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Dos Caras, Jr.
Ring name(s) Alberto Banderas[1]
El Dorado
Dos
Dos Caras, Jr.
El Hijo de Dos Caras
Billed height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)[2]
Billed weight 96 kg (210 lb; 15.1 st)[3]
Born May 25, 1977 (1977-05-25) (age 32)[4]
San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí[3]
Billed from Mexico City, Mexico
Trained by Leonel Kolesni (Greco-Roman wrestling)
Juan Fernández (Greco-Roman wrestling)
Dos Caras (Professional wrestling)[5]
Marco Ruas (MMA)
Debut 02000-09-16 September 16, 2000[5]

Alberto Rodriguez (born May 25, 1977) is a Luchador enmascarado (Spanish for masked professional wrestler) and mixed martial artist who has worked primarily in Mexico and Japan. While he has appeared for various mixed martial arts (MMA) promotions he's mostly known for his work as a professional wrestler in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). On June 17, 2009 it was announced that Dos Caras, Jr. had signed a three-year contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he wrestles in its developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling as Alberto Banderas.[6]

Dos Caras, Jr. is the son of Luchador Dos Caras, the nephew of Mil Mascaras and Sicodelico and the cousin of Sicodelico, Jr. and Hijo de Sicodelico, making him part of one of the most well known Mexican wrestling families to date. His name translates as Two Faces, Junior, after his father Dos Caras, or "Two Faces" and refers to the symbol of a double headed eagle on his mask.

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Biography

Born in San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico, the son of Luchador Dos Caras, his real name is not officially documented as per luchador tradition; only his last name "Rodriguez" is known, as Dos Caras, Sr's name is a matter of public record (Jose Luis Rodriguez). Dos graduated from Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi where he earned a degree in architecture.[4][7] Growing up in a family of wrestlers Dos Caras, Jr. decided to take up Greco-Roman wrestling, training under Leonel Kolesni and Juan Fernández.[7] He earned a place on the Mexican national team in Greco-Roman wrestling and while competing on the national team obtained several accomplishments. In 1997 he placed third at the World Junior Championships, in the Czech Republic. He also won the Central American and Caribbean Games in his weight division three times and won a medal at the Pan American Games. Dos Caras, Jr. was on track to compete at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, but due to lack of funding and support Mexico did not send a wrestling team that year.[4]

Professional wrestling career

Asistencia Asesoría y Administración

After not competing at the 2000 Olympic games Dos Caras, Jr. turned to the "family business", and trained with his father to become a professional wrestler. Junior made his debut appearance on May 9 of 2000 as he ran in during an Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) show to save his father from a beat down from El Texano, Pirata Morgan and Espectro, Jr. with the storyline being that he was there to defend his father.[7] After making follow up TV show appearances Dos Caras, Jr. did not make his in ring debut until September 16 of that year as he teamed with Sangre Chicana, El Alebrije and La Parka, Jr. to defeat the team of El Texano, Pirata Morgan, Espectro, Jr. & El Cobarde, collectively known as "Los Consagrados" at AAA's fall event Verano de Escandalo[8] After his debut Dos Caras, Jr. would travel to Japan to compete as well, making his Japanese debut on October 11, 2000 teaming with his father to defeat the team of El Azteca and Chiba.[7] Junior continued his AAA storyline with Los Consagrados, teaming with Octagón, La Parka, Jr. and Hong Kong Lee to defeat Los Consagrados by disqualification.[9] Over the next couple of years Dos Caras, Jr. would work both in Mexico and Japan to gain experience in the ring. In Mexico he worked exclusively for AAA making appearances at shows such as the 2002 Verano de Escandalo, where he teamed with Gronda and El Hijo del Solitario to defeat the trio of Pirata Morgan, Sangre Chicana and El Brazo.[10]

