Brazo de Plata
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Brazo de Plata in 2009
Birth nameJosé Luis Alvarado Nieves
Born(1963-03-19)March 19, 1963[1]
Mexico City, Mexico
DiedJuly 26, 2021(2021-07-26) (aged 58)
Mexico City, Mexico
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)
  • Brazo de Plata
  • Elvis Porky
  • Super Porky
Billed height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Billed weight135 kg (298 lb; 21.3 st)
Trained by
DebutJanuary 21, 1977
Retired2016

José Luis Alvarado Nieves (March 19, 1963 – July 26, 2021) was a Mexican luchador best known under the ring name Brazo de Plata, a name he had used since his debut in 1977. He is also well known for his appearances in WWE as Super Porky. Alvarado was a member of the Alvarado wrestling family which includes his father Shadito Cruz, five brothers who used the "Brazo" name at some point and several third-generation wrestlers who have appeared over the last couple of years.

Professional wrestling career

Independent circuit

Early career (1977–1988)

Alvarado made his debut as "Brazo De Plata" (Spanish for "Silver arm"), an Enmascarado (masked wrestler) who worked mainly in tag team matches with his brother who worked as Brazo de Oro ("Gold arm") and in trios action with another brother known simply as El Brazo ("the arm").[2] Los Brazos, as they were billed, wrestled all over Mexico and made appearances for the Los Angeles based NWA Hollywood Wrestling. While working for NWA Hollywood Wrestling, Plata and Oro won the NWA Americas Tag Team Championship from Chino Chou and the Kiss on November 7, 1981.[3] The brothers were also last holders of the Los Angeles version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship in 1982.[4]

Losing the masks (1988–1990)

Over the years Brazo de Plata and his brothers competed in a large number of Luchas de Apuestas ("Bet fights") where they put their masks or hair on the line against their opponents. Los Brazos' most famous Luchas de Apuestas occurred on October 21, 1988, when Brazo de Plata, Brazo de Oro, and El Brazo all placed their masks on the line in a match against another well known Lucha libre family, Los Villanos, in this case Villano I, Villano IV and Villano V. The match was the culmination of a long feud (storyline) between the two families and saw all six wrestlers bleed profusely during the bout. In the end Los Villanos won the match, forcing all three Brazos to unmask and reveal their real names as is tradition in these types of matches.[2] Despite losing their masks Los Brazos remained successful in the ring, winning various tag team and trios titles, such as the UWA World Tag Team Championship,[5] UWA World Trios Championship,[6] WWA World Tag Team Championship[7] and the WWA World Trios Championship.[1][8]

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (1985–2005)

Alvarado debuted for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in 1985. By the 1990s Los Brazos worked primarily for CMLL, where Plato, Oro and El Brazo won the CMLL World Trios Championship from Los Infernales (Pirata Morgan, Satánico and MS-1) on April 6, 1993. Los Brazos lost the titles to Dr. Wagner Jr., Gran Markus Jr. and El Hijo del Gladiador.[9] 1993 also saw Brazo de Plata get the biggest singles win of his career as he defeated Black Magic for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship, a title he would hold over a year.[10]

As the years wore on and Brazo de Plata's waistline expanded he found himself working a more comedic style, often seen as a specialty act. During this time period he was nicknamed "Super Porky" in reference to his weight gain, a nickname Brazo de Plata seemed to embrace.

World Wrestling Entertainment

Juniors division (2005–2006)

Plata was hired by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2005 as part of the SmackDown! brand's short-lived Juniors Division. Plata was billed as "Super Porky" and paired up with the minis of the Juniors division. Brazo de Plata's appearances played for comedy and no real in-ring appearances came of it before the entire Juniors division concept was ended in March 2006 and all the workers in the division were released.

Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (2006–2009)

Alvarado in CMLL as "Rotoporky" Brazo de Plata
Alvarado in CMLL as "Rotoporky" Brazo de Plata

After having worked for many years for CMLL Brazo de Plata jumped to its rival promotion Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA) making one of his first appearances at AAA's annual Verano de Escandalo show. Almost from the start Brazo de Plata began working a storyline with "Los Guapos VIP" a stable of wrestlers obsessed with their good looks, the polar opposite of the fun loving, overweight Brazo de Plata. At Verano de Escándalo, Brazo de Plata, Intocable, El Oriental and El Zorro lost to the team of Alan Stone, Hator, Scorpio Jr., and Zumbido.[11] At the following featured show, Guerrera de Titanes 2006, Brazo de Plata had his hair shaved off as he lost a Dog collar chain match to Alan Stone and Scorpio Jr.[12] The storyline with Los Guapos VIP continued throughout 2007 and into 2008 where it saw a surprising turn. Brazo de Plata's brother El Brazo jumped to AAA and attacked his own brother, taking the (storyline) control of the Los Guapos VIP group. The storyline fight of the two brothers came to a crescendo at Guerrera de Titanes 2008, where they faced off in a steel cage match where the loser would have his hair shaved off. El Brazo lost and had his hair shaved to put at least a temporary end to the storyline.[13]

He left AAA in March 2009, with his last appearance being March 15 at the Plaza Nuevo Progreso in Guadalajara, Jalisco, losing to La Parka in a semi-final of the Reyes de Reyes Tournament, also featuring Escoria and Kenzo Suzuki.

Return to the independent circuit (2009–2016)

After leaving AAA, Plata began working independent dates throughout the country as well as wrestling regularly for the International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG), Perros del Mal Producciones (PdM), and his former home promotion CMLL. He wrestled his last match in 2016.

Death

On July 26, 2021, Nieves died at the age of 58; his cause of death was a heart attack. According to his son, wrestler Psycho Clown, his father's girlfriend called him to tell him he was not breathing. Psycho Clown arrived at his father's house and performed CPR, to no success.[14]

Alvarado family

Main article: Alvarado wrestling family

The Alvarado wrestling family spans three generations starting with Shadito Cruz followed by his 6 sons and a third-generation who have begun wrestling in recent years. José Alvarado has 5 children who have all followed in his footsteps, his sons José (working as Máximo), Psycho Clown and Magia Jr. and his two daughters Danah and Gloria Alvarado Nava, who wrestles as Goya Kong.[2][15]

† = deceased

Shadito CruzAna Nieves †
Lady ApacheBrazo de OroEl BrazoBrazo de Plata †Brazo CibernéticoBrazo de PlatinoSuper BrazoLa Alimaña
AramísLa MáscaraEl Brazo Jr.MáximoRobinSuper Brazo Jr.
Psycho ClownIndia SiouxBrazo Cibernético II
Carta Brava Jr.Goya Kong
Danah

