The mask of Fishman
|Birth name||José Ángel Nájera Sánchez|
January 6, 1951 |
Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Goliath Reyes
|Billed height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Billed weight||99 kg (218 lb; 15.6 st)|
|Trained by||Marco Tulio
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José Ángel Nájera Sánchez, best known under the ring name of Fishman, is a retired Mexican professional wrestler who became one of Lucha Libre's biggest stars during the 1980s with the Universal Wrestling Association. Fishman retired in 2000.
Professional wrestling career
Fishman debuted in late 1969 under the name Goliath Reyes but changed it during 1970 to Titán. In 1971 he changed his name once again this time to Fishman and it is under this name and mask that he achieved his fame.
Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre
Fishman won his first title, the Mexican National Welterweight Championship, in Acapulco, Guerrero on October 3, 1973 by a victory over El Marquez. OVer two and a half years later, on May 3, 1975, the title were vacated. On October 12, 1975 he defeated Alberto Muñoz in a tournament final for the vacated title, in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Fishman vacated the title after winning the NWA World Welterweight Championship on April 9, 1976. At least one years later he went on to become a three-time Champion by defeating Blue Demon on February 27, 1977 in Guadalajara, Jalisco. His reigns ends after nearly a half years. On September 26, 1977 Fishman was beaten by Kung Fu in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Until now, only Karloff Lagarde had more Mexican National Welterweight Championship reigns then Fishman.
During his time in Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre he once won the NWA World Welterweight Championship by defeating Blue Demon on April 9, 1976 in Mexico City. On November 19, 1976 he lost the title to Mano Negro at the same place.
Universal Wrestling Association
Fishman rose to notoriety in the UWA, holding the UWA World Light Heavyweight Championship four times (tied with Karloff Lagarde for most title reigns). His first reign as UWA World Light Heavyweight Championship begins December 12, 1980 by defeating Perro Aguayo. On March 1, 1981 he lost the title to Villano III. However, on July 19, 1981 Fisman regained the championship. The three last named match all take place in Naucalpan, Mexico. After holding the title for over a year, he lost it to Sangre Chicana in Mexico City on November 12, 1982. Three month later, on February 27, 1982, he regain the championship and lost it back to Sangre Chicana after over nineteen month, both match took place in Naucalpan, Mexico. Sangre Chicana vacated the title due to injury not later than in March 1984. On April 1, 1984 in Naucalpan, Mexico Fishman defeated Villano III in a tournament final to win his fourth UWA World Light Heavyweight Championship. This reign lasted nearly two an a half years until losing to Villano I on August 10, 1986 in Naucalpan, Mexico.
Fishman won the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship twice under UWA banner. He become the second titleholder by a victory over Perro Aguayo on September 25, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. Only two weeks later on October 10, 1981 he lost the title back to Perro Aguayo in Los Angeles. That were the only two times this title changed hands in LA. Nearly 5 years later Fishman captured the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship a second time by defeating Villano III on August 24, 1986 in Mexico City, Mexico. Four month later he dropped the title to Perro Aguayo in Mexico City on December 24, 1986.
Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
After the UWA folded, Fishman went with some of the other UWA wrestlers to AAA through the mid-1990s and later on also wrestled independently in Mexico. On August 28, 2000 Fishman put his mask on the line against Máscara Sagrada and lost. After he was unmasked, Fishman retired from wrestling.
Championships and accomplishments
- Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #324 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003
- Universal Wrestling Association
1Despite winning the title twice, the reigns aren't officially recognized by World Wrestling Entertainment. No reign prior to December 1997 is recognized by WWE.
Luchas de Apuestas record
|Mask||Fishman||El Médico I||Unknown||Tamaulipas, Mexico|
|Mask||Fishman||Cinta de Oro||Unknown||Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua|||
|Mask||Fishman||Durango Kid||December 5, 1974||Matamoros, Tamaulipas|
|Mask||Fishman||El Faraón||March 23, 1976||Mexico City|
|Mask||Fishman||Sangre Chicana||September 23, 1977||Mexico City||[Note 1]|
|Mask||Fishman||El Cobarde I||September 30, 1977||Mexico City|||
|Hair||Fishman and Aníbal||César Valentino and Kurisu||August 10, 1980||Mexico City|
|Mask||Fishman||Rey Misterio||March 25, 1988||Tijuana, Baja California|
|Mask||Máscara Sagrada||Fishman||August 28, 2000||Mexico City||[Note 2]|
- 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
- "Luchas 2000". Fisman y sus Victimas (in Spanish) (Juárez, Mexico: Publicaciones citem, S.A. de C.V.). pp. 28–31. Especial 30.
- "Fishman". Online World of Wrestling.
- Lourdes Grobet, Alfonso Morales, Gustavo Fuentes, and Jose Manuel Aurrecoechea (2005). Lucha Libre: Masked Superstars of Mexican Wrestling. Trilce. ISBN 978-1-933045-05-4.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Máscara Sagrada (in Spanish) (Mexico). October 2007. p. 27. Tomo III.
- "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Cinta de Oro (in Spanish) (Mexico). July 2007. p. 55. Tomo I.
- "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Cobarde (in Spanish) (Mexico). July 2007. p. 56. Tomo I.