Dr. Karonte (Almanza)

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Dr. Karonte
Dr. Karonte
Name Dr. Karonte
Real name Manuel Almanza
Name history Manny Almanza, Simio Almanza, Dr. Karonte
Family Dr. Karonte I (Almanza) (son), Dr. Karonte III? (grandson?)
Birth date, location
Obituary date 1997
Debut, location
Lost mask to
Height 168 cm/5' 6"
Weight 77 kg/170 lb
Signature moves
Titles: Distrito Federal Middleweight Championship, Deportivo Tepito Tag Team Titles (w/Dr. Zeta)


The name of Doctor Karonte was known in the Mexico City area for decades. The name and character were created by the movie scriptwriter Alfredo Ruanova, who in 1960 wrote the script the film Neutrón contra el Doctor Caronte, directed by Federico Curiel and released on February 15, 1963 in Mexico City. Starring Wolf Rubinsky, as Neutrón, while the antagonist Doctor Caronte was played by the actor Claudio Brook.

Sometime later, a Doctor Karonte came up in the Tepito area. Manuel Almanza wrestled in the independent circuit in the Tepito area during 1960s and 1970s and he was a low-card in Arena Coliseo. Leonardo Morgado, promoter of Arena Monumental, had the idea of presenting both, Neutrón and Dr. Karonte in the ring.

During a tour in San Salvador he donned the mask of Dr. Karonte, when he came back, many people thought he was Salvadoran, he was billed like this in magazines. With his new identity gained popularity and won apuestas matches like the mask of Puños de Oro on 1974 at Arena San Juan Pantitlán.

Ironically, there were few encounters between Neutrón vs. Dr. Karonte, because the rudo had a higher status than his archrival, for this reason the on screen rivalry was not seen on the rings.

Almanza had Dr. Karonte II as tag team partner, but there were 3 versions of Dr. Karonte II. This gimmick was portrayed by Chacal de la Rosa, Ben Alí Pasha and Caballero de la Cruz.

When Almanza retired. His adoptive son, (Sergio Almanza) took the mantle of Dr. Karonte Jr. during late 1970 and early 1980s. Almanza's son had two versions of Dr. Karonte II as well, Juan Colorado and El Cholo.

Luchas de apuestas record

Date Apuesta Winner(s) Loser(s) Arena and/or Place
1964.01.04 mask Dr. Karonte El Mongol Salvadoreno San Salvador, El Salvador
1964/04/29[1] hair Dr. Karonte El Greco Oaxaca
1964/06/28[2] hair Dr. Karonte Pedro Rocca Arena San Juan Pantitlán
1974/??/?? mask Dr. Karonte Puños de Oro Arena San Juan Pantitlán
  1. Lucha Libre 29 p23
  2. Lucha Libre 36


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