Bárbaro Cavernario

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Bárbaro Cavernario
Bárbaro Cavernario.jpg
Cavernario in January 2017
Born (1993-11-06) November 6, 1993 (age 24)
Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Cavernario
Bárbaro Cavernario
Baby Cavernario
El Bárbaro
Billed height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Billed weight 89 kg (196 lb)[1]
Trained by Aquiles[1]
Apolo Dantés[2]
Furia del Ring[1]
Máscara Mágica[2]
Debut April 25, 2008[2]

Leonardo Moreno Ayala (born November 6, 1993) is a Mexican luchador, or professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Bárbaro Cavernario. He currently works for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), portraying a rudo ("bad guy") wrestling character.

In professional wrestling, Moreno is a two time Occidente Middleweight Champion, a one-time Welterweight Champion, and a four-time tournament winner (En Busca de un Ídolo 2014, Gran Alternativa 2014,[Note 1] CMLL Reyes del Aire 2016 and Torneo de Parejas Increíbles 2017). He is currently a member of the wrestling group known as La Peste Negra ("The Black Plague").

Personal life

Moreno is the brother of professional wrestlers known under the ring names Demonio Maya (Mayan Demon) and Indigo.[3] Since both brothers wrestle under a mask, or as enmascarados, their full names are not a matter of public knowledge per lucha libre traditions.[4] Moreno is studying Accounting at the University of Guadalajara to ensure he has a skill to fall back on in case he is injured and unable to wrestle.[5]

Professional wrestling career

Leonardo Moreno Ayala trained for his professional wrestling career under wrestlers Furia del Ring and Aquiles alongside his brother Demonio Mayo and made his professional wrestling debut in 2008.[6] It has not been confirmed what ring name Moreno competed under at the beginning of his career; with the secrecy of masked wrestlers in Mexico, it is possible he used other ring names before he began working as the masked El Bárbaro.

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2012–present)

He made his debut for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), Mexico's biggest professional wrestling promotion, in 2012 using the masked El Bárbaro ("The Barbarian"), a generic wrestling character. In early 2012, only months into his CMLL sting El Bárbaro lost his mask when he lost a Lucha de Apuestas, or "bet match" to El Gallo and was forced to unmask.[7] For many luchadors losing their mask tends to slow their careers down, but in Moreno's case he reworked his image and became known as Bárbaro Carvenario, a caveman character inspired by Mexican Lucha Libre legend Cavernario Galindo, adopting the furry loin cloth and boots look of Galindo, as well as using La Cavernaria as a finishing move just like the original.[8] Growing his hair out, Moreno added a more dramatic execution to his matches, acting like a savage in the ring in between moves. The repackaged Moreno was pushed by CMLL, giving him several Lucha de Apuestas victories, which in Mexico, is an accolade held in higher regard than winning title victories. As Carvenario, he started a storyline with Guadalajara local wrestlers Javier Cruz Jr. and Leo.[7] On June 24, Cavernario defeated Cruz Jr. in a match which saw Cruz Jr. shaved bald after the match.[7] Only days later, he defeated Leo in a match that left Leo bald after his loss. As part of the storyline, Cruz Jr.'s well known father Javier Cruz out of retirement for the storyline. On July 15, 2012, Cavernario defeated Cruz Sr. in his third Lucha de Apuesta victory within four weeks.[7] Weeks later, Cavernario was one of sixteen wrestlers included in a tournament for the local Occidente Middleweight Championship that was vacant at the time. Cavernario defeated Stuka Jr., Fuego, Halcon de Plata, Leo, Virus, Raziel and Sadio to qualify for the finals of the tournament. In the finals, Cavernario lost to Smaker, who became the champion.[9] On December 16, 2012, Cavernario won the Occidente Middleweight Championship when he defeated Smaker in a rematch.[7] He would hold the title for just over seven months, before Black Metal won the championship.[10] Two weeks later, Cavernario regained the championship from Black Metal.[10] On October 27, 2013, Fuego defeated Cavernario to win the title from him.[11]

