Dos Caras

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Dos Caras
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Dos Caras (left) facing off against Dr. Wagner, Jr. (right) as Mil Mascaras and Canek look on.
Birth name José Luis Rodríguez Arellano
Born (1951-02-21) February 21, 1951 (age 63)[1]
San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Dos Caras
Billed height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Billed weight 96 kg (212 lb)[1]
Billed from San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico[1]
Trained by Rafael Salamanca
Gory Medina
Debut January 6, 1970[1]

José Luis Rodríguez Arellano (born February 21, 1951) is a Mexican Luchador Enmascarado (masked professional wrestler) who wrestles under the ring name Dos Caras (Spanish for Two faces). Dos Caras' most active years were in the 1970s and 80s, and achieved his greatest success in Mexico's Universal Wrestling Alliance (UWA) winning the UWA World Heavyweight Championship three times. He has been called "the greatest heavyweight ever to come out of Mexico".[2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Rodríguez made his debut on January 6, 1970 at the age of 18 after training under Rafael Salamanca and Gory Medina.[1] He adopted the ring name Dos Caras upon his debut, wearing a colorful mask with a figure of a two headed eagle on it to reflect his name.[1] Rodríguez later stated that the name and mask was not inspired by the Two-Face comic book character but as a "two faced cheater" character (called a Rudo or Heel in pro wrestling).[1] Through connections with his older brother who had been wrestling as Mil Mascaras for some years when Dos Caras made his debut he quickly landed a regular job with the professional wrestling promotion Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre (EMLL), the world's oldest and Mexico's largest promotion. In the early years he often teamed with another brother who wrestles under the name Sicodélico in low card matches while gaining experience.

In 1975 wrestling promoters Francisco Flores and Benjamín Mora and wrestler/trainer Ray Mendoza decided to break away from EMLL's very rigid structure where young wrestlers "paid their dues" for many years before being given an opportunity and founded their own wrestling promotion, the Universal Wrestling Association (UWA), as a direct competition to EMLL.[3] Dos Caras was one of the young EMLL wrestlers who decided to follow Flores to the UWA, gaining the opportunity to work high up on the card. Dos Caras worked his way up the ranks and on June 20, 1978 he defeated Canek to win the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship, his first championship ever. Over the following 292 days Dos Caras defended the title several times, using it as a springboard up the rankings of the UWA. On April 8, 1979 Caras lost the belt to Astro Rey.[4]

Over the following years Dos Caras developed both physically and style wise into a heavyweight wrestler, blending the Lucha libre style of wrestling with a more mat-based, United States style wrestling style. Years later author James Molinaro cites Caras' blend of several wrestling styles as one of the reasons he called him "the greatest heavyweight ever to come out of Mexico"[2] On February 2, 1984 Dos Caras won the highest title in the UWA as he won the UWA World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Enrique Vera in a tournament for the vacant title.[5] Dos Caras' first run as the headliner of the UWA lasted for 119 days, until June 24, 1984 when he lost the belt to Canek.[5] In the mid -1980s tension between EMLL and the UWA subsided and the two groups cooperated on a series of shows. This cooperation meant that Dos Caras worked EMLL shows for the first time in 10 years, teaming with Villano III and Villano V to win the Mexican National Trios Championship from Los Brazos (El Brazo, Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata).[6] The title run only lasted 26 days as EMLL decided to take the belts off the UWA trio and have Los Brazos win them back on March 23, 1986.[6] the EMLL/UWA cooperation ended not long after and Dos Caras once again focused on the UWA, defeating Canek to win his second UWA World title, a title he would hold until some time in 1987 where Canek won the title back.[5]

In the late 1980s Dos Caras began wrestling for the Mexico based World Wrestling Association (WWA) where he won the WWA World Heavyweight Championship in 1989. He would hold the title for approximately a year until losing the belt to Scorpio, Jr. on September 19, 1990.[5] in 1992 Dos Caras became a three time UWA World Champion when he defeated El Canek. Caras' third and final UWA title reign came to an end after 154 days when Canek regained the title in Naucalpan, Mexico.[5] In 1994 the UWA closed, leaving Dos Caras free to work for other promotions, allowing him to work for EMLL (now renamed "Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre"; CMLL) as well as various independent promotions. On March 22, 1996 Dos Caras teamed with Héctor Garza and La Fiera to win the CMLL World Trios Championship from Bestia Salvaje, Emilio Charles, Jr. and Sangre Chicana.[7] The team held the title until early 1997 when Garza left CMLL and the title was vacated.[7]

