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Jose Miguel Perez (June 22, 1937 - July 16, 2005) was an Puerto Rican professional wrestler who was best known for his tag team with Antonino Rocca.

Career

Montreal Athletic Commission (1954-1957)

Miguel Perez started his professional wrestling career in 1954 at the age of 17. He debuted on October 15, 1954 and wrestled for Montreal Athletic Commission in his early days. He was the MAC World Heavyweight Champion. He left the company in 1957.

Madison Square Garden (1957-1968)

In 1957, Perez formed a tag team with popular wrestling star Antonino Rocca. They both wrestled in the famed Madison Square Gardenmarker on a regular basis. Perez and Rocca captured the NWA Capitol World Tag Team Championship and were the first recognized champions in the ancestry of CWC.

While Rocca left the company in 1963, and Perez appeared in other areas, he was a regular on the undercard at Madison Square Garden through March 1968, when he pinned Crazy Luke Graham in less than 25 seconds in his final appearance. Some of his matches include 1964 wins over Lou Bastein, Lou Albano, and Bull Johnson; draws with Tony Marino, and then Red Bastein; with Pedro Morales teamed to lose to U.S. tagteam champs Dr. Jerry and Crazy Luke Graham, but came back to defeat Magnificent Maurice and Klondike Bill. Perez won on disqualification over manager Bobby Davis, then teamed withHaystacks Calhoun to defeat Davis and Gorilla Monsoon.

World Wrestling Council (1974-1981)

In 1974, Perez joined Puerto Rican World Wrestling Council on January 6, 1974 as Jose Miguel Perez. He was billed as the first WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Champion and it was the first show of WWC. He lost the title to Dr. Klodied on March 8, 1975. He defeated Klodied just two weeks later to get his second Puerto Rico Heavyweight title.

The title was held up on August 30 when Perez had a match with Spoiler II. He won a tournament on September 20 and got his third Puerto Rico Heavyweight title. He lost the title to Tosh Togo on October 4. He would return teaming with former partner in CWC, Antonino Rocca. They both together captured the WWC North American Tag Team Championship on September 11, 1976 by defeating Los Infernos.

They lost the titles to Higo Hamaguchi and Gordon Nelson on October 16. He was still the partner of Rocca and they both wrestled as a tag team until March 15, 1977 when Rocca died. Perez started to compete on singles. On May 7, 1977, Perez captured his fourth and final Puerto Rico Heavyweight title by defeating Hurricane Castillo in a tournament final.

Just one week later, he lost the title to Castillo on May 14 in a rematch. Perez still wrestled for WWC. He was injured on February 27, 1979 in a match against Jose Rivera. He was forced to retire from professional wrestling on March 6 because he was not able to wrestle.

In wrestling



Death

On July 16, 2005, Perez died due to a massive heart attack.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Montreal Athletic Commission
* MAC World Heavyweight Champion (1 time)


* NWA Capitol Wrestling
** NWA World Tag Team Championship (Capitol version) (1 time) - with Antonino Rocca
**NWA United States Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Antonino Rocca


* WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
* WWC North American Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Antonino Rocca


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