La Sombra (wrestler)

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La Sombra
La-Sombra.jpg
La Sombra in December 2010.
Ring name(s) Brillante, Jr.
Guerrero Azteca
La Sombra
Rey Azteca (II)
Billed height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Billed weight 80 kg (180 lb)[1]
Born (1989-11-03) November 3, 1989 (age 24)[2]
Gómez Palacio, Durango, Mexico[2]
Billed from Gómez Palacio, Durango, Mexico[1]
Trained by Moro III[2]
Brillante, Sr.[2]
El Satánico[2]
Stuka[2]
Franco Colombo[2]
Debut October 3, 2003[2]

La Sombra (Spanish for "The Shadow"; born November 3, 1989) is a Mexican luchador enmascarado (Spanish for masked professional wrestler). La Sombra'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.[3] His last name is known to be Andrade, from his father Jose Andrade Salasa, who wrestles as Brillante.

La Sombra made his professional wrestling debut a month before his 14th birthday and worked initially as Brillante, Jr. after his father. In 2007 he began working for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) as La Sombra and has met with in ring success as he has won the 2007 Torneo Gran Alternativa, the 2011 Universal Championship and at one point he was a triple champion; holding the Mexican National Trios Championship, NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship and CMLL World Tag Team Championship at the same time. He is the current NWA World Historic Middleweight and NWA World Historic Welterweight Champion. He has also made appearances for New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he is a former IWGP Intercontinental Champion.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

The person who would later be known as La Sombra was born on November 3, 1989 as the third generation of the Moro wrestling family. His grandfather wrestled as El Moro, his father wrestles as Brillante, his uncles wrestle or wrestled as Diamante/Moro III, Zafiro, Pentagóncito, Kevin and Espanto, Jr., and his cousin works as Moro, Jr.[4] Being born into a wrestling family meant that he began training for a professional career from an early age and made his professional wrestling debut a month before his 14th birthday under the name Brillante, Jr. after his father.[5] La Sombra also worked for short periods of time as Guerrero Azteca (Aztec Warrior) and Rey Azteca (II) (Aztec King), but mainly worked as Brillante, Jr. from 2003 until 2007.

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2007–present)[edit]

La Sombra posing at an outdoor event.

In 2007 he signed with Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), and after more training from CMLL head trainer El Satánico he made his debut as La Sombra. CMLL previously had other people work as La Sombra in the 1980s and 1990s, but the new version has not been promoted as having any relation to the previous incarnations; his family relationship is acknowledged as he wears a black and silver version of his father's mask. La Sombra quickly moved up the ranks of CMLL in the months after his debut. The first sign of CMLL putting their faith in La Sombra came when he teamed up with CMLL's main good guy (known as a "Técnico" in Spanish) Místico for their annual Torneo Gran Alternativa where a "rookie" and a veteran team up. La Sombra and Místico defeated Heavy Metal and Super Nova in the first round, Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Mascara Purpura in the semi-final and Último Guerrero and Euforia in the finals to win the 2007 Tornero Gran Alternativa.[6] The following month, La Sombra teamed up with El Sagrado and Volador, Jr. to defeat Mr. Águila, Damián 666, and Halloween, collectively known as Los Perros del Mal, to win the Mexican National Trios Championship.[7]

On November 27, 2007, La Sombra added the NWA World Welterweight Championship to his collection when he defeated Hajime Ohara to win the title; his victory made him the youngest wrestler to hold the championship at the age of 18.[8][9] Throughout 2008 La Sombra was busy defending both titles successfully. On January 16, 2009, La Sombra became a triple champion as he teamed up with Volador, Jr. to defeat Averno and Mephisto for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship.[10] La Sombra was only a triple champion for just over two weeks, until February 3, when Sangre Azteca, Black Warrior, and Dragón Rojo, Jr., collectively known as Poder Mexica defeated La Sombra, Volador, and Sagrado to win the Mexican National Trios Championship. On May 27, 2009 La Sombra lost the NWA World Welterweight Championship to Mephisto.[11] La Sombra and Volador, Jr. have successfully defended the CMLL Tag Team title eight times.[12] Their teamwork got them voted the "CMLL Tag Team of the year" for 2009 by the fans of CMLL.[13]

The team of La Sombra (left) and Volador, Jr. (right) during a match.

