Dantés as NWA World Light Heavyweight Champion during the 1970s
|Birth name||José Luis Amezcua Díaz|
|Ring name(s)||Alfonso Dantés
El Tanque (The Tank)
|Billed height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Billed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|Born||April 13, 1943
|Died||July 30, 2008
|Trained by||Diablo Velasco|
José Luis Amezcua Díaz (April 13, 1943 – July 30, 2008) was a Mexican professional wrestler who wrestled during the 1960s and 1970s under the ring name Alfonso Dantés (the name was taken from the main character of the Count of Monte Cristo novel, Edmond Dantès). He would later receive the nickname El Tanque (which means “The Tank”) for his short but thick build. Dantés was the son of Al Amezcua, who wrestled in Mexico as Golden Terror. He and his brother Vick would follow their father into the sport. Vick would go on to wrestle as Septiembre Negro. Dantés was trained by Diablo Velasco and he made his debut in 1960 at the age of 17.
Dantés won his first major title when he defeated Raúl Reyes for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship on May 5, 1965. He would lose the title in February of the following year but eventually reclaimed the title twice before finally losing it on December 27, 1981.
In the 1970s, Dantés won the NWA World Light Heavyweight title three times and defeated Chavo Guerrero on April 15, 1977, in Mexico City.
In 1969, Dantés would team up with Mil Mascaras, Francisco Flores and El Medico to win three NWA America’s Tag Team titles. He was involved in several hair vs mask matches and participated in a famous triangular tournament in which El Halcon lost his mask. Dantés would later capture the hair of El Halcon and El Faraón as well. He would also lose his hair to Sangre Chicana, Pharaoh and Ringo Mendoza.
On March 30, 1984, Dantés captured the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship from Cien Caras, in Mexico City. He would lose the title but win it back one last time on August 8, 1988 when he defeated Gran Markus, Jr. Dantés vacated the title when he retired in March 1989 at the age of 45. In his last few years, Dantés would team up with his sons Apolo and Cesar.
He was well respected within the industry for his work ethic and innovation in the ring. He is credited with inventing the Toque Tapatio, a move which Tiger Mask would make popular outside of Mexico as the Tiger Suplex. In 1996, he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame.
Championships and accomplishments
- Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Guadalajara
- Occidente Middleweight Championship (1 time)
- Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre
- NWA Hollywood Wrestling
Lucha de Apuesta record
|Hair||Alfonso Dantés||El Faraón||Mexico City, Mexico||Unknown|
|Hair||Cien Caras||Alfonso Dantés||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Unknown|
|Hair||El Faraón||Alfonso Dantés||Mexico City, Mexico||Unknown|
|Hair||El Solitario||Alfonso Dantés||Mexico City, Mexico||Unknown|
|Hair||Enrique Vera||Alfonso Dantés||Mexico City, Mexico||December 5, 1975||Triangle match that also included El Halcón|
|Hair||Mil Máscaras||Alfonso Dantés||Mexico City, Mexico||February 22, 1977||Triangle match that also included El Halcon|
|Hairs||El Faraón and Ringo Mendoza||Sangre Chicana and Alfonso Dantes||Unknown||April 22, 1978|
|Hair||Satoru Sayama||Alfonso Dantés||Mexico City, Mexico||June 15, 1979|
|Hairs||Sangre Chicana & Alfonso Dantes||El Jalisco & Cobarde||Mexico City, Mexico||December 5, 1980|
|Hair||Alfonso Dantés||Halcón Ortiz||Mexico City, Mexico||1981|
|Hair||Satánico||Alfonso Dantés||Guadalajara, Jalisco||1985|
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