Very few people have left a significant mark in the history of Lucha Libre, and even among those selected few, nobody can even begin to compare the deep mark left by Antonio Peña.
The man who gave birth and shape to the AAA as we know it today, the father of most of the ideas that have defined the industry for the last 25 years, an endless source of ideas for characters and styles; In short, undoubtedly one of the greatest men in the story of this sport.
But before he became a directive and creative chief in the industry, he had a prolific career as a wrestler, under the guise of the first Espectro Jr. (This due to his close family ties with Antonio Hernández, the original Espectro), but also under other names, such as Espectro de Ultratumba. His brilliant mind also gave birth to other significant characters, such as Kahoz, a name that he also used for a time.
After his retirement, still at a very young age, he worked tirelessly to incorporate new ideas into the sport, and gave birth to numerous characters, many of them among the most famous wrestlers of the late 80’s and early 90’s, such as Octagón, Máscara Sagrada, La Parka, Konnan and Vampiro Canadiense, to name a few. Among the innovations he brought into the sport, names for signature moves and matches like the Caged Match, the lumberjack, the bullterrier match, and many others, can be named.
His longtime rivalry with wrestler Cibernético became part of this sport’s history. Noticeably, Cibernético left the AAA industry to create a rival company, the LLL;
Antonio Peña also was the mastermind behind the Triplemanía championship, whose first edition in 1993, celebrated at the famous Plaza de Toros México, was a complete sold out. In 2001 he came back from retirement and into the ring to face his longtime archnemesis, Cibernético, for the last time in his professional career as a wrestler.
His career in the wrestling business was one marked with nothing but success. He was well known among the people surrounding him for his kindness and for his generous heart. Every person who knew him can asses to his noble spirit.
Even after his regrettable passing in October 5th, 2006, the name of Lic. Antonio Peña is still remembered as a legend, and also as the founding father of the lucha libre business, particularly the AAA, which is recognized worldwide today thanks to him.