Aerostar – One of the most innovative and risk-taking high-flyers in the world. He’s known for using some of the more spectacular high-flying moves like “La Dormilona”, a no-hands tope with his back towards his opponent. Began his AAA career as a Chiva Rayada. Was given the name and look of Aerostar and the character was introduced as the last creation of Antonio Pena’s. He’s been part of AAA’s Real Fuerza Aerea since about the time he debuted as Aerostar. Became part of the Apache Family feud angle late into the angle when he came to defend Fabi Apache from Billy Boy and Sexi Star. Won the AAA Mixed Tag Team Titles with Fabi Apache as well. Over the past 1-2 years, he’s been taking more risks and has jumped off high structures, which get the crowd excited, but he runs a greater risk of getting injured.
Alan Stone – Second-generation luchador who comes from a wrestling family as his father, El Bello Greco, and brothers Super Calo and Chris Stone all have been involved in lucha libre. He first gained some notoriety when he and his brother (then known as Moto Cross) wrestled in the old Promo Azteca promotion. They impressed enough to get into CMLL. Spent several years in CMLL initially feuding with his brother and later teaming with him. Spent several years in undercard matches. He and his brother won the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Titles in 2000. They still worked undercard matches. With WCW dying, Super Calo made his way back to Mexico and with CMLL still having a good relationship with IWRG, the brothers would work trios matches in Naucalpan in 2000. The brother trio won the Distrito Federal Trios titles from that time period’s version of Los Oficiales (Guardia, Vigilante, & Oficial). It would be until 3 years later that Alan would get a semi-push in CMLL as in 2003 with Villano IV he won that year’s Gran Alternativa. He also became a part of the Guapos U storyline a year later. Still he wasn’t getting much of a push in CMLL. He left CMLL in mid-2005 and joined AAA. Initially worked on the tecnico side, but quickly became a rudo when he did a copycat gimmick of the tecnico El Intocable. He dressed the same, but added a mirror to his entrance, so he would strut down to the tune of Bobby Pulido’s “Desvelado“. You could make the argument at the time that due to being a rudo and doing the same gimmick, but a little more over the top that Alan’s version of the same gimmick was better (not to mention Alan was/is a far better in ring performer than Intocable). Alan even joined the AAA version of Los Guapos (VIP) w/ Scorpio Jr., Zumbido and managed by El Guapito. The Alan Stone vs. Intocable feud seemed headed to a hair match, but it never happened. Alan was later joined in AAA by his brothers Chris Stone and Super Calo. Chris was usually in and out, but Super Calo dropped his mask while there and eventually joined Los Guapos VIP and he too had a charismatic look to him. Eventually Los Guapos VIP turned on Alan Stone and he formed a trio with his brothers called Los Bellos Stone. Alan also briefly formed a tag team with his rival, El Intocable, but Intocable along with several other luchadores left AAA around 2008. Actually a lot of guys left around that time. Alan spent most of his time as a fill-in on the tecnico side of midcard trios matches for a few years. He eventually became a part of the rudo faction, La Milicia, which is part of the much larger rudo group known as La Sociedad. Alan teamed with Jennifer Blake to win the AAA Mixed Tag Team Titles on March 13, 2011 from Fabi Apache & Pimpinela Escarlata.
