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Encyclopedia > Tito Santana
Merced Solis
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Ring name(s) Tito Santana
El Matador
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Billed weight 234 lb (106 kg)
Born May 10, 1953 (1953-05-10) (age 54)
Mission, Texas
Resides Roxbury Township, New Jersey
Billed from Toluca, Edomex
Debut 1976
Retired 1996

Merced Solis (born May 10, 1953) better known by his ring name Tito Santana, is a semi-retired Mexican-American professional wrestler whose career spanned from the late 70s to the early 90s. Despite his Mexican heritage, he rarely competed in Lucha Libre promotions, being more accustomed to the American style of professional wrestling. is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mission is a city located in Hidalgo County, Texas. ... Roxbury Township is a township located in Morris County, New Jersey. ... This article is about a city in Mexico. ... The United Mexican States, or Mexico, is a federal republic, comprising 31 states. ... is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Mexican Americans are citizens of the United States of Mexican descent. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... One of the most well known Lucha Libre wrestlers (luchadores), Rey Mysterio. ...

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Career

NWA (1976)/AWA (1977-1979)/World Wrestling Federation (1979-1993)

He worked briefly in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and the American Wrestling Association (AWA), but gained his fame by wrestling in the World Wrestling Federation. National Wrestling Alliance logo The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ...


1984

In 1984, he feuded with the Magnificent Don Muraco for the Intercontinental Championship, which he won on February 11 (becoming the first-ever Mexican-American wrestler to have ever won the WWF Intercontinental Championship). He then entered into a feud over the Intercontinental Championship with Greg Valentine. Valentine captured it from Santana in September, 1984 in London, Ontario. Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... A professional wrestling feud is a staged disagreement between two wrestlers or factions of wrestlers over a purported slight or insult. ... Don Muraco (Born Don Morrow on September 10, 1949), also known as The Magnificent Muraco was a Hawaiian professional wrestler in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. ... The WWE Intercontinental Championship belt The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship. ... February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The WWE Intercontinental Championship belt The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship. ... Gregory Shane Wisniski (born September 10, 1950) is an American professional wrestler, better known as Greg The Hammer Valentine. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location of London in relation to Middlesex County and the Province of Ontario Coordinates: Country Canada Province Ontario County Middlesex County Settled 1826 as a village Incorporated 1855 as a city Government  - City Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best  - Governing Body London City Council  - MPs Sue Barnes (LPC) Glen Pearson...


1985-1986

Tito returned at WrestleMania, and in the opening match defeated a masked wrestler known as The Executioner. Tito and Greg Valentine would go on to wrestle a memorable series of singles and tag team matches with neither gaining the upper hand. During these matches they would wrestle in a variety of different type of matches from regular title matches, to no disqualification matches, to lumberjack matches. Official WrestleMania logo WrestleMania is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment since 1985. ... Playboy Buddy Rose (real name - Paul Perschmann) is an American professional wrestler // Trained by Verne Gagne and Billy Robinson in the mid 70s. ...


In July, 1985, Tito Santana regained the Intercontinental Title in a steel cage match in Baltimore. With both men trying to escape the horrors of the cage, Tito over the top and Valentine through the door, it appeared that the champ would retain his title. However with Tito climbing over the cage, he was in a position to kick the door closed into "the Hammer" as he tried to escape, climbing to the floor and winning the match. Valentine proceeded to throw a tantrum and smashed the title belt repeately into the cage, destroying it, which led to the creation of a new belt design that would remain until 1998. Santana held the title for another 7 months before losing it to "Macho Man" Randy Savage in a hard-fought match at the Boston Garden. Savage would win the title by hitting Santana with a foreign object, which would lead to a series of rematches where Savage would intentionally get himself disqualified in order to keep the belt, resulting in a series of no-disqualification matches where Savage barely managed to escape with a win. Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Macho Man Randy Savage on The Weird Al Show. ... The Boston Garden was a famous arena built in 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


1987-1988

In late 1987, Tito Santana formed a tag team with former AWA World Champion Rick Martel named Strike Force. The team quickly won the Tag Team championship from the Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) in October, 1987. They successfully defended it until WrestleMania IV (March 1988) where they lost it to Demolition (Ax & Smash). 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Richard Vigneault (born March 18, 1956) is a Québécois former professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) between 1980 and 1995 under the ring name Rick Martel. ... This article is about the professional wrestler. ... James Henry Jim Neidhart (born August 2, 1956), is a professional wrestler, best known for his appearances in the 1980s and 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation as Jim The Anvil Neidhart. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... WrestleMania IV was the fourth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Demolition was a professional wrestling tag team in the late 80s / early 90s World Wrestling Federation made up of Ax (Bill Eadie), Smash (Barry Darsow), and later Crush (Brian Adams). ...


