Jesse Hernandez

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Jesse Hernandez
Birth nameJesse Lizarraga
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Jesse Hernandez
El Fraile[1]
Friar #1[1]
Jesse Cortez[1]
The Intruder[1]
Billed fromSan Bernardino, California, U.S.[1]
Trained byGreat Goliath[1]

Jesse Lizarraga (born August 25, 1950), known by the ring name Jesse Hernandez, is a Mexican American professional wrestler, referee, trainer, and actor. He is the owner of the independent wrestling organization Empire Wrestling Federation, based in San Bernardino, California. He has trained or helped train wrestlers such as Melina Perez, Rico Constantino, Rocky Romero, Ricky Reyes, Alex Koslov, Kia "Awesome Kong" Stevens, Lena Yada and Layla El. He formed the school of Hard Knocks training facility with Bill Anderson, who left to form his own training camp. In 2006, he was inducted into the Southern California Pro-Wrestling Hall of Fame. Before he began his wrestling career, played football at the University of Missouri.

Lizarraga has refereed several years for World Wrestling Entertainment, National Wrestling Alliance L.P.W.A. Ladies Professional Wrestling Association, and Women of Wrestling among others, giving him a reputation of being inescapable in the wrestling industry.

Acting roles for Lizarraga include the films Grunt: The Wrestling Movie, Bad Guys, Frontera Sin Ley, Ed Wood, Body Slam, and the TV series Mad About You.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Wrestler Profiles: Jesse Hernandez". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-05-05.