El Canek greets a young fan.
|Birth name||Felipe Estrada|
|Billed height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Billed weight||110 kg (240 lb; 17 st)|
June 19, 1952 |
|Trained by||Ham Lee
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Felipe Estrada (born June 19, 1952), known as Canek and El Canek, is a masked Mexican professional wrestler and former Mixed Martial Arts fighter currently performing part-time for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. In 1972, he debuted as "El Universitario" at the age of 18. In 1973, he would change his name to Canek, a name inspired by the Mayan Indian leader Jacinto Canek. He is one of the few wrestlers to bodyslam André the Giant. As the major heavyweight working for the Universal Wrestling Association promotion, he became one of Lucha Libre's biggest attractions during the 1980s. Canek started his rise to stardom after winning the National Light Heavyweight Title by defeating Dr. Wagner on January 15, 1978. He would lose that title on June 20 of that same year to his rival Dos Caras. On September 27, 1978, Canek would gain international exposure by defeating Lou Thesz to win his first of fifteen UWA World Heavyweight Championship titles that he would hold during his career. At around the same time, the UWA made a talent trading agreement with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). Japanese superstars like Antonio Inoki and Riki Choshu would travel to Mexico to face Canek, while Canek would travel to Japan to face stars like Tiger Mask and Tatsumi Fujinami. Canek's matches against foreign superstars drew such large crowds that UWA would continue using this same formula for more than a decade.
Although the UWA ceased to exist in 1995, Canek continued defending and trading the UWA title, although his June 2004 loss at the hands of former partner Dr. Wagner, Jr. may signal a long break in Canek's monopoly as Dr. Wagner Jr. remains the reigning title holder. Canek holds victories over several international stars including Lou Thesz, Hulk Hogan, André the Giant, Yokozuna, Big Van Vader, Owen Hart and Japanese stars Tatsumi Fujinami, Riki Choshu and Kim Duk. During the 90's, Canek had a very long feud with Mil Mascaras who he never defeated. He famously bodyslammed both André the Giant and Yokozuna (under the name Kokina). Overall he is a 15 time World Heavyweight Champion after holding the UWA World Heavyweight Championship. Canek has also competed in the mixed martial arts promotion DEEP 2001 in Japan and holds a win over Osamu Kawahara.
Championships and accomplishments
- Empressa Mexicana de Lucha Libre / Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
- Independent Wrestling League
- IWL World Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
- International Wrestling Revolution Group
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 79 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the PWI Years in 2003.
- PWI ranked him # 186 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI 500 in 1995.
- Other titles
- Northern Mexico Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Lucha de Apuesta record
|Mask||Príncipe Azul||Ultratumba||Villahermosa, Tabasco||1972|
|Hair||Príncipe Azul||Ultratumba||Villahermosa, Tabasco||1972|
|Hair||Príncipe Azul||El Noruego||Villahermosa, Tabasco||1972|
|Mask||Canek||El Destroyer||Monterrey, Nuevo León||Unknown|
|Mask||Canek||La Momia||San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí||Unknown|
|Hair||Canek||Ring Fujinami||Naucalpan, Mexico State||Unknown|
|Mask||Canek||Lemús||Monterrey, Nuevo León||1974|
|Hair||Canek||Sunny War Cloud||Monterrey, Nuevo León||1975|
|Hair||Canek||Rubén Juárez||Monterrey, Nuevo León||1975|
|Hair||Canek||José Torres||Monterrey, Nuevo León||1975|
|Mask||Canek||El Asesino||Mexico City, Mexico||July 5, 1981|
|Mask||Canek||Don Corleone||Naucalpan, Mexico State||1982|
|Mask||Canek||Blue Blazer||Naucalpan, Mexico State||May 29, 1991|
|Mask||Canek||Torre Infernal||Naucalpan, Mexico State||November 15, 1992|
|Hair||Canek||Yamato||Naucalpan, Mexico State||August 15, 1993|
|Hair||Canek||Scorpio, Jr.||Naucalpan, Mexico State||October 3, 1996||Relevos Suicidas vs. Ultimo Vampiro & El Mexicano|
|Mask||Canek||Universo 2000||Mexico City, Mexico||September 17, 2004||4 way match that also included Dr. Wagner Jr. & Rayo Jr.|
- General sources - Championship Information
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "MEXICO". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 389–402. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- General sources - Career
- Various (2005). "El Principle Maya / the Mayan Prince". Lucha Libre: Masked Superstars of Mexican Wrestling. Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. pp. 58–59. ISBN 968-6842-48-9.
- "Lucha Libre: Conoce la historia de las leyendas de cuadrilátero". Canek (1952) (in Spanish) (Mexico). 2008. p. 15. Grandes Figuras de la Lucha Libre.
- Online World of Wrestling
- Canek, a great Mexican fighter
- Felipe "El Canek" Estrada, Sherdog profile
- "C.M.L.L. World Trios Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.
- "Canek, se proclama primer Campeón Mundial de Peso Completo de Independent Wrestling League.". Estrellas del Ring (in Spanish). Blogger. 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
- "I.W.R.G. Intercontinental Heavyweight Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.