Championships and accomplishments

Luchas de Apuestas record

See also: Luchas de Apuestas

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Brazo de Plata (mask) Tony Grimaldo (hair) N/A Live event N/A [1]
Brazo de Plata (mask) Anfibius (hair) N/A Live event N/A [1]
Brazo de Plata (mask) Astral[a] (mask) N/A Live event N/A [1]
Los Brazos (masks)
(Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata)
Los Migra (masks)
(Migra I and Migra II)
N/A Live event 1978  
Brazo de Plata (mask) Lobo del Ring (mask) N/A Live event December 18, 1978 [1]
Los Brazoz (masks)
(Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata)
Danny Grimaldo and Tauro (hair) Naucalpan, Mexico State Live event February 21, 1979  
Los Brazos (mask)
(Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata)
Los Wrestling (masks)
(Wrestling I and Wrestling II)
Mexico City Live event July 12, 1981 [1][28]
Los Brazoz (masks)
(Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata)
Enfermero II and Flama Azul (masks) Mexico City Live event August 22, 1982 [b][1]
Los Brazoz (masks)
(El Brazo and Brazo de Plata)
Los Corsarios (masks)
(Corsario I and Corsario II)
Mexico City UWA live event August 3, 1985 [29]
Los Villanos (masks)
(Villano I, Villano IV and Villano V)
Los Brazos (masks)
(Brazo de Oro, Brazo de Plata and El Brazo)
Monterrey, Nuevo León Live event October 21, 1988 [30]
Emilio Charles Jr. (hair) Brazo de Plata (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event N/A  
Los Brazoz (hair)
(El Brazo and Brazo de Plata)
El Verdugo and Hombre Bala (hair) Mexico City Live event November 17, 1989  
Ringo Mendoza (hair) Brazo de Plata (hair) N/A Live event N/A  
Salomon Grundy (hair) Brazo de Plata (hair) N/A Live event N/A  
Brazo de Plata (hair) Asesino Negro (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event 1990  
Brazo de Plata (hair) Aaron Grundy (hair) Mexico City Live event December 15, 1992 [1]
Brazo de Plata (hair) Rambo (hair) Mexico City Live event December 1996  
Brazo de Plata (hair) Mano Negra (hair) Mexico City Live event April 15, 1997 [1]
Brazo de Plata (hair) Bestia Negra I (hair) Mexico City Live event April 24, 1998 [1]
Brazo de Plata (hair) Gran Markus Jr. (hair) Mexico City Live event May 29, 1998 [1]
Máscara Año 2000 (mask) Brazo de Plata (hair) Mexico City Live event August 7, 1998 [1]
Brazo de Plata (hair) Bestia Negra III (hair) Mexico City Live event December 19, 1998  
Brazo de Plata (hair) Sensei Akira (mask) Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Live event March 29, 1999  
Brazo de Plata (hair) Apolo Dantés (hair) Mexico City Live event November 26, 1999 [c][1]
Pierroth Jr. (hair) Brazo de Plata (hair) Mexico City Live event December 3, 1999  
Brazo de Plata (hair) Bestia Negra III (hair) Cuernavaca, Morelos Live event May 4, 2000 [d]
El Felino (mask) Brazo de Plata (hair) Tijuana, Baja California Live event June 23, 2000 [e][31]
Tarzan Boy (hair) Brazo de Plata (hair) Mexico City CMLL Sin Piedad 2001 December 14, 2001 [32]
Villano III (hair) Brazo de Plata (hair) Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico State Live event September 16, 2002 [33]
Pierroth Jr. (hair) Brazo de Plata (hair) Cuernavaca, Morelos Live event July 31, 2003  
Brazo de Plata (hair) Asesino Negro (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event June 6, 2004  
Halloween (hair) Brazo de Plata (hair) Tijuana, Baja California Live event June 25, 2004  
Brazo de Plata (hair) Asesino Negro (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event January 17, 2006  
Scorpio Jr. (hair) Brazo de Plata (hair) Ciudad Madero Guerra de Tianes December 8, 2006 [f][12]
Brazo de Plata (hair) Asesino Negro (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event May 26, 2010 [34]
La Fuerza TRT (hair)
(El Texano Jr. and El Terrible)
La Dinastia Alvarado (hair)
(Brazo de Plata and Máximo)
Mexico City Homenaje a Dos Leyendas March 18, 2011 [35]
Rey Escorpión (hair) Brazo de Plata (hair) Mexico City Super Viernes August 18, 2013 [36]

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
1 match 0 wins 1 loss
By knockout 0 0
By submission 0 1
By decision 0 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Takumi Yano Submission (heel hook) Deep - 9th Impact May 5, 2003 2 0:24 Tokyo, Japan [37]

Notes

  1. ^ >Not the current wrestler known as Astral
  2. ^ This was the finals of a 24-man "Loser advances" tournament.
  3. ^ This was a triangle match that also included Pierroth Jr.
  4. ^ Los Brazos (Brazo de Oro, Brazo de Plata, Brazo de Oro Jr.) defeated Bestias Negras (I, II and III) III was pinned so he lost his hair.
  5. ^ Relevos suicidas match; El Hijo del Santo and Pierroth Jr. defeated El Felino and Brazo de Plata.
  6. ^ This was a four-way match that also included Alan Stone and El Intocable

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