El Brazo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Alvarado and the second or maternal family name is Nieves.
El Brazo
Birth name Juan Alvarado Nieves
Born (1961-07-30)July 30, 1961
Mexico City, Mexico
Died October 15, 2013(2013-10-15) (aged 52)[1][2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) El Brazo
Brazo Negro
Brazo Hermoso
Tio Lucas
Latin Boiler
La Puerca
La Braza
Billed height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Billed weight 115 kg (254 lb)
Trained by Shadito Cruz
Debut August 1980

Juan Alvarado Nieves (July 30, 1961 – October 15, 2013)[1][2] was a Mexican Luchador (professional wrestler). He was best known under the ring name El Brazo (Spanish for "the Arm), which he used since his debut in 1980. Alvarado was part of the Alvarado wrestling family, which includes his father Shadito Cruz, five brothers who used the "Brazo" name at some point and several third generation wrestlers.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Alvarado made his debut as "El Brazo", an Enmascarado (masked wrestler) who worked mainly in Tag team action with his brothers who worked as Brazo de Oro ("Gold arm") and Brazo de Plata ("Silver Arm").[3] Los Brazos, as they were billed, wrestled all over Mexico and made appearances for the Los Angeles based "NWA Hollywood Wrestling". Over the years Brazo de Plata and his brothers competed in a large number of Luchas de Apuestas ("Bet fights") where they put their masks or hair on the line against their opponents. Los Brazo's most famous Luchas de Apuestas occurred on October 21, 1988 when Plato, Oro and El Brazo all placed their masks on the line in a match against another well known Lucha libre family, Los Villanos, in this case Villano I, Villano IV and Villano V. The match was the culmination of a long feud (Storyline) between the two families and saw all six wrestlers bleed profusely during the bout. In the end Los Villanos won the match forcing all three Brazos to unmask and reveal their real names as is tradition in these types of matches.[3] Despite losing their masks Los Brazos remained successful in the ring winning various tag team and trios titles such as the UWA World Tag Team Championship,[4] UWA World Trios Championship,[5] WWA World Tag Team Championship[6] and the WWA World Trios Championship[7][8] By the 1990s Los Brazos worked mainly for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) where Plato, Oro and El Brazo won the CMLL World Trios Championship from Los Infernales (Pirata Morgan, Satánico and MS-1) on April 6, 1993. Los Brazos lost the titles to Dr. Wagner, Jr., Gran Markus, Jr. and El Hijo del Gladiador.[9]

Los Brazos began teaming less and less with Brazo de Oro working more backstage in CMLL. El Brazo began working under various ring names such as Tio Lucas, Latin Boiler, Ingordable and La Puerca, but his expanding waist line made it hard to hide who was actually behind the various gimmicks. In 2008 El Brazo signed with Asistencia, Asesoría y Administración (AAA) and quickly inserted himself in his brother Brazo de Plata's storyline with a group known as Los Guapos VIP. Initially it looked like El Brazo was siding with his brother, only to turn on him and join Los Guapos VIP, taking the (storyline) control of the Los Guapos VIP group. The storyline fight of the two brothers came to a crescendo at Guerrera de Titanes 2008, where they faced off in a steel cage match where the loser would have his hair shaved off. El Brazo lost and had his hair shaved to put at least a temporary end to the storyline.[10] On November 5, 2011, El Brazo debuted a new exótico persona, La Braza, and aligned himself with Cassandro and Pimpinela Escarlata in their battle with fellow exóticos Nygma, Pasión Cristal, Polvo de Estrellas and Yuriko.[11]


Alvarado died on October 15, 2013 due to complications from diabetes.[1][2] Alvarado was inducted into the AAA Hall of Fame on August 17, 2014, at Triplemanía XXII.[12]

The Alvarado Family[edit]

The Alvarado wrestling family spans three generations starting with Shadito Cruz followed by his 6 sons and a third generation who have begun wrestling in recent years, which includes Juan Alvarado's son that works as "El Brazo, Jr.". All second generation Alvarados use wrestling names with the term "Brazo" in it, El Brazo (Juan Alvarado Nieves), Brazo de Oro (Jesús Alvarado Nieves), Brazo de Plata (José Alvarado Nieves), Brazo de Platino ("Platinum Arm"; Daniel Alvarado Nieves), Super Brazo (Martin Alvarado Nieves) and Brazo Cibernetico (Cybernetic Arm; José Aarón Alvarado Nieves).[3][13]

