Bandido (wrestler)

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This article is about the Mexican professional wrestler, not Bandido Jr. who works on the U.S. Independent circuit

Bandido
Bandido in Querétaro.jpg
Bandido in Arena Queretaro in 2018
Born (1995-04-17) April 17, 1995 (age 24)
Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico
FamilyEl Húngaro (great grandfather)
Tony Arellano (grandfather)
Apóstol Jr. (father)
Angelikal/Myzteziz Jr. (brother)
Magia Blanca (cousin)
WebsiteFacebook
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Magnifico II
Cielito
Bandido
Billed height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Billed weight83 kg (183 lb)
Trained byFranco Columbo
Hijo del Gladiador
Último Guerrero[1]
DebutJune 19, 2011

Bandido (born April 17, 1995) is a Mexican luchador enmascarado, (masked professional wrestler) known primarily for his work in Lucha Libre Elite, The Crash Lucha Libre and Dragon Gate. He is currently under a full-time contract with Ring of Honor, which allows him to also work on the Mexican, Canadian, and U.S. independent circuit, most notably for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG). He is a fourth-generation wrestler, son of Apóstol Jr., brother of AAA wrestler Myzteziz Jr. and cousin of Magia Blanca. His real name is not a matter of public record as is often the case with masked wrestlers in Mexico.

Bandido previously worked under the ring names Magnifico II and Cielito but since 2016 has used the Bandido ring character, including a mask that incorporates a bandana covering the lower part of his face, in the style of Wild West outlaw. Bandido regularly teams with Flamita, forming a duo known as "Mexa Blood". He currently holds the Elite Welterweight Championship and The Crash Cruiserweight Championship and with Flamita he holds The Crash Tag Team Championship and held the Progress Tag Team Championship.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

The wrestler later known as Bandido began training in the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre wrestling school in Mexico City. While at the school he was primarily trained by Franco Columbo, Hijo del Gladiador and Último Guerrero for his in-ring debut. Since he has never been unmasked in the ring Bandido's birth name is not a matter of public knowledge, a tradition in Mexico for masked wrestlers.[2]

Magnífico II (2011–2016)[edit]

For his debut he adopted the ring name Magnífico II, forming a tag team with his cousin who worked as Magnífico I, collectively known as Los Magníficos ("The Magnificent Ones"). The duo worked for various promotions on the Mexican Independent circuit such as Wrestling Martin Calderon (WMC), Cara Lucha, Lucha Memes and more.[3] In 2015 Magnífico II travelled to England, working a show promoted by El Hijo del Santo.[4]

Cielito (2015)[edit]

In mid-2015 Magnífico II began working for El Hijo del Santo's Todo x Todo promotion, wrestling under the name "Cielito", named after the song Cielito Lindo.[5] On October 5, 2015 Cielito unsuccessfully challenged Ángel Blanco Jr. for the WWA World Welterweight Championship.[6]

Bandido (2016–present)[edit]

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre/Lucha Libre Elite (2016–2017)[edit]

In mid-2016 Los Magníficos split up, when Magnífico I began to work for CMLL under the name Magia Blanca, while Magnífico II began working for Lucha Libre Elite (LLE), adopting a new in ring character, El Bandido. His character, ring gear and mask was inspired by the stereotypical Wild West bandit. His new mask incorporated a bandana covering his nose and mouth and a stylized "Lone Ranger" style markings around the eyes and a horseshoe on his forehead.[7] On November 18, 2016 Bandido outlasted Golden Magic, Argos, Emperador Azteca, Ciclón Ramírez Jr., Imposible, Eterno, Flamita, Diamante and Zumbido in a torneo cibernetico elimination match to become the first Lucha Libre Elite Welterweight Champion.[8] LLE closed 2017, but Bandido defended the LLE Welterweight Championship at least once after the promotion closed.[9]

Independent circuit (2016–present)[edit]

On September 28, 2017, Bandido defeated Ángel Blanco Jr. to win the WWA World Welterweight Championship on a show in Aguascalientes.[10] In December, 2017 Bandido and Laredo Kid outlasted Perro Callejero Jr., Apando Negro Jr., Bestia 666, Crazy Latino, Dr. Polux, Emperador Azteca, Extreme Tiger, Murciélago Plateado Jr. and Rey Horus to win the G21 Torneo Gran Alternativa tournament.[11]

