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The Red Devils (Black Gordman & Great Goliath)

Black Gordman
Real Name - Victor Manuel Barajas
Birthdate - 10/5/39
5’10" 250 lbs. - Guadalajara, Mexico
Athletic background - n/a
Teachers - Professor Avendano
Professional background - Mexico(`65-`69), Los Angeles(`69-`82), UWA(`79), WWC(`84), TASW(`85)
Aliases - Victor Mendoza, Black Demon, Blue Flame, El Dragon II, El Monquetero II, Hermano Diablo II, Asian Terror #1, Bestia Roja

The Great Goliath
Real Name - Pablo Ordaz Crispin
Birthdate - 6/18/1934 - 4/?/2004
5'11" 230 lbs. - Juarez, Mexico
Athletic background - n/a
Teachers - Gorila Ramos
Professional background - Mexico(`52-)
Aliases - El Kotex, El Gran Goliat, Asian Terror #2

Professional Background (as a team) - Los Angeles(`70-`82), Amarillo(`73), Houston(`73), Georgia(`76), New Japan(`77)

Peak Years`71-`77

Place in HistoryTraditionally Mexican wrestlers in the United States were babyfaces who catered to the local Latin population, the female fans or to the children with their masks, costumes and unique moves.  However, there were two men whose legacy is that of two dastardly heels who denied their Mexican heritage and battled other Mexican wrestlers like Mil Mascaras, Jose Lothario and Raul Mata.  Black Gordman and The Great Goliath, also known as the “Red Devils” are without question the most successful luchador tag team outside of the Mexico.  Like many luchadors who were not born into the business, their journeys were hard.  Goliath was a poor boy in Juarez who became the chauffeur to Gorila Ramos.  Gordman was selling concessions in Mexico City at lucha shows before breaking in.  Both found success once they broke in because both were talented heavyweights.  Unlike many of the great luchadors of the 1960s and 1970s, the size of both allowed them to get booked into the US and achieve a level of international success that few luchadors ever attain.   Gordman started in L.A. first, working as both a babyface and later as a heel partnering with the notorious Bull Ramos.  The Great Goliath came on the scene and the Red Devils were soon partnering up and developing their innovative style.  While lucha libre has dimensions that appeal to the American pro-wrestling fan with its fast-pacing, highflying and emphasis on action, it often lacks the psychology and storytelling of American pro-wrestling.  Gordman and Goliath were masters of combining the two styles for a hybrid that made them something special.  They were successful heels and spent most of their runs as such, but enjoyed several babyface runs as well.  Their feud with the Hollywood Blonds and later Kinji Shibuya and Masa Saito did excellent at the box office.  Gordman and Goliath also enjoyed turning on each other for some short-term programs with different partners.  For over a decade, they were one of the top tag teams in the world.  After they went their separate ways in `82, both men worked for another ten years in various markets.  Gordman mainly focused on Mexico and had a son, Black Gordman Jr., that entered the profession.  Goliath became a trainer and partnered up with Jesse Hernandez working with young talent in Las Vegas and Southern California before retiring.