Friday, October 14, 2011

Pepe Luis Vazquez

There was a prominent Spanish matador named Pepe Luis Vazquez active in the 1940s.

There was also a prominent Mexican matador in the 1950s and 1960s by the name of Pepe Luis Vazquez, who was an entirely different person.

In the 1980s there was also a popular Mexican wrestler from out of Hermosillo by the name of Pepe Luis Vazquez who was no relation to either of the above men.

Like his matador counterparts, Vazquez was always coming back from injuries, though in a different ring. While the two bullfighters were continually getting gored and making comebacks, the wrestling Vazquez was forever being bloodied or otherwise injured and defeated, only to seek justice. Though he lost many bouts, he was forever gaining rematches and in these he always extracted a heavy toll from his enemies. He wpuld often lose the initial battles, but win the wars.

Vazquez wrestled for several years in Nogales, Agua Prieta, Hermosillo, San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexicali, Juarez, Naco, Torreon, San Felipe and other locations.

He was occasionally seen in Arizona when any of a number of Hispanic promtoers brought Lucha Libre shows to Pheonix, Tucson  and Flagstaff.

One of Vazquez's biggest admirers and supporters was his fellow Mexican wrestler, Super Argo. When he tried to run a set do shows in Phoenix in 1988, Argo wanted to bring Vazquez back across the line for his cards,  but ran into problems with getting him across the border to work and the big plans he had made for Vazquez were scrapped.

Vazquez was a rapid high flier and very acrobatic. He did a devastating moonsault off the top rope and other sensational finishing moves.

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