Fray Tormenta

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Fray Tormenta
Birth name Sergio Gutiérrez Benítez
Ring name(s) Fray Tormenta
Billed height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Billed weight 100 kg (220 lb)
Born (1945-05-29) May 29, 1945 (age 68)[1]
San Agustín Metzquititlán, Hidalgo[1]
Debut 1973
Retired July 3, 2011[1]

Sergio Gutiérrez Benítez (born May 29, 1945)[1] is a Mexican priest who supported an orphanage for 23 years as a lucha libre wrestler. While performing, he wore a red and yellow mask and used the ring name Fray Tormenta. He made only sporadic in-ring appearances in the 2000s before retiring completely from wrestling in July 2011, but still wears his mask even in his duties as a priest. Fray Tormenta means "Friar Storm" in English.

Biography[edit]

Fray Tormenta (upper right) featured in a 1980s Mexican comic book advertisement with El Canek (below).

Sergio Gutiérrez Benítez was born to José Gutiérrez García and Emilia Benítez on February 5, 1945, in San Agustín Metzquititlán, Hidalgo as the sixteenth of their seventeen children.[1] He had long been inspired to become a masked luchador after watching two 1963 Mexican films, "El Señor Tormenta" (Mister Storm) and "Tormenta En El Ring" (Storm In The Ring) both of which featured the story of a poor Mexican priest who supported the children of his orphanage by fighting as a lucha libre wrestler at night. At age 22, Gutiérrez, at the time a drug addict and alcoholic, became interested in the priesthood and was inducted into the Piarists Order.[1] His theological training took him to Rome, and then Spain, and for a while he taught philosophy and history at Roman Catholic universities in Mexico. He later became a secular priest in the Diocese of Texcoco, where he founded an orphanage named "La Casa Hogar de los Cachorros de Fray Tormenta", which would serve as the home of 270 children.[1] In need of money to take care of the children, the father became the masked wrestler known as Fray Tormenta. During that time he never let anyone know of his identity as a priest, explaining "No one would have taken me seriously as a wrestler had they known I was a priest."[2]

In 1991, French filmmakers made a movie loosely based on his life called L'Homme au masque d'or (The Man In The Golden Mask) starring Jean Reno.

In 2006, American film maker Jared Hess made another film loosely based on the story of Fray Tormenta called Nacho Libre, starring Jack Black. The Paramount film was produced by Jack Black, Mike White, and David Klawans.

In 2007, Fray Tormenta appeared in the film Padre Tormenta as a priest who dons the luchador's mask and enters the ring to raise funds for the orphanage he directs.[3]

Currently, Fray Tormenta stars as a supporting character in the Mexican comic book series Místico: El Principe de Plata y Oro as a mentor to the lucha libre wrestler Místico.

In real life, although Fray Tormenta is now retired from professional wrestling he still works at the orphanage as a priest, and has inspired one of his children to take up his mantle so that the legend of Fray Tormenta can live on. The masked wrestler, whose real name is unknown, calls himself Fray Tormenta Jr.[4] Although semi-retired from wrestling since 2001, he still wrestled occasionally and on January 11, 2011 won his second Lucha de Apuesta, by defeating Bugambilia, Super Crazy, X-Fly, Bestia 666 and Boy Danger, to win Bugambilia's hair.[5] On July 3, 2011, Tormenta teamed with El Pantera and Solar to defeat Black Terry, Negro Navarro and Scorpio, Jr. at International Wrestling Revolution Group's Festival de las Mascaras.[6] After the match Gutiérrez announced that he had wrestled his final match.[1] On June 20, 2012, Tormenta made an appearance for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), officially giving his blessing to the second incarnation of Místico.[7][8]

Characters based on Fray Tormenta[edit]

The videogame characters King from Tekken, Crasher Wake from Pokémon, Tizoc from Fatal Fury, Leon from F-Zero, and Greco from Chrono Cross were inspired by his story, as was the movie Nacho Libre.

In wrestling[edit]

Lucha de Apuesta record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Mask Fray Tormenta Hijo de Judas Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas November 18, 1990  
Hair Fray Tormenta Bugambilia Pachuca, Hidalgo January 11, 2011 Six–way match, also involving Super Crazy, X-Fly, Bestia 666 and Boy Danger[5]

References[edit]

General
  • Various (2005). "El Sacerdote Luchador / the wrestling priest". Lucha Libre: Masked Superstars of Mexican Wrestling. Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. pp. 217–219. ISBN 968-6842-48-9. 
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Fray Tormenta se retira". Bajo Las Capuchas. July 21, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ Brief Biography of Fray Tormenta
  3. ^ http://peliculasbarbaloza.com/catalogohtml/mo-004.htm
  4. ^ http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2006/06/14/1630776.html
  5. ^ a b Velazquez Martinez, Alejandro (January 11, 2011). "Fray Tormenta dejó pelón a Bugambila". Estrellas del Ring. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ Mexicool, Rey (July 4, 2011). "IWRG "Festival de las Máscaras – Homenaje a Fray Tormenta" (Resultados 3 de julio): Konnan traiciona a su equipo – Canek, luchador sorpresa – ¿Rayo de Jalisco Jr. a Triple A? – Fray Tormenta en acción – El Pantera no se despoja de su incógnita – Los Capos presentan al Hijo de Universo 2000". SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ Mexicool, Rey (June 20, 2012). "Dragon Lee se convierte en "Místico"" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ Ruiz Glez, Alex. "Imagen: Dragón Lee es el nuevo "Místico"" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ Reilly, Rick (December 21, 1987). "A Ring And A Prayer". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 25, 2010. 

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