Rayo de Jalisco, Jr.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Rayo de Jalisco, Jr)
Jump to: navigation, search
Rayo de Jalisco, Jr.
Birth name Unrevealed
Born (1960-01-01) January 1, 1960 (age 54)[1]
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Rayman
Rayo de Jalisco, Jr.
Rayo de Jalisco
Billed height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Billed weight 115 kg (254 lb)[2]
Billed from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico[2]
Trained by Rayo de Jalisco, Sr.[1]
Diablo Velazco[1]
Debut November 28, 1975
Tlaquepaque, Jalisco[1]

Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. (Spanish for "Lightning from Jalisco, Jr."; born January 1, 1960) is the ring name of a Mexican Luchador Enmascarado (masked professional wrestler) whose real name has not been revealed, per Lucha Libre traditions. Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. is the son of Rayo de Jalisco a famous wrestler from the early days of Lucha Libre; he also has a son who wrestles under the name Rayman. Rayo, Jr. is a former two time CMLL World Heavyweight Champion and the reigning WWA World Heavyweight Champion, a title he has held since March 21, 2003. Rayo de Jalisco, Jr.'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]

Early life[edit]

Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. was born on January 1, 1960 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, son of legendary wrestler Rayo de Jalisco, Sr. and the nephew of wrestlers Tony Sugar and Black Sugar. He was not initially trained by his father as his father did not want his son to follow into his profession; instead he trained under Diablo Velazco.[1]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

The future Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. turned professional at the age of 15 and initially wrestled under the name "Rayman" to keep his father from finding out he was wrestling. After working as a wrestler for a year he finally revealed to his father that he was wrestling and that he was serious. After seeing his son wrestle, Rayo de Jalisco, Sr. decided to allow his son to work as "Rayo de Jalisco, Jr." and wear the lightingbolt mask that was synonymous with the Rayo de Jalisco character.[4] Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. worked most of the 1970s alongside his father, receiving further training along the way. By the early 1980s he was working for Empressa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL), Mexico's largest professional wrestling promotion. In 1982 Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. began a wrestling storyline, called a feud, with MS-1 that ended when Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. defeated MS-1 in a Luchas de apuestas, mask vs. mask match to unmask the hated villain (called a Rudo in Lucha Libre).[5] Throughout the early 1980s Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. teamed up with equally popular Cien Caras to form a very successful team, working main events all over Mexico. On January 8, 1984, Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. captured his first singles championship as he defeated Pirata Morgan to win the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship.[6] His first championship success also led to his greatest rivalry as Cien Caras turned on Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. in his quest to win the Mexican National Heavyweight Title. Cien Caras defeated his former teammate for the title on March 30, 1984.[6] On June 21, 1985, Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. defeated MS-1 to capture the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship in the main event of an Arena Mexico show.[7] In November 1985 Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. teamed with Ringo Mendoza and the Kiss to win the Mexican National Trios Championship from Los Brazos (El Brazo, Brazo de Oro, and Brazo de Plata). The trio held the title for 275 days before losing it to Pirata Morgan, Jerry Estrada, and Hombre Bala.[8] On March 20, 1987, Rayo de Jalisco's 637 day reign as NWA World Light Heavyweight Champion ended as he lost to MS-1.[7] By 1990 the storyline between Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. and Cien Caras became so heated that they were the main event of CMLL's 57th Anniversary show in a Luchas de Apuestas, mask vs. mask match. Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. defeated Cien Caras two falls to one and forced Cien Caras to unmask.[9][10]

