La Amapola

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La Amapola
Birth name Guadalupe Ramona Olvera
Born (1976-09-09) September 9, 1976 (age 38)[1]
Mexico City, Mexico[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) La Amapola
Billed height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)[1]
Billed weight 60 kg (130 lb)[1]
Trained by Satánico[1]
Insolito[1]
Franco Colombo[1]
Memo Diaz[1]
Jose Luis Feliciano[1]
Debut December 1998[1]

Guadalupe Ramona Olvera is a Mexican professional wrestler, or Luchadora as they are called in Spanish, best known under the ring name La Amapola (Spanish for "The Poppy"). Olvera is best known for her work in the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), which she has worked for all her career. She has also made appearances for various other Mexican promotions including International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG) where she held or holds the IWRG Intercontinental Women's Championship. At 1,442 days, she is the longest reigning CMLL World Women's Champion.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Olvera made her professional wrestling debut in December 1997 after training with Super Muñeco, Satánico and Adonis Salazar, whom she would later marry. She took the ring name "La Amapola", an enmascarado, or masked wrestler. Amapola began her career working for CMLL (CMLL), which she has worked for ever since. In the late 1990s and early 2000s CMLL did not focus on their women's division, which cause La Amapola to also work for a variety of other minor Mexican promotions. She was offered a contract with CMLL's main Mexican rival AAA, but declined, opting to stay with CMLL in the hopes that they would focus on women's wrestling like they had in the mid to early 1990s.[2] By 2005 CMLL had begun to feature more women's wrestling especially showcasing younger talent such as La Amapola and Dark Angel; the two women's storyline feud helped draw the fans attention and through that a higher profile for the women's division. On April 14, 2006 Dark Angel defeated La Amapola in a Luchas de Apuesta, or bet match, forcing La Amapola to unmask. Even after the mask loss Amapola and Dark Angel faced off many times, keeping the rivalry alive for years.[3] In 2005 La Amapola began wearing the IWRG Intercontinental Women's Championship belt, the female championship for the Mexican promotion International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG). It is not clear how she won the title as the previous champion, Ayako Hamada had not wrestled in Mexico for years and no record of La Amapola winning the title during a trip to Japan exists.[4] Initially she would just wear the belt to the ring, but in 2006 she actually defended it against Marcela and Hiroka. Some time during 2007 she stopped wearing the belt to the ring, but no record of her losing the title or a new IWRG Women's champion being crowned exists; She is technically the IWRG Women's champion but has not defended the title nor been promoted as the champion since CMLL stopped working with the IWRG in 2007.

On June 17, 2007 La Amapola defeated Diana La Cazadora in a Luchas de Apuestas where both women put their hair on the line. After shaving La Cazadora bald La Amapola used the momentum to defeat Lady Apache for the CMLL World Women's Championship on November 16, 2007.[5] Subsequently La Amapola has been the top Ruda (villain or Heel) of the CMLL Women's division, defending the title against such wrestlers as Luna Mágica, Dark Angel, Princess Blanca and Lady Apache and Marcela on several occasions. On June 29, 2008 La Amapola lost a four way Luchas de Apuestas match to Lady Apache after which her hair was shaved off; the match also included Princesas Suiei and Marcela. La Amapola's most recent title defense was on June 28, 2009 at Arena Mexico where she defeated Marcela.[6] On April 11, 2010 Amapola became the longest reigning CMLL World Women's Champion, as her title reign surpassed the previous record of 877 days set by Lady Apache's three title reigns. On October 28, 2011, Amapola lost the title to Marcela, in the thirteenth title match between the two, ending her reign at 1,442 days.[7] On the October 12, 2012, Super Viernes show, La Amapola defeated Japanese wrestler León to win the Reina-CMLL International Championship.[8][9] La Amapola then traveled to defend the title in Japan. After a successful defense against Mia Yim on November 11,[10] she lost the title back to León on November 25.[11] In late 2012 La Amapola became involved in a storyline feud with Estrellita, who had worked extensively as part of AAA and that Amapola considered an "outsider". Originally the focus was on the Mexican National Women's Championship that Estrellita held but over time it developed into a more personal and intense storyline between the two. On March 15, 2013 La Amapola lost a Luchas de Apuestas match to Estrellita on the under card of the 2013 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show, which meant La Amapola was forced to have all her hair shaved off after the match.[12] On April 20, 2014, La Amapola regained the CMLL-Reina International Championship from Syuri.[13]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Lucha de Apuesta record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Mask Dark Angel La Amapola Mexico City, Mexico April 14, 2006  
Hair La Amapola Diana La Cazadora Mexico City, Mexico June 17, 2007 [1]
Hair Lady Apache La Amapola Mexico City, Mexico August 29, 2008 La Amapola and Lady Apache lost a Relevos suicida match against Princesa Sujei and Marcela and were forced to face each other
Hair Estrellita La Amapola Mexico City, Mexico March 15, 2013 At the 2013 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Rudos – Amapola". Fuego en el ring (in Spanish). Retrieved October 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "Los Luchadoras". Mondo Lucha Libre: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 220–224. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. </
  3. ^ Ocampo, Ernesto (April 27, 2009). "Dark Angel Debutó a TNA". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). p. 28. Issue 312. 
  4. ^ a b "2005 Lo Mejor de la Lucha Mexicana". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 3, 2006. p. 25. Issue 140. 
  5. ^ a b "2007 Lo Mejor de la Lucha Mexicana". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). December 26, 2007. Issue 244. Retrieved August 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ Velazquez, Israel (August 3, 2009). "Amapola , campeona invencible". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). p. 22–23. Issue 325. 
  7. ^ Santamaría, Jorge (October 28, 2011). "Repiten la dosis". Récord (in Spanish). Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Mexicool, Rey (October 12, 2012). "¡Amapola, nueva monarca internacional!". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ Salazar López, Alexis A. (October 13, 2012). "Viernes 12 de Octubre '12" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ "アマポーラxミアイムが屈指の大接戦 Reina‐CMLL international王座戦11・11千葉Reinaアリーナ大会". Miruhon (in Japanese). November 11, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Leonがアマポーラ倒しメキシコ遠征リベンジCMLL-Reinainternational王座戦白熱!". Miruhon (in Japanese). November 25, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Resultados Arena México" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. March 15, 2013. Archived from the original on March 17, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Salazar López, Alexis (April 21, 2014). "Resultados - Domingo 20 de Abril '14". Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (in Spanish). Archived from the original on April 21, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ Ruiz Glez, Alex. "Termina la votación para lo mejor del CMLL en el 2009 – Volador Jr. el más popular". SuperLuchas (in Spanish).