In early 2010 La Sombra began a storyline feud with El Felino. The feud began on February 2, 2010, during a singles match between El Felino and La Sombra; when tied at one fall each, Puma King, El Felino's nephew, showed up wearing an El Felino outfit and mask, distracting both the referee and La Sombra long enough for El Felino to land a low blow on La Sombra to win the match.[14] The two met in a Lighting match (a one fall, 10 minute time limit match) on the February 19 CMLL Super Viernes show. Once again Puma King tried to help his uncle, but this time the referee disqualified El Felino for the transgression.[15] La Sombra and El Felino continued to feud, both interfering in a match between Volador, Jr. and Místico.[16] On the February 26 CMLL Super Viernes show it was announced that Místico, Volador, Jr., La Sombra and El Felino would face off in a four-way Lucha de Apuesta match as the main event of the 2010 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.[17] La Sombra was the first man pinned at Dos Leyendas and El Felino was the second, forcing the two to compete with their masks on the line. La Sombra pinned El Felino, forcing him to unmask and reveal his real name.[18] On May 14, 2010, La Sombra teamed up with Máscara Dorada and La Máscara to defeat the then CMLL World Trios Champions La Ola Amarilla (Hiroshi Tanahashi, Okumura, and Taichi) in a non-title match to earn a shot at the Championship the following week.[19] One week later the trio defeated Ola Amarilla again, ending the Japanese trios title reign after just two weeks.[20] On July 12, 2010, at the Promociones Gutiérrez 1st Anniversary Show La Sombra participated in a match where 10 men put their mask on the line in a match that featured five pareja incredibles teams, with the losing team being forced to wrestle each other with their mask on the line. His partner in the match was Histeria, facing off against the teams of Atlantis and Olímpico, Místico and El Oriental, El Alebrije and Volador, Jr., Último Guerrero and Averno.[21] La Sombra and Histeria were the first team to escape the match and retain their masks.[22] While La Sombra had travelled to Japan to participate in the 2010 Best of the Super Juniors (BOSJ) tournament Volador, Jr. had begun showing rudo signs, but when La Sombra returned the two teamed up, seemingly without any problems. The two lost the CMLL World Tag Team Championship to the Los Invasores team of Mr. Águila and Héctor Garza on July 23, 2010, again without any signs of dissention between the two.[23] During a later show Volador, Jr. finally turned rudo when he attacked La Sombra and tore his mask off, provoking a feud between the two former partners. La Sombra entered the 2010 Universal Championship tournament and qualified for the finals when he won "Block A" on the July 30, 2010 Super Viernes show by defeating Mephisto, El Texano, Jr., and Último Guerrero.[24] In the finals Jushin Liger got revenge for his BOSJ loss against La Sombra when he, with help from Okumura at ringside, defeated La Sombra to claim the tournament trophy.[25] The unresolved issues between La Sombra and Volador, Jr. as well as La Sombra and Jushin Liger led to all three wrestlers being booked in the main event of the CMLL 77th Anniversary Show, a 14-man steel cage Lucha de Apuesta, mask vs. mask match.[26] The match came down to Olímpico and La Sombra after the other 12 men had escaped the cage; La Sombra pinned Olímpico to force him to unmask.[27] On March 13, 2011, La Sombra defeated Mephisto to win the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship.[28] On July 15, La Generación Dorada lost the CMLL World Trios Championship to Los Hijos del Averno (Averno, Ephesto and Mephisto).[29] On September 2, La Sombra entered CMLL's annual tournament of champions, the Universal Championship tournament. After defeating Mexican National Trios Champions Ángel de Oro and Diamante in his first two matches, La Sombra defeated NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion Rey Bucanero in his block's finals to advance to the tournament finals.[30] On September 16, La Sombra defeated Averno to become the 2011 Universal Champion.[31] Two days later La Sombra successfully defended the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship against former partner Volador, Jr. in a match that received rave reviews.[32] On February 13, 2012, La Sombra lost the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship to Negro Casas, ending his reign at 337 days.[33] On November 28, 2012 La Sombra won the advanced category in CMLL's annual bodybuilding contest.[34] On December 14, La Sombra defeated Tama Tonga to win the 2012 La Copa Junior Tournament in the main event of CMLL's 2012 Sin Piedad ("No Mercy") show.[35] On February 15, 2013, La Sombra defeated Volador Jr. to win the 2013 Reyes del Aire tournament.[36][37] Following their clash over the Reyes del Aire trophy Volador, Jr. and La Sombra were teamed up for the 2013 Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles tournament, the same tournament that in 2010 was the impetus for Volador, Jr.'s rudo turn. The rivals put their issues aside for the tournament defeating the teams of Guerrero Maya, Jr. and Negro Casas, La Máscara and Averno, and Shocker and Mr. Niebla to qualify for the finals of the tournament.[38][39] On March 15, at the 2013 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show, Volador, Jr. and La Sombra defeated Altantis and Último Guerrero to win the Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles.[40] The truce between La Sombra and Volador, Jr. that allowed them to win the tag team tournament only lasted until the next time the two rivals were in the same ring. On Sunday February 17, 2013 La Sombra teamd up with Mark Jindrak and Místico La Nueva Era against Volador, Jr. Euforia and Último Guerrero. During the match Volador, Jr. attacked both La Sombra and the referee, causing a disqualification before leaving the ring and his confused partners behind.[41] On September 13 at CMLL's 80th Anniversary Show, La Sombra and Volador Jr. defeated Atlantis and Último Guerrero in a Relevos Suicidas match and thus advanced to a Mask vs. Mask Lucha de Apuestas against each other. In the end, La Sombra was victorious, forcing his rival to unmask.[42][43]

