|Black Abyss/Abismo Negro II|
One of the most admired luchadores from Mexicali, Baja California. He began his career in lucha libre at the age of 15 even before his older brother Bala de Plata. Caudillo I, Príncipe Negro and Caudillo Jr. were his first maestros. He began his wrestling career on 1987. His first identity was El Fiero whose name was inspired in that Pontiac car model, but the gimmick was not what he expected and he decided to retire for about a year. In the meantime he was training in the gym and planning a new name and identity.
When he made his return to the rings, he chose a new identity, he likes drawing and he designed a new mask and gear. He showed the new design to his brother and told him about the idea of his new name ringname as El Angel Mensajero, because he saw a movie about an Angel. The mask and gears designs were improving. He was very meticulous in all senses with his image and preparation.
He was local and state level draw and he was considered the best Mexicali luchador of his time. He was the first DWA World Lightheavyweight Champion and he had at least 16 title defenses against national level challengers. He won the X-LAW Tag Team Championship with Mr. Tempest. He held notable feuds that lead to lucha de apuestas matches. Angel Mensajero was one of the few luchadores who won Negro Azteca's hair whose reputation in apuestas matches is preceeded.
He made a good impression to Antonio Peña the day they met and wanted him in AAA. Peña presented him in AAA under the name of Angel Mensajero for the first time made appearance on AAA T., Then later returned to AAA under another new name, one that made more of an impression.
Paints Comex was one of AAA's sponsors and Antonio Peña was looking for a luchador to fill the gimmick of Colorman. He chose Angel Mensajero as the first version of the character. After being the first Colorman he was repackaged as Nautilius, he came into AAA as part of their "Nueva Imagen" campaign as a tecnico and feuded with his nemesis Aliens. He did not remain for long under that name.
After being Nautilius, he made a short return to the promotion to be the second wrestler to play the role of Triple A but the gimmick was very short and it went to someone else. Another gimmick thar he he assumed at some point was Televisa Deportes, but it is unclear about how long he was under that identity. Angel Mensajero also covered up for Máscara Sagrada in some dates while Sagrada was recovering.
The New Viper
Abismo Negro pulled one of his occasional vanishing acts in fall of 2007 missing several dates. In storyline (and perhaps elsewhere), his followers in Vipers Revolution resented Abismo not being around to support them, and Mr. Niebla led a coup to kick Abismo out of the group. Despite Abismo winning two singles matches to remain in control of the group, AAA bizarrely ruled in favor of Mr. Niebla being in control and Abismo being out of the group. This did not end the rivalry. Mr. Niebla's next move was to replace Abismo Negro in the group, but he surprised everyone by bringing a new Abismo Negro character as the replacement.
He was first introduced as the new Abismo Negro, the former Angel Mensajero fit the role perfectly. Black Abyss first debuted masquerading as Abismo Negro; the other Vipers had chained the original in the locker room, and Black Abyss took his place in the match, turning on his tecnico partners. No one quite figured out what was happening until the original ran out after the match to confront his doppelganger whose name was Black Abyss.
The idea of Black Abyss as the new member of the Vipers happened in a similar way as the one of Octagon vs Pentagon, Tiger Mask vs Black Tiger even Mr. Niebla protagonized a match against Mr. Niebla back in 1999, after a court battle over ownership of this name. Even odder, Black Abyss would quietly start to live his own the gimmick, and became the new Abismo Negro.
Abismo Negro vs Black Abyss
The Vipers Revolution/Abismo Negro feud never really had a conclusion. They would feud at most three months, then the original Abismo Negro would disappear from the company once again with no public explanation, but plenty of rumors. AAA had advertised a Mr. Niebla vs Abismo Negro mask match for TripleMania and later replaced it with a Vipers/Abismo cage mask match, but neither occurred because Abismo's absence. Instead, Psicosis, Histeria and Black Abyss were in a random trios match on TripleMania, while Mr. Niebla returned to CMLL on the same night.
AAA did not appear to have much use for the Vipers without Abismo Negro around to feud with them and were angry with Abismo Negro for his unreliability. Still, the character of Abismo Negro was still very popular. During the summer of 2008, Black Abyss wrestled under the Abismo Negro name (sometimes billed as Abismo Negro II) on some untelevised spot shows. Black Abyss acknowledged the change in interviews, but fans were largely unaware of the substitution. Before AAA brought the change to television, the original made his return to the promotion again, and Black Abyss went back to that name to feud with him.
Still, Abismo was in and out for the rest of 2008 and early 2009. Black Abyss would disappear from TV, then be brought back to TV when Abismo Negro returned. The two feuded thru the spring of 2009, including facing off in a Rey de Reyes semifinal, until Abismo Negro's passing.
After Abismo Negro's untimely death, there was discussion of Black Abyss either taking over the Abismo Negro (which would be acknowledged this time) and working as a tecnico as a tribute, or getting a new name to get a new start. Instead of either of those, Black Abyss just made one last TV match under that name, and then spent most of 2009 working the occasional spot show in the same role, but never on television. In December 2009 a new short-lived group of Vipers entered AAA, led by Black Abyss, including the third generation of Psicosis and Histeria and a newcomer, Amnesia.
When Black Abyss left the company his brother Bala de Plata and him registred the name of Black Abyss. They own the rights of the name, therefore he can use his name independently. He trained with Blue Panther and Ultimo Guerrero for a while in CMLL during the invasion of former AAA wrestlers named Los Independientes.
Luchas de apuestas record
|Date||Apuesta||Winner(s)||Loser(s)||Arena and/or Place|
|05/21/95||mask||Angel Mensajero||Asesino Blanco Jr.||Arena Coliseo Mexicali - Mexicali, Baja California|
|??/??/97||hair||Angel Mensajero||Negro Azteca||Mexicali, Baja California|
|??/??/??||hair||Angel Mensajero||Negro Azteca||Palenque del Fex - Mexicali, Baja California|
|06/05/06||hair (1)||Angel Mensajero||El Brazo||Palenque del Parque Vicente Guerrero - Mexicali, Baja California|
|01/01/07||hair (2)||Angel Mensajero||Tigre Leon||Arena Nacionalista-Mexicali,Baja California|
|06/22/12||hair (3)||Black Abyss||Enfermero Jr.||Auditorio de Tijuana - Tijuana, Baja California|
|(1)Captain's Fall Match w/ Angel Mensajero/Los Hego Boys vs El Brazo/Fuerza Guerrera/Pirata Morgan/Sangre Chicana - Pirata was the captain but he was bald so Brazo got shaved instead; (2)Cage Match; (3)Finals of a Ruleta de la Muerte|