Fuego (wrestler)

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Fuego
Fuego (Wrestler).jpg
Fuego in November 2016
Born (1981-12-11) December 11, 1981 (age 35)[1]
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Flash
Fuego
Billed height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Billed weight 78 kg (172 lb)[1]
Trained by Charito de Oro[1]
Skayde[1]
El Cholo[1]
Debut 2003

Fuego (born December 11, 1981) is a Mexican luchador enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler currently working for the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). His original ring character, Flash, was inspired by the comic book character The Flash. Fuego regularly teams with Stuka, Jr., with whom he held the CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship for a record four and a half years. Fuego'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.[2] On November 19, 2009 it was announced that Flash was changing his ring name to Fuego (Spanish for "Fire") from that point forward.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Flash made his professional wrestling debut in 2003, immediately adopting the ring name Flash and an outfit and mask that was patterened after the comic book character The Flash, although he would often change the main color of his outfit to blue or white and not just the red of the original character. After only a year of professional experience Flash was offered and accepted a contract with the Mexican promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). Flash made his CMLL debut in April, 2004 on a show in Puebla, Puebla working mainly in the first and second match of the night. Flash's first top level exposure came in 2007 when he teamed with Marco Corleone in the 2007 Gran Alternativa tournament. The team lost to Dos Caras, Jr. and Valiente in the first round.[3]

Teaming with Stuka, Jr.[edit]

By 2008 Flash had begun teaming with Stuka, Jr. on a semi-regular basis, especially on CMLL's "lower level" shows away from Arena Mexico. When CMLL announced that they were bringing back the CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship in June, 2008 the team of Flash and Stuka, Jr. was one of the 16 teams entered in the tournament. The first three rounds of the tournament took place on June 22, 2008 and saw Stucka, Jr. and Flash defeated Astro Boy and Molotov in the first round, the Los Guerreros Tuareg team of Nitro and Skandalo in the quarter final and Bronco and Diamante Negro in the semi final[4][5] The team faced and defeated Los Infernales (Nosferatu and Euforia) in the final on June 28, 2008 to win the Arena Colise Tag Team Championship.[6] Flash and Stuka, Jr. teamed with Máscara Purpura to defeat the Guerreros Tuareg team of Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max and Skándalo at CMLL's 2008 Infierno en el Ring event.[7] Through the fall of 2009 Flash and Stuka, Jr. worked a series of matches against Los Infernales, including a successful tag team title defense on December 14, 2008.[4] Los Infernales defeated Stuka, Jr. and Flash at CMLL's La Hora Cero PPV on January 11, 2009 but the Coliseo Tag Team title was not on[8] Flash and Stuka, Jr. teamed with Metalico at CMLL's 2009 Infierno en el Ring event as the trio lost to the team of Virus, Euforia and Skandalo.[9] At a CMLL press conference on November 19, 2009 it was announced that Flash had changed his name to "Fuego" ("Fire") and along with the name changed his outfit to a "fire" inspired outfit instead of the outfit that closely resembled the DC superhero.[10] On March 3, 2013, Fuego's and Stuka, Jr.'s four and a half year reign as the CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Champions came to an end, when they lost the title to La Fievre Amarilla ("The Yellow Fever"; Namajague and Okumura).[11] On October 27, Fuego won his first singles title, when he defeated Bárbaro Cavernario for the Occidente Middleweight Championship.[12] From January 14 to 19, 2014, Fuego worked the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and CMLL co-produced Fantastica Mania 2014 tour, which marked his debut in Japan. For the entire tour, Fuego worked undercard matches, often teaming with Rey Cometa and Stuka, Jr.[13][14] From June 28 to July 13, 2014, Fuego worked another tour with NJPW, working opposite Máscara Dorada.[15] On October 25, 2014, Fuego returned to NJPW, teaming up with Ryusuke Taguchi for the 2014 Super Junior Tag Tournament. The team lost to El Desperado and Taichi in the first round.[16] Fuego remained with NJPW until November 8.[17]

On December 25, 2015 as part of CMLL's annual Infierno en el Ring show Fuego was one of twelve men risking their mask in the main event steel cage match. He was the ninth man to leave the cage, keeping his mask safe in the process.[18] Three days later Fuego once again risked his mask in a steel cage match, this time in Arena Puebla where ten men risked their masks or hair in the ring. Once again Fuego escaped the ring, keeping his mask safe.

