EXPIRED: 05/04/10 – El Supremo, 59, was born in Tijuana, Mexico as Salvador Cuevas and was a Mexican Luchador, or professional wrestler. More specifically he was an enmascarado. A masked wrestler.
Cuevas made his professional wrestling debut on July 6, 1976 after training under legendary Mexican wrestling trainer Diablo Velazco. Initially Cuevas wrestled under the name “El Magnifico” but in 1977 he changed his name to “El Supremo” adopting a shiny golden mask and trunks.
In 1980 El Supremo defeated Kato Kung Lee to win the NWA World Welterweight Championship, one of the most prestigious titles in Mexico at the time, but he only held the title for a month before losing it to a competitor named Lizmark.
The following year El Supremo defeated Franco Columbo to win the Mexican National Welterweight Championship, a title he defended and held for 422 days before losing it to El Talismán.
Mask vs. Mask battles are HUGE in Mexican wrestling and El Supremo was booked for the main event of a show where he was the odds favorite to win a Luchas de Apuesta, mask vs. mask, match against El Dorado. Unfortunately, the match was cancelled when Mexico City was hit by a major earthquake the day before the event. The scheduled match never took place and El Dorado later lost his mask to El Fantasma instead.
By the early 90’s Cuevas introduced his son, Supremo II into the Lucha Libre world of wrestling – mostly so Cuevas could work a lighter schedule because of injuries and age.
Shortly after, El Supremo was unmasked as he lost a match against Pierroth, Jr.
El Supremo was forced to unmask and reveal his real name after the match per Lucha Libre tradition. He retired from the ring a few years later, and his son, Supremo II changed his ring character’s name to “Linx.”
Only recently did Cuevas’ son resurrect his father’s namesake. He currecntly wrestles as “El Supremo, Jr.”