Valiente (wrestler)

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Valiente
Born (1974-05-30) May 30, 1974 (age 42)[1]
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Valiente
Billed height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Billed weight 92 kg (203 lb)[2]
Billed from Mexico City, Mexico[2]
Trained by Fuerza Aerea[3]
Hijo del Gladiador[3]
Guerrero del Futuro[3]
Franco Colombo[3]
Debut May 30, 1996[3]

Valiente (born May 30, 1974) is a Mexican luchador enmáscarado, or masked professional wrestler, and is mainly known for his work in the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). Valiente'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] Valiente is Spanish for "Valiant", expressed by the sword icon on his mask.[5] Valiente won the 2008 and the 2012 Reyes del Aire tournaments and is a former Mexican National Welterweight and CMLL World Trios Champion.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Valiente made his debut in 1996, working on the Mexican independent circuit. After not making much headway Valiente actually retired from professional wrestling in the late 1990s. After almost five years away from the ring Valiente returned to wrestling in the early 2000s, hoping to make a name for himself.[6]

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2005–present)[edit]

By 2005 Valiente began working regularly for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) while also training under Hijo del Gladiador and Guerrero del Futuro to hone his skills. Valiente worked as a low to mid-card wrestler, a high flying tecnico (good guy or face character) whose high risk moves contradicted his short, overweight stature.[6] Valiente took part in the 2006 Reyes del Aire (Spanish for "Kings of the Air") tournament, unfortunately he was the first wrestler eliminated.[7] Valiente also participated in the Reyes del Aire in 2007, eliminating Super Nova before being eliminated himself.[8] Valiente also earned a spot at that year's Anniversary show, teaming with Métalico and Stuka, Jr. to defeat Los Infernales (Euforia and Nosferatu) and Loco Max, with Valiente making the winning pin on Euforia.[9]

After participating in all previous Reyes del Aire except the first one, the 2008 tournament was finally Valiente's year to shine as he outlasted Loco Max, Stuka Jr., Virus, Flash, Diamante Negro, Máscara Purpura, Euforia, Ephesto, Volador, Jr., Mr. Águila, La Máscara, Misterioso, Jr., La Sombra, and Sangre Azteca.[10] A month later Valiente worked CMLL's Infierno en el Ring event, teaming with Rocky Romero and El Sagrado losing to Averno, Mephisto, and Ephesto.[11] 2008 turned out to be Valiente's "breakthrough" year, winning Reyes del Aire and making several major show appearances.[6] He even competed in the Leyenda de Azul tournament on December 12, 2008, but did not win.[12] After a hiatus, Valiente returned in mid-2009. On August 16, 2009, Valiente defeated Sangre Azteca for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship, his first wrestling title.[13] By virtue of holding the Mexican National Welterweight Championship Valiente participated in the 2010 Universal Championship tournament. He was part of "Block B" that competed on the August 6, 2010 Super Viernes show where he was eliminated from the tournament when he lost to Volador, Jr. in the first round.[14] On July 15, 2011, Valiente lost the Mexican National Welterweight Championship to Pólvora, ending his reign at 698 days.[15] On November 24, 2011, Valiente won CMLL's annual Bodybuilding Contest and was as a result granted the nickname of "Mr. CMLL".[16] On August 15, 2012, Valiente won the second Reyes del Aire tournament that CMLL held in 2012, lastly eliminating Dragón Rojo, Jr. by disqualication.[17] In late 2012 and early 2013 Valiente worked a series of matches against Pólvora, building to a title match between the two as they fought for Pólvora's CMLL World Welterweight Championship. The match took place on February 2, 2013, and saw Pólvora retain the championship.[18] In March 2013 Pólvora and Valiente were teamed up for the 2013 Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles ("National Incredible Pairs Tournament") a tag team tournament where the concept was that rivals would be forced to work together to win the tournament. While the two managed to work together they still lost their first round match to the team of Atlantis and Último Guerrero.[19][20] In March, 2013 Valiente was announced as participating in the 2013 En Busca de un Ídolo ("In search of an Idol") tournament that would take place from May to July, 2013 as one of eight competitors.[21] He made it all the way to the finals of the tournament on July 12, before losing to Vangelis.[22] Meanwhile, Valiente also formed the Los Estetas del Aire ("Air Aesthetes") stable with Máscara Dorada and Místico with whom he went on to win the CMLL World Trios Championship on June 16.[23] After Dorada's departure from CMLL in early 2015, Valiente and Místico formed the Sky Team stable with Volador Jr,[24] winning the CMLL World Trios Championship on February 13.[25]

Appearances outside CMLL[edit]

Valiente was scheduled to make his first appearance for the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based Chikara as part of the 2010 King of Trios tournament that runs from April 23 - April 25 at The Arena in Philadelphia. Valiente was to team with Skayde and Turbo to form "Team Mexico". Their first round opponents were scheduled to be Die Bruderschaft des Kreuzes (Claudio Castagnoli, Ares and Tursas), Chikara's top heel group at the moment.[26] However, on April 22, Chikara announced that they no longer expected Valiente to honor his commitment with the company, after he stopped returning their phone calls and didn't board his flight to Philadelphia.[27] Doubts later arose if Skayde ever actually contacted Valiente about arrating the booking or not. In April 2010 it was announced that Valiente and Mascara Dorada would travel to Japan in early May to participate in New Japan Pro Wrestling's first ever Super J Tag Team tournament.[28] In the first round of the tournament they lost to former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Ryusuke Taguchi and Prince Devitt in just under eight minutes.[29] On January 4, 2012, Valiente returned to New Japan at Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome, where he teamed with Atlantis, Taichi and Taka Michinoku in an eight-man tag team match, where they were defeated by Jushin Thunder Liger, KUSHIDA, Máscara Dorada and Tiger Mask.[30] On April 7, 2013, Valiente returned to New Japan Pro Wrestling at Invasion Attack, where he and La Máscara unsuccessfully challenged Tama Tonga and El Terrible for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship.[31] Valiente returned to New Japan on October 25, when he and Bushi entered the 2013 Super Jr. Tag Tournament, defeating Kushida and Yohei Komatsu in their first round match.[32] They were eliminated from the tournament in the semifinals on November 6 by the Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero).[33]

Personal life[edit]

Valiente is the uncle of wrestlers Valiente, Jr. and Hijo de Valiente, who asked Valiente's permission to use the name once he made his breakthrough in CMLL.[6]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Main article: Luchas de Apuestas
Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Valiente (mask) Explosion 2000 (mask) Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico Live event January 11, 2007 [Note 1][3][5]
Valiente (mask) Sergio Romo, Jr. (hair) Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico Live event March 12, 2008 [Note 2][3][6]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Multi-man cage match that also included Volador, Jr., Rey Bucanero, Marco Corleone, El Hijo del Diablo, Tony Rivera
  2. ^ Four-way match that also included Tigre Universitario and Rey Hechicero

References[edit]

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