Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Ian Richard Hodgkinson does not sound like your usual luchador's name.
But his ring name Vampiro is known all over Mexico and the US.
Ian was born on May 31, 1967 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
He started out wrestling for International Wrestling in Montreal, Quebec in 1984.
Vampiro made his lucha libre debut on February 12, 1991 at the Arena México.
He moved to World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1998.
When the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) purchased WCW in 2001, Vampiro was out, so he headed to CMLL.
During that time he also wrestled for Rob Black's XPW, had a tour with All Japan Pro Wrestling, a brief stint with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and finally wound up back in Mexico working for the Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) wrestling promotion.
Vampiro went to the MTV wrestling show Wrestling Society X (WSX) but finally wound up back in AAA after WSX folded.
In his Lucha Libre career, he won the Rey de Reyes in Asistencia Asesoría y Administración in 2006, the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and the FILL Heavyweight Championship in Federación Internacional de Lucha Libre.
A documentary on his life titled "Vampiro: Angel, Devil, Hero" made it's US debut in early March 2009.
You can visit the movies website here:
He is also part of the Asistencia Asesoría y Administración "Invasion Tour" that starts on March 27th in the US.
The tour dates are:
March 27 in Fresno, Calif. at the Save Mart Center.
March 28 in Sacramento, Calif. at ARCO Arena.
March 29 in San Jose, Calif. at the HP Pavilion.
April 2 in Las Vegas at the Orleans Hotel & Casino.
April 4 in San Diego, Calif. at the Sport Arena.
April 5 in Los Angeles, Calif. at the L.A. Sports Arena.
Tickets range from $30 for general admission to $75 for reserved seating.
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