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Enrique Torres (1922 - 2007)

  

Real NameEnrique S. Torres
Lifespan - 7/5/1922 - 9/10/2007
6’1” 225 lbs. - Santa Ana, CA

Athletic BackgroundWrestling

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional Background - n/a

Aliases - none

Peak Years`47-`57


Place in HistoryEnrique Torres is one of the many great names that have been almost forgotten over the years.  In spite of his success as a singles wrestler, he is often best remembered for his years of tagging with his brothers Ramon ad Alberto.  He broke into the sport after World War II in Southern California, where he achieved his greatest success.  While ethnic stars had been important to pro-wrestling cards, those who were put into genuine top spots were limited.  The Los Angeles region obviously had a paying Latin audience that they would cater to over the years and Torres was their premier Latin star when they were on network television.  Billed from Sonora, Mexico, he looked the part and got over tremendously.  Enrique worked a solid in-ring style with a few picturesque highspots and when matched with his babyface charisma and the right opponent, Torres was a genuine drawing card.  Not only did Torres have all the tools to get over with the fans, but he had the looks that attracted female fans as well.  He had dark and handsome features, a well-sculpted physique and a pencil mustache that made him look like a movie star.  He won the area’s top title in his second year as a pro and after a few years in the business was one of the most frequent challengers to NWA Champion Lou Thesz.  In San Francisco, Torres had continued success and first began tagging with brother Ramon who was ten years his junior.  Alberto would come along soon after and primarily tagged with Ramon.  The three brothers though would began working six-man tags on occasion.  In the late 1960s, they enjoyed their greatest success as a unit feuding with Maurice, Paul and Stan Vachon in one of the hottest programs in Georgia.  In 1968, Enrique retired to care for their aging mother following their father’s passing.  While Enrique Torres was a top challenger to the NWA crown for nearly a decade and worked on top in a number of territories and always drew well, he is simply overlooked by pro-wrestling history because of where he worked on top, the limited footage of him available and the fact he never won the title (despite his many challenges over the years).

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