† = deceased

Shadito Cruz
Lady Apache
Brazo de Oro
El Brazo†
Brazo de Plata
Brazo Cibernético
Brazo de Platino
Súper Brazo
La Alimaña
La Mascara
El Brazo, Jr.
Súper Brazo, Jr.
Psycho Clown
India Sioux
Goya Kong
Muñeca de Plata
Andros de Plata

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Federacion Internacional de Lucha Libre
    • FILL Trios Championship (1 time) – with Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata[7]

Lucha de Apuesta record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Hair Chessman El Brazo Unknown Unknown  
Hair Negro Navarro El Brazo Neza, Mexico State Unknown  
Hair Ringo Mendoza El Brazo Unknown Unknown  
Mask El Brazo Antares Mexico City, Mexico Unknown  
Mask El Brazo Coloso Ixtlahuaca, Mexico State Unknown  
Masks Brazo de Plata and El Brazo Los Corsarios (I and II) Unknown Unknown
Masks Villano I, Villano IV, Villano V Brazo de Oro, Brazo de Plata, El Brazo Monterrey, Nuevo León Unknown  
Hairs Brazo de Plata and El Brazo El Verdugo and Hombre Bala Mexico City, Mexico Unknown  
Hair El Brazo Black Man Naucalpan, Mexico State Unknown  
Hair Villano I El Brazo Naucalpan, Mexico State Unknown  
Hair Fabuloso Blondy El Brazo Mexico City, Mexico Unknown  
Hair El Brazo Brazo de Oro Mexico City, Mexico Unknown  ;Match also included Brazo de Plata;
Hair Héctor Garza El Brazo Mexico City, Mexico Unknown  
Hair Rambo El Brazo Mexico City, Mexico Unknown [Note 1]
Hair El Brazo Enrique Vera Mexico City, Mexico Unknown  
Hairs Brazo de Oro, Brazo Cibernético, El Brazo Bestia Negra I, Bestia Negra II, Bestia Negra III Celaya, Guanajuato Unknown  
Hair Mohicano I El Brazo Iztapalapa, Mexico City Unknown  
Hair El Zorro El Brazo Morelos November 25, 2002  
Hair Heavy Metal El Brazo Monterrey, Nuevo León August 31, 2003 Cage match that included El Zorro, Sangre Chicana, El Texano and Oscar Sevilla
Hair Angel Mensajero El Brazo Mexicali, Baja California May 6, 2006 Captain's Fall Match; Capain Pirata Morgan was already bald so El Brazo was shaved instead.
Hair El Elegido El Brazo Veracruz December 6, 2008 Match also included Super Porky and Electroshock


  1. ^ Main event of the 1996 Homenaje a Salvador Lutteroth Show.


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  2. ^ a b c Zellner, Kris (October 16, 2013). "Lucha Star El Brazo Passes Away". PWInsider. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Los Brazos Familia Ejemplar / the Brazos a model Family". Lucha Libre> Masked Superstars of Mexican Wrestling. Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. 2005. pp. 184–190. ISBN 968-6842-48-9. 
  4. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "MEXICO/JAPAN: UWA World Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 399. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "MEXICO: UWA Trios Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 399. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  6. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "MEXICO: WWA Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 401. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  7. ^ a b c d "La Braza". LuchalibreAAA.com. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  8. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "MEXICO: WWA Trios Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 401. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  9. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "MEXICO: EMLL CMLL Trios title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 396. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  10. ^ "Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion Guerra de Titanes". wrestlingtitles.com. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  11. ^ "En Ecatepec, se consuma la venganza de Octagón". Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (in Spanish). November 6, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Noche de Leyenda en Triplemanía XXII". Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (in Spanish). August 18, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "A family Affair". Mondo Lucha Libre: the bizarre& honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 224–228. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  14. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "MEXICO: National Trios title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 394. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  15. ^ Reyes, Eduardo (June 3, 2011). "Multifacético Campeón Welter WWS". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). MSN. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 

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