Thursday, April 12, 2007

Luchadore: Fishman

Name Fishman
Real name José Ángel Nájera Sánchez
Nicknames El Hombre Pez (The Fish Man), El Pez Volador, (The Fly Fish),El Veneno Verde, (The Green Poison), El Látigo Lagunero (The Lagunero Whip)
Name history Goliath Reyes (11/69 - 70), Titán (70 - 71), Fishman (71 - )
Family El Hijo de Fishman -por debutar- (son), El Único de Cd. Juárez (son), Fishman Jr. (nephew)
Trained by: Marco Tulio, Bulldog Villegas, El Rebelde, Sunny War Cloud
Birth date April 6, 1951 - Torreón, Coahuila
Wrestling Debut November 1969 - Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua
Lost mask to Máscara Sagrada - August 27, 2000 - Palacio de los Deportes
Height 5'8"/173 cms
Weight 218 lbs/99 kg
Signature wrestling moves Lariat, Senton, Second Rope Splash, Patadas de Canguro (kangaroo dropkick), Cavernaria
Titles: National Welterweight Title (3), NWA World Welterweight Title, UWA World Light Heavyweight Title (4), WWF World Light Heavyweight Title (2), WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Title

José Ángel Nájera Sánchez, best known under the ring name of Fishman, was a Mexican professional wrestler who became one of Lucha Libre's biggest stars during the 1980s with the Universal Wrestling Association. Fishman retired in 2000

Fishman debuted in late 1969 under the name Goliath Reyes but changed it during 1970 to Titán. In 1971 he changed his name once again this time to Fishman and it is under this name and mask that he achieved his fame.

Fishman rose to notoriety in the UWA, holding the federation’s Lightheavyweight Title 4 times (tied with Karloff Lagarde for most title reigns). In his time in the UWA Fishman competed in many “Mask Vs Mask" matches always coming out with his trademark green and yellow mask in place beating such well known Luchadors as Sangre Chicana and Rey Misterio Sr .

After the UWA folded, he went with some of the other UWA wrestlers to AAA through the mid 1990s and later on also wrestled independently in Mexico. On August 28, 2000 Fishman put his mask on the line against Máscara Sagrada and lost, after he was unmasked Fishman retired from wrestling.

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