Cancerbero – Long-time CMLL mid-carder. Wrestled under a few different gimmicks like El Potro and Monsturo I on smaller shows. He made his way into CMLL as Messala, a masked Roman gladiator gimmick. He teamed in early card matches with Caligula and were a fun tag team. They were good in the ring and became the early card rudos that some of the young tecnicos worked with as they moved up the ladder. In 2009, he and Caligula got name changes (Messala became Cancerbero and Caligula became known as Raziel) and joined a new rudo faction led by Virus called Los Cancerberos del Infierno. Cancerbero got more exposure as part of the group and due to the amount of TV shows that CMLL started airing in the past several years. He’s gone from being in the opening matches to being on the mid-card of shows.
Canek – One of Mexico’s biggest draws and a star in Japan during the ’80s for the New Japan promotion. Was the UWA World Heavyweight Champion for much of his career. Defeated Lou Thesz in 1978 to become the UWA World Heavyweight Champion. The title was only one part of Canek’s successful formula as the second was that he would feud with a top foreign heel and this usually led to strong attendances for matches were he’d go one on one with the foreigner. As part of UWA’s relationship with New Japan that brought in a strong cast of foreign talent for Canek to face. He had matches against the likes of Antonio Inoki, Tatsumi Fujinami, Tiger Jeet Singh, Riki Choshu, Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, Bad News Allen, Vader and a host of other New Japan affiliated wrestlers. He also had a big match-up against Stan “The Lariat” Hansen in 1984. His top Mexican rivals while in UWA were Dos Caras, Perro Aguayo, Enrique Vera, Scorpio and Villano III. By the early ’90s, UWA as a national powerhouse was on its last legs as AAA became the popular promotion. The UWA and CMLL formed an alliance in 1993 and Canek would wrestle at Arena Mexico more often. He teamed with Dr. Wagner Jr. in early 1993 to win the CMLL World Tag Team titles in tournament final against Pierroth Jr. & Vampiro. He left CMLL due to an injury, but returned to feud with his former partner, Dr. Wagner Jr. By the mid-90s El Canek was an independent with UWA pretty much only living from the titles and stars that were recognized by fans from that era. In 1997, Canek made his way to AAA. He feuded off and on with Cibernetico for a few years. He returned to CMLL in 2004 feuding with Dr. Wagner Jr. He lost the UWA World Heavyweight title to Dr. Wagner Jr. at Arena Mexico on June 18th, 2004 and hasn’t held it since. He wrestled in a 4-way mask match at that year’s anniversary show. In 2005 he left CMLL and returned to the independent scene were he continues to wrestle to this very day.
Casandro One of the more popular luchadores who has made a name worldwide. First gained some local fame in the El Paso/Juarez area in the late 80s when he debuted as “Rosa Salvaje” which was at that time (about a year before the gimmick was introduced by Casandro) a popular Spanish telenovela (soap opera). He was a hit as an exotico and soon made his way into the UWA promotion were he worked undercard matches teaming with fellow exotico, Pimpinela Escarlata. Previous wrestlers who wrestled as “exoticos” still kept their look to be more masculine, while Pimpinela and Casandro basically softened their look more wearing makeup and dressing a little more feminine. They were more of a show, but they were still excellent workers in the ring. Casandro gained the respect of some of the higher-ups in UWA and also of fellow workers. He was set to get a shot at El Hijo del Santo for the UWA World Welterweight Title, when one week earlier, due to the amount of pressure that came along with the newfound fame, he attempted suicide. Fortunately, he was saved and continued to wrestle. He won the UWA World Welterweight Title in 1992 form Lasser and went on to hold the title for about 18 months. Casandro has spent most of his career on the independent circuit in Mexico and working for West Coast wrestling promotions over the years. He has had a few runs with AAA over the years. Usually teaming or feuding with long-time friend, Pimpinela Escarlata. Over the last several years he has become one of the bigger names on the independent scene. He’s been a regular for Los Angeles-based Lucha Va Voom, which now run shows in other parts of the United States and Canada. He also travels to Europe for lucha shows as part of El Hijo del Santo’s Todo X El Todo group. He’s been in shows for Ring Of Honor and TNA as well. He’s had a few major injuries that have kept him sidelined over the past 2 years. When he’s healthy, he’s one of the best all around performers in all of wrestling.
Cavernario Galindo – One of the all-time great lucha legends, stories of him have reached mythic proportions. Older fans that I’ve talked to in the past tell tales of him being an absolute brute, barbarian, who’d rip snakes into shreds. It was usually the one often described & popular story that fans would share while attending shows that Cavernario Galindo was booked, but the aura from being a wildman made him a larger than life personality in the ring. He was known for being mostly a brawler. Throughout his career he only held one title, the National Light Heavyweight Title in 1949 and held it for over a year before dropping it to Enrique Llanes. He had several feuds with some of the big names of that era like Black Shadow, Wolf Rubinskis, El Santo, and Blue Demon, but no feud had the type of lasting impact on fans from that era like Cavernario’s feud with Gory Guerrero. Their battles were known for being the early bloodbaths in lucha libre. Their feud headlined the 21st Anniversary show on September 24th, 1954 as a super libre, which was described as being an epic bloodbath were Gori Guerrero had to be hospitalized after the match due the massive amount of blood loss. Galindo also appeared in numerous films during that era’s various lucha films playing the role of a villian. Never the top star in the movies, just one of the henchmen. He retired sometime in the ’70s due to injuries, but made a final retirement run in Monterrey in the early ’90s in a few trios matches and even had a singles hair match against Gorilita Flores. Cavernario Galindo passed away in 1999.