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre

In 2005 Dos Caras, Jr. was signed to a contract with Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), the world's oldest wrestling company. In his first test in the company Dos Caras Jr. competed in the 2005 "La Copa Junior" but the storyline of the tournament saw him defeated in the semi final by Dr. Wagner, Jr..[11] Junior's advancement to the semi-final of the cup, mere months after signing with the company was an indicator that the bookers were interested in elevating him up the rankings, this was further supported when he received shots at the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship and the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship inside a three week period.[12][13] On March 31, 2006 Dos Caras, Jr. defeated Héctor Garza to win the 2006 La Copa Junior, on his way to the finals Dos overcame Heavy Metal, Apolo Dantes and the man that defeated him the year before, Dr. Wagner Jr.[14] While working in Japan Dos Caras, Jr. had taken to teaming with another second generation wrestler Lizmark, Jr. and when both found themselves in CMLL they were teamed up once again with the team's "famous fathers" being the selling point. Over the next year Caras found himself without much direction, he worked storylines with Ultimo Guerrero and Kenzo Suzuki but nothing long term came of it. Dos Caras, Jr. had received two opportunities to challenge Universo 2000 for the CMLL World Heavyweight title but had come up short, in his third attempt Dos Caras, Jr. defeated Universo 2000 and won the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship on July 8, 2007.[12] While in wrestling promotions outside of Mexico the Heavyweight title would indicate that he was the top man in the federation, Mexican wrestling promotions tend to put more emphasis on the lower weight divisions over the heavyweights.[15]

Dos Caras, Jr.'s run with the CMLL World Heavyweight championship remained largely uneventful with only 4 title defenses in the 533 days that he held the Championship.[12] After defending against Lizmark, Jr. and former champion Universo 2000 in 2007 it would be 9 months before his next defense.[12] By the fall of 2008 a story broke that Dos Caras, Jr. had wrestled a dark match for the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and that they had offered Dos Caras, Jr. a contract.[16] Over the following months conflicting reports of whether Dos Caras, Jr. had signed or not arose, the biggest sign of Dos Caras, Jr. not signing was that he was still the CMLL World Heavyweight Champion. When Dos Caras, Jr. lost the title to Último Guerrero it was believed that he had indeed signed with the WWE.[12] Caras was even rumored to be a surprise participant in the 2009 Royal Rumble, but in the end Caras turned down the contract and remained with CMLL, Caras stated that he signed a 4 year deal and chose CMLL because they offered him a better deal than the WWE.[17]

Turning rudo

Through out his entire career Dos Caras, Jr. has always played the "Técnico" (face or good guy), but after the contract dealings with the WWE ended Dos Caras, Jr. began showing signs of turning "Rudo" (Heel or bad guy) as he would turn his attention away from the matches and instead try to win the approval of the fans, often costing his team the match because he was distracted. Caras, Jr. himself explained this behavior by stating that he "hurt his shoulder, but bravely stayed in the arena".[18] After hinting at a turn for weeks Dos Caras, Jr. finally turned Rúdo on April 11, 2009, the first member of the Rodriguez family to be a Rúdo.[19] After turning Rúdo Dos Caras, Jr. has been working a storyline with José Luis Jair Soria.

World Wrestling Entertainment

June 17, 2009 Dos Caras, Jr. confirmed that he had signed a three-year contract with WWE, stating that he would not have to go to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW, the WWE's developmental territory) but would go directly to the main roster. Furthermore he would retain the rights to his name, mask and image but allow the WWE to use it for promotional purporses while he is under contract with them. He agreed to the contract since it addressed the main reasons why he turned down the WWE's offer in January 2009.[6] Dos Caras Jr. had a match with Kris Logan at FCW which he lost and was announced simply as "Dos", despite what was originally stated about him not going to FCW.[20] Then at the August 6, 2009 FCW taping Dos Caras, Jr. had a new gimmick and unmasked as Alberto Banderas during a segment on Abraham Washington show.[1]

