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Genaro Jacobo Contreras is a semi-retired Mexican professional wrestler, or Luchador in Spanish and currently a professional wrestling trainer for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). Contreras is best known under the ring name Ringo Mendoza, which he has used since his debut in 1968. Contreras has two brothers who were also professional wrestlers, Pedro Jacobo Contreras who worked as Cachorro Mendoza ("Puppy Mendoza") and his other brother who wrestled as Indio Mendoza. Over the course of his career Ringo Mendoza held several Middleweight championships, including five NWA World Middleweight Championships, two Mexican National Middleweight Championships, one CMLL World Middleweight Championship and one Occidente Middleweight Championship. After almost 41 years in the wrestling business it has been reported that Ringo Mendoza is looking to wrestle his final match some time in 2009.

Professional wrestling career

Genaro Contreras made his professional wrestling debut in 1968, after training under renowned Mexican wrestling trainer Diablo Velazco, under the ring name "Ringo Mendoza", adopting a Native American persona complete with feathered headdress. Contreras would later be joined by his brothers who wrestled as Cachorro Mendoza and Indio Mendoza. Mendoza won his first wrestling championship on November 29, 1974 when he defeated Aníbal to win the Mexican National Middleweight Championship. Mendoza would go on to hold the title for 822 days, over two years, before losing the title to Perro Aguayo on February 28, 1977. During the 822 day reign Ringo Mendoza defended the title against opponents such as Tony Salazar and Perro Aguayo. On July 3, 1977 Mendoza got a measure of revenge for his title loss as he defeated Perro Aguayo to win the NWA World Middleweight Championship, capturing the top title in this middleweight division. Ringo Mendoza would become synonymous with the NWA Middleweight Title as he captured it five times between 1977 and 1981 defeating such wrestlers as El Faraón, Perro Aguayo, Tony Salazar and Sangre Chicana. On June 6, 1980 Mendoza defeated Satánico to win his second Mexican National Middleweight Championship, holding it for 182 days before dropping it to El Faraón. In the 1980s Ringo began teaming more regularly with his brother Cachorro Mendoza, defeating Satánico and Espectro, Jr. in a tournament final to win the vacant Mexican National Tag Team Championship. On January 15, 1983 Ringo Mendoza became a double champion as he defeated El Faraón to win the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship. On July 28, 1983 Satánico won the NWA Light Heavyweight Title from Ringo Mendoza but quickly lost it back to Mendoza. The Mendozas held the tag team title for a full 1,029 days before losing to Sangre Chicana and Cien Caras on April 12, 1985. A month later Ringo Mendoza lost the NWA World Light Heavyweight title to MS-1 on February 13, 1985. On November 28, 1986 Ringo Mendoza teamed up with Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. and Kiss to defeat Los Brazos (El Brazo, Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata) to win the Mexican National Trios Championship. The team held the title for 275 days before being defeated by Hombre Bala, Jerry Estrada and Pirata Morgan on August 30, 1987. In the late 1980s Ringo Mendoza began working for the Universal Wrestling Association (UWA) where he defeated Gran Cochisse to win the UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship on April 29, 1989. Over a year later, on June 29, 1990 he lost the UWA title to long-time rival Perro Aguayo. From the early 1990s on Ringo Mendoza began focusing part of his time on training wrestlers, mainly working with young wrestlers on Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL)'s roster. Mendoza' last wrestling related highlight came on March 7, 1999 when he defeated Emilio Charles, Jr. to win the CMLL World Middleweight Championship, making him one of a very few wrestler to have won the Mexican, NWA World and CMLL World Middleweight championship to date. Mendoza defended the championship on at least 10 occasions over the 742 days his reign lasted, defeating wrestlers such as Blue Panther, Scorpio, Jr., Rey Bucanero, Zumbido, Apolo Dantés, Black Warrior, Villaño III and Mano Negra before losing the title back to Emilio Charles on March 18, 2001. Since losing the title Mendoza has focused on training wrestlers at CMLL's Mexico City and Guadalajara, Jalisco based wrestling schools. After almost 41 years in the wrestling business it has been reported that Ringo Mendoza is looking to wrestle his final match some time in 2009, officially retiring from the ring.

