Solar is often known as “El Maestro”(“teacher” or “master”). He is the master of a classic wrestling technique that is rooted in holds and clinches but he also has a mastery of a more acrobatic style of wrestling. Solar was born in the state of Jalisco in the town of Zacoalco de Torres into a boyhood of rural poverty. After his family moved to Guadalajara, Solar went with a cousin to see lucha libre for the first time. He has said that, “with lucha libre, it was love at first sight.” He trained under the best lucha libre teachers of the era including El Diablo Velasco and Rene Guajardo. He has wrestled with, and against, the greatest wrestlers that have ever stepped into the ring including El Santo, Lou Thesz, El Solitario and Angel Blanco. Solar is well known for being a member of the famous tag team called, “Los Cadetes del Espacio” where he wrestled alongside Super Astro and Ultraman. Solar has been a solo champion on numerous occasions including winning NWA’s Middleweight Championship, being awarded the belt by Lou Thesz himself. A favourite of Japanese promoters and fans, Solar travels regularly to Japan to wrestle. In his fourth decade as a wrestler, Solar continues to be active and to wrestle alongside the best wrestlers that the sport has to offer.
Photo by Cuauhtemoc Garcia. Courtesy of Echo Park Films, Inc.