Hall of Fame Professional Wrestler. He earned a number of titles in the sport of wrestling, and is remembered as the patriarch of one of the greatest professional wrestling families ever. Born Salvadore Guerrero Quesada in Arizona, his family moved shortly after his birth to Mexico, and four years later to California, where he attended school. When he was 13, his mother passed away at the age of 30, and he went to work to help support his family, working as a paper boy and a bell boy. The following year, 1935, the family returned to Guadalajara, Mexico, where he found work as a translator in a pottery shop due to his knowledge of English. While in Guadalajara, he found an opportunity to receive free boxing lessons, and since he always liked the sport, he jumped at the chance. While registering to become a boxer, he noticed several people training for Lucha Libre, a new form of Mexican wrestling, and at that moment he decided he wanted to be a Luchadore. He was one of the first American citizens to learn Lucha Libre, he received training from Mexican professional wrestlers, Diablo Velasco and Indio Mejia. He made his professional debut on September 14, 1937, in Guadalajara, at the age of 16, losing the match, but earning 15 centavos as a professional wrestler. Shortly afterward, he struck up a friendship with wrestler Gilberto Martinez Larrea, who taught him many professional secrets of the sport, including how to defend himself against an opponent. Later, Guerrero became friends with wrestler Raul Romero, who introduced him to armature wrestling, and helped him to become one of the greatest technical wrestlers in the business. On April 20, 1945, he entered his first title match, defeating then Champion Jack O 'Brien for the National Welterweight Title. In his later years, he would earn several more titles, including the National Wrestling Alliance(NWA) World Middleweight Title and the NWA Americas Tag Team Titles, among many others. In 1966, he was inducted into the Wrestling Observers Hall of Fame, for his many contributions to the sport of Lucha Libre wrestling, including his two most innovative maneuvers, the Camel Clutch and the Gory Special(named for him). His love for the sport of professional wrestling led his four sons, Chavo Sr., Hector, Mando, and Eddie, as well as his grandson Chavo Jr., to follow him into professional wrestling; all five became champions in their own right. Retiring in 1980, he held titles in professional wrestling in both the United States and Mexico.
Bio by: Hilda Duell