Dory Dixon

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Dory Dixon
Born (1935-02-01) February 1, 1935 (age 82)[1]
Jamaica[1]
Residence Mexico City, Mexico[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Calypso Kid
Dorrel Dixon
Dory Dixon
Billed height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Billed weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Trained by Rafael Salamanca
Debut 1955[1]
Retired 1980s[1]

Dorrel "Dory" Dixon (born February 1, 1935) is a Jamaican retired professional wrestler who worked for the majority of his career in Mexico, where he eventually became a Mexican citizen. He is currently a pastor for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, preaching about religion and physical health all over Mexico.

Biography[edit]

In late early 1950s Dorrel Dixon was a competitive weightlifter in his native Jamaica, winning the "Mr. Jamaica Body Beautiful" tournament. He was selected to be a part of the Jamaican weightlifting team for the 1954 Central American and Caribbean Games held in Mexico City, Mexico. While Dixon did not speak any Spanish he became so enamored with Mexico that he decided to stay behind when the rest of the Jamaican team returned home.[1] Dixon hid with some Mexicans at first, since he did not have the proper paperwork, but once he met the son of State of Mexico governor Rafael Villa Macho he got a job working as a bodyguard for the Governor and got his paperwork sorted out.[1]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Dixon was originally not a fan of professional wrestling, he was working as a Physical Education Teacher when he met Salvador Lutteroth, Mexico's premier professional wrestling promoter. Lutteroth was so impressed with Dixon's physical appearance and personality that he convinced him to give wrestling a try. After training under Rafael Salamanca, Dixon made his professional wrestling debut in 1955 for Lutteroth's Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL).[1] In 1958 the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) granted Salvador Lutteroth the booking rights to the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship at their annual NWA Conference.[2] Dixon was Lutteroth's choice as champion, defeating Al Kashley for the title on February 13, 1958.[3] For more than a year Dixon held the title, defending it in main events of shows all over Mexico before losing the belt to Ray Mendoza on September 11, 1959.[3]

In 1961 Dixon began working in the United States, some times billed as "the Calypso Kid", but mainly he worked as Dory Dixon.[1] He would team with Bobo Brazil to form one of the first successful all African American tag teams of that era.[1] He would also wrestle WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Buddy Rogers in Madison Square Garden in New York City.[1] He mainly worked for NWA Texas (Later renamed "World Class Championship Wrestling") where he won the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship.[4] He also teamed with Pepper Gomez to win the NWA Texas Tag Team Championship twice, a title he would later win with Nick Kozak after it had been renamed the WCCW Texas Tag Team Championship.[5][6]

In 1975 Dory Dixon was one of many wrestlers to leave EMLL and follow Francisco Flores Ray Mendoza and Benjamín Mora when they created Universal Wrestling Association (UWA). Dixon appeared on UWA's debut card and was one of the "name draws" in the mid to late 1970s. He even wrestled Lou Thez in the main event of a UWA show in Pachuca, Hidalgo.[1] By the early 1980s Dixon worked more as a special attractions type of wrestler, due to his long history in pro wrestling, and finally retired in the mid 1980s.[1]

Private life[edit]

Dixon was married to the beautiful Ana Ayala and together they have five children, Dorrel, Eunice, Al, Lloyd and Keneth. After that marriage was broken; Dorrel married with Virginia Soto who had three children, Althea, Dizzy and Ingmar. Now Dixon is active in the Seventh-day Adventist church, with Dory Dixon being a pastor in the church. He still keeps in shape and preaches a mixture of "healthy mind" and "healthy body" to underprivileged kids and teenagers all over Mexico.[1]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Luchas de Apuestas[edit]

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
El Canek (mask) Dorrel Dixon (hair) Unknown Live event Unknown  
Fishman (mask) Dorrel Dixon (hair) Unknown Live event Unknown  
Espanto I (mask) Dorrel Dixon (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event March 20, 1964 [1]
Dorrel Dixon (hair) Black Shadow (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event 1968 [1]
Black Shadow (hair) Dorrel Dixon (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event June 11, 1968 [1]
Ángel Blanco (hair) Dorrel Dixon (hair) Mexico City, Mexico Live event July 26, 1981 [9]
Carlos Plata (hair) Dorrel Dixon (hair) Xalapa, Veracruz Live event January 20, 1983  

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Various (2005). "Pastor y Luchador / Both a priest and a wrestler". Lucha Libre: Masked Superstars of Mexican Wrestling. Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. pp. 191–194. ISBN 968-6842-48-9. 
  2. ^ Hornbaker, Tim (2007). "Distinguished Wrestling Champions". National Wrestling Alliance: the untold story of the monopoly that strangled pro wrestling. ECW Press. p. 226. ISBN 978-1-55022-741-3. 
  3. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Mexico: EMLL NWA World Light Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 389. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Texas Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 268–269. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Texas Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 269. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  6. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "WCCW Texas Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 271. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  7. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Americas Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 296–297. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  8. ^ http://www.wrestling-titles.com/world/world-negro-h.html
  9. ^ Enciclopedia staff (August 2007). "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Ángel Blanco (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico. p. 14. Tomo I.