It has been a tough couple of years for lucha libre, with several legendary luchadores like Brazo de Oro, Arkangel de la Muerte, Universo 2000 and Gran Apache passing away. Tragically the lucha libre family has lost another. Maximo Linares Moreno, better known as Rayo de Jalisco Sr., passed away tonight at the age of 85.
Born in Mexico City, Mexico on November 22, 1932, Moreno debuted as a luchador in 1950 under the name Mr. Misterio. He would change his name numerous times before adopting the name El Rayo in 1960; two years later he lengthened it and thus Rayo de Jalisco was born. For the next 31 years Jalisco carved out a legacy as one of the greatest luchadores of the 60’s and 70’s; he won the NWA World Middleweight Championship three times, was the tag team partner of the legendary El Santo (who he won the Mexican National Tag Team Championships with twice) and his mask became one of the most recognized in lucha libre.
Despite his successful career, Jalisco’s biggest moment came at the tail end when he faced off with the legendary Blue Demon in a mask match in Monterrey on July 30th, 1989. Jalisco actually convinced Demon to come out of retirement to do the match and ultimately lost his mask to the legend. Jalisco continued to wrestle a few more years before hanging up the boots for good in 1993; his last recorded match was for AAA, where he teamed with his son, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. and Perro Aguayo to defeat Los Hermanos Dinamitas (Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000 and Universo 2000). Even still he remained prominent, being honored by CMLL at the 2013 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show and receiving an induction into the AAA Hall of Fame in 2014. His legacy mostly endured thanks to his son, Jalisco Jr., who has become a lucha libre legend in his own right.
We at Lucha Central offer our condolences to Moreno’s family at this difficult time.