Spotlighting the Indies: Mistico
Here's another one of those pro wrestlers from outside the "big three" wrestling promotions in North America that you often hear about, but you may not necessarily be familiar with his work.
Mistico is THE biggest face in the Mexican promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), and possibly the entire country. He's young, full of enthusiasm, and has a high flying style about him that makes people's heads turn.
Professional wrestling is in Mistico's blood. His father was a wrestler who used the ring name of "Dr. Karontes," and he has three brothers who became wrestlers as well.
Arguably the most famous of his brothers, Argenis is currently wrestling as a face in Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion (AAA).
Mistico started wrestling at the tender age of just 15. He wrestled using several ring names throughout his first few years before traveling to Japan to receive extensive training and gain some international experience.
He returned to Mexico in 2004, now 21 years old, where he got a start in the CMLL wrestling promotion thanks to his uncle, Tony Salazar, who was the booker at the time.
Salazar had an idea for a new gimmick for his nephew. He was to be an orphan that was taken in at a young age by the "wrestling priest" Fray Tormenta, going by the ring name Mistico.
The gimmick didn't get over with the fans at first, but slowly over the years the Mistico character has grown to cult status, even going as far as to have its own comic book series in Mexico.
Throughout the last five years, Mistico has wrestled in some of the most memorable matches in CMLL, as well as working with the best that the company had to offer.
Notable wrestlers such as Perro Aguayo Jr., Hector Garza, and Ultimo Guerrero have all crossed Mistico's path at one point or another.
To this day nobody knows Mistico's true identity. That is a big credit to the man behind the mask. Most of us have seen what Rey Mysterio looks like, and you can imagine how hard WWE has tried to keep his identity under wraps.
Much like Petey Williams, Mistico is widely known for his famous finisher. In Mistico's case, his finisher "la mistica" is basically a headscissors takedown which is countered into a reverse armbar before he even hits the mat. It's an incredible move to watch.
One of Mistico's biggest accomplishments has been his almost constant presence in the PWI 500 top 20 wrestlers of the year since adopting the Mistico persona.
In 2007, he reached his highest place on the list coming third behind Edge and John Cena. That is quite an accomplishment seeing as he was placed higher than Kurt Angle, The Undertaker, and Shawn Michaels.
Another feather in Mistico's hat is his record in the "Leyenda de Plata" annual tournament. In memory of El Santo, CMLL hold the tournament, which translates into "Silver Legend," which is host to the best workers in the company at the time.
It's the most prestigious competition in the company, and Mistico has won it for the last three years in a row, which is an unprecedented feat as he is the only multiple-time champion.
Just last week, Mistico was in Japan on tour with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) where he won the prestigious IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. It's hard to believe, but this high flyer's star is still on the rise.
At just 26 years of age, Mistico looks like he has a very bright future ahead of him. If you've never seen him in action, then get onto YouTube right now and look him up. You won't regret it!
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