Argenis (wrestler)

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Argenis
Born (1986-08-13) August 13, 1986 (age 30)
Mexico City, Mexico[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Argenis
Barrio Negro
Dr. Karonte Jr. I
Hijo del Dr Karonte
Billed height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Billed weight 81 kg (179 lb)[1]
Trained by Gran Apache
Debut 2006

Argenis is a Mexican luchador enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler, who is working in the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA). His ring name is the Latin word for Silver. Argenis is the son of retired professional wrestler Dr. Karonte and has wrestled as Dr. Karonte, Jr. in the past, as well as Hijo del Dr. Karonte (Spanish for "Son of Dr. Karonte"). Argenis' 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.[2] His patronymic surname is known though, as his father Manuel Almanza wrestled as Dr. Karonte, he was unmasked and revealed his full name per Lucha libre traditions. He is the brother of professional wrestlers Místico, Astro Boy, Argos, and Mini Murder Clown.[3]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (2006–2015)[edit]

Argenis made his professional wrestling debut in 2006, working as "Dr. Karonte, Jr.", named after his father. He would also work as "Hijo del Dr. Karonte", neither gimmick led to much success.[4] By 2007 he began working for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) as a Rudo (heel or "bad guy") After he left CMLL he complained to several magazines that he felt that his brother Místico should have asked CMLL to give him more opportunities.[4] After leaving CMLL he began working for International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG), but again met only with limited success, even after he became a tecnico (face or "good guy").[4]

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

In 2008 he was a part of a 30 man group of young wrestlers that got a tryout with Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) head trainer Gran Apache. Argenis was one of only six wrestlers that made it through the rigorous trial period and won a match against the other five that gave him a job with AAA.[5] The week after his tryout match he made his real AAA debut, working for the first time as Argenis, teaming with Pimpinela Escarlata, Cassandro and Billy Boy against Los Night Queens.[5] Argenis was initially pushed as the "disgruntled brother of Místico". The push was soon halted as Argenis was nowhere near as talented in the ring as Místico and the comparison actually hurt Argenis' chances of the fans getting behind him.[6] By the end of 2008 Argenis rarely worked televised matches, instead working with AAA trainers to improve in the ring.[6] In early 2009 Argenis slowly returned to AAA television, often teaming with Real Fuerza Aérea in trios matches with Real Fuerza Aérea members Laredo Kid, Aero Star and Super Fly, but was not officially a member of the group.[7] By mid-2009, after Real Fuerza Aérea member El Angel left AAA Argenis was finally made an official member of the group.[7] On September 26, 2009 Argenis made his first appearance at one of AAA*s major shows as he teamed with Real Fuerza Aérea members Atomic Boy and Laredo Kid to defeat Poder del Norte (Rio Bravó, Tigre Cota and Tito Santana) in the opening match of Heroes Inmortales III, in a ''Lucha o Oscuras or "Glow in the dark" Six-man tag team match that took place under a Blacklight with the wrestlers wearing fluorescent outfits.[8] In June 2011, Argenis' brother Astro Boy II joined AAA and Real Fuerza Aérea under the new ring name Argos.[9] On February 10, 2012, Argos turned on Argenis and Real Fuerza Aérea to join rudo group El Consejo.[10] On August 11, 2013, Argenis and fellow AAA worker Drago made their debuts for All Japan Pro Wrestling in Tokyo, defeating Kenso and Sushi in a tag team match.[11] Even before their first match in the promotion, Argenis and Drago were named the number one contenders to the All Asia Tag Team Championship, held by Burning members Atsushi Aoki and Kotaro Suzuki.[12] In the build-up to the August 25 title match, Argenis and Drago began working against the Burning stable, defeating Aoki and Yoshinobu Kanemaru on August 14 and Suzuki and Kanemaru on August 16.[13][14] On August 25, Argenis and Drago failed in their attempt to capture the All Asia Tag Team Championship from Aoki and Suzuki.[15] On April 18, 2016, Argenis teamed up with Australian Suicide and won a four-way match to become No.1 contenders to the AAA World Tag Team Championship. The two received their shot on April 29, where they were unsuccessful in winning the titles. On March 19, 2017, Argenis won the 2017 Rey de Reyes.[16]

