|Birth name||Carlos López Tovar|
|Born||August 28, 1912|
Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico
|Died||August 28, 1975(aged 63)|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||El Tarzán|
|Billed height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Billed weight||84 kg (185 lb)|
|Trained by||Gonzalo Avendaño|
|Debut||April 12, 1934|
Carlos López Tovar (28 August 1912 – 28 August 1975) was a luchador who was active in the 1930s and 1940s, better known by the ring name Tarzán López. He was known as "Tarzan" because of his bodybuilder's physique, Lopez held the Mexican national welterweight championship from 1936 through 1939. He also captured the NWA middleweight title several times and was named MVP in Mexico in 1940, 1944, and 1948.
Professional wrestling career
Carlos made his professional debut in 1934 under the name Carlos López, and was soon recruited by trainer Gonzalo Avendaño. He was launched into his first feud against Salvador Flores, a feud that made the young López very popular. This popularity eventually resulted in López being signed to Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre (EMLL), where he gained his first title, the Mexican National Welterweight Championship, which he won on March 11, 1936.
López was one of the most popular luchadores of his era, winning the title of Luchador of the Year in 1940, 1944, and 1948.
Although still one of the most popular wrestlers in Mexico, López's career ended early over a monetary dispute with EMLL. López requested a loan with which he intended to help a friend who desperately needed the money. When the owners of EMLL refused, an angry López retired from the professional wrestling business and never looked back.
Championships and accomplishments
- Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre
- Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
- Mexican National Middleweight Championship (1 time)
- Mexican National Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Henry Pilusso
- Mexican National Welterweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA World Middleweight Championship (2 times)
- NWA World Middlweight Championship (1 time)1
- World Middleweight Championship (2 times)2
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
1This championship was under the control of the National Wrestling Association, a governing body in professional wrestling that existed prior to the National Wrestling Alliance. The title was abandoned in 1940.
2This title is actually the same championship that the National Wrestling Alliance would come to adopt and recognize. However, the title was created before the founding of the National Wrestling Alliance but after the World Middleweight Championship used by the National Wrestling Association was abandoned.
- General sources – Championship Information
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Mexico". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 389–402. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- General sources – Career
- Madigan, Dan (2007). "Dorada de lucha libre: Las Leyendas, las peleas, los fósforos del resentimiento (the golden age of lucha libre: the legends, the feuds, the grudge matches): Tarzán López". Mondo Lucha Libre: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperCollins Publisher. pp. 197–199. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3.
- "Lucha Libre: Conoce la historia de las leyendas de cuadrilátero". Tarzán López (1921–1974) (in Spanish). Mexico. 2008. p. 60. Grandes Figuras de la Lucha Libre.