Earlier today, the official CMLL social media accounts reported on the passing of luchador As Charro.
A luchador that many may recognize for his signature “Ace” symbol mask, he’s not one with whom many modern day fans are really familiar. Previously, in Rudo Can’t Fail magazine, Eric Mutter brought us his signature “5 Things You Should Know About….” column about As Charro, so we thought today would be a proper day to share it here as we celebrate his life.
1). As Charro debuted as a luchador at fifteen years old! Born on June 8, 1949, Jorge Huaracha López was indeed a mere 15 when he made his lucha debut in June of 1964. Back then, he was Apache López, a sort of Native American twist on his real name. López would go on to use the names Yuma II, Barba Roja and El Violento over the next decade before finally landing on As Charro (Spanish for “Ace Horseman”) in 1974. He’s used the name since, and judging from his success afterwards, I’d say it was a wise decision.
2). Like almost every other luchador, he comes from a lucha libre family. Really, are you that surprised? As Charro’s younger brother, Rafael Huaracha López, wrestled in the 1980s as Charro de Jalisco and Barba Negro, while his son, As Charro Jr., has wrestled at some point during the past 20 years. That’s pretty much the best I can give you seeing as not even luchawiki has any more info on As Charro Jr. Neither of the other Charro’s had or have had the success of the first, making As Charro the most successful Charro ever, even when you come to learn…
3) There’s another As Charro working today! Yup, someone else has taken up the As Charro persona and it’s someone you know if you’ve watched enough lucha. Perhaps you remember a time when Rush won the Mexican National Trios Championships back in 2011 alongside Ángel de Oro and a dude named Diamante? Yeah, that Diamante guy is now the new As Charro, working under the name since leaving CMLL in 2015. His success in CMLL coupled with his success out of it (he’s currently one half of the Caution Wrestling Federation tag team champions with El Hijo del Máscara Sagrada) at least means the As Charro name is in good hands going forward.
4) He was known for a high risk style. We forget this now but lucha libre used to be based more around masks, heavyweights and mat work. The high flying aspect only came into play around the time Mil Máscaras became a household name. As Charro was one of the first guys to incorporate a lot of high flying and bumping into his style, allowing him to become a cult hero in Mexico during his run. Even as he got older, you can see him still doing a lot of high flying. Unfortunately that style, coupled with him using it throughout his entire career, led to him breaking down just as he started to get notoriety with the bigger promotions. As such his career ended in his early 40s not long after he put over a young luchador named Konnan. You may have heard of him.
5) He headlined the 54th CMLL (then EMLL) Anniversary Show. In lucha libre, there are few honors greater than headlining CMLL’s annual Anniversary show in a mask match. As Charro is one of the luchadors fortunate enough to have done so, taking on Mogur at an Anniversary Show that also featured all four Guerrero brothers in the undercard. That’s pretty cool, even if As Charro did lose the match and his mask. The good news; he supposedly got a great pay day out of it and the match is very good for its time if the YouTube clips are to be believed. Even if it wasn’t, who cares; As Charro headlined a gorram Anniversary Show. Can you say you’ve done that? I didn’t think so.
And now that you know more about As Charro – head over to Video Central and watch that 54th Anniversary Mask vs. Mask match! (Be warned tho…apparently in 1987 they didn’t keep TV cameras recording for the unmaskings the way they do now!