Gory Guerrero

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Real Name - Salvador Guerrero Quesada
Lifespan - 1/11/21 - 4/18/90
??? - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Aliases - Gori Guerrero
Athletic background - Wrestling
Peak Years - `43-`5?

Place in History - Gory Guerrero is one of lucha libre's most legendary figures who built a name for himself as a talented shooter, top notch worker and later as a wrestling patriarch. He grew up in the Southwestern United States and had the benefit of experiencing both American and Mexican cultures and learning their respective languages. As a youth he grew up in Guadalajara and, like many of the greats in lucha libre's golden years, inadvertently found the sport. Guerrero also found the man who would become the most successful pro-wrestling trainer of all-time - Diablo Velasco. Guerrero started in the late 1930s and spent the next few years, honing his skills and developing a splendid reputation. In 1943, he debuted in Mexico City and quickly became one of the premier welterweights and middleweights. Soon after he found himself involved in the biggest feud of his career with fellow Velasco trainee, Cavernario Galindo. The two paired up with two even bigger stars, El Santo and Black Shadow and it became a big money attraction. El Santo and Gory Guerrero became known as “La Pareja Atómica” (“The Atomic Pair”) and were an ideal duo. El Santo, like Galindo, was a somewhat limited brawler, but had amazing charisma and was the biggest star in the country. Gory Guerrero and Black Shadow were conveniently two of the best workers of the era. Guerrero and Galindo became embroiled in bloody feud throughout the 1950s. The level of color was unprecedented in lucha libre and it became a media frenzied that cemented both men’s place in pro-wrestling history. Guerrero also made a name for himself in the United States by wrestling NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz. As the 1960s hit, the old guard of luchadors had grown tired and many began pursuing other avenues. Guerrero broke away from the EMLL establishment and relocated to the growing city of El Paso, Texas. Guerrero jumped back and fourth, working independent shows in Mexico, doing some booking and establishing himself and his sons in both places. The Guerrero boys, Chavo, Hector and Mando all became great hands with various levels of success in Texas and California. Gory’s career winded down slowly as a retired quietly in the 1980s. His youngest son, Eddy, and grandson, Chavo Jr., became stars after Gory’s death in 1990. Gory Guerrero is still fondly remembered worldwide for his role as a patriarch, but his legacy in Mexico as one of the biggest stars in lucha libre history cannot be overlooked.

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