Alberto Muñoz

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Alberto Muñoz
Birth name Ismael Muñoz Lopez
Born (1943-01-15) January 15, 1943 (age 74)
Tepatitlán, Jalisco, Mexico
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Alberto Muñoz
White Man
Billed height 172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Billed weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Trained by Diablo Velasco
Debut 1964

Ismael Muñoz Lopez (born January 15, 1943 in Tepatitlán, Jalisco, Mexico) is a retired Mexican Luchador or professional wrestler best known under the ring name Alberto Muñoz. Muñoz was active from 1964 until the 1980s. Muñoz worked for most of his career using his real name, but in the 1970s he also wrestled as the enmascarado (masked wrestler) White Man, teaming with Black Man to form a popular tag team. In his career Muñoz held several top championships promoted by Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL).

Professional wrestling career

Muñoz made his professional wrestling debut in 1964 and within a couple of years began working regularly for Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL), the oldest wrestling promotion in the world. Initially he wrestled in the lightweight weightdivision, which in Mexico means between 63 kg (139 lb) and 70 kg (150 lb).[1] On August 7, 1965 Muñoz defeated Rodolfo Ruíz to win the Mexican National Lightweight Championship.[2] Over the following six months Muñoz defended the title against both the deposed champion and other lightweight contenders. On February 6, 1966 Muñoz moved up to the Welterweight division (between 70 kg (150 lb) and 78 kg (172 lb)[1]) when he defeated Huracán Ramírez for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship.[3] After winning the Welterweight title Muñoz vacated the Lightweight title to focus on the more prestigious Welterweight division.[2] Muñoz held the Welterweight title from February 6, 1966 until October 20, 1968 for a total of 979 days, the longest reign of any Mexican National Welterweight Champion to date.[3] On March 9, 1968 Muñoz defeated Rene Guajardo to win the Mexican National Middleweight Championship.[4] Muñoz wrestled in both the Welterweight and the middleweight division (between 82 kg (181 lb) and 87 kg (192 lb)[1]), holding and defending both titles for seven months. On October 20, 1968 Muñoz vacated the Welterweight title to focus on the Middleweight title.[3] Muñoz would hold the Middleweight title until November 20, 1969 where Rene Guajado regained the title.[4] Alberto Muñoz held a championship from August 7, 1965 until November 20, 1969, more than four years in total.[5] On July 11, 1971 Muñoz defeated Karloff Lagarde to win the NWA World Welterweight Championship, perhaps the most prestigious championship in Mexico at the time.[6] During a tag team match on June 26, 1973 Muñoz (who was teaming with El Marqués) suffered a serious neck injury after a headscissors takedown move from his opponent El Nazi (who teamed with Hayashi) went badly and Muñoz's head was driven into the canvas. He became unresponsive after the accident and was taken to the local hospital where he was in a medically induced coma for several days.[7] As a result of the injury Muñoz was forced to vacate the NWA World Welterweight Championship and temporarily retire from wrestling.[6][7]

When Muñoz returned to the ring almost a year later he adopted a new ring persona, an enmascarado (masked wrestler) called "White Man", teaming up with Black Man to form a very popular and successful tag team.[8] The two teamed for a while but never won a tag team title, despite several chances at the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship.[9] by 1978 Muñoz dropped the "White Man" character as he was forced to work a reduced schedule due to age and injuries.[9] Muñoz' last notable wrestling appearance came in April, 1979 when he lost a Luchas de Apuesta, hair vs. mask match, to Villano III.[10] Apuesta matches often pay a quite a lot to the person agreeing to lose his hair or mask, giving Muñoz one last big payday before retiring in the early 1980s.

Championships and accomplishments

Luchas de Apuestas record

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Alberto Muñoz (hair) El Conde Negro (mask) Unknown Live event 1966  
Alberto Muñoz (hair) Rizado Ruíz (hair) Unknown Live event 1966  
Alberto Muñoz (hair) Huriki Sito (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event August 11, 1967  
Villano III (mask) Alberto Muñoz (hair) Veracruz, Veracruz Live event April 28, 1979 [10]

References

  1. ^ a b c Arturo Montiel Rojas (August 30, 2001). "Reglamento de Box y Lucha Libre Professional del Estado de Mexico" (PDF). Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 30, 2006. Retrieved July 11, 2009. Articulo 242: "Pluma 63 kilos / Ligero 70 kilos" 
  2. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Lightweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 393. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  3. ^ a b c d Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Welterweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 392. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Middleweight Championship". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 392. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ a b c Lucha 2000 Staff (December 20, 2004). "Los Reyes de Mexico: La Historia de Los Campeonatos Nacionales". Lucha 2000 (in Spanish). Especial 21. 
  6. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Mexico: EMLL NWA Welterweight Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 390. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  7. ^ a b Centinella, Teddy (June 24, 2015). "En un día como hoy… 1973: Noche accidentada en las arenas chicas: Por poco muere Alberto Muñoz; problemas con los hermanos Guerrero" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ Enciclopedia staff (August 2007). "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Black Man (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico. p. 32. Tomo I. 
  9. ^ a b Enciclopedia staff (December 2007). "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". White Man (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico. p. 39. Tomo VII. 
  10. ^ a b Lucha 2000 staff (May 2008). "Villano III y sus Victimas". Lucha 2000 Magazine (in Spanish). pp. 24–27. Especial 30. 
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