February 22, 1973 |
Mexico City, Mexico
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Billed weight||98 kg (216 lb)|
|Billed from||Gómez Palacio, Durango|
|Trained by||Scaramouche I
Chaparrito de Oro
|Debut||November 11, 1990|
Mr. Niebla (born February 22, 1973) is a Mexican Luchador Enmascarado (Spanish for masked professional wrestler). Mr. Niebla's real name is unknown, as is the tradition in Lucha Libre for masked wrestlers. Niebla is Spanish for "Fog". Mr. Niebla is mostly known for working for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) from the early 1990s until 2007 and again from 2008. From 2007 to 2008 Mr. Niebla worked for CMLL's main Mexican rival (AAA) where he was part of the stable Los Vipers. On his return to CMLL he was one of the founding members of a stable known as La Peste Negra (Spanish for "the Black Plague").
Professional wrestling career
The wrestler who would later become known as Mr. Niebla made his professional wrestling debut on November 11, 1990 working under the Ring name Chamaco Audaz (the Audacious Kid). Later on he would work under various other ring names and various mask as El Pupilo (the Pupil), El Marquez, Shadow 2000, Chico Veloz (Fast Boy) and even Batman for a brief period. In March 1992 he finally came up with the name "Mr. Niebla" which he has used ever since. Working as Mr. Niebla he would earn the nickname El Caballero del Estilo Diferente (the Gentleman with a different style).
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (1995-2007)
In the early 1990s Mr. Niebla began working for Mexico's largest professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). Early on Mr. Niebla worked mainly for one of the local CMLL-affiliates but did manage to win both the Distrito Federal Welterweight Championship and the Distrito Federal Tag Team Championship once. By the mid-1990s Mr. Niebla worked full-time for the main roster, taking part in the 1996 CMLL Torneo Gran Alternativa. Mr. Niebla was teamed with Héctor Garza and qualified for the finals but ultimately lost to Emilio Charles, Jr. and Rey Bucanero. In 1997 Mr. Niebla formed a trio with fellow good guys (called Técnicos in Lucha Libre) Lizmark and Atlantis called La Ola Azul (the Blue Wave). On April 29, 1997 La Ola Azul defeated El Satánico, Emilio Charles, Jr. and Rey Bucanero to win the CMLL World Trios Championship, Mr. Niebla's first major title victory. Over the next year the team would successfully defend the title twice against the team of Apolo Dantés, Kevin Quinn and Steel and once against the previous champions. On January 23, 1998 Mr. Niebla teamed up with Shocker to win the CMLL World Tag Team Championship from Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Emilio Charles, Jr. Subsequently Niebla and Shocker would defend the tag team championship against Blue Panther and Black Warrior, Bestia Salvaje and Scorpio, Jr. and the Hermanas Dinamita (Cien Caras and Universo 2000). In October, 1998 Mr. Niebla suffered an injury during a match, an injury that was so severe that Mr. Niebla was forced to vacate both the Trios title and the Tag Team title.
