Violencia

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Violencia
Birth name Blas Columba
Born (1968-12-10) December 10, 1968 (age 48)[1]
Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Águila Real
Rey Águila[2]
Lynx[3]
Violencia'[1]
Billed height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Billed weight 98 kg (216 lb)[1]
Billed from Puerto Rico.
Trained by Dragón[3]
Tarzán Moreno[3]
Jorge de la Cruz
Rafael Salamanca[1]
Debut December 16, 1986[1]
Retired 2010

Blas Columba (born December 10, 1968 in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico) is a retired Mexican luchador or professional wrestler, best known under the ring name Violencia (Spanish for "Violence") and has previously also worked un the ring names Águila Real ("Royal Eagle"), Rey Águila ("King Eagle") and Lynx. As Volencia he was nicknamed El Búfalo ("The Buffalo") due to the large horns protruding from his wrestling mask. He was one of the main members of the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) group known as Los Boricuas where he portrayed a Puerto Rican loyalist for several years. Columba is not related to wrestler Violencia Jr. but did allow him to use the name

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Columba trained for his professional wrestling career with trainers Dragón, Tarzán Moreno, Jorge de la Cruz and Rafael Salamanca prior to making his in ring debut.[1][3][3]

Águila Real (1986–1991)[edit]

He made his debut on December 16, 1986 as the enmascarado ("masked") character Águila Real ("Royal Eagle") working primarily in and around his native Tamaulipas early in his career.

Rey Águila (1991)[edit]

In 1991 he started working for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) where he modified his name to Rey Águila ("King Eagle"). On September 1, 1991 he won his first ever Lucha de Apuesta, or bet match, forcing his opponent Charger to unmask.[2] The Apuesta victory marked his first significant success with CMLL.

Lynx (1992–1997)[edit]

After working as Rey Águila for a few months CMLL decided to change his ring character to Lynx instead, giving him a "big cat" character instead, complete with a mask adored with ears and the markings of whiskers. On July 28, 1996 Lynx defeated Ángel de Plata[Note 1] to unmask him.[3]

Violencia (1997–2010)[edit]

In 1997 Columba dropped the "Lynx" character and instead adopted a new rudo character known as Violencia ("Violence") while working for CMLL. For a short period of time he teamed with Violencia II but that character was only used for a couple of matches.[1] On December 23, 1998 Columba, working as Violencia, was given the Distrito Federal Heavyweight Championship after he defeated Brazo de Oro on a local show in Mexico City.[4] He would hold the championship into 1999, but records were not clear on what date he lost the championship to Brazo de Oro.[4] On October 24, 1999 Violencia regained the championship from Brazo de Oro.[4] At some point in the early 2000s the Districo Federal Heavyweight Championship was phased out, leaving it inactive without an official announcement.[4]

Los Boricuas (2000–2003)[edit]

In 1999 Pierroth Jr. returned to CMLL after an extended stay in Puerto Rico. Upon his return Pierroth Jr. declared that he was a Boricua, or Puerto Rican, declaring the superiority of the Puerto Rican people. He began teaming up with Gran Markus Jr. who also adopted the "Boricua" loyalty. Within weeks the duo became known officially as Los Boricuas and started to grow from a two-man team to a multi-man stable when they added the masked El Boricua and later on Veneno.[5] In mid-2000 they added Violencia to the group, replacing El Boricua.[5] At that point in time Los Boricuas began a storyline feud with Los Capos (Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 and Apolo Dantés), by June 2001 the group added Poder Boricua ("Puerto Rican Power") to the group, as well as veteran wrestler the Killer and Mini-Estrella Pequeno Violencia to the group to strengthen their numbers.[6][7] At the CMLL 68th Anniversary Show the team of Gran Markus, Jr., Poder Boricua and Violencia unsuccessfully challenged for the Mexican National Trios Championship, losing to champions Mr. Niebla, Olímpico and Safari[8] In subsequent months Poder Boricua left the group as well, changing his name to "Poder Mexican" ("Mexican Power") and began working opposite the rest of Los Boricuas.[9] On July 14, 2002 Violencia and Veneno won a Lucha de Apuestas match over Poder Mexica and Mr. Mexico as a result Poder Mexica was forced to unmask and Mr. Mexico was shaved bald.[10] The last remaining storyline for Los Boricuas saw Violencia leave the group, which at the time was basically himself and Pierroth and had Pierroth unmask Violencia at the CMLL 70th Anniversary Show.[1][11] In subsequent months Pierroth began teaming on a regular basis with Vampiro and Tarzan Boy, ending the Los Boricuas faction in CMLL.[12]

