Ricky Marvin

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Fuentes and the second or maternal family name is Romero.
Ricky Marvin
Ricky Marvin.jpg
Marvin in 2011
Birth name Ricardo Fuentes Romero
Ring name(s) Bengala[1]
Black Emperor
Mushiking Joker
Ricky Marvin
White Demon
Billed height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Billed weight 79 kg (174 lb)[2]
Born (1980-01-08) January 8, 1980 (age 34)[2]
Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico[2]
Trained by Aries
Ringo Mendoza
Negro Casas
Memo Diaz
Debut April 9, 1995[2]

Ricardo Fuentes Romero (born January 8, 1980) is a Mexican professional wrestler, known by his ring name Ricky Marvin and is most known for his work in the Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling Noah. Between 2005 and 2007 he also wrestled as the masked Mushiking Joker character, a storyline arch-enemy of "Mushiking Terry", who was played by his then tag team partner Kotaro Suzuki. Suzuki and Ricky Marvin were the first Japanese/foreigner team to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. He is currently working for both Noah and Mexican promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) under a mask as Bengala.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Ricardo Fuentes was trained for his professional wrestling career by his father Aries and later on by Ringo Mendoza, Negro Casas and Memo Diaz when he began working for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). Fuentes made his debut in 1995, using the ring name White Demon, an enmascarado (masked) character.[2]

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (1998–2003, 2005)[edit]

In 1998 Fuentes began training in the CMLL wrestling school under Mendoza and Casas and it was here he came up with a new ring name, combining his first name, Ricky, and his favorite cartoon character Marvin the Martian to create the ring name "Ricky Marvin". As Ricky Marvin his first appearance at a major CMLL event came at the second Gran Alternativa of 1999 where he teamed with his mentor Ringo Mendoza. In the first round Marvin and Mendoza defeated Apolo Dantés and Alan Stone but lost to eventual tournament winners El Felino and Tigre Blanco in the second round.[3] On July 16, 1999, Marvin teamed with Sombra de Plata, losing to Fugaz and Sangre Azteca in a Lightning match that stole the show, earning the four youngsters a standing ovation from the crowd.[4] The success of that match earned all four a match at CMLL's 66th Anniversary show on September 24, 1999. This time Marvin and Sombra de Plata won the match.[5] Marvin made his Japanese debut on November 23, 1999, defeating Sangre Azteca who was also making his debut for CMLL Japan. The rivalry continued on March 17, 2000, as Ricky Marvin defeated Sangre Azteca in a three falls match on the under card of the 2000 Jucio Final pay-per-view.[6] While working for CMLL Japan, Marvin defeated Virus to win the CMLL Japan Super Lightweight Championship on August 6, 2000.[7] He held the title once more before the organization ceased operations in early 2001.[7] On November 29, 2000, Marvin defeated Virus, this time to win the Mexican National Lightweight Championship.[8] Marvin held the championship until December 3, 2001 where he lost it to Loco Max.[8]

In 2003 the CMLL group Los Guapos created Guapos U, a "reality show"-inspired storyline where young hopefuls competed to earn a spot in the Los Guapos group. Marvin was one of the wrestlers selected for the first class of Guapos U. During the storyline fellow "classmate" Zumbido developed a rivalry with Marvin, which got Zumbido kicked out of the group for fighting. Zumbido and Marvin met in a Lucha de Apuesta match where both wrestlers put their hair on the line. The match ended in a draw and as a result both wrestlers had their hair shaved off after the match. Marvin was the last wrestler eliminated in the contest, losing the Guapos U membership to El Terrible. At CMLL 70th Anniversary Show Ricky Marvin teamed with Virus and Volador, Jr. to defeat "The Havana Brothers" (Rocco Quance, Puma Boy and Rocky Romero) in a match that several years later is still remembered fondly.[9][10]

Japan[edit]

Marvin returned to Japan on several tours even after CMLL Japan folded, often working for Último Dragón's Toryumon Japan promotion. In Toryumon Marvin defeated Super Nova on July 7, 2002, to win the NWA World Welterweight Championship.[11] Marvin only held the title for 17 days before losing it to Genki Horiguchi but the title win helped convince Marvin that his future lay in Japan. From 2003 onwards Marvin has worked primarily in Japan, only making occasional guest appearances in his native Mexico.

