Latin Lover (wrestler)
|Birth name||Victor Manuel Resendiz Ruiz|
October 25, 1967 |
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
|Resides||San Antonio, Texas|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Latin Lover
|Billed height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Billed weight||98 kg (216 lb)|
|Billed from||Monterrey, Nuevo León|
|Trained by||El Vasco
|Debut||June 7, 1992|
Victor Manuel Resendiz Ruiz (born October 25, 1967) is a Mexican Luchador (professional wrestler) and actor. He is best known under his ring name Latin Lover, which he is also credited as for his acting career. Resendiz is best known for wrestling in the Mexican Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) promotion, but has also worked for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and currently works for the Perros del Mal and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) promotions under the ring name Latino. Resendiz and his partner Mariana Vallejo Isrrade won the very first Bailando por un Sueño dance competition in 2005.
Professional wrestling career
Victor Manuel Resendez Nuncio made his professional wrestling debut in 1992 at Arena Solidaridad in his home town of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico facing the team of Comando Ruso, Hijo del Solitario and Canadian Butcher. Resendiz debuted under the ring name "Latin Lover", a name he has used ever since. Originally Latin Lover was an enmascarado, or masked character, but he lost the match in a Luchas de Apuesta (bet match) against the team of Sangre Chicana and El Sanguinario on August 1, 1992. Lover and Espacial were close to win against the rudos as they made Chicana submit, but El Sanguinario was able to defeat both of them to score an upset win. After the loss of the mask Latin Lover worked briefly for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and on various shows on the Mexican independent circuit. In 1994 he signed a contract to join Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) and soon became a featured wrestler on the mid-card. Latin Lover was quickly teamed up with another charismatic young wrestler by the name of Heavy Metal and together they won the Mexican National Tag Team Championship from Los Destructores (Tony Arce and Volcano) on September 9, 1994. The team held the title for 82 days before losing it to Fuerza Guerrera and Juventud Guerrera on December 2, 1994. After failing to regain the titles Latin Lover began teaming with Panterita del Ring instead, defeating Los Guerreras for the tag team title on June 1, 1995. Lover and Panterita successfully defended the title against Los Guerreras and Blue Panther and Heavy Metal before losing the titles back to Los Guerreras on September 18, 1995. While Latin Lover had a limited repertoire when it came to wrestling, his good looks and dance moves made him a favorite with the fans, especially the women in the audience, keeping him high in the AAA rankings. On September 9, 1996 Latin Lover won the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship by defeating Pimpinela Escarlata. On February 15, 1997 Latin Lover defeated Pierroth, Jr. to become a double champion as he won the AAA Campeón de Campeones Championship. On February 21, 1997 Latin Lover defeated Máscara Sagráda, Jr., Jerry Estrada and Killer to earn a spot in the finals of the 1997 Rey de Reyes tournament. Lover went on to defeat Heavy Metal, Héctor Garza and Octagón to win the tournament and become the 1997 Rey de Reyes (Spanish for "King of Kings") On May 12, 1997 Cibernético defeated him to win the Campeon de Campeones title. Three days later Latin Lover also lost the Mexican Light Heavyweight title after 252 days with the title. In late 1999 Latin Lover would win both the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship and regain the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship, becoming a double champion once again. He only held the Light Heavyweight title for 105 days before losing it to Sangre Chicana on February 1, 2000. Due to nagging knee injuries Latin Lover's schedule in 2000 and 2001 slowed down to only select appearances. On May 5, 2002 – 929 days after winning the title Latin Lover finally lost the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship to Héctor Garza. On March 21, 2003, he received a match against NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett but lost to him in Mexico City. The match came about as a result of a working relationship between AAA and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and Latin Lover was chosen to represent AAA on the card.
Non-Wrestling career and retirement
In 2005 Resendiz, officially billed as Latin Lover on the show, competed in and won the inargual Bailando por un Sueño dance tournament with his partner Mariana Vallejo Isrrade. The win led to Latin Lover becoming a household name in Mexico, leading to more acting parts both on television and on stage. Resendiz appeared in the telenovela Velo de Novia ("The Bridal Veil") and on stage and TV as part of the Sólo para Mujeres ("For Women Only") dance/stripping group. During a stage performance Resendiz performed a dive off the stage and injured his knee, tearing the Anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. On January 26, 2006 Resendiz announced that he had to retire from wrestling due to this injury and that he was scheduled for what would be his eight knee surgery since his debut in 1992. In 2010 Latin Lover was selected to represent Mexico as one of the Juries on Second Dance World Championship. Resendiz appeared in the telenovela Qué bonito amor and La tempestad.