Starting in 2018 Bandido started to work more and more for promotions outside of Mexico, primarily in the United States, often teaming with Flamita under the team name "MexaBlood". Through Flamita's contacts in Japan, Bandido worked his first tour with Dragon Gate in January 2018 and a second tour in June 2018.[12] During the British Progress Wrestling promotion's tour of the United States Bandido and Flamita defeated AR Fox and Chris Brookes to win the Progress Tag Team Championship.[13] Bandido teamed up with Rey Mysterio and Rey Fénix in the main event of the Indy wrestling super show All In, losing to The Golden Elite team of Kota Ibushi and The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson).[14] MexaBlood travelled to England at the end of September 2018 to work for Progress wrestling once more. On September 30 the duo lost the Progress Tag Team Championship to Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis).[15]

The Crash Lucha Libre (2017–present)[edit]

Bandido came to national attention through his work for The Crash Lucha Libre as the promotion began expanding to touring nationally. His debut with the promotion was on November 29, 2017, where Bandio, Damián 666 and M-ximo lost to the team of Bestia 666, Garza Jr. and Mr. 450.[16] On March 17, 2018 Bandido and Flamita defeated the teams of Aeroboy & Septiembo Dragon and Dezmond Xavier and Zachary Wentz to win the vacant The Crash Tag Team Championship.[17] Two months later Bandido became a double champion in The Crash as he won The Crash Cruiserweight Championship, defeating Dezmond Xavier and Laredo Kid for the vacant championship.[18]

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (2018–present)[edit]

On March 23, 2018 at the "Time Is A Flat Circle" event, Bandido made his Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) debut, losing in a tag team effort with Flamita against The Rascalz (Zachary Wentz and Dezmond Xavier). He was brought back for All-Star Weekend 14, which took place during the month of April. Bandido lost against Taiji Ishimori on Night One, but went on to gain his first PWG victory against Rey Horus the next evening. His winning streak continued into May, when Bandido defeated Robbie Eagles at Bask in His Glory.[citation needed]

Bandido kept winning consecutive matches after entering PWG's annual Battle of Los Angeles (BOLA) tournament. He defeated T-Hawk in the opening round, Flamita in the quarterfinals, and Joey Janela in the semifinals. Entering the final round, he was the last man eliminated by eventual winner Jeff Cobb.[19] After his national exposure in the tournament, it was reported that WWE, the world's largest wrestling promotion, was interested in signing Bandido to a full-time contract.[20] In October, he defeated REY FENIX at Smokey and the Bandido, the first PWG event to feature his name in the title.

Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (2018)[edit]

In mid-2018 Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA) began a storyline where "Lucha Libre Elite" (no longer a separate promotion) invaded AAA. As part of the "Invasion" storyline, AAA brought in several former LLE wrestlers including Bandido. Bandido, Flamita and Aramis made their AAA debut, losing to El Nuevo Poder del Norte (Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr. and Tito Santana)[21] Bandido was featured in his first major AAA storyline when he participated in a three-way match against Flamita and Fénix for the rights to challenge for the AAA Mega Championship. Fénix won the match and the title match.[22] At AAA's biggest show of the year, Triplemanía XXVI, MexaBlood defeated Team AAA (Aero Star and Drago), Team Elite (Laredo Kid and Golden Magic) and Team Impact! (DJZ and Andrew Everett) to become the #1 contenders for the AAA World Tag Team Championship. Bandido's last AAA appearance was at Héroes Inmortales XII where and Flamita lost a three-way tag team match for the AAA World Tag Team Championship to Los Mercenarios (Rey Escorpión and El Texano Jr.) in a match that also included Andrew Everett and DJZ.[23]

Ring of Honor (2018–present)[edit]

In late 2018 it was reported that Bandido has signed a full-time contract with the U.S. based Ring of Honor (ROH).[24] In an interview Bandido later revealed that he turned down an offer from "the biggest company in the world" (referring to WWE) and instead chose to sign with ROH.[1] He also turned down an offer to work for All Elite Wrestling that he received around the time of his ROH negotiations.[25] He made his debut for the promotion at their January 12, 2019 television tapings defeating Mark Haskins. He later joined a group called "Lifeblood" formed by Juice Robinson that also includes David Finlay, Mark Haskins, Tracy Williams and Tenille Dashwood.[26] The following day Bandido defeated P.J. Black as part of ROH's Honor Reigns Supreme supercard event.[27]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2019–present)[edit]

