Jack Veneno

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Jack Veneno
Born (1942-02-02) February 2, 1942 (age 72)
San José de Ocoa, Dominican Republic
Resides Santo Domingo
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Jack Veneno
Billed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Billed weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st)
Retired 2000

Jack Veneno (born Rafael Sánchez; February 2, 1942) is a retired professional wrestler and politician.[1][2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

He became interested in wrestling as a teen, watching the Mexican luchador El Santo.[3] Also known as "El hijo de Doña Tatica", he worked for many years on Colorvision channel 9 during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, on a wrestling show called Lucha Libre Internacional.[4] He was the main star of the show as well as the owner of the production company Dominicana de Espectaculos.

Jack Veneno vs. Ric Flair[edit]

He faced Ric Flair in 1982, where right before Flair passed out, the time limit ran out. The fans the celebrated Veneno "winning" the NWA World Heavyweight Championship,[5] although his title reign is not officially recognized by the NWA.[6] Outside the Dominican Republic, he is famous for his matches against Ric Flair.[7] Flair said that he let Veneno defeat him in order to avoid a riot among the Dominicans against him.[8]

Veneno retired himself in 2000.[3]

Political career[edit]

Although retired from wrestling, he ran for Mayor of Santo Domingo Norte, one of the Santo Domingo Province municipalities, on the 2006 Congressional and Municipal Elections with the Institutional Social Democratic Bloc party.[3] In 2007, he was appointed by the Dominican Republic president Leonel Fernández as Vice-Minister of Sports.[4][9]

In wrestling[edit]

  • Nicknames
    • El hijo de Doña Tatica (The son of Mrs. Tatica)

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

  • Dominicana de Espectaculos
    • Light Heavyweight Championship (6 times)
    • Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • World Tag Team Championship (6 times) with Puño De Hierro (2), El Caballero Negro (2), Mr. Haiti (2) and Maravilla (2)
    • National Welterweight Championship (1 time)
  • Served as Vice-Minister of Sports (2007-2012)


  1. ^ "Jack Veneno's OWOW profile page". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Jack Veneno Profile on PWA". Pro Wrestling Archive. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Peña, Carlos (2012-08-24). "Jack Veneno gana primera caída; espera sea su última lucha contra cáncer de próstata". El Nacional (in Spanish). Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  4. ^ a b "Designan a Jack Veneno subsecretario de Sedefir". Listin Diario (in Spanish). 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  5. ^ Flair, Ric; Greenberg, Keith Elliot. Ric Flair: To Be the Man. World Wrestling Entertainment. p. 25. ISBN 978-0743456913. 
  6. ^ Dykens, Brad (2011-04-21). "Ric Flair vs Jack Veneno (A Photo Archive)". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  7. ^ Dominican Republic Olympic Committee. "Jack Veneno contra Ric Flair" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  8. ^ Craig Letawsky (15 July 2002). "Ask 411 7.15.02: Raven’s Nest, Jack Veneno, Super Crazy, LWO, Rocky King". 411mania.com. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Cáceres, José (2007-08-24). "Posesionan a Veneno; dice Leonel dignifica atletas RD". El Nacional (in Spanish). Retrieved 2012-09-12.