Averno (wrestler)

Averno (wrestler)

Averno (Hell) (born March 9, 1977), whose birth name is unknown, is a Mexican professional wrestler currently performing for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, where he is the reigning CMLL World Middleweight Champion. His ring name is the Spanish rendering of Avernus, the crater where Aeneas descended into the underworld in Virgil's Aeneid and is most commonly translated as "Hell" in English.


Rencor Latino

He began wrestling in 1995 under the name Rencor Latino (Latin Hostility) after being trained by his father, a former wrestler and referee named Rodolfo Ruiz. He soon started working as an undercarder for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. He won his first mask in 1998 when he defeated Apolo Chino in Arena Coliseo D.F. after a midcard feud. He continued wrestling in the midcard until he was recruited by Satánico in the summer of 2001 to be part of his new Infernales group.


During a televised segment Satánico used his supposed “satanic powers” to turn technico (good guy) Rencor Latino into one of his “minions”, the rudo (bad guy) known as “Averno”. The fact that his previous identity as Rencor Latino was openly acknowledged, has led Averno to sometimes wear a mask where one side is the “Averno side” and the other side is the “Rencor Latino side” as a reference to his previous identity. Satanico and Averno were joined by Mephisto who had previously wrestled as Astro Rey, Jr. The trio feuded with Último Guerrero, Rey Bucanero and Tarzan Boy over the year with Averno and Satánico unsuccessfully challenging Guerrero and Bucanero for their World Tag Team championship in August 2001 when Satánico was disqualified for using a low blow. A month later, Los Infernales defeated Guerrero's group (who were forced to change their name to Los Guerreros del Infierno as a result of this match) in a steel cage match when Máscara Mágica, the fourth member of Los Guerreros, was the last man in the cage, ending the feud for the most part.

In 2002, the trio won the Mexican National Trios Championship in Guadalajara, Jalisco and began feuding with La Familia de Tijuana (Nicho el Millionario, Halloween & Damián 666). The trio lost the title to La Familia in September 2002 but continued feuding into 2003 when Los Infernales and La Familia wrestled a no contest in June. After Nicho stopped appearing for CMLL, Los Infernales won a tournament to become the number one contenders for the CMLL World Trios Championship but lost to the championship team of Black Tiger III, Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Universo 2000 on August 1. At the end of the year, Averno and Mephisto turned on Satánico but there was no major feud afterwards and the pair spent much of the year teaming with Olímpico in midcard matches. In September 2004, Averno defeated Zumbido in a decision match for the vacant NWA World Middleweight Championship. Shortly afterwards, he was starting to get pushed as a foil to the up-and-coming Místico and he and Mephisto became de facto members of Los Guerreros del Infierno. Averno appeared in several matches on the top of the card, including his main event match against El Hijo del Santo for Santo's WWA Welterweight Championship where he lost clean.

In February 2005, he lost the NWA Middleweight title to Místico but he and Mephisto defeated Atlantis and Blue Panther for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship in April. When Shinsuke Nakamura and Hiroshi Tanahashi from New Japan Pro Wrestling came to CMLL, Averno teamed with them at first but the two turned on him, leading to a trios match with Averno teaming with Último Guerrero and Rey Bucanero against Nakamura, Tanashi and Shigeo Okumura on the 72nd EMLL Anniversary show. Averno and Mephisto finished the year defending their tag team title 7 times, with the most prominent being on the last Arena México show of 2005 when they defeated El Hijo del Santo and Negro Casas in the main event. In early 2006, they defended their titles against Místico and Black Warrior twice. In the first match, they won by disqualification when Black Warrior interfered in the match after being pinned and in the second match two weeks later, Black Warrior turned on Místico. In April, they lost the tag team titles to the team of Místico and Negro Casas, ending their year-long reign. On September 17, 2006 Averno defeated Negro Casas to win the CMLL World Middleweight Championship which he still holds.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves and signature holds

*Devil's Wings (Spinning sitout double underhook facebuster)
*No-handed suicide dive
*Sitout side powerslam
*Diving headbutt

Championships and accomplishments

  • Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F.

*Mexican National Trios Championship (1 time) - with Satánico and Mephisto

*CMLL World Middleweight Championship (1 time, current)
*CMLL World Tag Team Championship (2 times, current) - with Mephisto
*NWA World Middleweight Championship (2 times, current)†

Lucha de Apuesta record

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Mask Rencor Latino Apolo Chino Mexico City June 9, 1998  
Mask Averno El Hijo del Gladiador Mexico City August 4, 2002 Finals of a Torneo Cibérnetico

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