La Sombra Vengadora
|La Sombra Vengadora|
A mexican wrestling legend, It is probable that Sombra Vengadora is the most long-lived professional wrestler of the world, his in ring career was of at least 63 years.
Rogelio de la Paz was born in Mexico City on January 12, 1933 (according to his Facebook accounts) though some sources say he was born on 1931. In Lucha Libre #89 his birth date was January 12, 1939 it could be either a mistake or a worked birth date.
Began his lucha libre career in 1951, he was trained by Raúl Romero. Used his real name in his early days of career. In 1958, he donned the mask of La Sombra Vengadora, a character who had appeared in several lucha libre films. The actor Armando Silvestre played Sombra Vengadora's alter ego (whose name was coincidentally Rogelio) while in the action scenes Fernando Oses played the enmascarado hero, but Oses never performed Sombra Vengadora in the rings due to time constraints. Originally, Eduardo Bonada was considered to personify Sombra Vengadora in the rings, but Bonada was unavailable. The gimmick went Rogelio de la Paz who already had 8 years of in ring experience. As Sombra Vengadora began a tour in Mexico as a main eventer. Unfortunately, his mask loss seemed to affect him.
La Sombra Vengadora would continue wrestling for decades with his mask, as well as competing under his real name in the independent circuit through Mexico. In Argentina wrestled unmasked as Pancho Juarez in the promotion Lucha Libre Profesional with Wolf Rubinsky as promoter. In Guatemala he personified Halcon Vengador on 1973 and ten years later went as Madame Xandu. At some point in the 70s performed as Hombre Nuclear and Señor Tormenta. By then he was considered a legend, having competed in seven different decades. His family would continue the tradition, with his three sons competing as El Hijo de Sombra Vengadora, Sombra Vengadora Jr., and La Sombra Vengandora II. His grandson also competes as Mini Sombra Vengadora.
For many years he was promoter, hundreds of wrestlers received opportunities in his promotion that they could not have in other places. Each December 12, he ran festivities at Colonia La Malinche honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe, in which wrestlers, referees and ring announcers offered their work.
Sombra Vengadora is often confused with Rayo de Jalisco. Many people believe that Sombra Vengadora is a Rayo de Jalisco's knock off, but the truth is Sombra Vengadora preceded Rayo de Jalisco. La Sombra Vengadora was filmed in 1954 and released until 1956, Rayo's design is actually based on Sombra Vengadora. The differences between them is lighting bolt on the mask which is on the opposite side.
Moreover, Sombra Vengadora also is often confused with Sombra Vengadora (Bolivia), unlike the Mexican wrestler the Bolivian uses the lighting bolt on the same side as Rayo de Jalisco.
Luchas de apuestas record
|Date||Apuesta||Winner(s)||Loser(s)||Arena and/or Place|
|??/??/??||mask||El Nazi||Sombra Vengadora||unknown|
|??/??/???||mask||Sombra Vengadora||Carnicero Azteca||unknown|
|1960||$1.000 (1)||Sombra Vengadora||Espectro I||El Cortijo|
|1960||mask||El Enfermero||Sombra Vengadora||Arena Coliseo|
|1961/11/21||mask||Fantasma de la Quebrada||Sombra Vengadora||Arena Mexico|
|1964/??/??||mask||Sombra Vengadora||El Bruto||Torreón, Coahuila|
|60's||Hair||Sombra Vengadora||Gori Casanova||Plaza de Toros el Cortijo|
|1973||mask||El Cirujano||Halcón Vengador||Guatemala|
|1983||mask||Edgar Echeverria||Madame Xandu||Guatemala|
|(1) Mask vs $1.000 pesos|
- Box y Lucha 650