La Mascara (wrestler)

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La Mascara
La Mascara celebrating a victory.
Born (1982-01-08) January 8, 1982 (age 33)[1]
Mexico City, Mexico[1]
Resides Mexico City, Mexico
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Brazo de Oro, Jr.
La Mascara
Billed height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Billed weight 85 kg (187 lb)[1]
Trained by Brazo De Oro[1]
Debut April 2, 2000[1]

La Mascara (born January 8, 1982) is a Mexican professional wrestler active as a tecnico in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Also one of his uncle is Brazo de Plata. His cousins are Psycho Clown and Máximo. La Mascara is the son of Brazo de Oro, and the promotion acknowledges the relationship. La Mascara's real name is not a matter of public record, as is often the case with masked wrestlers in Mexico where their private lives are kept a secret from the wrestling fans.[2] It is widely documented that he is part of the Alvarado wrestling family, which means that his paternal last name is Alvarado as well.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Making his professional debut on April 2, 2000, La Mascara spent much of his early career as a midcard tecnico (Face or "good guy") in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). He debuted in CMLL as Brazo de Oro Jr. Like the other sons of Los Brazos, he took up a new gimmick in summer 2005 to create own identity. He is the one with the most impact, making a lot of impression. In May 2005, he won his first major championship when he defeated Doctor X for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship.[3] He held the title for over a year, before he lost the belt to Sangre Azteca on December 17, 2006. Earlier that year, he lost to Hajime Ohara in a match for the then vacant NWA World Welterweight Championship in Mexico City.[4] La Mascara has been pushed strongly since changing to that gimmick (from Brazo de Oro Jr.), with some thought that it might be due to his family connections. His work has appeared to catch up with his push this year, and he's a solid high flier. On June 13, 2008, La Mascara teamed with Héctor Garza and El Hijo del Fantasma in a tournament for the vacant CMLL World Trios Championship and won the titles after beating Blue Panther, Dos Caras, Jr. and Místico in the finals.[5] The three held the titles for over seven weeks until they lost it to Último Guerrero, Negro Casas and Atlantis on August 5. La Mascara and his partners regained the titles on a show in Guadalajara on January 18, 2009.[6] On January 29, 2010 La Máscara teamed up with Negro Casas to participate in CMLL's "Torneo Nacional de Pareja Increíbles" ("National Amazing Pairs tournament"), a tournament where CMLL teams up a Tecnico (La Máscara) and a Rudo (Casas) for a tournament. The two defeated El Texano, Jr. and Rouge in the opening round, El Sagrado and Shocker in the second round and Héctor Garza and Toscano in the semi-final to earn a spot in the final of the tournament.[7] On February 5, 2010 Casas and La Máscara lost to Máscara Dorada and Atlantis in the finals.[8]

In March 2010 signs of dissention amongst the Trios champions began showing as Garza walked out on the team during a trios match mistakenly thinking that one of his team mates had attacked him.[9] Following the walk out Garza kept insincerely insisting that he was still a tecnico and that his team was getting along great. Further doubts about Garza's allegiance arose when he teamed up with the Rúdo Pólvora to win the 2010 Gran Alternativa tournament.[10] When Garza, La Máscara and Hijo del Fantasma were booked for a CMLL World Trios defense the following week Garza complained that his partners agreed to the match without asking him, but swore that he would still be professional about it.[11] During the title defense on the May 7, 2010 Super Viernes Garza attacked both Hijo del Fantasma and La Máscara, allowing La Ola Amarilla (Hiroshi Tanahashi, Okumura and Taichi) to win the CMLL World Trios Championship, turning full blown Rudo in the process.[12] On May 14, 2010 La Máscara teamed up with Máscara Dorada and La Sombra to defeat Ola Amarilla in a non-title match to earn a shot at the titles the following week.[13] One week later the trio defeated Ola Amarilla again, ending the Japanese trios title reign after just two weeks, making La Máscara a three times Trios Champion[14] By virtue of holding the CMLL World Trios Championship La Máscara participated in the 2010 Universal Championship tournament. He was part of "Block B" that competed on the August 6, 2010 Super Viernes show. In the first round of the tournament he defeated Mr. Águila, then moved on to a match against Volador, Jr. during the match Volador, Jr. turned rudo (bad guy) after teasing a turn for a long time and got himself disqualified for excessive violence. After the match Volador, Jr. beat up La Máscara further, leaving him an easy target for his third round opponent, Jushin Thunder Liger, who quickly defeated La Máscara.[15] On October 5, 2010, La Máscara defeated Volador, Jr. to win the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship.[16]