In wrestling

  • Nicknames
    • El Indio Grande (Spanish for "The big indian")

Championships and accomplishments

Lucha de Apuesta record


Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Hair Luis Mariscal Ringo Mendoza Unknown Unknown  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Asesino Negro Mexico City, Mexico Unknown  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Black Killer Guadalajara, Jalisco Unknown  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Brazo de Oro Unknown Unknown  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Brazo de Plata Unknown Unknown  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Bruno Estrada Unknown Unknown  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Bruno Victoria Unknown Unknown  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Coloso Colosetti Unknown Unknown  
Hair Ringo Mendoza El Brazo Unknown Unknown  
Hair Ringo Mendoza El Nazi Unknown Unknown  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Espanto II Unknown Unknown  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Espanto III Unknown Unknown  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Pérez Mosqueda Unknown Unknown  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Satánico Unknown Unknown  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Vick Amezcua Unknown Unknown  
Hair Idolo Ringo Mendoza Guadalajara, Jalisco 1970s  
Hairs Ray Mendoza and Ringo Mendoza Ángel Blanco and Kim Chul Won Mexico City, Mexico 01973-09-21September 21, 1973  
Hair Gemelo Diablo II Ringo Mendoza Mexico City, Mexico 01975-01-011975  
Hair Perro Aguayo Ringo Mendoza Mexico City, Mexico 01975-05-25May 25, 1975
Hair Ringo Mendoza Perro Aguayo Guadalajara, Jalisco 01976-05-26May 26, 1976
Hairs Ringo Mendoza and Carlos Plata Los Gemelos Diablo Mexico City, Mexico 01976-06-11June 11, 1976  
Hairs El Faraón and Ringo Mendoza Perro Aguayo and Joe Polardi Mexico City, Mexico 01977-12-09December 9, 1977
Hairs El Faraón and Ringo Mendoza Sangre Chicana and Alfonso Dantés Unknown 01978-04-22April 22, 1978  
Hairs Ringo Mendoza and Cachorro Mendoza Adorable Rubí and Divino Roy Mexico City, Mexico 01979-06-22June 22, 1979  
Hair El Faraón and Ringo Mendoza El Nazi and Adorable Rubí Mexico City, Mexico 01980-04-07April 7, 1980  
Hair El Faraón and Ringo Mendoza Tony Benetto and Herodes Mexico City, Mexico 01980-06-27June 27, 1980  
Hair Ringo Mendoza El Faraón Mexico City, Mexico 01981-12-04December 4, 1981  
Hair Sangre Chicana and Satánico Ringo Mendoza and Cachorro Mendoza Unknown May 1982  
Hair Ringo Mendoza, César Curiel and Rey Salomón Tony Benetto, Herodes and Adorable Rubí Mexico City, Mexico 01982-12-10December 10, 1982  
Hairs La Fiera and Mocho Cota Ringo Mendoza and Cachorro Mendoza Mexico City, Mexico 01983-07-01July 1, 1983  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Tony Benetto Mexico City, Mexico September 1984  
Hair Ringo Mendoza, Américo Rocca and Tony Salazar El Signo, El Texano and Negro Navarro Mexico City, Mexico 01986-09-19September 19, 1986  
Hair Ringo Mendoza El Macho Mexico City, Mexico 01988-07-02July 2, 1988  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Scorpio Mexico City, Mexico 01990-08-17August 17, 1990  
Hair El Faraón and Ringo Mendoza MS-1 and Masakre Mexico City, Mexico 01990-09-07September 7, 1990  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Fabuloso Blondy Mexico City, Mexico 01990-11-30November 30, 1990  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Luis Mariscal Mezcala 01991-01-06January 6, 1991  
Masks Perro Aguayo and Ringo Mendoza Texas Rangers Mexico City, Mexico 01991-03-03March 3, 1991
Hair Ringo Mendoza Ranger Mexico City, Mexico 01991-03-10March 10, 1991  
Hair Bestia Salvaje Ringo Mendoza Mexico City, Mexico 01992-08-16August 16, 1992  
Hair Javier Cruz Ringo Mendoza Mexico City, Mexico 01993-03-02March 2, 1993 Match also included Mogur
Hair Ringo Mendoza Luis Mariscal Naucalpan, Mexico State 01993-12-08December 8, 1993  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Hombre Bala Mexico City, Mexico 01994-12-15December 15, 1994  
Hair Américo Rocca Ringo Mendoza Mexico City, Mexico 01996-02-16February 16, 1996  
Hairs Ringo Mendoza and Tajiri Chicago Express and Mogur Mexico City, Mexico 01998-06-14June 14, 1998  
Hair Ringo Mendoza El Signo Mexico City, Mexico 01998-09-06September 6, 1998  
Hairs Ringo Mendoza and Campesino del Valle Indio Loco and El Mohicano I Xochimilco, Mexico City 02000-09-09September 9, 2000  
Hair Emilio Charles Jr. Ringo Mendoza Mexico City, Mexico 02001-04-15April 15, 2001  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Guerrero Del Futuro Mexico City, Mexico 02003-10-19October 19, 2003  
Hair Ringo Mendoza Mohicano I Cholula, Puebla 02006-05-27May 27, 2006  

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