El Felino

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El Felino
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El Felino in 2017.
Birth nameJorge Luis Casas Ruiz
Born (1964-03-22) March 22, 1964 (age 55)[1]
Mexico City, Mexico[1]
Spouse(s)Princesa Blanca (wife)[2]
Children
Parent(s)Pepe Casas (father)[2]
FamilyCasas
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)
Billed height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Billed weight86 kg (190 lb)[2]
Billed fromMexico City[2]
Trained byPepe Casas[1]
Raúl Reyes
DebutMarch 22, 1987[1]

Jorge Luis Casas Ruiz (born March 22, 1964), is a second generation Mexican professional wrestler (called a Luchador in Spanish) working for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) under the ring name El Felino ("The Feline"). Casas started his professional wrestling career under the name Babe Casas, working for the Universal Wrestling Association (UWA). In 1989 he adopted the "Felino" ring character in 1989, wearing an orange full body suit and cat insured mask. WIth the exception of a short stint in AAA in 1999, Casas has worked for CMLL since adopting the "El Felino" ring character. El Felino was originally an enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler, but was forced to unmask in March 2010 due to losing a match.

He is the son of wrestler-turned-referee Pepe Casas and a part the Casas wrestling family; the younger brother of Negro Casas and older brother Heavy Metal, the uncle of wrestlers Canelo Casas, Danny Casas, Black Star, Destroyer and Nanyzh Rock. His sons are also both wrestlers under the names of Tiger and Puma King respectively. Up until the summer of 2014 his wife, Blanca Rodriquez wrestled under the ring name "Princesa Blanca" but has since retired.

He has been a member of the group La Peste Negra ("The Black Plague") alongside Negro Casas, Mr. Niebla and Bárbaro Cavernario since 2008, with whom he has held the Mexican National Trios Championship. He has also won the CMLL World Welterweight Championship three times in his career, the Mexican National Welterweight Championship once. He has also won several major CMLL tournaments, the 1999 Torneo Gran Alternativa, the 2001 Copa Ovaciones and the 2002 Leyenda de Plata tournament.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (1989–1999)[edit]

Felino won the Mexican National Welterweight Championship on July 5, 1992 in Mexico City, D.F. by defeating the 2-time Champion Ciclón Ramírez.[3] Felino vacated the title after winning the CMLL World Welterweight Championship on July 16, 1992.[4] On July 17, 1992 Felino won the CMLL World Welterweight Championship by defeating América in Cuernavaca, Morelos.[4] He lost the championship to Ciclón Ramírez on May 21, 1993 in Mexico City.[4] Felino won the championship back on March 30, 1994 in Acapulco, Guerrero.[4] On June 21, 1994 he lost the title to El Pantera II in Cuernavaca, Morelos.[4]

AAA (1999)[edit]

Casas left CMLL to join rival promotion AAA in 1999, making the change to be part of a long running feud involving his younger brother Heavy Metal and his father Pepe Casas.[5] His first mach for AAA took place on April 18, 1999 when he, Heavy Metal and Perro Aguayo Jr. defeated El Texano, Espectro Jr. and Sangre Chicana.[6] The peaked at Triplemanía VII on June 11, 1999. In the semi-main event El Felino and Heavy Metal defeated Kick Boxer and Thai Boxer in a match where Pepe Casas' hair was on the line if the Casas brothers had lost. As a result of their victory referee El Tirantes hair was shaved off instead.[7] By the end of the year El Felino left AAA, with his last for the company taking place on October 17 that saw El Felino, Hator, La Parka Jr. and Path Finder defeating Los Vipers (Abismo Negro and Electroshock), El Hijo del Espectro and El Hijo del Solitario.[6]

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (1999–current)[edit]

He won the championship once again by victory over Nosawa on September 21, 2001 in Mexico City. In 2002 he won the Leyenda de Plata tournament.[8] His third CMLL World Welterweight Championship reign last over 2 years and ends with a loss to El Satánico on November 25, 2003 in Mexico City. On December 5, 2003 Felino, Volador, Jr. and Safari won the vacant Mexican National Trios Championship by defeating Alan Stone, Super Crazy and Zumbido in a tournament final.[9] They lost the Mexican National Trios Championship on March 25, 2005 to Dr. X, Nitro and Sangre Azteca.

La Peste Negra (2008–current)[edit]

El Felino (masked) and Jerry Estrada in 2018

In July 2008 Mr. Niebla returned to CMLL, forming a group with Negro Casas and Heavy Metal called La Peste Negra (Spanish for "the Black Plague), a Rudo group that had a more comical approach to wrestling. The trio started wearing large afro wigs, painting their faces black and dancing during their entrances and generally worked a less serious style of match than was unusual, especially for a serious wrestler like Negro Casas.[10] On September 2, 2008 the last Casas brother, El Felino turned Rudo as well and joined La Peste Negra. After Felino joined the group Heavy Metal was quietly phased out as he was not comfortable working the comedic style.[10] Felino's wife Princesa Blanca joined the group in early 2009, turning Rudo to work with La Pestra, the turn led to Princesa Blanca winning the Mexican National Women's Championship from Marcela on January 30, 2009.[11] La Pesta Negra's biggest triumph to date is Negro Casas' title win over Místico that brought the CMLL World Welterweight Championship into the group.[12] After the title win, La Peste Negra continued their feud with Místico and his various allies. The feud led to Místico and Negro Casas facing off in a Lucha de Apuesta on the CMLL 76th Anniversary Show, where Casas lost two falls to one and had his hair shaved off. After the match Místico challenged El Felino, Casas' cornerman, to an Apuesta some time in the future although nothing came of it at the time.[13]

