Super Boy

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Super Boy
Super Boy
Name Super Boy
Real name Sergio Torres
Nicknames Yoyo, Hijo del Moro, Convict,
Name history Super Boy (debut - ), El Espartano (one time deal, 1990), Chamaco Torres (GAME, 1994), León Guerrero (M-Pro, 94 - 95), The Convict (M-Pro, 07/95 - ), Ball Rei (M-Pro, 2000 - )
Family El Moro (father), Capitán Oro and Príncipe Hindú (brothers), Super Boy Jr. (California), Principe Indu Jr. Legacy (sons)
Maestro(s) Gil Arellano, Avispón Negro
Birth date, location August 16, 1968 - Guadalajara, Jalisco
Obituary date
Debut, location December 1987 - Arena San Bernardino - San Bernardino, CA
Lost mask to
Height 5'7"/169 cms
Weight 260 lbs/118 kg
Signature moves Moonsault, Asai Moonsault, Senton, Tope Suicida, Tope Atomico
Titles: WWA World Middleweight Title, Los Angeles: GAME Light Heavyweight Title


Biography

Super Boy is the younger wrestling son of long-time Los Angeles luchador and promoter, the now deceased Jesús Torres, better known as El Moro. He was born on August 16, 1968 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, but he lived in California since age two as in 1971 the Torres family moved to Los Angeles.

He grew up watching his father and his brothers Principe Hindú (Hindu Prince) and Capitán Oro (Golden Captain) wrestle matches at local arenas and especially at Hadco Plaza, an old dance club that became one of the most important lucha buildings in Los Angeles until it was sold in 1985. When he was a little three years old kid, he'd enter the ring during the intermissions and do cartwheels, while the people would say "oh how cute" and throw him money!

At the young age of eight he was taught basic amateur wrestling and a few shooting moves by a local wrestler called Avispón Negro (The Black Hornet) , and when he was old enough he went to Gil's gym to get properly trained by the most reconigzable lucha trainer in California, Gil Arellano.

For those that have never heard about Gil Arellano, he was the owner of Gil's Gym - an auto repair garage that after the daily routine turned into a little wrestling gym, as the supply room was filled with a ring, a small dressing room and a shower.

Maybe the place wasn't the best one, but Gil was a very good teacher, so Super Boy made his professional debut in December of 1987, teaming with Niño Asesino to lose to Los KKK (two local guys with a Ku Klux Klan gimmick) in San Bernardino, CA.

His first successful run was in 1989 when former wrestler Red Bastien started the short-lived WIN promotion using Tijuana and California talent. Thanks to the TV tapings, he gained an instant underground following as he amazed the fans by flying his stocky flame around the ring with ease. Bastien's promotion didn't last a lot though, as he burned bridges by giving the wrestlers cheques payable to "Super Boy" or to "Capitán Oro" instead of their real names.

But his first claim to stardom was when on July of 1993 he was contacted by Great Sasuke's Michinoku Pro of Japan. Wally Yamaguchi (who back then was helping book M-Pro) contacted David Meltzer (of Wrestling Observer fame) so he'd recommend him a few lucha style wrestlers from the area. Meltzer gave him the phone number of local wrestler Vandal Drummond (Kurt Brown) and through him, Super Boy got booked for his first Japan tour along with Piloto Suicida and Mercurio. When Super Boy was told about this, he thought this was a prank by one of the boys as in the past none of the locals had ever had the oportunity to go to Japan, and that almost cost him the tour because he didn't work on his passport and other documents until the last minute! A month later he wrestled for Sasuke and everybody at the office was so surprised with his awesome ability to fly considering his body size, that from then on he returned more than a dozen times.

Back in Los Angeles, the 28th of that same month he had the chance to participate in one of AAA's cards, this one called "La Revancha". To save money, AAA only sent wrestlers enough to have four matches, and since they were going to draw the same, instead of flying the usual undercarders they used local talent to wrestle the first two matches. That night Super Boy scored a win in the opener against Thunder Machine before a crowd of almost 17,000.

A few months later Super Boy had the chance to wrestle two more matches during AAA California tours. In the first one, held in Los Angeles on November 12, he teamed with brother Capitan Oro to do the job to the team of Louie Spicolli and Vandal Drummond. The following day he was in San José teaming with Super Boy and Millenium and they lost to Escorpión Mortal, Louie Spicolli and El Psicópata (Mando Guerrero).

Seeing the huge success of AAA's tours, CMLL tried their luck in California a year later. A ton of factors (ranging from bad promoting to lack of hot feuds, meaningful matches and star power) made the tours a total flop. CMLL used the same AAA formula of not flying the undercard talent to save costs, but the difference is that they filled the midcard with locals too. Either way, on May 28, Super Boy teamed with Panico and Capitán Oro to defeat Piloto, Mercurio and Jalisco #1 at L.A.'s Olympic Auditorium, and two months later, on July 9, he teamed at the same building with brothers Capitán Oro and Principe Hindú to go over Metálico, Cosmos and Volcano Kid.

Also in 1994, Super Boy wrestled for the pseudo-shoot promotion GAME (Great American Mat Endeavours) as the unmasked "Chamaco" Torres.