1989

Due to a neck injury suffered by Martel shortly after WrestleMania, the team was inactive until WrestleMania V in 1989. In a match against the Brain Busters (Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson), Martel turned on Tito during the match, leaving Tito to face both opponents alone. WrestleMania V was the fifth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Tully Blanchard (born January 22, 1954) is a second generation American professional wrestler, best known as one of the Four Horsemen. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


1991-1993

Santana remained a singles wrestler and feuded with Martel for a time. After the Ultimate Warrior won the WWF Championship from Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI (effectively vacating the Intercontinental Title) Santana took part in the tournament to name a new Intercontinental Champion. Santana made it to the finals, and lost to Mr. Perfect. In an attempt to keep his career going, he later adopted a Spanish bullfighter gimmick and the nickname "El Matador" in 1991, which he wrestled under until leaving in 1993. James Brian Hellwig (born 16 June 1962), is an American professional wrestler known by many as The Ultimate Warrior, who legally changed his name to Warrior in 1991. ... Terrence Terry Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... WrestleMania VI was the sixth pay-per-view event, and the first WrestleMania to be held outside of the U.S. It took place on April 1, 1990 from the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with an announced attendance of 67,678. ... Curtis Michael Hennig (March 28, 1958 – February 10, 2003), also known by his ring name Mr. ... Spanish toreo, corrida de toros or tauromaquia; Portuguese corrida de touros or tauromaquia) is a blood sport that involves, most of the times, professional performers (matadores) who execute various formal moves with the goal of appearing graceful and confident, while masterful over the bull itself; these maneuvers are performed at... In professional wrestling, a gimmick is a wrestlers personality, behavior, attire and/or other distinguishing traits while performing. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


Extreme Championship Wrestling (1993)

He won the ECW Championship in August 1993 by defeating Don Muraco but forfeited the championship later that year to Shane Douglas. The Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) World (Heavyweight) Championship is a professional wrestling championship. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Don Muraco (Born Don Morrow on September 10, 1949), also known as The Magnificent Muraco was a Hawaiian professional wrestler in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. ... Troy Shane Martin (born November 21, 1964) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler who is better known by his ring name, Shane Douglas. ...


American Wrestling Federation (1995)

Tito's favorite finisher was the "The Flying Forearm Smash." The move was referred to as "The Mexican Hammer" while he was partnered with Ivan Putski (Putski's finisher was "The Polish Hammer"). It was later called "The Flying Jalapeno" by WWF color man Bobby Heenan (who, at times, also referred to the maneuver as "Extra Hot Paste Picante" and "El Salsa de So-So"), and later referred to mockingly by Jesse Ventura as "The Flying Burrito." By the time Santana wrestled in the AWF, commentators appropriately referred to it as "The Flying Burrito" or simply "The Burrito." Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos on July 15, 1951), also known as The Body, The Star, The Mind, and Governor Body, is an American politician, former professional wrestler, Navy UDT veteran, actor, and former radio and television talk show host. ...


As "El Matador" he added a variation of his forearm smash called "El Paso del Muerte" (translated to English: "The passing of the death")- after punching his opponent in the gut and then raising his arms like a bull's horns, Tito would bounce off the ropes and deliver a flying elbow to the back of his opponent's head.


In 1998, Tito also served as spanish commentator alongside Carlos Cabrera and Hugo Savinovich at WrestleMania XIV in Boston. Carlos Cabrera (born October 18, 1968) is a former newsman and currently one half of the WWE Spanish announcing team in which he is the play-by-play announcer. ... Hugo Savinovich (born February 15, 1959 in Guayaquil, Ecuador) is a former professional wrestler and currently one half of the WWE Spanish announce team where he is the color commentator and his partner is Carlos Cabrera and occasionally Marcelo Rodriguez. ... WrestleMania XIV was the fourteenth WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation, which took place on March 29, 1998 at the FleetCenter in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


Personal life

Solis is now a Spanish teacher at Eisenhower Middle School in Roxbury Township, New Jersey where he lives with his wife Leah and their three sons Matthew, Michael and Mark. He owns Santana's Hair Salon in Succasunna. Roxbury Township is a township located in Morris County, New Jersey. ... Succasunna-Kenvil is a census-designated place located in Morris County, New Jersey. ...


WWE Hall of Fame

In 2004, Tito Santana was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame although he still makes occasional appearances for independent wrestling promotions. shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... WWE Hall of Fame logo, 2004-present. ...


Finishing and signature moves

Attacking maneuvers in the kayfabe of professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold or as a set up for a throw. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Attacking maneuvers in the kayfabe of professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold or as a set up for a throw. ... Rey Mysterio performing one of many aerial techniques to Dvon Dudley Aerial techniques are used in professional wrestling to show of the speed and agility of a wrestler. ... Attacking maneuvers in the kayfabe of professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold or as a set up for a throw. ... Rey Mysterio performing one of many aerial techniques to Dvon Dudley Aerial techniques are used in professional wrestling to show of the speed and agility of a wrestler. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Championships and accomplishments

  • Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame
    • 2007 inductee to the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame

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External links

  • Article on Tito Santana's life as a school teacher, coach, and businessman
  • Official Website of Tito Santana
  • www.TitoSantana.net (Dedicated Fan Site)
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  • Picture of Tito Santana from Chiller 2005

  Results from FactBites:
 
Tito Santana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1079 words)
Tito returned at WrestleMania, and in the opening match defeated a masked wrestler known as The Executioner.
In July, 1985, Tito Santana regained the Intercontinental Title in a steel cage match in Baltimore.
In 2004, Tito Santana was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Tito Santana (1190 words)
Later in the night, Santana competed in a Battle Royal, which was won by Jerry Blackwell.
- WWF Wrestlemania VI ('90) = Santana was pinned by the Barbarian.
Later that night, Santana competed in a "Battle Royal", which was won by the British Bulldog.
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