On April 23, 2019, Bandido was revealed as one of the Best of the Super Juniors 27 participants, he made his debut with the promotion in May 13, in a Tag Team Match involving him, Rocky Romero and Yuya Uemura losing to the team of Jado, Robbie Eagles and El Phantasmo.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Alianza Metropolitana de Lucha Libre
  • AMLL Welterweight Championship (1 time)

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Not the same wrestler working as Tritón for CMLL.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ueda, Michael (January 1, 2019). "Bandido: "De haber utilizado la lógica, habría firmado con la empresa más grande del mundo en vez de con Ring of Honor"" [Bandido: "If I had used logic, I would have signed with the largest company in the world instead of Ring of Honor"]. Solo Wrestling. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Bandido >> Matches >> Magnifico II". CageMatch. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "Lucha Libre World". CageMatch. July 11, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2018. Cassandro, El Hijo del Santo & Zumbi defeat Angel Blanco Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr. & Magnifico II
  5. ^ "Cielito, volando muy, pero muy alto". El Pancracio (in Spanish). October 9, 2015. Archived from the original on October 9, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Todo X El Todo". CageMatch. October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  7. ^ Dark Angelita (July 25, 2018). "Bandido se presentará en All In". Súper Luchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Manuel Vacah, José (November 19, 2016). "Liga Elite: Resultados 18/11/2016 – Bandido, monarca Welter; Carístico se lleva la Liga Elite". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "Promociones MDA". CageMatch. December 17, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2018. Elite Welterweight Title Match: Bandido (c) defeats The Tigger
  10. ^ a b "Todo X Todo". CageMatch. September 28, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "G21". CageMatch. December 18, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  12. ^ "Bandido >> Matches >> Dragon Gate". CageMatch. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Progress Coast to Coast tour - tag 5". CageMatch. August 11, 2018. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  14. ^ Moore, John. "Moore's All In live review: Kenny Omega vs. Pentagon Jr., Nick Aldis vs. Cody for the NWA Championship, Young Bucks and Kota Ibushi vs. Rey Mysterio, Fenix, Bandido, Kazuchika Okada vs. Marty Scurll, Christopher Daniels vs. Stephen Amell". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on September 2, 2018. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  15. ^ "Progress Chapter 76: Hello Wembley!". CageMatch. September 30, 2018. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  16. ^ "DTU/The Crash". CageMatch. November 29, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "The Crash Tag Team Championship >> Reigns >> 17.03.2018 - Today: Bandido & Flamita". CageMatch (in German). Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  18. ^ a b "The Crash event". CageMatch (in German). May 19, 2018. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  19. ^ Dark Angelita (September 18, 2018). "PWG: Jeff Cobb gana el BOLA 2018 superando a Bandido". Súper Luchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  20. ^ Duarte, Jon (September 20, 2018). "WWE tendría mucho interés en contratar a Bandido". Súper Luchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  21. ^ "AAA TV Taping". CageMatch. July 29, 2018. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  22. ^ Dark Angelita (August 3, 2018). "En Aguascalientes, Fénix va por Jarrett; Pentagón Jr. tras Psycho Clown". Súper Luchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  23. ^ "Triplemanía XXVI: Cayó la máscara del Hijo del Fantasma y la cabellera de Faby Apache". Ovaciones (in Spanish). August 26, 2018. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  24. ^ Rose, Bryan (December 16, 2018). "Bandido signs with Ring of Honor". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  25. ^ Malakvar, Gin (December 21, 2018). "Bandido rechazó ofertas de WWE y de AEW antes de firmar con Ring of Honor" [Bandido rejected offers from WWE and AEW before signing with Ring of Honor]. Solo Wrestling (in Spanish). Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  26. ^ "ROH TV taping spoilers: Bandido debuts, NWA title match". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. January 12, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  27. ^ Knipper, Justin (January 13, 2019). "ROH Honor Reigns Supreme live results: Lethal Vs. Castle". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  28. ^ "Crece la rivalidad entre Carístico y Penta". TJ Sports (in Spanish). May 19, 2018. Retrieved August 19, 2018.