In the subsequent years Dos Caras worked regularly for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA), being instrumental in the professional wrestling debut of his son Dos Caras, Jr. in AAA.[8] He would also work for International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG) although he never won any championships in either promotion. Currently Dos Caras still wrestles, although on a reduced schedule, he mainly works for independent promotions, especially the UWE Legends shows. He has been vocal about not wanting to work for one of the "big two" promotions in Mexico (CMLL and AAA) as he did not feel either promotion treated a wrestler with his history and status with enough respect.[9]

On October 7, 2010, Dos Caras made a special appearance at a WWE SmackDown live event in Mexico, where he was in his son—Alberto Del Rio's corner in his match against Kofi Kingston.

On December 4, 2013, Caras, along with Mil Máscaras, returned to Japan to take part in a Tokyo Gurentai event in Tokyo's Korakuen Hall. In the main event, the two defeated Mazada and Nosawa Rongai to win the Tokyo World Tag Team Championship.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Rodríguez is the father of luchadors Alberto (known as Dos Caras, Jr. while wrestling in Mexico, and Alberto Del Rio in WWE) and Guillermo (formerly Memo Montenegro in WWE's developmental territory),[11] and the brother of luchadors Mil Máscaras and Sicodélico. He has two nephews who wrestle as well, using the names Sicodelico, Jr. and El Hijo del Sicodelico.

In films[edit]

In 2007 he appeared alongside his brother in the film Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy (also known as Mil Mascaras: Resurrection).[12][13][14]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Lucha de Apuesta record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Hair Dos Caras Sugi Sito Unknown Unknown [17]
Hair Dos Caras Renato Torres Unknown 1975  
Masks Dos Caras and El Cóndor Juan Colorado and El Jíbaro Unknown September 15, 1975 Finals of a ruleta de la muerte tag team tournament.[17]
Mask Dos Caras Mazambula El Brujo Mexico City, Mexico December 10, 1975  
Mask Dos Caras Astro Rey Naucalpan, Mexico State April 22, 1979 [18]
Mask Dos Caras El Salvaje Unknown 1982 [17]
Mask Dos Caras El Brillante Mexico City, Mexico June 5, 1983 12 man ruleta tournament.[17]
Mask Dos Caras La Pantera Unknown 1985 [17]
Hair Dos Caras Scorpio Ecatepec, Morelos May 29, 1988 [17]
Mask Dos Caras Yamato Naucalpan, Mexico State August 1, 1993 Triangle match with El Canek[17]
Mask Dos Caras Black Man II Iztacalco June 18, 2006 Finals of an 8 man ruleta de la muerte tag team tournament.[17]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b the Mexico City Boxing and Wrestling commission sanctions the championship but it is promoted by CMLL

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Enciclopedia staff (November 2008). "Grandes Figuras de la Lucha Libre". Dos Caras (in Spanish) (Portales, Mexico). p. 17. 17. 
  2. ^ a b Molinaro, John F. (2002). Top 100 Pro Wrestlers of All Time. Winding Stair Press. p. 193. 
  3. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "Okay... what is Lucha Libre?". Mondo Lucha Libre: the bizarre and honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 29–40. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  4. ^ a b Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "MEXICO: Universal Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 397. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  6. ^ a b c Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Trios Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 393. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  7. ^ a b c Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: EMLL CMLL Trios Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 396. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  8. ^ Arena Mexico Staff. "Dos Casas, Jr." (in Spanish). ArenaMexico.com. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved June 13, 2009. 
  9. ^ Flores, Manuel (March 2009). "Dos Caras - el nuevo movimiento independiente y el ingreso de su hijo a WWE". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). pp. 22–23. 17. 
  10. ^ a b "マスカラス兄弟で日本最後の編隊飛行と思われたが、まさかのタッグ王座奪取! ドス・カラスは現役続行に意欲!?". Battle News (in Japanese). December 4, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ Fernandes, Steven; Johnson, Mike (2012-08-15). "WWE signs second generation star". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2021-08-16.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  12. ^ "Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy Official Page". 
  13. ^ "PopMatters review of Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy". 
  14. ^ "M.J. Simpson review". 
  15. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 500 Wrestlers of the PWI Years". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  16. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: WWA World Wrestling Association Heavyweight Title (Benjamin Mora Jr.)". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 400. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Dos Caras (in Spanish) (Mexico City, Mexico). August 2007. p. 11. Tomo II. 
  18. ^ "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Astro Rey (in Spanish) (Mexico). July 2007. p. 24. Tomo I.