Ephesto

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Ephesto
Ephesto
Name Ephesto
Real name
Nicknames none
Name history Pantera del Ring/Panterita del Ring (debut - 02/00), Safari (02/00 - ), Hombre Sin Nombre (10/28/05 - 12/06), Ephesto/Efesto (12/15/06 - )
Family Hooligan (brother), not related to Último Guerrero
Maestro(s) El Asterión, Halcón Suriano, Satánico, Blue Panther
Birth date, location June 10, 1965 - Gómez Palacio, Durango
Obituary date
Debut, location May 29, 1982 - San Pedro, Coahuila
Lost mask to
Height 177 cm/5'10"
Weight
Signature moves Shoulderbreaker, La Safarina (as Safari), Fallaway Slam, tope (after opponent slides out of the ring), middle rope legdrop, bodyscissors cradle from the mat
Titles: Laguna Lightweight Championship, Aztecas Middleweight Title, Mexican National Trios Titles ((3), w/Olimpico & Mr. Niebla, and w/Volador Jr. & Felino and w/Mephisto & Luciferno), CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship, Mexican National Tag Team Championship (w/Latin Lover), CMLL World Trios Championship (w/Averno & Mephisto)

Biography

00's CMLL regular, starting as a tecnico but eventually switching over to the rudo side.

A fan of Blue Panther, he learned with Panther's original trainer and took the Panterita name as tribute to him. Trained for three years before his first match. Moved to Monterrey in 1986, quickly became a main event star and the biggest draw in the region by 1991.

Pantera (or sometimes Panterita) del Ring made occasional appearances in EMLL at the start of the 90s, and but was lured to AAA when that group started up in 1992. He was one of another of young up and coming stars in the group, and even was a tag team champion with Latin Lover in 1995, but never became the national top star he was expected to be.

Ephesto rose to prominence with Promo Azteca as rudo Pantera del Ring in 1997. He won the initial tournament for the Aztecas Middleweight Championship over Angel Azteca and Black Dragon. Pantera del Ring worked an upper midcard level for the group until it fell apart. He likely returned home to the Comarca Lagunera region.

Ephesto returned to Mexico City in 2000 as Safari, a midcard tecnico. There were occasional attempts to work him team with others as a tecnico unit, but nothing panned out. The trios run with Volador Jr. & and Felino was derailed by injuries, and the prior championship run with Olimpico & Mr. Niebla seemed more to spotlight them than to set up any memorable feuds. Safari seemed like a pleasant enough tecnico, one with a very strange submission finish, but did not break out of CMLL's usual pack.

Safari changed over to Hombre Sin Nombre in late 2005 (though he continued to work some dates outside of Mexico City as Safari.) Without a name, and with a full body black outfit only notable for how ordinary it looked, Hombre Sin Nombre started as a rudo with no connection to his previous identity. A contest was announced to come up with a new name, though it's not clear if the contest was ever completed. Hombre Sin Nombre snuck lower on the card than his previous identity, somewhat due to a new batch of younger CMLL wrestlers passing him up.

Near the end of 2007, Hombre Sin Nombre finally got a new name: Epehsto, after the Greek God Hephaestus. Ephesto debuted as a trios partner to tag team Averno & Mephisto, and the three man called themselves the La Triada del Terror. The new look - a mask with a ram horn design - new allies and new name turned Ephesto's career back upwards. He's seen by most as the least member of the trio, but the team has gotten him in much more high profile roles than he was previously, and he's succeeded in the chances he's been given. Ephesto and La Sombra had a great match for the NWA World Welterweight Championship in December of 2008. Epehsto was unable to take a belt home on that night, but had a strong effort.

In his next title match versus Rey Bucanero for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship, following the two interfering in each other's matches, Ephesto triumphed by attacking Rey's left knee until Bucanero was unable to return to the ring. The champion was counted out to end that fall, and tie the match, and the ringside doctor stopped the match before the third fall, giving Ephesto the championship. Bucanero is not expected to return until December of 2009, but is already talking about a mask vs hair match against Ephesto.

Early in their careers, when they had all just traveled from La Lagunera to try making it in Mexico City lucha libre, Ephesto, Hooligan and Ultimo Guerrero were very close, and also very poor. They managed to make it thru the hard times, and the shared tough experiences they went thru made to refer to each other brothers early on. More recent interviews have cleared up that they're not biologically related.

As a rudo, Ephesto is less flashy but has shown a lot of skill in navigating younger opponents thru matches. The 2008 match versus Sombra was a great example of his abilities:


Luchas de apuestas record

Date Apuesta Winner(s) Loser(s) Arena and/or Place
??/??/?? hair Panterita del Ring Guerrero Negro Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes
??/??/?? mask Panterita del Ring Astro Flash Torreón, Coahuila
9?/??/?? mask Panterita del Ring Megatron Arena Coliseo - Monterrey, Nuevo León
91/02/17 hair Panterita del Ring Acuario Palacio de los Deportes, Torreón, Coahuila
91/05/12 mask Panterita del Ring Drago) Plaza de Toros Valente Arellano, Torreón, Coahuila
92/??/?? hair Panterita del Ring Principe Island Monterrey, Nuevo León
92/??/?? hair Panterita del Ring Kendo Monterrey, Nuevo León
98/11/22 mask Panterita del Ring White Wolf (Andy Anderson) Arena Coliseo - Monterrey, Nuevo León


Gallery

as Pantera Del Ring, 1997
as Panterita del Ring
as Panterita del Ring
as Safari, 2002
as Safari
as Hombre sin Nombre, 2005
Ephesto in Coliseo Coacalco Oct/21/2007
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre Championships
CMLL: Mini: ShockercitoSuper Light: Dragon Lee IIWelter: MephistoMiddle: Ángel de Oro
Light Heavy: Niebla RojaHeavy: Marco CorleoneTag: Negro Casas & Shocker
Trios: Sky Team (Mistico II, Volador Jr. and Valiente)Women: Dalis La Caribeña
NWA WH: Welter: Volador Jr.Middle: Ultimo GuerreroLight Heavy: Hechicero
National: Light: ElectricoWelter: Soberano Jr.Light Heavy: Atlantis
Women: Princesa SugehitTrios: Nueva Generacion Dinamita (Sansón, Cuatrero and Forastero)
Tournaments: Leyenda de Azul: Último GuerreroLeyenda de Plata: La Máscara
Universal: Volador Jr.Pequeño Reyes del Aire: ShockercitoReyes del Aire: Angel de Oro
Gran Alternativa: Caristico & Soberano Jr.En Busca de un Ídolo: Boby Zavala
Parejas Increíbles: Volador Jr. & Barbaro Cavernario: • La Copa Jr.: Soberano Jr.
REINA: CMLL-REINA Intl Junior: Kaho KobayashiCMLL-REINA Intl: ZeuxisCMLL-REINA Tag Team: Vacant
DF: Light: AstralWelter: SenseiMiddle: Hijo del Signo
Occidente: Welter: Star BlackMiddle: JockerLight Heavy: Puma King
Heavy: Diamante AzulTag: El Gallo & EsfingeTrios: Nueva Generacion Dinamita (Sansón, Cuatrero and Forastero)
Misc: Arena Coliseo Tag: Sansón & Cuatrero
Defunct: Copa de Arena Mexico Tournament
Japan TagJapan Women's