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Ciclon Negro (1932-2013)

Real NameRamon Eduardo “Lalo” Rodriquez
Lifespan4/7/1932 - 2/20/2013

6’1” 250 lbs. - Caracas, Venezuela

Athletic BackgroundBoxing [Professional]

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional BackgroundVenezuela, Europe(`58-`64), Texas(`60-), Capitol(`61), Indianapolis(`63), JWA(`64-), Australia(`68), Florida(`69-`71), Amarillo(`71-`78), All Japan(`73), Los Angeles(`75), Florida(`75), GCCW(`75), Tri-State(`77), Florida(`77-`78), Venezuela(`79), WWC(`79-`80), Los Angeles(`82)

AliasesCiclon Venezuleano, Lalo Rodriguez, Ciclon Anaya, Cyclone Negro, Calypso Hurricane, Mr. Uganda

Peak Years`64-`75

Place in HistoryWhen Ciclon Negro passed away in 2013, his name was reborn and his legacy was reevaluated after decades in the darkness.  In his home country of Venezuela, Lalo Rodriguez was an accomplished boxer who competed at a high level.  He was perhaps the most accomplished boxer to ever became a long-term pro-wrestler.  Rodriguez broken in with Omar Atlas, who he tagged with as a brother team, and eventually found himself touring Europe and developing into a talent like no other.  He came to the States in the 1960s and was first pushed in East Texas as heel.  Ciclon Negro was a complete package for that time and place.  Most noticeably was his look, the former boxer had a war-torn face that was mean and expressive, his body was thickly muscled and his dark complexion certainly roused racist tendencies among fans.  Ciclon was a world traveler and could work any style convincingly, but he truly thrived working a realistic, hard-hitting one.  Ciclon was a versatile heel, who could work as a tough brawler, a crafty technician, an underhanded coward or a violent madman and do it all very well.  Although Ciclon Negro achieved success in Florida and Los Angeles in the US, Japan and Australia internationally, however it was in West Texas that truly became a legend.  As the “King of the Texas Death Matches,” he went to war with Dory Funk and his sons, Ricky Romero and other babyfaces.  Ciclon was such a strong character that when the Funks were out on the road, he was promoted as the International Heavyweight Champion on top of the cards.  Ciclon Negro worked for several more years, sometimes under the hood to combat his receding hairline, but when he left the business in 1984, he left for good.  Eddie Rodriguez spent his later days as a welder in Florida before health issues slowed him in his final years.