Mexican National Middleweight Title on November 29, 1974 to Ringo Mendoza.[6] His success in the ring saw him named "Wrestler of the year" in 1974.[5]

In May, 1975 Francisco Flores and Ray Mendoza left EMLL to form a rival wrestling promotion called the Universal Wrestling Association (UWA). Aníbal was among the group of young wrestlers that left EMLL to join the UWA, vacating the NWA World Middleweight Championship in the process.[4] In the UWA Aníbal continued his rivalry with René Guajardo, losing to Guajardo in the finals of the tournament to crown the first UWA World Middleweight Champion.[7] It was not until 1977 that Aníbal was able to win the UWA Middleweight title as he defeeated Guajardo on October 2, 1977.[7] It would not be until February 11, 1979 that someone was able to win the title from him as Jungla Negra pinned him to win the title.[7] By the early 1980s Aníbal's popularly was still high, especially as he teamed with Villano III and El Solitario to form a trio called Los Tres Caballeros ("The three gentlemen"). The trio feuded extensively with La Ola Blanca Dr. Wagner and Ángel Blanco until Aníbal turned against Villano III and El Solitario to team up with Dr. Wagner.[8] This was the first time in his career that Aníbal had worked as a rudo ("bad guy" or Heel character) in his career.[1] Aníbal had a series of very intense, very bloody matches against El Solitario in a storyline that drew full houses whenever it was on the card and that was headed for a very high profile Lucha de Apuesta (Bet match) between the two with their masks on the line.[1] Before the two could face off in the Apuesta match Solitario suddenly and shockingly died.[9] Following the abrupt ending to the storyline with El Solitario Aníbal defeated El Texano to win the vacant UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship.[10] Aníbal travelled to Puerto Rico to take part in WWC's 11th Anniversary celebrations. On September 15, 1984 he lost the UWA WOrld Junior Light Heavyweight Championship to Invader III, but would regain it not long after.[10] During his time in Puerto Rico Aníbal also won the WWC World Junior Heavyweight Championship.[11] On January 1, 1985 Aníbal lost the UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight title to Negro Navarro and then disappeared from the wrestling scene.[10] The years of working full-time had taken its toll on Carrillo's body, forcing him out of the ring due to a multitude of injuries.[1]

Mask loss and retirement[edit]

Carrillo returned in late 1990 and began working for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL; the renamed EMLL). The years away from the ring and cumulative injuries had taken its toll as he was not nearly as mobile as before but still commanded respect due to his history. Carrillo returned to wrestling to get a big payday for losing his mask in an Apuesta match as he needed the money. The original plan was for Aníbal to lose his mask to Universo 2000, a wrestler CMLL was building up to be a main eventer, in the featured match of the 1991 Juicio Final ("Final Justice"). Those plans were changed when promoter Benjamin Mora, who was bitter at CMLL for not working with him, revealed several of CMLL's plans including who was going to unmask Aníbal. CMLL decided to change their plans and in the end it was Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000's brother that unmasked Aníbal on December 13, 1991.[12] Not long after the mask loss Carillo retired, but returned in 1993 to wrestle a series of matches because he was broke and needed the money. By the end of 1993 Carrillo was in such poor physical shape he was forced to retire from wrestling for good.[1] Om October 24, 1993 Carrillo was on hand as El Hijo del Aníbal ("The son of Aníbal") made his professional wrestling debut. It has never been confirmed if he is indeed the son of Carrillo or if he paid for the rights to use the name, a practice not uncommon in Lucha Libre.[13] The only thing that can be said for certain about El Hijo del Aníbal is that he never found the same success in the ring as Aníbal.

