El Cuatrero

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El Cuatrero
El Cuatrero.jpg
El Cuatrero holding the CMLL World Middleweight Championship in the air, November 2018
Born1996
Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, Mexico[1]
FamilyCien Caras (father)[1]
Sansón (brother)[1]
Máscara Año 2000 (uncle)[1]
Universo 2000 (uncle)[1]
Forastero (cousin)
Universo 2000 Jr. (cousin)
Máscara Año 2000 Jr. (cousin)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)El Cuatrero
Máscara Universal
Billed height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Billed weight94 kg (207 lb)[2]
Trained byUniverso 2000[3]
Último Guerrero
Virus
Franco Colombo
Debut2010[1]

El Cuatrero (born 1996) is a Mexican luchador enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler currently working for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) based in Mexico City. El Cuatrero is the son of lucha libre legend Cien Caras and the nephew of Máscara Año 2000 and Universo 2000. Cuatrero, his brother Sansón and their cousin Forastero forms a trio known as Nueva Generacion Dinamitas ("New Generation Dynamites"), the successor to Los Hermanos Dinamita (Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000 and Universo 2000). Cuatrero's real name is not a matter of public record, as is often the case with masked wrestlers in Mexico where their private lives are kept a secret from the wrestling fans.[4] His ring name is spanish for "The Hose thief" or "The Cattle rustler", reflected in the cowboy inspired ring gear and mask he wears during shows.

El Cuatrero is the current CMLL World Middleweight Champion and at one point was held four championships simultaneously, which also included the CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship (with Sansón), the Mexican National Trios Championship (with Sansón and Forastero) and the Occidente Trios Championship (with Sansón and Forastero). He has won the mask of Ángel de Oro in the main event of CMLL's 2018 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show on March 16, 2018.

Personal life[edit]

EL Cuatrero was born in 1996, son of professional wrestler Carmelo Reyes González, better known under the ring name Cien Caras ("100 Faces"). His older brother, known under the name Sansón ("Samson"), was born in 1994. His uncles Jesús (known as Máscara Año 2000) and Andrés (Universo 2000) were also professional wrestlers.[5] Several of their sons followed their fathers into professional wrestling, including Forastero, Universo 2000 Jr. and Máscara Año 2000 Jr.[6] Initially their father did not want his sons to become professional wrestlers, pushing for them to get an education. He reluctantly agreed that his sons could train for Lucha Libre with their uncle Andrés, but only as a hobby. During their training, Carmelo noticed how serious they took it and reluctantly agreed with their choice to become professional wrestlers.[2]

In Mexican wrestling there is a long tradition of wrestlers paying for the rights to use a ring name and be portrayed as a second or third generation wrestler without actually being related.[5] It has been confirmed that wrestlers Cien Caras Jr. and El Hijo de Cien Caras are not related to the Reyes family, while it is unclear if Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 is a blood relative or only fictional relatives.[7] Reyes later stated that he allowed the "Cien Caras" name to be rented by other wrestlers as his sons were very young and the time and might not want to become professional wrestlers.Máscara Año 2000.[1]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Sansón, El Cuatrero and Forastero outside the ring in November 2018

While the El Cuatrero name was first used in 2014, Sansón stated that they made their in-ring debut around the year 2010 and worked locally in Lagos de Moreno while finishing school.[1] In an interview Cuatrero did state that he briefly wrestled as "Máscara Universal", but his father did not like it and instead suggested the name "El Cuatrero", Spanish for "The Cattle rustler, inspired by the cowboy gimmick that his father and his uncles had used.[3][8] During their time working locally in Lagos de Moreno the duo won their first Lucha de Apuestas, or bet match, where they defeated Los Centellas (I and II) and unmasked the duo.[2]

The Reyes brothers worked locally until early 2014, when they began working in Guadalajara for the local Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) promoters in the local Arena Coliseo where they began training at the CMLL wrestling school learning from Último Guerrero, Virus and Franco Colombo.[3] The Reyes brothers made their CMLL debut on March 25, 2014, where they, along with Universo 2000 lost to the trio of Blue Panther, Sagrado and Valiente.[9] While working in Guadalajara Cuatrero and Sansón competed in a tournament to determine the number one contenders for the local Occidente Tag Team Championship, but the two were eliminated by the team of Flash and Flash II.[10] The brothers teamed up with Jocker for trios tournament, with the winners being crowned the new Occidente Trios Champions. The team made it all the way to the final match of the tournament but was defeated b Furia Roja, Mr. Trueno and Ray Trueno.[11] On November 11, 2015 Cuatrero and Sansón teamed up with their cousin Forastero and won the Occidente Trios Championship.[12]

On January 5, 2017 El Cuatrero worked his first CMLL match in Mexico City in CMLL's main venue. as he participated in the 2017 version of La Copa Junior, but was eliminated from the tournament before the finals.[13] At that point the Reyes brothers began being referred to as Nueva Generacion Dinamitas (Spanish for "New Generation Dynamites") as a reference to their heritage. On March 18, 2016 Nueva Generacion Dinamitas worked their first major show for CMLL, defeating Soberano Jr. and Oro Jr. in the opening match of that year's Homenaje A Dos Leyendas show.[14][15] CMLL decided to have both El Cuatrero and Sansón participate in their annual Torneo Gran Alternativa ("Great Alternativa Tournament") where younger wrestlers team up with established veteran wrestlers for a tag team tournament. El Cuatrero was paired with Rey Bucanero for the tournament, but the duo lost to Tritón and Místico in the first round of the tournament.[16] A year later El Cuatrero was teamed up with his uncle Máscara Año 2000 for the 2017 version of the Torneo Gran Alternativa, but like the 2016 tournament El Cuatrero did not make it past the first round as the team lost to Esfinge and Atlantis.[17]

While El Cuatrero's first years on the main roster had seen little success, July 2017 proved a turning point in how CMLL booked Nueva Generacion Dinamitas as El Cuatrero and Sansón defeated Black Terry and Negro Navarro to win the CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship, CMLL's second highest ranked tag team championship.[18] Three days later the trio defeated Los Hijos del Infierno (Ephesto, Luciferno and Mephisto) to win the Mexican National Trios Championship, making Ephesto a triple championship.[19] The trio would go on to win CMLL's La Copa Dinastia, defeating the trios of Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panter and then Dragon Lee, Místico, and Pierroth.[20] On January 19, 2018, as part of CMLL's 2018 Fantastica Mania tour of Japan, El Cuatrero defeated Ángel de Oro to win the CMLL World Middleweight Championship.[21] The match and championship change was the beginning of a longer running storyline feud between El Cuatrero and Ángel de Oro, where challenges for a Lucha de Apuestas match soon followed.[22] On February 14, 2018 Nueva Generacion Dinamitas announced that they were giving up the CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship, with the storyline given that they were focusing on winning the CMLL World Tag Team Championship.[23] The storyline feud between El Cuatrero and Ángel de Oro reached its peak at the 2018 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show, where both competitors put their mask on the line in the main event match of the night. It ended with El Cuatrero defeating Ángel de Oro two falls to one, forcing Ángel de Oro to remove his mask as per lucha libre tradition.[24]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
El Cuatrero and Sansón (masks) Los Centellas (I and II) N/A Live show N/A [2]
El Cuatrero (mask) Ángel de Oro (mask) Arena Mexico Homenaje a Dos Leyendas March 16, 2018 [24]

References[edit]

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