Miguel Ángel Delgado

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Miguel Ángel Delgado
Miguel Ángel Delgado Reyes as he appeared while wrestling.
Birth name Miguel Ángel Delgado Reyes
Born (1947-08-28)August 28, 1947
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Died February 7, 1983(1983-02-07) (aged 35)
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) El Cobarde
Billed height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Billed weight 92 kg (203 lb)
Trained by Doctor X[Note 1]
Gorilla Ramos
Debut November 1966

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.[1]

Personal life[edit]

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.[2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

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.[3] 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[edit]

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").[2]

In Wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Northern Mexico Middleweight Championship (1 time)[3]
  • Northern Mexico Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Golden Boy[3]

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
El Cobarde (mask) TNT (hair) Unknown Live event Unknown [3]
El Cobarde (mask) César Sando, Jr. (hair) Unknown Live event Unknown [3]
El Cobarde (mask) Carlos Plata (hair) Unknown Live event Unknown [3]
El Cobarde (mask) Espectro II (hair) Unknown Live event Unknown [3]
El Cobarde (mask) Tug Wilson (hair) Unknown Live event Unknown [3]
El Cobarde (mask) Herodes (hair) Unknown Live event Unknown [3]
El Cobarde (mask) El Nazi (hair) Unknown Live event Unknown [3]
El Cobarde (mask) Oro Negro (mask) Mexico City,Mexico Live event September 2, 1975 [3]
Sangre Chicana (hair) El Cobarde (hair) Mexico City,Mexico Live event September 23, 1977 [Note 2][3]
Fishman (mask) El Cobarde (mask) Mexico City,Mexico EMLL 44th Anniversary Show (2) September 30, 1977 [3][4]
TNT and El Cobarde (hair) Herodes and Carlos Plata (hair) Mexico City,Mexico Live event June 8, 1978 [3]
Sangre Chicana (hair) and Adorable Rubí (hair) El Cobarde (hair) and Dragon Rojo (mask) Mexico City,Mexico EMLL 45th Anniversary Show June 8, 1978 [3][4]
Sangre Chicana (hair) and Alfonso Dantés (hair) El Cobarde (hair) and El Jalisco I (mask) Mexico City,Mexico Live event December 5, 1980 [3]


  1. ^ Not to be confused with Doctor X
  2. ^ The match also included Fishman.


  1. ^ "EL COBARDE....". Bajo Las Capuchas (in Spanish). November 25, 2009. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Madigan, Dan (2007). "A family Affair". Mondo Lucha Libre: the bizarre& honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 224–228. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". El Cobarde (I) (in Spanish). Mexico. June 2007. p. 34. Tomo I. 
  4. ^ a b Ruiz Glez, Alex (September 7, 2010). "CMLL: 79 historias, 79 Aniversario, las 79 luchas estelares". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 20, 2012.