Ari Romero had a long career, often wrestling in northern Mexico with runs in Mexico City and Japan. He was also well known for using a fork as a weapon to make his adversaries bleed on every match, and was feared in chain matches. He had he nickname "El Rey del Tenedor" for a long time, was probably best known for wrestling in Ciudad Juarez where he reached legendary status (he was the top rudo for many years) as well as abroad in Japan, Korea, Mexico, Central America, the Pacific Islands & many parts of the US.
Most fans in the United States are probably more familiar with him wrestling in California appearing early in his career at the L.A. Olympic Auditorium shows where he wrestled as a more technical babyface and later being part of the WIN promotion as one of the top rudos in the group and also occasional heel announcer. He wrestled for years in CMLL in Mexico City and for other promoters throughout Mexico who were affiliated with CMLL. In Juarez, as a rudo he was known for having bloody battles and he gained a number of nicknames besides the one he was most commonly known as “El Gato”.
Ari "el Gato" (The Cat) Romero was part of El Kux Kux Klan along with Flama Roja, and El Legionario in Juarez. (They are not the Kux Kux Klan that was numbered I, II, III - this group just used it as a name for their group, but kept their usual identities.)
He was a 3 time WWA Light Heavyweight Champion, Pacific Islands Heavyweight Champion, & Welter Weight Queretaro State Champion.
Romero had notables feuds Mil Mascaras, Flama Roja, Tinieblas, Rey Misterio, Konnan, Rocky Star, Cinta de Oro, The Guerrero Family, and Blue Demon Junior.
Ari Romero is also a musician in his spare time. Romero not only stuck to Mexico and the Southwest of the US, but traveled the world touring Japan several times, he competed in several countries like El Salvador, Panama, Corea, England, Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore.
He defeated great wrestlers (in Mexico, USA, an Japan) such as Colosso Colesetti, La Fiera, Super Delfin, Peter Maivia Jr., Black Magic, Alfonso Dantes, Chavo Guerrero, Mando Guerrero, Hector Guerrero, Gory Guerrero, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Misterio (SR), El Cobarde, Fishman, Konnan, Rocky Star, Tigre de Bengala, Pantera Asesina, Mil Mascaras, Blue Demon Jr., an others.
Also Romero won three hairs (in lucha de apuestas) followed in a week. No one else is known to accomplish this same feat.
He extended his career into acting & singing. He recorded several commercials in Japan for Adidas, Nintendo, the 2002 Japan/Korea FIFA World Cup, Kirin Beer & one of Japans biggest blockbuster movies "Abunai Deka." His latest success was in his musical career which was his passion. He headlined one of Mexico City's most prestigious theaters "Teatro Blanquita" with his musical group "Los Rudos del Ritmo" comprised of fellow wrestlers. Ari eventually recorded 5 albums of his own music. This past 2012 Ari auditioned for the popular show "The Voice-Mexico" & passed the casting. Unfortunately in September he was diagnosed with Cancer & was unable to proceed with the show.
Romero passed away December 29th, 2013 in his native Queretaro, Mexico. He was honored in Juarez after his death, and remains a local legend there. Pagano has been known to use a fork in his matches as an allusion to Romero.
- Ari Romero are the only pro wrestler of the world have won 3 hairs in 1 week (2 luchas de apuestas) beating Doberman, Vulcano & Tony Arce.
- Romero got his start in Queretaro with under a mask as El Gato.
- As El Gato lost the mask with Halcon Dorado in a mask vs mask match on 1975 in Mexico City.
- Romero defeat Coloso Colosseti in the L.A Olympic Auditorium.
- Romero defeat all four Guerreros (Gory Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero, Mando Guerrero, Hector Guerrero)in an elimination 4 vs. 4 match.
- Ari Romero defeat Rey Misterio Sr., Eddie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero, El Cobarde, Konnan, Peter Maivia. in many world title matches.
- Ari Romero defeated Tigre de Bengala to win the AWWA World Middle Weight Title (Billed as World Light Heavyweight Championship).
- Romero lost the hair with Eddie Guerrero in a hair vs hair match on 1987 in Juarez.
- Gran Sheik (Ari Romero), Scorpio & Villano I defeat Los Misioneros de la Muerte (Black Power, El Signo & Negro Navarro) on El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos in Naucalpan de Juarez, Estado de Mexico in 1993.
- Gran Sheik (Ari Romero), Esclavo Abdul, & Mike Golden defeat El Dandy, El Satanico & Solomon Grundy on EMLL 57 Aniversario Show (1990) in Arena Mexico.
- Ari Romero (masked as Gran Sheik) competed in a Michinoku Pro Wrestling Fukumen Tournament (with Jerry Lynn, Gran Naniwa, Funaki, Great Sasuke, Ari Romero won third place after defeat Super Delfin), which tournament was won by Dos Caras in 1995.
- Ari Romero (as Gran Sheik) lost the mask vs Blue Demon Jr. in 1995.
- Romero w/ Mr. Pogo have a six months win streak on Big Japan Pro Wrestilng.
- Ari recorded 5 music albums.
Luchas de apuestas record
|Date||Apuesta||Winner(s)||Loser(s)||Arena and/or Place|
|73/??/??||hair||El Gato||Diamante Azul||Queretaro]|
|1975||mask||Halcon Dorado||El Gato||Mexico City|
|82/06/19||mask/hair||Águila Solitaria & Franco Colombo||Cid Campeador & Ari Romero||Pista Arena Revolución - Mexico City|
|1984/02/19||hair||Doberman||Ari Romero||Arena México|
|84/08/18||hair||Ari Romero||Doberman||Pista Arena Revolución - Mexico City|
|84/08/26||hairs||Ari Romero & Franco Colombo||Vulcano & Tony Arce||Arena México - Mexico City|
|87/??/??||hair||Eddy Guerrero||Ari Romero||Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico|
|94/11/??||mask||Blue Demon Jr.||Gran Sheik||Arena Coliseo - Mexico City|
|95/02/09||hair||Silver King||Ari Romero||Pista Arena Revolución - Mexico City|
|02/10/31||mask (1)||Mega||Karma||Arena Naucalpan - Naucalpan, Mexico State|
|(1) Castillo de la muerte 10 men cage match|