Pequeño Universo 2000

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Pequeño Universo 2000
Born 1978
State of Mexico, Mexico[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Pequeño Universo 2000
Universito 2000
Billed height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Billed weight 74 kg (163 lb)[1]
Trained by Pirata Morgan[1][2]
Hombre Bala[2]
Villano I[1]
Genaro Contreas[1]
Debut 2000
2007 (as Pequeño Universo 2000)[1]

Pequeño Universo 2000, sometimes also referred to as Universito 2000, is a Mexican luchador enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler. He is working for the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in their Mini-Estrella division, which does not necessarily mean that Fantasy is a dwarf as several wrestlers who are just shorter in stature work in the "Mini" division.[3] Pequeño Universo 2000'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.[4] His name means "Little Universo 2000" and his ring character is based on Universo 2000, a regular sized Luchador, whom he leases the rights to the name from.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

In Lucha Libre it is traditional to keep the true identify of a masked wrestler a secret, not revealing their real names and often not revealing what previous ring names they have competed under.[4] No previous ring identities have been confirmed for Pequeño Universo 2000, but it has been stated that he made his professional debut in 2000 and did not adopt the Pequeño Universo 2000 mask and ring persona until around 2007, which means he worked under other names before this, possibly even working for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) as one or several other masked or unmasked Mini-Estrella characters. He adopted the "Pequeño Universo 2000" ring character in 2006, working wearing the same wrestling outfit, including the mask of Universo 2000, playing off the character and the success of the original Universo 2000. It is not uncommon in Lucha Libre to pay for the use of someone else's ring character or gimmick, either as a Mini version or as a "Junior" version of the original, normally when their own career is in its later years.[4]

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2008–present)[edit]

Pequeño Universo 2000 started working for the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in the summer of 2008, which was after Universo 2000 stopped working regularly for that same company, as a rudo (Spanish term for a person portraying a bad guy character in wrestling). The first recorded match of his CMLL career took place on April 27, 2008 where he teamed up with Pierrothito to defeat Atomo and Shockercito in a Tag Team match. In September 2008 CMLL decided to add another championship to their Mini-Estrellas division when they made the Mexican National Lightweight Championship Mini-Estrellas exclusive.[5] Pequeño Universo 2000 was placed in the first group of wrestlers hoping to qualify for the tournament final, but was eliminated in the Torneo cibernetico elimination match that took place on September 9, 2009.[6] The Mini-Estrella division was featured in its first pay-per-view main event at CMLL's La Hora Cero ("Zero Hour") as 14 Mini-Estrellas all put their masks on the line in a steel cage match where the last two people in the ring would have to wrestle under Lucha de Apuesta (bet match) rules inside the steel cage. Whoever lost the match would be forced to unmask per Lucha Libre traditions. Pequeño Universo 2000 managed to climb out of the cage as the eight overall escapee, ensuring that he did not have to risk his mask at the end of the match.[7] On August 14, 2009, Pequeño Universo 2000 was once again part of a multi-man steel cage match, this time the Mini-Estrellas competed with regular sized competitors in the match. Pequeño Universito 2000 escape the cage early on, keeping his mask safe once again.[8] On March 7, 2010, Pequeño Universo 2000 competed in the 2010 Pequeños Reyes del Aire ("Little Kings of the Air") tournament alongside Bam Bam, Electrico, Pequeño Damián 666, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Black Warrior, Shockercito, and Último Dragóncito in a Torneo cibernetico , a multi man elimination tournament. CMLL decided not to book Pequeño Universo 2000 as the tournament winner, instead he was eliminated early in the match.[9] As part of CMLL's bicentennial celebrations, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence CMLL held a Torneo Bicentenario where the winner of the tournament would be "promoted" to compete in the regular division going forward.[10] The second of the cibernetico matches took place on August 17 and saw Pierrothito outlast Pequeño Universo 2000, as well as Aéreo, Astral, Bam Bam, Pequeño Halcón, Pequeño Black Warrior, and Último Dragóncito.[11] On August 21, 2011, CMLL held a Ruleta de la Muerte (Spanish for "Roulette of Death") tournament for the Mini-Estrellas division and include Pequeño Nitro as one of the participants.[12] The Ruleta de la Muerte tournament format is based on the Lucha Libre Parejas Increibles match type where two wrestlers of opposite allegiance, have to team up.[4] In a Ruleta de la Muerte tournament tag teams face off in a single elimination tournament, but unlike traditional tournaments it is the losing team that advances in this case. The team that loses the tag team match final must immediately wrestle against each other in a Lucha de Apuestas match, where either their mask or their hair is on the line.[4] Pequeño Universo 2000 teamed up with Último Dragóncito to defeat the team of Fantasy and Pequeño Black Warrior and thus did not have to risk their masks later in the tournament.[12] On May 1, 2012, Pequeño Universo 2000 was one of 16 Mini-Estrellas to participate in the 2012 version of the Pequeños Reyes del Aire tournament as one of 16 competitors but CMLL decided not to have him win the tournament.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Super Estrellas > Miniestrellas Rudos > Pequeño Universo 2000" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. April 17, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Entrevista con los Mini-Estrellas (Television production). Mexico: Fox Sports. November 21, 2009. 
  3. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "You ain't seen nothing yet: the minis". Mondo Lucha A Go-Go: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 209–212. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Madigan, Dan (2007). "Okay... what is Lucha Libre?". Mondo Lucha A Go-Go: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 29–40. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  5. ^ Alfredo Ascencio (September 24, 2008). "En honor a Panther" (in Spanish). ESTO, OEM Online. Retrieved July 12, 2009. 
  6. ^ Alfredo Ascencio (September 10, 2009). "Despachan rápido a los Guerreros" (in Spanish). ESTO, OEM online. Retrieved July 11, 2009. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Huganster (August 19, 2009). "Noche triste para los poblanos... cayó el Misterio de Mr. Rafaga Pequeño Pierroth el culpable" (in Spanish). El Pancracio.com.mx. Retrieved August 20, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Pequeno Nitro gana el torneo Pequenos Reyes del Aire 2010". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). March 9, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ "CMLL el Sueno de un mini-estrella so convierte realidad". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). August 10, 2010. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Pequeno Pierroth a la final de Torneo Bicentenario". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). August 19, 2010. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Ruiz Glez, Alex (August 21, 2011). "Bam Bam pierde la cabellera ante Pequeño Pierroth". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ MedioTiempo Agencias (May 2, 2012). "Los Guerreros retienen los Campeonatos de Parejas". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). Retrieved October 11, 2012.