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== Profile ==
 
== Profile ==
 
 
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|name=Aníbal
 
|name=Aníbal
 
|realName=Carlos Ignacio Carrillo Contreras
 
|realName=Carlos Ignacio Carrillo Contreras
|nicknames=El Guerrero Cartaginés (The Carthagenian Warrior), La Saeta Azul (The Blue Arrow), La Furia Azul (The Blue Fury), El Príncipe de Seda (The Silk Prince)
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|nicknames=El Guerrero Cartaginés (The Carthagenian Warrior), La Saeta Azul (The Blue Arrow), La Furia Azul (The Blue Fury).
|nameHistory=Carlos Carrillo (debut - 65), Anibal (65 - retirement)
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|nameHistory=Carlos Carrillo (debut - 65), Genio Azul, Principe Azul, Anibal (65 - retirement)
|family=[[El Hijo de Aníbal]] (son)
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|family=[[El Hijo de Aníbal]] (son), [[Herman Munster]] (brother), [[Princesa Azul]] (granddaughter)
|maestro=Chico Fernández, Salvador Flores
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|maestro=[[Chico Hernández]], [[Salvador Flores]]
|birthdate=November 5, 1940 - Topilejo, Michoacán (other sources list Zitarora, Mich. and Laureles, Mich. as his birthplace)
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|birthdate=[[November 5]], [[1940]] - [[Topilejo]], [[Michoacán]] (other sources list [[Zitácuaro]], Mich. and [[Laureles]], Mich. as his birthplace)
|obituarydate=March 9, 1994
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|obituarydate=[[March 9]], [[1994]]
|debut=November 1963 - Topilejo, Mich.
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|debut=[[November]] [[1963]] - [[Topilejo]], Mich.
|lostmaskto=[[Máscara Año 2000]] - December 13, 1991 - Arena México - Mexico City
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|lostmaskto=[[Máscara Año 2000]] - [[December 13]], [[1991]] - [[Arena México]] - [[Mexico City]]
 
|height=5'10"/178 cms
 
|height=5'10"/178 cms
|weight=178 lbs/87 kg
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|weight=207 lbs/94 kg
|signatureMoves=[[Angelito]], [[Spinning Headscissors]], [[Tabla marina]]
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|signatureMoves=[[Angelito]], [[Spinning Headscissors]], [[Tabla Marina]]
|titles=[[Distrito Federal Light Heavyweight Title]], [[NWA World Middleweight Title]] (2), [[National Middleweight Title]], [[UWA World Middleweight Title]], [[UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Title]] (2), Caribbean Light Heavyweight Title (Puerto Rico), European Middleweight Title (Panamá)
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|titles=[[Distrito Federal Light Heavyweight Title]], [[NWA World Middleweight Title]] (2), [[National Middleweight Title]], [[UWA World Middleweight Title]], [[UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Title]] (2), WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title (Puerto Rico), [[European Middleweight Title]] (Panamá)
 
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== Biography ==
 
== Biography ==
 
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Aníbal was born on November 4, 1940 in the state of Michoacán. In different interviews he has done through the years he has stated being born at Zitacora, Topilejo and Michoacán.
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Aníbal was born on [[November 4]], [[1940]] in the state of [[Michoacán]]. In order to keep his identity as a secret, in different interviews he has done through the years he has stated being born at [[Mexico City]], [[Mexico State]], [[Zitácuaro]] or [[Topilejo]].  Something that is for sure us that he was born in the state of [[Michoacán]].
  
When he was four years old his family moved to Mexico City. There he had access to lucha libre, and he idolized Black Shadow and wanted to be a wrestler like him. When he was around twenty years old he started to train at the Gimnasio Baños Gloria and at the Gimnasio San Francisco de Portales, where the instructors were Chico Fernández and Salvador Flores.
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When he was four years old his family moved to [[Mexico City]] where he had access to lucha libre, and he idolized [[Black Shadow]] and wanted to be a wrestler like him. When he was nineteen years old he started to train at the [[Gimnasio Baños Gloria]] and at the [[Gimnasio San Francisco de Portales]], where the instructors were [[Chico Fernández]] and [[Salvador Flores]].
  
He had his first professional match in November of 1963 under his real name, Carlos Carrillo. It was in Cuernavaca, Mor. and he was paid 40 pesos.
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He had his first professional match in November of [[1963]] under his real name, Carlos Carrillo. It was in [[Cuernavaca]], [[Morelos]] and he was paid $40 pesos.
  
