Tritón (wrestler)

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Tritón
Born (1987-03-23) March 23, 1987 (age 30)[1]
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Metal Blanco
Tritón
Billed height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[2]
Billed weight 81 kg (179 lb)[2]
Trained by Cesar Dantes[2]
Máscara Mágica[3]
Gran Cochisse[2]
El Satánico[2]
Franco Colombo[2]
Shocker[2]
Debut November 20, 2006[1]

Tritón (born March 23, 1987) is a Mexican luchador enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler working for the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) portraying a tecnico ("Good guy") wrestling character. Titan'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] He previously worked under the ring name Metal Blanco from 2005 to 2011.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Tritón is the son of Luchador (professional wrestler) Flash, although he is no relation to Fuego, who used to work as "Flash" as well. Outside of his date and place of birth not much personal information has been revealed about Tritón, which is not uncommon in Mexico where they place a high degree of importance in keeping masked wrestler's identities private.[4]

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, at times the officially listed debut date indicates when a wrestler began wearing a specific mask and using a name, not the professional wrestling debut, thus it is possible Tritón has been wrestling longer than since 2006 and used a different name and mask before that.[4]

Metal Blanco (2006–2011)[edit]

The wrestler later known as Tritón made his debut on November 20, 2006, under the ring name Metal Blanco ("White Metal") incorporating white and metallic fabric in both his mask and wrestling trunks.[1] Initially he worked in Guadalajara, Jalisco home of one of Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre's main wrestling schools. Metal Blanco formed a tag team known as Los Metales ("The Metals"), sometimes referred to as La Fuerza M ("The Power of M") alongside Metatron and Metalik in the early part of his career. In 2007 Metal Blanco was given his first notable victory as he defeated Jeque in a Luchas de Apuestas ("Bet Match") where Jeque was forced to have his hair shaved after the loss.[1] He would later gain a similar Luchas de Apuestas win over Vaquero.[1] In 2008 Metalik was made a part of the main CMLL roster and was given a new name and image, working as Máscara Dorada instead, which ended the Los Metales team. During mid-2010 Metal Blanco and Stuka, Jr. started a storyline feud against Máscara Mágica and Exterminador, that played out on CMLL's weekly shows in Guadalajara, Jalisco. On July 27, 2010, Stuka, Jr. and Metal Blanco won a Lucha de Apuesta, masks vs. hair match. Stuka, Jr. and partner originally looked like they would have to unmask after losing the third fall, but the local wrestling commission voided the results of the third fall due to cheating by Máscara Mágica and Extreminador, restarting the match. In the end Stuka, Jr. and Metal Blanco won the third and deciding fall, forcing their opponents to be shaved bald pr. lucha libre traditions.[5] In April 2010 Metal Blanco defeated Ángel del Mal to win the local Occidente Welterweight Championship[6]

By the end of 2010 Metal Blanco, along with Palacio Negro made their wrestling debut in Mexico City, appearing at CMLL's main arena Arena Mexico. The duo teamed up with Sagrado in a tournament to determine the number one contenders for the Mexican National Trios Championship. The team was successful, advancing to the finals by defeating Los Guerreros Tuareg (Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max and Skándalo) and Los Cancerberos del Infierno (Euforia, Nosferatu and Pólvora).[6] In the finals the team lost to Ángel de Oro, Diamante and Rush, who went on to win the championship.[7] From this point forward Metal Blanco began making regular appearances in Arena Mexico. Palacio Negro was teamed up with the former Los Metals partner Máscara Dorada to participate in the 2011 Gran Alternativa tournament, where a rookie and a veteran teams up. The team won their qualification block with victories over teams such as Mephisto and Tiger Kid, Volador, Jr. and Dragon Lee, Averno and Palacio Negro.[8] They lost to Escorpión and Último Guerrero in the finals of the tournament.[9] Following the Gran Alternativa tournament Metal Blanco was entered in CMLL's Forjando un Ídolo ("Forging an Idol") tournament along with a number of other young wrestlers, all trying to make a name for themselves.[6] Metal Blanco defeated Dragon Lee, but lost to Guerrero Maya, Jr. and Delta, due to fan voting Metal Blanco earned an additional point, forcing a tie between himself and Guerrero Maya, Jr. for who would advance. Guerrero Maya, Jr. defeated Metal Blanco in the tiebreaker match, eliminating him from the tournament.[10] In late 2011 Metal Blanco entered CMLL's most prestigious annual tournament the Leyenda de Plata ("Silver Legend"), he eliminated his longtime tag team partner Palacio Negro early in the match, but did was in turn eliminated around the halfway mark.[11]

Tritón (2011–present)[edit]