Over the next couple of years Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. won the Mexican National Heavyweight Title on a further two occasions, defeating Gran Markus, Jr. and El Egipico to win the title. His third and final reign ended on February 21, 1994, when he lost to Pierroth, Jr..[6] On November 3, 1995, Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. and Atlantis to win the CMLL World Tag Team Championship from The Headhunters.[11] The duo successfully defended it against Máscara Año 2000 and Universo 2000, and against Apolo Dantés and El Canek. On August 6, 1996, Gran Markus, Jr. and El Hijo del Gladiador won the title from Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. and Atlantis.[11] On April 14, 1996, Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. won the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship from Apolo Dantés, the highest singles championship in the company.[12] He made three successful defenses against the former champion Apolo Dantés, as well as thwarting the challenges of Gran Markus, Jr. and Máscara Año 2000.[13] On April 18, 1997, Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. lost the title to Steel after a slow building storyline between the two.[12] In 1997 Steel left CMLL to work for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as "Val Venis", ending the storyline with Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. without a satisfactory conclusion. CMLL convinced the WWF to let Steel return to CMLL for a brief visit, just long enough to lose a Luchas de Apuestas to Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. giving Rayo another mask win.[14] A few months after unmasking Steel, Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. became a two-time CMLL World Heavyweight Champion when he defeated Universo 2000 for the belt.[12] He successfully defended the championship against Cien Caras and Mascara Año 2000, before losing it back to Universo 2000.[12][13] Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. was injured in the match against Universo 2000, as a mistimed Tombstone piledriver injured his neck, forcing him out of the ring for over six months and almost causing him to retire.[1]

In 2001 Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. dropped the "Junior" part of his name as his son, who had wrestled for two years, took the "Rayo de Jalisco" name, sometimes billed as el Hijo de Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. (the son of Rayo de Jalisco, Jr.) and other times simply Rayo de Jalisco, Jr.. The confusing name changes only lasted for a couple of months before Rayo Jr's son changed his name to Hombre sin Nombre (the man without name) as part of a storyline where the son was trying to get out from Rayo de Jalisco, Jr.'s shadow. His son would later begin working as "Rayman", the same name that Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. originally used.[4] Since 2003 Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. has not worked for CMLL on a regular basis, instead he works for a number of Independent circuit Mexican promotions. On March 21, 2003, Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. won the WWA World Heavyweight Championship, defeating Rey Misterio, Sr. in the finals of a tournament to crown a new champipn. Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. still holds that title to this day, 4,212 later.[15] In 2004 Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. made a brief return to CMLL teaming up with Black Warrior and El Canek to win the CMLL World Trios Championship from Dr. Wagner, Jr., Universo 2000, and Black Tiger (III). The team quickly lost the title to Héctor Garza, Tarzan Boy, and El Terrible.[16] In 2005 Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. suffered another serious injury when he injured both his knees in a match against Máscara Año 2000; his legs got caught on the ropes as he jumped out of the ring and he tore ligaments in both knees. The injury kept him out of the ring for almost half a year but he made a full recovery and returned to the ring.[1] Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. made his return to CMLL in May 2010, siding with the CMLL loyalists in their feud with Los Invasores, especially Invasore members Universo 2000 and Máscara Año 2000, reiginting the long running storyline between them.[17] Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. only worked a few matches for CMLL in mid-2010 but returned to the promotion in early 2013. He was on hand for a press conference, announcing that CMLL's annual Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show would pay tribute to his father, Rayo de Jalisco, Sr. During the press conference he was confronted by long time rival Universo 2000 who challenged him to a match for the Dos Leyendas show.[18] At the show, Rayo de Jalisco, Jr., Shocker, and Rush defeated Universo 2000, Mr. Niebla, and El Terrible by disqualification.[19] Two days later, on March 17, 2013, Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. competed in a four-way, steel cage match billed by IWRG as Prison Fatal ("Deadly Prison") against Cien Caras, Jr., Máscara Año 2000, Jr., and Pirata Morgan. During the match Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 interfered, which caused Pirata Morgan, Jr. to enter the match as well to escalate the rivalry between Los Piratas and Los Capos Junior. The match ended with Pirata Morgan being the last man in the cage and thus had his hair shaved off.[20]

WWE[edit]

On April 5, 2014, during Lita's WWE Hall of Fame induction speech, she told a story of her first TV work, some promos during Rayo de Jalisco's feud with Steele, and taking Rayo's mask after he left it behind. She then presented it on a mannequin head, and placed it on the podium for the remainder of the speech.[21]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Federación Internacional de Lucha Libre
    • FILL Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