Following the loss of the championship, Cavernario began to work more matches in Mexico City, CMLL's main venue. In early 2014, Cavernario was teamed up with veteran wrestler Mr. Niebla, for CMLL's annual Gran Alternativa ("Great Alternative") tournament. The concept of the tournament saw sixteen teams, composed of a low ranked rookie teamed up with an established veteran wrestler to showcase new talent. In the first round the team defeated the father/son team of Blue Panther and Black Panther, then defeated Último Guerrero and Hechicero in the second round, and finally brothers Rush and Dragon Lee II, to qualify for the finals. The finals took place on February 21, 2014, as part of CMLL's annual Homenaje a Dos Leyendas special event, which saw Cavernario and Mr. Niebla defeat Volador Jr. and Soberano Jr. to win the tournament.[12] Following the tournament, Mr. Niebla invited Cavernaro to join a group known as La Peste Negra ("The Black Plague"), a group of wrestlers that all employed a wild, comical wrestling style that complimented Cavernario's own style. Over the summer of 2014, Cavernario was one of eight wrestlers competing in CMLL's En Busca de un Ídolo ("In search of an idol") tournament. Cavernario competed against other young wrestlers such as Hechicero, Cachorro, Dragon Lee II, Guerrero Negro Jr., Super Halcón Jr., Soberano Jr. and Star Jr. The tournament consisted of a round-robin portion, where the wrestlers were given points of a scale of 0 to 10, during one match Cavernario, despite losing the actual match, was given a perfect 40 points by the four judges due to his performance in the match. The finals saw Cavernario defeat Hechnicero to win the tournament, and earn a spot on the Fantastica Mania tour next January.[8] Two days later, Cavernario was one of eight wrestlers that put their hair or mask on the line in a steel cage match as part of a special show celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. After El Gallo, Rey Cometa, Boby Zavala, Sádico, Esfinge and Demonio Maya all escaped the cage, Cavernario defeated Black Metal to earn his first mask victory in his career.[13] On September 19, 2014, in one of the feature matches of the CMLL 81st Anniversary Show, Cavernario defeated Rey Cometa in a Lucha de Apuestas match, forcing his opponent to be shaved bald after the match.[14][15][16] On May 3, 2015, Cavernario defeated Titán to win the Mexican National Welterweight Championship.[17] He lost the title to Rey Cometa on June 10, 2016.[18] On July 1, Cavernario defeated Cometa in another Lucha de Apuestas between the two.[19]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2015, 2016, 2017)

In January 2015, Cavernario made his New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) debut, when he worked the Fantastica Mania 2015 tour, co-produced by CMLL and NJPW.[2] Cavernario returned to NJPW to take part in the 2015 Best of the Super Juniors.[20] He finished with a record of three wins and four losses, failing to advance to the finals of the tournament.[21] In January 2016, Cavernario returned to take part in the Fantastica Mania 2016 tour.[22] On the fourth show, he successfully defended the Mexican National Welterweight Championship against Titán.[23] In January 2017, Cavernario took part in the Fantastica Mania 2017 tour, unsuccessfully challenging Dragon Lee for the CMLL World Lightweight Championship during the January 20 event.[24]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

Luchas de Apuestas record

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
El Gallo (mask) El Bárbaro (mask) Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Live event March 11, 2012 [7]
Bárbaro Cavernario (hair) Javier Cruz Jr. (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Live event June 24, 2012 [Note 2][7]
Bárbaro Cavernario (hair) Leo (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Live event July 1, 2012 [7]
Bárbaro Cavernario (hair) Javier Cruz (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Live event July 15, 2012 [7]
Bárbaro Cavernario (hair) Black Metal (mask) Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Live event June 22, 2014 [Note 3][13]
Cavernario (hair) Rey Cometa (hair) Mexico City, Mexico CMLL 81st Anniversary Show September 19, 2014 [14][15][16]
Bárbaro Cavernario (hair) Rey Cometa (hair) Mexico City, Mexico CMLL International Gran Prix (2016) July 1, 2016 [19]

Footnotes

  1. ^ Cavernario's tag partner for this tournament was Mr. Niebla.
  2. ^ This match also included Leo.
  3. ^ Last two wrestlers in a steel cage match that also included El Gallo, Rey Cometa, Boby Zavala, Sádico, Esfinge and Demonio Maya.

