Magnus (luchador)

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Magnus
Born (1993-02-17) February 17, 1993 (age 26)
Mexico City, Mexico
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Astro Boy
Magnus
Billed height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Billed weight85 kg (187 lb)[1]
Trained byTony Salazar[1]
Franco Colombo[1]
Arkangel de la Muerte
Debut2009

Magnus (born February 17, 1993) is a Mexican reality TV personality and luchador enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler, currently working for the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) portraying a tecnico ("good guy") wrestling character. Magnus's real name is not a matter of public record, as is often the case with masked wrestlers in Mexico when their private lives are kept a secret from the wrestling fans.[2] His ring name was inspired by Magnus Maximus, a Roman Emperor (335–388)[1]

Personal life[edit]

Magnus is the son of the CMLL trainer and booking team member Tony Salazar and the nephew of Manuel Almanza who worked under the ring name "Dr. Karontes". Magnus is the cousin of the original Místico (the original Sin Cara in WWE) as well as the cousin of the wrestlers Argenis, Argos, Astro Boy, Dr. Karontes, Jr. and an unidentified member of Los Mini Psycho Circus.[3][4]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Magnus briefly wrestled for Toryumon Mexico as "Astro Boy", a ring name used by three of his older cousins before him.

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2011)[edit]

Magnus started his CMLL career as a member of the informal Generación 2011 stable, which also included the newcomers Bobby Zavala, Enrique Vera, Jr., Hombre Bala, Jr., Dragon Lee, Hijo del Signo and Super Halcón, Jr.[5] During the press conference, Magnus wore a mask with an open mouth and only a passing resemblance to the mask that CMLL's top tecnico Místico had worn. His mask was redesigned for his first match and the color scheme was changed to be primarily silver, closely resembling the outfits that Místico wore before leaving CMLL, leading people to comment that CMLL was trying to recreate the character with Magnus.[6][7] CMLL held a Forjando un Ídolo (Spanish for "Forging an idol") tournament in April and May 2011, with the purpose of identifying which of the 16 newcomers in the tournament would move up the ranks of the promotion. The tournament consisted of two rounds, beginning with a round-robin group round, with the top two in each of the four groups competing in an elimination tournament. Magnus defeated Ángel de Plata but lost to both Pólvora and Fuego, leaving him with only three points, not enough to advance to the next round.[8] Magnus entered the 2011 Torneo Gran Alternativa tournament, a tag team tournament that sees a rookie team up with an experienced wrestler for a tournament. Escorpión was randomly teamed up with Brazo de Plata and lost in the first round to Rey Escorpión and Último Guerrero[9]

El Luchador and independent circuit (2011–2012)[edit]

Magnus was one of the featured characters on the CMLL produced reality television show El Luchador ("the Wrestler"), shown on A&E Latinoamericano in both season one and season two.[10] In season one, Magnus was portrayed as a young luchador hopeful, who let his own arrogance stand in the way of his potential. During the final episode, CMLL revealed that Magnus was the son of Tony Salazar and Magnus was suspended from CMLL because of his antics. While the show was portrayed as being "real", parts of the storyline with Magnus were most likely fictional. Magnus injured himself during the filming of the show, which meant that he disappeared from the ring for a couple of months to recuperate. When he resurfaced, he did not work on any CMLL-promoted shows, only working on the Mexican independent circuit on shows that also included CMLL luchadors such as the Toryumon Mexico shows in Mexico City. While competing at Toryumon, he won the XV Torneo Copa Dragon by defeating Tauro in the final. He also lost a number one contendership scramble match for the NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship. In his absence, CMLL gave the actual "Místico" name, mask and outfit to another wrestler, Dragon Lee, who then became Místico La Nueva Era.[11] During the promotion of the second season, it was mentioned that Magnus had challenged Dragon Lee to a Lucha de Apuesta, Mask vs. Mask, playing off the story that the two were friends in season one, before Dragon Lee took over the "Místico" character.[12]

Return to CMLL (2012–present)[edit]

Magnus returned to CMLL in October 2012, coinciding with the first of season 2 of El Luchador. Magnus acknowledged that his attitude had led to him being put out of CMLL and was grateful for the second change he was given.[13] On his return, he teamed up with fellow Generacion 2011 workers Hombre Bala Jr. and Super Halcón Jr. to defeat the team of Apocalipsis, Inquisidor and Zayco.[14] Magnus unveiled a new look that no longer resembled the Místico but instead had the color scheme and general look of Místico's WWE look as Sin Cara.[15][16]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Magnus". Forjando un Idolo (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  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. ^ Boutwell, Josh (August 26, 2011). "Viva La Raza! Lucha Weekly". WrestleView. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  4. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "A family affair". Mondo Lucha a Go Go: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins. pp. 128–132. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3.
  5. ^ Ruiz Glez, Alex (January 13, 2011). "Estos son los integrantes de la "Generación 2011 del CMLL"". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  6. ^ "Resultados Arena México (12 de febrero 2011): Magnus, ¿un nuevo Místico? ...Máscara Dorada venció a Averno". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). February 12, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  7. ^ Reddacion MedioTiempo (February 12, 2010). "¿Magnus el nuevo Místico?". MediTiempo (in Spanish). Archived from the original on February 15, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  8. ^ "fase de grupos". Forjando un Idolo (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  9. ^ Ruiz Glez, Alex (March 26, 2011). "Arena México (resultados 25 de marzo) Último Guerrero y Escorpión a la final de la gran alternativa 2011 ¿Goto y Rush inician rivalidad?". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  10. ^ Boutwell, Josh (October 22, 2011). "Viva La Raza! Lucha Weekly". WrestleView. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  11. ^ Mexicool, Rey (June 20, 2012). "Dragon Lee se convierte en "Místico"". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  12. ^ "El Luchador 2da temporada". Kaiser Sports (in Spanish). Bayern Munich Communications Business Group. October 17, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  13. ^ "El Hijo prodigo vilvio reaparece Magnus". CMLL Gaceta (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. October 9, 2012.
  14. ^ "Quedan picados Volador Jr, Sombra y el público". Kaiser Sports (in Spanish). Bayern Munich Communications Business Group. October 10, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  15. ^ "Picture of Magnus in gear closely resembling Sin Cara's first WWE look". Estrellas del Ring. October 9, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  16. ^ "Promo: ¡Magnus regresa a la Arena México! – ¿El Sín Cara del CMLL?". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). October 10, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2012.