Death[edit]

Carlos Carrillo died on March 4, 1994 from a brain tumor.[1]

In wrestling[edit]

  • Nicknames
    • El Guerrero Cartaginés ("The Carthagenian Warrior")[2]
    • La Saeta Azul ("The Blue Arrow")[2]
    • La Furia Azul ("The Blue Fur"y)[2]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F.
    • Distrito Federal Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[3]
  • El Halcón Magazine
    • Panama
    • European Middleweight Championship (1 time)

Lucha de Apuesta record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Hair Aníbal Pepe Casas Unknown Unknown [12]
Mask Aníbal El Zar de la Muerte Unknown Unknown [12]
Hair Aníbal Gory Medina Unknown Unknown [12]
Mask Aníbal El Reo Monterrey, Nuevo León Unknown [12]
Hair Aníbal El Nazi Unknown Unknown [12]
Mask Aníbal Hombre de Ultratumba Unknown 1967 [12]
Mask Aníbal Red Terror Unknown February 19, 1969 [12]
Hair Aníbal Joe Panther Panama City, Panama September 15, 1973 [12]
Mask/Hair Aníbal and Steve Wright René Guajardo and Tigre Colombiano Mexico City, Mexico April 26, 1974 [12]
Mask Aníbal El Centroamericano Monterrey, Nuevo León April 18, 1975 [12]
Mask Aníbal El Fantasmón Iguala, Guerrero June 19, 1975 [12]
Mask Aníbal Mr. Bruma Mexico City, Mexico June 25, 1975 [12]
Mask Aníbal El Marquez Mexico City, Mexico July 16, 1975 [12]
Mask Aníbal El Galeno I Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas October 20, 1975 [12]
Mask Aníbal El Remington Monterrey, Nuevo León February 16, 1976 Triangle match that also included Mazambula[12]
Mask Aníbal Sandokán (Panama) Panama City, Panama July 11, 1976 [12]
Mask Aníbal La Momia Guadalajara, Jalisco September 19, 1976 [12]
Mask Aníbal Black Jack Unknown December 1976 [12]
Mask Aníbal Mr. Power Unknown January 16, 1977 [12]
Mask Aníbal Gran Samurai Veracruz, Veracruz March 2, 1977 [12]
Mask Aníbal Mr. Atlas Zacatanco, Tlaxcala April 23, 1977 [12]
Mask Aníbal Jungla Negra Monterrey, Nuevo León February 18, 1979 [12]
Hairs Fishman and Aníbal César Valentino and Kurisu Mexico City, Mexico August 10, 1980 [12]
Hair Aníbal Gran Hamada Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico State August 22, 1980 [12]
Mask Aníbal El Fugitivo Monterrey, Nuevo León February 26, 1986 [12]
Mask Aníbal Gran Markus Monterrey, Nuevo León March 18, 1987 [12]
Hair Aníbal Pirata Morgan Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico State 1990 [12]
Mask Máscara Año 2000 Aníbal Mexico City, Mexico December 13, 1991 At the 1991 Juicio Final[12][14]
Mask Sandokán Aníbal Panama City, Panama 1993 [12]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ In the 1970s El Halcón Magazine was the biggest magazine in Mexico, to this date the "Wrestler of the year" award givers list the El Halcón winners as part of the lineage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Enciclopedia staff (November 2008). "Grandes Figuras de la Lucha Libre". Aníbal (in Spanish) (Portales, Mexico). p. 7. 17. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Madigan, Dan (2007). "what's in a name". Mondo Lucha a Go Go: the bizarre and honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 209–211. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  3. ^ a b Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2006). "Districto Federal Light Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 393. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2006). "EMLL NWA World Middlweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 389–390. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ a b c El Halcon / SuperLuchas staff (January 11, 2010). "quiénes Han sido los mejores de la historya?". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). issue 346. 
  6. ^ a b c Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Middleweight Championship". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 392. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  7. ^ a b c d Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: UWA Middleweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 399. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  8. ^ Various (2005). "Furia Azul contra Capucha Dorada / the Blue Fury versus the golden hood". Lucha Libre: Masked Superstars of Mexican Wrestling. Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. pp. 38–51. ISBN 968-6842-48-9. 
  9. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "El Solitario". Mondo Lucha a Go Go: the bizarre and honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 106–110. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  10. ^ a b c d Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "MEXICO: Universal Wrestling Federation Junior Light Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 397. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  11. ^ a b Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2006). "WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 326. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad Enciclopedia staff (August 2007). "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Aníbal (in Spanish) (Mexico City, Mexico). pp. 16–17. Tomo I. 
  13. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "A family affair". Mondo Lucha a Go Go: the bizarre and honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 128–132. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  14. ^ "CMLL Juicio Final 1991". CageMatch.net. December 13, 1991. Retrieved February 25, 2010.