Máximino "Max" Linares Moreno (November 22, 1932-), better known as Rayo de Jalisco (The Lightning from Jalisco) is a Mexican luchador (professional wrestler) who is considered to be one of the best wrestlers of his generation.
Linares made his wrestling debut in February 1950, under the name "Mister Misterio
". He would later appear in Mexico City
under the name "Aguila Negra
" (Black Eagle). He continued sharpening his skills under the supervision of his brother Tony Sugar, who was also a professional luchador. In 1960, he appeared under the name "El Rayo
" and in 1962, he finally appeared as "Rayo de Jalisco
", wearing his trademark black mask with a lightning bolt across the face. Success soon followed for Rayo, winning the National Wrestling Alliance
Middleweight Championship and Occidente Welterweight Championship. Rayo would also win a series of matches against another famous luchador Chino Chow
. He unmasked his rival La Bestia
(The Beast) in a mask vs mask match in 1964. Rayo would become the tag team partner of the legendary Blue Demon
and was named "The Best Wrestler" of 1963.
Rayo feuded with Blue Demon near the end of both their careers. Blue Demon actually came out of retirement to face Rayo in a mask vs mask match. Rayo was defeated, revealing his face to the world as Maximo Linares Moreno.
Rayo is considered a regional hero in the Mexican state of Jalisco. In 1996, he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame.
Rayo would also star in luchador films
along with other famous masked luchadores. His films included; "Superzam el Invencible" (1971), "El Robo de las Momias de Guanajuato" (1972), "Vuelven Los Campeones Justicieros" (1972) and "El Triunfo de los Campeones Justicieros (1974)".
Rayo's son followed in his footsteps and currently wrestles as Rayo de Jalisco Jr.
Rayo Jr. married Mitzuki Wong, a professional luchadora. Their son wrestles as "Rayman".
Championships and accomplishments