|Birth name||Juan Manuel Rodriguez|
February 11, 1962|
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
March 20, 2008|
Mexico City, Mexico
|Parent(s)||Espectro II (father)|
Corazón Salvaje (brother)|
Charrito de Oro (brother-in-law)
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Billed weight||90 kg (198 lb)|
|Debut||June 12, 1983|
Juan Manuel Rodriguez (February 11, 1962 – March 20, 2008) was a Mexican luchador, best known by his ringname Bestia Salvaje, who competed in Mexican and international promotions during the 1980s and 1990s, most notably with Emilio Charles Jr. and Scorpio Jr. as part of the stable Los Talibanes. A second generation wrestler, he was the son of Espectro II and the brother of Corazón Salvaje as well as the brother-in-law of Charrito de Oro.
During his career he wrestled mainly for Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL), later known as Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). He had several feuds during his career including ones against Ringo Mendoza, Mano Negra, and Héctor Garza. He won the CMLL World Tag Team Championship twice with Scorpio Jr., and the CMLL World Trios Championship with Emilio Charles Jr. and Sangre Chicana. He wrestled the last match of his career two months before his death in January 2008 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Professional wrestling career
Rodriguez made his professional debut on June 12, 1983, wrestling under the name Freddy Rodriguez at the Arena Jalisco in his hometown of Guadalajara. He continued in that role until 1986 when he transformed to Bestia Salvaje. By the late 1980s, he had become a leading rudo. In October 1988, he lost a hair vs. hair match to El Dandy and later feuded with him over the CMLL World Middleweight Championship during the early 1990s. Rodriguez defeated him for the title on September 4, 1992, but lost it to El Dandy three months later. Teaming with Mano Negra in the CMLL World Tag Team Championship Tournament, he and Mano Negro were eliminated in the opening rounds by Apolo Dantes and Rayo de Jalisco Jr. on February 26, 1993. He would also team with Scorpio Jr. and Sangre Chicana defeating La Ola Blanca ("The White Wave"; Dr. Wagner Jr., Gran Markus Jr. and El Hijo del Gladiador) for the CMLL World Trios Championship on March 31, 1995, and would hold the titles for over a year before losing them to Dos Caras, Héctor Garza and La Fiera on March 22, 1996. During the Torneo Gran Alternativa, he would team with Chicago Express defeating Dos Caras and Bronco, El Hijo del Santo and Olímpico and Atlantis and Atlantico in the tournament finals on June 7, 1996. The following month, he competed in the 3rd Annual Grand Prix Tournament defeating Yone Genjin in the opening rounds before being eliminated by the Great Sasuke in the semi-finals.
During the late 1990s, he formed the rudo stable Los Guapos ("The Hansome One") with Scorpio Jr. and Emilio Charles Jr. who were later involved in one of the biggest controversies in Mexican professional wrestling when, during a 6-man tag team match with Scorpio Jr. and El Felino against Negro Casas, El Dandy, and Héctor Garza, El Felino apparently turned on his brother Negro Casas allowing him to be attacked by Carrillo and Scorpio Jr. However, El Felino unmasked revealing himself to be longtime tecnico El Hijo del Santo in his first appearance since his loss to rival Negro Casas at the 63rd CMLL Anniversary Show in September 1996. Attacking Casas, this would result in minor rioting in the arena. Teaming with El Hijo del Santo for almost two years, Carrillo and Scorpio turned on El Hijo del Santo during a 6-man tag team match with Santos' partners Villano III and Fuerza Guerrera. He and Scorpio,Jr. later won the CMLL World Tag Team Championship Tournament defeating The Headhunters, Atlantis and Lizmark and El Satánico and Dr. Wagner Jr. on November 13, 1998, in the finals to win the CMLL World Tag Team Championship. Later that year, he and Scorpio Jr. would team with Zumbido in the CMLL Trios Championship Tournament defeating Shocker, Mr. Niebla and Rayo de Jalisco Jr. in the opening rounds, Vampiro, El Dandy and Héctor Garza in the semi-finals before being eliminated by Blue Panther, Black Warrior and Dr. Wagner Jr. in the finals on December 18, 1998. Feuding with El Hijo del Santo and Negro Casas over the CMLL Tag Team titles, they lost to El Hijo del Santo and Negro Casas by disqualification on February 5, 1999, although El Hijo del Santo and Negro Casas refused to accept the titles. They would later lose the titles in a hair vs. mask match to El Hijo del Santo and Negro Casas on March 19 at the 1999 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show. In December 1999, he and Moto Cross would be eliminated in the opening rounds of the Toreno Gran Alternativa by Negro Casas and Flecha. In 2000, he and Blue Panther would enter the CMLL World Tag Team Championship Tournament defeating Olímpico and Brazo de Plata in the opening rounds before being eliminated in the semi-finals by Lizmark and Lizmark Jr.. In early 2001, he lost to La Parka in a three-way hair vs. hair match that also included El Dandy. Teaming occasionally with Los Capos, Carrillo and the other members of Los Guapos, at this point known as Los Talibanes, he feuded with Shocker and his breakaway rudos faction of Mascara Magica and El Terrible eventually concluding in a 6-man cage match with El Terrible defeating Carrillo in a hair vs. hair match in August 2003.