In early 2014, with Volador Jr. turning técnico, La Sombra formed a partnership with Rush and effectively began working as a rudo, though the two refused to acknowledge themselves as such, instead referring to themselves as "técnicos diferentes".[44][45] On June 6, La Sombra defeated Volador Jr. with help from Rush and La Máscara to win the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship in a match, where his Historic Middleweight Championship was also on the line.[46][47] The trio of Sombra, Rush and La Máscara was eventually named Los Indeseables ("The Undesirables").[48]

New Japan Pro Wrestling[edit]

On May 8, 2010 it was announced that La Sombra had been selected to participate in New Japan Pro Wrestling's (NJPW) Best of the Super Juniors XVII tournament that will take place between May 30 and June 16, 2010 in Japan. At age 20, this was La Sombra's first trip to Japan as well as his first appearance for NJPW.[49] On May 30, 2010 La Sombra wrestled his first match in the Best of the Super Juniors tournament, surprisingly defeating Tiger Mask IV, who has been one of NJPW's top Junior Heavyweights for several years.[50] La Sombra also pulled off an upset on the final day of competition by defeating the Junior Heavyweight wrestling icon, Jushin Liger. However, he only gained six points by defeating Tiger Mask IV, Gedo and Liger, which was not enough points to advance to the semi-finals.[51] In a special tag match during the tournament, La Sombra teamed with Davey Richards to defeat Jushin Liger and Nobuo Yoshihashi.[52] In November 2010 La Sombra and Máscara Dorada took part in New Japan's five day long Super J Tag League. After winning two out of their four matches in the group stage, Sombra and Dorada finished third in their block, missing the finals of the tournament.[53] Sombra and Dorada returned to New Japan on January 4, 2011, at Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome, where they defeated Jushin Liger and Héctor Garza in a tag team match, when Sombra pinned Liger, earning a shot at his CMLL World Middleweight Championship in the process.[54][55] La Sombra received his shot at the title on January 22, 2011, at Fantasticamania 2011, a New Japan and CMLL co–promoted event in Tokyo, Japan, but was defeated by Liger.[56] On July 3 New Japan announced that La Sombra would return to the promotion in August to take part in the 2011 G1 Climax, a tournament normally reserved for heavyweights.[57] La Sombra started the tournament by picking up early wins over Wataru Inoue and fellow CMLL worker Strong Man, but then went on to lose his other seven matches, finishing eighth out of the ten wrestlers in his block.[58][59][60] La Sombra returned to Japan in January 2012 to take part in the Fantasticamania 2012 events. During the first night on January 21, La Sombra teamed with Hiroshi Tanahashi in a losing effort against the team of Kazuchika Okada and Volador Jr. In the main event of the second night, La Sombra successfully defended the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship against Volador Jr.[61] La Sombra returned to New Japan in April to take part in the 2012 New Japan Cup. After defeating Yoshi-Hashi in his first round match, he was eliminated from the tournament in the second round by Hirooki Goto.[62][63] In January 2013, La Sombra returned to Japan to take part in the three-day Fantasticamania 2013 event. In the main event of the first night on January 18, he teamed with Hiroshi Tanahashi to defeat Misterioso, Jr. and Shinsuke Nakamura in a tag team match.[64] In the following night's main event, La Sombra unsuccessfully challenged Nakamura for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[65] During the third and final night, La Sombra defeated Dragón Rojo, Jr. to win the NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship.[66][67] On May 31, 2013, La Sombra defeated Nakamura in a rematch in Mexico City to become the new IWGP Intercontinental Champion.[68][69][70][71] On July 5, La Sombra returned to Japan for another tour with NJPW.[72] On July 20, he lost the IWGP Intercontinental Championship back to Nakamura.[73] From November 23 to December 6, La Sombra took part in the 2013 World Tag League, where he and Tetsuya Naito finished with a record of three wins and three losses, failing to advance to the semifinals.[74][75] In January 2014, La Sombra took part in the five-day Fantasticamania 2014 tour.[76] The third event of the tour, on January 17, was headlined by a Match Relampago VIP between La Sombra and his longtime rival Volador Jr., who had turned technico during Sombra's latest visit to NJPW. The match ended in a ten-minute time limit draw.[77]

In wrestling[edit]

La Sombra taking down Mephisto with a hurricanrana.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • CMLL Trio of the Year (2010) – with Máscara Dorada and La Máscara

Luchas de apuestas record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Mask Brillante, Jr. Camorra Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico November 2006  
Hair Brillante, Jr. Zafiro (II) Gómez Palacio, Durango, Mexico 2006  
Mask La Sombra El Felino Mexico City, Mexico March 19, 2010 [Note 1][18]
Mask La Sombra Olímpico Mexico City September 3, 2010 At the CMLL 77th Anniversary Show.[Note 2][27]
Mask La Sombra Volador Jr. Mexico City September 13, 2013 [42]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ First two men eliminated in a Relevos suicida match that also included Místico and Volador, Jr.
  2. ^ Last two men in a steel cage match that also included Atlantis, Último Guerrero, Jushin Liger, Mr. Niebla, Averno, Mephisto, Ephesto, Místico, Volador, Jr., Psicosis II, Histeria and Ell Alebrije.

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