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 Posted: Sat Jan 19th, 2008 02:49 am
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I found something interesting when looking up some stuff on Francisco Flores.

This was a guy that originally got a push in the WWWF, but he quickly dwindled down to mid-card status. 

I got a couple of questions concerning this guy.

What years was he in the WWWF?

First, after he was in the WWWF for ahile he was used to get heels over.  I remember a TV match in which he was busted wide open, and it seemed sort of unusual for the WWWF to have somebody juicing on TV.  He laid a number on him during that show?  Was it Stan Hansen?

Second, I never knew he was the guy brought in as a bounty hunter by Terry Gordy to take out Michael Hayes.  Gordy claimed that this was a guy that went to a draw with Bruno Samkmartino which was surprising to have Bruno's name dropped on a NWA broadcast.   I sort of remember this angle, but I cannot remember anything about Flores who went by the name of El Toro.  He must have been wearing a mask.

If anybody remembers anything else about this guy, please post.   



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I remember seeing his name in the 9 or 10 position in the Apter mag WWWF rankings once. Ditto a guy named Manuel Soto, and the infamous Sylvano Sousa.

Once I actually saw those guys years later I was shocked that they had merited a ranking at all, even in a fabed magazine.

must ahve been something just done to giv ethe ratings a fresh face. Mostly the names remained the same for lengthy periods, just changed position once in a while.

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Papa already gave the only trivia tidbit I know about the guy. El Toro.

Here he is in 1974 winning a match.

9/4/74 Cherry Hill, NJ
Ivan Putski beat Cpt. Lou Albano
Dominic DeNucci beat Johnny Rodz
Pat Barrett beat Hans Schroeder
Manuel Soto beat Jack Evans
Francisco Flores beat Davey O'Hannon
Stan Lavdas beat the Undertaker dq

9/6/75 NY NY MSG
Handicap match
Bruno Sammartino beat Bugsy McGraw & Lou Albano
Andre the Giant & Francisco Flores drew WWWF Tag Team Champions Blackjack Mulligan & Blackjack Lanza
Ivan Putski beat Baron Mikel Scicluna
Spiros Arion beat Pat Barrett
Waldo Von Erich drew Dominic DeNucci
Haystack Calhoun beat Hans Schroeder
Mike Graham beat Tony Altomare
Manuel Soto beat Johnny Rodz
Pete Sanchez beat Jack Evans
Joyce Grable beat Dottie Downs

Teaming with Andre at MSG. Started off with a decent push.

11/15/75 Philadelphia Arena
Ivan Putski beat Blackjack Mulligan
Tony Parisi & Louis Cerdan beat Tony Altomare & Johnny Rodz 2-0
Kevin Sullivan beat Gene Dundee
Pat McGinnis beat Pete Doherty
Ernie Ladd beat Francisco Flores
Bugsy McGraw beat Pete Sanchez
att: 5,112

Finally beaten by Ernie Ladd after a streak of undercard wins.

He was in the WWWF from 74 to 76. Lost always to the top guys. Beat many of the undercard guys. Had some draws. His undercard feuds appeared to be against Frank Monte and Baron Scicluna.



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A quick search reveals Flores wrestled in JCP, Georgia, Calgary, Houston, Los Angeles, Portland and Dallas.



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khawk wrote: I remember seeing his name in the 9 or 10 position in the Apter mag WWWF rankings once. Ditto a guy named Manuel Soto, and the infamous Sylvano Sousa.

Once I actually saw those guys years later I was shocked that they had merited a ranking at all, even in a fabed magazine.

must ahve been something just done to giv ethe ratings a fresh face. Mostly the names remained the same for lengthy periods, just changed position once in a while.

Soto actually was not that bad during the early 1970's. There was also Roberto Soto. 



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Papa Voo wrote: khawk wrote: I remember seeing his name in the 9 or 10 position in the Apter mag WWWF rankings once. Ditto a guy named Manuel Soto, and the infamous Sylvano Sousa.

Once I actually saw those guys years later I was shocked that they had merited a ranking at all, even in a fabed magazine.

must ahve been something just done to giv ethe ratings a fresh face. Mostly the names remained the same for lengthy periods, just changed position once in a while.

Soto actually was not that bad during the early 1970's. There was also Roberto Soto. 

 

It may have been Roberto that I saw, not Manuel.

 


 



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