In early 1998 a wrestler in International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG) began working as "Mr. Niebla", even wearing the same style mask and trunks as the original Mr. Niebla. IWRG claimed that the original Mr. Niebla did not actually own the rights to the name but was given it by a trainer and that the IWRG had gotten permission from that same individual to use the Mr. Niebla name. When the original Mr. Niebla was injured CMLL brought in the second Mr. Niebla and had him work matches while the original was injured. When the original Mr. Niebla returned to the ring he immediately attacked the impostor. The storyline between the two Mr. Nieblas came to an end when the two met in a Luchas de apuestas, mask vs. mask match for the rights to the name. The original Mr. Niebla won, forcing the impostor to unmask and change his name to Mr. Mexico. Mr. Niebla continued to team with Shocker but the team were not able to win the Tag Team title back. On September 24, 1999, at the CMLL 66th Anniversary Show, the team of Nr. Niebla and Shocker faced Atlantis and Villaño III in a Relevos suicida match, a match where the losing team would fight each other for their mask. In the main event match of CMLL's 66th Anniversary show, Atlantis and Villaño III defeated the much less experienced team, afterwards Mr. Niebla defeated Shocker to unmask him. On March 30, 2001, Mr. Niebla teamed up with Olímpico and Safari to defeat Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera and El Signo to win the Mexican National Trios Championship. For the next 450 days the trios defended the title against Emilio Charles Jr., Bestia Salvaje and Scorpio Jr.; Satánico, Averno and Black Warrior; Los Boricuas (Gran Markus, Jr., Poder Boricua and Violencia) and Los Infernales (Satanico, Averno, Mephisto). Their second defense against Los Infernales was unsuccessful and on June 23, 2002, Mr. Niebla, Olímpico and Safair lost the Mexican National Trios Title. Only a week prior, on June 16, 2002, Mr. Niebla had teamed up with Atlantis and Black Warrior to regain the CMLL World Trios Title from Dr. Wagner, Jr. Blue Panther and Fuerza Guerrera. The team defended the titles into 2003, losing them to Dr. Wagner, Jr, Universo 2000 and Black Tiger III on March 31, 2003. The match against Wagner, Universo and Black Tiger III was part of a longer storyline between Mr. Niebla and Universo 2000. The two had clashed in 2002 over Universo 2000's CMLL World Heavyweight Championship but at the time Universo 2000 had kept the title. On April 18, 2003, Mr. Niebla defeated Universo 2000 to become the CMLL World Heavyweight Champion. Mr. Niebla would successfully turn back the challenges of Universo 2000, Apolo Dantés, Shocker, Rey Bucanero and Tinieblas, Jr. over the next 543 days. On October 12, 2004, Mr. Niebla lost the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship back to Universo 2000 and was unsuccessful in his attempt to regain it. In late 2006 or early 2007 Mr. Niebla left CMLL, he would later explain the decision to as a desire for him to not "go backward" down the rankings of the promotion and felt he would get better opportunities elsewhere.
Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (2007-2008)
After working for CMLL for over a decade, Mr. Niebla left CMLL to work for their main rival Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) in later 2007. Niebla made his debut as one of Los Vipers, a long existing faction of villains (known as Rudos in Lucha Libre), and soon began challening Los Vipers' leader Abismo Negro for the leadership role. In the spring of 2008 the storyline saw the two physically fight over the leadership in matches where the job was on the line. Each time Abismo Negro won, but each time AAA head booker Joaquín Roldan announced that the decision was overturned and that Negro, despite winning, did not lead Los Vipers. After the second match the rest of Los Vipers turned on Abismo Negro and kicked him out of the group. The storyline was supposed to end in a Luchas de apuestas match between Niebla and Negro at Triplemanía XVI. Later on the match was changed to a multi-man steel cage match including all of Los Vipers (Mr. Niebla, Black Abyss, Psicosis II and Histeria) and Abismo Negro with the last person in the cage being forced to unmask. A few days before the event the matchw as cancelled with AAA claiming that Abismo Negro had suffered a neck injury. On the night of Triplemanía XVI Mr. Niebla quit AAA, opting to return to CMLL instead. Mr. Niebla later states that he left AAA because the big mask vs. mask match he was promised fell through the Abismo Negro was unable to work the Triplemanía match and that he came back to CMLL looking to make his mark unmasking a "big name" such as Místico or Dr. Wagner, Jr. He also apologized to AAA if they were upset with the way he left but believed he handled everything in a professional manner and that he was up front about his ambitions for a "big name" mask vs. mask match.
