Black Cat (wrestler)

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Black Cat
Victor Mar Manuel.jpg
Birth nameVictor Mar Manuel
Born(1954-10-17)October 17, 1954
Mexico City, Mexico
DiedJanuary 28, 2006(2006-01-28) (aged 51)
Cause of deathHeart attack
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Black Cat
Kuroneko
Billed height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Billed weight100 kg (220 lb)
Trained byHuroki Sito[1]
DebutApril 21, 1977
RetiredJuly 8, 2003

Victor Mar Manuel (October 17, 1954 – January 28, 2006) was a Mexican professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Black Cat. He was best known for his work in Japan.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Universal Wrestling Association (1977–1981)[edit]

Victor Mar Manuel was born on October 17, 1954, in Mexico City, Mexico.[1] He trained under his father, Huroki Sito, a luchadore. He made his professional wrestling debut on April 21, 1977, under the ring name Kuroneko which was translated Black Cat.[1] In his debut match, on April 21, 1977, he defeated Mr. Bronce at a Universal Wrestling Association event. In UWA, he was a midcarder working for promotion's small buildings including Arena Naucalpan and Arena Neza.[1] In 1979, he won the Naucalpan Tag Team Championship with Villano IV.[2]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (1981–1994)[edit]

After spending four years with UWA, he translated himself into Black Cat. He debuted in Japanese promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling on April 21, 1981,[3] as a luchadore opponent for Tiger Mask whom he went on to beat in a puroresu vs. lucha libre match. In 1982, he briefly returned to Mexico but came back to NJPW as a referee. He also wrestled there as an undercarder against ascending stars. During his years wrestling there, he would exchange his stands between Japan and Mexico to help young talent in their training. He would mainly wrestle against inumerous foreign wrestlers that would tour in Japan (notable opponents such as Adrian Adonis in May 1985, El Canek in April 1986, Kevin Von Erich in June 1987, Dr. Wagner Jr. in June 1988, Black Tiger in June 1989, Cheetah Kid in March 1990, Bobby Eaton in February 1994 and many more to date), and also would defeat young talent such as Kensuke Sasaki, Koji Kanemoto, Michiyoshi Ohara, Takayuki Iizuka, Osamu Matsuda, and would also aid New Japan in rivalries against rival promotions.

Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (1994)[edit]

In February 1994, Black Cat left NJPW and debuted in Asistencia Asesoría y Administración, a promotion in his hometown Mexico which was his return to Mexico. After his debut in AAA, he joined the stable Los Gringos Locos as the latest member of the stable. The group consisted of La Pareja del Terror (Eddie Guerrero and "Love Machine" Art Barr), Konnan and Madonna's Boyfriend. This group was the most hated stable in the history of lucha libre.[4] While in AAA, he feuded with Mascarita Sagrada. At TripleMania II-A, held on April 26, 1994, he teamed with Guerrero and Barr but lost to El Hijo del Santo, Octagon and Perro Aguayo.[5]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (1994–2003)[edit]

In September 1994, Black Cat made his return to NJPW often teaming with the masked Love Machine and Black Tiger. He stayed there and kept wrestling as an undercarder but without returning to AAA, with his most notable work there during the decade was by aiding New Japan against UWF-i wrestlers. During that time, he also refereed some matches until 2001, he was involved in a serious injury against El Samurai, and two years later in 2003, he retired as a referee and as a professional wrestler.[3]

World Championship Wrestling (1998)[edit]

While in January 1998, he made three appearances with Atlanta, Georgia based World Championship Wrestling. His first WCW appearance was at the January 12, 1998, edition of Nitro where he lost to Marty Jannetty.[6] His second appearance with WCW was on the January 15 Thunder where he teamed with Ohara and Gedo but lost to Steiner Brothers and Ray Traylor in a 6-man tag team match.[6] His third appearance was a loss to Chris Adams on the March 28, 1998 episode of WCW Worldwide. His fourth and final appearance was a loss to Booker T on the April 4, 1998 episode of WCW Worldwide.

Death[edit]

Manuel suffered a massive heart attack and died on January 28, 2006.[3]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Kuroneko (mask) Principe Rebelde (hair) Cuautitlán, Mexico State Live event July 5, 1977 [1]
Máscara Sagrada (mask) Black Cat (mask) Zapopan, Jalisco Triplemania II-B May 15, 1994 [11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Enciclopedia de las Máscaras". Kuronekoo (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico. August 2007. p. 34. Tomo II.
  2. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Mexico: Naucalpan Tag Team Title [Adolfo Moreno]". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  3. ^ a b c d "Black Cat". New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  4. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). Mondo Lucha A Go-Go: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3.
  5. ^ "Asistencia Asesoría y Administración TripleManía". ProWrestlingHistory.com. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
  6. ^ a b Cawthon, Graham (2015). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 5: World Championship Wrestling 1995-2001. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1499656343.
  7. ^ "Greatest Wrestlers". New Japan Pro Wrestling. Archived from the original on August 23, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  8. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Junior Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 390–391. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  9. ^ "Los Reyes de Mexico: La Historia de Los Campeonatos Nacionales". Lucha 2000 (in Spanish). December 20, 2004. Especial 21.
  10. ^ "Puroresu Awards 2006".
  11. ^ "Asistencia Asesoría y Administración TripleManía". ProWrestlingHistory.com. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
  12. ^ "Enciclopedia de las Máscaras". Máscara Sagrada (primera version) (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico. October 2007. p. 28. Tomo III.

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