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Sergio Emilio Charles Garduño (October 12, 1956 – December 28, 2012) was a Mexican luchador (or professional wrestler), who is best known under his ring name Emilio Charles Jr. Over the years, Charles worked for virtually all major Mexican professional wrestling promotions, including Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) and International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG).

Emilio Charles Jr.
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Emilio Charles Jr. during the height of his career
Birth nameSergio Emilio Charles Garduño
Born(1956-10-12)October 12, 1956
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
DiedDecember 28, 2012(2012-12-28) (aged 56)
Mexico City, Mexico
RelativesEmilio Charles (father)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Emilio Charles Jr.
Billed height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Billed weight89 kg (196 lb)[1]
Billed fromMonterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico[1]
Trained by
DebutFebruary 1980[1]

He is also one of the founding members of the wrestling group called Los Destructores ("the Destroyers"), along with Vulcano and Tony Arce. He was also a key member in the group Los Guapos ("the Handsome Ones"), as well as a group called Los Talibanes (the Taliban), both with longtime wrestling partners and friends Scorpio Jr. and Bestia Salvaje.

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Emilio Charles Jr. is the son of professional wrestler Emilio Charles, but was not trained by his father; instead he was trained by Diablo Velasco and Abuelo Carrillo before making his debut in February 1980.[2] In the mid-1980s, he joined up with the real life-brother tag team of Tony Arce and Vulcano, to form a trio known as Los Destructores ("the Destroyers"). The group was created in the same vein as Los Infernales, a trio of rudos (bad guys) who worked well together and could produce top quality matches with a variety of opponents.[3] On January 31, 1988, Los Destructores defeated Hombre Bala, Jerry Estrada and Pirata Morgan to win the Mexican National Trios Championship.[4] Los Destructores held the titles for almost two years and had a series of title defenses that drew packed houses all over Mexico.[5] While teaming with Arce and Vulcano, Charles also worked as a singles wrestler, including a long drawn out storyline with Atlantis. The storyline saw Charles win the NWA World Middleweight Championship from Atlantis on July 17, 1988, only to lose it back to Atlantis eleven days later.[6] Charles became a two time NWA Middleweight champion on August 12, 1988, when he defeated his rival for the title once more.[6] His run as a double champion ended on April 28, 1989 when Ángel Azteca won the Middleweight title.[6] On November 20, 1989, Los Destructures' lost the trios title to Black Terry, Jose Luis Feliciano and Shu El Guerrero.[4] Not long after the title loss, Charles left Los Destructo res, who decided to replace him with Rocco Valente instead. On August 30, 1990, Charles defeated Javier Cruz to win the Mexican National Middleweight Championship, holding it until November 20, when he lost the belt to Octagón.[7] Charles remained active in the Middleweight division over the next couple of years, defeating El Dandy to win the CMLL World Middleweight Championship on December 16, 1992.[8] He held the championship for close to ten months before Dandy regained the title on October 5, 1993.[8]

In the mid-1990s, Charles began teaming regularly with Bestia Salvaje, forming a friendship and in-ring partnership that lasted until Bestia Salvaje's death in 2007. Together with Sangre Chicana, they formed a trio called Los Chacales ("The Jackals") and managed to defeat Gran Markus Jr., El Hijo del Gladiador and Dr. Wagner Jr. to win the CMLL World Trios Championship on March 31, 1995.[9] Los Chacales would go on to hold the Trios title for just under one year, from March 31, 1995 until March 22, 1996, when they were defeated by Dos Caras, La Fiera and Héctor Garza.[9] On September 1, Charles and Apolo Dantés won CMLL's Second Generation Tag Team Tournament. While most were real second generation wrestlers like Charles, the tournament also included some fictional family relationships, such as Hijo del Gladiador.[10] In 1997, the makeshift team of Charles, El Satánico and Rey Bucanero defeated Apolo Dantés, Black Warrior, and Wagner in the finals of a one-night eight-team tournament to win the CMLL World Trios Title. The team only held onto the championship for a month before losing to La Ola Azul ("The Blue Wave"; Atlantis, Lizmark and Mr. Niebla) on April 29, 1997.[9] A few months later, Charles and Wagner defeated Atlantis and Brazo de Plata in the final of an 8-Team tournament to win the vacant CMLL World Tag Team Championship. While not being a regular team, the two managed to defend the title for five months before losing it to Mr. Niebla and Shocker on January 23, 1998.[11]

