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Manuel Leal (June 8, 1939), better known as Tinieblas ("Darkness"), is a Mexican luchador.

Professional wrestling career

Tinieblas began as a body builder and stunt man who was spotted by luchadores Black Shadow and Dory Dixon. Impressed by Leal's physique they convinced him to begin a career as a "luchador". In 1968, "Lucha Libre" magazine editor Valente Pérez, came up with the idea of a character that would act as a rival for luchador Mil Mascaras. He created a character with a faceless hood and named him "Tinieblas" (Darkness). Perez selected the former body builder turned luchador to wrestle as that character. Tinieblas debuted as a face on August 20, 1971. He would became a large draw in Mexico and toured internationally. Tinieblas was also one of the first luchadores to tour Japan in 1974.

In wrestling

  • Signature moves
  • El Abrazo del Oso (Bear hug)
  • Plancha

Championships and accomplishments

Lucha de Apuesta record


Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Mask Tinieblas El Internacional Unknown Unknown  
Hair Tinieblas TNT Mexico City, Mexico 01973-07-24July 24, 1973  
Mask Tinieblas Red Terror Unknown 01982-04-24April 24, 1982  
Hair Tinieblas Super Máquina Mexico City, Mexico 01983-11-13November 13, 1983  
Hair Tinieblas Abdullah Tamba Los Angeles, California 1987  
Mask Tinieblas Médico Asesino Jr. Torreón, Coahuila 01999-04-04April 4, 1999  
Mask Tinieblas El Enfermero 2001 Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua 02001-01-21January 21, 2001 Relevos Suicidas against Máscara Sagrada & Fishman Jr.
Mask Tinieblas Zombie II Ensenada, Baja California 02003-01-24January 24, 2003 finals of a 12 wrestler Ruleta Rusa

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