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El Dandy


Real Name - Roberto Gutierrez Frias

Birthdate - 10/2/62

5'7" 200 lbs. - Tijuana, Mexico


Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Diablo Velasco, Pedro Anguiano

Professional Background - Jalisco(`81), EMLL(`82-`93), WCW(`96-`97), IWRG(`9?), AAA(`02-`03), Indies(`03-`14)

Aliases - none

Groups - The Cowboys, LWO (Latino World Order)

Peak Years - `89-`97


Finisher(s) - 

- Dandina/Dandy Roll (La Majistral)

- Flying Elbowdrop


Favorites -

- Quebradora

- Surfboard Stretch

- Tope Suicida

- Lariat

- Front Dropkick



Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set8
 Science8
 Aerial4
 Power7
 Strikes8


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment6
 Selling7
 Bumping6
 Carrying7
 Heat6
 Legacy4


Place in History - Lucha libre is known for producing two distinct brands of top-flight wrestlers: exciting and highflyers and slick mat wizards. While the former is more popularized and drooled over, the latter are more often than not the better workers. In his young years, Dandy worked a slightly more typical style with decent highspots, but as time went on he relied more on his ability to work holds. While some hold up Blue Panther as the true master of this style, El Dandy was always nipping at his heels and both were crucial in keeping this tradition alive in the 90s. For Blue, he was a hot commodity in the early 90s, while Dandy took over in the mid-to-late 90s. Like the slightly older Blue Panther, Dandy was able to take guys on to the mat and make it interesting and when he's one in there with someone who could hang (namely Panther's nephew Black Warrior) they made magic. While he never looked like much, Dandy's plainness was counteracted by his love of matwork and blood loss, which is all you need to be an over luchador it seems. While he had some big programs in his day, El Dandy was one of the many luchadors spoiled by WCW. Hoodless, colorless (in more ways than one) and unable to shine, Dandy looked like a bland luchador without exceptional talent. Meanwhile he was doubling in EMLL and having some of the best matches in the world. Still active and damn good to this day (again, like Blue Panther) and still not getting the respect he deserves. El Dandy is just one of those great unsung heroes who will seemingly always be in the background behind the pushed stars.
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