In early 2010 El Felino began a storyline feud with La Sombra. The feud began on February 2, 2010 with a singles match between El Felino and La Sombra, after each wrestler won a fall a Puma King, El Felino's nephew, showed up wearing an El Felino outfit and mask, distracting both the referee and La Sombra long enough for El Felino to land a low blow on La Sombra to win the match.[14] The two met in a Lighting match (a one fall, 10 minute time limit match) on the February 19 CMLL Super Viernes show. Once again Puma King tried to help his uncle, but this time the referee disqualified El Felino for the transgression.[15] After the main event of the February 21's show between Místico, La Máscara and Negro Casas against Volador Jr., Último Guerrero and Héctor Garza Místico challengede Volador,Jr. to a Lucha de Apuesta, or bet match, between the two with their masks on the line.[15] During the main event La Sombra came to Volador Jr's aid while El Felino helped Místico.[15] On the February 26 CMLL Super Viernes show it was announced that Místico, Volador Jr., La Sombra and El Felino would face off in a four way Lucha de Apuesta match as the main event of the 2010 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.[16] La Sombra was the first man pinned at Dos Leyendas and El Felino was the second, forcing the two to put their masks on the line. After a long match La Sombra pinned El Felino. After the match he unmasked and announced that his real name was Jorge Luis Casas Ruiz.[17]

On September 30, 2011, at CMLL's 78th Anniversary Show, El Felino won Rey Bucanero's hair in a ten-man steel cage match.[18] In October 2011, El Felino became one of four CMLL wrestlers featured in an A&E Latinoamericano documentary series titled El Luchador.[19] In late 2011, El Felino began feuding with Blue Panther, which led to a Hair vs. Hair match on December 16 at Sin Piedad. A week prior to the match, Panther was disqualified in a tag team match, after giving El Felino a Martinete. This led to the Distrito Federal Box y Lucha Commission announcing that Panther was suspended for two weeks, starting after the December 16 event.[20] At Sin Piedad, El Felino tried to exact revenge on Panther, but was disqualified after the referee caught him going for a Martinete. As a result, El Felino was shaved bald.[21]

El Felino was teamed up with tecnico El Hijo del Fantasma for the 2013 Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles ("National Incredible Pairs Tournament"), a tag team tournament teaming rudos with technicos. The team lost to La Máscara and Averno in the first round despite Averno and La Máscara being long time rivals.[22][23] On March 15, 2013 El Felino teamed up with his sons Tiger and Puma to defeat the team of Guerrero Maya Jr., Delta and Tritón in the opening match of the 2013 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.[24] On February 18, 2014, El Felino, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas defeated La Máscara, Rush and Titán to win the Mexican National Trios Championship.[25] They lost the title to Los Reyes de la Atlantida (Atlantis, Delta and Guerrero Maya Jr.) on April 26, 2015.[26]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Babe Casas (hair) Negro Peralta (hair) Apatlaco, Mexico Live event July 3, 1983  
Babe Casas (hair) Mario Prado (hair) N/A Live event January 29, 1989 [33]
El Felino (mask) Guerrero Imperial (mask) N/A Live event N/A [1]
El Felino (mask) Guerrero Águila (mask) N/A Live event N/A [1]
El Felino (mask) El Comandante N/A Live event N/A [1]
El Felino (mask) El Predicador N/A Live event N/A [1]
El Felino (mask) Ciclón Ramírez Mexico City Live event July 9, 1993 [1]
El Felino (mask) Justiciero (mask) Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event October 28, 1994 [1]
El Felino and Heavy Metal (hair of Pepe Casas) Kick Boxer and Thai Boxer (hair of El Tirantes) Tamaulipas Triplemanía VII June 11, 1999 [Note 1]
El Felino (mask) Brazo de Plata (hair) Tijuana, Baja California Live event June 23, 2000 [Note 2][1][34]
El Felino (mask) Bestia Negra (mask) Tamaulipas, Mexico Live event April 21, 2002  
El Felino (mask) Perro Ruso (hair) Los Angeles, California Live event June 3, 2007 [1]
La Sombra (mask) El Felino (mask) Mexico City Homenaje a Dos Leyendas March 19, 2010 [Note 3][17]
El Felino (hair) Rey Bucanero (hair) Mexico City CMLL 78th Anniversary Show September 30, 2011 [Note 4][18]
Blue Panther (hair) El Felino (hair) Mexico City Sin Piedad December 16, 2011 [21]
Rey Bucanero (hair) El Felino (hair) Mexico City Infierno en el Ring December 5, 2014 [Note 5][35]
Super Crazy (hair) El Felino (hair) Mexico City Lucha Elite show February 28, 2016 [36]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ El Felino and Heavy Metal defeated Kick Boxer and Thai Boxer in a Pepe Casas' hair vs. Tirantes' hair match.
  2. ^ Lost a Relevos suicida match to El Hijo del Santo and Pierroth, Jr. and had to wrestle each other.
  3. ^ First two men eliminated in a Relevos suicida match that also included Místico and Volador, Jr.
  4. ^ 10-man steel cage match that also included Rush, Mr. Águila, El Terrible, El Texano, Jr., Héctor Garza, Máximo, Blue Panther and Negro Casas.
  5. ^ 10-man steel cage match that also included Bárbaro Cavernario, Blue Panther, Marco Corelone, Máximo, Shocker, El Terrible, Último Guerrero and Volador Jr.

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