On October 21, 2016, Fuego took part in 2016 Super Jr. Tag Tournament which is held at Road to Power Struggle event, teaming up with Ryusuke Taguchi. They advanced to the next round after defeating the team of Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask in the first round.[19] In the semi-finals Fuego and Taguchi lost to Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero) to be eliminated from the tournament.[20]

Not to be mistaken for[edit]

Several wrestlers have used the ring name "Flash", most notably a wrestler from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico who held the Mexican National Lightweight Championship under that name. The Guadalajara Flash passed the name on to his sons who wrestle as Flash I and Flash II or alternately Hijo de Flash I and Hijo de Flash II.[21]

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Flash (mask) Hooligan II (mask) Cuernavaca, Morelos Live event September 1, 2005 [Note 1][1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Relevos suicida match: lost to Spider-Man and Hooligan III and were forced to wrestle against each other.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Tecnicos - Flash" (in Spanish). Fuego En El Ring. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "Okay... what is Lucha Libre?". Mondo Lucha Libre: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 29–40. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  3. ^ Ocampo, Jorge (September 12, 2004). "Gran Alternativa 2007". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). issue 229. 
  4. ^ a b "Lo Mejor de la Lucha Libre Mexicana 2008". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 6, 2008. 296. Retrieved July 11, 2009. 
  5. ^ Arturo Rosas Plata (June 23, 2008). "Ya están los Finalistas". Ovaciones (in Spanish). Mexico, D.F.: Editorial Ovaciones, S. A. de C.V. p. 22. Número 21264 Año LXI. Retrieved July 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Arturo Rosas Plata (June 30, 2008). "La tarde se Pintó de azul". Ovaciones (in Spanish). Mexico, D.F.: Editorial Ovaciones, S. A. de C.V. p. 22. Número 21271 Año LXI. Retrieved July 24, 2009. 
  7. ^ Yoav (June 15, 2008). "Resultados Infierno en el Ring en Vivo!". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved September 21, 2009. 
  8. ^ Ocampo, Jorge (January 11, 2009). "Resultados Arena México: La Hora Cero - Shockercito pierde la máscara dice llamarse Javier Cortes Sánchez". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved July 28, 2009. 
  9. ^ Arturo Rosas Plata (August 1, 2009). "Naitoh... Abrió los Ojos!". Ovaciones (in Spanish). Mexico, D.F.: Editorial Ovaciones, S. A. de C.V. p. 22—23. Número 21665 Año LXII. Retrieved August 2, 2009. 
  10. ^ Maquina, Alva (November 19, 2009). "CMLL- Los Hijos del Averno y No Limit firmaron los contratos para Sin Salida – Se presentan los Cancerberos – Flash ahora será Fuego". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved November 20, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Okumura y Namajague Campeones de la Coliseo". Medio Tiempo (in Spanish). March 3, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b ""Fuego" da la sorpresa y es nuevo campeón". El Informador (in Spanish). October 27, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ "『Fantastica Mania』メンバーが決定!! 2代目ミスティコが参戦!! 素顔のボラドールなど、16名が大挙上陸!!". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). November 7, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Los programas oficiales de la gira NJPW Presents: CMLL Fantastica Mania 2014". Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (in Spanish). January 6, 2014. Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  15. ^ "6.28岐阜で棚橋15周年記念試合! 6.29後楽園で石井vs裕二郎! 7.4後楽園で飯伏vsKushida! 『Kizuna Road』全カード!!". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). June 23, 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  16. ^ Macklin, Matthew (October 25, 2015). "New Japan Pro Wrestling news & notes". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved October 26, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Power Struggle". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Archived from the original on November 11, 2014. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Lucha Libre función viernes 25 de diciembre". Yahoo Deportes (in Spanish). Yahoo!. December 26, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  19. ^ Tees, David. "COMPLETE NJPW ROAD TO POWER STRUGGLE ’16 RESULTS: THE JUNIOR TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT KICKS OFF, KENNY OMEGA AND KAZUCHIKA OKADA LOCK UP & BONE SOLDIER CONTINUES HIS FEUD WITH YOSHI TATSU". Fightful.com. Retrieved October 23, 2016. 
  20. ^ Csonka, Larry (October 30, 2016). "Csonka’s NJPW Road to Power Struggle Review 10.30.16". 411Mania. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Flash (primera version) (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico. September 1, 2009. p. 16. Tomo II.