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Silver King


Real Name - Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron

Birthdate - 9/1/68

5’9” 220 lbs. - Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico


Athletic Background - 

Teacher(s) - Dr. Wagner, Gran Markus

Professional Background - UWA(`85-`94), All Japan(`87), W*ing(`93), CMLL(`94-`97), IWA(`95), WCW(`97-`00), Promo Aztecas(`97-`98), IWRG(`00-`05), CMLL(`00-`06), New Japan(`01-`02), All Japan(`03-`04), LVV(`05), All Japan(`07-`08), AAA(`08-) IWRG(`10-`12)

AliasesDr. Wagner Jr., Black Tiger (III), El Bronco, Silver Cain

Groups - lWo [Latino World Order], Team 2000, La Corporacion, Voodoo Murderers, La Legion Extranjera, Los Wagner Maniacos, Los Maniacos, La Sociedad, La Maniarquia, La Consejo, La Nueva Sociedad

Peak Years - `00-`09

Finisher(s) - 

- Silver Driver (Death Valley Bomb)

- Seated Dominator

- Black Tiger Bomb


Favorites -

- Tiger Suplex

- Moonsault Press

- Springing Redirecting Plancha

- Swinging DDT

- Superkick



Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set9
 Science3
 Aerial5
 Power7
 Strikes7


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment6
 Selling5
 Bumping9
 Carrying7
 Heat6
 Legacy6


Place in History - While WCW’s Cruiserweight division realistically was the greatest collection of international talent of that size, the bulk of luchadors were generic faces (often masked faces) in a crowd of many.  Silver King, one of those faces in the crowd, was never given much opportunity and seemed easy to dismiss as a squatty Mexican with a receding hairline.  Prior to his WCW tenure, Silver King had already made a name for himself internationally.  The son of the legendary Dr. Wagner, he broke in as a teenager and worked the undercards for the UWA.  After unmasking, he took El Dandy’s place in the Los Cowboys team with El Texano.  The partnership was perfect, Texano was a veteran rudo and Silver King was an ambitious youngster.  The two were a main act in the UWA’s final days and had great international potential that was never fully realized.  The team had a nearly five year run that was highlighted by a lengthy rivalry with the Headhunters that convinced many that those two obese Dominicans with no regard for their health were great talents.  Silver King eventually wound up in WCW for a stretch that was not professionally successful, but was certainly more financially rewarding.  Silver King was able to reinvent himself after WCW as the newest incarnation of Black Tiger.  He spent several years, perhaps the best of his career, working Arena Mexico and doing tours of New Japan and All Japan.  Eventually, he shifted away from this persona in Mexico and eventually settled on a reimagined version of Silver King under a mask.  He and his brother, Dr. Wagner Jr., began partnering at the peak of Wagner’s popularity.  Most notably around this time frame, Silver King landed a role as the main rudo antagonist in “Nacho Libre.”  Although the film could have theoretically propelled him to new heights because no luchador had ever made a Hollywood movie like this, Silver King’s stature changed very little.  He and Wagner were key in Konnan’s restructuring of AAA as top workers with some name value.  The legacy of Silver King is different than many of his peers.  Unquestionably, a tremendous talent in the 1990s who became another faceless guy on the bloated WCW roster.  He had success back in Mexico and also in Japan, but never to the degree that his talents warranted.

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