Two years later his representant designed a mask for him. He didn't want to wear a mask, but seeing how most of the younger idols were masked wrestlers he finally decided to go on with the idea. He came up with the Aníbal name.
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He assumed names such as '''Genio Azul''' and '''Príncipe Azul'''. Two years later his representatives designed a mask for him. He didn't want to wear a mask, but seeing how most of the younger idols were masked wrestlers he finally decided to go on with the idea. He came up with the Aníbal name.
  
Carlos was an avid reader of history books, and one of his favorite tales was the one of Aníbal - a Carthagenian general, son of Amílcar Barca and brother of Asdrúbal. He conquered the city of Sagunto, crossed the Pyrenees and the Alps, and battled and defeated the Romans. He almost conquered the city of Rome, but he killed himself in a battle after being surrounded by the enemy troops, because he'd rather be dead than waste the rest of his life being a slave.
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Carlos was an avid reader of history books, and one of his favorite tales was the one of Aníbal Barca, a Carthagenian general, son of Amílcar Barca and brother of Asdrúbal. He conquered the city of Sagunto, crossed the Pyrenees and the Alps, and battled and defeated the Romans. He almost conquered the city of Rome, but he killed himself in a battle after being surrounded by the enemy troops, because he'd rather be dead than waste the rest of his life being a slave.  His first mask design was strongly based on the one of Black Shadow, due to his admiration.
  
As Anibal, his "padrinos" during his debut were Mil Máscaras, and his idol Black Shadow.
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As Anibal, his "padrinos" (mentors) during his debut were [[Mil Máscaras]], and his idol [[Black Shadow]]. His debut as Aníbal was in the mid 1960s in a tag team match with [[Cometa Dorado]] against [[Black Demon]] & [[Chico Mendoza]]
  
Anibal's rookie days were in the Arena "Al Gusto" in Naucalpan, he became a hot independent worker in El Cortijo, and in 1966 he signed with La Empresa, EMLL. On October 14, a bit before signing with EMLL, he lost the Distrito Federal Light Heavyweight Title against the popular wrestler now turned referee Pepe Casas.
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Anibal's rookie days were in the [[Arena KO Al Gusto]] in [[Naucalpan]], he became a hot independent worker in [[Plaza De Toros El Cortijo]], and in [[1966]] he signed with EMLL. On [[October 14]], a bit before signing with [[EMLL]], he lost the [[Distrito Federal Light Heavyweight Title]] against the popular wrestler now turned referee [[Pepe Casas]].
  
During the second part of the 60s he wrestled for EMLL but even though he was considered a sensational wrestler from the start he did not become a big name wrestler until 1970, even though by 1968 he already was an Arena Coliseo main eventer.
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During 1966 he wrestled for [[EMLL]] in '''Martes Populares'''. He spent the following two years working his way up the ranks in EMLL, honing his technique and high flying skills into a top level competitor at [[Arena Coliseo]]. By [[1970]] he became a big name wrestler.
  
In 1970, he won the NWA Middleweight Title from Masio Koma and started a multi-year feud with René Guajardo. He was also voted wrestler of the year by the magazine El Halcon, which is an honor he had again in 1974.
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In [[1970]], he won the [[NWA Middleweight Title]] from [[Masio Koma]] and started a multi-year feud with [[René Guajardo]]. On June 28, 1974, Aníbal defeated [[Adorable Rubí]] to become Mexican National Middleweight Champion.  On September 20, Aníbal became a double champion by defeating [[El Cobarde]] in a match for the vacant [[NWA World Middleweight Title]]. He was voted wrestler of the year by the magazine El Halcon, which is an honor he had again in [[1974]].
  
He was one of the many wrestlers that on May of 1975 left EMLL to join the newly created UWA was created. Anibal was already a very popular wrestler and had big profile rivalries with people like El Marquez, but his memorable feuds and matches there with Guajardo, Ray Mendoza, Perro Aguayo and others are what turned him into a legend.
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He was one of the many wrestlers that on May of [[1975]] left [[EMLL]] to join the newly created [[UWA]]. His championship match against his longtime rival [[Rene Guajardo]] for the [[UWA World Middleweight Title]] was key in the inaugural event of Promociones Mora-Flores in [[Palacio de los Deportes]]. Aníbal was already a very popular wrestler and had big profile rivalries with people like [[El Marquez]], but his most memorable feuds and matches were with [[Rene Guajardo]], [[Ray Mendoza]], [[Perro Aguayo]] and others turned him into a legend.
  
