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Genaro Vazquez Nevarez is a Mexican professional wrestler currently working for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, better known by his ring name Blue Panther. The "Blue" part of his ring name is an homage to Aníbal, a wrestler he looked up to growing up who wore a blue mask.

Professional wrestling career

Blue Panther began wrestling in northern Mexico in the late 1970s before getting noticed by René Guajardo in Monterrey. Guarjardo got Panther booked in Universal Wrestling Association and Panther made his debut in their main building, El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos in Naucalpan, in 1981. He wrestled on the undercard as a rudo (heel) before getting his first push in 1984 by winning the UWA World Welterweight championship from veteran worker Matemático at the end of the year. He had a feud with Black Man that saw him lose his UWA Welterweight title but win Black Man's mask in 1986. During the remainder of his UWA career, he won the UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship from Gran Hamada and traded the title back and forth with Solar I and won the mask of Kendo.

In 1991, he jumped to Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre and began a feud with Atlantis over the NWA World Middleweight Championship. Although Blue Panther was unsuccessful in his August title challenge, the feud established him as a top rudo in EMLL, leading to him defeating El Satánico to become the first CMLL World Middleweight Champion when the company changed names and created new titles. In late 1991, he began feuding with the American Love Machine. Their April 1992 "Mask vs. Mask" mask, where Love Machine was disqualified for using an illegal Martinete (piledriver), sold out Arena México and 8,000 fans watched the match on big screens outside the arena. The following month, he jumped to Antonio Peña's new AAA promotion and continued his feud with Love Machine with a "hair vs. mask" match win in July 1993. The match featured a double turn which led to Love Machine becoming a rudo and forming Los Gringos Locos with Eddie Guerrero.

Much of his time in AAA was spent in programs based on the National Middleweight Championship. He worked programs with Ángel Azteca, Super Astro, Solar I and Octagón. After the 1994 economic crisis in Mexico, he started his own promotion with several business partners called PROMELL (later Promo Azteca). When the promotion failed, he returned to AAA briefly in 1997 but he was unhappy being programmed with Máscara Sagrada, Jr. and jumped to CMLL by the end of the year. In 1998, Panther teamed with Dr. Wagner, Jr. and his real-life nephew Black Warrior to form "Los Laguneros." The team won a tournament to win the vacant CMLL World Trios Championship. In 1999, Panther and Wagner teamed to feud with Negro Casas and El Hijo del Santo for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship with an unsuccessful title challenge in September of that year. In 2000 and 2001, Los Laguneros successfully defended their titles against Los Villaños (III, IV and V) and the team of Negro Casas, Emilio Charles, Jr. and Tarzan Boy while Blue Panther had a singles feud with Olímpico.

In 2002, Black Warrior left Los Laguneros and the trios titles were vacated. Fuerza Guerrera replaced Black Warrior and they won another tournament for the CMLL World Trios title but they reigned for only three months before dropping the titles to Black Warrior, Atlantis and Mr. Niebla. Over time, Blue Panther was getting booked more as a técnico (face) and began to team with former rivals, Atlantis, Lizmark, Jr. and Mr. Niebla as La Ola Azul in a feud with Los Guerreros del Infierno. In 2004, Atlantis and Blue Panther defeated Último Guerrero and Rey Bucanero to win the CMLL World Tag Team Championship. Three months after successfully defending the titles against Olímpico and Rey Bucanero, Atlantis and Panther lost the titles to the team of Averno and Mephisto in April 2005. When Atlantis turned rudo, Panther feuded with him off and on and the two often ripped at each other's masks, hinting at a possible mask vs. mask match. On September 19, 2008, he lost his mask to Villaño V in Mexico. He was unmasked as Genaro Vazquez Nevarez.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves

Championships and accomplishments

  • PWI ranked him #70 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI 500 in 2000
  • WWA World Middleweight Championship (1 time)
  • WWA World Welterweight Championship (1 time)

Luchas de Apuestas record

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Masks Blue Panther and Matemático La Bestia and Simio Blanco Monterrey, Nuevo León January 28, 1979
Mask Blue Panther Oro Monterrey, Nuevo León 1980  
Mask Blue Panther Gorila Infernal Xalapa, Veracruz February 23, 1984  
Hair Blue Panther El Brillante Querétaro, Querétaro June 24, 1984  
Mask Blue Panther Bull Power Puebla, Puebla September 7, 1984  
Mask Blue Panther Luzbel Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas October 18, 1984  
Masks Blue Panther and Black Man Los Sombras de Plata Naucalpan, Edomex November 20, 1984
Mask Blue Panther Black Man Naucalpan, Edomex February 16, 1986  
Mask Blue Panther El Avispón Negro Naucalpan, Edomex March 16, 1986  
Mask Blue Panther Kendo Tijuana, Baja California May 1988
Mask Blue Panther Love Machine Mexico City April 3, 1992  
Hair Blue Panther Vulcano Mexico City April 9, 1993  
Hair Blue Panther Love Machine Tonalá, Jalisco July 18, 1993  
Mask Blue Panther El Nuevo Huracán Ramírez, Jr. Cuernavaca, Morelos February 3, 2000
Mask Blue Panther Lizmark Jr. Mexico City September 28, 2007
Mask Blue Panther Tigre Universitario Monterrey, Nuevo León July 5, 2008  
Mask Villaño V Blue Panther Mexico City September 19, 2008  
Hair Blue Panther Diluvio Negro II Monterrey, Nuevo León December 18, 2008

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