|Birth name||Ramon Eduardo Rodriguez|
|Born||April 7, 1932|
San Felipe, Venezuela
|Died||February 20, 2013 (aged 80)|
Melbourne, Florida, United States
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Ciclón Negro|
|Billed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Billed weight||250 lb (110 kg)|
Ramon Eduardo Rodriguez (April 7, 1932 – February 20, 2013), better known by the ring name Ciclón Negro (Black Cyclone), was a professional wrestler who was originally from Venezuela. He toured the Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States. He achieved a good amount of popularity and recognition during the 1970s.
Negro was born in San Felipe, Venezuela on April 7, 1932. In his early days he was a welder, an occupation he would return to in later years. At the height of his popularity he was recognized as being one of the best wrestlers of the day. He was also something of a showman and broke boards and objects over his head to show how hard it was. He was successful in the 1970s with his matches against Dory Funk Sr. and Terry Funk.
Professional wrestling career
1950s to 1960s
Negro had a 28-year career that lasted until his retirement in the 1980s. He was also responsible for helping the careers of two wrestlers, Omar Atlas and Mario Milano, the latter who he helped bring to the United States.
He trained as a boxer in his early days. In 1951, he fought Floyd Patterson in the Pan-American Games. Due to his physique and increase in size, he switched to wrestling, becoming a pro wrestler in 1956. He went under the name of Ciclon Venezuelano which in English meant the Venezuelan Cyclone. He had met Omar Atlas in a gym and they became friends. It was Negro who introduced Atlas to wrestling and thus kick started his career. Negro went to Europe in 1958 and over the next six years at various stages, he wrestled in Spain, France, Belgium, England, Germany and Italy.
1970s to 1980s
In 1974, Negro defeated Brute Bernard in New York for the World Brass Knuckles Championship. In 1978, he defeated Dusty Rhodes and took the NWA Florida Heavyweight title. In 1982, he defeated El Monarca and took the NWA Americas Heavyweight title.
Negro died February 20, 2013 at age 80.
Championships and accomplishments
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- American Wrestling Alliance
- AWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with The Masked Terror
- Big Time Wrestling (San Francisco)
- NWA California State Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (San Francisco version) (1 time) – with The Mongolian Stomper
- Capital Sports Promotions
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- International Wrestling Alliance
- Japan Wrestling Association
- Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
- NWA Hollywood Wrestling
- NWA Southwest Sports
- NWA Tri-State
- NWA Western States Sports
- NWA Western States Heavyweight Championship (6 times)
- NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Amarillo version) (3 times)
- NWA International Heavyweight Championship (Amarillo version) (2 times)
- NWA Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- NWA Western States Heavyweight Championship (1 time) – with Karl Von Steiger
- World Championship Wrestling
- "Cyclone Negro Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2017-08-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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- 411mania.com, February 25, 2013 - International Star Ciclon Negro Passes Away - Larry Csonka
- Legends of Pro Wrestling: 150 Years of Headlocks, Body Slams, and Piledrivers, By Tim Hornbaker - Cyclone Negro
- The Post and Courier, Dec 17, 2016 - Pro wrestling great Mario Milano - ‘Australia’s Elvis’ - dies at 81 - By Mike Mooneyham
- Australian Wrestling - Cyclone Negro
- Wrestling-Titles.com - World Brass Knuckles Title
- Online World of Wrestling - Cyclone Negro
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