He was a big star until the mid 80s, where he sort of disappeared from the scene due to injuries. His style had changed so much because he couldn't wrestle the fast tecnico style anymore. In 1983 he was still doing a huge campaign teaming with Villano III and El Solitario as "Los Tres Caballeros" (The three gentlemen) but in 1984 he turned rudo and formed a regular team with his arch-enemy Dr. Wagner. His last big feud was perhaps in Puerto Rico, where he lost the UWA Junior Light Heavyweight Title to local favorite Invader #3. That was the 15th of August, in San Juan, where the WWC promotion was having his 11th Anniversary Show. Anibal eventually regained the title and lost it on January of 1985 to Negro Navarro.
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He was a big star until the mid 80s, where he sort of disappeared from the scene due to injuries. His style had changed so much because he couldn't wrestle the fast tecnico style anymore.   In [[1983]] he was still doing a huge campaign teaming with [[Villano III]] and [[El Solitario]] as "Los Tres Caballeros" (The three gentlemen) but in 1984 he turned rudo and formed a team with his former arch-enemy [[Dr. Wagner]]. As rudo Aníbal had a series of very bloody matches against [[El Solitario]], a rivalry that could end in a lucha de apuestas.  His last big feud was perhaps in [[Puerto Rico]], where he lost the [[UWA Junior Light Heavyweight Championship]] to the local favorite [[Invader III]]. That was August 15, in San Juan, where the WWC promotion was having his 11th Anniversary Show. Anibal eventually regained the title and lost it on January of 1985 to [[Negro Navarro]].
  
Anibal's name popped up again strongly on the lucha scene in 1991. He wrestled a lot in Panama and he started to get booked in Arena Mexico shows again. This was because he had agreed to lose his mask to Universo 2000, brother of Cien Caras and Máscara Año 2000, as in EMLL they wanted to elevate Universo and make him a big heavyweight star. However before the match could happen, the Lucha Libre magazine, run by Benjamín Mora, crushed EMLL's plans by unveiling them in the magazine. In fact, Mora crushed almost a whole year worth of big feuds due to his bitterness as they didn't want to do business with him anymore (Mora owed them money). So to protect the integrity of the sport in the eyes of the less educated fans, it was Máscara who feuded with Anibal and took his mask in the end. That was the 13th of December of that same year 1991, and the match sold out Arena Mexico (drawing 18,000). The Anibal we saw in the match was an old unathletic man that was not even close to his past level of performance. After his mask loss he had a short tour all over Mexico and retired. It's said that Anibal really needed the money.
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Anibal's name popped up again strongly on the lucha scene in [[1991]]. He wrestled a lot in [[Panama]] and he started to get booked in [[Arena Mexico]] shows again.  
  
He eventually returned some months later after his good friend Tony Arce convinced him, but his hip was in so much pain that he needed surgery again so he retired for good. Before retiring, he had a last Panama tour where he lost his mask to local legend Sandokán (not the Mexican one) to culminate a 20 years plus feud.
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On [[December 13]], [[1991]], the event '''Juicio Final''' in which the main event was the mask vs mask agaisnt [[Mascara Año 2000]] sold out Arena Mexico (drawing 18,000). The Anibal seen in the match was no longer in his prime, his cumulative injuries  over his almost thirty years of in ring career affected his performance considerably.  Even with those harships, Anibal demonstrated his resistance against his rival. The match resulted controversial due to the intervention of [[Cien Caras]] when he smashed a bottle on Anibal's head and the even more controversial ending of the match.  Mascara Año 2000 won by disqualification after the referee "received" a foul by Anibal. After his mask loss he had a short tour all over Mexico and retired. It's said that Anibal really needed the money.
  
On December of 1993, AAA had an Anibal benefit card because after the surgery he had gone bankrupcy. This card was actually promoted by the "Jose María Álvarez" foundation, which is a foundation that collects money for homeless kids. This was their way to say thank you to Anibal, who in the past promoted countless benefit cards for that asssociation. Everybody that met him will agree that he was a great man and a class act.
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He eventually returned some months later after his good friend [[Tony Arce]] convinced him, but his hip was in so much pain that he needed surgery again so he retired for good. Before retiring, he had a last tour in Panama where he lost his mask to local legend [[Sandokán]] to culminate a 20 years plus feud.
  
