|Birth name||Rafael Núñez Juan|
October 11, 1966 |
Mexico City, Mexico
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||El Bandido
|Billed height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Billed weight||98 kg (216 lb)|
|Billed from||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Debut||August 30, 1985|
Rafael Núñez Juan (born October 11, 1966) is a Mexican Luchador or professional wrestler who is best known under his Ring name Scorpio, Jr. Núñez is the son of professional wrestler "Scorpio" and was trained by his father and Rafael Salamanca before making his debut on August 30, 1985. Núñez was originally an Enmascarado, masked wrestler, but lost his mask as a result of a loss to the team of Negro Casas and El Hijo del Santo on March 19, 1999  Over the years Scopio, Jr. has worked for virtually all major Mexican professional wrestling promotions including Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) and International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG). He is also one of the founding members of the wrestling group called Los Guapos (the Hansomes) as well as a group called Los Talibanes (the Taliban), both with long time wrestling partners and friends Emilio Charles, Jr. and Bestia Salvaje.
Rafael Núñez was born on October 11, 1966, son of Rafael Núñez Contreras who wrestled under the ring name Scorpio from the 1960s until the 1990. Originally Núñez father did not want his son to become a professional wrestler, instead encouragning him to participate in other sports instead. At the age of 14 Núñez joined the National Institute of Sport (INDE - Instituto Nacional del Deporte) where he took up Olympic wrestling, a sport he participated in for two years.
Professional wrestling career
At the age of 16 Núñez attended a professional wrestling school in Mexico City, Mexico under the tutelage of Rafale Salamanca. During his first lesson Núñez was put through such a rigorous regime that it made him vomit. When Núñez returned for lessons the following day Salamanca agreed to train him full time as well as getting his father to take part in his training. On August 30, 1984 Núñez made his professional wrestling debut, teaming with Pioloto Suicida against Los Bándalos (Memo Arenas and Ray Torres). Núñez initially worked as an enmascarado called Imágen but later changed his name to Scorpio, Jr. - a name his godfather had used when teaming with Núñez father and a name he now used to openly acknowledge his family connections. When Scorpio, Jr. began working in Guadalajara he became a friend of Emilio Charles, Jr. and Bestia Salvaje, forming a group that would team together off and on for years. Scorpio, Jr.'s biggest storyline feud in the 1990s was himself and Bestia Salvaje against the team of Negro Casas and El Hijo del Santo in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). On November 11, 1998 Scorpio, Jr. and Salvaje won a tournament for the vacant CMLL World Tag Team Championship and immediately began working tag team matches against Caras and Hijo del Santo. On February 5, 1999 Casas and Hijo del Santo defeated Scorpio, Jr. and Salvaje by disqualification. The team was awarded the titles due to the win but Casas and Hijo del Santo refused the championship as they had not won them the right way. Scorpio, Jr. and Salvaje won the titles for a second time in a match against Casas and Hijo del Santo for the vacated titles. On March 19, 1999, during that year's Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show, Casas and Hijo del Santo defeated Scorpio, Jr. and Besta Salvaje in a Lucha de Apuesta, or bet fight, where Bestia Salvaje was shaved bald after the match and Scorpio, Jr. was forced to unmask.
After unmasking Scorpio, Jr. adopted the nickname El Guapo (Spanish for "The Handsome One"), a nickname that stood in stark contrast to his father's nickname El Rey Feo ("The Ugly King"). Scorpio, Jr., Salvaje and Emilio Charles, Jr. formed a trio in CMLL called Los Talibanes not long after 9/11, but later on changed the name of the group to Los Guapos ("The Handsome Ones"). When Scorpio, Jr. and Zumbido left CMLL to join Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) he formed Los Guapos in AAA as well. When Scorpio, Jr. left AAA in 2008 the Los Guapos remained in AAA and Scorpio, Jr. disassociated himself with the group. After leaving AAA Scorpio, Jr. joined International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG) where he won their annual Rey del Ring tournament in 2008. He also teamed up with Ricky Cruzz to win the IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Championship from Los Junior Capos (Hijo de Cien Caras and Hijo de Máscara Año 2000) in the summer of 2009.
Núñez is the father of two teenage boys, both of who are Olympic style wrestlers. Núñez does not want his boys to follow in his footsteps and become professional wrestlers, just like his father did not initially want him to become a professional wrestler.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- Federación Universal de Lucha Libre
- FULL Championship (1 time, current)
- Full Contact Wrestling (FCW)
- FCW Live Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- IWL International Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Super Crazy
Luchas de apuestas record
|Hair||Scorpio Jr.||Aristóteles I||unknown||Unknown|
|Mask||Scorpio Jr.||Tortuguillo Karateka I||Naucalpan, Mexico State||August 9, 1992|
|Mask||Scorpio Jr.||Black Scorpio||Naucalpan, Mexico State||October 25, 1992|
|Hair/Mask||Negro Casas and El Hijo del Santo||Bestia Salvaje and Scorpio Jr.||Mexico City, Mexico||March 19, 1999||[Note 1]|
|Hair||Nicho el Millonario||Scorpio Jr.||Tijuana, Baja California||December 22, 2000|
|Hair||El Hijo del Santo||Scorpio Jr.||Naucalpan, Mexico State||December 19, 2002|
|Hair||Scorpio Jr.||Enterrador||Naucalpan, Mexico State||July 2003|
|Hair||Shocker||Scorpio Jr.||Guadalajara, Jalisco||March 21, 2004||Part of a multiman cage match, last two competitors in the cage|
|Hair||Shocker||Scorpio Jr.||Toluca, Mexico State||July 3, 2004||Finals of a "Loser advances" tournament|
|Hair||Villano III||Scorpio Jr.||Xalapa, Veracruz||December 1, 2005|||
|Hair||El Hijo del Santo||Scorpio Jr.||Los Angeles, California||July 16, 2005|
|Hair||Scorpio Jr.||Brazo de Plata||Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas||December 8, 2006||Match also included Alan Stone and Intocable;|
|Hair||Alan Stone||Scorpio Jr.||Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas||November 30, 2007||Cage match that also included Super Caló, Intocable, Zumbido and Decnis|
|Hair||Scorpio Jr.||Masada||Naucalpan, Mexico State||December 14, 2008||Match also included Venero|
|Hair||Villano III||Scorpio Jr.||Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico State||February 26, 2009|
|Hair||El Oriental||Scorpio Jr.||Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico State||September 16, 2010||Cage match that also included Marco Corleone, Black Warrior, Juventud Guerrera, Charly Manson and Zumbido|
|Hair||Último Guerrero||Scorpio Jr.||Toluca, Mexico State||November 19, 2010||Ruleta Rusa match that also included Toscano, Místico, Sagrado, Misterioso II, El Felino and Shigeo Okumura|
|Hair||Scorpio, Jr.||El Oriental||Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico State||January 1, 2012||Four-way match that also included El Intocable and Lizmark, Jr.|
|Hair||Súper Muñeco||Scorpio, Jr.||Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico State||October 6, 2012||Six-man tag team steel cage Masks vs. Hairs match, where Scorpio, Jr., Black Terry and Shu el Guerrero faced Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho and Súper Ratón.|
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