Thursday, November 24, 2011

Gory Guerrero

Salvador "Gory"Guerrero is considered to be one of the finest of Mexican wrestlers, though he was born in the mining town of Ray, Arizona. He started out in Mexico, however, where he grew up and become a major draw in Guadalajara. Originally intending to wrestle as a villain, he considered using the name of Joe Morgan to capitalize on his American heritage, but nixed the idea early on. Instead, he shifted to the role of fan favorite and became a big hit.

He adapted the nickname of Gory because his matches were usually bloody. Though he could show scientific skill equal to any rival, he was not above brawling or slamming people into the front row of chairs.

In Mexico, Guerrero ebcame a major force and starred in several films, as well as the ring. He faced all the top stars, teamed with several others and became friends with the legendary El Santo.

His finishing move was a form of camel clutch that forced opponents into submission.

He later relocated to the El Paso/Juarez area where he was occupied with promotion of the sport as well as working on his owns cards until he caught up with him. He was also active in real estate after retirement and in various civic organizations,. He was likewise heavily involved in the area Masonic lodge.

Guerrero likewise trained his sons and several others to wrestle.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Guerrero made numerous appearances in Arizona where he was launched into the main events. As was par for the course, he feuded with the top villain, Don Arnold. As par for the course, these matches escalated into brawls and bloodbaths,. Usually, Guerrero did mosr of the bleeding, before making a  comeback when just ion the verge of a victory, Arnold would do something dirty to win.

The feud went over so well, Guerrero brought Arnold to Texas, along with Blas Corona, Tito Montez and Brute Bemis. He likewise sent Pancho Pico, El Mustang and others to Phoenix.

Other wrestlers he faced off with in his Arizona trips over the years included The Hood, Gypsy Biviano, Don Kent, Chuck Karbo, Tony Barbetta and Juan Humberto.

Years after the fact, he remains remembered. A New Times article on lucha libre in Phoenix in 2010 mentioned Guerrero at length. He likewise has bios in my books, The Garden Will Not Die, The Last Bell Call and A Parade Of Famous Masons. Several internet bios are also available.

Guerrero died in 1990.

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