Miguel Ángel Delgado
Miguel Ángel Delgado Reyes as he appeared while wrestling.
|Birth name||Miguel Ángel Delgado Reyes|
August 28, 1947|
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
|Died||February 7, 1983
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||El Cobarde|
|Billed height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Billed weight||92 kg (203 lb)|
|Trained by||Doctor X[Note 1]
Miguel Ángel Delgado Reyes (August 28, 1947 – February 7, 1983) was a Mexican Luchador, or professional wrestler that wrestled under the ring name El Cobarde (Spanish for "The Coward"). Delgado was born and died in Ciudad Juarez.
Miguel Ángel Delgado was a second generation wrestler, son of the original Dr. X and the brother of wrestlers "Impostor" (later known as El Cobarde II) and "Legendario" He was the uncle of wrestlers Hijo del Cobarde, El Cobarde, Jr. and Impostor, Jr.
Professional wrestling career
El Cobarde was one of the first luchadors to travel and perform in Japan where he would compete in a number of matches, including unsuccessfully challenging for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. He lost his mask in a Luchas de Apuestas ("Bet match") against his lifelong friend Fishman who he had originally trained at the start of Fishman's career. After the loss of his mask he remained with Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL), turning from rudo (people who portray the bad guy characters in wrestling) to a tecnico ("Good guy") and receiving standing ovations from crowds across Mexico, but especially in Ciudad Juarez, having become a "national idol".
Death and legacy
After losing his mask, Delgado struggled to stay in a prominent position, he eventually left the scene after learning he had Leukemia. He died on February 7, 1983, from the disease
After his death his brother Francisco (who had wrestled as El Impostor up until this point) took over the El Cobarde ring persona and mask, becoming "El Cobarde II". The Cobarde II character spawned two different wrestlers working under the ring name "El Cobarde, Jr.", one the brother of El Cobarde (I and II) while the other was the son of El Cobarde II, another son wrestled under the names Hijo del Cobarde ("Son of El Cobarde").
Championships and accomplishments
- Northern Mexico Middleweight Championship (1 time)
- Northern Mexico Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Golden Boy
Luchas de Apuestas record
|Winner (wager)||Loser (wager)||Location||Event||Date||Notes|
|El Cobarde (mask)||TNT (hair)||Unknown||Live event||Unknown|||
|El Cobarde (mask)||César Sando, Jr. (hair)||Unknown||Live event||Unknown|||
|El Cobarde (mask)||Carlos Plata (hair)||Unknown||Live event||Unknown|||
|El Cobarde (mask)||Espectro II (hair)||Unknown||Live event||Unknown|||
|El Cobarde (mask)||Tug Wilson (hair)||Unknown||Live event||Unknown|||
|El Cobarde (mask)||Herodes (hair)||Unknown||Live event||Unknown|||
|El Cobarde (mask)||El Nazi (hair)||Unknown||Live event||Unknown|||
|El Cobarde (mask)||Oro Negro (mask)||Mexico City,Mexico||Live event||September 2, 1975|||
|Sangre Chicana (hair)||El Cobarde (hair)||Mexico City,Mexico||Live event||September 23, 1977||[Note 2]|
|Fishman (mask)||El Cobarde (mask)||Mexico City,Mexico||EMLL 44th Anniversary Show (2)||September 30, 1977|||
|TNT and El Cobarde (hair)||Herodes and Carlos Plata (hair)||Mexico City,Mexico||Live event||June 8, 1978|||
|Sangre Chicana (hair) and Adorable Rubí (hair)||El Cobarde (hair) and Dragon Rojo (mask)||Mexico City,Mexico||EMLL 45th Anniversary Show||June 8, 1978|||
|Sangre Chicana (hair) and Alfonso Dantés (hair)||El Cobarde (hair) and El Jalisco I (mask)||Mexico City,Mexico||Live event||December 5, 1980|||
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