Metal Blanco and Palacio Negro stopped appearing in Mexico City in early November 2011 in preparation for being repackaged with new masks and ring names. The two were reintroduced as Titán (Palacio Negro) and Tritón (Metal Blanco), presented as new versions of characters used in the early 1990s in CMLL.[12] The two were teamed up with Shocker, backing him up in a storyline feud against Atlantis, Guerrero Maya, Jr. and Delta, collectively known as Los Reyes de la Atlantida ("The Kings of the Atlantis"). Metro was originally announced as part of the group, but did not appear with the team outside of a press conference.[13] The storyline with Los Reyes was dropped only a few weeks later when Shocker was taken off the shows for personal reasons. CMLL held a Torneo Sangre Nueva ("New Blood Tournament"), similar in concept of the Forjando un Ídolo tournament, and Tritón was the last man eliminated in the first round by finalist Raziel.[14] Tritón teamed up with Atlantis to enter the 2012 Gran Alternativa tournament. The aquatic themed team defeated Hombre Bala, Jr. and Marco Corleone in the opening round, Bronco and Mr. Niebla in the second round and Raziel and Volador, Jr. in the semi final.[15] In the final they were defeated by El Terrible and Euforia.[16] In the tradition of the Forjando un Ídolo and the Sangre Nueva tournaments CMLL created the En Busca de un Ídolo ("In search of an Idol") to highlight young wrestlers, with Tritón being one of 8 entrants. He finished second to last in the first round, winning only one match while losing three and was eliminated from the tournament.[17] In January 2015, Tritón made his New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) debut, when he worked the Fantastica Mania 2015 tour, co-produced by CMLL and NJPW.[18] On December 25, 2015 as part of CMLL's annual Infierno en el Ring show Tritón was one of twelve men risking their mask in the main event steel cage match. He was the fifth man to leave the cage, keeping his mask safe in the process. [19]

The name Triton in Lucha libre[edit]

Several luchadors have used the name Tritón in lucha libre in addition to the current CMLL wrestler.

  • La Pantera, was the first man to use the name in CMLL in 1993.[20]
  • Tritoncito, a Mini-Estrella version of the original Tritón.[21]
  • Neutron, worked as Tritón for a short period of time.
  • Tritón, used the ring name before the current Tritón was given it by CMLL, mostly works for International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG) and claimed that he was the only wrestler officially licensed to use the name, while CMLL claims they had the rights due to La Pantera working under that name in CMLL in the early 1990s.[22]

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves
    • Metal Special (As Metal Blanco)[6]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Metal Blanco (mask) Jeque (hair) CMLL Live event June 24, 2007 Guadalajara, Jalisco
Metal Blanco (mask) Vaquero (hair) CMLL Live event April 5, 2008 Guadalajara, Jalisco [1]
Stuka Jr. and Metal Blanco (masks) Máscara Mágica and Exterminador (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco CMLL Live event July 27, 2010 [5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Won the title while working as Metal Blanco, the title has not officially been vacated.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Tecnicos: Metal Blanco". Fuego en el Ring (in Spanish). Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Participantes: Tecnicos Triton" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "CMLL Triton" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. April 12, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c 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. ^ a b Ruiz Glez, Alex (June 28, 2010). "Polemica en el duelo en que Stuka Jr y Metal Blanco ganan las cabelleras de Máscara Mágica y Exterminador". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved August 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Metal Blanco". Forjando un Idolo (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ Ruiz Glez, Alex (January 10, 2011). "Arena México (resultados domingo 9 de enero del 2011) Rush, Diamante y Ángel de Oro nuevos campeones nacionales de tercias". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ Mexicool, Rey (April 2, 2011). "La Segunda Eliminatoria de la Gran Alternativa fue para Máscara Dorada y Metal Blanco". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ Salazar López, Alexis A. (April 8, 2011). "La Gran Alternativa 2011 fue para Escorpión y Ultimo Guerrero !!". Estrellas del Ring (in Spanish). Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ "Atlantis se impone al Último Guerrero – Volador Jr. quiere ser leyenda". La Catedral de la Lucha Libre (in Spanish). 2011-09-23. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  12. ^ "CMLL – Titan" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. April 17, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  13. ^ "La nueva agrupación "Titanes de la Atlántida" y las nuevas figuras (Titán y Tritón) del CMLL". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). November 18, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Raziel a la Final de Sangre Nueva". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). March 14, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
  15. ^ Boutwell, Josh (April 14, 2012). "Viva La Raza! Lucha Weekly". WrestleView. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  16. ^ Ruiz Glez, Alex (April 14, 2012). "Terrible y Euforia ganadores del Torneo la Gran Alternativa 2012". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  17. ^ "En Busca De Un Idolo 1a Etapa" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. 
  18. ^ "アトランティス、ミスティコ、ボラドール! 『Fantastica Mania 2015』参加メンバーが決定! 史上最多17選手が飛来!一挙に6選手が初参戦!". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). November 22, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Lucha Libre función viernes 25 de diciembre". Yahoo Deportes (in Spanish). Yahoo!. December 26, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Pantera (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico. October 2007. p. 50. Tomo III. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ Ruiz Glez, Alex (January 20, 2012). "Video: Tritón independiente comenta que ya tiene los derechos para el uso del nombre "Tritón"". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  23. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=2377