Alberto Del Rio (Dos Caras Jr.) His name is Alberto Del Rio, but you, you already knew that! He’s become one of the top stars of WWE. Before that though, he was a star in Mexico. A second generation wrestler that comes from a family of pro wrestlers. His father is lucha libre legend, Dos Caras and of course his uncle, Psicodelico is also a known wrestler. Oh yeah, his other uncle is one of the all-time greats in Mexican wrestling history, Mil Mascaras. Made his debut in Japan teaming with his father and actually had some of his early matches wrestling for CMLL Japan. He made his way to AAA in the fall of 2000 teaming with his father and feuding with a group of veteran rudos known as Los Consagrados (Pirata Morgan, Texano, Espectro Jr. & El Cobarde). After spending about 2 years in and out of AAA, he decided to give Mixed Martial Arts a try. He also kept wrestling as an independent, but concentrated more on MMA. He competed for the DEEP promotion in Japan and in 2003 stepped into the Pride promotion to challenge Mirko Cro Cop, which resulted in a 46 second knockout. Despite the loss, he did compete in a few more MMA fights over a span of 4 years after that loss. In late 2004, Dos Caras Jr. made the jump to wrestle in CMLL. His size and name recognition made him an instant hit in the promotion. That didn’t last long as at times it seemed like he was just another one of the many names in limbo in CMLL, due to the success of Mistico and some of the lighter weights having bigger matches and rivalries. It wasn’t until mid-2007 that Dos Caras Jr. would get back near the top as he feuded with Universo Dos Mil and eventually defeated him for the CMLL World Heavyweight Title on July 8th, 2007. He spent most of his time in CMLL as a tecnico and as a main eventer. Sometime in 2008, there were rumors that he was going to WWE and the story kept changing and him being CMLL World Heavyweight Champion made things even more confusing. The rumors died down for a period of time and eventually Dos Caras Jr. dropped the title to Ultimo Guerrero on 12/22/08 at Arena Puebla. The rumor mill re-started with news that Dos Caras Jr. had agreed to a deal with WWE, but Dos Caras Jr. claimed the rumors were false. Dos Caras Jr. in early 2009 had a brief run as a rudo in CMLL. He even changed his look a bit by using body paint and played the rudo role as a chickenshit heel as opposed to what he really was and that’s a big heavyweight. It didn’t last long as he soon left CMLL to head to WWE’s developmental promotion in Florida (FCW). He spent about a year in developmental and at one point there were rumors that he thought about leaving, but he stuck around and would eventually make his way to WWE. His debut consisted of vignettes of him portraying a wealthy aristrocrat out of Mexico. As part of the Alberto Del Rio persona, he drove in fancy cars and had his own personal Spanish ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, who would introduce him. He feuded with Rey Mysterio on Smackdown. Early on he was given the storyline of ‘injuring’ wrestlers with his cross armbreaker as he took out Rey Mysterio and later Christian. He later moved to RAW and feuded with Big Show after Big Show was run-over by Ricardo Rodriguez. On July 17th, 2011, Alberto Del Rio won a Money In The Bank ladder match and had the right (briefcase) to challenge for the WWE Title at any time he wanted. He would eventually cash in the briefcase at Summerslam after Kevin Nash power bombed CM Punk (who earlier had beaten John Cena) and this allowed Del Rio to come in and beat Punk easily and win the WWE Title.
Alebrije (Kraneo) – From the wild and crazy mind of Antonio Pena comes one of lucha’s wackier characters of the past 15 years. The character derives from the alebrije sculptures that are suppose to be these ridiculously wild looking creatures. The man responsible for creating these sculptures actually dreamed these up while ill in the 1930s and once he recovered he began recreating these creatures he dreamed of out of cardboard and paper mache. Antonio Pena brought this gimmick to life when he introduced this new character, El Alebrije to the world in 1998. The man under the gimmick had spent several years and had a brief run as a later version of Mascara Sagrada in AAA. He wasn’t really doing much, until the was regimmicked by Pena. Alebrije is always accompanied by his sidekick, a mini named Cuije. In AAA, he worked mostly in mid-card matches usually doing comedy spots with Cuije against the rudos. They’re most notable feud during their AAA run was against the rudo tandem of El Monsther and his mini sidekick, Chuky (Chucky purposely misspelled by AAA). In 2010, he was part of the storyline angle of ex-AAA wrestlers attacking CMLL wrestlers. The group was known as “Los Invasores”. In CMLL, the duo continues to appear as rudos, which was a first time for them. He and Cuije continue to be a part of that group, but Alebrije is clearly a low-man in that group.
Alex Koslov – Began his career in 2003 with EWF out of San Bernardino, CA. Started under the name Alex Pinchek. Wrestled for several indy promotions on the West Coast. Showed a lot of promise very early in his career and immediately made his way to Mexico to wrestle for CMLL. Wrestled in CMLL from 2006 thru 2008. Started as a rudo and later turned tecnico. He challenged for a few singles titles while as a rudo. Fans started to root for him, so he turned tecnico. He later was part of a faction called “The High Society” with Shocker, Marco Corleone and Rey Bucanero. The group never really caught on as Rey Bucanero soon returned to his old faction of “Los Guerreros Del Atlantida”. In 2008, Koslov got to wrestle for TNA as part of a working relationship that TNA had with CMLL at that time. In late 2008, Alex jumped from CMLL to AAA. He and Rocky Romero became part of a trio with Sean Waltman (X-Pac) called D-Generation Mex. The trio never really caught on beyond their surprise debut as Romero was still working outside of Mexico and there were other issues going on with the group. Koslov became the first AAA World Cruiserweight Champion by winning the title on May 21, 2009 in a 3-way cage match (which was the final of a 13-man tournament). He would go on to lose that title to Extreme Tiger at that year’s Triplemania, but regained it about 2 months later. Koslov would turn rudo during that summer and was part of a storyline were he kidnapped Dorian Roldan as part of a plan concocted by Konnan. As part of the deal to free Dorian, Koslov was reinstated (he had quit several weeks prior as part of the storyline) and he joined Konnan’s Legion Extranjera. In July 2010, Koslov teamed with Christina Von Eerie to win the AAA Mixed Tag Team titles from Fabi Apache & Aerostar. While a part of AAA, Koslov also wrestled a few times for Ring of Honor. He also started to make videos that were called “Koslov Cam” were he’d film various things he’d be doing or people he’d be hanging out with. On August 27, 2010, on an edition of Smackdown!, Alex Koslov wrestled as “Carlos Sanchez” against Alberto Del Rio. He soon signed a developmental deal with WWE. He has spent most of his time since then in FCW. He was also used as a base in the Sin Cara debut videos.