Return to CMLL (2008-present)
When Mr. Niebla returned to CMLL in July 2008, he quickly formed 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. 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. 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. La Pesta Negra's biggest triumf to date is Negro Casas' title win over Místico that brought the CMLL World Welterweight Championship into the group. In March 2010 Mr. Niebla suffered a knee injury that kept him out of the ring for over three months. In early June, 2010 CMLL announced that after recuperating in Europe Mr. Niebla was ready to return to the ring, reuniniting La Peste Negra for the first time in several months. After making only a few in ring appearances Mr. Niebla disappeared from the CMLL booking sheets once again, replaced with Rey Bucanero. It was later revealed that his body had rejected the implant he had been given during his previous time away from the ring and it had to be replaced, putting him out of action for approximately a month before he was able to wrestle again. On August 16, 2010 it was announced that the recently returned Mr. Niebla would be one of 14 men putting their mask on the line in a Luchas de Apuestas steel cage match, the main event of the CMLL 77th Anniversary Show. Mr. Niebla was the sixth man to leave the steel cage, keeping his mask safe. The match came down to La Sombra pinning Olímpico to unmask him. On July 29, 2011, Mr. Niebla defeated 15 other men to win the 2011 Leyenda de Azul. On March 2, 2012, at Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, Mr. Niebla and Atlantis defeated Rush and El Terrible to win the Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles tournament, where rivals teamed together. In late 2012 the long dormant rivalry between Mr. Niebla and his former tag team partner Shocker rose to the surface again as the two began to work on opposite sides of a number of matches, with increasing intensity and animosity from both wrestlers. The two were paired up for the 2013 Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles as a way to continue the storyline between the two. The team worked together without too many problems in the initial rounds as they defeated the teams of Marco Corleone and Kraneo and the team of Máscara Dorada and Mephisto to qualify for the semi-finals. In the semi-finals they lost to eventual tournament winners La Sombra and Volador, Jr. Following the loss Mr. Niebla and Shocker argued and almost came to blows over who was responsible for losing the match. In January 2014, Niebla launched a new Peste Negra with Bárbaro Cavernario and Herodes, Jr. On February 14, Niebla and Cavernario defeated Soberano Jr. and Volador Jr. in the finals to win the 2014 Torneo Gran Alternativa. On February 18, Niebla, El Felino and Negro Casas defeated La Máscara, Rush and Titán to win the Mexican National Trios Championship. In January 2015, Niebla made his New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) debut, when he worked the Fantastica Mania 2015 tour, co-produced by CMLL and NJPW. Mr. Niebla did not wrestle on the last two stops of the tour. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Niebla had disappeared on the third night and was the following morning found passed out in his hotel room, after which he was rushed to a local hospital for the next three days. NJPW, reportedly furious at the event, made CMLL pay for the hospital bill, leading to CMLL firing Niebla upon their return to Mexico. CMLL confirmed Niebla's departure from the promotion in February 2015.
Niebla returned to CMLL on April 5, 2015, teaming with El Felino and Negro Casas in a six-man tag team match, where they defeated Máximo, Titán and Volador Jr. On April 26, La Peste Negra lost the Mexican National Trios Championship to Los Reyes de la Atlantida (Atlantis, Delta and Guerrero Maya Jr.).
Championships and accomplishments
- Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL)
- CMLL World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- CMLL World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Shocker
- CMLL World Trios Championship (2 times) – with Atlantis and Lizmark, Atlantis and Black Warrior
- Carnaval Increible Tournament (2000) – with Último Guerrero and Rey Bucanero
- CMLL Torneo Gran Alternativa (2014) – with Bárbaro Cavernario
- CMLL Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles (2012) – with Atlantis
- Salvador Lutteroth Singles Tournament (1998)
- Mexican National Trios Championship (2 times) – with Safari and Olímpico (1), and El Felino and Negro Casas (1)
- Distrito Federal Welterweight Championship (1 time)
- Distrito Federal Tag Team Championship (1 time) – unknown partner
- Leyenda de Azul (2011)
- International Wrestling Revolution Group
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Other promotions
- WFS Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Vertigo
Luchas de Apuestas record
|Winner (wager)||Loser (wager)||Location||Event||Date||Notes|
|Mr. Niebla (mask)||MS-1 (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||Unknown|
|Mr. Niebla (mask)||Bestia Negra (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||Unknown|
|Mr. Niebla (mask)||Popitekus (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||Unknown|
|Mr. Niebla (mask)||Estrella de Plata (mask)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||March 20, 1995|||
|Mr. Niebla (mask)||Super Brazo (mask)||Naucalpan, Mexico State||Live event||July 16, 1995|||
|Mr. Niebla (mask)||Ébola (mask)||Naucalpan, Mexico State||Live event||1996|||
|Mr. Niebla (mask)||Cavernícola II (hair)||Naucalpan, Mexico State||Live event||February 2, 1996||[Note 1]|
|Mr. Niebla (mask, name)||Mr. Niebla II (mask, name)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||August 20, 1999|||
|Mr. Niebla (mask)||Shocker (mask)||Mexico City, Mexico||CMLL 66th Anniversary Show||September 24, 1999||[Note 2]|
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