Championships and accomplishments
- Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
- CMLL World Middleweight Championship (1 time)
- CMLL World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Scorpio Jr.
- CMLL World Trios Championship (1 time) – with Emilio Charles Jr. and Sangre Chicana
- Torneo Gran Alternativa (1996 (I)) – with Chicago Express
- Copa Arena Coliseo (1994) – with Cachorro Mendoza
- Mexican National Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Pierroth Jr.
- Mexican National Welterweight Championship (1 time)
- Salvador Lutteroth Trios Tournament – with Emilio Charles Jr. and Sangre Chicana
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #326 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the PWI Years in 2003
- Wrestle Association "R"
- WAR Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Luchas de Apuestas record
|Winner (wager)||Loser (wager)||Location||Event||Date||Notes|
|Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Águila India (hair)||Unknown||Live event||Unknown|
|Bestia Salvaje (hair)||América Salvaje (mask)||Colima State||Live event||Unknown|
|Asesino Negro (hair)||Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Live event||Unknown|
|Apolo Dantés (hair)||Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||1980s|
|El Dandy (hair)||Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||October 2, 1988|
|Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Ninja de Fuego (mask)||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Live event||1990s|
|Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Cachorro Mendoza (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||May 4, 1990|
|Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Huracán Sevilla (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||February 14, 1992|
|Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Kato Kung Lee (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||March 13, 1992|
|Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Ringo Mendoza (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||August 16, 1992|
|Mano Negra (hair)||Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||December 3, 1993|
|Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Black Power (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||February 2, 1995|
|Héctor Garza (hair)||Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||December 1, 1995||[Note 1]|
|Negro Casas (hair)||Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||October 18, 1996|
|La Fiera (hair)||Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||August 29, 1997|
|Negro Casas (hair) and El Hijo del Santo (mask)||Bestia Salvaje (hair) and Scorpio Jr. (mask)||Mexico City, Mexico||1999 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas||March 19, 1999|||
|Negro Casas (hair)||Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Live event||September 26, 1999|
|Perro Aguayo (hair)||Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||44. Aniversario de Arena México||April 14, 2000|||
|Negro Casas (hair)||Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas||Live event||November 6, 2000|||
|Halloween (hair)||Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Tijuana, Baja California||Live event||March 15, 2002||[Note 2]|
|El Terrible (hair)||Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||August 1, 2003||[Note 3]|
|Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Toro Blanco||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Live event||January 18, 2004|
|Shocker (hair)||Bestia Salvaje (hair)||cd. Madero, Tamaulipas||Live event||September 25, 2004||[Note 4]|
|Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Cyborg (hair)||Naucalpan, Mexico State||Live event||December 11, 2005||[Note 5]|
|Bestia Salvaje (hair)||Américo Rocca (hair)||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Live event||February 11, 2007|
- Triangle match that also included Satánico.
- Los Guapos vs. la Familia de Tijuana hair match.
- Steel cage match that also included Shocker, Máscara Mágica II, Scorpio Jr. and Emilio Charles Jr.
- Cage match that also included Zumbido, Negro Casas, El Terrible and Máscara Magica II.
- Triangle match that also included Veneno
- General sources - Championship Information
- Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "MEXICO". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 389–402. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Specific sources
- "Profile". Bodyslamming. Archived from the original on April 27, 2005.
- Byers, Ryan (March 23, 2008). "The Custom Made News Report 03.23.08". 411Mania. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
- Enciclopedia staff (October 2007). "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Santo, Hijo (in Spanish). Mexico. pp. 31–32. Tomo IV.
- "Obituario 2008". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). December 31, 2008. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
- Flores, Manuel (July 18, 2008). "Histórico de ganadores del torneo: La Gran Alternativa" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved September 5, 2009.
- "Salvador Lutteroth Tournament 1995". Pro Wrestling History. March 24, 1995. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
- Lucha 2000 Staff (April 2006). "Arena México: 50 anos de Lucha Libre". Lucha 2000 (in Spanish). Especial 28.
- "SLAM! Wrestling International -- 2000: The Year-In-Review Mexico". Slam Wrestling!. Canoe.ca. Retrieved July 31, 2015.