Lucha Underground (2015–present)[edit]

Argenis made his television debut on Lucha Underground on the January 14, 2015 broadcast in a 4-way Elimination match against Angelico, Aero Star, and Cage. 2 weeks later The Crew (Bael & Cortez Castro & Mr. Cisco) defeated Aero Star, Argenis & Super Fly in a 6-Person Tag. Argenis spent his first months with LU as a jobber. On January 24, 2015 Pentagon Jr broke Argenis's arm. On February 22, Argenis appeared as a member of the Disciples of Death[17] called Barrio Negro, along with his partners Trece and Sinestro de la Muerte, although he was not acknowledged to be the same person as Argenis. The Disciples of Death defeated Angélico, Son of Havoc and Ivelisse for the Trios Championship. They lost the title in a rematch between the two teams on November 22.[18] On the April 20, 2016 edition of Lucha Underground, the characters of Barrio Negro and Trece were killed off when Sinestro de la Muerte turned on his former partners, and ripped their hearts out, but Argenis has continued to make appearances under his original gimmick.

Other media[edit]

In February 2017, Argenis took part in a skit on Conan, welcoming Conan O'Brien to Mexico.[19]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c アルヘニス (in Japanese). All Japan Pro Wrestling. Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "Okay... what is Lucha Libre?". Mondo Lucha a Go-Go: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 29–40. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  3. ^ "Sin Cara está fuera de WWE". Medio Tiempo (in Spanish). January 24, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Entravista con Argenis". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). November 30, 2007. issue 291. 
  5. ^ a b "Argenis" (in Spanish). Asistencia Asesoría y Administración. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Argenis no soy el nuevo Místico". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). November 25, 2008. pp. 21–22. issue 2899. 
  7. ^ a b "Lo Mejor de la Lucha Libre Mexicana 2009". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 8, 2010. 348. 
  8. ^ Marquina, Alva (September 26, 2009). "AAA- Héroes Inmortales III- (Resultados en vivo 26 septiembre 2009) – Cibernético gana el Trofeo Antonio Peña – Electroshock sustituye a Charly Manson contra Chessman – El luchador sorpresa fue Konan Big". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Argos la nueva sorpresa de AAA". Mi Lucha Libre (in Spanish). June 5, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Argos al Consejo" (in Spanish). Asistencia Asesoría y Administración. February 10, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Summer Impact 2013~ The beginning of evolution ~" (in Japanese). All Japan Pro Wrestling. Archived from the original on August 5, 2013. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ 8/11(日)後楽園ホール大会【開幕戦】、8/25(日)大田区総合体育館大会【最終戦】全カード発表!その会見中に・・・ (in Japanese). All Japan Pro Wrestling. August 5, 2013. Archived from the original on August 16, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Summer Impact 2013~ The beginning of evolution ~" (in Japanese). All Japan Pro Wrestling. Archived from the original on August 5, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Summer Impact 2013~ The beginning of evolution ~" (in Japanese). All Japan Pro Wrestling. Archived from the original on August 5, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Summer Impact 2013~ The beginning of evolution ~" (in Japanese). All Japan Pro Wrestling. Archived from the original on September 15, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Dark Angelita (March 20, 2017). "AAA: Resultados "Rey de Reyes 2017" – 19/03/2017 – Johnny Mundo triple monarca; Argenis gana la espada y Ayako Hamada es la nueva reina". Superluchas (in Spanish). Retrieved March 20, 2017. 
  17. ^ http://www.wrestleview.com/featured-articles/53262-viva-la-raza-lucha-weekly-for-2-28-15
  18. ^ "Lucha Underground Season 2 Episode 8 Taping". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Slam! Wrestling News/Rumours". Slam! Sports. Archived from the original on February 16, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 

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