An Hijo del Anibal made his debut on October 24, 93 at El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, but it is believed, though unconfirmed, that this was not a real relative of the original Anibal.
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On December of [[1993]], [[AAA]] had an Anibal benefit card because after the surgery he had gone bankruptcy. This card was actually promoted by the "Jose María Álvarez" foundation, which is a foundation that collects money for homeless kids. This was their way to say thank you to Anibal, who in the past promoted countless benefit cards for that association. Everybody that met him will agree that he was a great man and a class act.
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An [[Hijo del Anibal]] made his debut on [[October 24]], [[1993|93]] at [[El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos]].
  
 
Anibal died on March 9, 1994 at age 53 due to a brain tumor.
 
Anibal died on March 9, 1994 at age 53 due to a brain tumor.
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== Notable Matches ==
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{{SimpleMatch|[[January 29|01/29]]/[[1975|75]]|[[Palacio de los Deportes]]|'''Anibal''' beat [[Rene Guajardo]] to retain his [[NWA Middleweight Title]]}}
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== Luchas de apuestas record ==
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{{aline|??/??/??|hair|[[Aníbal]]|[[El Gran Davis|Gran Davis]]|unknown}}
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{{aline|??/??/??|hair|[[Aníbal]]|[[Adorable Rubí]]|unknown}}
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{{aline|??/??/??|hair|[[Aníbal]]|[[Gran Hamada]]|unknown}}
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{{aline|??/??/??|hair|[[Aníbal]]|[[Carlos Moll]]|unknown}}
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{{aline|??/??/??|hair|[[Aníbal]]|[[Pepe Casas]]|unknown}}
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{{aline|??/??/??|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[El Zar de la Muerte]]|unknown}}
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{{aline|??/??/??|hair|[[Aníbal]]|[[Gory Medina]]|unknown}}
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{{aline|??/??/??|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[El Reo]]|[[Monterrey]], [[Nuevo León]]}}
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{{aline|??/??/??|hair|[[Aníbal]]|[[El Nazi]]|unknown}}
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{{aline|[[1967|67]]/??/??|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[Hombre de Ultratumba]]|unknown}}
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{{aline|[[1969|69]]/[[February 19|02/19]]|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[Red Terror]]|unknown}}
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{{aline|[[1970|70]]/[[November 27|11/27]]|hair|[[Aníbal]]|[[Mr. Koma]]|[[Arena Mexico]]}}
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{{aline|[[1973|73]]/[[September 15|09/15]]|hair|[[Aníbal]]|[[Joe Panther]]|[[Gimnasio Nuevo Panamá]] - [[Panama City]], [[Panama]]}}
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{{aline|[[1974|74]]/[[April 26|04/26]]|mask/hair|Aníbal & [[Steve Wright]]|[[René Guajardo]] & [[Tigre Colombiano]]|[[Arena México]] - [[Mexico City]]}}
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{{aline|[[1975|75]]/[[April 18|04/18]]|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[El Centroamericano]]|[[Plaza de Toros Monumental]] - [[Monterrey]], [[N.L.]]}}
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{{aline|[[1975|75]]/[[June 19|06/19]]|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[El Fantasmón]]|[[Iguala]], [[Guerrero]]}}
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{{aline|[[1975|75]]/[[June 25|06/25]]|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[Mr. Bruma]]|[[Mexico City]]}}
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{{aline|[[1975|75]]/[[July 16|07/16]]|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[El Marqués]]|[[Palacio de los Deportes]] - [[Mexico City]]}}
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{{aline|[[1975|75]]/[[October 20|10/20]]|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[El Galeno I]]|[[Nuevo Laredo]], [[Tamps.]]}}
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{{aline|[[1976|76]]/[[February 16|02/16]]|mask (1)|[[Aníbal]]|[[Asesino Negro (70s)|El Remington]]|[[Plaza de Toros Monumental]] - [[Monterrey]], [[N.L.]]}}
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{{aline|[[1976|76]]/[[May 12|05/12]]|hair|[[Aníbal]]|[[Gran Morefas]]|[[Orizaba]], [[Veracruz]]}}
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{{aline|[[1976|76]]/[[July 11|07/11]]|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[Sandokán]] (from Panama,not UWA one)|[[Panama City]], [[Panama]]}}
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{{aline|[[1976|76]]/[[September 19|09/19]]|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[Yaqui Moy|La Momia]] (Yaqui Moy)|[[Plaza de Toros el Progreso, Guadalajara, Jalisco]]}}
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{{aline|[[1976|76]]/[[December|12]]/??|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[Black Jack]]|unknown}}
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{{aline|[[1977|77]]/[[January 16|01/16]]|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[Mr. Power]]|unknown}}
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{{aline|[[1977|77]]/[[March 2|03/02]]|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[Gran Samurai]]|[[Veracruz]], [[Veracruz]]}}
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{{aline|[[1977|77]]/[[April 23|04/23]]|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[Mr. Atlas]]|[[Zacatanco]], [[Tlaxcala]]}}
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{{aline|[[1979|79]]/[[February 18|02/18]]|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[Jungla Negra]]|[[Plaza de Toros Monumental]] - [[Monterrey]], [[N.L.]]}}
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{{aline|[[1980|80]]/[[August 10|08/10]]|hairs|[[Fishman]] & Anibal|[[César Valentino]] & [[Kurisu]]|[[Palacio de los Deportes]] - [[Mexico City]]}}
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{{aline|[[1980|80]]/[[August 22|08/22]]|hair|[[Aníbal]]|[[Gran Hamada]]|[[Arena Neza]] - [[Nezahualcoyotl]], [[Mexico State]]}}
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{{aline|[[1986|86]]/[[March 28|03/28]]|cash (2)|[[Aníbal]]|[[Rambo]]|[[Auditorio Municipal de Torreón]] ' [[Torreón]], [[Coahuila]]}}
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{{aline|[[1986|86]]/[[February 26|02/26]]|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[El Fugitivo]]|[[Plaza de Toros Monumental]] - [[Monterrey]], [[N.L.]]}}
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{{aline|[[1987|87]]/[[March 18|03/18]]|mask|[[Aníbal]]|[[Gran Markus]]|[[Plaza de Toros Monumental]] - [[Monterrey]], [[N.L.]]}}
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{{aline|[[1990|90]]/??/??|hair|[[Aníbal]]|[[Pirata Morgan]]|[[Tlalnepantla]], [[Mexico State]]}}
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{{aline|[[1991|91]]/[[December 13|12/13]]|mask|[[Máscara Año 2000]]|[[Aníbal]]|[[Arena México]] - [[Mexico City]]}}
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{{aline|[[1993|93]]/??/??|mask|[[Sandokán]]|[[Aníbal]]|[[Panama City]], [[Panama]]}}
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{{aend|<b>(1)</b> Triangle match with [[Mazambula]]; '''(2)''' mask vs $500,000 pesos}}
  
