Wrestling By The Numbers: Luiz Martinez

Jan 28, 2014 - by staff

The professional wrestling world has been morning the death of former NWA Texas Champion and legendary Mexican performer Luiz Martinez. The 90-year-old Chicago Illinois native had spent the last number of years residing in a Chicago nursing home where he had been battling Alzheimer’s Disease. The exact date of his death is unknown as his death was reported after a friend had visited the facility where Martinez was staying and was told of his passing. Martinez started his 5-decade career back in 1948 and credited Chicago area promoter Karl Pojello with getting him into the business. Early in his career during the 1950’s Martinez competed in Texas, Chicago and the East Coast and was known for partnering with wrestler Joe Smith who would go on to be Don Kent, one half of the legendary Fabulous Kangaroos tag-team.

In the 1960’s he formed a popular tag-team with Wilbur Snyder and the two won the WWA Tag-Team Championships in Indiana. Martinez also feuded with Bobby Heenan in the promotion which included a series of bloody Strap Matches. Throughout the 1970’s he would become one the most popular performers in both the National Wrestling Federation and the International Wrestling Association. His largest feuds came against the likes of both The Sheik in Detroit and also Mil Mascaras in Eddie Einhorn’s IWA. Martinez continued to compete into the late 1980’s before retiring despite being in his mid to late 60’s inside the squared circle. His career also included brief stops competing in the World Wide Wrestling Federation, throughout the National Wrestling Alliance and in the American Wrestling Association.

Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Luiz Martinez by the numbers…

* There is no recorded televised match information for wrestler Luiz Martinez.

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