Amapola – The top ruda in CMLL for several years now. She’s become arguably one of the best female wrestlers in the world. Started her career as an independent appearing most notably for the IWRG promotion in Mexico. Was probably best known to fans outside of Mexico (or lucha viewers) from her time wrestling in Japan as Lady Pentagon for the ARSION women’s promotion. She wore a mask early in her career as well. She lost the Lady Pentagon mask in Japan to Baby A in 2002. It wasn’t until CMLL brought in Dark Angel (Sarah Stock) that Amapola would gain national fame in Mexico. She immediately became Dark Angel’s top rival when Dark Angel turned tecnica. This eventually led to a mask match which Amapola lost back in 2006. Later that year she won the IWRG Women’s Title beating her long-time rival Marcela. In the summer of 2007, Amapola feuded with Diana La Cazadora, which would lead to a hair match that had the surprising result of Amapola winning. Diana was good-looking and also had a television job, so her losing was considered a big deal amongst fans. Amapola’s success would continue as on November 16th, 2007, she would beat Lady Apache for the CMLL Women’s Title. This not only established Amapola as the top ruda in CMLL from that point forward, but it would also lead to an incredibly long title reign that lasted almost 4 years. She was also quite the fighting champion as she defended the title numerous times. She also lost a hair match in 2008 to Lady Apache. On October 28th, 2011, she finally lost the belt to Marcela.
Angel Blanco – Started his career as “Ranchero” Vargas, but gained success when he donned the white mask and was named Angel Blanco. He would later be referred to by his old name by fans when he lost his mask. Had tremendous success as a singles, tag team and trios wrestler. Became a part of one of the all-time great trios known as La Ola Blanca (The White Wave) with Dr. Wagner and with El Solitario (who replaced El Enfermero). Angel Blanco and Dr. Wagner formed one of the all-time great tag teams. The trio would eventually split up when El Solitario had gained so much popularity that it was only natural that he would feud with his former partners. As I mentioend, Angel Blanco had success as a singles wrestler and one of his major feuds was against El Solitario. He also had memorable feuds with Ray Mendoza and Dory Dixon, but the feud with El Solitario is what people remember most given that both he and Dr. Wagner each took turns feuding with El Solitario and each were met with similar results. Angel Blanco eventually lost his mask to El Solitario. Despite losing the mask, he continued to do well as a top rudo. He would eventually join the UWA promotion in the ’70s, but by the middle of that decade he was no longer viewed as a main eventer outside of Monterrey. On April 26, 1986, Angel Blanco died after being in a car accident that also ended the wrestling career of his long-time tag team partner, Dr. Wagner.
Angel Blanco Jr. – Has spent most of his career as an independent wrestler. Spent some time in CMLL and they attempted to do a newer version of the legendary trio of La Ola Blanca, by putting Angel Blanco Jr., Dr. O’Borman Jr. and El Hijo del Gladiador together as the “Nueva Ola Blanca”. Trio didn’t stick around too long. In late 2011 joined El Hijo del Santo’s Todo X El Todo promotion were he became involved in a feud with El Hijo Del Santo. On December 15th, 2011, he beat El Hijo del Santo for the WWA World Welterweight title. Their feud spilled over into 2012 which led to a mask match on March 31st which El Hijo del Santo won.
Angel Mortal – Best known for being part of the long-time AAA trio of Los Diabolicos. He teamed with Mr. Condor and Marabunta as the initial group in AAA. The trio’s purpose in AAA was to get younger tecnicos over and help them improve in the ring. The trio were early opponents to such future AAA stars like Super Calo, Winners (Abismo Negro) and Rey Mysterio. Lost his mask to Super Calo on June 10th, 1995 as part of a relevos increibles tag match at Triplemania. He lost a hair match in 2000 to Oscar Sevilla when Los Diabolicos came in to team with Gran Apache in a feud with Oscar Sevilla and other tecnicos. Over the years he and the rest of Los Diabolicos would pop-up on AAA shows to face off some new trio like the Barrio Boys and Fuerza Aerea. He made a return in early 2011 teaming with Gran Apache in a maestros feud with Black Terry and Negro Navarro. He beat Black Terry in a hair match on January 23rd, 2011 at Arena Naucalpan.
