Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Luchadore: Shocker

José Luis Jair Soria is a Mexican-American professional wrestler who wrestles under the name Shocker. He has in the past branched out into the United States, working for TNA Wrestling.

Shocker first made a name for himself in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre and got his first push when he won the Gran Alterntiva tournament along with his partner, Silver King, in 1995. He capped off the year by defeating veteran Kahoz for his mask. The push continued when he won the NWA Light-Heavyweight for first time when he defeated Black Warrior for the title in 1997. In 1998, he and Mr. Niebla won the CMLL World Tag Team Wrestling championship but were stripped due to Niebla's injury. In 1999, Shocker really picked up when he turned heel and feuded with Mr. Niebla. The feud culminated in a match at the CMLL 66th Anniversary Show where Shocker and Mr. Niebla wrestled together in a Parejas Suicidas match against another pair of feuding partners, Atlantis and Villano III. The rules were that the members of the team that lost faced each other in a mask vs. mask match. Shocker and Niebla lost the match and Shocker lost his mask.

After losing his mask, he was pushed even more, capitalizing on his good looks. He took the nickname "1000% Guapo". He joined Bestia Salvaje and Scorpio, Jr. in Los Guapos in 2000 but he later had a falling out with the veterans and he had a heel vs. heel feud along with partners like Los Capos and Satánico. He continued wrestling in heel vs. heel feuds, the most notable being against the group that would eventually become Los Guerreros del Infierno. His matches with Guerreros leader Último Guerrero were some of the most acclaimed matches of the year. In 2003, he started his own version of Los Guapos with frequent partner Máscara Mágica and El Terrible and feuded with the original Guapos of Bestia Salvaje, Scorpio, Jr. and Emilio Charles, Jr. who were now wrestling as Los Talibanes ("the Taliban"). The feud peaked with a six man cage match where Terrible took Bestia Salvaje's hair in August. By 2004, Shocker was a full-time babyface teaming with L.A. Park and trading the CMLL World Tag Team titles with Último Guerrero and Rey Bucanero. In June of that year, El Terrible broke away from Los Guapos and won the hair of Máscara Mágica. Terrible's replacement, Alan Stone, did not meet expectations and Los Guapos was effectively ended. For most of the summer, he joined up with Perro Aguayo, Jr. and Negro Casas in a feud against Pierroth, Jr., Vampiro Canadiense and Tarzan Boy. After feud ended in a steel cage match where Perro Aguayo, Jr. defeated Negro Casas for his hair, Shocker had a program with Terrible with speculation of a hair vs. hair match on the year end show but the feud didn't take off like expected and the match was replaced with Vampiro and Pierroth vs. Cien Caras and Máscara Año 2000.

In 2005, he started out the year well winning the "Junior Cup," a trophy for second generation wrestlers with a finals win over another popular face, Dr. Wagner, Jr.. However, CMLL didn't build up on it and Shocker was used against the various regular trios like La Furia del Norte and Los Guerreros del Infierno. In April, he joined Total Nonstop Action, seemingly replacing Héctor Garza who was blocked from entering the company after steroid problems. He quickly and unsuccessfully challenged Christopher Daniels for his TNA X Division Championship. While continuing to work in TNA, he shocked some by jumping from CMLL, who he had been with for ten years, for CMLL's rival AAA with Vampiro and various other wrestlers. In AAA, he started a feud with LLL members Abismo Negro and Cibernético with an angle involving Cibernético attacking his father. After saving his hair in a four way cage match against Cibernético, Latin Lover and Chessman, Shocker turned rudo again and feuded with veteran Sangre Chicana with Shocker claiming that he was the real "Amo de escandalo" ("master of scandal"), Chicana's moniker. The two faced off in a hair vs. hair match in El Toreo de Cuatros Caminos in Naucalpan on the last AAA show of the year with Shocker winning the match.

He was captain of Team Mexico in the 2006 TNA World X Cup Tournament.

Shocker recently jumped from AAA back to CMLL again.

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