 
== Gallery ==
 
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== Sources ==
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[https://youtu.be/eufsBuic7Ro Hazaña El Deporte Vive]
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Latest revision as of 18:08, 10 September 2018

Profile

Aníbal
Aníbal
Name Aníbal
Real name Carlos Ignacio Carrillo Contreras
Nicknames El Guerrero Cartaginés (The Carthagenian Warrior), La Saeta Azul (The Blue Arrow), La Furia Azul (The Blue Fury).
Name history Carlos Carrillo (debut - 65), Genio Azul, Principe Azul, Anibal (65 - retirement)
Family El Hijo de Aníbal (son), Herman Munster (brother), Princesa Azul (granddaughter)
Maestro(s) Chico Hernández, Salvador Flores
Birth date, location November 5, 1940 - Topilejo, Michoacán (other sources list Zitácuaro, Mich. and Laureles, Mich. as his birthplace)
Obituary date March 9, 1994
Debut, location November 1963 - Topilejo, Mich.
Lost mask to Máscara Año 2000 - December 13, 1991 - Arena México - Mexico City
Height 5'10"/178 cms
Weight 207 lbs/94 kg
Signature moves Angelito, Spinning Headscissors, Tabla Marina
Titles: Distrito Federal Light Heavyweight Title, NWA World Middleweight Title (2), National Middleweight Title, UWA World Middleweight Title, UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Title (2), WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title (Puerto Rico), European Middleweight Title (Panamá)

Biography

Aníbal was born on November 4, 1940 in the state of Michoacán. In order to keep his identity as a secret, in different interviews he has done through the years he has stated being born at Mexico City, Mexico State, Zitácuaro or Topilejo. Something that is for sure us that he was born in the state of Michoacán.

