Raúl Mata

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Raúl Mata
Born (1947-01-26) January 26, 1947 (age 70)
Guadalajara, Mexico
Residence Wesley Chapel, FL
Professional wrestling career
Trained by Cuhatemoc "Diablo" Velasco
Debut 1960s
Retired 1980s

Raúl Mata (born January 26, 1947) is a retired Mexican luchador, or professional wrestler who was mostly active from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Mata holds the distinction of having the longest individual reign as Mexican National Light Heavyweight Champion, 1.164 days in total. Mata often teamed with his brother Carlos Mata and together they held the NWA Americas Tag Team Championship promoted by NWA Hollywood in the Southern California region. Raul would also win the tag team title with Dory Dixon, Ray Mendoza, David Morgan, Victor Rivera) and Chavo Guerrero twice.

Professional wrestling career

The exact year Raul Mata began wrestling is uncertain, only that he was wrestling for Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL) in the late 1960s. Mata's first major championship was the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship, a championship he won on April 11, 1968 when he defeated Dr. Wagner to win the vacant title.[1] The championship reign lasted until June 18, 1972 where Mata lost the title to Enrique Vera.[1] In the early 1970s Raul Mata had begun working for the Southern California based NWA Hollywood based in Los Angeles, CA. In NWA Hollywood he held the NWA Americas Tag Team Championship with a multitude of partners. In 1972 Mata held the title with both Dory Dixon and Ray Mendoza, both regular EMLL wrestlers as well.[2] between December 21, 1973 and October 28, 1976 Mata held the Americas tag title a further five times, teaming with David Morgan, Victor Rivera, Chavo Guerrero twice and finally with his brother Carlos Mata.[2] In 1977 Mata won the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship when he defeated El Halcón on December 18, 1977 to win the title.[3] Mata held the title until July 1, 1978 where he lost the title to El Nazi.[3] In 1970 Mata won his NWA Americas Tag Team Championship again, this time teaming with Mando Guerrero to defeat Leroy Brown and Allen Coage for the titles, holding them for a month before losing the belts to the Twin Devils.[2] Raul Mata also held the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship for 11 months, winning it on January 20, 1980 from Alfonso Dantés, losing it back to Dantés on December 15, 1980.[4]

Championships and accomplishments

Luchas de Apuestas record

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
El Nazi (hair) Raul Mata (hair) Unknown Live event Unknown  
Raúl Mata (hair)) Shibata (hair) Mexico City EMLL 37th Anniversary Show September 1970 [5]

References

  1. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  2. ^ a b c d Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Americas Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 296–297. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  3. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 390–391. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Mexico: EMLL NWA World Light Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 389. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ Ruiz Glez, Alex (September 7, 2010). "CMLL: 79 historias, 79 Aniversario, las 79 luchas estelares". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
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