Sunday, April 8, 2007

Luchadore: Canek

Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight: 242 lb (110 kg)
Birthday: June 19, 1952
Hometown: Frontera, Tabasco
Trained by: Ham Lee, Indio Azteca, Maciste, El Remington I and El Chacal
Professional wrestling debut: 1972
Previous identities: El Universitario, Príncipe Azul, Canek
Finishing and signature move(s): Gorilla Press

Canek is a Mexican professional wrestler currently performing part time for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. As one of Mexico's few true heavyweights (above 220 pounds), he became one of Lucha Libre's biggest attractions during the 1980s with the Universal Wrestling Association. Although Lucha Libre Internacional, the promotion administering the UWA titles, ceased to exist in 1995, Canek continues to defend and trade the UWA title wherever he goes, although his June 2004 loss at the hands of former partner Dr. Wagner Jr. may signal a long break in Canek's monopoly.

Canek holds victories over several international stars including Lou Thesz, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Yokozuna, Big Van Vader and Japanese stars Tatsumi Fujinami, Riki Chōshū and Kim Duk; however, these are rarely mentioned outside of Mexico. He bodyslammed Andre the Giant and Yokozuna (under the name Kokina).

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
1-time CMLL World Tag Team Wrestling Champion (with Dr. Wagner, Jr.)
1-time CMLL World Tríos champion (with Black Warrior & Rayo de Jalisco, Jr.)

Universal Wrestling Association
15-time UWA World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion

Wrestling Observer Newsletter
He is a member of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (inducted in 1996).
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