Luchas de apuestas record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Hair Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. Martín Escobedo Unknown Unknown [26]
Hair Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. Herodes Unknown Unknown [26]
Mask/Hair Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. and El Jalisco MS-1 and Carlos Plata Mexico City, Mexico July 2, 1982 [5][26]
Mask Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. Gorila Asesino Puebla, Puebla April 10, 1983 [26]
Mask Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. El Egipcio Mexico City, Mexico December 9, 1983 [Note 1][26]
Mask Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. Super Halcón Mexico City, Mexico April 23, 1989 [26]
Mask Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. Cien Caras Mexico City, Mexico September 21, 1990 At the EMLL 57th Anniversary Show[9][10][26]
Mask Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. Steel Mexico City, Mexico June 8, 1998 [26]
Hair Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. Cien Caras Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco November 29, 1999 [26]
Hair Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. Gran Markus, Jr. Guadalajara, Jalisco January 30, 2000 [26]
Mask Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. Dr. Muerte Mexico City, Mexico June 9, 2001 [26]
Mask Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. Comando Asesino Guadalajara, Jalisco July 2002 [Note 2][26]
Mask Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. Yankee Star Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas June 20, 2003 [26]
Mask Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. Senor Muerte Guadalajara, Jalisco December 7, 2003 [26]
Mask Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. Sombra de Jalisco Monterrey, Nuevo León April 18, 2004 [Note 3][26]
Mask Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. Enterrador 2000 Mexico City, Mexico November 2, 2007 [Note 4]
Hair Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. Super Parka Tijuana, Baja California December 6, 2013 [27]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Relevos suicida match: Hombre Bala and Masakre defeated the team to force them to fight each other for their masks.
  2. ^ Relevos suicida match: El Charro and Sancara defeated the team to force them to fight for their mask.
  3. ^ Match also included Villano III and Jerry Estrada
  4. ^ Last two competitors in a multi-man cage match.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Grandes Figuras de la Lucha Libre". Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. (in Spanish) (Portales, Mexico). November 2008. p. 48. 17. 
  2. ^ a b c "Statistics for Professional wrestlers". PWI Presents: 2008 Wrestling Almanak and book of facts (Kappa Publications). pp. 37–53. 2008 Edition. 
  3. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "Okay... what is Lucha Libre?". Mondo Lucha A Go-Go: the bizarre and honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 29–40. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  4. ^ a b Madigan, Dan (2007). "A Family affair". Mondo Lucha A Go-Go: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 128–132. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  5. ^ a b "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". MS-1 (in Spanish) (Mexico City, Mexico). October 2007. p. 42. Tomo III. 
  6. ^ a b c d Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 390–391. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  7. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Mexico EMLL NWA World Light Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 389. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  8. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Trios Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 393. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  9. ^ a b Ruiz Glez, Alex (September 17, 2009). "Recordando los aniversarios del CMLL: El Rayo de Jalisco gana la Máscara de Cien Caras". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved September 18, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Cien Caras (in Spanish) (Mexico City, Mexico). July 2007. p. 54. Tomo I. 
  11. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: EMLL CMLL Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 396. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  12. ^ a b c d e Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: EMLL CMLL Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 395. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  13. ^ a b Josh Boutwell (March 13, 2009). "Viva La Raza! Lucha Weekly". WrestleView. Retrieved July 19, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Steel (in Spanish) (Mexico City, Mexico). October 2007. p. 56. Tomo IV. 
  15. ^ a b "World Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title (Mexico)". wrestling-titles.com. March 29, 2009. Retrieved July 19, 2009. 
  16. ^ a b "Número Especial – Lo mejr de la lucha ilbre mexicana durante el 2004". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 24, 2005. 91. 
  17. ^ Rostro Oculto (May 16, 2010). "Resultados Arena México (16 mayo 2010): ¡Mr. Águila es parte de los invasores! ¡Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. regresó al CMLL!". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved May 17, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Candente Conferenic en la Arena México". Noticias (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. February 21, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  19. ^ "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. 
  20. ^ "Prison Fatal" Pirata... Peleon!". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). March 18, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  21. ^ "FULL HALL OF FAME COVERAGE", by Dave Scherer, PWInsider.com
  22. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Tag Team Titles". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 396–397. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  23. ^ "2002: considerar detrás". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 19, 2003. 2593. 
  24. ^ "Gran Prix Tournament 1994". Pro Wrestling History. April 15, 1994. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  25. ^ "Gran Prix Tournament 1998". Pro Wrestling History. August 14, 1998. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  26. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. (in Spanish) (Mexico City, Mexico). October 2007. pp. 8–9. Tomo IV. 
  27. ^ "El Rayo de Jalisco Jr. rapó a Súper Parka". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). December 8, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 

External links[edit]