References

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  2. ^ a b c d "アトランティス、ミスティコ、ボラドール! 『Fantastica Mania 2015』参加メンバーが決定! 史上最多17選手が飛来! 一挙に6選手が初参戦!". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). November 22, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ Gutiérrez, Ana (April 25, 2014). "UN DEMONIO MAYA QUE QUIERE APAGAR EL FUEGO PARA LLEGAR AL TEMPLO MAYOR". Fuego en el Ring (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ Madigan, Dn (2007). "Okay... what is Lucha Libre?". Mondo Lucha A Go-Go: the bizarre and honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 29–40. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  5. ^ "CMLL – "Estoy creciendo rápidamente, algo que la verdad nunca imaginé": Bárbaro Cavernario" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. May 8, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015. 
  6. ^ "En Busca de un Idolo Cavernario". cmll.com (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Gutiérrez, Ana (December 17, 2012). "CON ESTE CAMPEONATO CIERRO EL AÑO CON BROCHE DE ORO" BÁRBARO CAVERNARIO". Fuego en el Ring (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Cavernario ganó 'En Busca de un Ídolo'". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). June 21, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ Gutiérrez, Ana (August 29, 2012). "Terrible y Último Guerrero hacen de las suyas". Fuego en el Ring (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c "¡Fuego Dorado! – @CMLL_OFICIAL @acogdl". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. October 28, 2013. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ Gutiérrez, Ana (October 28, 2013). "El Bárbaro Cavernario pierde campeonato ante Fuego". Fuego en el Ring (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Resultados - Viernes 14 de Febrero '14". Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (in Spanish). February 15, 2014. Archived from the original on February 15, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Redaccion (June 23, 2014). "Bárbaro Cavernario ganó su primera máscara en el CMLL". Mediotiempo (in Spanish). Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Reducindo, Miguel (September 19, 2014). "Resultados Arena Mexico Viernes 19' de Septiembre LXXXI Aniversario del CMLL" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Archived from the original on October 15, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Redaccion (September 19, 2014). "Caída a Caída... 81 Aniversario del CMLL". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). MSN. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Cano Vela, Eduardo (September 19, 2014). "CMLL 81 aniversario (Cobertura y resultados en vivo) -Atlantis destapa a Último Guerrero". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Bárbaro Cavernario, nuevo Campeón Nacional Welter". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). May 4, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Rey Cometa, nuevo campeón nacional welter". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). MSN. June 11, 2016. Retrieved June 11, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b Valdés, Apolo (July 2, 2016). "Bárbaro Cavernario rapó de nuevo a Rey Cometa". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). MSN. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  20. ^ Caldwell, James (May 7, 2015). "NJPW news: "Best of Super Jrs." tournament details announced". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Best of the Super Jr.XXII". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  22. ^ ミスティコ、アトランティス、ドラゴン・リーも上陸!『Fantastica Mania 2016』参加メンバー決定! 6選手がイッキに初参戦!. New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). November 17, 2015. Archived from the original on May 16, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  23. ^ "NJPW Presents CMLL Fantastica Mania 2016". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  24. ^ Rose, Bryan (January 20, 2017). "NJPW/CMLL Fantastica Mania results: Dragon Lee vs. Cavernario". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  25. ^ Rose, Bryan (May 22, 2015). "NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 5-22-15 live results: Gedo vs. Ryusuke Taguchi". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved May 22, 2015. Barbaro escaped, rolled over him and applied the la Cavernaria submission (seated surfboard) for the win. 
  26. ^ a b c "El Barbaro Cavernario". Puroresu Central. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  27. ^ Hernández Ortíz, Diego (October 1, 2016). "Bárbaro Cavernario, ganador del torneo ESTO Reyes del Aire". Esto Enlina (in Spanish). Organización Editorial Mexicana. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 

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