When he was four years old his family moved to Mexico City where he had access to lucha libre, and he idolized Black Shadow and wanted to be a wrestler like him. When he was nineteen years old he started to train at the Gimnasio Baños Gloria and at the Gimnasio San Francisco de Portales, where the instructors were Chico Fernández and Salvador Flores.

He had his first professional match in November of 1963 under his real name, Carlos Carrillo. It was in Cuernavaca, Morelos and he was paid $40 pesos.

He assumed names such as Genio Azul and Príncipe Azul. Two years later his representatives designed a mask for him. He didn't want to wear a mask, but seeing how most of the younger idols were masked wrestlers he finally decided to go on with the idea. He came up with the Aníbal name.

Carlos was an avid reader of history books, and one of his favorite tales was the one of Aníbal Barca, a Carthagenian general, son of Amílcar Barca and brother of Asdrúbal. He conquered the city of Sagunto, crossed the Pyrenees and the Alps, and battled and defeated the Romans. He almost conquered the city of Rome, but he killed himself in a battle after being surrounded by the enemy troops, because he'd rather be dead than waste the rest of his life being a slave. His first mask design was strongly based on the one of Black Shadow, due to his admiration.

As Anibal, his "padrinos" (mentors) during his debut were Mil Máscaras, and his idol Black Shadow. His debut as Aníbal was in the mid 1960s in a tag team match with Cometa Dorado against Black Demon & Chico Mendoza

Anibal's rookie days were in the Arena KO Al Gusto in Naucalpan, he became a hot independent worker in Plaza De Toros El Cortijo, and in 1966 he signed with EMLL. On October 14, a bit before signing with EMLL, he lost the Distrito Federal Light Heavyweight Title against the popular wrestler now turned referee Pepe Casas.

During 1966 he wrestled for EMLL in Martes Populares. He spent the following two years working his way up the ranks in EMLL, honing his technique and high flying skills into a top level competitor at Arena Coliseo. By 1970 he became a big name wrestler.

In 1970, he won the NWA Middleweight Title from Masio Koma and started a multi-year feud with René Guajardo. On June 28, 1974, Aníbal defeated Adorable Rubí to become Mexican National Middleweight Champion. On September 20, Aníbal became a double champion by defeating El Cobarde in a match for the vacant NWA World Middleweight Title. He was voted wrestler of the year by the magazine El Halcon, which is an honor he had again in 1974.

He was one of the many wrestlers that on May of 1975 left EMLL to join the newly created UWA. His championship match against his longtime rival Rene Guajardo for the UWA World Middleweight Title was key in the inaugural event of Promociones Mora-Flores in Palacio de los Deportes. Aníbal was already a very popular wrestler and had big profile rivalries with people like El Marquez, but his most memorable feuds and matches were with Rene Guajardo, Ray Mendoza, Perro Aguayo and others turned him into a legend.

He was a big star until the mid 80s, where he sort of disappeared from the scene due to injuries. His style had changed so much because he couldn't wrestle the fast tecnico style anymore. In 1983 he was still doing a huge campaign teaming with Villano III and El Solitario as "Los Tres Caballeros" (The three gentlemen) but in 1984 he turned rudo and formed a team with his former arch-enemy Dr. Wagner. As rudo Aníbal had a series of very bloody matches against El Solitario, a rivalry that could end in a lucha de apuestas. His last big feud was perhaps in Puerto Rico, where he lost the UWA Junior Light Heavyweight Championship to the local favorite Invader III. That was August 15, in San Juan, where the WWC promotion was having his 11th Anniversary Show. Anibal eventually regained the title and lost it on January of 1985 to Negro Navarro.

Anibal's name popped up again strongly on the lucha scene in 1991. He wrestled a lot in Panama and he started to get booked in Arena Mexico shows again.

On December 13, 1991, the event Juicio Final in which the main event was the mask vs mask agaisnt Mascara Año 2000 sold out Arena Mexico (drawing 18,000). The Anibal seen in the match was no longer in his prime, his cumulative injuries over his almost thirty years of in ring career affected his performance considerably. Even with those harships, Anibal demonstrated his resistance against his rival. The match resulted controversial due to the intervention of Cien Caras when he smashed a bottle on Anibal's head and the even more controversial ending of the match. Mascara Año 2000 won by disqualification after the referee "received" a foul by Anibal. After his mask loss he had a short tour all over Mexico and retired. It's said that Anibal really needed the money.