On January 22, 2011, La Máscara made his Japanese debut, when he took part in the Fantasticamania 2011 weekend, co-promoted by CMLL and New Japan Pro Wrestling in Tokyo. During the first night, he teamed with Tiger Mask IV in a tag team match, where they were defeated by Dragón Rojo, Jr. and Tomohiro Ishii.[17] The following night, he, Máscara Dorada and La Sombra successfully defended the CMLL World Trios Championship against La Ola Amarilla (Okumura, Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi).[18] In April 2011, La Máscara began feuding with the WWE bound Averno, which led to CMLL booking the two to face each other in a Mask vs. Mask Lucha de Apuesta on June 17.[19] On June 17 at Juicio Final, La Máscara picked up the biggest win of his career by defeating Averno two falls to one and forcing him to unmask himself.[20] Afterwards, La Máscara and Averno continued their rivalry, building up to another singles match on July 4, where Averno successfully defended the NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship.[21][22] On July 15, La Generación Dorada lost the CMLL World Trios Championship to Los Hijos del Averno (Averno, Ephesto and Mephisto).[23] After La Máscara pinned Averno in a six man tag team match on July 22, the two agreed to another match for the NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship on July 29, where Averno was again able to retain the title.[24][25] La Máscara and Averno faced each other again on September 9 in the second round of the Universal Championship tournament, where Averno once again was victorious.[26] On November 22, La Máscara defeated Averno to win the NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship.[27] He would go on to lose the title to Volador, Jr. on February 14, 2012.[28] On January 18, 2013, La Máscara returned to Japan to take part in the three-day Fantasticamania 2013 event. During the first night, he teamed with Máscara Dorada and Máximo in a six man tag team match, where they were defeated by Taichi, Taka Michinoku and Volador Jr.[29] During the second night, he, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Rush were defeated in a six man tag team match by Kazuchika Okada, Rey Escorpión and Volador Jr.[30] During the third and final night, La Máscara successfully defended the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship against Volador Jr.[31] La Mascara was once again forced to team up with Averno, for the 2013 Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles, just like he was for the 2012 tournament. The team worked together without too many problems in the first round as they defeated the team of El Hijo de Fantasma and El Felino, but stumbled in the second round as they lost to eventual tournament winners La Sombra and Volador, Jr.[32][33] On April 7, La Máscara returned to New Japan Pro Wrestling at Invasion Attack, where he and Valiente unsuccessfully challenged Tama Tonga and El Terrible for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship.[34] On June 30, La Máscara, Rush and Titán defeated Los Invasores (Kráneo, Mr. Águila and Psicosis) to win the Mexican National Trios Championship.[35] On August 13, La Máscara lost the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship to Mephisto.[36] On October 18, La Máscara and Rush were awarded the CMLL World Tag Team Championship, when Rey Bucanero, one half of the previous champions, was unable to defend the title due to an injury.[37][38] On February 18, 2014, La Máscara, Rush and Titán lost the Mexican National Trios Championship to La Peste Negra (El Felino, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas).[39] On June 13, La Máscara and Rush lost the CMLL World Tag Team Championship to Negro Casas and Shocker.[40] During the summer, La Máscara formed a trio named Los Ingobernables ("The Ungovernables") with Rush and La Sombra with the three essentially wrestling as rudos and being referred to as the most hated wrestlers in the past decade.[41][42]

Alvarado family tree[edit]

† = deceased

Shadito Cruz
Lady Apache
Brazo de Oro
El Brazo
Brazo de Plata
Brazo Cibernético
Brazo de Platino
Súper Brazo
La Alimaña
La Mascara
El Brazo, Jr.
Súper Brazo, Jr.
Psycho Clown
India Sioux
Goya Kong
Muñeca de Plata

In wrestling[edit]

  • Nicknames
    • "El Rey de la Campana"
    • "El Papi de Papis"

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Mask Brazo De Oro, Jr. Némesis Oaxaca, Mexico August 24, 2002 [1]
Hair La Mascara Mosco de la Merced Aguascalientes, Mexico August 4, 2005  
Mask La Máscara Averno Mexico City, Mexico June 17, 2011 2011 Juicio Final[20]


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