In July of 1995, Michinoku Pro celebrated its first ever Masked Man World League Tournament where Super Boy competed as... The Convict! The Convict is a funny comedy character that was one of Tiger Mask's nemesis in the comic series. Wearing a stripped full body suit and a matching mask, thanks to his natural charisma this new character became an instant hit and it wasn't dropped like all the other masked man gimmicks that were especially created for that event. As a side note, the tour before that one he wrestled as León Guerrero (Lion Warrior).

Other than those names already mentioned, he also wrestled in 1990 as El Espartano (not his idea) but it was a one time deal for a small California promotion.

On August 17, El Pantera defeated Naohiro Hoshikawa in a match for the WWA Middleweight title that Great Sasuke vacated after his infamous skull injury, but Pantera got injured during the match and immediately vacated the title. So six days later, in Gosen, Niigata, and in a very unexpected way, Super Boy found himself wrestling Hoshikawa in a match for the vacant WWA belt. Super Boy won the match and the title was back where it belonged - as Sasuke actually won the title defeating Piloto Suicida, who brought the belt from Mexico.

In June of 1997, "El Moro" started to promote local cards again, and booked a few shows where Super Boy main evented in a series of single matches against his archenemy Piloto Suicida.

Super Boy returned to Japan on August, and the 24th of that month he had what is perhaps his most popular match ever, the ladder match against Great Sasuke. Even though both wrestlers are excellent and have proved to work together really well, they didn't click on this match, and the only memorable (for lack of a better term) thing about it is that Super Boy totally mistimed a moonsault off the ladder spot and landed directly on his shoulder in a very nasty way, in fact he was lucky that he didn't break his neck there.

On October 10, 1997, The Convict character returned at one of Michinoku Pro's biggest events ever, celebrated at Tokyo's Sumo Hall. He teamed with Chris Candido to lose to the great team of Tiger Mask IV and Gran Hamada.

A few days later, now back as Super Boy, he became a member of M-Pro's KAIENTAI*DX rudo stable after one of the original members (TAKA Michinoku) left to the WWF. From late October to early November he participated in the promotion's annual Tag Team (round robin) tournament teaming with the promotion's best and most over heel, Dick Togo, and both delivered very good to excellent matches against the teams of Naohiro Hoshikawa and Masato Yakushiji, MEN's Teio and Shoichi Funaki and Great Sasuke and Super Delfin, even though they didn't win the tournament.

He had a new opportunity to win a major title on July 30, 1998. Almost a year after Shinjiro Otani vacated the UWA Junior Light Heavyweight title, Super Boy, this time as the Convict lost against Gran Hamada in a match for the vacant strap.

By the end of the year (November 22) WPW had a one night tournament to crown the new WPW Tag Team Champions. SB teamed with Capitan Oro in the tournament. They defeated Los Locos Rojos (Rage & Fury) in the first round and Infierno and Profeta in the semifinals, but lost the final match to El Cholo and Adventure after Super Boy accidentally top rope dropkicked his brother. Capitán turned on his brother and Profeta ran in and helped him beat Super Boy up until the tournament winners jumped back in the ring to make the save, marking this the tecnico turn of Super Boy. In fact during many cards he got more cheers and better pops than his tecnico opponents so it made sense to have him turn babybace.

A couple of weeks later, on December 6, he teamed with the legendary duo of Atlantis and Lizmark to face The Head Hunters and Capitán Oro, and lost the match after his brother fouled him for the win on the third fall.

On January 25, 1999 Super Boy made his World Championship Wrestling debut in a Waco, TX, Monday Nitro dark match in which he teamed with Felino and lost to the team of Blitzkrieg and Venum Black. Two days later he also participated in the first, and last, taping of the promotion's lucha libre TV show project called "WCW Lucha Festiva", also held in Waco. He teamed with Felino and Villano V to lose against the team of Super Kendo, Silver King and Venum Black.

From July to August he participated in Michinoku's World League Masked Man tournament again, and around that time he also aligned himself with Crazy MAX (Shiima Nobunaga, Sumo Fuji and Judo Suwa) and Curry Man (Chris Daniels) to form one of the weidest and coolest stables ever in wrestling: Super Curry MAX!

Up to this date Super Boy spends most of his time back and forth between Southern California (El Genio's WPW, FMLL, Revolution Pro and Rob Black's XPW among others) and the North Eastern region of Japan, with regular stops in Tijuana where he competes for Promociones Baja California, run by Caballón García.

Some of Super Boy's best opponents lately have been Rising Son (who he's carried to very good matches), Solar I (his Tijuana opponent) and of course his opponent of all life, Piloto Suicida. When Super Boy and Piloto are on a card against each other, it's worth the admission price alone. They train together and know each other to perfection and always have excellent performances against each other.

It's not surprising that Super Boy has got quite a cult following on the internet, as ever since his debut he has always had strong underground groups of fans. As a final note, Super Boy may be small in height, but he sure is as tough as they come (ask Abismo Negro).


Luchas de apuestas record

Date Apuesta Winner(s) Loser(s) Arena and/or Place
93/04/10 mask Super Boy Lince Boys and Girls Club - Pomona, California, USA


Gallery

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on far right as Ball Rei in Michinoku Pro