Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Mr. Águila - CMLL-AAA-TNA-WWF
Ring name(s) Mr. Águila,Essa Ríos,Papi Chulo,Águila
Billed height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Billed weight 89 kg (195 lb)
Born December 10, 1978,Guadalajara, Jalisco
Trained by Diablo Velasco,Flash I
Pro Wrestling Debut January 3, 1994
Jesús Guadalupe Delgado Saldaña (born December 10th, 1978) is a Mexican professional wrestler currently performing for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. He is best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation as Essa Ríos and for his work for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, CMLL and AAA as Mr. Águila.
He debuted in the WWF on the November 3, 1997 episode of Raw is War as part of its newly relaunched Light Heavyweight division at the age of 18, wrestling under the names Águila and Papi Chulo. This period included a match with TAKA Michinoku at WrestleMania XIV for the Light Heavyweight Championship.
He had a high-flying match with TAKA Michinoku during Extreme Championship Wrestling's Cyberslam 1999 pay-per-view before capturing the WWF Light Heavyweight title from Gillberg on his 'debut' as Essa Ríos during February 13, 2000 edition of Sunday Night HEAT.
During his time as Essa Ríos, he was managed by Lita who would often repeat Ríos's finishing moves on wrestlers he had just beaten after a match. He and Lita had a feud with Eddie Guerrero and Chyna which led to a European title match between Ríos and then-champion Guererro at Backlash 2000, which Ríos lost.
Ríos' partnership with Lita ended sometime later after an angry Ríos attacked Lita because he had lost a match. Ríos lapsed into obscurity but did have a brief feud with Kurt Angle that culminated in a main event match on Sunday Night HEAT before once again only making occasional appearances. Having been off TV for months, Ríos started accepting Japanese bookings in 2001.
After being released in 2001, with rumors being that he refused to learn English, he returned to Mexico for several years before working in AAA as part of the LLL storyline.
Águila made a comeback to the United States in 2004 as part of Team AAA/Mexico in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling with Abismo Negro, Juventud Guerrera, Héctor Garza and Heavy Metal. However, he soon returned to Mexico, continuing his feud with El Zorro and forming "X-team" with Juventud Guerrera and Charly Manson. In 2005, he jumped to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre as a member of Los Perros del Mal which was led by Héctor Garza and Perro Aguayo, Jr. who had jumped from AAA in the past.
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