Return to professional wrestling
In late 2008 Latin Lover returned to wrestling, initially teasing that he would join the CMLL based group Los Perros del Mal, but in the end returned to AAA. At the Rey de Reyes (2009) tournament on March 15, 2009 he defeated Abismo Negro, Black Abyss and Dark Ozz to qualify for the final. In the final he was the last wrestler eliminated by the 2009 Rey de Reyes Electroshock. Following the Rey de Reyes tournament Latin Lover began teaming with Marco Corleone, a wrestler with a similar "Ladies man" character. The team challenged AAA World Tag Team Champions La Hermandad Extrema (Spanish for "The Extreme Brotherhood"; Nicho el Milinario and Joe Lider) in one of the featured events at Triplemania XVII, only to lose due to miscommunication between Latin Lover and Corleone. On March 18, 2010, AAA announced in a press conference that they would no longer be booking Latin Lover, due to monetary issues and him no-showing the 2010 Rey de Reyes event where he was scheduled to be part of the main event. On April 11 Perros del Mal announced that Latin Lover would be joining the promotion and debuting the following month. On June 4, 2010, Latin Lover returned to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, brawling with Héctor Garza. After not appearing again for CMLL for months, Latin Lover returned to the promotion on November 26, 2010, confronting Los Invasores, a rudo group led by Garza. He was then attacked by the group, before being saved by Shocker. Upon returning to the promotion, Resendiz adopted the new ring name of Latino.
Legal actions against AAA
In early April, 2010 ex-AAA wrestlers Histeria and El Alebrije sought legal action against AAA over the issues of name and ring character ownership as well as unfair termination by AAA. The two claim that they have wrestled for 13 years to create the characters and thus own them. The parties met in Mexico City’s Board of Concilation and Arbitration to see if a settlement can be reached or if the matter will be taken to court. The parties met for a second arbitration meeting in late April, 2010. This time the plaintiff group was joined by Latin Lover who, like Alebrije, Histeria and the others, claimed that he should be allowed to use the ring name on the independent circuit since he's worked as Latin Lover for 18 years and thus should be allowed to continue using it. After the meeting it was stated that all parties involved were cooperating over the matter.
Championships and accomplishments
- Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
- Federación Internacional de Lucha Libre
- FILL Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 46 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI 500 in 2004
Luchas de Apuestas record
|Hair||Latin Lover||El Sanguinario||Monterrey, Nuevo León||Unknown|
|Hair||Latin Lover||Pimpinela Escarlata||Monterrey, Nuevo León||Unknown|
|Hair||Latin Lover||Winners||Monterrey, Nuevo León||Unknown|
|Hair||Latin Lover||Fabuloso Blondy||Monterrey, Nuevo León||Unknown|
|Hair||Latin Lover||Rick Patterson||Monterrey, Nuevo León||Unknown|
|Hair||Latin Lover||Crazy 33||Monterrey, Nuevo León||Unknown|
|Hair||Latin Lover||Stuka||Monterrey, Nuevo León||June 1992|
|Masks||Sangre Chicana and El Sanguinario||Latin Lover and Polimero Espacial||Monterrey, Nuevo León||August 1, 1992|
|Hair||Latin Lover||Valente Fernández||Monterrey, Nuevo León||September 27, 1992|
|Mask||Latin Lover||Arafath||Monterrey, Nuevo León||October 15, 1993||Triangle match that also included El Sanguinario|
|Hair||Latin Lover||El Signo||Naucalpan, Mexico State||May 1, 1994|
|Hair||Latin Lover||El Sanguinario||Monterrey, Nuevo León||November 27, 1994|
|Hair||Latin Lover||Babe Face||Tulancingo, Hidalgo||April 16, 1999||Parejas increibles: lost to Perro Aguayo and El Texano|
|Hair||Latin Lover||El Sanguinario||Monterrey, Nuevo León||July 18, 1999||Match also included Jerry Estrada and The Panther|
|Hair||Latin Lover||Pirata Morgan||Dallas, Texas||April 13, 2003|
|Hair||Latin Lover||Misterioso||Tijuana, Baja California||October 17, 2003|
|Hair||Latin Lover||Héctor Garza||Monterrey, Nuevo León||October 26, 2003|
|Hair||Latin Lover||Pirata Morgan||Naucalpan, Mexico State||December 5, 2004||Cage match that also included Heavy Metal, Hator and La Fiera. Pirata Morgan interfered and was the last man in the cage|
|Hair||Latin Lover||Chessman||Naucalpan, Mexico State||September 18, 2005||Cage Match that also included Cibernético and Shocker|
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