Américo Rocca

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Américo Rocca
Birth name Javier Hernández Padilla
Born (1952-09-22) September 22, 1952 (age 64)[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Américo Rocca
Javier Rocca
Ninja Samurai
Ponzoña
Billed height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Billed weight 89 kg (196 lb)[1]
Trained by Diablo Velazco[1]
Debut January 15, 1975[1]

Javier Hernández Padilla (born September 22, 1952) is a semi-retired Mexican Luchador, or professional wrestler best known under the ring name Américo Rocca. Hernández also worked as the enmascarado (masked) Ponzoña from 1990 until 1994, and as Ninja Samurai for a brief time in 1994. Hernández is a former holder of the Mexican National Lightweight Championship and a three-time holder of both the Mexican National Welterweight Championship and the NWA World Welterweight Championship all promoted by the professional wrestling promotion Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL).

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Hernández made his professional wrestling debut in 1975, using the ring name Xavier "Américo" Rocca, later shortened to just "Américo Rocca". Just over two years after his debut Rocca defeated Flama Azul to win the Mexican National Lightweight Championship; he held the title for 82 days before losing it back to Flama Azul.[2] On February 2, 1978, Rocca won the Mexican National Welterweight Championship from Kung Fu, holding it for 435 days before losing it to Lizmark.[3] The following year, on April 30, 1970, Rocca won the NWA World Welterweight Championship from Mano Negra. Rocca made several successful titl defenses in the following 264 days before losing the title to Kato Kung Lee on January 19, 1980.[4] Just under two months later he won the Mexican Welterweight title once more, defeating Lizmark to regain the title. His second Mexican Welterweight title run lasted 217 days before he lost the championship to Franco Columbo on November 1, 1980.[3] On July 18, 1982, Rocca defeated La Fiera to win his second NWA World Welterweight Championship. After a reign lasting 558 days, he lost it to Mocho Cota.[4] On March 29, 1985, Rocca won his third and final Mexican National Welterweight Championship by beating El Talisman for the championship. His final title reign lasted 156 days before he lost it to El Dandy.[3] On February 11, 1986, Rocca won his last major title when he gained a measure of revenge against El Dandy by defeating him for the NWA World Welterweight Championship. His last title reign would also be his longest, lasting 606 days, before Solar II defeated him for the championship on June 30, 1988.[4]

In 1990 Rocca adopted a new ring persona, Ponzoña (Spanish for "Poison"), a character used by Antonio Peña's father in the 1960s and brought back with Peña's permission.[5] Hernández worked as the masked Ponzoña until 1994, after which he resumed working as Américo Rocca on the Mexican independent circuit. In recent years Hernández sons have begun wrestling as well under the names Américo Rocca, Jr. and Xavier Rocca.[6]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Américo Rocca (hair) Black Killer (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event Unknown  
Pepe Aguayo (hair) Américo Rocca (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event Unknown  
Lizmark (mask) Américo Rocca (hair) Unknown Live event Unknown  
Talismán (mask) Américo Rocca (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event Unknown  
Gran Cochisse (hair) Americo Rocca (hair) Mexico City, Mexico EMLL 46th Anniversary Show September 21, 1979 [8]
Américo Rocca and Divino Roy (hair) Gran Cochisse and Águila India (hair) Mexico City, Mexico 25. Aniversario de Arena México April 3, 1981 [9][10]
Espectro Jr. (mask) and Américo Rocca (hair) Alfil (mask) and Cachorro Mendoza (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event December 4, 1981  
Américo Rocca and Gran Cochisse (hair) Comando Ruso I and Comando Ruso II (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event July 17, 1984  
Talismán (mask) Américo Rocca (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event October 26, 1984  
Ringo Mendoza, Américo Rocca and Tony Salazar (hair) Los Misioneros de la Muerte (hair)
(El Signo, El Texano and Negro Navarro)
Mexico City, Mexico EMLL 53rd Anniversary Show September 19, 1986 [1][8]
Américo Rocca (hair) Talismán (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event 1987 [1]
Americo Rocca, Chamaco Valaguez and Javier Llanes (hair) Los Destructores (hair)
(Emilio Charles, Jr., Tony Arce and Vulcano)
Mexico City, Mexico Live event July 31, 1987  
Rangers del Norte (hair) Américo Rocca and Chamaco Valaguez (hair) Unknown Live event 1990  
Javier Llanes (hair) Americo Rocca (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event September 2, 1990  
Américo Rocca (hair) Kung Fu (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event May 8, 1994 [1]
El Cafre (hair) Américo Rocca (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event June 12, 1994  
Javier Cruz (hair) Americo Rocca (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event October 14, 1994  
Américo Rocca (hair) Reyes Veloz (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event July 25, 1995 [1]
Américo Rocca (hair) Ringo Mendoza (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event February 16, 1996 [1]
Américo Rocca (hair) Kid Guzmán (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event April 27, 1999 [1]
Ricky Marvin (hair) Américo Rocca (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event May 27, 2001  
Javier Cruz (hair) Americo Rocca (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event May 5, 2002  
Javier Cruz (hair) Americo Rocca (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event January 2003  
Américo Rocca (hair) Dimensión (mask) Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event July 6, 2003  
Américo Rocca (hair) Dimensión (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event August 24, 2003  
Bestia Salvaje (hair) Americo Rocca (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event February 11, 2007  

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Grandes Figuras de la Lucha Libre". Américo Rocca (in Spanish). Portales, Mexico. November 2008. p. 33. 17. 
  2. ^ a b Duncan, Royal; Will, Gary (2000). "Mexico: National Lightweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 393. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  3. ^ a b c d Duncan, Royal; Will, Gary (2000). "Mexico: National Welterweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 392. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ a b c d Duncan, Royal; Will, Gary (2006). "Mexico: EMLL NWA Welterweight Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 390. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Ponzoña (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico. September 2007. p. 57. Tomo III. 
  6. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "A family affair". Mondo Lucha a Go-Go: the bizarre and honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 128–132. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  7. ^ "Los Reyes de Mexico: La Historia de Los Campeonatos Nacionales". Lucha 2000 (in Spanish). December 20, 2004. Especial 21. 
  8. ^ a b Ruiz Glez, Alex (September 7, 2010). "CMLL: 79 historias, 79 Aniversario, las 79 luchas estelares". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ Centela, Trddy (April 4, 2015). "En un día como hoy… 1981: Sangriento choque Villano III-Kuniaki Kobayashi — Águila India y Gran Cochisse, rapados" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ Lucha 2000 Staff (April 2006). "Arena México: 50 anos de Lucha Libre". Lucha 2000 (in Spanish). Especial 28.