He eventually returned some months later after his good friend Tony Arce convinced him, but his hip was in so much pain that he needed surgery again so he retired for good. Before retiring, he had a last tour in Panama where he lost his mask to local legend Sandokán to culminate a 20 years plus feud.

On December of 1993, AAA had an Anibal benefit card because after the surgery he had gone bankruptcy. This card was actually promoted by the "Jose María Álvarez" foundation, which is a foundation that collects money for homeless kids. This was their way to say thank you to Anibal, who in the past promoted countless benefit cards for that association. Everybody that met him will agree that he was a great man and a class act.

An Hijo del Anibal made his debut on October 24, 93 at El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos.

Anibal died on March 9, 1994 at age 53 due to a brain tumor.

Notable Matches

Date Location Match
01/29/75 Palacio de los Deportes Anibal beat Rene Guajardo to retain his NWA Middleweight Title


Luchas de apuestas record

Date Apuesta Winner(s) Loser(s) Arena and/or Place
??/??/?? hair Aníbal Gran Davis unknown
??/??/?? hair Aníbal Adorable Rubí unknown
??/??/?? hair Aníbal Gran Hamada unknown
??/??/?? hair Aníbal Carlos Moll unknown
??/??/?? hair Aníbal Pepe Casas unknown
??/??/?? mask Aníbal El Zar de la Muerte unknown
??/??/?? hair Aníbal Gory Medina unknown
??/??/?? mask Aníbal El Reo Monterrey, Nuevo León
??/??/?? hair Aníbal El Nazi unknown
67/??/?? mask Aníbal Hombre de Ultratumba unknown
69/02/19 mask Aníbal Red Terror unknown
70/11/27 hair Aníbal Mr. Koma Arena Mexico
73/09/15 hair Aníbal Joe Panther Gimnasio Nuevo Panamá - Panama City, Panama
74/04/26 mask/hair Aníbal & Steve Wright René Guajardo & Tigre Colombiano Arena México - Mexico City
75/04/18 mask Aníbal El Centroamericano Plaza de Toros Monumental - Monterrey, N.L.
75/06/19 mask Aníbal El Fantasmón Iguala, Guerrero
75/06/25 mask Aníbal Mr. Bruma Mexico City
75/07/16 mask Aníbal El Marqués Palacio de los Deportes - Mexico City
75/10/20 mask Aníbal El Galeno I Nuevo Laredo, Tamps.
76/02/16 mask (1) Aníbal El Remington Plaza de Toros Monumental - Monterrey, N.L.
76/05/12 hair Aníbal Gran Morefas Orizaba, Veracruz
76/07/11 mask Aníbal Sandokán (from Panama,not UWA one) Panama City, Panama
76/09/19 mask Aníbal La Momia (Yaqui Moy) Plaza de Toros el Progreso, Guadalajara, Jalisco
76/12/?? mask Aníbal Black Jack unknown
77/01/16 mask Aníbal Mr. Power unknown
77/03/02 mask Aníbal Gran Samurai Veracruz, Veracruz
77/04/23 mask Aníbal Mr. Atlas Zacatanco, Tlaxcala
79/02/18 mask Aníbal Jungla Negra Plaza de Toros Monumental - Monterrey, N.L.
80/08/10 hairs Fishman & Anibal César Valentino & Kurisu Palacio de los Deportes - Mexico City
80/08/22 hair Aníbal Gran Hamada Arena Neza - Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico State
86/03/28 cash (2) Aníbal Rambo Auditorio Municipal de Torreón ' Torreón, Coahuila
86/02/26 mask Aníbal El Fugitivo Plaza de Toros Monumental - Monterrey, N.L.
87/03/18 mask Aníbal Gran Markus Plaza de Toros Monumental - Monterrey, N.L.
90/??/?? hair Aníbal Pirata Morgan Tlalnepantla, Mexico State
91/12/13 mask Máscara Año 2000 Aníbal Arena México - Mexico City
93/??/?? mask Sandokán Aníbal Panama City, Panama
(1) Triangle match with Mazambula; (2) mask vs $500,000 pesos


Gallery

1965
early
1972
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cover magazine 1971
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vs El Solitario at Arena Coliseo,Mexico City 1971
1971
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loses his mask vs MASCARA 2000, Dec. 1991
losing his mask in 1991


1992
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1966
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unmasked
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contract signing
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poster of the mask vs hair match against Sandokan
unmasking


Sources

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