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Canek (born June 19, 1952), also known as El Canek, is a masked Mexicanmarker professional wrestler and former Mixed Martial Arts fighter currently performing part time for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. In 1972, he debuted as "El Universitario" at the age of 18. In 1973, he would change his name to Canek, a name inspired by the Mayan Indian leader Jacinto Canek He is one of the few wrestlers to bodyslam André the Giant.

As the major heavyweight working for the Universal Wrestling Association promotion, he became one of Lucha Libre's biggest attractions during the 1980s. Canek started his rise to stardom after winning the National Light Heavyweight Title by defeating Dr. Wagner on January 15, 1978. He would lose that title on June 20 of that same year to his rival Dos Caras. On September 27, 1978, Canek would gain international exposure by defeating Lou Thesz to win his first of fifteen UWA World Heavyweight Championship titles that he would hold during his career. At around the same time, the UWA made a talent trading agreement with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). Japanese superstars like Antonio Inoki and Riki Choshu would travel to Mexico to face Canek, while Canek would travel to Japan to face stars like Tiger Mask and Tatsumi Fujinami. Canek's matches against foreign superstars drew such large crowds that UWA would continue using this same formula for more than a decade.
Although the UWA ceased to exist in 1995, Canek continued defending and trading the UWA title, although his June 2004 loss at the hands of former partner Dr. Wagner, Jr. may signal a long break in Canek's monopoly as Dr. Wagner Jr. remains the reigning title holder.

Canek holds victories over several international stars including Lou Thesz, Hulk Hogan, André the Giant, Yokozuna, Big Van Vader, Owen Hart and Japanese stars Tatsumi Fujinami, Riki Choshu and Kim Duk. During the 90's, Canek had a very long feud with Mil Mascaras who he never defeated. He famously bodyslammed both Andre the Giant and Yokozuna (under the name Kokina).

Canek has also competed in Mixed Martial Arts matches in Japan and even holds a win over Osamu Tachihikari.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
*Gorilla press drop


Championships and accomplishments

*AAA Rey de Reyes: 2002


*CMLL World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Dr. Wagner, Jr. (first champions)
*CMLL World Trios Championship (1 time) - with Black Warrior and Rayo de Jalisco, Jr.
*Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


*IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)


*UWA World Heavyweight Championship (15 times)


  • Other titles
*Northern Mexico Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


*PWI ranked him # 79 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the PWI Years in 2003.
*PWI ranked him # 186 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI 500 in 1995.


*Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)


Lucha de Apuesta record

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Mask Príncipe Azul Ultratumba Villahermosa, Tabascomarker 1972  
Hair Príncipe Azul Ultratumba Villahermosa, Tabascomarker 1972  
Hair Príncipe Azul El Noruego Villahermosa, Tabascomarker 1972  
Mask Canek El Destroyer Monterreymarker, Nuevo Leónmarker Unknown  
Hair Canek Dorrel Dixon Unknown Unknown  
Hair Canek Humberto Garza Unknown Unknown  
Hair Canek César Valentino Unknown Unknown  
Mask Canek La Momia San Luis Potosímarker, San Luis Potosímarker Unknown  
Hair Canek La Momia Unknown Unknown  
Hair Canek Pantera Negra Unknown Unknown  
Hair Canek Coloso Colosetti Unknown Unknown  
Hair Canek Coloso Colosetti Unknown Unknown  
Hair Canek Ring Fujinami Naucalpanmarker, Mexico Statemarker Unknown  
Mask Canek Lemús Monterreymarker, Nuevo Leónmarker 1974  
Hair Canek Sunny War Cloud Monterreymarker, Nuevo Leónmarker 1975  
Hair Canek Rubén Juárez Monterreymarker, Nuevo Leónmarker 1975  
Hair Canek José Torres Monterreymarker, Nuevo Leónmarker 1975  
Mask Canek El Asesino Mexico City, Mexicomarker  
Mask Canek Don Corleone Naucalpanmarker, Mexico Statemarker 1982  
Hair Canek Abdullah Tamba Unknown 1983  
Mask Canek Blue Blazer Naucalpanmarker, Mexico Statemarker  
Mask Canek Torre Infernal Naucalpanmarker, Mexico Statemarker  
Hair Canek Yamato Naucalpanmarker, Mexico Statemarker  
Hair Canek Scorpio, Jr. Naucalpanmarker, Mexico Statemarker
Mask Canek Universo 2000 Mexico City, Mexicomarker


References

General sources - Championship Information
General sources - Career
Specific


  1. Online World of Wrestling
  2. Canek, a great Mexican fighter


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