Pro Wrestling Noah (2003–present)[edit]

In 2005 Marvin began working for Pro Wrestling Noah, often appearing at Pro Wrestling SEM events, Noah's league for younger, inexperienced wrestlers. Over time Marvin began teaming regularly with Kotaro Suzuki. While teaming with Suzuki, Marvin also began a storyline feud with Suzuki's masked alter ego "Mushiking Terry", while he wrestled as the masked Mushiking Joker character. The two masked character wrestled off and on between 2005 and 2007, with both men also wrestling under their real names on occasion. On January 21, 2007m Marvin and Suzuki defeated Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, Marvin's first NOAH Title.[12] The team held the title for just over 10 months before losing the championship to the Dragon Gate team "Speed Muscle" (Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino).

Since Marvin was well versed in Lucha libre he often teamed with or faced luchadors from Mexico who toured with Noah. In August 2008 Marvin often teamed with Laredo Kid and El Oriental as they wrestled against Histeria, Antifaz, and Rocky Romero, all representing the Mexican Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) promotion.[13][14][15] On September 3, 2007 Marvin was part of the main event of a joint AAA/Noah show called TripleSEM. He teamed with Mushiking Terry and Naomichi Marufuji and wrestled Los Hell Brothers (Cibernético, Charly Manson, and Chessman) to a no-contest due to outside interference.[16] In 2009 Marvin began teaming regularly with Taiji Ishimori chasing after the Junior tag team title for a second time. In early 2010 the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag title was vacated when Kotaro Suzuki suffered a knee injury. Ishimori and Marvin teamed up for a tournament to determine the next champions. They defeated Bobby Fish and Eddie Edwards in the first round and Genba Hirayanagi and Yoshinbou Kanemaru in the finals to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship [17] On August 22 Marvin and Ishimori lost the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to New Japan Pro Wrestling representatives Koji Kanemoto and Tiger Mask IV.[18] In July 2011, Marvin reunited with his brother Rocky Marvin to take part in the 2011 Nippon TV Cup Jr. Heavyweight Tag League. After one victory and three losses, the team finished last in their block of the tournament.[19] On October 16, 2011, Marvin defeated Satoshi Kajiwara to win the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship for the first time. Immediately after the match, Marvin vacated the title, declaring that he wanted to earn it by defeating Katsuhiko Nakajima, who had been forced to vacate the title due to injury and whom Marvin considered the real champion. Nakajima returned on November 27 and defeated Marvin in a decision match for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. On July 22, 2012, Marvin and Super Crazy defeated Atsushi Aoki and Kotaro Suzuki to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. They lost the title to Genba Hirayanagi and Maybach Taniguchi, Jr. on March 10, 2013.[20] On July 2013, Los Mexitosos entered in the NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League for the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. However, they won six points.

Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (2007–2008, 2013–present)[edit]

Two weeks after main eventing TripleSEM, Marvin traveled to Mexico to team with Latin Lover and La Parka, defeating the La Legión Extranjera team of Abismo Negro, Ron Killings, Kenzo Suzuki and X-Pac in one of the feature matches on the 2007 Verano de Escandalo event.[21] Marvin made a further appearance in AAA on June 13, 2008, wrestling at Triplemanía XVI as part of the Mexican Powers, alongside Crazy Boy and Último Gladiador, as they defeated La Legión Extranjera (Bryan Danielson, Jack Evans, and Teddy Hart) and La Familia de Tijuana (Extreme Tiger, Halloween, and T.J. Xtreme) in a three-way tag team elimination match,[22] On April 15, 2013, Marvin returned to AAA, joining Los Perros del Mal.[23]