Mixed martial arts

Dos Caras, Jr.
Born May 25, 1977 (1977-05-25) (age 32)
San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
Nationality Mexican
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)[2]
Weight 96 kg (210 lb; 15.1 st)[3]
Style Professional wrestling
Fighting out of San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
MMA record
Total 12
Wins 8
By knockout 1
By submission 7
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

After making his professional wrestling debut in 2000, Dos Caras, Jr. decided to try his hand at mixed martial arts (MMA). After training with MMA fighter and trainer Marco Ruas, Caras, Jr. made his debut for Japanse MMA organisation Deep.[4] In his first match he demonstrated his professional wrestling background by executing a Belly to belly suplex on opponent Kengo Watanabe, a move that broke Watanabe's arm to end the match.[21] In Caras, Jr.'s second match he lost to Watanabe by submission in the second round.[21]

In 2003 Japanse MMA organization Pride Fighting Championships put out an open challenge for anyone to face their top star Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović in a match. Over 50 competitors stepped forward, including a couple of Japanse professional wrestlers, out of the group Dos Caras, Jr. was chosen since he had an MMA background and also a "name" due to his and his father's association with professional wrestling. Pride rules were amended to allow Dos Caras, Jr. to wear his signature mask in the match against Filipović.[22] On October 5, 2003 Dos Caras, Jr. faced Cro Cop with his father, Dos Caras, and his cousin, Sicodelico, Jr. in his corner. The match lasted 46 seconds before Filipović hit Dos Caras, Jr. with one of his signature moves, the left high kick, and knocked him out.[23] Following the quick loss Dos Caras, Jr. has competed in six further MMA matches, losing only once and winning his last five, the latest in December 2009.[21]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • PWI ranked him # 73 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI 500 in 2008.

Luchas de Apuestas record

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Mask Dos Caras Jr. Darketo Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico 02003-03-06 March 6, 2003 [7]

MMA record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
Win 8-4 Toshiyuki Moriya Submission (neck crank) COC I - Cage of Combat I 02009-12-26 December 26, 2009 1 3:17 Veracruz, Mexico[21]
Win 7-4 Ignacio Laguna Submission (rear naked choke) Berkman MMA Promotions I 02008-12-15 December 15, 2008 2 2:36 Mexico City, Mexico[21]
Win 6-4 Hato Kiyoshi Submission (rear naked choke) MMA Xtreme 17 02007-12-15 December 15, 2007 2 2:31 Honduras[21]
Win 5-4 Joao Tua Submission (guillotine choke) MMA Xtreme 14 02007-10-13 October 13, 2007 1 2:41 Honduras[21]
Win 4-4 George King Submission (rear naked choke) VFX: Vale Tudo
Fighters Mexico
02007-05-27 May 27, 2007 1 4:00 Tláhuac, Mexico[21]
Loss 3-4 Kazuhiro Nakamura Decision (unanimous) Pride 27: Inferno 02004-02-01 February 1, 2004 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan[21]
Loss 3-3 Mirko Filipović KO (head kick) Pride Bushido 1 02003-10-05 October 5, 2003 1 0:46 Saitama, Japan[21]
Win 3-2 Brad Kohler Submission (shoulder injury) Deep: 12th Impact 02003-09-15 September 15, 2003 1 1:25 Tokyo, Japan[21]
Loss 2-2 Hiroyuki Ito DQ (grabbing the ropes) Deep: 9th Impact 02003-05-05 May 5, 2003 1 3:21 Tokyo, Japan[21]
Win 2-1 Tatsuaki Nakano Submission (rear naked choke) Deep: 6th Impact 02002-09-07 September 7, 2002 1 4:05 Tokyo, Japan[21]
Loss 1-1 Kengo Watanabe Submission (rear naked choke) Deep: 4th Impact 02002-03-30 March 30, 2002 2 3:52 Nagoya, Japan[21]
Win 1-0 Kengo Watanabe TKO (broken arm, due to belly to belly suplex) Deep: 2nd Impact 02001-08-18 August 18, 2001 1 0:50 Yokohama, Japan[21]

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