Angel De Oro – One of CMLL’s top young tecnicos. He made his CMLL debut in 2008. Often teams with his brother, Angel de Plata. The two teamed with Angel Azteca Jr. as Los Angeles Celestiales. Worked mainly in 2nd or 3rd matches early on. His first taste at possibly moving higher in the card was in late 2009 when CMLL ran their annual Gran Alternativa tournament were a veteran teams with a younger luchador. Angel De Oro teamed with Mistico and looked like he could become a star in the tournament. The duo reached the finals were they lost to the controversial Japanese tag team of Yujiro and Okumura. The controversy came over the fact that Okumura was a veteran, but CMLL’s reason was that they wanted to continue the push of the Japan vs. Mexico angle. Like most summers, CMLL usually headlines a card with a cage match featuring some midcard talent were the loser drops his mask. In 2010, Angel de Oro won this cage match and unmasked the late Fabian El Gitano. In 2011, CMLL decided to push younger talent and Angel De Oro was considered to be one of the more promising young talents in the promotion. During the entire year, when Mistico left, it had been rumored that the heir apparent to the “Mistico” gimmick would be him, but CMLL didn’t go that direction with him. Angel de Oro won the 2011 Rey del Aire torneo cibernetico. A few days later, Angel de Oro teamed with Rush and Diamante to win the Mexican National Trios Titles. They eventually lost the trios titles to Los Invasores. In April 2011, CMLL ran a new tournament concept called “Forjando Un Idolo” (Forging An Idol), were 4 teams featuring 4 newer/younger wrestlers would be coached by a veteran luchador and wrestle in a round-robin style tournament. Angel De Oro was part of Grupo Bravo coached by Ultimo Guerrero. He ended up reaching and winning the finals of phase 1 of this tournament against Polvora. That match was quite good. He’s a great high-flyer.
Angel De Plata – The older brother of Angel de Oro. Hasn’t had the level of success that his brother has had, but he’s very talented just as well. Wrestled briefly in IWRG as Guerrero Inca. Teamed with his brother as Los Angeles Celestiales. They’d actually make a really good regular tag team if CMLL actually wanted to use them that way. He too has been in many of the same tournaments that his brother has been in, but he’s had worse results. Was part of Grupo Delta in the “Forjando Un Idolo” tournament that was captained by Blue Panther.
Anibal – Was one of the popular lucha stars of the ’70s and early ’80s. Known early in his career for being a sensational technical wrestler who was nicknamed “La Saeta Azul” (The Blue Arrow) because of this fast, tecnico style. Was a good worker for much of the ’60s and had begun moving up the card late in the decade, but it wasn’t until 1970 when he won the NWA Middleweight Title from Masio Koma (JWA trainee, who later became a foreign booker for AJPW) and began a long-running feud with rudo, Rene Guajardo, that he became a national star. Anibal was part of the group of wrestlers that left EMLL in May 1975 to the newly formed UWA promotion. His popularity continued in the UWA and he was involved in memorable feuds with not only long-time rival, Rene Guajardo, but El Marquez, Ray Mendoza and Perro Aguayo. He was also popular in Panama frequenting that country on tours and in the early ’80s would also wrestle in the WWC promotion in Puerto Rico. Anibal made his way back to EMLL in the early ’90s, but wasn’t the same level of wrestler that he was during his heyday. He dropped his mask on December 13, 1991 to Máscara Año 2000. He only wrestled sporadically from that point forward. He passed away on March 9, 1994 due to a brain tumor.
Arkangel De La Muerte – Long-time veteran CMLL rudo and one of the current trainers in the promotion. Despite being in the promotion since the early ’90s, he’s always been a midcard wrestler. One of the better rudo workers throughout his time with CMLL. He’s viewed as a ‘glue guy’ as he’s been relied upon to have good matches and to help younger wrestlers learn their trade. Has held the CMLL and Mexican National Welterweight titles with the CMLL version being defended against Japanese wrestlers like Nosawa and Super Delfin. Had a good TV match with Nosawa in 2000 were he defended the title. Arkangel has had several tours of Japan. Mostly with independent promotions, but he also appeared on an All Japan show in 2001 were he teamed with Blue Panther against El Hijo del Santo and Mil Mascaras. He seems to be one of the more in-demand luchadores who travels to Japan still to this day as he recently made his way back for one of the big Mil Mascaras tribute shows. Won the mask of Angel Azteca in 2003. In 2008, Arkangel along with a few other midcard rudos formed a new faction in CMLL called Los Guerreros Tuareg.