Centella de Oro – Long-time Puebla local. He’s a second-generation wrestler as his father wrestled as Chico Madrid. Works primarily in Arena Puebla for CMLL. Primarily wrestles against other local Puebla wrestlers. Spent most of his career as a tecnico and is a very good technical wrestler. He’s had a long-running feud with Policeman and the two have had a few hair matches. Had a feud in 2010 with Loco Max that led to a hair match and in a bit of a surprise, he lost to Loco Max, who usually loses hair matches. He was also a part of the Copa Amigo de Siempre match in 2010. Wrestled less frequently since 2010.
Cerebro Negro – He’s been a long-time IWRG luchador going back to when he started there as Guerra C-3 in 1998. He was then re-gimmicked as the masked Cerebro Negro as Dr. Cerebro’s tag team partner and immediately experienced a lot of success. He immediately won the IWRG IC Welterweight Title and was involved in a strong mid-card feud with Avisman. He teamed often with Dr. Cerebro as well and the duo would join forces with other rudos in IWRG like Veneno and Scorpio Jr. to form La Corporacion (The Corporation). With Dr. Cerebro won the IWRG Tag Team titles twice. He lost his mask to Japanese wrestler MAZADA in 2005. He’s had a number of feuds while in IWRG against the likes of the previously mentoined Avisman, Mike “El Suicida” Segura, Black Terry and long-time tag team partner Dr. Cerebro. He also formed an awesome trio with Dr. Cerebro and Black Terry known as “Los Terrible Cerebros” that had some success in IWRG. He currently wrestles mostly on lucha indie shows like for IWL. He’s a very good worker, who has had success working as both a rudo and tecnico.
Charly Manson – Spent most of his career as part of AAA with brief stints in CMLL, IWRG and other independent groups. In AAA was part of the faction known as Los Vatos Locos. The group was best known for having a wild feud with another rudo faction known as Los Vipers. Manson later turned on Los Vatos Locos when he joined his brother (Electroshock), Cibernetico, Abismo Negro and Los Vipers as part of the rudo organization known as LLL. As part of the fictitious promotion of LLL, Charly would be part of a sub-group known as the Black Family with Chessman, Scoria, Cuervo, Ozz & Espiritu. At the 2001 Rey de Reyes show in March, during a 4-way Mexican Atomics match, Charly Manson would suffer a severe injury. He climbed a ladder that was placed in the ring and was suppose to be shoved by Psicosis II onto a stack of tables that were outside the ring. When Psicosis II pushed the ladder, Charly wasn’t able to get himself into proper position and twisted and fell onto the floor (a few inches away from the stacked tables). Charly fractured his left fibula and also had several other injuries across his face and body. AAA conducted an interview a few weeks later with him and Charly had a hoarse voice from hurting himself. He was out for almost a year. Charly made his return in January 2002 in Arena Naucalpan for the IWRG promotion. He made his return to AAA in 2003 and feuded with his brother, Electroshock, and El Zorro. Charley’s feud with El Zorro in 2006 which involved numerous title and stipulation matches was his career highlight as the two became bigger stars in AAA and were bonafide headliners by that point. Charly joined Cibernetico’s Secta group which later became Los Hellbrothers when Cibernetico, Chessman and Charly Manson broke away from the rest of La Secta. In mid-2008, Charly suffered another leg injury that kept him out of action for several months. During that time Chessman and Cibernetico had been broken up and were feuding. Charly returned as a tecnico and feuded with Chessman. The two were to face-off in a hair vs. hair match at Heroes Inmortales in September 2009, but Charly (who was going to lose) couldn’t agree with AAA on a proper money amount and backed out of the match. AAA threatened to sue Charly if he no-showed the event, which he did, so they instead settled with Electroshock taking his spot in the match against Chessman. Chessman won. Charly made the jump to the Perros del Mal promotion and also began wrestling for the Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors shows as Charly Malice. He was one of the bright spots for both promotions as he had a wild feud with X-Fly in PdM shows and with LLUSA he was probably the best of the regular-sized wrestlers on the roster. Charly would find his way to CMLL during the summer of 2010 as part of the Invasores vs. CMLL storyline. He was probably the first long-time AAA wrestler to actually get booked well by CMLL. Manson had been feuding with members of La Peste Negra. He won a hair match against Negro Casas in October 2010. This was suppose to set-up Manson vs. Rey Bucanero at the year-end show were Bucanero would be the winner to avenge the previous CMLL loss, but Manson quit the promotion and returned to AAA. Manson was announced as a new member of Cibernetico’s Los Bizarros faction at Guerra De Titanes in December 2010. Charly’s time in AAA would be short as in late April, he and a friend got into a fight with some police officers. One officer suffered a fracted skull and the other a fractured nose. Manson was briefly released on bail from prison, but was later taken back when the bail was revoked. He’s been in prison since mid-2011.