Following his mask loss Violencia would twice lose a Lucha de Apuestas match where he was forced to have all his hair shaved off. First to El Satánico on August 16, 2005 in Puebla, Puebla, secondly to Shocker seven months later on March 31, 2015.[1] By early 2005 Violencia left CMLL and only worked sporadically through 2005, taking bookings on the Mexican independent circuit. At that point Columba either retired from wrestling or adopted a different masked persona, there are no records of him wrestling except a match in 2009 and one in 2010, making it most likely that he has retired from wrestling altogether.[13]

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves
  • Flying Senton[1]
  • Twisting Senton[1]
  • Nicknames
  • El Búfalo ("The Buffalo")[1]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Distrito Federal Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[4]

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Rey Águila (mask) Charger (mask) Mexico City, Mexico live event September 1, 1991 [2]
Lynx (mask) Ángel de Plata (mask)[Note 1] Mexico City, Mexico Live event July 28, 1996 [3]
Violencia (mask) Relámpago (mask) Unknown Live event Unknown [1]
Violencia (mask) and Veneno (hair) Poder Mexica (mask) and Mr. México (hair) Mexico City, Mexico CMLL Live event July 14, 2002 [1][9]
Violencia (mask) Golden Dragon Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico August 7, 2003 [1]
Pierroth Jr. (hair) Violencia (mask) Mexico City, Mexico CMLL 70th Anniversary Show September 19, 2003 [1][11][14]
Violencia (hair) Maniacop (hair) Puebla, Puebla, Mexico Live event August 2, 2004 [1]
El Satánico (hair) Violencia (hair) Puebla, Puebla, Mexico Live event August 16, 2004 [1]
Shocker (hair) Violencia (hair) Unknown No Manches TV Show March 31, 2005 [1]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Not the wrestler who currently works as Niebla Roja and previous worked as Ángel de Plata.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Lynx (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico. November 2007. p. 12. Tomo V. 
  2. ^ a b c "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Rey Águila (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico. October 2007. p. 38. Tomo IV. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Lynx (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico. September 2007. p. 41. Tomo III. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: Districto Federal Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 395. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ a b "2000 Especial!". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 9, 2001. pp. 2–28. issue 2488. 
  6. ^ "2001 Especial!". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 13, 2002. pp. 2–28. Issue 2540. 
  7. ^ "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". The Killer (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico. September 2007. p. 39. Tomo III. 
  8. ^ Lucha 2000 Staff (December 20, 2004). "Los Reyes de Mexico: La Historia de Los Campeonatos Nacionales". Lucha 2000 (in Spanish). Especial 21. 
  9. ^ a b "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Poder Mexica (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico. October 2007. p. 21. Tomo IV. 
  10. ^ Enciclopedia staff (January 2008). "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Veneno (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico. p. 47. Tomo VI. 
  11. ^ a b Ocampo, Jorge (October 5, 2003). "Aniversario 70 de CMLL". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). issue 21. 
  12. ^ SuperLuchas staff (January 5, 2004). "Número Especial - Lo mejor de la lucha libre mexicana durante el 2003". Super Luchas (in Spanish). 40. 
  13. ^ "Violencia > Matches". Cagematch.net. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  14. ^ Ruiz Glez, Alex (September 7, 2010). "CMLL: 79 historias, 79 Aniversario, las 79 luchas estelares". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 20, 2012.