Atlantis – A long-time fixture in CMLL/EMLL, Atlantis has had one of the most brilliant careers in wrestling history. Was trained by the legendary trainer, Diablo Velazco. He spent most of his career as a tecnico in CMLL. He was popular and known for being a clean-cut tecnico, which earned him the nickname “El Idolo de Los Niños” (The Idol of Children). Has always been regarded as a good worker. Held numerous titles throughout his career and was a considered a star very early in his career. He had many feuds but perhaps the most memorable one for fans was his feud with Villano III that started in mid-1999 and culminated in a mask vs. mask match in early 2000. The feud was very memorable as Villano III was given several big wins leading into the mask match, including taking the mask of another top star of the ’80s and ’90s, Super Astro and also winning the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Title from Atlantis. The feud was booked so well that there was some doubt as to who the eventual winner would be. The match itself was very good. So good, that it was voted the 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Match of the Year. Atlantis was victorious. Atlantis continued to have success in CMLL. In 2004, Atlantis teamed up with a long-time rival, Blue Panther to win the CMLL World Tag Team Titles from Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero (Los Guerreros Del Infierno). The duo held the titles for about a year and when they lost them, Atlantis turned on his partner. He eventually joined Los Guerreros del Infierno and became a rudo for the first time in his career. Atlantis was a rudo mostly due to the fans changing who they were rooting for. They were not big on cheering for the traditional ‘good guy’ and were more into the young high-flyers or the bad-ass tecnicos by that point. Atlantis as a rudo still said the right things as a role model to kids, but did dastardly things in the ring. The Guerreros Del Infierno eventually renamed to the Guerreros Del Atlantida. His turn brought along his most successful run since the 1999-2000 feud with Villano III. He won most of the big matches he was in. Atlantis and Ultimo Guerrero remained partners for about 6 years while there were others who would round out the trio, they remained the main parts of GdA. Atlantis would only show signs of being a tecnico in the past two years when he was in the National Parejas tournament were a rudo and tecnico would team up to represent a territory in Mexico. Atlantis would team with Mascara Dorada to represent Guadalajara. Some people wondered if this was a sign that Atlantis was going to return to the tecnico side. That would eventually occur in June 2011 when Atlantis replaced an injured Shocker as the leader of a team with Guerrero Maya Jr. and Delta. That would eventually lead to the split between Atlantis and Ultimo Guerrero. Atlantis along with Guerrero Maya Jr. and Delta are now known as Los Reyes de la Atlantida. Atlantis continues to be one of the best in-ring performers in Mexico and still shows no signs of slowing down.
Averno – The leader of Los Hijos del Averno. Second generation wrestler who has been a mainstay with CMLL going back to his days as Rencor Latino. Started as a lower card wrestler, but when Los Infernales broke up, he and Mephisto (Astro Rey at that time) were recruited by El Satanico to battle his ex-proteges and form a new Infernales trio. Both changed their names to fit their more hellish faction. The team of Averno and Mephisto continues to be one of the better tag teams in Mexico. Averno enjoyed early success, but he would go to a whole new level when he became one of Mistico’s better rivals. Their rivalry went on for the better part of 5 years and included numerous excellent matches. Averno and Mephisto were briefly part of Los Guerreros del Infierno when it became a giant faction, but joined Los Perros Del Mal a few months before that group would leave CMLL. Averno then took some of the remaining members of Los Perros Del Mal and formed Los Hijos del Averno w/ Mephisto, Ephesto, Terrible & Texano Jr. The trio of Averno, Mephisto and Ephesto (known as La Triada del Terror/Triangle of Terror) has been together for years now and is one of the better trios in Mexico. Averno has held numerous titles over the years. On June 17, 2011, Averno lost his mask to La Mascara. There were rumors before that match that Averno was heading to WWE to become Sin Cara’s (the former Mistico) main rival, but that didn’t materialize. However, what resulted since his unmasking is a new far more charismatic rudo, who has continued to be very successful in CMLL. The trio of La Triada del Terror won the CMLL World Trios Titles on July 15, 2011 from La Generacion Dorada (La Sombra, Mascara Dorada & La Mascara). Averno continues to be one of the top rudos in Mexico and since dropping his mask has been in an incredible roll.