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Los Misioneros de la Muerte (El Signo, El Negro Navarro, El Texano)


El Signo

Real Name - Antonio Sánchez Rendón

Birthdate - 9/4/54

5'8" 216 lbs. - Ocotlán de Morelos, Oaxaca, Mexico

Aliases - none

Athletic background - n/a

Teachers - El Carnicero, Chamaco Azteca, Billy Robinson


Negro Navarro

Real Name - Miguel Calderón Navarro

Birthdate - 6/12/57

5'9" 198 lbs. - Mexico City, Mexico

Aliases - El Chupacabras, Último Vampiro

Athletic background - n/a

Teachers - Florentino Martínez


El Texano (1958-2006)

Real Name - Juan Conrado Aguilar Jáuregui

Lifespan - 11/26/1958 - 1/16/2006

5'7" 209 lbs. - Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

Aliases - Billy The Kid, Roy Navarro, Johnny Texas, El Vaquero, Juan El Texano, Silver King II

Athletic background - n/a

Teachers - Antonio Cruz; Diablo Velasco




Professional Background (together) - UWA(`77-`95), AAA(`95)


Peak Years - `84-`87



Finisher(s) - 

- La Mahistral [Texano / Navarro]

- La Espectrina [Navarro]

- Signo Special (Standing Figure-Four) [Signo]

Favorites -
- Huracanrana [Texano]
- La Cerrajera (Modified Abdominal Stretch) [Signo / Navarro]
- Suicide Dive [Texano]
- Tree of Woe Stomps [Signo / Navarro]
- Elbows [All]


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set5/8/7
 Science6/10/3
 Aerial1/1/4
 Power6/7/7 
 Strikes6/7/7 


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment7/6/7
 Selling7/7/6 
 Bumping5/6/6
 Carrying7/7/7
 Heat
 Legacy

  
Place in History - The UWA wanted to feature smaller, more athletic wrestlers more prominently and they did that through trios.  Although trios matches seem like the norm in lucha libre, it was in the UWA, at this time, that the trend started.  El Signo was a veteran rudo and the perfect as “El Misionero Mayor” heading up a stable with his rough style.  Negro Navarro, also a veteran, had skill on the mat was second-to-none.  El Texano was a fiery young rudo who had the speed and athleticism to compliment his two partners nicely.  When the legendary El Santo suffered a stroke during a match involving the three, they were built up as the men who nearly killed the most famous luchador and they became household names.  Los Misioneros de la Muerte were the key trios stars in the UWA.  They famously feuded with Los Brazos and Los Villanos, they worked with Japanese junior heavyweights, they squared off with teams made up of past-their-prime legends and top stars.  The UWA was perhaps the hottest promotion in the world and Los Misioneros were central to their success.  Los Misioneros were the perfect blend of technical and athletic skill, rudo antics and bloodthirsty viciousness.  However, El Texano made a shocking departure from the group.  Although he went on to the greatest success of the three by forming successful tag teams with Silver King (Los Cowboys) and his cousin El Dandy, none eclipsed his time in Los Misioneros.  Signo and Navarro stayed together reformed the trio with different rudos.  Rocky Santana, Black Power and others tried to fill the void, but the magic was gone.  Signo had some singles success as he was a charismatic bad guy. Navarro slipped into obscurity, until enjoying a resurgence due to his “maestro” style that was a lost art in the new millennium.  Now he, Solar and others are special attractions on independent shows because of their matwork, holds and counterholds are so unique.  Los Misioneros de la Muerte are perhaps the greatest three-man team in pro-wrestling history.  They were true trendsetters in lucha libre and pivotal in popularizing trios in lucha libre.  Past that, each member was a great talent and they were even better as a unit.

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