Sugi Sito

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Sugi Sito
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Birth name Francisco Javier Mar Hernández
Born (1926-12-04)December 4, 1926[1]
León, Guanajuato, Mexico[1]
Died May 4, 2000(2000-05-04) (aged 73)[1][2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Sugi Sito
Trained by Rolando Vera [1]
Debut 1943[1]

Francisco Javier Mar Hernández (December 4, 1926 – May 4, 2000) was a Mexican professional wrestler known as Sugi Sito, nicknamed El Orgullo de Oriente ("The pride of the Orient"). He was born in León, Guanajuato to a Mexican father and Chinese mother. In the 1950s Sito left Mexico and gained a measure of great success wrestling in the United States, especially the Houston, Texas area. In the early 1970s, Sugi Sito and Chin Lee worked for Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling as a tag team. Sugi Sito later returned to Mexico where he became a wrestling promoter.

Professional wrestling career

Francisco Mar was trained by Rolando Vera for his professional wrestling career and made his debut in 1943.[1] He adopted the ring name "Sugi Sito" to play off his mother's oriental ancestry, making him an instant Rudo during World War II.[1] Sito's career highlights in Mexico came in the early part of the 1950s, as he was working for Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL). On September 21, 1950 Sito defeated Tarzán López to win the NWA World Middleweight Championship, one of the most prestigious championships in Mexico at the time.[3] Sito's first title reign lasted 368 days, ending when Enrique Llanes won the belt from him on September 24, 1951.[3] Sito regained the Middleweight title in 1953 when he once again defeated López to win the title. This time he held it until January 1, 1954 when he was defeated by El Santo and lost the title.[3] From 1954 and forward Sito travelled all over the United States and Canada to wrestle for various promotions. His first stop was in Texas where he worked for Southwest Sports, Inc. (the future World Class Championship Wrestling). Sito earned a reputation for having some of the hardest hand strikes in professional wrestling while working in Texas, a reputation that started when he accidentally fractured Danny McShain's skull during a match.[1] He teamed up with another Mexican native in Rito Romero to win the NWA Texas Tag Team Championship from Ivan Kalmikoff and Karol Krauser.[4] Due to sparse records from that time it is not known who defeated Sito and Romero for the titles.[4] In the late 1960s Sito began working for Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling (GCCW) based out of Alabama. In GCCW he began teaming with Mitsu Sito, a storyline brother, defeating Rocket Monroe and Flash Monroe for the NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Championship on February 21, 1969. The team only held the title for 5 days before being defeated by Bob Kelly and Ramon Perez.[5] Following his stint in the south eastern United States Sito travelled north to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to work for Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling. Over the course of the next two years Sito held the Calgary version of the NWA International Tag Team Championship three times, twice with Chin Lee and once with Tor Kamata.[6]

Personal life

Francisco Mar Manuel was part of a large wrestling family. His three brothers (Huroki Sito, Panchito Robles and Manuel Robles) were all luchadores, as well as his son-in-law (El Mexicano), nephews (Black Cat, El Jabato and Pánico) and even his daughter who wrestles as La Briosa.[7] Francisco Javier Mar died on May 4, 2000.[1][2]

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
  • Nicknames
  • El Orgullo de Oriente ("The pride of the Orient")[1]

Championships and accomplishments

Luchas de Apuestas record

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Dos Caras (mask) Sugi Sito (hair) Unknown Live event Unknown [1]
Torbellino Blanco (mask) Sugi Sito (hair) Mexico City Live event May 2, 1952 [1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Enciclopedia staff (November 2008). "Grandes Figuras de la Lucha Libre". Sugi Sito (1926 - 2000) (in Spanish). Portales, Mexico. p. 56. 17. 
  2. ^ a b Centinela, Teddy (May 4, 2015). "En un día como hoy… 2000: Fallece Sugi Sito… 1980: Canek vs. Ángel Blanco, máscara contra cabellera". SuperLuchas Magazine (in Spanish). Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2006). "Mexico: EMLL NWA World Middlweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 389–390. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ a b c Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2006). "WCCW Texas Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 269. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Mobile: NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 179–180. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  6. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Calgary: Stampede International Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 340–341. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  7. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "A family affair". Mondo Lucha a Go Go: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 128–132. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
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