Friday, June 1, 2007

Luchador - Místico

Místico (born December 22, 1982) is a Mexican professional wrestler currently working for the lucha libre promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), and the biggest star of Lucha Libre.

Raised in the notorious Tepito district of Mexico City, he began his career wrestling under his father's name as Dr. Karonte, Jr. at the age of 15. In 2000, he adopted the name of Astro Boy and started getting noticed working undercards for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. In 2004, he was repackaged as "Místico" with a religious gimmick. He debuted in Arena México in June and spent much of the following months teaming with Volador, Jr. and Misterioso II in the second or third matches on the card. He participated in the 6th Annual Leyenda de Plata tournament but his push didn't take off until he won the Gran Alternativa tag team tournament with established star, El Hijo del Santo, claiming "Místico es chévere". Shortly afterwards, the bookers began teaming him with other established técnicos (faces) such as Negro Casas and Shocker against the big rudo (heel) groups, Los Guerreros del Infierno and La Furia del Norte. His stature made him an underdog and his high flying moves such as diving armdrags made him popular with Mexico City crowds.

In 2005, he continued working against Los Guerreros, winning important singles matches against Rey Bucanero, Mephisto and Tarzan Boy in CMLL's secondary arena, Arena Coliseo. He won his first title by defeating Guerreros member Averno for the NWA Middleweight championship on February 11. The match was well received by the audience in attendance and fans near the ring threw money into the ring as a sign of appreciation. Two weeks later, he participated in his first singles main event match when he faced Guerreros leader Último Guerrero in Arena México. He won the fall in two falls after Guerrero was disqualified in the first fall and was pinned in the second with a small package. The match sparked a program with the recently turned Dr. Wagner, Jr. teaming with Místico against Último Guerrero and Rey Bucanero. After that program died down, Místico became involved in a feud with Perro Aguayo, Jr. and his Los Perros del Mal group. After defeating Aguayo in a singles match, the two exchanged hair vs. mask challenges so Místico was added to the already planned eight-man cage match where the last man in the cage lost his hair or mask. Místico joined Negro Casas, Heavy Metal, Universo 2000 and Máscara Mágica against Aguayo's group consisting of Damián 666, Halloween and Héctor Garza leading up to the match but neither Místico or Aguayo were involved in the finish of the match where Damián pinned Máscara Mágica.

In September, he reheated his feud with Último Guerrero with another singles match but in the third fall, he was attacked by Atlantis, turning Atlantis heel. Místico worked a short program with Atlantis but after he defeated Atlantis in a singles match in October, Atlantis focused more on former tag partner Blue Panther.

In 2006, Místico was the biggest star in Mexico. He main evented eighteen events during the year that drew more than ten thousand people. In the early part of the year, he teamed up with Black Warrior in two unsuccessful CMLL Tag Team Championship challenges. In the second one, Black Warrior turned on Místico and the two began a feud. While Black Warrior was wrestling in Japan, Místico and Negro Casas defeated Averno and Mephisto for the CMLL Tag titles on April 14. When Warrior returned, the feud picked up again and Black Warrior handed Místico his first major singles defeat when he pinned him and took his NWA Middleweight Championship on a May 12 Arena México show. On September 29, Místico defeated Black Warrior in a mask vs. mask match in the main event of the CMLL 73rd Anniversary show, his first major mask win.

After winning a singles match versus Averno, he won the right to fight him in a mask vs mask match. No date has been set yet.

On April 10, 2007, Místico defeated Mephisto to capture the CMLL World Welterweight Championship.

Místico was given a tryout for World Wrestling Entertainment on February 27, 2007 at the ECW/Smackdown! tapings in San Jose, CA, wrestling Jamie Noble in a dark match. Místico was thought to be in contract negotiations with the WWE but negotiations could not take place when he admitted to John Laurinaitis that he still has a CMLL contract, however those close to Místico believe he would be able to get out of his contract and still join WWE. There are concerns with his working visa, not being able to speak English, and being unfamiliar with the WWE ring style.

WWE is once again considering to sign Místico after Rey Mysterio expressed that Místico is a great wrestler.

That bothers me, because I would hate to see a man thats shaping up to become a Lucha Libre legend, ruined by Vince McMahon.

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