In the latter part of the 1990s, Charles, Salvaje and Scorpio Jr. formed a regular team, initially teaming with Shocker to form the rudo group Los Guapos ("the Handsome Ones"). The group of believed they were "every woman's dream", when in reality, this was not the case.[3] After Shocker split from the group, Los Guapos feuded with him off and on, including Shocker taking the rights to the Los Guapos name at one point. In the wake of the September 11 attacks, Charles, Salvaje and Scorpio began competing as Los Talibanes (the Taliban), wearing Bedouin robes and headdresses to the ring, pretending to be part of the terrorist group.[3] The run as Los Tailbanes was the last group effort between the three, as Scorpio left CMLL forming his own version of Los Guapos elsewhere. Charles' schedule slowed down through 2005 to 2007, with him only working two notable storylines in that time period. The first one saw Charles shaved bald as a result of losing a Lucha de Apuesta (or bet match), to Máximo on October 29, 2006.[12] In the last notable feud that Charles worked, he wrestled newcomer Máscara Purpura in a series of matches, culminating with a Lucha de Apuesta match on September 16, 2007 that Charles lost and was shaved bald as a result.[13]

DeathEdit

Charles died in 2012 of kidney failure.[14]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Luchas de Apuestas recordEdit

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) Brazo de Plata (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event N/A  
Enfermero Jr. (hair) Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) N/A Live event 1980s  
Dr. Muerte (hair) Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) Naucalpan, Mexico State Live event February 5, 1983  
Villano IV (mask) Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) Jalapa, Veracruz Live event September 29, 1983  
Emilio Charles Jr. and Rino Castro (hair) Comando Ruso I and II (hair) Mexico City Live event March 3, 1985  
Américo Rocca, Chamaco Valaguez and Javier Llanes (hair) Los Destructores (hair)
(Emilio Charles Jr., Tony Arce and Vulcano)
Mexico City Live event July 31, 1987  
Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) Javier Cruz (hair) Mexico City Live event June 24, 1988  
Draw Emilio Charles Jr. (hair)
El Dandy (hair)
Mexico City Live event July 28, 1989 [a]
Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) El Dandy (hair) Mexico City Live event October 29, 1993  
Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) La Fiera (hair) Mexico City 38. Aniversario de Arena México April 15, 1994 [17]
Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) Miguel Pérez Jr. (hair) Mexico City Live event October 14, 1994  
Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) Silver King (hair) Mexico City CMLL 63rd Anniversary Show September 27, 1996 [18]
Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) El Satánico (hair) Mexico City Homenaje a Salvador Lutteroth March 20, 1998
Emilio Charles Jr. and Máscara Año 2000 (hair) Ricky Santana and El Boricua (hair) Mexico City Live event September 25, 1998  
Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) Ringo Mendoza (hair) Mexico City Live event April 15, 2001  
Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) Apolo Dantés (hair) Mexico City Live event November 23, 2001  
Shocker (hair) Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) Mexico City Sin Piedad December 14, 2001 [19]
Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) Asesino Negro (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event June 15, 2003  
Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) El Satánico (hair) Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico State Live event November 24, 2005  
Máximo (hair) Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) Mexico City Live event October 29, 2006 [12]
Mascara Purpura (mask) Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) Mexico City Live event September 16, 2007 [13]

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Charles and El Dandy wrestled to a draw, therefore both men lost their hair.

ReferencesEdit

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