On May 2, 2014, Marvin debuted under a new mask as "Bengala", pinning Los Perros del Mal leader El Hijo del Perro Aguayo in a six-man tag team main event.[1][24] On June 7 at Verano de Escándalo, Bengala won an eight-way match to advance to the finals of a tournament to determine the number one contender to the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship.[25]

Private life[edit]

Ricardo Fuentes is a second generation wrestler, his father worked under the ring name "Aries" for many years and had a hand in training Fuentes. His brother, Rolando Fuentes Romero, is also a wrestler; he originally worked as the Mini-Estrella Rocky Marvin, playing off family connection between them, but currently wrestles as Mini Histeria for AAA.[26]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Estudio Wrestling Association
    • EWA World Championship (1 time)
  • Powerslam Wrestling
    • PW Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)[27]
  • Universal Wrestling Entertainment
    • UWE Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) – with Super Crazy
  • Xplosion Nacional de Lucha
    • XNL Championship (1 time, current)[29]

Lucha de Apuesta record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Hair Ricky Marvin Super Cacao Mexico City May 28, 2000 [Note 1]
Hair Ricky Marvin El Fiero Mexico City May 30, 2000  
Hair Ricky Marvin El Koreano Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico State October 15, 2000  
Hair Ricky Marvin Américo Rocca Mexico City May 27, 2001  
Hairs Tony Rivera and Ricky Marvin El Diablo and Bestia Negra I Cuernavaca, Morelos August 2001  
Hair Ricky Marvin El Hijo del Gladiador Mexico City October 14, 2001  
Hair Ricky Marvin Tony Tijuana Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico State May 19, 2002  
Hair Ricky Marvin Zumbido Mexico City February 14, 2003 [Note 2]
Hair Ricky Marvin Gran Bardo Acapulco, Guerrero November 19, 2003  
Mask Ricky Marvin Inazuma Nihon Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes August 5, 2004  
Hair Tiger Emperor Ricky Marvin Tokyo, Japan April 2, 2005  

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Lost a Relevos Suicidas tag team match to Fugaz and Tony Rivera and were forced to wrestle each other
  2. ^ They wrestled to a draw, both wrestlers lost their hair.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "CMLL Gran Alternativa #6". Pro Wrestling History. April 2, 1999. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Sangre Azteca (in Spanish) (Mexico City, Mexico). October 2007. pp. 24–25. Tomo IV. 
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  17. ^ a b Flores, Manuel (March 8, 2010). "Marvin e Ishimori, Campeones". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). pp. 6–7. issue 354. 
  18. ^ "NJ in NOAH results; Kanemoto & Tiger win belts, Nakamura loses". Strong Style Spirit. 2010-08-22. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  19. ^ "第5回日テレG+杯争奪ジュニア・ヘビー級タッグリーグ戦4戦目を終えて リッキー&ロッキー組コメント" (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling NOAH. July 27, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  20. ^ "2013年3月10日(日)" (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  21. ^ "Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion Verano de Escandalo". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  22. ^ "Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion TripleMania". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  23. ^ "AAA Sin Límite en León, Guanajuato (Cobertura y resultados 15 de abril de 2013) – Blue Demon Jr. Firma con AAA, Konnan regresa a la Lucha, Axel reta a Daga.". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  24. ^ Ruiz Glez, Alex (May 3, 2014). "Bengala el luchador sorpresa en Minatitlán". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Verano de Escándalo". Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (in Spanish). June 8, 2014. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  26. ^ 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. 
  27. ^ http://www.cagematch.de/?id=5&nr=1875[unreliable source?]
  28. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 – 2007 :107 – Ricky Marvin". Pro Wrestling Illustrated (Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, United States: Sports and Entertainment publications LLC). August 2007. p. 98. October 2007. 
  29. ^ http://www.cagematch.de/?id=5&nr=1481[unreliable source?]

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